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Jerry, even if it is brand new in the box, the other thread brought up by MartyE brings up an important point on the tender. The foam used by Lionel at that time to insulate the sound board from the metal frame of the tender deteriorates over time, whether new or used.

Before putting it on the track, you'll want to unscrew the tender shell and replace the insulation with something else: Foam board, double sided foam tape, etc. or risk shorting the board and thus ruining the Electronic Sound of Steam function. Opinions differ, but I personally like the Lionel Sounds of Steam. Low tech by today's standards, but cutting edge when it first came out. Just as a side note, it was MARX Trains that first developed a very similar sound effect.

You'll probably also want to try turning the engine wheels by hand first to see how easily they move. I don't know if at that time Lionel was adding lubricant at the factory to gears, but after all these years, you'll certainly want to check that too and of okay, give it a fresh lube.

Yes, but Jerry, I think you are confused about stock numbers versus popular postwar locomotive descriptions. When you said you were interested in a Lionel 6-8406, you could only be referring specifically to a product made in 1984.

That product was a modern-era version of the postwar 773 Hudson, a reference to a type of model made repeatedly over a broader span of time.

@Jim R. posted:

Yes, but Jerry, I think you are confused about stock numbers versus popular postwar locomotive descriptions. When you said you were interested in a Lionel 6-8406, you could only be referring specifically to a product made in 1984.

That product was a modern-era version of the postwar 773 Hudson, a reference to a type of model made repeatedly over a broader span of time.

I saw this for sale listed as new, but I knew nothing about it, so I asked here.  That gave me the impression that it was made in 1984.  I wasn't looking specifically for a 773 Hudson.  I was just asking about this specific item offered for sale.  As I said, I know nothing about models and numbers.

Great locomotive at a nice price.

I got the Boston and Albany version that came out after the 6-8406.

There was no lubricant in the places where the lubricant goes (see instructions).

So, make sure you completely lube, per the instructions.

Internally, one of the magnets was rubbing against the drive wheels. It had to be removed and reglued in the correct position. Not a big deal.

You should find your Hudson is a smooth and fairly slow runner at low voltage (a good thing).

You will be very happy with it.

@Jeff2035 posted:

Great locomotive at a nice price.

I got the Boston and Albany version that came out after the 6-8406.

There was no lubricant in the places where the lubricant goes (see instructions).

So, make sure you completely lube, per the instructions.

Internally, one of the magnets was rubbing against the drive wheels. It had to be removed and reglued in the correct position. Not a big deal.

You should find your Hudson is a smooth and fairly slow runner at low voltage (a good thing).

You will be very happy with it.

Thanks.  Being happy is my goal. 

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