I'm more a postwar Lionel guy and know nothing about 2 rail scale but saw this loco at a flea market today and was wondering if anyone knows who made it and if $75.00 would have been a good deal? Thanks for looking.
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While I don't know who made it, that's probably a really good deal. It looks like one of those three tenders on the middle left go to it. I also see some freight cars which I assume are 2-rail on the top right, which are worth checking out.
A brass loco for $75 is a good deal. I woulda bought it. You can easily make it run on 3-rail track, assuming some fine-tuning of the switches and crossings.
Frame looks like Lobaugh but motor is All Nation. Body likely either Lobaugh or Pearce (Hines).
Frame looks like Hines or Pearce. Probably Hines heavy Pacific, but not sure. Something like this without tender - probably $150.
Big boxy tender 2nd behind it, probably came with it originally. As mentioned above it looks like it could be Lobough or maybe kit bashed from various parts. It looks like a good job and it should be 2 rail insulated.
Large tender is for the All Nation Mountain or CLW Berk. Probably.
Not opinion on the Lobaugh. Haven't counted lately, but I have over 25 Lobaugh steam models in my collection. All have distinctive characteristics - one such characteristic is the method of springing drivers.
There were a few unmachined Lobaugh kits sold, and occasionally a builder would just drill holes in the frame casting for the drivers, but you can still see the pedestal castings in the outline of the frame. Nothing on this model is Lobaugh.
It looks like it was kit bashed from a few sources, and I think the boxy tender that is all nation is a guess as the tender that was bashed into the project since it is the only obviously scale tender in the photo.
I think all three of the tenders in the back are scale. One of the two furthest ones probably belongs to the locomotive.
Thought I would add this shot for completeness. Foreground is Lobaugh. It is a Greenbrier frame, but it is typical of all Lobaugh except the “lost wax” Mike, and even that had the slotted pedestals.
Next up is Hines/Pearce. Note the gearbox opening.