Putting life back in old toy trains

Putting life back in old toy trains Bryan Pentland Train Collectors Society

At the Train Collectors Association meeting in York Pennsylvania last year towards the end of the show as traders and collectors are keen to clear their tables and take the minimum back home, I found a shoe box with three very dilapidated and rusty 1930’s Lionel electric outline locos.

The wheels were in poor shape and the locos were held together with dozens of elastic bands.  The good thing was that all the brass and nickel fixtures and fittings were there and these are very difficult to find. The trader was willing to accept $100 for the three (about £60 then).  These are very heavy and sturdy locos with steel bodies and I thought I would have some enjoyment bringing them back to life but not trying to make a like new renovation but make them look smart and run well.

The whole job was done using material that I had in the workshop the renovation cost nothing but my labour and some patience. If anyone wants any further information I can be contacted via email on this web site.

Bryan Pentland

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