Does Your #436 Power Station Stack Up?
By Joel Fugazzotto
For the Prewar enthusiast, the #436 Power Station is a fairly
easy and fun item to collect. It offers a number of color variations
and even a couple hard-to-find pieces, such as the rare “Edison
I bought my first #436 at a toy show about seven years ago
along with an #840 Power Station. About two years ago I ran
across another one at an antique shop. The price was too good
to pass up, so I bought it even though I was perfectly content
with just having one.
It wasn’t until I put the two of them together that
I noticed something unusual. Can you spot the difference in
the photos below?
It’s not the color difference, nor the fact that one
is mounted on the base backwards. It’s the smoke stacks.
One is mounted on the left, one on the right. None of the books
or articles I’ve read mentions that there is a variation
in the smoke stack mounting. Every #436 that I’ve seen
since has the smoke stack mounted on the right.
But there must be other “lefties” out there. Let
me know. Simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and write in the “subject” line
either “Smoke Stack Right” or “Smoke Stack
Left.” That way I can easily count the number of lefts
and rights without opening the emails.
I’ll let you know the results at a future date.