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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Trucks of Mystery--Early Lionel OO Reproductions?

In a recent eBay lot two pairs of a very unusual OO gauge truck were spotted.

The winner was Dick Kuehnemund, and he sent photos of a pair after receipt from the auction.

I really don’t have any idea who made these, I have checked I think every resource I have, and these are true stumpers. According to Dick “The side frames look like Lionel's & they're held together like Lionel's: a ‘U’ shaped ‘staple’ at each end of the bolster. I've never seen anything like them.” The trucks have a round Bakelite bolster. I have never seen anything like them either.

Anyone with a theory as to what they are? Click on the photos for larger versions.

UPDATE: I eventually got one pair of the trucks from Dick. The answer to what they are is I think in the end pretty easy, they are early reproduction Lionel trucks. The question of who made them and why remains, but the round Bakelite turning is an interesting solution to insulating a Lionel bolster to make two-rail trucks with S-C wheelsets.

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