Tuesday, September 28, 2010



The steam locomotive arrived in America with sufficient force and perfect timing to do precisely the job needed for an emerging nation with a considerable task to perform. America was not the first to develop steam locomotion - that had been the privilege of the English - but in the burgeoning states of America the problems that this monster of industrial development faced were far greater and more dramatic than the British pioneer engines were required to surmount. America was a vast, untouched landscape, with distances that no "civilizing" nation had previously encountered, and the ter­rain itself was more varied and less tamed than anywhere in the world at that time.

One of the most popular and successful vehicles to set this national force in motion was an American type 4-4-0, the definitive early form which first appeared during the 1830s, when much of the early pioneering track was well underway. The most famous example of this locomotive was called the"General," built by Thomas Rogers of Paterson, New Jersey. The type formed the most numerously-built of all the engines in this great growing country. Rogers incorporated the latest of Stephenson's developments - a gearing system that permitted more than the "full forward" and "full back­ward" movements, giving the opportunity to use the steam power to its com­plete extent. Additionally, the new design brought improved features, such as the provision of adequate space between the cylinders and the drive wheels, thus reducing the maximum angularity of the connecting rods and therefore the up-and-down forces of the slide bars.
In the rugged and varied lands of the Americas, flexibility was needed on curves, and the slightly later versions of the General contained side move­ment on the leading "trucks" or "bogies," producing a greater facility to han­dle curves at speed.
In these early days of US pioneering, the "extras" available were many and varied, with beautiful adornments such as brass name-plates and fancy trim. But as the competition increased, and the financial restrictions of the latter part of the nineteenth century grew, the "American" became the "American Standard" - which had a tougher style with less trim and with more severe lines. It was a locomotive type which nevertheless sold more than twenty-five thou­sand engines.

Model is 46 inches long x 7 ½ inches wide x 13 inches high
Live Steam model 4 - 4- 0
Comes complete with tender shown and 5 feet of track for display

Scale - 3/4 inches = 1 foot

Aster Live Steam Engine Kit J1c 5265 NIB Rare Mint Cond

Rare Aster N.Y.C. Hudson J1c 5265 Live Steam Engine kit. It has never been assembled and only removed from the box for these photographs. It was purchased over 30 years ago by our consignor, an avid collector of trains. There were only 320 of these kits made and this is number 61.

These superb locomotives, used to haul the "Great Steel Fleet" on the Water Level Route, got their name from the Hudson River, and proved their capabilities as passenger traffic burgeoned on the Central Lines.  Their day-to-day reliability enhanced the Central's enviable reputation as the nation's foremost passenger carrier.  Their splendid performance, coupled with their handsome external appearance, made these locomotives an unqualified success - unequaled by any other locomotive on the American continent.

The failure to preserve a single prototype of the New York Central Hudson locomotive is a tragic loss for railroading history.  Aster's NYC Hudson offered an opportunity for the model railroading enthusiast to own a precise 1:32 scale locomotive which is reminiscent of a period in American history when railroad service was at its peak. Aster's live-steam model replicates locomotive number 5265, one of twenty-five J1c locomotives built in the short period of 1928-1929.  Locomotive number 5265 was completed in December 1928, and it was retired from service in April 1953 and scrapped.

Here are some specifics:

Incredible Aster gauge 1 live steam New York Central Hudson J1c 5265,
Factory built in original box with associated paperwork,
Unfired C9-10. Aster Hobby Co., Inc. Tokyo Japan.
This loco is serial number 61, which is 61 of 320.
Specifications Weight: Engine 6.2kg, Tender 2.8 kg Total 9.0 kg
Dimensions: Length: 934 mm Height: 142 mm Width: 102 mm Driving Wheels: 61 mm,
Made of stainless steel, equalized spring action.
Trailer Wheels: Front: diameter 27 mm made of stainless steel Rear: diameter 39 mm, made of stainless steel Tender and Pilot Wheels: Disc type, diameter 27 mm, made of stainless steel.
Cylinders & Pistons: 2 x Cylinders, Bore 16 mm x stroke 20 mm, rulon piston rings.
Valve Gear: Walschaert's valve gear with reverser lever (for ease of R/C operation) Valve Travel 1.2 mm, Cut-off 80% Boiler Type: Center Flue with 3 fire tubes for Butane gas burning.
Working Pressure: 3 to 4 kg/cm (42-56 psi) at normal working pressure Water Capacity: 350 cc at 80% full Fittings: 2 x Safety valves, Pressure Gauge, Water Gauge Glass, Regulator (Throttle) Valve, Water Check Valves, Blow down valve, Whistle Valve, By-Pass Valve, Whistle, and Super Heater.
Feed Water System: (1) Axle Driven Automatic Feed Water Pump mounted on the middle drivers' axle (Cylinder bore 5 mm x stroke 8 mm) (2) Hand Operation Feed Water Pump mounted in tender water tank (Cylinder bore 10 mm x stroke 16 mm) Lubricator: Roscoe displacement type Tender Gas Reservoir: Capacity 139 cc (approximately 4 1/2 ounces)
Water Tank: Capacity 600 cc (approximately 21 ounces) Fuel: Butane Gas Insulation Method: Both sides insulated Minimum Radius: 3 meters (10 feet)

1939 Lionel OO Gauge Complete Train Set NM Original Pre war

From its original Lionel packing box, to the individually boxed train cars, this set is as pristine as the

day it was made! At a time when everything was made of metal, this train set is highly detailed and heavy!
Two of the cars are still in their original cellophane! This has been in my family since
new. My grandfather purchased this set in Washington D.C. for Christmas of 1939. It has never been run.
It has been stored in various family closets for over 70 years!

New York Central Hudson 001E, stamped 003 under the cab, two track, hyper detailed.

Boxcar 0014 (1939-40?) two wheel track, super-detailed scale model. Near Mint.
Boxcar 0044 (1939-40?) two wheel track, super-detailed scale model. Still in its original cellophane!
Shell Tank car, 0045, two wheel track, super-detailed scale model still in its original packing cellophane!
Hopper car, 0046, two wheel track, super-detailed scale model, in near mint condition
Caboose, 0047, red, two wheel track, super-detailed scale model, near mint. Absolutely stunning!
Tender, 003T, black, two wheel track with hookup for whistle/smoker, near mint.
Whistle controller, 167
Track box consisting of (11) no. 0031 curved track, (1) no. 0034 connection track

History of Lionel OO Gauge Train
Made only between 1938 and 1942, these trains featured die cast construction. Lionel 00 trains were high quality.

Offered in two rail and three rail versions. The items were also offered in scale and semi-scale versions.
The semi-scale versions had less detail and were a bit cheaper. The hopper was never offered in a semi-scale version.
The version you see here is the super detailed scale version. Lionel only made one type of locomotive.
A model of the New York Central Hudson steam engine. All Lionel model engines had the same 5342 number on the cab.