Tagged With "Vanderbilt coal tenders"

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Remote coupler on Commodore Vanderbilt #777

john in western pa ·
Just acquired this locomotive, Thank you Jeff. The instruction book does not address switching the button coupler out and installing the electronic coupler. Can someone tell me where the lead connects. I haven't opened the tender, is there an existing wire to which this coupler connects????
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Re: Remote coupler on Commodore Vanderbilt #777

texastrain ·
TRW, Thank you, sir. Recently acquired the "777" Vandy and when complete with present projects, this is next on the list. Again, thank you. Jesse TCA
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Re: Remote coupler on Commodore Vanderbilt #777

PaperTRW ·
John, There was a supplemental instruction sheet issued to cover the ElectroCoupler upgrade. Hope this helps- TRW
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Re: Remote coupler on Commodore Vanderbilt #777

john in western pa ·
Got it, Thanks so much! John
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Re: Remote coupler on Commodore Vanderbilt #777

Dave NYC Hudson PRR K4 ·
I'll have to check this out.
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Re: Remote coupler on Commodore Vanderbilt #777

PaperTRW ·
No problem, guys. Enjoy the Vanderbilt -- even after all these years, its whistle is among the best. TRW
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Re: Comparing Lionel Mohawk to Hudsons

D500 ·
I have the 763e with the Vanderbilt tender (incorrect - the NYC never had any Vanderbilt tenders - which is funny, considering the founder); mine now has a correct PT tender. The locomotive (only) is basically a re-issue of the pre-war 700e. The sound is pretty good, but has only 1 chuff per revolution, which is irritating. There is a way to fix that (to-do list). Mine runs well and smoothly (and quietly for a Pullmor loco). I like it. The detailing is just what you'd expect - exquisite for...
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Comparing Lionel Mohawk to Hudsons

Harry's Trains ·
I've been presented with the opportunity to acquire two New York Central steam locomotives, a Lionel 6-18056 763e Hudson (with Vanderbilt tender) and a 6-18064 L3a Mohawk. I have not seen the engines in person. Can someone please give me some background and price range on these locomotives? I know they are from the 1990s or around there. What are the sound systems like on each locomotive, do they have TMCC onboard, level of detail, overall engine performance, etc. would be very helpful.
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Marx Commodore Vanderbilt Special Project July 23rd Update

Khayden93 ·
Since getting this Marx Commodore Vanderbilt back in January at the Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show it has sat waiting to be worked on. However, due to school. I have had to put it on the back of my workbench waiting to be worked on....
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Re: Marx Commodore Vanderbilt Special Project July 23rd Update

Steamer ·
nice project. JB Weld works nicely to fill holes. and it's sandable.
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Re: Marx Commodore Vanderbilt Special Project July 23rd Update

TrainsRMe ·
Originally Posted by Steamer: nice project. JB Weld works nicely to fill holes. and it's sandable. Agreed. Plus, it's very strong. I have done this, putting a strip of duct tape underneath first. It helps contain the material as it dries, and you don't use more than necessary by having a big blob on the backside.
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Re: Marx Commodore Vanderbilt Special Project July 23rd Update

Khayden93 ·
Originally Posted by Steamer: nice project. JB Weld works nicely to fill holes. and it's sandable. Thanks I will pick up some JB weld later
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Re: Marx Commodore Vanderbilt Special Project July 23rd Update

Steamer ·
it's been holding this thing together for a couple years now.
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Re: Marx Commodore Vanderbilt Special Project July 23rd Update

Khayden93 ·
Originally Posted by Steamer: it's been holding this thing together for a couple years now. Nice one
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Re: Marx Commodore Vanderbilt Special Project July 23rd Update

Steamer ·
not yet...but if I ever quit gathering other projects and get back on this one.....
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lionel 6-18045 NYC 777 Vanderbilt for trade

harmonyards ·
I have this lionel 777 Vanderbilt up for trade. Would like to trade for 2 semi scale mth or lionel or Williams hudsons, Pacifics, or berkshire steamers....don't really care about sound systems, whistle is just fine...this Vanderbilt has barely been run...my email is a mess at the moment, so call or text 2523395014.......Pat I do not have the inner boxes, only the outer carton
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MA Train Show Saturday Finds

Khayden93 ·
Got these at the Amherst Rail Road Hobby Show Today in MA spent a total of $46. Going Back Tomorrow . The Mercury and Commodore Vanderbilt were both clockwork locomotives but the Commodore's motor was replaced by a electric motor. I got both for $30,...
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Re: Installing a J&W BCR in my 1996 Lionel Commodore Vanderbilt

Ericc ·
Hi guys thanx for helping Yes, I think I understand the basics pretty well, I served 5 year apprenticeship at the Lionel dealer Boston Model Railroad Co., but, that was in the seventies so my knowledge of circuit boards etc is sketchy. Really scared of frying something. I have the schematic printed out now and have it next to the tender guts heres the J&W instructions thank you for your help ericc
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Installing a J&W BCR in my 1996 Lionel Commodore Vanderbilt

Ericc ·
Finally got a rainy day and I am installing a J&W BCR in my 1996 Lionel Commodore Vanderbilt. Per the provided instructions; can't figure out what " J2 red wire" is in the tender. The tender has no roller pickups and is only fed from the engine. This is OK I understand (as J&W explains) not to attach to the roller pickup on steam engines. I can see all the wires in the cable from the engine. one is clearly red, another seems purply red. Any help would be appreciated. Does anyone have...
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Re: Installing a J&W BCR in my 1996 Lionel Commodore Vanderbilt

Ericc ·
Hi Folks; it certainly exists (see pic) Just want to get some tips on the right way to install it
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Re: Installing a J&W BCR in my 1996 Lionel Commodore Vanderbilt

Tiffany ·
Hello guys and gals...... I have a Sunset 3rd rail S.F large steamer and came with lionel railsound 4.0 which uses a 9 volt battery to keep the sounds running but the engine will run without the battery installed. I stored the engine with battery OUT. Tiffany
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Re: Installing a J&W BCR in my 1996 Lionel Commodore Vanderbilt

PaperTRW ·
Ericc, Unlike MTH, Lionel locomotives do not need batteries to operate. The ONLY function of a battery (or a BCR) in a Lionel loco is to provide power for the sound system during brief power interruptions and shut-down. Your Vanderbilt will function just fine without any battery at all. Having said that, and as Dave mentioned above, you need a charging circuit if you want to use the BCR with Lionel. The photo you showed is of a stock Vanderbilt tender with RailSounds 2.5. If you have can...
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Re: Installing a J&W BCR in my 1996 Lionel Commodore Vanderbilt

Ericc ·
Thanx TRW Like a few people other on this list I expect, I have more engines than sense, so; I don't ever want to find a leaky battery in this tender, or want to operate and have a dead battery because I have not touched or run the engine for a long time. I believe this makes those problems go away. Thank you for the diagram links, should help; ericc
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Re: Comparing Lionel Mohawk to Hudsons

Mikado 4501 ·
Most of the Lionel Hudsons made throughout the 90's seem to command around the $400-500 range. The Mohawks a little less - maybe as low as $300. The 18056 Hudson has RS2.5 and the 18064 Mohawk has RS3.0. The difference is the latter has TowerCom dialog and CrewTalk chatter. Otherwise, the sounds are basically the same, and have TMCC. Both have decent quality and NYC-accurate sounds despite their age. All these engines use the old AC Pullmor motors, which are nowhere near as smooth or...
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Re: Comparing Lionel Mohawk to Hudsons

Harry's Trains ·
Thank you for the information, it will help me in my decision.
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3RS-ing a Commodore Vanderbilt

CentralFan1976 ·
Phase 1: Complete stripping of everything down to the frame for overhaul, including the tender and trucks in prepping for Kadee install. The gearbox was opened and all that gunk was cleaned out with toothpicks, Q-tips, and finally brake cleaner. Then the transmission was shimmed to remove any play, and a new 21st century electronics package was installed: ERR Cruise Commander GRJ's Chuff Generator (totally worth it!) GRJ's Super Chuffer (worth even more!) LED headlight (with Bondic for a...
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Lionel Commodore Vanderbilt Hudson new from 1996; photos added; price drop; 6-18045

Jeff2035 ·
now $450; was $550 new, displayed only, nice boxes TMCC, Railsounds II, magnetraction, scullin disc drivers, firebox glow, very detailed interior cab, smoke scale diecast locomotive and tender beautiful diecast molding of locomotive actually simulates slight ripples in metal, this is a great effect includes both sets of pilot wheels; scale for 072 and smaller for tight radius email: jcooper1973@comcast.net
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Re: MA Train Show Saturday Finds

Khayden93 ·
Originally Posted by Steamer: looks like a great day! It was
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Re: MA Train Show Saturday Finds

Steamer ·
looks like a great day!
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Re: MA Train Show Saturday Finds

Greg Houser ·
Those are nice finds. --Greg
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Re: MA Train Show Saturday Finds

Khayden93 ·
Originally Posted by Greg Houser: Those are nice finds. --Greg Thanks
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Re: Installing a J&W BCR in my 1996 Lionel Commodore Vanderbilt

Ericc ·
Here's another shot
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Re: Installing a J&W BCR in my 1996 Lionel Commodore Vanderbilt

Ericc ·
Thanx John; Looks interesting, I have all the stuff for now, just need to hook it up without blowing up something I don't know how to fix : ) ericc
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Re: Installing a J&W BCR in my 1996 Lionel Commodore Vanderbilt

milwrd ·
Unless J&R came out with something new there BCR is only for MTH PS2 5 volt engines, steam or diesel.
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Re: Installing a J&W BCR in my 1996 Lionel Commodore Vanderbilt

Tiffany ·
hello guys and gals........ And PS-1 engines as well. Tiffany
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Re: Installing a J&W BCR in my 1996 Lionel Commodore Vanderbilt

Ericc ·
Re: Installing a J&W BCR in my 1996 Lionel Commodore Vanderbilt
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Re: Installing a J&W BCR in my 1996 Lionel Commodore Vanderbilt

gunrunnerjohn ·
Note the mention of the charging circuit board in those instructions. Have you seen my thread on developing combined supercap & charger package? TMCC Battery Replacment with Charger
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Re: Installing a J&W BCR in my 1996 Lionel Commodore Vanderbilt

dgauss ·
There is no indication of a PS 2 conversion. Therefore; one needs a separate charging circuit for a BCR. The previous owner may have thought a BCR was the answer, but it is not. Does your locomotive operate at all? If not you possibly have a dead circuit board. TRW knows Lionel products well.
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Re: Installing a J&W BCR in my 1996 Lionel Commodore Vanderbilt

Tiffany ·
Hello Ericc My goddness !! it DOES show that !!!! Did you buy the engine new or used ? Looks like you bought it used from somebody who might have put in a MTH ps-2 or ps-1 system in the Lionel engine? This is indeed strange !!! Tiffany
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Re: Installing a J&W BCR in my 1996 Lionel Commodore Vanderbilt

PaperTRW ·
The wiring diagrams for the 6-18045 Commodore Vanderbilt can be found here: https://www.lionelsupport.com/...8045-001Complete.pdf https://www.lionelsupport.com/...8045-T01Complete.pdf I have no idea what's involved with the BCR charging circuit for a Lionel model, nor do I fully understand the benefit that one hopes to achieve by installing one in a Lionel locomotive. TRW
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Re: Installing a J&W BCR in my 1996 Lionel Commodore Vanderbilt

gunrunnerjohn ·
Here's how mine came out, works great with TMCC/Legacy. Charger and battery all in less than the space of the 9V battery.
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Re: Installing a J&W BCR in my 1996 Lionel Commodore Vanderbilt

Ericc ·
Thanx for the help; here' s how it came out. Appears to work well
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Re: Installing a J&W BCR in my 1996 Lionel Commodore Vanderbilt

prrhorseshoecurve ·
Wow Gunrunner! When will we be able to purchase them on the hennings website? Hopefully the price is less than $40.00 ea.
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Re: Installing a J&W BCR in my 1996 Lionel Commodore Vanderbilt

gunrunnerjohn ·
I'm considering now if I want to try to crank out a batch of these. I'm going to shoot off a request for a quote from the assembly house and gen up a parts list and see what the numbers look like. Since it appears it should work most anywhere, it's more likely to be cost effective to produce them and sell at a decent price. It would be a nice bonus that it all fits in a 9V battery space, the alternatives are larger and take more space. This one also works well for conventional running at...
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Re: Installing a J&W BCR in my 1996 Lionel Commodore Vanderbilt

gunrunnerjohn ·
What does the J&W charging circuit module look like? They don't have any pictures on their website.
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Lionel 6-18045 Commodore Vanderbilt TMCC/Railsounds - Price Dropped Again

Joey Ferrito ·
Hi all, Need to thin the roundhouse out a bit to pay for graduate school, and since I don't have the curves to run it right now I've decided to list my Vandy. This is the 1996 Legends of Lionel model in the light grey paint. Has railsounds 3.0, one of the nicest whistles I think Lionel ever did. I've heard many of these are apparently poor pullers but I was dragging 25 cars at track speed at the club a few nights ago so your mileage may vary! Engine doesn't have a ton of run time - I'm the...
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Re: 3RS-ing a Commodore Vanderbilt

BobbyD ·
Which speaker model fits in the tender? Does it just plug and play replace?
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Re: Replacement 6 Pin Plug for Lionel 6-18045 Steamer

Junior ·
Hey CJack.....yeah.....no go.....all pins are in use; connected to different points on the board inside the tender.
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Replacement 6 Pin Plug for Lionel 6-18045 Steamer

Junior ·
Hi.....does anyone have recommendations for a replacement 6 Pin male and female plug with wires attached? One of the ridiculously thin pins on my Lionel Commodore Vanderbilt 6-18045 steamer snapped off. You can see the broken pin laying on the table. The existing plugs have (in my case had) 1 pin on the left half (engine side) of the plug and 5 pins on the right half (tender side) of the plug. I would like to replace the whole plug.....both sides....new wire and everything. The replacement...
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Re: Replacement 6 Pin Plug for Lionel 6-18045 Steamer

Junior ·
Hi CJack......I dont know.....I haven't opened the engine or tender yet. Guess I'm gonna have to do that fairly soon.
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