Tagged With "Postwar"

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WTB: Radioactive Waste Containers

Ăśberstationmeister ·
I am looking for two Radioactive Waste Containers with "Radioactive Waste 'DANGER'" printed on the sides (used with 462, 6805, 9234 and 9389). Postwar/MPC/LTI/Modern are all fine, but not looking for the blank version sometimes used as gondola loads or the black ones from 16666. I have the red lenses. Intact "handles", please.
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USMC Flatcars with PYRO Loads POSTWAR ORiginal

NavyBen ·
Interested in these cars. Let me know what you have and how much you are asking. THank you Ben
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Lionel Postwar 6464-650 Box

TC8436 ·
I recently purchase a Lionel 6464-650 Rio Grande Box Car, received it from Stout Auction I participated in last year. It came with it's Original Box upon receiving the item and inspecting the box I noticed the sticker that displayed it's number 6464-650 was starting to peel off. I peeled it away a little more and saw the box number was really 6464-900, and on one flap the number was 6464-930 which is the box for the New York Central box car. Is this common with the Lionel 6464 box cars where...
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Lionel 6560 Crane Car issue

Sid's Trains ·
I have a Lionel Postwar 6560 Crane car and it's nice but there are two issues that are shown in the video bellow. It spins way to easily and is wobbly. How can I fix these issues?
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New Member here..

Jamie_h ·
Hey guys, new member from Louisiana here. Dabbled on and off in trains since the mid 80s but never got serious. Picked up some magazines this weekend, found out a co worker has an O gauge layout, and here I am. I have my fathers Postwar Lionel set, with Loco 681 still. I have his original track, transformer, and rolling stock. I picked up a RTR Penn Flyer set a few years back for the Christmas tree. I just threw on the 681 and it worked pretty well. I assume it needs some sort of service. Oh...
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Wanted postwar 2343c

Recovered ·
wanted postwar 2343c B unit with screened vents
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Weekend at the Movies 17 August 2018!

pittsburghrailfan ·
Happy Friday everyone! It's been a long, long time since I or anyone else posted this thread, so I thought I'd give it another go-around. If you have never posted on this thread before, it's pretty simple: embed or upload a video (or more than one) of your own creation to this thread. I'll update the title and (hopefully) post new videos every Friday. That said, this week I have two videos. The first is a short clip showcasing the newly finished postwar layout at the D.A.R.E. Model Railroad...
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Please delete this post. FS: Set of vintage Lionel O/O-27 #58 postwar lamp posts

Bob G (WNY) ·
I have four (4) original Lionel #58 cream-colored gooseneck lamp posts, each equipped with an original and functional pear-shaped frosted bulb, that were manufactured in the postwar era only between 1946 and 1950. These accessories, which I purchased from Madison Hardware Co. in the early 1970s, were inspected by me but never used on my former layout. The posts themselves are in TCA C-8 [like new] condition- -free of any dings or breakage, with unblemished painted surfaces. The bulb...
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Postwar GG1 Salesman's Sample?

RetroMikado ·
Hello All! I have had several mystery pieces identified by the helpful members of this forum before, and now I have another that needs solving! I am the owner of what appears to be, according to Greenberg Books on Lionel Postwar, is the motor from a salesman's sample/pre-production postwar GG1. I really don't know a lot about this motor's history. I bought it as a standalone that I was going to use as a project piece. Around the same time, I got a copy of Volume II of Greenberg Postwar, and...
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Which Hobby Stores In Your Area Have a Good, Regularly Refreshed Selection Of Postwar Trains?

Dennis GS-4 N & W No. 611 ·
I have been finding recently that at least two of the hobby shops in our area have been buying postwar trains and keeping a reasonably good selection for display and sale. My sense is that the selection has become better over time. This makes each visit a bit more of an adventure, more than merely looking at the episodic arrival of new product from current manufacturers. The two hobby shops where I have recently noticed this influx are Great Lakes Hobby in Sterling Heights, MI, and Empire...
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Lionel postwar Set # 2140WS - Super nice! c1948-49, 671 + 2400 Passenger Cars - PRICE LOWERED

Timothy Sprague ·
Here is one of the nicest postwar sets I've come across. The is the first generation 2400 series passenger cars being pulled by a 672 turbine. Condition is super excellent, just a few nicks on the loco. I had this tuned up when I first got it 6 years ago. Engine runs beautifully, smokes and whistles. I had about an hour of run time, and has been on the shelf ever since. Should be oiled before running it for any time, but that's all it needs! Green/yellow/gray passenger cars are the first of...
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Could Lionel License The Construction And Sale Of A Full Complement Of Super "O" Track To Another Manufacturer?

Dennis GS-4 N & W No. 611 ·
The companion thread includes a compelling case for why a number of hobbyists find Super "O" track to be a very appealing alternative to the other track systems available. Based on the fact that Lionel has not chosen to reissue Super "O" to date, one could logically surmise that this decision is based upon valid business reasons according to their evaluation. Obviously, Super "O" is not everyone's favorite, and those hobbyists would justifiably not be interested in the track system. And, a...
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Lionel Postwar 3656-34 Cattle Car Figures in Original Box - SOLD!!

rlplionel ·
For sale is an original box of nine Lionel postwar cattle car figures for the 3656 Operating Cattle Car and corral. The cattle are black and appear to have never been used. Asking $25, which includes USPS first class shipping to the continental U.S. I accept PayPal, check or money order. My contact info is in my signature below. Thank you for looking.
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Lionel 6-18197 & 6-18198 Western Pacific F-3 Diesel B-Units, Postwar Celebration Series.

jmkdrums ·
Hello! I'm on the hunt for the following: Lionel 6-18197 Western Pacific F-3 Diesel B-Unit Non-Powered. Lionel 6-18198 Western Pacific F-3 B Unit with Command Control & Railsounds. Any leads, please email me at jmkdrums@gmail.com or call me at 650-207-3464. Thanks! Joe
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WTB a Box for 6419 postwar work caboose

stevin ·
looking for a box very to excellent, insert is a plus. Please email me NLVETS333@AOL.COM if need be ill take the car too even though I have one. Help me out fellas. Thanks
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Mystery Postwar 675 Boilerfront

RetroMikado ·
Hello All! I have owned this Postwar 675 for quite awhile now, and recently I have noticed something strange about it. While it seems original in every way, it has a different headlight from every other postwar 675 I've seen! The headlight on my engine seems to look far more realistic (and yes, it is functional) than the original Lionel one seen on most 675 engines. My question is...what is this boiler front? Was this done by Lionel? It appears to be a real postwar 675 boiler front, so where...
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Angela Trotta Thomas - Latest Painting, Pennsylvania Sunset 24 x 36.

Angela Trotta Thomas ·
Visit me in Orange Hall Row EE at York to see my latest paintings or talk about a private commission painting of your cherished memory!!
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How to Replace Parts on PostWar 3409, 3419 Helicopters from the Flatcar

stevin ·
Im looking for advice on working on the helicopters themselves, not the flatcars. I have one that is in great shape with exception to the landing skid. The rotor blades are attached to a squared shaft that goes through the body, before that shaft goes through the top of the body, there is a round washer type clip that secures the shaft from moving up and down or even coming out. Then on the underside it looks as though the landing skid is pushed onto the shaft inside the helicopter body and...
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How do I run my Postwar Engines through DCS????

kennyb ·
Hello, I am kinda new to DCS,I've been running MTH trains foe a couple years now.One thing I cannot figure out,is how to run my postwar engines using the remote to control their speed. I have a 135 watt Lionel Brick running through a Lionel Powermaster,and then running to FIXED 1 input. Do I need to run another power(brick) to Variable 1 input???,and is it fine to leave the first brick hooked into Fixed 1,while I run in conventional??? How is this done???I have scrolled through the "MORE"...
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Re: What should I know when building a layout.

scale rail ·
I model the early 50's so I look through books and old magazines of the period. To save some money build kits not ready made. They will look better anyway. Don't crowd too much in any area, less is more. I like to have different levels of my layout. I go all the way to the floor in some sections. A flat layout looks to me like a toy train. Lighting is little talked about but very important. Take a look at my old layout and steal, or I should say copy anything you like. All my buildings are...
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Re: What should I know when building a layout.

Lee Willis ·
All the advice you have received here is good, but to be frank, what you should know is what you won't know until you have built your first couple of layouts, at least. You learn most by doing . . .
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Re: What should I know when building a layout.

Madison Kirkman ·
I can't agree more, although, I don't want to look stupid when I do make one of these simple mistakes. I will keep what you said in mind, so I don't make the same mistake twice. Thank you for replying. Originally Posted by Lee Willis: All the advice you have received here is good, but to be frank, what you should know is what you won't know until you have built your first couple of layouts, at least. You learn most by doing . . .
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Re: What should I know when building a layout.

Brewman1973 ·
Hi Madison, I think your concept to build a post war style layout had merit. First, being on a budget, you have lots of items to choose from that can be used on your layout at relatively good prices. For example, Lionel tubular track is plentiful, and there are ways to remove rust, etc, to make them useable. Switches can be rebuilt/reconditioned, you can use manual switches in place of automatic, especially in locations near the edge of your layout. Get a Greenberg Manual to learn how to do...
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Re: What should I know when building a layout.

scale rail ·
Madison, what switches are you using, what track? We need more info. Scale, tinplate.Don
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Re: What should I know when building a layout.

Wowak ·
I wasn't 100% clear when the OP talked about modeling the postwar period (40s-60s) if he meant he wanted to model post-war America, or if he wanted to build a layout in the style of postwar Lionel trains.
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Re: What should I know when building a layout.

Madison Kirkman ·
They are plain tubular track (I think you call it that). Originally Posted by scale rail: Madison, what switches are you using, what track? We need more info. Scale, tinplate.Don
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Re: What should I know when building a layout.

Madison Kirkman ·
Postwar Lionel is what I meant to use but, the it won't be like a dealer layout, it will be more realistic. Originally Posted by Wowak: I wasn't 100% clear when the OP talked about modeling the postwar period (40s-60s) if he meant he wanted to model post-war America, or if he wanted to build a layout in the style of postwar Lionel trains.
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Re: What should I know when building a layout.

scale rail ·
What kind of curves are you using.i use 072 and gargrave track. When building elevated secions I used lionel track as a guild. Donated by the way by a forum member. Use sectional and lay it out. Just get a feel to see how you like the RR. If you don't have enough track take a marker pen and outline the track.don
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Re: What should I know when building a layout.

Madison Kirkman ·
I have one circle of 072, Lionel and K-Line mixed, one circle of Lionel 054, and a bunch of 027 curved and straight track. All tubular from early modern era, and from the postwar era. I think I have enough rail to do what I would like, it, plus, if I have to, I have plenty of fastrack. I will layout the whole thing on the board and outline it, and then build around that. Originally Posted by scale rail: What kind of curves are you using.i use 072 and gargrave track. When building elevated...
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Re: What should I know when building a layout.

Lenny J ·
Two items I didn't see mentioned yet, make sure you phase your transformers and any operating accessory should be run on your test bench to verify the proper voltage to make it perform its best. Enjoy!
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Re: What should I know when building a layout.

Mike CT ·
A lot of good information here. Madison, keep in mind, it's one screw, one wire, one piece of track at a time . Develop an outline of the project, focus on each step, and have fun. Mike CT
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Re: What should I know when building a layout.

Madison Kirkman ·
I have plenty of wood from building my dad had taken down, and a friend of mine does a lot of wood work, so I am sure he can help me with that, how ever, I have a bunch of older switches. I have 6 left 022's, 6 right 022's, two left 072's and 4 right 072's, and I don't know how to wire any of them, I have the controllers, but how do you hook them up? Originally Posted by Brewman1973: Hi Madison, I think your concept to build a post war style layout had merit. First, being on a budget, you...
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Re: What should I know when building a layout.

Brewman1973 ·
Hi Madison, There are two ways to hook up the controller, one is to use track power, the other uses the fixed power plug, which has the advantage of having the lanterns lighted even when there is no power to the track. Lionel still makes the 022 switches and the manual is on their web site. I have attached a link to it below. You need to use fiber (insulated) pins on two of the rails to make sure the track operates properly (I think for the non-derailing feature). also, in the february 2013...
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Re: What should I know when building a layout.

Susan Deats ·
Click on this section of my website, " Circuit Protection for Toy Trains , for circuit protection sizing, etc. with photos. You want to size for protecting your equipment. There may be more useful information for you on the site.
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Re: What should I know when building a layout.

Pine Creek Railroad ·
Madison, These men and ladies are giving you some great advice on your layout, my advise will be about your garage structure. Having lived in Slidell, La where I worked for NASA I built a fantastic Garage layout. We 1st heated and airconditioned the Garage, and added a special dehumidifier large enough to keep correct humidity in the Garage. Next we installed a breaker system just for the train layout, we up graded the Garage wiring, put in over head lights and added 120 electric outlets...
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Re: What should I know when building a layout.

Bluegill1 ·
Hi Madison, If you wait until you think you've learned everything, you'll never get started. Start with a simple frame using 1x4's, add some legs (2x2's are fine), add a few angled braces(1x2's) underneath to add stability, throw some plywood on top (5/8 or 3/4"), lay some track down in a simple oval, hook up the two wires and start running trains. After about 30 minutes, now that we got that out of our system, we'll probably add two switches and a bit more track, after about 30 minutes of...
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Re: What should I know when building a layout.

Bruette ·
Hey Madison, If one side of your layout is up against a wall and you can't walk around your layout be sure your bench work can support your weight. Don't worry about building the perfect layout your first time. You will learn many things as you go.
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Re: What should I know when building a layout.

rockstars1989 ·
These guys have all given you excellent advice.I will give you some non-technical advice.Try not to work your layout in an "apocalyptic"manner as I do.It causes way to much stress and will suck the fun out of the project.Limit yourself and have fun.Nick
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Re: What should I know when building a layout.

Madison Kirkman ·
I didn't think about that, but being with a friend, who also likes trains would probably make it worth it. Thanks. Originally Posted by rockstars1989: These guys have all given you excellent advice.I will give you some non-technical advice.Try not to work your layout in an "apocalyptic"manner as I do.It causes way to much stress and will suck the fun out of the project.Limit yourself and have fun.Nick
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Re: What should I know when building a layout.

necrails ·
Read everything you can get your hands on. Follow the forum for solid tips. Don't be afraid to ask specific questions. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Have fun.
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Re: What should I know when building a layout.

Madison Kirkman ·
I have been reading a lot of threads, but the reason I started this one is because I want a spot where almost every basic concept could be in one spot. And yes, I will most definitely have fun. Originally Posted by necrails: Read everything you can get your hands on. Follow the forum for solid tips. Don't be afraid to ask specific questions. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Have fun.
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Re: What should I know when building a layout.

Susan Deats ·
#1 Protect you, your house, trains, wire, and accessories. Transformer internal breakers protect transformers, NOT trains. Shorts or faults can damage your toys and burn down your house. Circuit protection on the low voltage side of transformers is the same as having breakers in the circuit box for your house wiring.
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Re: What should I know when building a layout.

Madison Kirkman ·
Should I install a 15 amp breaker just for the layout, or would it have to be a 20 or 30? Originally Posted by Susan Deats: #1 Protect you, your house, trains, wire, and accessories. Transformer internal breakers protect transformers, NOT trains. Shorts or faults can damage your toys and burn down your house. Circuit protection on the low voltage side of transformers is the same as having breakers in the circuit box for your house wiring.
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Re: What should I know when building a layout.

phillyreading ·
The post war transformers like what Susann is referring to have large internal circuit breakers and need better protection with modern day circuit breakers installed at or near the transformer output terminals. 7 to 8 amps is usually enough for most trains. Another thing to consider if using older transformers is the use of a TVS or transient voltage surge protector, which can be purchased online from a place like mouserelectronics.com Make sure it is bi-directional and around 36 volts AC.
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Re: What should I know when building a layout.

phillyreading ·
Something else that I do because of where I live is to unplug my layout's power supply. I am here in south Florida a.k.a. lightning capitol of the world. I unplug all my transformers or power strips to the layout. Lee Fritz
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Re: What should I know when building a layout.

ChooChoo Bob ·
Color code all wiring and leave room for expansion.
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Re: What should I know when building a layout.

Harleylito ·
Plan, Plan, Plan and Plan some more - also, access to all areas of the layout and allowing enough room for engine clearances on corners. Good luck, Paul
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Re: What should I know when building a layout.

SeattleSUP ·
I built a 5x10 layout last year and it was my first go at O gauge. Here's a few of the mistakes I made: 1) Don't try to cram too much into the layout. This is a tough one for me since I find a simple oval to be incredibly boring. I spent numerous hours with SCARM, a free and easy to use layout software trying to figure out how to cram as much running track as possible into a 5x10 space. In doing so I wound up creating several tight corners that made it difficult for me to place operating...
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Re: What should I know when building a layout.

phillyreading ·
If you run a siding or parallel tracks make sure you space it properly or you will have two trains collide, especially on curves. Also if you have a second level of track and you cross over another track make sure you have enough room to clear the train that passes underneath, engine and other tall pieces of rolling stock. Steam engines have the cab roof that sticks out and the steps on either the tender or engine may hang out some(example an MTH T-1) and hit something like a bridge trestle.
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Re: What should I know when building a layout.

graz ·
Our hi-rail layout was 6x10. You can see pics of it in my link below. We dismantled it in 2006. The big thing is to not be in a hurry and don't cut corners to save time. I regretted not elevating the right-of-way by a few inches. I didn't want to take the time to do it and, unfortunately, the layout always felt "flat" to me. I also skimped on the brand of switches used and thus, operations always suffered as a result. My wiring practices got more sloppy as I progressed as well. Had I not...
 
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