Silver Streak

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by rockislandmike, Jan 24, 2002.

  1. rockislandmike

    rockislandmike Active Member

    On an unrelated topic, I have a Tyco locomotive inbound from an eBay auction. One of their fantasy roads, a "Silver Streak". Does anyone know what loco model this is??? The answer to that will determine what railroad receives said loco when it arrives.


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  2. BDC

    BDC Member

    I've got the same one at my place. It came from a Tyco trainset about 20 years ago. Did you get the caboose along with it? The caboose was a slanted cupola with the same silver and red colors.

    As far as the model, it resembles a smorgasboard of B-axled U-boats. Apparently, Tyco couldn't decide decide on what type of loco to model, so they made up their own. Only the front axle is powered. I haven't run this baby in years, and the last time I did it was the electric-razor-doing-laps-on-the-track routine. To be honest, I haven't taken it apart for maintenance either, so that will probably help. Mine had two speeds: on and off. However, I think that was due to the cheapo Tyco transformer that came with the set.

    The paint is interesting. It resembles the ATSF passenger War-bonnet, but Tyco put the Union Pacific shield on the front. I know a railrod ran a "Silver Streak," but I can't recall who or when. I keep meaning to buy some HO snaptrack to get this baby running again, but I can never find a complete oval, or even enough parts in one place to make one without shelling out 50-60 bucks.

    Tough little loco, BTW. Mine took the 500' drop so often that the engineer earned some frequent flyer miles. Never stopped running, but was real sensitive to gaps in the track. I'll have to look at mine when I get home to see if the rear wheels pickup electrons or are just there for the ride. Glad to see another one of these out there.

  3. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

    There were two movies that featured a fictional train called The Silver Streak. One was an old B-movie called "The Silver Streak," and the other was the movie starring Gene Wilder (1976).

    There is an old Porky Pig cartoon that features a new locomotive called "The Silver Fish."

    Yes, I know I overanalyze these things. :)

  4. rockislandmike

    rockislandmike Active Member

    Kewl. Thanks for all the info, guys. Indeed I am receiving the caboose as well as the engine. It was part of a lot of three engines and two cabooses. The description noted this engine lights up but doesn't work, so it is quite likely I'll just convert it to a dummy and repaint it for one of my fictional railroads. And the caboose too, I guess.
  5. BDC

    BDC Member

    Went home for lunch today and looked at the model versus the Alco. Doh!! Oh well...
  6. billk

    billk Active Member

    Before you do anything to it, does it have any value as-is as a collectable?
  7. rockislandmike

    rockislandmike Active Member

    I doubt it. Certainly no indication of that from anything I read on the web.
  8. BDC

    BDC Member

    I wouldn't think so either. It isn't a very high-quality engine and being made by Tyco almost guaruntees that they made many thousand throughout the years. The only value to me is sentimental.
  9. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    The Alco C- 630 was a 6-axle locomotive wasn't it?
    It was part of the "Century " series.
    I believe C stood for century, 6 meant the # of axles, & 30 stood for 3000hp.

    There was also the c-420, (4 axles - 2000hp), but that loco doesn't look anything like a C-420.
    I'm betting that it's supposed to look like a GE...either a B-truck U-boat, or one of those newer B30-7's, or whatever they are.
    I really liked BDC's "electric razor" comparison. I always remember my Tycos quite often required the "0-5-0" helper service! :D
  10. rockislandmike

    rockislandmike Active Member

    It's not going to upset you when I repaint mine, is it ??? Cause if it is, I could just keep it in its current config.
  11. It was supposed to be an Alco. And, yes, they used their 4 axle trucks under it. They did put their 6 axle trucks on their Super 640. That loco was never made either.

    Hey, it was Tyco. It was a toy. Any resemblance between that and a GE is purely coincidental. Tyco called it an Alco.


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