LIONEL STANDARD GAUGE # 390-E LOCOMOTIVE AND 384T TENDER - NICELY RESTORED

Up for auction is a vinta ge Lionel standard gauge # 390 steam locomotive and 384T tender that have been nicely restor ed. To be clear up front, I have rated this item as C-4, not based on any flaws in performance or appearance , but rather solely on the ba sis of i ts being a restoration. As may be seen in the ph otos this loco and tender have been beautifully resto red. The application of the paint is smooth and clean with no drips or grain in the spray p ainted finish as is all too typical of most re storations. My only complaint would be I feel the finish is more flat than would be my choice . H owever the workmanship is exceptional. The orange stripes have also been w ell applied and match the original colo r. It appears the b ra ss and copper detail parts have been cl eaned and polished giving the locomotive a factory fresh appearance. The tender matches cosmetically in every way. The headlight casting is new and came to us with no bulb. Strangely, I have not been able to find a bulb that scre ws in the the reproduction without sticking out wa y too far, but may be its just me. All wheels on the locomotive have been rep lace d with Model Engineering Works reproduction wheel s. The drive wheels were quartered , or perhaps I should say halved correctly . In testing I found the locomotive was binding with each revolution of the ... read more