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John Smatlak posted:
Note all the little punch marks on the driven wheels- is this factory or did some one improvise to enhance traction? Ives 1100 1910 version 2

John,

I suspect that the "little punch marks" you are wondering about are actually due to arcing of the electricity running through the track to the engine, when it is powered and moving.  It appears that the center rail pick-up also has some arc marks on it.  

I know that my early c. 1918 Flyer engines arc quite a bit when running, much more than later electric engines.  

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