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Posted by: PennsyFan2017 Posted on: Mar 15th, 2017, 7:20pm
So I recently acquired my first model train in years and I was wanting something that I could start a model railroad with. I got a Pennsy A5 0-4-0. Was it a good choice? Also, I am unsure as to which brand it is (I just bought the train. It was slightly used so it did not come in its case).
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Mar 18th, 2017, 8:22pm
Not sure of the maker. It is a good engine for short freight trains and yard switching. It looks like it has horn & hook type couplers, which may need to be changed depending on what type of cars you use. I have a mixture, but mainly use kadee type knuckle couplers. Let us know how your layout is progressing.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Mar 25th, 2017, 10:21am
It was made by Lima. Some say Playart on the bottom. These also were made by Lima for Playart  and sold in both the US and Europe.
frank
Posted by: PennsyFan2017 Posted on: Mar 25th, 2017, 12:53pm
I looked Lima up and it said they stopped trading over ten years ago.
Posted by: PennsyFan2017 Posted on: Mar 25th, 2017, 12:55pm
on Mar 25th, 2017, 10:21am, toptrain wrote:       (Click here for original message)
It was made by Lima. Some say Playart on the bottom. These also were made by Lima for Playart  and sold in both the US and Europe.
frank

Around what time do you suppose it was made? How can you tell it's a Lima model? Sorry for all the questions, but I am really curious.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Mar 26th, 2017, 12:43pm
* There may be a collector site for Lima trains on line with correct answers to a question like that. The company that own's Lima now is Rivarossi who in turn is owned by someone else. Maybe Hornby. I don't bother to keep up who owns who anymore. I just buy trains I like knowing who made them. Your 0-4-0 isn't a PRR design or prototype. though during WW2 the PRR did get a few USRA type 0-4-0's, but without the Belpar firebox. I know they, the PRR, got 0-6-0 switchers of the USRA design also.
 Good luck in your info search
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 18th, 2017, 9:05pm
I know it is a Lima because of the plastic cup the surrounds the lower rear of the locomotive. It is there I would say for 2 reasons. 1 appearance and 2 protect the gearing from anything they  may pick up from the tracks.  
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 16th, 2017, 6:35am
*  Both HObbyline and John English sold PRR A5 locomotives. They do show up at train shows. So many were made.
 
** Here is the HObbyline A5. It has a plastic body. A open frame motor like a Mantua/Tyco MU1 or 2. It is easy recognized by all the cast on details. Handrails Head light, piping. All a part of the boiler cab casting. The tender is also plastic. The driver wheel centers are a red plastic with a metal tire. The loco picks up electricity only from the Loco. It has no tender pickup.
 
frank
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 16th, 2017, 6:54am
* This is the John English all metal A5 locomotive. It was called the" Yard Bird " by English and these are how the kit boxes looked.
frank
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 16th, 2017, 6:57am
* Here are a couple of the ones I have. The all metal Yard Bird.
frank