I just thought that I'd share a few shots ,and a video, of my first G Scale, locomotive that I bought on Ebay back in late December of 2004. It has been fully restored to as close as possible to its' original factory new appearance.
This is from the Lionel "Gold Rush Special " set. It came with a brown gondola,and red drover's caboose,track,and Lionel #4060 transformer. Original price back in 1987 ,when this set was first released was, if I remember right,$218.00 at Toys'RUS. It was on clearance sale at one point for $118.00,but I still didn't have the money back then to be able to afford it.
Flash forward to December 2004. I was browsing on Ebay, and suddenly thought of this train set. I looked it up,and there was one with a starting bid of $34.99 with $15.00 shipping. So, I bid on it and spent the next couple of days hoping that no one else would bid on it.
The auction finally ended with not one single other bid, and so,I got this set for $49.99. Complete,and in the box. It arrived on December 26,2004, just one day past Christmas. If the seller had sent it out the day after I paid for it ,it would have ran under the Christmas tree that year. But the seller waited for 2 days before sending it out, so it didn't arrive on time.
Which was fine, as I really hadn't expected it to do so. Would have been nice,but that's life.
It had some minor cosmetic damage, and the stack turned out to be broken. I spent the next 9 years being content enough to just reglue the stack back on from time to time.
I found a nearly complete donor locomotive on Ebay about 9 years later. It cost $20.00. I bought it, and restored my original locomotive to the pretty little locomotive that you see now.
I just pulled it out of the bottom of the closet , where it has sat in a box for at least the last 2 years unrun.Which is kind of sad ,as it is my favorite of all the various G Scale locomotives that I currently own. I cleaned and lubricated it ,and it's still running like the little champ that its' always been.