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Up for sale is a pre-war Lionel 1688E torpedo locomotive with tender and 3 tinplate passenger cars (O-gauge). The 1688 engine was produced from 1936-1942. I believe this locomotive was produced in 1937, based on the 1688E marking, gunmetal gray color, molded roof hatch above the cab, and drive wheels (4) with 8 spokes. The plate underneath the motor is labeled "LIONEL, JR.". The locomotive measures about 9 1/4" long. The tender is unmarked, but I believe it to be the 1689T model (no whistle). The tender measures about 5 7/8" long (not including couplers).
The tin lithographed passenger cars are also correct for the 1937 year and I believe them to be original to this set. The passenger cars include 2 Lionel Lines 1690 pullman coaches and a 1691 observation car. The cars have the fish belly and red frame. The passenger cars measure about 7 7/8" long (not including couplers). I purchased this Lionel train set at an estate sale several months ago.
Condition of this Lionel 1688E set is GOOD. It appears that the locomotive and tender have been repainted, although someone did a very nice job. One of the red marker lights on the locomotive is missing. I also noticed that the wire to the headlight is not connected. The passenger cars are in good shape with nice paint. They do have some scratches and small areas of paint loss. Three of the 4 door handle bars are missing on the 1691 car. Cosmetically, the set looks great and displays well. The engine is untested (I don't have the capability to run it), but likely runs fine. The drive wheels moved when I tried to turn them. Regardless, you are buying the locomotive "as is" with no returns. Please take a close look at the many photos I've provided and judge condition for yourself. I think you'll be very pleased with this purchase.
If you collect model trains, particularly pre-war Lionel sets, don't miss your opportunity to offer on this offering. My start price of only $9.99 (WITH ) is a ridiculous bargain and intended to spark interest. So offer now while the price is right and check back often. This train set WILL be sold to the highest buyer!
While you're here, please check out my other sale listings by clicking on the link below. Whenever possible, I'll be happy to reduce shipping for combined purchases.
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Side View of Torpedo Locomotive
Opposite Side View
Marking on Underside of Engine
1691 Observation Car
Closeup of Back End
Side View of 1st 1690 Pullman Coach
Closeup of Lithograph Design
Side View of 2nd 1690 Pullman Coach
Payment is due within 10 days after the sale ends. policy limits sellers to only accepting electronic methods of payment (i.e. PayPal). If you have any questions regarding this policy, please let me know. Please contact me within 3 days of sale end to confirm receipt of your invoice and to advise me of your payment plans. Virginia residents will need to add 5% state sales tax.
For international purchases, I accept Paypal only. The buyer is responsible for all customs fees. The declared value listed on the customs form will be the final selling price of the item. I will not list the item as a "gift" to avoid customs charges.
If you're the lucky winner of this Lionel train set, it will come to you VERY carefully packaged via Parcel Post or Priority Mail (your choice). Shipping will be actual charges from zip code 22980 (packaged weight between 6 and 7 pounds). Use the shipping calculator below to determine exact mailing cost to your location. International buyers will need to e-mail me for a shipping quote.
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