Will it Run? Part 1
by Bradley Kaplan
has told the old story from time to time that you never know what
will turn up at York. Displayed on one member's table at the April
2002 York was this Lionel Standard gauge thin rim #5. The seller
had what seemed a very fair price posted on it. Somehow I got
him to further reduce his asking to the point that I could not
The #5 was the first steam engine Lionel cataloged
in Standard gauge. It was cataloged from 1906-1926.
Obviously there was a variety of changes in the
model in its 20 year life cycle.
To say this piece was in good shape is exaggerating,
but enough of the engine was there to make it worthwhile
to get running again.
This particular engine was probably manufactured
in 1909. This can be determined by the type of frame,
the type of reversing unit and the headlight mounting
The obvious parts that where missing from this
engine are the side rod linkage, the slide on headlight,
the nose knob and a handrail. The coal tender box
is also missing.
Luckily all these parts where obtainable at York.
George Tebolt sold the side rods and JLM Trains
sold the nose knob, handrail and slide on headlight.
The coal tender box will be formed out of a piece
of sheet metal. My plan is to make this part and
attach it with a magnet so I do not alter the body.
The engine seems to have an extra coat of black
paint. Perhaps it was partially repainted in the
When I put the engine on the track nothing happened.
I believe I will be able to get this engine will run again. This
will be a multi-issue installment. Each month the progress of
this engine will be reported.
Click here to read part 2 and see
how the restoration is progressing!