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Reply to "My early 1946 Lionel Berkshire arrives"

While much more labor intenstive to work on and service, the early Berk is a work of engineering art!  To me it shows a bit of confusion and indecision on which direction Lionel was going to head with the higher end O gauge engines in the first full year of production of the Postwar era.  The drive is more scale like in terms of speed range and ability to run slowly and smoothly.  Not to say a later version isnt smooth, but they are more prone to stall in the tighter curves at slow/prototypical yard speeds.  The Berk is definitely a bit of a crossover between the prewar push to more scale like trains and speeds, and the toy train size locomotives of the Postwar era. Thanks for all the comments.  If anybody is looking for one of these, Trainworld out in NY has a small postwar collection up for sale on their site and there is an early Berk, along with other engines and cars for sale there.      AD

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