Rare Large IVES Cast Iron "Cannonball Train" Circa. 1893 - WOW!
Here is a wonderful looking toy that you won't see very often. This is the IVES 'Cannonball Train' That Ives produced in 1893. Then it claimed itself to be the larges train ever made - as the combined length is 55" long. The Engine itself measures 14-5/8" long. Tender is 9-1/2" long. The "Union Line" Boxcar measures 13-5/8", and the "Limited Vestibule Epress" Passenger Car measures 16-5/16". Wow, this is a cool set - and displays very well. However, as you can see in all the pictures, the set has some condition issues. I will detail what I see, however, please look at all the pictures carefully, as I took many so you can see all. The Engine has a broken steamchest and is missing its front set of wheels. I looks to me that the front cow catcher is a replacement. A pair of the back drive wheels have been repainted, and it is missing its side rods. The Tender is actually complete in an unbroken state. Looks good. The Passenger Car is missing two sets of wheels. It also has a chip out of the roof, one side. Half of the back vestibule is broken off, along with its railing. The Union Line Boxcar is missing its doors. One truck is broken, and missing three sets of wheels. To help I've provided some wheels and parts for some of the repair. Including 4 original wheels, and 18 lead reproductions. Overall, a great train that would be a nice addition to any collection. Don't miss, and please ask any questions. Unfortunately, the package will be large and heavy. Thanks.