What’s Wrong With This Picture?
By Bob Mintz
Something is missing here. Most of us probably do not even realize
it. Don’t even miss it. Many bought # 197 Rotating Radar
Antenna used and did not give it a second thought or asked the
seller about it.
I’ll give you another clue.
# 192 Operating Control Tower
# 175 Rocket Launcher
Although the # 192 Operating Control Tower and # 175 Rocket Launcher
both shared the same superstructure, the mystery piece was never
included as part of those packages. In fact, this obscure member
shares a handle with the accessory itself.
It is a small piece, barely 4 ½ inches in height.
If you guessed a whip antenna, you would be correct.
Ah, that’s better.
P.S. Extra points if you know where the original prototype for
this Lionel accessory once stood. If you guessed it was once (since
replaced) next to the local lane of the southbound NJ Turnpike
by Newark (now Newark/Liberty) International Airport, you are
now permitted to spend heavy on trains, not that you won’t
do that without answering correctly anyhow!