Bronze prototype or not of the post war Lionel turbine?
- Source: eBay
One day a man in his twenties came in and asked if we bought used Lionel, and I answered in the affirmative. He said he a brass Lionel loco. I told him that this was unlikely, since Lionel had not made brass models since the WWI era. He insisted, and I told him to bring it in. I thought no more about it, until he returned several days later, with a package under his arm, and said he had the brass Lionel loco that we talked about. I had visions of a Number 1, or an early trolley, but when he opened the package, my heart sank. Not another Turbine!I looked at it, and thought that maybe someone had painted it brass to resemble an HO import. I told that this was not in good shape, and would be useful only for parts. I offered him a very low figure, since as I told him; in addition to the condition Turbines were not particularly scarce. After a protest, (I was ready to let him walk) he relented. I took the loco down to my shop, and put it on the pile a month or two later, I took the loco to my workbench and was puzzled to discover that the ‘paint’ wouldn’t come off. I took it apart, and noticed that the inside looked handmade, with screwed together frame pieces and other oddities: the smoke chamber was an aluminum tube, the apron (rear ladder) was screwed on rather than peened over, the E-unit lever was over the drivers, ... read more