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I'd try it just for the challenge.  A good, long soak in electrolysis followed by some rust destroyer might just yield a working engine.  I've seen pics of worse looking electric locos returned to service.  A before-and-after display would be mighty impressive.  The litho is long gone, but a shiny paint job wouldn't be amiss.

It's not about the value.  It's about the challenge and the satisfaction.

People have different ways of enjoying hobbies, and I enjoying seeing all the different facets of the tinplate train hobby.  I look forward to seeing the results of the restoration effort.

Of course, I'm biased... I've been known to engage in some pretty obscure windup train projects that have little to no market value...




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Sometimes the simplest things bring you great pleasure

You are certainly going to lose nothing but time and a minimal amount of $'s giving it a go !

I would be tempted to try and get the mech working and leave the body just as it is ... how cool would it be just to see that rusty beast running around .. a true Rat-Rod of the train world ... and hey if all else fails it would be a very quick and cheap fix just to buy a junker Marx electric for the running gear and do a motor transplant

@CSXJOE posted:

That's it, I give up. Too far gone.  Notice the paper is for the obituaries, RIP.


CSX JOE:  Noooo!  I really wanted you to save it in some form or another.  But, I understand. 

Dave (PRRMP54): I don't want to further hijack this thread, I'll start another on custom windup locos.  There might be an old thread somewhere I could resurrect, too...

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