This weekend I found this Lionel 257 with an 8-wheel tender at a swap meet (with a 610 Pullman and 612 Observation). I looked in one of the McComas books on Lionel (the only books on Lionel I have) and found that the 257 only came with a 4-wheel tender. Do I have a wrong combination (but looking good, I think) or did the 257 also came with this tender?
The seller said he did not try to run it but assumed it would not run. Of course it ran (but only forward)!