Mid 1930's as the scale Model train world made inroads into the Tinplate train world Model Railroader and Model Craftsman were the only conduit to many modelers for modeling tips , plans, and sources for parts, kits, and ready to run trains . The depression still effected many would be home Empire builders. O scale modelers could be classified into 3 economic stratospheres ...the very rich bought beautifully detailed models by the best builders, , middle class could by kits , and there were those who could buy a few components and rely on their talents to build the dream Empire.
This train dates to the mid 1930's ..originally outside 3rd rail...purchased parts Lobaugh screw drive, drivers , motor, wheels, couplers all available mail order . The builder from Arkansas created an outdoor layout completed a Pacific locomotive and a string of freight cars . Construction began on a second engine but never completed .
Engine ( no tender ) weighs in at 14 pounds! Completed train takes on more of a folk art flare then a scale Model ....but runs as smooth as any of the high end models .
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PS Bob T loves the scale rivets on the tender ...
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