Tagged With "Marx"

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American flyer man looking for sears marx 1/24 slot car track

Former Member ·
I am looking for 60's sears professional 1/24 slot car track......I...... like many went thru that slot car phase in the 60's ....now I want to build a 1/24 scale track in my garage I going to use marx sears track but need more......anyone got any?
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Best Birthday Ever!

M. Mitchell Marmel ·
Yesterday was my birthday. It was also the monthly meeting of the Sugar Creek Model Railroad Club. And someone donated what could be called a metric (poop)load of postwar and prewar Lionels in, well, let's be charitable and say 'well loved' condition. After a bit of haggling (and a modest donation to the club), the Razorback Traction Company's Home For Wayward Lionels has added this: After a bit of cleaning and tweaking, this 2032 consist was growling pleasantly along my layout last night:...
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Anyone Try Building Custom Locomotives Using a old motor

Khayden93 ·
I found I had an old Marx motor in my junk box.l I got for free while at a train show last year. Found it in a junk box while at the show seller wanted it gone and said take it. I salvaged it from the cheap plastic shell. I'm thinking of building a shell over it. Perhaps a box cab shell or something else. I’m wondering has any else tried to build a custom locomotive or car over a old motor from perhaps your junk bins
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Kitbashed a Box-Cab or Steeple-Cab Locomotive? Lets see them.

Khayden93 ·
I’m thinking of kit-bashing an electric box-cab or steeple-cab on to an old Marx motor I salvaged from a find at a train show last year. I want keep it simple. Has anyone else kit-bashed a box-cab or steeple-cab locomotive? If so lets see them.
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Re: Need help with identifing

Mike welkie ·
They all look like Marx. Anybody correct me if I'm wrong. Thanks; Mike
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Waynestrains ·
Thanks Mike really appreciate the help guess I will just sell them . Not that into Marx
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Re: Need help identifying the common terminal for a Marx 1209 transformer

Skeen Street Junction ·
Black, red and or silver nuts either way the common terminal with Lionel is clearly marked with/by a "U" and has been that way as far back as 1956 as I can recall, the most important feature here to remember is to use a that modern transformer where the common terminal is clearly identified and the transformer comes with circuit breaker be used when phasing testing being done, if you do not something they will start smoking or you'll blow your circuit breaker in your panel.
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Re: Need help identifying the common terminal for a Marx 1209 transformer

Arthur P. Bloom ·
"...the common terminal with Lionel is clearly marked with/by a "U" and has been that way as far back as 1956,,," With a couple of exceptions.
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Re: Need help identifying the common terminal for a Marx 1209 transformer

OhB1 ·
Thanks all for your help. I actually have a LW transformer and A is the common on that transformer.
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Re: Need help identifying the common terminal for a Marx 1209 transformer

ADCX Rob ·
Before 2006, the "U" posts on the CW were not common. The "A" post is common on 1033, 1032, LW, TW, and all other single train transformers.
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Re: Need help identifying the common terminal for a Marx 1209 transformer

TomlinsonRunRR ·
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Re: Need help identifying the common terminal for a Marx 1209 transformer

ADCX Rob ·
It doesn't really matter for your use but if you want to be technically accurate, the wiper is connected to the left post, so the layout common would be phased/connected to the right post.
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Re: Need help identifying the common terminal for a Marx 1209 transformer

OhB1 ·
Thanks for the help Rob!
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Re: Need help identifying the common terminal for a Marx 1209 transformer

Skeen Street Junction ·
All "O" gauge transformers are wired the same with some exceptions, the solution , take a more modern transformer with a breaker switch where the common is marked, then daisy-chain your transformers together. You connect the track terminals on each of the transformers together. For example if you were to use a a Lionel CW-80 - A-REDTRK and U-BLACKTRK which is common, attach to the MARX track terminals then slowly move each of the control-levers to power up the transformers. If the circuit...
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Re: Need help identifying the common terminal for a Marx 1209 transformer

ADCX Rob ·
Be very careful, until ~2006, the red posts on the CW-80 were common.
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Re: Need help identifying the common terminal for a Marx 1209 transformer

ADCX Rob ·
Here is Marty's excellent illustrated transformer phasing tutorial .
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Re: Lionel 2026 & Marx 333 tender combo & refresh

Mark Boyce ·
Roger, Thats a great looking job and a great story.
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Re: Need help identifying the common terminal for a Marx 1209 transformer

Skeen Street Junction ·
Paul, after seeing your LW with the A-COMMON I got wondering so I gave the ones I had another look over and sure enough there it was "COMMON". Not ever noticing this engraving prior to this I always wired up the outside rails to "U". So I took to wondering and I daisy chained one of my LW's to a CW-80 i.e. U to U and A to A as suspected no problem what's so I then referred to the operating instructions on the LW "MULTI-CONTROL" Transformer and where I discovered Lionel's wiring diagrams...
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Re: Need help identifying the common terminal for a Marx 1209 transformer

ADCX Rob ·
Well, no. The convention up until the MW transformer was introduced, with very few exceptions, is the "A" post is common on single train transformers, "U" is common on multi-train transformers(Type R is an exception).
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Re: Need help identifying the common terminal for a Marx 1209 transformer

OhB1 ·
Wow I really thought this was going to be an easy answer! I'm glad everyone learned a little in the process!
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Skeen Street Junction ·
If your think this is interesting and are thinking about getting into Lionel and/or MTH remote control well I'll tell the fun only just started. When I got back into it I thought I would stick with Post War stuff, I was wrong. Along with a bunch of other old farts we operate a layout at local area model railway train shows, if it works enjoy. Jim https://www.youtube.com/channe...OCqlNzFNeJNZEp_P-SlQ
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Re: Localized tarnish on 3/16 Marx metal tank car - why?

MTN ·
Note that there's a snap of the early version NIAX car with silver frame, dome, and wire railing - the color mismatch between those parts and the tank is really apparent. Maybe Marx didn't coat the ends to shave cost.
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Re: Prewar Marx 0-27 Compatible with Lionel 0-27 Track

Choo Choo Charlie ·
There is a flat spring under the pickup piece that provides the flexing. See the spring in your picture of your post of 12/17/2015. The pick up piece has a slot in one end and a key in the other end that allows it to move. The pickup piece can be cut from some tin can stock with small tin snips. It may have to be made in two pieces. The slot can be made by drilling several small holes. A Dremel Moto grinder with various bits and cut off wheel can be helpful. Charlie
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Re: Localized tarnish on 3/16 Marx metal tank car - why?

Steamer ·
yeah mine look the same way.
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Re: Localized tarnish on 3/16 Marx metal tank car - why?

Steve "Papa" Eastman ·
The end caps are painted silver where the body id lithographed and then clear coated. The clear coat discolors as it ages. Steve
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Re: Localized tarnish on 3/16 Marx metal tank car - why?

overlandflyer ·
i have seen this before and i've got to believe it's an example of how differently lithographed surfaces (the tank sides) and painted surfaces (everything else) age, possibly even being linked to excessive UV exposure. here is a the prewar version that shows no discoloration, so i don't believe it's strictly an age related problem... frankly i like some of the duller finishes in the Marx 3/16" scale line. nice find. cheers...gary
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Re: Localized tarnish on 3/16 Marx metal tank car - why?

Ace ·
Hmm, a clear coat finish that doesn't stay clear. Thanks for the explanation, Steve. Gary, the photo you posted looks to me like it has some of the yellow tint on the tank cylinder, and not on the ends.
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Re: Localized tarnish on 3/16 Marx metal tank car - why?

Steve "Papa" Eastman ·
Ace, the "clear coat" was probably really not clear. This was a big problem back in my model plane and car days. Steve
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Re: Localized tarnish on 3/16 Marx metal tank car - why?

overlandflyer ·
a tough car to get a good picture, what you're seeing is mostly the reflection of the background in the lower half of the tank sides... it's definitely not a perfect match for the silver painted ends and perhaps a factor in why the postwar versions changed to a black dome and frame only leaving the ends to lessen this distraction. one of the more prominent Marx sets typically found with a similar overcoat discoloration was the NYC articulated streamliner. headed up by a grey painted Merc,...
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Re: Prewar Marx 0-27 Compatible with Lionel 0-27 Track

overlandflyer ·
the flexibility i was talking about is how the shoe needs to be pliable enough to mount having to stretch over the end of the fixed part of the pickup and then snap back into shape. if the material is too thin or too flexible it will probably fall off in short time, especially if it is rear pickup. to be fair, i didn't say it was impossible. i once replaced the alternator bracket in my TR6 with part of a screen door hinge but that was because a replacement part (a simple L-shape piece of...
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Re: Lionel 2026 & Marx 333 tender combo & refresh

jim pastorius ·
Good story. I picked up a diecast 333 recently, cleaned it up but haven't assigned it yet but thinking about it. Thanks
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Ace ·
Nice work. I've done mix and match with Lionel and Marx locos and tenders, but not that particular combination. The main thing is just to have the general proportions look good together.
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Re: Lionel 2026 & Marx 333 tender combo & refresh

rogerpete ·
I just like getting vintage engines & tenders back on the rails...
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Steamer ·
great story and project! they look like they were made for each other.
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jim pastorius ·
I need a little advice I have a nice all original Marx 333 tender except the pain. Do I repaint it black or leave it original ??
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Re: Lionel 2026 & Marx 333 tender combo & refresh

brianel_k-lineguy ·
Roger, your restoration and accompanying story are wonderful. When you place your "new" loco on the display layout, you should have a couple of the before photos on display for people to see. We all know the hobby has changed a lot over the past couple decades. When I first re-entered the hobby again, I immediately stated doing repaints and restorations. I always found it interesting that it was the HO guys that were full of compliments. Frequently it was with the explanation "We've been...
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Re: Lionel 2026 & Marx 333 tender combo & refresh

El Classico ·
Tried to do this with a 2026 she'll and 1130 tender. Can't finish it, ended up listing it for sale. Yours looks good.
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Scotie ·
The finished product looks great--like something that we would have found under the tree in the 1950's. Hope the folks that made the donation come to see it at the show. Scotie
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Re: Lionel 2026 & Marx 333 tender combo & refresh

rogerpete ·
I just need to figure out how to blend the edges better between decal & paint. The microset isn't working as well as I would like...
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Re: Lionel 2026 & Marx 333 tender combo & refresh

brianel_k-lineguy ·
Roger, the thickness of the decal film stock makes the difference there. Even using something stronger: There's the Microscale fluid in the red print bottle, or Walther's Solvaset won't help. I know there are other companies that make plain decal stock, but the newer Microscale stuff is very thin. On a project like yours, I might have taken a different approach. On steam tenders like yours, I'll design and make it on my computer, then print it out on a gloss stock 34lb. paper... same concept...
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Re: Lionel 2026 & Marx 333 tender combo & refresh

rogerpete ·
Great tip Brian... my next job will turn out better!
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Pine Creek Railroad ·
Roger, Great restoration combination! I love this kind mix and match restoration, one of kind stuff is right up my alley! I have an American Flyer Mini Crane that I treasure that another man adapted to run with his Lionel Work Train long ago. I think these kind of mix and match custom rolling stock pieces are just fantastic Engineering. PCRR/Dave
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RonH ·
Looks great, love the old post war engines, low cost and easy to work on.
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Michael Pags ·
I love to read stories on the 2026. Not fancy, but my "little engine that could." I have had it as part of a set (see photos) since I was 5 y/o. I frequently use it as a test engine on new tracks. Along the years, I did some upgrades to the engine and cars in the set (converted to liquid smoke, some new trucks on cars), but it's fundamentally the same set since 1952. Enjoy your vintage loco and tender! Michael
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Henry J. ·
I like the combination. You did a great job!
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Steamer ·
let's see it Jim.
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jim pastorius ·
I will take a picture of it tomorrow.
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Mike Donahue ·
Nice job! I love seeing the old stuff come back to life.
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Re: Old Marx Switchman's Tower

1688torpedo ·
Your grandfather had some cool toys, Khayden. Glad that they are still in excellent shape for younger generations to enjoy.
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Re: Old Marx Switchman's Tower

Ace ·
Originally Posted by Steve "Papa" Eastman: Jim Does yours have the voice activation switch like the taller 424 tower? Steve Originally Posted by Jim O'C: Nice 413. I also like the brown version usually found in Canadian sets. Voice activation? I didn't know Marx was so high-tech !
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