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Seller said that it was "Dropped on it's nose", but being the railfan romantic that I am I tend to believe that the engineer took dead man's curve to fast and spun it off the rails.

Either way it took out the cow catcher, boiler door, some of the boiler and bent the drawbar. It's a Pemco 2-6-0 Mogul.

Still, I had to give it a try as received. Put it on the track - headlight came on but no motion. Noticed that the tenders front truck was elevated due to the bent drawbar.

Back to the workbench where I disconnected the drawbar. It was then that I discovered that the drawbar was comprised of two wafer thin pieces of metal and that the tenders wheels were geared and not attached to the trucks.

Neat I thought, a tender driven locomotive with pickup achieved through the locomotive reverse of normal. Not for the purists, but points for innovation.

Bent the draw bar(s) back in place and put it on the track. Hey, headlight on and it moves picking up speed. Makes a funny sound, something like the early Rivarossi Genoa 4-4-0's with the in tender open armature motors.

Not only does it move, it moves very well with great low-speed performance and tractability. Maybe those rebellious Tyco engineers had something after all.

Now to reattach the broken pieces and put it to work. Look Ma, no driveshaft.
 

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My German Roco steam engines are tender drive setups. They made the tenders with metal and they had great pulling power as a result. The tender drive also gave a realistic look to the area under the boiler, the open air look...

Nice save on your part. Curious to see it when it is restored...

Tom
 

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My Roco ÖBB 2143 Diesel went over the edge about six months ago and fell over four feet on its nose.

I had to straighten a buffer mount, pop the buffer back on, and replace a coupler.

Ran like new even before it took a header off the branch line.
 

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My German Roco steam engines are tender drive setups. They made the tenders with metal and they had great pulling power as a result. The tender drive also gave a realistic look to the area under the boiler, the open air look...

Nice save on your part. Curious to see it when it is restored...

Tom
I glued the cracked boiler back together with Testors red tube, then glued the boiler door back on. Not much I could do otherwise as part of the boiler is missing toward the bottom where it can't be seen so the door couldn't be normally retained.

The cow catcher was the easy part, just snapped back on over two pegs.

Added the accessories and ran it on the track.
 

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Looks great! Nice restoration on your part. Does it have Kadee type couplers on both ends?

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Looks great! Nice restoration on your part. Does it have Kadee type couplers on both ends?

Tom
Thanks,

It came with a detached NMRA coupler and I left it off. Can't make up my mind whether to use it or replace with a Kadee. Most of my old stock engines and rolling stock have NMRA couplers, but a lot of my new acquisitions have Kadees.

I have used both in the past and have decouplers for both. Decisions.....
 

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Glad it survived. I'm also not surprised it's a good runner. Pemco stuff is a very nice refinement of the Tyco-Level product. Truth be told I've even got a few of the old Tyco locos of various types that are good runners.
 

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Nice little loco! Reminds me of a tough welterweight with a broken nose!
 
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