Model Railroads/Lionel 700E


Hudson Fanatic wrote at 2010-06-17 14:05:53
Here are some guidelines to help you date an original Pre-WWII Lionel 700E.  The first year 1937 models had serial numbers under the front truck that start with 01-.  Their boilers had thin window struts, and their castings tended to warp %26 decay.  The axle ends on the drive wheels are black to match the wheel.  1938 models added oil screws on the bottom of the frame, thicker window struts, and serial numbers that start 38-.  1939 models had no serial number, still had black axles %26 oil screws.  1940 models were the same, but the axles in the drive wheels changed to nickel.  Sometime in 1941, the E-unit handle in the cab was bent at a 90 degree angle to make it easier to reach.  It is believed 1941 was the last year of production even though they were still sold in the 1942 catalog. As the years passed from 1937 to 1941, the front pilot (cowcatcher) was raised by decreasing the thickness of the casting due to complaints about shorting on the center rail.  The tender remained the same, although earlier years we subject to casting problems %26 breakage.  Beware of repro tenders produced by Madison Hardware that combined original bodies with repro bases, trucks, and coal loads.  In general, these repros are easy to spot due to the sub-standard quality of the repro castings and a different wheel back. Many engines are found that do not conform to these guidelines (example - black wheel axles with bent e-unit handle), and this is a give-away that the engine was built-up from parts of different eras.

marbour wrote at 2011-12-08 01:57:40

  Je possède la locomotive Lionel 700E Hudson( 5342) et Tender 700T(New York Central), en très bonne condition et fonctionnels.

Dennis wrote at 2014-03-27 03:05:33
I think you should go back and do your homework - you are clearly passing on misinformation.

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