The Straco Express Series
This documents my initial searches for information about the set.
The Straco Express - The Antiques Roadshow Version
The Straco Express - A Better Story
The Straco Express - A Closer Look
The Straco Express and the Mystery Train
The Straco Express and the Mystery Train(s)
Straco, Bandai, and Cragstan - The Hookup
Straco, Cragstan, and Bandai - The Comparison
Straco Tracks - The Mystery Continues
Straco Tracks - The Mystery Clears (slightly)
This series of posts goes into detail about the construction of the layout, and the accessories on it.
The Straco Layout: A Worthwhile Project?
Part 1 - Outlining the Plan
Part 2 - Getting the Board
Part 3 - Cleaning the Track
Part 4 - The SilClear Solution (and Problem)
Part 5 - Bracing for Impact
Part 6 - Painting and Getting to the Point
Part 7 - Laying Down Track
Part 8 - Let's Run Some Trains!
Part 9 - Suburban Sprawl
Part 10 - Paving the Pegboard
Part 11 - Truckin'
Part 12 - Gridlock!
Part 13 - White Line Fever
Part 14 - Bandai Band-Aid
Part 15 - The Roads Must Roll!
Part 16 - Station-Aero
Part 17 - Let's Run Some Trains Again!
Part 18 - Keep On Truckin'
Part 19 - Ambulance (and Taxi) Chasing
Part 20 - A Patriotic Traffic Pattern
Part 21 - The Flat Arm of the Law
Part 22 - Tri Something New
Part 23 - Lumbering Along
Part 24 - A Lot of Changes
Part 25 - The Oldest New Addition
Part 26 - Maxing Out the Motorway
Part 27 - Local Power to the People!
Part 28 - Relaying the Rails
Part 29 - The Recycled Roadster
Part 30 - The Name is Bond. Bond Bread
Part 31 - Where's the Fire, Chief?
Part 32 - Things Go Better with Coke
Part 33 - Signs for Change
Part 34 - Signs for Safety
Part 35 - Passenger Service!
Part 36 - Milwaukee Mystery
Part 37 - Fade to Orange
Part 38 - Linemar Brings Good Things to Light
Part 39 - King Me
Part 40 - A New Angle
Part 41 - Indian Head Mystery
Part 42 - Express Duality
Part 43 - Tower of Strength
Part 44 - Haji Like a Tanker?
Part 45 - Topless Entertainment
Part 46 - Calling All Cars!
Part 47 - Serving District No. 7
Part 48 - Nesting Instinct
Part 49 - A Seldom Seen Limousine
Part 50 - Pump It Up
Part of this series talks about my efforts to find out more information about the Japanese tin toy trains I have, and others that were made during the postwar era.
Part 4 - Nomura
Part 5 - Linemar
Part 6 - Nomura/Cragstan
Part 7 - The Bandai Aero Station
Part 9 - Sakai
Part 10 - Sakai
Part 11 - Bandai/Cragstan
Part 12 - Linemar Vehicle Set
Part 13 - Linemar Vehicle Set
Part 14 - Linemar Vehicle Set
Part 15 - Rosko
Part 17 - Nomura/Rosko
Part 18 - Linemar and Marx
Part 19 - Linemar Vehicle Set
Part 20 - Japanese HO tinplate signs
Part 22 - Bandai Train Set
Part 23 - Linemar Vehicle Set
Japanese Litho Train Sets
This series outlines all the information I've discovered about Japanese tin toy train sets from 1948-1965. These posts are updated as needed.
Japanese Litho Train Sets 1 - Introduction
Japanese Litho Train Sets 2 - Thinking Inside the Box
Japanese Litho Train Sets 3 - Cragstan, Distler, and Nomura
Japanese Litho Train Sets 4 - Straco, Cragstan, and Distler
Japanese Litho Train Sets 5 - Yonezawa Continental Flyer
Japanese Litho Train Sets 6 - Cragstan in Detail
Many of the Japanese toy manufacturers that made the trains also made cars and trucks as well. This series provides additional information about the vehicles I've collected for the Straco Layout and others.
Japanese Tin Toy Vehicles, Part 1 - The Golden Age of Japanese Tin Toy Vehicles, 1949-1963
Japanese Tin Toy Vehicles, Part 2 - Bandai
Japanese Tin Toy Vehicles, Part 3 - Haji and Masudaya
Japanese Tin Toy Vehicles, Part 4 - Shioji
Japanese Tin Toy Vehicles, Part 5 - Line Mar and Marx
Japanese Tin Toy Vehicles, Part 6 - Nomura