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497 Coaling Station Question

Dan Padova ·
I want to run the 497 coaling station independently of track power. I know the wiring diagram for fixed voltage operation as outlined in the manual. My track power will be an MTH Z-1000. I don't want the Z-1000 track power to have anything to do with the operation of the coaling station. I will be using Williams dump cars which will dump using track power, but I want the coaling station to be powered by a separate AC power source, like an old KW. My question is this, since the track touches...
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Conventional, LionChief & MTH DCS Remote Commander Question

EddieZ ·
As you can see, I have a mix of trains.  I was wondering, if I have a single loop with sidings can I run a conventional set and a controlled set on the same (loop) layout.   This is what I envision.  MTH or LionChief on siding, not moving, Conventional in neutral on second siding.  Start conventional adjusting speed by transformer, then park conventional back on siding in neutral and start up MTH or LionChief.   Thanks, EddieZ
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ADDITIONAL 15% OFF PASSENGER CARS AND LIONEL ACCESSORIES!!

Mario's Trains ·
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Atlas O's 1 1/4" track question

Austin G. ·
I'm planing out my layout and what it's gonna cost to buy all the track I need and i need several os Atlas O's 1 1/4 track section. The one thing I'm not sure about is on Atlas's website ther list the track as "1-1/4” Straight (4pcs./blister)" Do they mean there's four of the 11/4" tracks or that there's 4 pecies for the section?
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Diode Question

Texas Pete ·
I would like to try installing diodes in my O-22 switch lanterns and controllers, to drop the voltage and prolong bulb life as per servoguy's postings on the three-rail forum.  Problem is, when I research them what's left of my brain clogs up,...
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Fastrack question

Dan Padova ·
Looking at the fastback catalog, I see where trackside accessories can be plugged directly into ports on the side of the track.  Wouldn't this mean that the accessory works only when track power is present ?  
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HAFNER Pre-War Box Set Questions

HafnerKid ·
Hello, Recent purchase of a boxed Hafner Overland Flyer Set that is Pre-war.  Not sure if this is all original, but the lithographs and paint are very clean. Curious to know if this is a true box set.  Tender livery is Illinois Central, and...
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Is there a roster of preserved cowl and cab units?

pittsburghrailfan ·
I'm sorry if anyone is annoyed by me repeatedly posting question topics. What I'd like to know is if there is a roster of sorts out there for those cowl and cab units that are preserved on active shortlines or tourist railroads, plus a roster of the CN and CP cowl units.
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MTH AEM-7 Questions

Dan Padova ·
Can an MTH AEM-7 with Proto-sound-2, be run conventionally ?
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Weaver U25b PS1 board questions

Paul Moore ·
I am attempting to put a Protsound 1 board in a weaver U25b. The board came out of a Weaver SD40-2. I can't identify where the track power connects to, or how to mount it. More detailed pictures can be added by request. Any help is appreciated. The U-25b: The new board: The old board:
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Williams GE-60 Question

Dan Padova ·
So has anyone tried to replace the pantographs with ones that are functional ?  I had one of these back in the '80s with four wheel poor trucks.  I was disappointed with it then and disappointed that the pantographs are still the same type on this newer model with six wheel power trucks.  
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LionChief Lashup Question

Jim Haley ·
I know the Lionechief sets come with remotes that run only the enclosed engine. So say a steam set and a diesel set will utilize two different remotes. However, will all the remotes for Penn Steam Freight run all the other Lionchief Penn Steam Freight engines. I.e, could I do a lashup using just one Penn Steam Freight remote but two identical Lionchief Penn Steam Freight engines?
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Lionel VL Big Boy Question

Bob Rumer ·
I am curious to know if anyone seen a VL Big Boy used for sale. I am not looking to buy, I have one. I am curious to know what price is asked for one in excellent condition. Looking to know market value on these built to order locomotives.  
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Questions about 248 Engine - Pics added

Mythotto ·
Hi Guys - I just purchased a Old restored 248 Engine off the Bay.  Seller said in good working order. Upon testing I noticed no light (not light bulb related) and the engine ran very sluggish with needed extra power to get the engine moving. After the engine ran around the track about 10-15 times the Engine stopped and appeared to be over heated - body became very warm to the touch. Any help on what might be going on would be appreciated. Ken 
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Quick question, are the menards 14 inch flatcars scale or atleast close to scale?

Cpdaly ·
So are they scale? any help would be appreciated.
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Question About ZW Transformer

Dan Padova ·
I have a post war ZW transformer powering my track with terminal D. I am using terminal C to power my O22 switches through the fixed voltage plug on the switch tracks. So far so good. I have a toggle switch wired into the track power lead coming from terminal D. When I turn the switch on, I get 16+ volts to the track. Sixteen volts because I am running Lionchief Plus locos. When I turn the toggle switch off, I still get about 9-11 volts to the track as read on a voltage meter. However, the...
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Question : Double Cab Cargo Coal Trolley.

bigolddogs ·
Question : Double Cab Cargo Coal Trolley. Picked this up at local Club meet this past weekend. It is a Double Cab Cargo Coal Trolley. O Scale 2 Rail. Is anyone familiar with this ? Is it an old kit or was it a production model? What was the prototype? I saw online that in coal mines they use double cab coal haulers but of a more modern appearance.
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Question on air hose connected to multiple cars on a siding

Exeter ·
On a recent Saturday morning, I had dropped my wife off at work and was driving home when the gates came down on the BNSF line running through Oklahoma City to Dalles/Fort Worth. Turned out it was the Heartland Flyer going by on its morning run to Fort Worth. As I was waiting I noticed multiple cars on a siding with what appeared to be a air hose running from the air hose coupler on the lead box car to a grey box next to the siding. My google searches have not turned up anything except the...
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question involving pre war loco and cleaning track

Patrick Kazy ·
Hi guys! I was just wondering whats the best way to clean my old style tubular track? I use a green pad that a older gentleman gave me at my train dealer shop. Well the tube track inhave someone painted the sides gray what's the best way of getting...
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MTH Protosound-2 Question

Dan Padova ·
So I am looking at an MTH loco on Ebay. The seller states he does not know the amount of miles or time on the loco. Do these newer loco s have some sort of odometer ?
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PS2 Lighting Question

EIS ·
I have a couple of the very early PS2 engines with dead electronics in them.  I am going to gut the electronics and replace them with a bridge rectifier for forward-only operation.  I want to keep the lights.  What is the voltage rating of the lights?  I have 5v and 12v voltage regulators rated at 1 amp from Radio Shack that I can use for the lights.  Will a heat sink be required on the voltage regulators? Are there any other features of the engines that I can...
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Some questions on 765 at steamtown.

B&LE643 ·
This is a question for anyone that was on the steam crew when 765 went to steamtown. I was reading about when Reading and northern 425 went to steamtown and the only way she would have been allowed to operate mainline trips there was if a SNHS crew...
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Son of a Railroad Man, estate questions

Sartugha ·
So, my dad was a model railroader for 40 years, starting out in HO, but ending in O and On3 scale trains. Has quite the collection too. Now that he has moved on, and hopefully finally having the time to model the entirety of the D&RGW like he always wanted, I'm left in charge of his estate. I'm hoping you fine gentlemen might point me in the direction of some good resources for figuring out the value of all of these. Most of the items have been reasonably easy, there's...
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smoke unit question on 1970 lionel mighty sound of steam

Patrick Kazy ·
Hi everyone, I'm sure some of you have seen questionsnbout this 40 year old engine.. probably from me. This train iscursed I swear. One mimute is the e-unit then traction tire then etc. Well now its the smoke unit... again...  well it seems to...
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TMCC question

charlie criss ·
Gentlemen, I  have a question. Is a PM-1 suppose to be able to control a command control or legacy engine. I bought one these 20 years ago  for my son and bought a gg1 at the time and never could get it to work as a command control engine...
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Vision Line - Big Boy question

Beau W. ·
Got my Vision Line Big Boy today, fantastic engine but I did have a couple of questions.  The area of the blow down effect, should there be any kind of insert there like the whistle the goes on top of the whistle steam effect or is it just a hole...
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Ye olde Lionel 6-14083 overpass bridge question (again)

rrman ·
Have a lead on another (second) pedestrian overpass bridge required for my layout. The posted pictures seem to show, and the seller says it a metallic gray. Did Lionel issue these early on as grayish, or were they always silvery? Don't want to have two mismatched bridges, though I could spray paint the whole deal if necessary, hoping to not lose the fine tread detailing.
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TVS,RELAY QUESTION,AGAIN

Jerry A ·
Hello all, I am Not sure if my last blog went through so I will ask again. I have added a picture of the relay I want to use. I would appreciate a sketch or advice how to wire it  in as it has 3 connectors. The 10 amp relays will be used around the main power of the track and 5 amp relays will be used for accessories excetera. Please advise. Also for clarity I have added a picture of the CTC Lionel lock on with the TVS' attached. I plan to hook these up approximately every 10 feet...
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Sleeper dome question

pittsburghrailfan ·
Hello, I know that several railroads had or have domed sleeper cars. That meaning, cars with an upper level dome deck and sleeping accommodations down below. Did any railroad put sleeping accommodations actually on the dome deck? A sort of "Sleep under the stars" roomette or bedroom.
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sandpaper

PRRTrainguy ·
i have to now sandpaper my car(s) that i shaved off the rivets.  2 questions 1. wet or dry and if wet how wet? 2. do you cut the sheets into much smaller sheets and wrap around you finger or is there a better way to use the sandpaper in small areas? appreciate any suggestions, tips. mikeg
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Question on Amtrak Pennsylvanian train numbers.

pittsburghrailfan ·
On the Amtrak website, the train information page (attached) for the Pennsylvanian lists the two train numbers I'm familiar with, 42 and 43. But the website also includes the number 44. When would the designation of 44 be used?
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Postwar ZW Questions

Zach K ·
I just recently purchased a ZW and got around to taking it apart tonight to replace the carbon rollers. As I was doing so I noticed the right hand handle has red numbers and letters; it also has a lot of excess play when advancing the handle forward and back. My questions are: 1) Did the handle originally have red lettering? 2) How do I go about tightening up the handle assembly to remove the excess play?
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Union pacific UPP 809 and 814 Question

Winger ·
These cars are named Jim Adams and Joe Jordan respectfully. My question is who are/were these guys? I've only been able to find that they were members of the Union Pacific Steam Team. More specifically they were pipe fitters. Why did they get water tenders named after them? Just curious. Regards, Mike
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Question about Monongahela Railroad Super 7s

pittsburghrailfan ·
When GE rebuilt the U23Bs into Super 7s, did they keep the original carbody, and graft on a new cab and radiator section? Or was an entirely new shell fabricated? In other words, if I were to kitbash this engine, would I start with a U23B donor locomotive (e.g. from Atlas O) and just add the cab and radiator from a narrow-cab DASH-8, or would I need to craft an entirely new body?
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Question about Lionel tubular track

Lionelpostwarfan ·
Hi everyone, I have recently bought reproduction tubular track for my O gauge layout due to my Fastrack not working properly with the magnetraction. However, I don't know if magnetraction works on the repro track or not. Can someone please tell me? Thank you in advance.
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Just a question, not a criticism.

gunrunnerjohn ·
Just a question, I notice this was posted just a couple hours ago and it's already closed. I'm struggling to see how it violated any rules, just wondering why it got closed. Lionel Amtrak HHP-8
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A Question Regarding the Postwar Horn Battery Eliminator Circuit.

spwills ·
I've been putting together the components to assemble this battery eliminator shared in an older post by gunrunnerjohn. Question: Are the values of R1 and R2 set in stone, or could the circuit work with other values? Thanks,
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Menards Rebates & Questions - American Power and Light

PSU1980 ·
OGR Smart Team and Menards, First, I have to say I never have purchased anything from Menards so this is a learning experience. I purchased from Menards.com - another story for another time. Second, this may not be the right forum. I recently purchased the American Power and Light and the Menards Power and Light - part of the purchase, if I understand the website was an 11% rebate - So I pull down the receipts to submit for the rebate and low and behold the receipt says Sale Receipt - This...
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Question about turnouts?

Utowntech ·
I am new to the hobby and am currently running 2 ovals (O-72 & O - 63 curve) on an 8 x 12 area. I currently don't have any turnouts on my layout. Over the next year I am planning on upgrading my layout space and have been playing around with layout ideas for this new space. I had a few questions about turnouts. What does a #5 and #7.5 turnout mean and when would you use them in a layout? Also if you were running two main lines on your layout and you wanted to have a cross over between...
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Question about a dual motor K-line engine

S. Muse ·
I am a total newb here and can't find the answer to a question so hoping someone can help. I just bought a K-line MP15 diesel engine with dual motors (O scale). I am not sure what to do with the switches underneath. One says off/on and one says parallel/series. I just have a simple conventional track right now using a Lionel cw-80 transformer. Any help? Thanks in advance.
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Questions for the October York DCS User Group Meeting

Barry Broskowitz ·
If you have questions that you would like MTH to answer at the October York DCS User Group Meeting, please be sure to post them on this thread or on the main meeting thread in the Featured Topics at the top of this forum. The cut-off date for questions is the end of the day Sunday, October 9th so that MTH has enough time to prepare answers. Thanks!
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Track Selection Question

NAVALAV8R ·
Good evening all, I'm new to the forum but will probably be following intently. I was hoping to get some opinions from more experienced model railroaders on a project I am taking on. When I was a kid, I lived and breathed my model trains. My dad was military and was gone a lot of the time - so I used to build more and more intricate o-gauge layouts with hand-me-downs from cousins, etc. (I followed in his footsteps, and the 2 generations before him and married later in life) I'm sure you've...
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Novice question

Pekelo ·
New guy here: After many years away, decided to try and put together an O gauge layout with a short separate On30 line. Locos are Lionel post-war and Legacy. Re: Track power: Whatʻs the best way to go? DCS to run both? Separate system with Legacy and DCS? Lot of unfamiliar stuff out there so a little confusing to someone coming back to the hobby from the conventional simple transformer days! Thank you!
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Lionel Vision Line Scale Steel Reefer - Sound Cars

PSU1980 ·
Question - I recently was able to purchase the 6-83545 and 6-83549 Lionel Vision Line Scale Steel Reefer Sound Cars. I program the 1st car as 10, then take off the track and program the second car as 10. Both are now programed as 10. Questions 1. When you add the cars to a Train - build a Train - will both be added when you build the train if I select 10? 3. Will that affect the overall sounds and performance? Or Will the two cars just make more / louder sounds as the train moves? 4. Will...
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Lionel Postwar F3 Question

Dwayne B ·
What is the best way to remove/replace the powered truck on a Lionel postwar F3 Diesel? Thanks for any advice........Dwayne
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Transformer question

Retired band guy ·
I built a small American Flyer layout a year ago using fastrack and a 180 watt transformer with power controller. It worked beautifully with my conventional Flyer locos. Then I discovered Legacy and I was hooked. I loved having the ability to walk around the layout and control the trains so I had to buy a Powermaster in order to run BOTH Legacy and conventional albeit not at the same time. So...my question is what do I do with the original power controller? I was using the accessory side to...
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MTH 30-5141 Trolley Question

Dan Padova ·
Does the power pole reverse automatically on these trollies ?
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Back with another round of bone-head questions about TMCC

kristinski ·
I have a small layout with 2 loops and a couple of switches. I have a GW-180 watt transformer (6-37947,) TMCC (6-12969,) and Powermaster (6-24130.) So, is that all I need to get this thing going? If so, what do I hook up where? Starting from the track all the way to the plug! I'm Polish so break it down for me. Those Lionel videos on Youtube just aren't cutting it! If not, what else do I need? I want to get it going and then figure out how to incorporate the CC switches I already have. Thank...
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Here's a Rather Esoteric Question Regarding NORAC Form D

spwills ·
Line 2 of the Form D grants the train authority to: "OPERATE IN _________ DIRECTION(S) ON ________ TRK BETWEEN __________ AND __________" For example, on the West Chester Railroad, Line 2 is filled out as follows: "OPERATE IN _BOTH__ DIRECTION(S) ON _MAIN_ TRK BETWEEN __STATE_ AND __MILLS__" My layout is setup as a two track main line loop. If I want to grant a train Line 2 authority to operate on the outer loop, then I suppose I would fill out Line 2 as follows (Note the identical station):...
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Question about TMCC and conventional DC

Midnight Express ·
To my fellow O-Gaugers: I just purchased a 3rd Rail 2-8-0 steamer via auction that is equipped with TMCC. Will I be able to run it with my conventional DC power pack? (120 watts)
 
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