As I said in my previous (now terminated) auctions of trains related, I am departing of all my train shelf collection for a new passion : vintage tube radios. This auction consists of what was once Lionel’s premiere locomotive and the one product number that still is today, universally recognized by Lionel buffs as the most detailed model ever made : The Lionel prewar (1937) full « O » Scale Hudson steam engine No. 700E rubber stamped « 5344 » below the windows and on headlight, with its 700T tender New York Central. Condition of the engine is, I believe, very good. My Lionel shop owner says it is in working order but needs a good cleaning and oiling. I do not see actual rust, perforation or bumps, nor missing or replacement parts. I had this engine on the shelf for decades. Now for the tender, I bought it years ago. It was all in parts and I had it assembled by my Lionel Shop. I knew, when I bought it, that it was the matching tender for my 700E engine. Knowing that this engine would come to EBay one day or the other, I started looking at auctions and noticed that most matching tender bared number 700W and not 700T like mine. It looks the same as the 700W. This said, my first opinion as a shelf train collector is that my tender is a nice complete reproduction, but nevertheless, a reproduction or my second opinion, it is a different

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