On another thread, I was talking about my Flyer 350 Royal Blue running on my Club's layout, and it reminded me to post this as well!
A couple years ago, my father bought me a Flyer Royal Blue freight set from 1948, complete with track and transformer, looking for all the world like she was run a few times and then put away. Looks were one thing, but age caught up with the E-unit inside, as well as the motor needing more of a service than I could have done.
So I took the engine to Henning's to be overhauled, and maybe a couple weeks later, she was ready. When I picked it up, they told me that the engine was almost 70 years old, and after the overhaul she'll run for 70 more!
I ran it here and there, not really for any length of time. But a couple weeks ago, I took the set to my first attendance with my club to run some trains! The last slot of the day was kindly given to me, and on the tracks the set went.
For the hour, it ran with no stops, no issues. It ran smoothly, the only noise coming from the motor itself, doing what it was made for. The other members of the club who were there were commenting on how great she ran, and I have to agree! It ran incredibly well, and it could have run for more hours had we were there longer!
I have to thank Henning's for the amazing job in bringing my Royal Blue back to life! The service was incredible there, the folks working there are great, and I will take any of my problem cases there to be taken care of! The Royal Blue is running like she just came out of the factory, and runs strong enough to handle many more years of great running!