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These two engines that pull tourist trains at 'Olde Kennywood Railway' in Kennywood Amusement Park near Pittsburgh....

...are said to be from the '39-40 NYWF.

Can anybody match them to period photos?

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At some point in Kennywood's history, the trains were painted different colors than they are today.

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The story goes that they were at Gimbels Department Store, then moved to the NYWF in 1939, then Kennywood bought them in 1945 at the end of WWII.

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They look like they were styled after the S-1. Very nice looking indeed. I don't recall any miniature train photos from the Fair, but they could have been tucked away somewhere.

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I have a photo showing that area off in the distance, but all you can really see is the Gimbel sign and not the rides. Something else to keep searching for...

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Bingo! We have a picture of them at the World's Fair!

Looks like there may have been more of them than just the two that are now at Kennywood.

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This print was sold on eBay last month:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1939-Print-New-York-Worlds-Fair-Gimbels-Flyer-Miniature-Train-Childrens-World-/110799775952?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19cc2e68d0#ht_2636wt_1396

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It seems that Kennywood had all 3 of the NYWF 'locomotives', but around 2007 divested itself of one of them.

At least for a while it was in front of the Expo Center in Oaks, PA (near Philadelphia).

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The locomotives look like steam replicas, but are actually powered by gasoline engines the size of a small truck. From photos it appears that the holes in the nose were drilled at Kennywood. There don't appear to be any holes in the World's Fair photos. At Kennywood they also sport one or two rectangular holes cut in each side above the wheel wells. It could be that Kennywood found that the engines were prone to overheating on hot summer days, so they opened up the sides and drilled holes in the nose.

The locomotives are now also obviously missing part of the decorative bars that graced the front in their World's Fair days.

There are some references that say the train was still known as the Gimbels Flyer in the first years when it was installed at Kennywood in the late 40's.

In the winter when the park is closed, Kennywood stores the locomotives under a shelter and removes the gas engine to send it out for an overhaul. The shell gets new paint.

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Great find, Randy! And a much more streamline style than the one I found out here in Calabasas a couple of years ago which also claims to be from the 39/40 NYWF. Still haven't found any period photos of mine!

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