Tagged With "Alco"

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Railsounds Commander Backfeeding E-unit

TomP ·
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...
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MTH Alco RS 27 runs fine with sound then stops.

Jon Stachowicz ·
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.
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Lionel Legacy Alco S-2 Question

DavidR ·
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.
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ALCos in O scale

Mason Rascona ·
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
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K-line dummy "B" Alco truck assembly

Billyted ·
Hello everyone, I am looking for a reasonable priced K line Alco dummy"B" unit whole truck assembly. If you have one let me know please. Email in profile. Thanks
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K-line Alco dummy "B" unit

Billyted ·
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.
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Getting AF Alcos running again after layoff

milwaukeeroadtrackman ·
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...
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F/S Lionel Amtrak 8664 Alco Diesel

Topo87 ·
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
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Right of Way Industries Trains

Sid's Trains ·
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 sflumbaum@gmail.com Sid YouTube: Sid's Trains Instagram: Sidney's Trains
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Alco PA Gold Bonnet Coming to N Scale

MMoses21 ·
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.
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Lionel Geeps, PW & MPC

Redshirt214 ·
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...
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Sunset/3rd Rail ALCO PA1

MELGAR ·
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...
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How to turn off sound in K-line Golden State Alco AA Units

FW&D1979 ·
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
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Re: The Drought Has Ended

rattler21 ·
I don't have that problem with the R,S&P. Also don't have any R,S&P heavyweight sleeping cars. John
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Re: The Drought Has Ended

dkdkrd ·
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%...
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Re: The Drought Has Ended

J Daddy ·
No. Never, nobody makes correct Northern Pacific rolling stock, diesels, or passenger cars.... So I am safe. Except that new 3rd rail Timken 4-8-4 roller bearing steam engine calling my name...
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Re: The Drought Has Ended

Gilly@N&W ·
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.
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Re: The Drought Has Ended

Rob Leese ·
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".
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Re: The Drought Has Ended

bigtruckpete ·
Yes indeed. It happened to me with Amtrak and the Genesis loco. The year MTH launched all of the anniversary paint schemes and the set. That was good and painful all at the same time!!
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Re: Anyone customize their Alco Diesels

Sullyman626 ·
This is a before and after, started off as an MKT Texas Special and I repainted it into the proper colors. Wasn't anything appealing about the TXSP to me.
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Re: Anyone customize their Alco Diesels

franktrain ·
Does this count? I installed a Lionel Dash 8 motor on this postwar 225 C&0 Alco I like the hot rod look. franktrain
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Re: Anyone customize their Alco Diesels

Khayden93 ·
Originally Posted by Sullyman626: This is a before and after, started off as an MKT Texas Special and I repainted it into the proper colors. Wasn't anything appealing about the TXSP to me. Looks great
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Re: Anyone customize their Alco Diesels

Khayden93 ·
Originally Posted by franktrain: Does this count? I installed a Lionel Dash 8 motor on this postwar 225 C&0 Alco I like the hot rod look. franktrain Nice
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Re: Anyone customize their Alco Diesels

prrhorseshoecurve ·
That c&o would have looked better if you got a matching front truck
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Re: Anyone customize their Alco Diesels

D500 ·
An example or two: Williams FA-1's; paint, etc; original FA headlight configuration (only GM&O had these), on right: Weaver FA-2 re-paint: It IS an Alco, you know: Another Weaver FA-2 re-paint:
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Re: Anyone customize their Alco Diesels

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 stamping, primer and the candy pink...
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Re: Anyone customize their Alco Diesels

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.
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Re: Anyone customize their Alco Diesels

Rusty Traque ·
Did these MPC (ex-WP) units back in the 1980's: Rusty
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Re: Anyone customize their Alco Diesels

Johnsgg1 ·
Early Lionel diecast frame UP Alcos. They were in sorry shape. Restored to PRR and dual motor and added a diecast frame "B".
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Re: Anyone customize their Alco Diesels

Khayden93 ·
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
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Re: Anyone customize their Alco Diesels

Khayden93 ·
Originally Posted by Johnsgg1: Early Lionel diecast frame UP Alcos. They were in sorry shape. Restored to PRR and dual motor and added a diecast frame "B". Looks great
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Re: Anyone customize their Alco Diesels

Khayden93 ·
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...
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Re: Adding Railsounds to an RS-11?

CentralFan1976 ·
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...
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Re: Adding Railsounds to an RS-11?

Norton ·
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
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Re: Adding Railsounds to an RS-11?

Boxcar Bill ·
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
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Re: Adding Railsounds to an RS-11?

gunrunnerjohn ·
I'd go with Bill's suggestion. The new ERR RS Commander sounds great and would be an easy install.
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Re: Adding Railsounds to an RS-11?

Norton ·
The only reason I included Lionel is they have made an audio board specific for RS11s while ERR's is generic Alco. Whether either one is accurate, I couldn't tell you. Pete
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Re: Adding Railsounds to an RS-11?

gunrunnerjohn ·
That's true Pete, and you can buy the RS4 boards from Lionel. I haven't checked for the RS-11 board specifically, but I've gotten a number of other engine specific boards from them.
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Re: Adding Railsounds to an RS-11?

TRB - ENT ·
Thanks everyone for your feedback. I appreciate it! I think I am going to add TMCC as well (since we're running Command- and Lionchief, too- already) and the ERR. Best- Todd B
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Re: Adding Railsounds to an RS-11?

gunrunnerjohn ·
I'd look at the ERR offerings, the Cruise Commander will be a great addition, and they have a number of diesel sound boards. One should get close enough to the RS-11.
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Re: Adding Railsounds to an RS-11?

Boxcar Bill ·
Todd, Check our web page, we have great prices on Electric RR. Cruise commander with Diesel sounds $179.95 and free shipping. Bill
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Re: Adding Railsounds to an RS-11?

rebuilder ·
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
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Re: Adding Railsounds to an RS-11?

gunrunnerjohn ·
Well, I've stuck the reed switches to all sorts of stuff, including metal trucks. The diecast metal isn't magnetic, and doesn't affect them.
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Re: Adding Railsounds to an RS-11?

rebuilder ·
good to know did you use hot glue or another means to attach the magnet?
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Re: Adding Railsounds to an RS-11?

gunrunnerjohn ·
Normally, I use CA gel to attach the magnet to the wheel. However, first I "calibrate" it by rotating it and making sure I'm getting the proper switch operation, then I glue it in place.
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Re: Adding Railsounds to an RS-11?

rebuilder ·
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
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Re: Found this at a yardsale today

Former Member ·
Probably the best $ 12.00 you have spent in a long time.
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Re: Found this at a yardsale today

phillyreading ·
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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Re: Found this at a yardsale today

Khayden93 ·
Originally Posted by Passenger Train Collector: Probably the best $ 12.00 you have spent in a long time. Haha yeah
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Re: Found this at a yardsale today

oscalerail ·
Is the Lehigh Valley Car Black? If you can find a red one, the pair would be worth around 900 dollars...
 
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