JOSEPH L. MANIA TOY TRAIN REPRODUCTIONS AND RESTORATIONS
JLM TRAINS, L.L.C.
SUPER "7" LOCOMOTIVE
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It is well known that toy train manufacturers have built models that, for one reason or another, have never made it into production. One of the earliest is the Lionel No. 7. Although the catalog number was used starting in 1910, it was actually a No. 6 Special. An ad placed by Lionel in Playthings magazine in 1907 shows a totally different locomotive. It is called the "ELECTRIC EXPRESS LOCOMOTIVE NO. 7. Our 6 Driver Double Motor-SPECIAL." It appears to be a No. 6, only it is lengthened to include the extra set of drivers and AN ADDITIONAL MOTOR. This is the only instance that I can think of in which a steam type locomotive was powered by 2 motors. Well, this intrigued me enough to try to make a copy. Most of the tooling will stay the same but some may have to be altered a bit. All in all it looks like it will make an interesting piece. Below is a copy of the Playthings ad and more photos will follow as the project progresses.
The frames are finished. Here's a comparison of the 6 wheel drive frame to the standard
4 wheel drive unit.
Here's the running frame with two motors.
Here's the running prototype.
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