Yesterday was my birthday. It was also the monthly meeting of the Sugar Creek Model Railroad Club. And someone donated what could be called a metric (poop)load of postwar and prewar Lionels in, well, let's be charitable and say 'well loved' condition. After a bit of haggling (and a modest donation to the club), the Razorback Traction Company's Home For Wayward Lionels has added this:
After a bit of cleaning and tweaking, this 2032 consist was growling pleasantly along my layout last night:
The motor in this 628 was immaculate. Once I get the E-unit sorted out, it should be a nice runner!
The prewar 253, while dismanted, has all the major components and, being fairly bulletproof, should go together nicely once I get a new pickup:
The postwar freight cars will also clean up well with a bit of loving:
This stock car is in very nice condition. All it needs is a giraffe sticking out of the roof:
Some Marx and Lionel signals were also included:
And now, closeups of the 253:
Note the Christmas tree light in this Pullman:
The other Pullman and observation:
I'm looking forward to rehabbing the vintage Lionel transformer in order to run the prewar varnish:
A pair of 1122 switches and a stack of O27 track complete the package!
All in all, a very happy birthday!