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Nice! 1937 Lionel Prewar 700E 4-6-4 Scale Hudson w/ 700W Tender

In my opinion, here is the ultimate Lionel prewar "O" gauge Steam Engine. Mention the New York Central Railroad's "Hudson" locomotive 5344, and most collectors think of this train. Here is the 1937 version of the Lionel No. 700E Locomotive with its 700W Tender. The first year this was issued. Serial Number 010257. Black zinc ally die-cast superstructure, nickel plates, rubber stamped "5344" below the windows and on the headlight. 14-1/8". Rubber stamped NEW YORK CENTRAL on the tender.

I do not know about the history on this Engine and Tender, but let me detail what I see. First, I believe that the Engine and Tender have been repainted. Beautiful job, but the paint is just too nice, and the stampings look a little strong. So, I'm calling this a repaint (but I don't know for sure). Additionally, I see that there is a crack that goes from the top window straight through the "3" and "4" on the drivers side of the cab (see pics). Also, there is a crack on the side of the coal pile on the tender. Hardly visable, but it is there. Now the good stuff....The frame on this engine is nice and straight with no warpage that I see. Sits nicely above the third rail. Train runs in forward and reverse when tested. Whistle blows hard on the Tender. Original drawbar pin in back. Other than the paint the Tender is also very nice with no warpage. Original trucks and wheels. This is a nice train set, surely to be the focus of any collection. Don't miss this rare and unique train. Please ask any questions, however, I believe the pictures tell the story well (make sure you click the link above to view ALL the pictures before bidding). Thanks. 

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