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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2016 9:08 pm 
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I had several of the S gauge versions of this, in "boxcar red" (rust brown) and in black both. Nice sturdy little cars.

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A buddy of mine and I went browsing through one of the antique malls near Chambersburg, PA, last week. Picked up this Lionel 2034 and a Lionel 6466W tender (not a set):

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I think I'm going to use the 2034 as the loco for a set I'm going to put together for my niece's son who seems to have a bit of the train bug. I was going to use the 6466W with the 2034, but now I think it's not a good match (a bit on the heavy side with that whistle). The 2034 catalogued with a 6066T tender which would be quite a bit lighter. That'll make a good thing to watch for at Spring York in April.

The 2034 was one of the last of the "Scout" line. Made for one year only (1952), the 2034 features a metal frame motor and a 3-position e-unit (most of the later Scouts had a plastic motor and a two-position forward-reverse unit). The 2034 looks a bit more durable. I'm wondering if the peculiar assortment of components that went into the 2034 were a result of material shortages during the Korean War...maybe.

Anyway, a good cleaning and lubrication in order.

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Still working on putting together a set for a youngster...found a couple of other pieces at York:

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The tender is a 6466T, similar to the 6066T that was cataloged with the 2034. I'll save the 6466W for another project. The 6466T has a few dings in the paint, but otherwise is complete. A good wash and a bit of touch-up and it'll be good to go. The caboose is a 6357, which featured an interior light and window-glazing. Near-mint, it's definitely an upgrade from the Scout cabin cars.

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Disassembled the 2034 for cleaning:

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Gave the boiler a good scrubbing, about all it needed. The motor requires a thorough cleaning and lubrication...67 years of muck accumulated in there. I generally use a squirt of TV tuner cleaner for that, along with a few Q-tips and a soft rag. I'm going to try to polish those side-rods and see if I can get the corrosion off them without removing the plating. A bit of steel-wool, then a Dremel with a polishing wheel and a bit of grit, otherwise I'll probably replace them. Checked the parts box...didn't have a 14V bayonet bulb, so I ordered a couple, one going here. Rollers look near-mint.

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It's going to be a beaut!


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The iconic Lionel 681 Turbine:

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For me, no locomotive says postwar Lionel more than the turbine. This one has had a bit of a refurbishment, along with a new tender shell. Runs like a champ (although the smoke unit could stand a rebuild).

Built for the Pennsylvania Railroad by Baldwin Locomotive Works, they made just one. The turbine was an effort by the Pennsylvania to introduce new tech to the steam locomotive in the face of the emerging effort to "dieselize" motive power across the country. Baldwin was a company largely wedded to steam, and their failure to move to diesel-electric technology during the years leading up to, during, and immediately following WWII led to their corporate failure in 1956. Ironically, unlike Baldwin, Lionel manufactured and sold thousands of the S2 turbine as part of their toy catalog.

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I had hoped to get a layout done in time for Christmas--instead my polar express has a prominent place in my Christmas display but does not run....photos soon...that being said, I cannot tell you how much I enjoy these forums, seeing all these photos, and all these wonderful restorations. Thank you.


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Get those pictures posted, Javinda...looking forward to seeing them.

Finally got the 2034 cleaned up, lubricated, and reassembled, just waiting for a test-run.
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While this may not be the specific correct tender for this loco, it is the correct style of tender. It looks a bit oversize to me; would think the prewar coffin-style looks a bit better matched with these smaller Scout-type locomotives.

Also playing around with posting attached photos on here. While I like the presentation a bit better when linking to another site, it scarfs up too much space. May go this route in the future.

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Looks almost pristine!


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Here's a nice example of the Lionel 2472 caboose from 1946:
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Manufactured for the first sets Lionel sold following the Second World War, the all-metal 2472 was modeled on the Pennsylvania Railroad's N5 caboose, of which many were built. This Lionel version was a carry-forward of the prewar 2757 manufactured in 1941-42, updated with staple-end trucks and a single knuckle coupler. Collectors tell me the absence of forward and rear-looking cupola windows dates it to 1946. The frame includes a mounting hole for an interior light, but this version was unlit.


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