MTH Rail King 30-2159-3: (Dummy/Non-Powered) Chicago Northwestern Doodlebug


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MTH Rail King 30-2159-3: (Dummy/Non-Powered) Chicago Northwestern Doodlebug

Even in the heyday of steam power, it was still expensive for steam trains to serve passengers on small branch lines and secondary mainlines. The solution to high-cost, low-ridership routes was the Doodlebug. Doodlebugs were essentially a cross between a locomotive and a passenger car. The front section housed an internal combustion engine and the rear housed a passenger or freight compartment. Larger consists housed the baggage and freight in the rear compartment and pulled a passenger car behind the Doodlebug, but most were run as single units. At their peak of popularity in the 1920s, Doodlebugs rode the rails in every part of the country.

  • Operating headlight
  • Die Cast Truck sides and pilots
  • Illuminated Marker Lights
  • Operates on O-31 Track
  • Colorful Paint Scheme
  • Measures Approximately 16’x 2.5″ x 3.75″
  • Grade: C-9

Grading Details:
C-10 Mint – Brand New: All original, unused and unblemished.
C-9 Factory New – Brand New: all original, unused, may evidence factory rubs and the slightest evidence of handling, shipping and having been test run at the factory.
C-9 New-Old-Stock: all original, unused, and typically out of production and may evidence factory rubs and shows considerable evidence of handling, shipping and aging.
C-8 Like New: Complete all original. No rust, no missing parts, may show effects of being on display and/or age, may have been run.
C-7 Excellent: All original minute scratches and paint nicks, no rust and no missing parts. No distortion of component parts.
C-6 Very Good: Minor scratches and paint nicks, minor spots of surface rust, free of dents. May have minor parts replaced.
C-5 Good: Sign of play wear with scratches and minor paint loss. Small dents, minor surface rust. Evidence of heavy use.
C-4 Fair: Scratched. Moderate paint loss, dented missing parts, surface rust. Evidence of heavy use.
C-3 Poor: Requires major body repair. Heavily scratched, major rust and missing parts. Restoration candidate.
C-2 Restoration required: Restoration required.
C-1 Junk, parts value only: Junk, parts value only