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    This train eagle was in my Dad's garage. How do I know if it is authentic? What do these things sell for and how do you find a buyer who collects and enjoys the item rather than a dealer who just turns around and re-sells it?
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    Hi, and welcome to the Forum. It looks like a good one to me, but others
    will comment who know for sure. It's missing 3 lugs on the reverse
    which have been filed down or cut off.

    Once it's established as original or not, there is a classifieds section
    if you wish to sell it to a member here.........
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Looks like a good bird to me. Commonest type found being a 24 1/2" eagle. Correct markings on the reverse, G.AL. Mg.Si. which is Galvanized Aluminum, Magnesium and Silicone. Below that are the stamps ZA 7 which stands for Zug Adler (Train Eagle) and LN for Berlin.

    I'd estimate $1500-1800 at this time, maybe a touch more if your lucky.

    Regards, Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Pre 1970's reproduction by the look of it. It all comes down to the bosses. I had two of these a little while ago. They are worth about $200 - $300 apiece . Contact JR on WAF, if you want to be absolute.

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    Thanks for all the quick responses. My Dad was in the 757th Railway Shop Battalion and served in Germany. I would be very surprised if he acquired a fake. Unfortunately, he has advanced dementia so I will never know the real story. I would love to hear how he got it home from Germany!

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    This thread and others like it contains pictures of what correct bolts look like, although the eagle is larger size.
    http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/foru...=448599&page=4

    The set I had were from the grandson of a Lt Col that ran train yards in Germany after hauling Patton's equipment across Europe after D-Day. They were switched out with the reproductions in the 1970's after the Col death by a less than scrupulous great grand son, so that his father wouldn't know. Probably sold to a dealer or elsewhere. The photographic evidence of the two original eagles in the Col possession during the war periods exists, but the real eagles are long gone.

    I believe the eagle in your pictures is the known post war 24" APAG reproduction.
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    Nice original Eagle & great provenance.

    Horst
    "He who hesitates is lost - is not only lost but miles from the next exit"

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    Some find!

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    Sorry guys after looking at it more closely I have to agree with the others that it is an early post 45 Eagle.
    As they say "to err is human" -

    Horst
    "He who hesitates is lost - is not only lost but miles from the next exit"

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    How come these repro train eagles always have the three lugs on the back missing? Never saw a good one missing its lugs.

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