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Object Name: Model of New York Central steam locomotive
Date: 1933-1939
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Medium: Iron; glass, wood
Dimensions: Overall (locomotive): 13 x 72 x 9 in. (33 x 182.9 x 22.9 cm) Case: 25 x 79 1/4 x 15 in. ( 63.5 x 201.3 x 38.1 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: 3/4" scale working model of a steam locomotive (N.Y.C. 5297) from plans supplied by the New York Central Railroad; consists of two black-painted iron cars: a steam locomotive labelled "5297" connected to a freight car with lettering "NEW YORK CENTRAL."
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Muriel Lamar Holliday and Mr. Charles B. Lamar
Object Number: 1980.2
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Marks: engraved: on plaque at base: "3/4 INCH SCALE LIVE STEAM/NEW YORK CENTRAL/TWENTIETH CENTURY/MADE COMPLETELY BY/CHARLES LAMAR/1933-1939" painted: on sides of locomotive: "5297" painted: on sides of freight car: "NEW YORK CENTRAL"

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This scale model of a steam locomotive was built by the donor's father between 1933 and 1939 from actual shop plans supplied by The New York Central Railroad. Mr. Lamar made wood patterns for all the parts and had them cast, then machined the pieces to tolerances of 1,000th of an inch. The model was on exhibit in the Railroad Building at the 1939 World's Fair and is still housed in the case in which it was exhibited at the Fair.


"Grand Central Terminal: City Within the City," The New-York Historical Society, May - September 1982. Exhibited at Albany Institute of History and Art, October 22 - April 30, 1983.