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Reply to "My early 1946 Lionel Berkshire arrives"

I am planning to eventually pickup a spare boiler face to give the Nickel Plate treatment to with the flying number boards and second Mars light above the stock headlight.   I like the speed range on the early Berks better, and I trace that design to the more scale tangent that Lionel was on in the Prewar era.  But kids wanted faster models and Lionel wanted to cut costs, and fit the new style smoke unit, hence the retool with the slanted motor drive that likes to eat up side rods with lots of use.  I am hunting the red brush plate with the removeable tubes(can only find the fixed tube version at present), to give the motor inside the cab some more "bling"   AD

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