fake originals

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fake originals
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, April 10, 2001 8:35 PM
I was wondering if any of the train experts out there can tell me how to spot a fake Lionel postwar steamer or Alco unit? I usually look at the black paint around the numbers on the steamers but don't know about the Alcos. Any ideas?
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Posted by Algonquin on Tuesday, April 10, 2001 10:58 PM
Hi Dave,

I usually go by the information in the Guides. Greenberg (Now Kalmbach) and TM both have great postwar guides that give a lot of detail about each version including type of motor and/or pick-ups that are correct for a particular version. Known variations are discussed also.

Generally, I find that Alcos in Like New condition tend to match all known components/parts stated in the guides. Most Like New condition trains have not seen much play and would not be expected to be found with replaced trucks or motor. If it does not match the guides descriptions, most probably it has been modified.

If you are looking for all original and not modified (even with original Lionel parts) Alcos, the guides are my best source of information.

Tim P.

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