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Hi all, last month Santa found me a McCoy 4-4-4 electric pattern standard gauge loco. I like the looks of this loco and have always had a soft spot in my heart for McCoy trains. I think this was built in the 60's if I am not mistaken. I honestly know nothing more about this. What diameter curves can it run on (42, 72, 84, etc)? Any other information or opinions are greatly appreciated

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ChooChoo1972 posted:

Hi all, last month Santa found me a McCoy 4-4-4 electric pattern standard gauge loco. I like the looks of this loco and have always had a soft spot in my heart for McCoy trains. I think this was built in the 60's if I am not mistaken. I honestly know nothing more about this. What diameter curves can it run on (42, 72, 84, etc)? Any other information or opinions are greatly appreciated

Never seen a McCoy 4-4-4 electric before so I had to look it up.  Pretty cool loco.

mcoy

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ChooChoo1972 posted:

Hi all, last month Santa found me a McCoy 4-4-4 electric pattern standard gauge loco. I like the looks of this loco and have always had a soft spot in my heart for McCoy trains. I think this was built in the 60's if I am not mistaken. I honestly know nothing more about this. What diameter curves can it run on (42, 72, 84, etc)? Any other information or opinions are greatly appreciated

The number 1965 Pacific Northwest 4-4-4 electric was first sold in 1969.  It was designed after the Ives 1764 Standard Gauge engine.  Hundreds were made and sold up until about 1990.  It is powered by the McCoy version of a Lionel super-motor type open-frame motor; all the locos came from the factory with a 3-position forward-neutral-reverse manual switch.

The orange loco 'wild mary' posted above is an early type now for sale on eBay, with fixed pantographs, and different graphics and detail.  More typically, the later #1965 has raised sections on the roof for the snap-on pantographs and looks like this, with "1965" under the center window and the Pacific Northwest herald on each end:

PICT0014-72

Popular colors were two-tone blue; red; and the orange "Go National" TCA version.  There were also 26 of these engines made in a chromed version in 1969 only; there also happens to be one of these for sale on eBay at the moment:

s-l1600 copy

The 1965 electric is a great all-around "workhorse" loco; it is simply designed with very little to go wrong, it has excellent traction and is a good puller, with the reliable and easily repaired McCoy motor, and is a good-looking engine on any layout.

david

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