Lionel 700E, Original 1937 Edition
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Sold Date: 06/08/2011
Channel: Online Auction
Category: Toys, Dolls, Games & Puzzles
An original 1937 Lionel Super Detail Locomotive Hudson Type 4-6-4 Class J-IE Series 5340, One Forty-Eighth Actual Size, Cat. No 700EIncludes Solid Rail Wood Mantle Display with Metal Plaque, Locomotive with Road Number 5344 (sever damage through out shell casting, cracking and flaking a well know issue with this piece, with left side of cab completely broken away, have most pieces) and Tender. There is a large split between the boiler and the cab as well as another split at the front of the boiler. I can provide more pictures upon request. I believe item is complete except for damage noted, but I am not a Lionel expert. Please consider the pictures a part of the description. Tender seems to be in good or better condition with some wear to the paint of the coal in the box.Also included is the original outer box (box is missing end flap, has other tape on it and some writing on it) poor to fair condition? Original tender box (box appears complete, has other tape on it and some writing on it) good to better condition? NO BOX for Locomotive unit.This item is sold AS IS with NO RETURNS. Item will be wrapped in bubble wrap for shipping, cannot promise that item will not suffer any additional damage in transit.The train was my father's. It was on display until 1972, when he passed away. Mom packed it up and moved several times since then and I believe the unit was more or less always in storage in the attic for the last 40 years. The pieces just fell out when I unwrapped it, a very heart breaking experience. The newspaper it is wrapped in is from '75 so I guess she looked at back then. I had a knowledgeable person look at the unit and was told there are many that have died a similar death over the years. Many of the zinc castings (information I was told) were junk and have just failed over the years. I Goggled this and found some information which verifies this issue. There are places on the cab where the metal has just flaked, split and lifted away, from the rest. Look at the picture showing the cab damage and you can see some pits on the roof top of the cab.
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