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(Message started by: PennsyFan2017 on Mar 15th, 2017, 7:20pm)

Title: First Model Train: Pennsy A5 Switcher
Post by PennsyFan2017 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).

Title: Re: First Model Train: Pennsy A5 Switcher
Post by NEFAN 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. :)

Title: Re: First Model Train: Pennsy A5 Switcher
Post by toptrain 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

Title: Re: First Model Train: Pennsy A5 Switcher
Post by PennsyFan2017 on Mar 25th, 2017, 12:53pm
I looked Lima up and it said they stopped trading over ten years ago.

Title: Re: First Model Train: Pennsy A5 Switcher
Post by PennsyFan2017 on Mar 25th, 2017, 12:55pm

on 03/25/17 at 10:21:44, toptrain wrote:
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.

Title: Re: First Model Train: Pennsy A5 Switcher
Post by toptrain 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 belpare firebox. I know they, the PRR, got 0-6-0 switchers of the USRA design.
Good luck in your info search

Title: Re: First Model Train: Pennsy A5 Switcher
Post by toptrain 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



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