Lionel Diesel Disaster

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April 2, 2013 5:55 PM

My Lionel SOO GP-38 Diesel #18825 took a header and crashed onto the

basement floor. Both front and read truck assemblies have been dislocated,

and I can't figure out any way to get them back in position. Alas, this was

one of my favorite engines.

Rick Parmentier

 
 
 
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April 2, 2013 6:00 PM

It happens to the best of us. Recently I had a collision that trashed two heavyweight southern crescent coaches. 

 
 
 
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April 2, 2013 6:27 PM

Originally Posted by RParmentier:

My Lionel SOO GP-38 Diesel #18825 took a header and crashed onto the

basement floor. Both front and read truck assemblies have been dislocated,

and I can't figure out any way to get them back in position. Alas, this was

one of my favorite engines.

Rick Parmentier

Pop the shell and take a pic...maybe we can get this fixed...

 

You know its a good kit bash or build day when there's alot of plastic shavings under the workbench - or- that I really need to clean up the floor again.

-Bob

 
 
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April 2, 2013 6:36 PM

This engine uses very common parts in the trucks, should not be hard to find replacement parts if needed.

 
 
 
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April 4, 2013 6:19 PM

I thought only "I" did this!  My GP38 took a header onto concrete as well.  I was amazed that only the plastic truck covering was ruined.  I was actually able to find them at Lionel.com.  When on that site you need to click on "Customer Services" and select "Replacement Parts" from the drop down.  I had a heck of a time finding it. I can't find an "insert link"here so I needed to put the whole thing below.  Hope it is what you need.
 
 
 
 
Originally Posted by RParmentier:

My Lionel SOO GP-38 Diesel #18825 took a header and crashed onto the

basement floor. Both front and read truck assemblies have been dislocated,

and I can't figure out any way to get them back in position. Alas, this was

one of my favorite engines.

Rick Parmentier

 

 

—Charlie—

 
 
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April 4, 2013 7:08 PM

Nice job Selrahc on providing that link for RParmentier... 

 

I have also flipped an engine off the table.  It isn't the disaster you think at the moment it happens.  Lionel.com has done a good job of providing parts for modern equipment.  I don't even think the prices are outrageous.  Their packaging and delivery are very quick. 

 

It may be a little intimidating at first but it isn't that hard to pull these babies apart and replace powered trucks, sound boards, lights, couplers, smoke units, etc.  Go slow, ask questions and give it a try....

 

 

Wood

 

 
 
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April 4, 2013 7:55 PM

Thanks Wood.  I've had three "disasters" with trains going off the track, onto the concrete floor.  I sure hope I've learned something, finally.  Each time, I've picked everything up, put it on the table and walked away.  I really get upset.  The latest was the Lionel O Gauge LRRC Spec. Edition 4-6-2 Pacific Steam Locomotive I bought on EBay and I was sickened.  I was also amazed and how it came through  nearly unscathed.  Replaced a couple of cheap parts and off it went. I'm a heck of a lot more careful now.

 

 

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April 4, 2013 8:27 PM

I believe this is the parts list for a very similar locomotive, with the exception of the road name.  Looks like it has K-Line heritage.

 

http://www.lionel.com/Customer...6AC-8F842632D885717B

 

Can you see if anything's broken, or did the clips just get knocked off that hold the trucks on?  Pictures would be a big help.

 

 

TCA, North Penn O-Gaugers, MTH ASC Certified Technician

 

Nothing is so easy as the job you imagine someone else doing.

 
 
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