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The back story is: Time to downsize after 50 years of collecting.

Will I be giving it away? Or are eBay, CraigsList, etc. viable options.
Some railroadiana, many magazines, HO cars, HO track, HO structures.

Thanks for sharing your experiences...
 

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#2
The back story is: Time to downsize after 50 years of collecting.

Will I be giving it away? Or are eBay, CraigsList, etc. viable options.
Some railroadiana, many magazines, HO cars, HO track, HO structures.

Thanks for sharing your experiences...
It all depends on what it is, how bad you want rid of it, how much you want for it, and how much effort you're willing to put into it.

"Some Railroadiana" Without knowing more, not a clue. Do you have the builder's plate off a Big Boy? Or something from the Schrader catalog that's nice, but very common? Rarity and how collectible it is are the key here.

"many magazines"

You won't like this answer. They're worthless. The online archive and DVDs of the major publications mean that hard copies are not worth the paper they're printed on in most cases. Donate them to a museum or model railroad club or whatever, IF you can find one that will take them. (They'll often sell them in the gift shop for like $1 each to raise a bit of extra money) The exception would be if you've got vintage issues or something rare. I gave about 30 years of Model Railroader Magazine to a local museum a few years back, and it cost me money, since I bought plastic totes to put them in. But the museum liked the donation.

"HO cars, HO track, HO structures" Again, depends on what you have, but for just about any of that you'll find somebody on eBay who will buy them from you. Keep in mind that old brass track won't get you much of anything. As an example:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/4-Atlas-HO...951384?hash=item2cd492cc58:g:2mQAAOSwkIBbAB3v
 
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Thanks for the wisdom and experience.

Magazines will go to a club or museum. Looks like eBay is better for misc HO stuff, as CraigsList seems to be 'localized'.
Railroadiana: mostly paper suff; timetables, train orders, rule books, forms, etc. Again, eBay might be the best option.
 
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Might donate the old time tables/train orders etc... to the museum that has or portrays that railroad. Books sell on Amazon (I have bought a few RxR ones).

Check AdHunter to see many Craigslist listings I use that often to find things in other states.

All of Craigs also.
 





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