Matching 6 Car Set 3 rail Aluminum Each Car 21 Long Minimum Curve--O72. Observation Car has 4 nice operating lights on rear: Large White Light near the top, 2 Red Marker Lights, and lighted drumhead--EMPIRE STATE EXPRESS. My photos display both sides of each Car.This set has some minor issues. These issues are internal and should not interfere with your enjoyment of this set, for display or for running. Were it not for these minor issues, I would have classified this set as Like New.
All 6 Cars look great. All 6 Cars tested great. Smooth, stable runners, with steady stream lighting. HOWEVER, THERE ARE THREE INTERNAL ISSUES.TWO PASSENGER DOORS HAVE BEEN GLUED SHUT. Specifically, the 2 passenger doors (one on each side) of the Martin Van Buren Baggage/Lounge Car.
I have neatly glued them shut from the inside. They are secure and stable. No glue visible, with lights On or Off.
Both Doors are properly positioned in the door frames. They look like they they would open, like all other doors on the cars in this set. It is only if you were to press on either of these 2 Doors would you discover that they do not open. The 2 Baggage Doors on this Van Buren Car, as well as all doors on the other 5 Cars, open & shut properly.
AN INTERNAL POST INSIDE THE SHELL OF THE OBSERVATION CAR, NEAR THE REAR, HAS BROKEN OFF. As manufactured, the post rose from a drilled hole in the floor and extended upwards into the ceiling. Since it had already broken off, I removed the post from the Car.I have enclosed it in a separate envelope--see 11th photo. Its apparent purpose was to prevent the floor from sliding. However, in fact, it's not needed. Even without it, the floor will not move, either while the car is parked or when running.
You would only notice that the post is missing if you were to peer into the rear portion of the Observation Car from very close range when the car is lighted and not moving, specifically looking for a post. To me it seems not worthwhile to completely disassemble this Car just to reattach an unneeded, not noticeable, and probably non-prototypical, internal post. (Issue # 3) THERE ARE 6 MISSING CLEAR, CELLOPHANE WINDOW PANES. Two are panes from small doors of the Tilden Parlor car.Two are from small doors of the Fish Coach car. One pane is from one of the small doors of the RPO Car. The final missing pane is from a side passenger window of the Observation car. In my jar of misc.
O gauge parts I found a pane that is identical to one of the small panes. I enclose it in the envelope with the post--see 11th photo. The factory glues these panes to the shells from the insides of the cars. So you'd have to disassemble the applicable 4 Cars to attach the window panes.It is rather common for some window panes to fall out in O gauge aluminum passenger cars. Since the missing window panes are relatively few in number and because their absence is not noticeable (whether the car is lighted or not lighted) unless you were specifically and very intently looking for them at very close range; it seems to me to be not worthwhile to disassemble aluminum cars (not an easy task) for the purpose of regluing a few clear windows panes. I carefully handle all model train. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. Check out my other items.
Be sure to add me to your favorites list. The item "Golden Gate Depot NEW YORK CENTRAL Empire State Express 6 Car Set" is in sale since Friday, July 2, 2021. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Model Railroads & Trains\O Scale\Passenger Cars".The seller is "malex153" and is located in Lenexa, Kansas. This item can be shipped to United States.