This weekend I installed an ERR Railsounds Commander (RSC) into a conventional K-Line Alco S-2 that dates from the late 80's or early 90's. Its a great engine, that runs smooth and has a ton of power. The only things missing were the sounds of a four stroke diesel to go along with it. It was a tight squeeze getting the extra components under the engine's low hood. I had to reroute the original wiring and remove most of the counter-weights. But it sounds really good! The only problem is that...
Hello, I have an MTH Alco RS 27 with sound that runs fine then stops. While stopped, the engine sounds continue to rev up like it wants to run, then after about 3 minutes it moves and runs fine. This happens numerous times while running. I just installed a new battery. Just checking to see if anyone might know what could be causing this glitch. Thanks.
I'm in the process of constructing a small (4' X 12') industrial layout, and want a good switch engine - one which can handle O-36 curves and switches at switch engine speeds without stalling. I really like the looks and features of the Legacy Alco S-2 (I have the Legacy control system), but I really want to hear from someone who has an S-2 and find out how it is working out for you. Feel free to send me an email or respond here; thank you in advance.
Has anybody heard about Lionel, MTH, or some other manufacturer making the BIG alcos seen on many shortlines around the US (mainly the ones located in the Poconos Pennsylvania? Quite honestly I wouldn't mind having an O scale c636 or something of that nature *Cough* GVT painted u33c *Cough*. Wouldn't they be neat? Mason
Good day, I am still looking for a used K-line alco dummy "B" unit. Any road, body can be in any condition, I just want the trucks. I know one of you fellows or gals have one in your scrape heap, so let me hear from you. 😁 Emai in profile.
Hi - Once-running "original" engines that ran no longer do - it's the reverse unit. PLEASE DON'T WRITE IN TELLING ME TO REPLACE THE REVERSE UNITS. There's got to be some trick to get these things cycling again, they stop working after they sit too long. Right now they just light up but the reverse unit doesn't kick in. Can anyone tell me from experience what to try and in what order? I read about fingers, etc but don't see them or how to remove/clean them (if that's a thing). I see the drum...
Selling a Lionel Amtrak 8664 Alco Diesel. It runs and is in decent condition. There is some surface rust popping through on the frame. I am looking for $50 plus shipping obo. Send me a message if you have any questions
I am a big fan of Right of Way Industries, but I don't have much of their old products. Does anybody have or know where to get some of their old stuff like the berkshires, mallets, or alco's. If so it would be great to know. Reply or email back at firstname.lastname@example.org Sid YouTube: Sid's Trains Instagram: Sidney's Trains
So here I am browsing one n scale website I buy from and in the news section it has stuff that has been announced. Then I see Kato N Scale Santa Fe Alco PA Gold Bonnet. My mouth hit the floor with excitement, I was like, "Yes! I want it." I can't wait for them to come out most likely next year or maybe later this year.
What are people’s thoughts on these? I am not super hung up on scale like some, but I do like having things look nicely proportional and have noticed they are a bit tall compared to boxcars ect. ? I am mightily tempted by the postwar Wabash GP7s... but was wondering what roadnames MPC offered them in? Did MPC ever do the Wabash again? Don’t know what the going price for either vintage of loco ought to be. How do the Lionel GP7s & 9s preform on the track compared to, say, Lionel RS-3s or...
My Sunset/3 rd Rail New Haven ALCO PA1 #0771 arrived today. It is a very fine, high-quality model. Aside from everything else, the wheels are jewel-like and exquisite. The interior has an engineer, fireman, and a detailed control stand. Another feature that I really like is that it is not necessary to separate the shell from the chassis to remove or replace the battery, which can be done simply by lifting the roof hatch which is held in place by two small magnets. I plan to test run the...
I recently purchased the K-line 21321C Golden State Alco AA set. They run great but have a very annoying sound system and I can find no on-off switch. Any ideas on how to turn the sound off? I am not a toy train tech, so I am hesitant to open it up and start messing around. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Rodney
And yet..... The two Chico-choices I'd like to see done in O3R continue to be elusive... 1) A Prairie-type steamer....preferably 1800-class, but 1050-class would probably ease the pain of absence. We came so close.....but not close enough.....with a Sunset 3rd Rail solution to this one. 2) An EMC E1 A-B in all of Leland Knickerbocker's glorious 'Guerre Chapeau' iconic paint. In fact, I'd even sign up for this one's eastern kinship, the B&O EA....for which my heart only beats about 1%...
I have a copy of the 2006 Weaver catalog. That would have constituted a flood of N&W. I 'm really sorry that I missed that one. Over the years, I have successfully collected most of the N&W offerings from that catalog. I have been begging for correct N&W Hoppers, Caboose(s), S1a, and Z1b engines. Were they to hit all at once, it would be a real drain on the budget.
My latest "upgrade" was an ABA set of Legacy ATSF PA1's with excellent detailing, and NO TETHERS !! If my plans don't get frustrated, I will be bringing some good running, bcr equipped MTH Santa Fe power at the Lone Star Hi-Railer Swap Meet next month, as part of my push to go "tetherless".
This was my Lionel PW 218 Santa Fe Alco from the early 60's. Some years ago I "restored" it into a pink diesel for my then 8 year old daughter. Now she is 12 and we both cherish it. Restoration included adding the metal nose support bracket to replace the missing pilot. I didn't like the look at the bottom so I added a pre-bent piece of 1/2 round styrene and faired it into the body shell. Stripping in Citrus degreaser, then some body putty to fill the heat stamping, primer and the candy pink...
Post-War 2031, a Rock Island Unit, was repainted in this B&O Scheme in the later 1970's. Despite some wreck damage on the powered unit, running in the trailing position, it continues in active service.
Originally Posted by BANDOB: Post-War 2031, a Rock Island Unit, was repainted in this B&O Scheme in the later 1970's. Despite some wreck damage on the powered unit, running in the trailing position, it continues in active service. Very nice looks great
Originally Posted by Looney Tunes: This was my Lionel PW 218 Santa Fe Alco from the early 60's. Some years ago I "restored" it into a pink diesel for my then 8 year old daughter. Now she is 12 and we both cherish it. Restoration included adding the metal nose support bracket to replace the missing pilot. I didn't like the look at the bottom so I added a pre-bent piece of 1/2 round styrene and faired it into the body shell. Stripping in Citrus degreaser, then some body putty to fill the heat...
TRB, This is going to be kinda difficult to do if you're not going to add TMCC... There is the Railsounds Commander... But I've never used one (but GunRunnerJohn has!). What I would do to simply add sounds to a conventional locomotive is just order the True-Blast Plus sound system for the RS3, it'll be close enough (than any EMD-sounding unit) and you don't have to change the control system. I found it by Google, it is Bachmann part number 00253 . Check out some videos on Williams True-Blast...
All Railsounds boards work in conventional but with limited functionality. You will get horn, bell, and prime mover though. Electric RR has a couple of boards for Alcos that might be close. Lionel has them as well but will cost more and be a more complicated to implement plus a larger footprint as three boards are required. Pete
I wouldn't install a RS4, I think it would more trouble then its worth. If you want prime mover sounds I would install the new ERR Alco sound set. With this you will have horn, bell and engine sounds. You can find the manual here http://www.electricrr.com/index.htm You can also listen to the sounds on ERR web site. Bill
how well do any of these kits work out using hot glue to secure a magnet and reed switch to a metal surface? I have 2 new metal trucks that could work converting a non sound boxcar to a railsound the trucks have rollers in place now just wondering about the fitting of the mag and reed
thanks for that info the CA gel sounds like a winner and before a permenant attaching I would test the mag and reed for proper operation too I don’t worry about the reed as it’s just riding on the truck but the mag could be subject to some track vibrations but i’m on fastrack and don’t run anything too fast so should work well
Nice find at a yard sale or whatever a tagsale is. Looks like 027 track. You could see about combining parts from the two engines and get one that works out of it. The transformer if it is a low watt can be used for layout lighting. Just for a post war set of trucks at a trainshow in south Florida the sellers want about $6.00 or better. Lee Fritz
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