Vintage loco ID?

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Ray Marinaccio, Mar 15, 2007.

  1. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    I'd forgotten the TA had those not-quite-AAR-B trucks. That makes it seem a logical possibility. But then, the dual engines and the existence of a B-unit suggest the E-series... I'd have to concur with the "hybrid" toy idea.

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  2. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    I would suggest that the trucks don't tell us anything. The freight car trucks on the B unit suggest that it may have come as a body casting only and the floor and trucks were added later. The power truck could have been swiped from any going diesel or even trolley car.
    But, it does look like the TA; there seems to have been no TB.
  3. e-paw

    e-paw Member

    :thumb: thats a varney drive so it might run , if it doesnt, melt it down as ballast foir a brass engin.
  4. toptrain1

    toptrain1 Member

    e-paw: Anna Lines ???? Saylorsburg ????
    Hi steve !
  5. BillD53A

    BillD53A Member

    I'm still wondering about that locomotive; I wish Ray would post the length. Looking at the images, the TA body has a taper at the rear. The E units dont have the taper; since there are 2 sets of exhausts I guess it is an E unit. Wish we knew the length.
  6. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    Here are the dimensions.
    The A unit is 8 3/8" long x 1 3/8" wide x 2 1/4" tall.
    The B unit is 6 3/8" long x 1 3/8" wide x 2 1/4" tall.
    I also took a photo of the bottom of the shell.

    Attached Files:

  7. absnut

    absnut Member

    I'm with Brakie on this one. I've been in MR-ing snce the 50's, N scale since 67 and I've never seen the likes of this one in stores or magazines. However, the shell does bring back memories of some crude "toy" trains, some of which approximated N scale. The drive looks like it was cobbled together from some other source and made to fit the shell. It certainly is a conversation piece!

  8. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    Ok I'm confused?????hamr

    It is a very neat find, in fact I find it very interesting!

    I'm almost:oops: 52 and have never seen anything like it!

  9. toptrain1

    toptrain1 Member

    toptrain here!
    I still think it was a after market powering kit for the strombecker Rock Island rocket. All you did was glue the paper sides on it.
  10. BillD53A

    BillD53A Member

    Then if its 8" long, its a TA. Which were used to power the Rocket.

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