Hey gang, I recently purchased a few HO steam locomotives from a fellow museum member at Railroad Days this year for $10 a piece. Since I was robbing the trains as a fundraiser for the museum during the festivities, I really felt like I had literally robbed the guy afterward when I got them home and saw what this little guy was considering that as I was perusing his "for sale" table, I had a Colt .45 on each hip and Alicia was holding my shot gun while I shopped. I originially bought this engine as an after thought after I paid for the rest of my "loot", but as I turned to walk away, this little guy caught my eye and I couldn't resist. It was cute and I thought would make a great addition to the set of Central Pacific 34' overtons I bought from a vendor there last year. The size and era were perfect for what I had been hoping to accomplish for my little "logging commuter train" for my logging branch of the layout. I didn't realize at the time that the thing was brass. Guys, what the heck *did* I buy? It's kinda funky, in that the bottom of this little 2-8-0 is stamped "Mantua" and upon seperating the boiler from the frame, I confirmed that indeed it does have the guts familiar to us Tyco/Mantua collectors. The firebox is the typical plastic Tyco piece like my other Tyco steamers have. Other than that, it is a very delicate brass construction in that the boiler and walkways as well as the pilot. The tender is a heavily modified Rivarossi tender that has been converted to burn pil instead of the former coal load. The problem is that it has absolutely NO provisions for power pickup. What I need is for someone knowledgeable about repowering and restoring these old steamers to add electrical pickup. The motor works fine, I just need to get power to it by rail, rather than by hooking up transformer leads to the motor. I imagine tender pickups would be best, but being steam, I am afraid to even try and don't know where to start. If it was a diesel, it'd already be roaming the rails, as that is where my experience and expertise lies. With steam, I'm lost. I won't even begin to get into what I did to the Rivarossi 2-8-8-2 that I tried to clean. I took it apart to clean it up and restore it and it's now in pieces in an Athearn box. I have no idea how to put it all back together. I don't want this to happen with this little 2-8-0 trying to install power pickup shoes in it. Anyone interested in tackling the power pickup problem? Photos are attached. BTW: What is this thing? I mean, who manufactured it? Was it a scratch built engine? Norm (the guy I got it from) doesn't know as it is very old and he had had it for many years. Any ideas?