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Reply to "Gargraves with Postwar 497 Coal loader"


I have Gargraves/Ross track throughout the layout.  I also have a 'coal yard' area with several coal-handling accessories grouped and interactive.  But, sadly, I never made room for the 497 loader.  So I can't give you first-hand experience on your question.

However, I did find a YouTube video on the 497 integrated into a layout with FasTrack.  The vid clearly shows that the owner/operator simply adapted a length of Lionel tubular track within the loader zone, FasTrack on either side.  Of course that's pretty much the simple way of resolving the problem...even though it disrupts the appearance/continuity.  I know Gargraves sells the adapter pins...std O and O27 versions...for making such a transition.


Lionel also re-made/improved this accessory, 6-14107, around 2003.  The link photo shows this version simply used a Lionel UCS Remote track.  I can only imagine that the accessory base was modified from the original version to accept the UCS.  BUT...if that's the case, Gargraves makes their version of the UCS, s/n 108.  Ergo, you could modify your accessory's base to accept the 108 Operating Track, thereby giving you a more consistent appearance.


Finally, I wonder that you might be able to remove wood ties from a section of Gargraves track to mimic the rail/tie arrangement of a couple O27 pieces of track, and simply work from there.  After all, they're both 'tubular'...Lionel and Gargraves.  You might have to do a little fitting/filing here and there, but it should be doable.  Again, no experience here with an original version of the 497 myself.


Just some thought-starters.  Can't believe someone hasn't dealt with this problem before.  I've posted before with no, or long tardy, responses.  Hang in there!


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