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The Lima J50 would be my contender, even as a cheap s/h purchase. Cab full of motor despite plenty of space within the seriously under detailed and questionably proportioned body. Sounded like a coffee grinder and looked worse when running with the centre wheel set not actually connected to the rods, and a poor electrical pick-up arrangement which would very readily come out of alignment with the wheels, leading to unreliable running. Very quickly the boss on the large plastic gear was cut away by the steel retainer. After several fixes and repairs in rapid succession to overcome its' deficiencies, it was clear that it was not worth wasting any more time on this piece of junk. The best thing about it was the large block of lead ballast, which has been promoted to use in other, better, models.

Concerning the Mainline steam models with split chassis mentioned by Thumper, the first thing to do with these was to araldite the insulating muffs to the wheels. That way the wheels would not fall off before the motor clapped out! Generally the Mainline steam models were in the category 'good body moulding, shame about the supplied mechanism'.
 
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