Hope everyone had a nice weekend! Last week ended being somewhat of a "good news / bad news" volley in terms of this project... The Bad: 1. I finally got a chance to load up the "engine trunk" - a wooden footlocker full of engines that easily exceeded 250 lbs! As I expected, the majority of Pop-Pop's motorized cars were found inside, however, to my disappointment, many were in abysmal condition. I can't be certain, but my instinct tells me that most of this damage occured while the cars were in storage. I just can't see my grandfather packing things away in this condition without some type of rehab first. I should also note that, just like all his other "containers", nothing was packed with haste. The footlocker contained four vertical levels - each a thin plywood floor with foam on the bottom to protect the level below - and each car was surrounded by its own custom-cut corrugated cardboard sleeve. There were also tons of what I assume to be dehumidifiers in the locker; small and medium-sized "sandbags" that I presume were filled with silica or some equivalent substance. The only unique trait of this box was the wood material, opposed the the plastic / cardboard all the others were stored in. Despite his careful packaging, there was obviously some type of oxidation that infected many of these trains. This is definitely not the typical rust that I've seen on occasion... it's more akin to what you'd see on metal boat parts that are left untreated in salt water. Some cars have corrosion (what the gun guys would call "pitting"), while others appear to actually have protrusions or buildups. I won't even consider trying to repair any of these on my own until I learn more about the methods & risks, but sadly, I think there are a number of otherwise valuable trains that can't be worth much more than their scrap value in their current condition: This is one of the most extreme examples, but there are close to a dozen engines with this same affliction in various degrees of severity. There were also a number of trains with solid metal components like wheels & axles that had severe corrosion; some of which literally crumbled to pieces as I removed them from their wrap! At this point, I can't say if these are a total loss, or if I can restore them (or sell at a minimum to someone willing to rehab them), or if they are a "total loss". In either scenario, it doesn't look like I'll be moving these any time soon. 2. As I move into what I hope to be the "final" stages of storage cleanout, I've realized that I grossly underestimated the number of vehicles Pop-Pop had amassed. Yes, I know - this isn't really a problem, per se... just a little of an unanticipated delay. I've gone through a few smaller boxes of his Winross trucks (there's about 300 in total by my estimation), and found that there are few reliable resources for assessing and listing these items. That's just one small example; the matchbox, corgi, hot wheels, ertyl, etc. as well as large-scale auto models are piling up in my home rapidly, taunting me with what is sure to be another lengthy research project. The Good: 1. I decided to purchase a membership to the trainzauctions website. For a relatively heavy price tag ($60 for one year), it allows access to their community-driven database and pricing trends from their own marketplace site. While I can't comment on how accurate the pricing is in real-world terms, I'm optimistic due to the fact that the trends are based on actual transactions and not any speculative criteria. If nothing else, I've found that the vast majority - I'd say 98% (excluding, of course, Pop-Pop's numerous repaints and "custom creations") of the items I've searched for have detailed information on dating, identification and pricing. If I'm being honest, I can't say I have any buyer's remorse thus far - if nothing else, it's proven to be an immense help and time-saver in my inventory workflow. I am, however, curious to hear what, if any feedback you guys may have regarding the site in general. I love having a little bit of confidence in at least seeing "ball park" values, but I also don't want to be naive and assume this site is fully legit... not being in the hobby community, I wonder what the general reputation of that site is. If you have any insight or experiences with them, I'd love to hear your thoughts! 2. Finally, I am BEYOND excited to say that I am probably about 4 carloads and one truckload (there are a kayak and motorized chair that I won't even try to fit in my SUV) away from an empty storage unit!!!! Granted, my basement and attic are rapidly approaching maximum capacity, but cutting out that $350+ monthly bill is something I've been looking forward to for almost 13 months now.... and it's just starting to come into view!