This Lionel Scout loco has led a hard life. I picked it up at a train show in Kansas City a decade or so back, and ran it at various displays for a few months until the motor packed it in. From there, it languished in one of my parts bins, eventually donating its side rods to a loco to be used as a door prize.
A couple of weeks back, I picked up a couple of Scout motors on Facebook. After wresting the old motor out, I installed the replacement, and it skittered cheerfully around the layout. Encouraged, I ordered a new rear truck support and side rods from the Train Tender and duly installed them.
Today, just for grins, I put the little thing on the point of the Gi-Raffe/Brakeman Conga Line, consisting of four giraffe cars, five brakeman cars and a caboose, expecting that it would just sit there and spin its wheels.
To my amazed delight, the Scout took off and moved the heavy train around the layout slowly but with definite élan.
This spirit of guts, bravado and 100% Can-Do attitude could not go unrewarded, of course. I took the Scout back to the shop, and, a bit of drilling and mounting later, the 1110 now sports shiny brass rails, matching running light jewels and a bell and whistle scrounged from my parts collection!