In the process of clearing away an accumulation of "stuff" that has piled up on the layout. To do that, I've been packing away some equipment, but not before we get them back into running order. I have a pair of Flyer 401 steamers that I'd never put power to...figured I'd give them a good cleaning, lubrication, then a spin round the test track:
The top one is from the 301 set of 1939, trimmed in copper/brass and includes a fully functional E-unit (which worked straight away). The bottom one is from a 3/16-gauge set sold in 1941 or 1942. It is trimmed in nickel, but runs forward only (no E-unit). The 401s are a bit of a throw-back to the Coleman era for Flyer, as everything else introduced and sold by Gilbert during the run-up to the war was diecast.
Both could stand a good polish, and the nickel-trimmed loco needs a bit of a touch-up and a few trim pieces replaced. They will look great on the layout once we get everything cleared away and back in service.