Greetings & best wishes from Mr. Allied and welcome to my sale!
Pleas e have confidence in my 100% honest descriptions and please read the following carefully. This is an Original, Lionel, Pre-War "O" Gauge, No. 700K (700E) New York Central "Hudson" 4-6-4 Locomotive and Whistle Tender , Produced by the Master Craftsmen of The Lionel Corporation of 28 Sager Place, Irvington, New Jersey, Circa 1938 or so. The fellow I bought this from, decades ago, said that he had always wanted a 700E, but could never afford one. So, he was putting one together, bit by bit, picking up pieces where he could find them.
He said he got the boiler from one guy, the tender from another, the chassis assembly somewhere else, etc. I had planned on doing the restoration "someday, " but time and poor eyesight have caught up with me, so I'm going to let someone else have all that fun! Thanks for reading, Allen Drucker TCA 71-3974, TTOS 277.The absolutely amazing thing about this lot, is that I do not believe the chassis assembly has ever been run, much more than around a test track. I do not believe it has ever had a boiler assembly mounted on it. How do I know this? Well, believe it or not, the holes for the handrails, in the area of the frame, just above where the pilot mounts, HAVE NEVER BEEN DRILLED! The cavities on the underside are there and I can't imagine it would take much of any work to finish drilling through to complete the holes, but the fact remains that they are not there, so go figure! This is a 1938 or later chassis, as it is stamped with the serial number 382451. In addition to the holes not being completed, the drive wheels look as though they have almost zero running time, please see photos. I bench tested it and it runs perfectly, with the drive wheels turning smoothly, straight and true. The E-unit works nicely and the whistle blows nicely. So, let me list what the issues are.
The boiler assembly is slopped with black paint. I see no cracks or any signs of metal fatigue and the boiler casting is straight & sound. The pin that couples the tender to the loco is included, but there is no chain.The tiny Lubricator Levers or "oiler" piece of the valve gear is missing. The chassis assembly is in GORGEOUS condition.
I believe everything about it is original. The trailing truck shows almost no use. The pilot truck shows more, but both are in nice shape. The pilot & trailing truck mounting screws, washers & springs are included, as are the two screws that mount the rear of the chassis to the boiler. Also included are the two screws for mounting the boiler front and the screw that goes into the smoke stack.
Both front steps are included, as is the The 700K ash pan has never been inscribed upon. The boiler front assembly is quite dirty, but the number boards are all there and should clean up nicely. There is a fissure in the headlight lens. The tender has been nicely repainted and I believe it could be used as is. The tender comes with the original, unbroken, Bakelite coal load and the six screws that mount the tender body to the chassis.
The tender frame is ever-so-slightly bowed, but I did mount the body and when that is done, the bow just straightens out easily, with very little stress. Also included, is a photo copy of the original 700KW Assembly Instructions, consisting of 36 pages. To the best of my knowledge, the following is a complete list of the parts that are missing.The very tiny Lubricator Levers or "Oiler" piece of the valve gear. The Drawbar Chain that holds the drawbar pin to the loco boiler assembly.
The two Collector Terminals that connect the whistle to the center rail pick-up roller and to the "Banana Plug" that plugs. Into the rear of the motor. The rubber grommet that the "Banana Plug" wire goes through in the tender body. There are no "Outside 3rd Rail" pick-up collectors. There may be some other small screws, washers, springs, etc.
I have never disassembled any part of this lot, other than the fact that I did add grease to the gear box several years ago. I believe that most every missing part is available as a replacement, but I make no guarantees. This is very obviously a restoration project and paint, decals or dry transfers, a bit of hook-up wire, etc. Will be needed to complete the job.
Please note that even though this is an "O" Gauge model for 3-Rail A. Operation, as noted on the boxes, it will only operate properly on "Solid T-Rail Track, " or at least on curves with a diameter of at least 72. Anyway, my old eyes don't see like they used to, so I ask that YOU please take the time to "ZOOM IN" and look the photos over closely, to determine for yourself, just what we have here.PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PHOTOS ARE AN INTEGRAL and a VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THIS LISTING. You NEED to "ZOOM IN" and STUDY the photos very carefully.
What you see is what you get. I will happily provide additional photos upon request. I'm sorry if this poses an inconvenience for you, but there are way too many parcels "disappearing" from doorsteps these days, so better safe than sorry.
Along these lines, please feel free to forward any suggestions as to how I can do better. I would very much appreciate it and I'll happily do the same for you.
THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING THIS MR. The item "LIONEL PRE-WAR 700E (K) HUDSON KIT 1938 ORIG RESTORATION PROJECT-FREE SHIPPING" is in sale since Tuesday, October 1, 2019. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Model Railroads & Trains\O Scale\Locomotives".The seller is "mrallied" and is located in Newport Beach, California. This item can be shipped to United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Jamaica, Bermuda, Iceland, Jordan, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Macao, Uruguay.