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This weekend was town-wide yard sale weekend, and I was able to pick up a couple items for my HO layouts, nothing for my O gauge but stumbled across a Standard Gauge Lionel 10 Electric locomotive that was marked at a near give-away price.  I don't have anything else in Standard Gauge but decided this piece would go nicely in my pre-war collection and would, if nothing else, give me a new project.

The exterior is in pretty good shape - no major dents or dings, the wheels and motor turn easily so it's not locked up, but it clearly needs some work to be cleaned, re-wired and some of the missing components replaced (pantograph, etc).    And, the toothpick providing structural support to the end of the motor assembly needs to be retired.  The wheels are slightly warped and have a touch of zinc rot but I believe would be suitable to run in current condition.

I'll start with all of the usual suppliers for parts and the rewiring should be straightforward, but I'd like to have a parts list and exploded diagram if they are available.  I've started to search online but have not yet found anything.

I'd appreciate any information from Standard Gauge experts on the history of this model.  From what I've read, it was produced as early as 1926 but I'm not able to get specific dating information for this piece.  And if anyone can point me in the direction of the parts list mentioned above, I'd appreciate it - it would save me some trouble in trying to match parts to what I think is missing.

Thank you in advance for any expertise you can share.  I look forward to trying to bring new life to this locomotive.

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  • Lionel10_1: Exterior appears to be in fairly good condition
  • Lionel10_2: Missing a roller pickup
  • Lionel10_3: One end
  • Lionel10_4: Interior needs some cleaning and TLC
  • Lionel10_5: Rewiring needed
  • Lionel10_6: Toothpick holding motor housing in place
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A great find. The grey paint on the cab mounting screw and the black paint on the coupler suggest an amateur attempt of repaint, so whether you keep the existing paint job or strip repaint again is up to you. I'd replace the wheels and not try to get any more mileage out those zinc-pest damaged wheels. Rewiring should be straight forward. The existing wiring has to go, but the connections are probably correct, so replacing wiring should be pretty straight forward. Treat yourself to all brand-new shiny fasteners and ditch all that rusty stuff. As for the broken pickup plate, wheels, any missing trim, paint etc. I'd recommend Henning's trains and Jeff Kane at Train Tender. Standard Gauge can be addictive. You already mentioned pre-war, so you probably know. I hope you'll be looking for some 500 series freight cars to pull with that #10 soon.

I plan to strip and repaint although I'm not sure which color would be closest to 'authentic' given I've seen this model in various colors on the web.  The color under the gray appears to be tan but there are streaks of tan on the bottom edge of the cab suggesting that the tan might also have been a repaint.  I'm leaning toward repainting with tan, light olive or pea green.  Thoughts?

@Joe Elliott posted:

I plan to strip and repaint although I'm not sure which color would be closest to 'authentic' given I've seen this model in various colors on the web.  The color under the gray appears to be tan but there are streaks of tan on the bottom edge of the cab suggesting that the tan might also have been a repaint.  I'm leaning toward repainting with tan, light olive or pea green.  Thoughts?

If I may "piggyback" onto this: I just today negotiated a deal on a "10", which is also in need of a serious repaint:

10E

(eBay listing photo)...

It looks like this one was originally a "teal blue" (peacock?) color, so my plan is to go with that. Having had some success with the earlier "33", I am rather looking forward to this one; it will be my first experience with the "Super Motor": anything I should know in advance?

You guys were right, this could become a real addiction!   

Mark in Oregon

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