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I've bought three locomotives from Grzyboski: An 0-6-0 PRR switcher, a 783 Hudson and a NYC 4-8-2, all Kuhn-era.  All were NIB, all arrived well-packed and undamaged and I have no complaints at all.  I've never had to send anything back, so I can't comment on that.

I have had nothing but good buying experiences with Grzboskys. 

Last October York, we bought a new piece of rolling stock from them that turned out to have a defective truck on it.  We called Lionel, but they did not have any replacement parts available yet.

One call to Joe, a mail back, and we had a new truck ("I'll take it off another one in stock") within a week and we were in business.

 

 

Jim

 

Genesee Valley & Lake Ontario RR

. . .in the beautiful Bristol hills area of the NY Finger Lakes region . . .

Other than this forum, I don't buy things off the internet.  And then, the more it costs, the more I want to see it in person and see it tested. 

I've always avoided Grzyboski tables at York dating back to a phenomenally bad experience back in the 90's.  I think Joe may have thought I was someone else, but he went off on me back in the grandstand days.  I don't need that no matter what you have or what the price is.  This past York I didn't see him on Thursday or Friday so I wandered into the booth and was waited on by someone named Joseph.  This person to me looked way to young to be the person I experienced back in the 90's.  After dealing with him I was convinced he wasn't.  He couldn't have been nicer, more helpful, friendly, etc.  So I bought some things from him and put some other things on my list for Saturday, in case I still had room in the van. 

Went back on Saturday to pick up another couple of items and . . . you guessed, the real Joe I was familiar with was the only one I saw in the booth.

Well I just received a brand new set of Lionel Heavyweight passenger cars from Grzyboski and three of the unopened boxes had cars each with a broken truck on them. Shipping box shows no issues. Rats. I just looked on Lionel parts and the trucks are not available. No surprise there if this is any example of this product's history.

Rats again.

I emailed Grzyboski for a return.

Chuck TCA LCCA ARRL BMWMOA

I have been dealing with them for thirty years and always  had excellent results. First class operation. They use newspaper tightly rolled as packing material but it works well (never had a damaged item). They charge actual shipping (UPS or Priority Mail) and so you pay exactly what it costs them. Sometimes it can be a shocker, especially with heavy diecast items like steam engines.  IMO, shipping charges are getting out of hand all over.

Hey everyone, I placed an order from Grzyboskitrains.com and it went well.

I ordered:

Christmas ES44Ac IMPERIAL Diesel & Caboose Set
SKU: 30-20360-1
   
38572 - New York Central Sharknose B-unit
SKU: 38572
   
20-89010 - End-of-Train Device Roller Bearing Freight Truck
SKU: 20-89010
Love these things, in fact, I use them instead of the failed (all 4 of them) Lionel Lighted LED bumpers as bumpers  
34113 - Large Suburban Gray House
SKU: 34113

The only issue I had was with the Lionel B Unit car. The wheel is damaged. I called them, they were helpful, but I contacted Lionel via email today to see if they can send out a replacement wheel set or truck with wheels attached. It's not worth it to ship it back and pay again for return shipping at $10 each way only to discover the next one has another type of issue.

Concerning warranty service, esp. on old models, I hope it's better than MTH!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4z9Xiyw5VU

I assume from that video, any manufacturer would do a production run with a certain % of parts only for warranty service to minimize costs for everyone, but at $150 to replace the DCC board when a comparable new locomotive is not that much more + the wait time and poor CS, I'm rethinking of buying anything from MTH going forward.

Gigabyte posted:
    
    
20-89010 - End-of-Train Device Roller Bearing Freight Truck
SKU: 20-89010
Love these things, in fact, I use them instead of the failed (all 4 of them) Lionel Lighted LED bumpers as bumpers  
 

 

 

 

I agree with you on the lighted bumpers - problematic.  I purchased a couple of postwar aluminum passenger cars a while back - operator condition. I also bought one of the MTH EOT trucks and mounted it on the end of one of the passenger cars.  I wanted it to look correct and thus it took a lot of surgery on the MTH truck to remove parts and the Lionel passenger truck to install. It was one of those things that if I would have known how much work it was going to take, I probably wouldn't had done it. Anyway, it looks and operates great.

Steve

My heavyweight cars are on the way back to Grzyboski's and they are going to send out another new set. The only issue was UPS getting the pickup wrong and having to wait for them for 3 days. Joe Grzyboski is very responsive to emails and helpful. But all's well that ends well...

Chuck TCA LCCA ARRL BMWMOA

RideTheRails posted:
Gigabyte posted:
    
    
20-89010 - End-of-Train Device Roller Bearing Freight Truck
SKU: 20-89010
Love these things, in fact, I use them instead of the failed (all 4 of them) Lionel Lighted LED bumpers as bumpers  
 

 

 

 

I agree with you on the lighted bumpers - problematic.  I purchased a couple of postwar aluminum passenger cars a while back - operator condition. I also bought one of the MTH EOT trucks and mounted it on the end of one of the passenger cars.  I wanted it to look correct and thus it took a lot of surgery on the MTH truck to remove parts and the Lionel passenger truck to install. It was one of those things that if I would have known how much work it was going to take, I probably wouldn't had done it. Anyway, it looks and operates great.

Steve

The common fix for the lighted bumpers is to extend the LED's wires down into the bumper to where they make good contact.

I also bought the EOT from MTH and just use them on MTH cars. Quicker that way,

Chuck TCA LCCA ARRL BMWMOA

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