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I think it depends on the era it was made. Some are made with a particularly heat sensitive plastic that deforms quickly with continuous running. The wheels on most versions get dirty quite easily and affect the pick-up. I had one that had a meltdown after two hours of continuous running and had to be trashed. Having said that, I like this loco and I agree that with care it will last a long time. I disagree with Tom (sorry Tom) that they can pull trees. It's not an LGB or Hartland level drive, but TLC will keep it alive for a while.
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