Any Help regarding the Make and Year of this Mikado?

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Any Help regarding the Make and Year of this Mikado?

Post by mcgrath618 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:51 pm

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This is an HO Mikado I got and am restoring to PRR colors. Any help regarding when it was made, and by whom? Thanks!

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Re: Any Help regarding the Make and Year of this Mikado?

Post by umtrr-author » Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:55 am

I'm going to make a wild and probably uninformed guess that it is from Mantua. The headlight in the middle of the front is my clue-- that was a common feature to several locomotives.

An additional straight-on shot of the entire length of the loco, including the tender, would be helpful.
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Re: Any Help regarding the Make and Year of this Mikado?

Post by Backshophoss » Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:06 pm

Might have been made in the early '60's,check for "casting rot"(aka "zinc pest") as you strip the paint off,the footboards on the pilot
and tender will be fragile,so handle shells carefully.
If you intend to install a DCC decoder,you might want to remotor the loco with a motor from NWSL,as the "Pittman" type motors
of that era can draw over 1 amp.
You will need to degrease and cleanup the drive mech and the frame as well.
Good Luck and take your time on the restoration.
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Re: Any Help regarding the Make and Year of this Mikado?

Post by Marty Feldner » Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:31 am

My first thought was also Mantua, 50's, but details don't match (I had one back then). Looks more like a John English, from the same time frame.

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Re: Any Help regarding the Make and Year of this Mikado?

Post by mackdave » Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:06 am

Try this link: http://hoseeker.net/gallery/index.php?a ... Mikado.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
It looks mighty close except for the feedwater heater.

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Re: Any Help regarding the Make and Year of this Mikado?

Post by mcgrath618 » Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:22 am

Thank you for the help, I do think that it is a John English. When I get back to it (I don't keep my trains at my house), I'll post more pictures and do some further investigative work.

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Re: Any Help regarding the Make and Year of this Mikado?

Post by mcgrath618 » Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:03 am

Update on this one: I did some digging around and I actually found the box this thing came in. It's a '51 John English, with the instruction manual included.
I also have it running pretty steadily now. It has some power to it still, but I am considering repowering it. Will definitely paint it, add a smoke unit, add PRR decals, etc

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