Gilbert Erector Hudson Locomotive

New Haven, Conn., 1931-1937

The parts for this model were included only with the larger Erector sets. The 1932 and later sets had the chassis partially assembled, probably due to complaints it was too difficult. The set shown in the photo is a 1931 set, prized for its colorful lid picture. 1934 and later sets came in painted steel boxes.

The name Hudson is given to the 4-6-4 wheel arrangement of the locomotive. This particular version is the New York Central J-3, which is primarily used for passenger service. Its large driving wheels are built more for speed than power, as compared to locomotives intended for freight service which usually have smaller drivers and haul longer, slower trains.

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