I wish it were true about the real locomotive. But this Lionel version was saved from the scrap bin almost 15 years ago. A colleague saw in a heap of donor parts and for 150 bucks it was mine with the box. Fast forward to today and 150 in parts ( from the Lionel 50 percent off sale last November ). I was able to resurrect a true classic!
I was still not able to find a S1 engine drawbar. The Allegheny one will have to do for now, until I can lengthen it in the near future to negotiate O72 curves.
I'm just happy every thing works.