Saturday, April 15, 2006

Underside of Lionel No.4 showing one of the two cast iron weights. Its likely that the weights were designed to add traction. A similar weight is affixed to the opposite end of the locomotive. I have also seen these weights mounted over the frame inside the cab.
Part of the Bild-A-Loco collector shoe is also visible. A feature of this design is that the collector shoe can easily be removed. With the collector shoe removed the axles with their captive bushings and pressed on wheels can be lifted out of the motor bearing plates.
Lionel No.4 Bild-A-Loco. Grey with Apple green hatches. This example does not exhibit an Apple green stripe along the lower edge of the cab as is described in popular guide books. There are two cast iron frame weights.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Ives No 3242 looking brand new.
Lionel No.4. Reverse switch is part of the motor assembly. The lever protrudes through an arc shaped cutout on the cab.
Lionel No. 4U Outfit.
Unassembled O-Gauge No.4 Bild-A-Loco locomotive. Assembled and decorated locomotive cab and frame, motor parts, wheels, drive gears arranged on a metal tray and circle of track.
The black enameled motor base permits the locomotive motor to be converted to a stationary motor. The axles and flanged wheels nay be exchanged with a flywheel-pulley shaft or a capstan-sprocket shaft. The stationary motor drive shafts are visible to the left and right of the brass locomotive collector shoe assembly. The stationary motor is known as the Bild-a-Motor.
The No. 4U is only 4U while in the box. When assembled it becomes a No.4 An example of a piece that must have the box. This outfit appears to be missing the screw driver and include an extra flywheel pully shaft.
Ives No. 3243 Wide Gauge locomotive.
The Lionel No. 254 in yellow. Rubber stamping "YELLOW" is visible on the box. The No. has the reverse switch horizontally mounted on the frame with the lever protruding through the engin cab.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

1939 Lamps with error. Copy is switched between Boulevard Lamp on right and Parkway Lamp on left. Posted by Picasa

Friday, November 11, 2005

The Lionel No. 256 with cab removed to expose dual reverse switches and connecting linkage. The two screw heads to the left and right of the reverse switches are the pivot points for the twin motors.
One thing missing in the design of this locomotive is space for the Lionel reverse unit. Without the "E Unit" distant reverse unit that was featured in mid level and premium locomotives, the 256 was at a disadvantage and had to give up its position as top of the line locomotive. The 256 was the only O-gauge twin motor locomotive in this period.

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Hoosac Tunnel electric locomotives. Though foreshortened, the Lionel 256 is a reasonable replica. Posted by Picasa

Lionel 256 twin motor Electric Locomotive. Based on the electrics servicing the Hoosac Tunnel, this locomotive, only in orange, occupied the top of the O Gauge line for a number of years. Posted by Picasa

Lionel No.4 in yellow. A color that often known as orange is called, in this instance, yellow by the Lionel Corporation. This month I will concentrate on pre-World War II production items in orange. This locomotive was also produced in grey. The No.4 Bild-a-Loco features a manual reverse motor designed to be easily disassembled with a screw driver. The locomotive was also produced as the No. 4U. The No. 4U consisted of the unassembled locomotive and track.Posted by Picasa

There is some resemblance between this Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific E-2 and a Lionel 4. Photo taken in St Louis Museum of Transportation in 2004.

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