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'20's Inspired NYC/Chicago "EL" Layout

Elgaucho ·
In the process of building a complete toy-like "tin" layout, inspired by old 1920's/30's NYC/Chicago "EL" trains.  The layout will consist of old tin toy parts from that era as well like Gilbert Erector girders, Bilt E-Z construction tin pieces...
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American Flyer 24323 Baker's Chocolate Tanker White Ends & Top Original Kleerpak

atlayank ·
Hello, I just seen this item and it is over $1000 on eBay right now with 4 days to go in the auction. http://www.ebay.com/itm/141873956304?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT What makes this car so special? Is it the white ends and the Kleerpak? Thank you, Ron.
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AMERICAN FLYER #372 GP-7 Diesel Road Switcher

CUSTOM "O" DECALS ·
Our last auction of 2015 will feature an AMERICAN FLYER #372 GP-7 diesel road switcher rated in a VERY GOOD PLUS to EXCELLENT MINUS condition. It does have some play wear in the gray top section.     This unit has been up graded with a DALLEE #400 electronic reversing unit and LED lighting featuring directional reverse lighting.      The AUCTION STARTS at 11:30 (EST) 12-28-2015 at   http://lbrenterprisesllc.homes...html?_=1410703029914 and the starting...
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American Flyer 565 Wiring problem.

Streamlined Steamroller ·
I recently bought a big lot of O gauge trains and in one of the boxes was a beet up AF 565 in O gauge. It is a really cool engine so I thought I would get it running. I have cleaned all the contacts but no dice. I have gotten it running in reverse and...
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American Flyer decals/stickers for Aeolus- Need Help

Dan13 ·
I am trying to see if there is anyone out there that may have some inside connections somewhere where I can find a 2 1/4" to 2 3/8" American Flyer sticker that's on the engine tender like in the picture. The actual size area where the sticker goes is 2 3/8" roughly. It's has a small gold border on top and bottom but I can't tell about the ends. The 3 1/2" stickers is too long by about 1/8" from what I can tell with looking at it with a ruler by it (2nd picture). This is the last...
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American Flyer "ILLUMINATED" Box Car

CUSTOM "O" DECALS ·
NOW AT AUCTION 01-12-2016 Being offered at auction now:   http://lbrenterprisesllc.homestead.com/Bid-Sales.html?_=1410703029914 Time:  12:30 PM  (EST) Date: 01-12-2016 Item To Being Auctioned: ILLUMINATED "S" Box Car LBRSRP: $85.00 - $98.00 Opening Bid: $25.00 USD Dave, LBR
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AF "S" Smoke Unit Repair

CUSTOM "O" DECALS ·
American Flyer "S"  Pre-1966 Smoke In Boiler Smoke Unit Repair      You can now take advantage of our years of technical experience dealing with pre-1966 American Flyer "S" gauge steam engines.      Presently we are offering a refurbish of your non-smoking unit for only $17.00 USD (includes return shipping in CONUS)      We will clean and polish your smoke unit and install a new wick and wire plus test after refurbishment  is complete.
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Re: Reading Passenger cars?

Tom Stoltz ·
Francine, Yes, the AM roofs are separate. I have yet to do one myself, but I have the undecorated cars (8 of them) and decals. I am waiting on the roofs, vents and battery boxes form Bill. In my last communication with him he mentioned that the caster he uses won’t get to the roofs for some time. That, I would hope, stills leaves the door opened for more orders. My suggestion is to get in touch with Bill ASAP regarding the roofs. The battery boxes and vents, Bill makes using 3D printing so...
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Re: Reading Passenger cars?

Tom Stoltz ·
Francine, Reading coaches are relatively easy to come by if you are willing to do a little work. The American Models heavyweight coaches, undecorated in Pullman green, are a great start. You could just add decals and call it good if you like the earlier clerestory roof. If you prefer the rounded roof, Bill Lane is having some made that fit the AM coaches. He also is offering battery boxes and the Reading roof vents: Reading Roofs Redeaux Posted by: "Bill Lane" bill@lanestrains.com Wdlane...
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Re: Reading Passenger cars?

Francine ·
Hi Tom, thank you, I too grew up and still live close to the Lansdale line. The Reading will always be #1 for me
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ReadingFan ·
I rode the renowned Iron Horse Rambles and Reading passenger trains, so the Reading is #1 for me as well. I rode RDC's to Valley Forge to watch the final stop of the Bicentennial Wagon Train in 1976. Good times, good times . . . This Lionel Reading T-1 (6-18006; 1989) has been custom painted and detailed as #2124 by Reading Steam Guru and Wowak. J.D.S. Limited Productions installed a fan-driven smoke unit and (as long as he was in there) and LED headlight. In gratitude to our Webmaster, I'll...
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Re: Reading Passenger cars?

Francine ·
Hi Reading Fan, My neighbor Herbie Hurt was the engineer on 2100 for the rambles. He invited me to go along, but I didn't know what an "excursion" was. About 8 years ago, a member of an HO club gave me some photos of 2100 at Jenkintown. One had Herbie hanging out the window. He was also the engineer for the Ambler Switcher.
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Francine ·
Tom, Yes, I want the rounded roofs. I have both HO & O scale passenger car decals, but no S for Reading. Are the American Model Passenger Coaches roofs part of the shell like Flyer/Lionel? Also, saw a T1 at the Ambler station circa 1957-58. It pulled the Santa Claus Special into Philly. There was a T1, a flat car with Santa and his elves, a passenger car and a caboose. My grandfather told me everything the living, breathing monster was going to do. I remember looking up at the wheels,...
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Re: Reading Passenger cars?

Rusty Traque ·
For all the Gilbert Reading Atlantic's out there, no one has made Reading Passenger cars. Rusty
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Re: American Flyer 24323 Baker's Chocolate Tanker White Ends & Top Original Kleerpak

jim sutter ·
I had one of these cars along time ago.
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Re: Train Show with S this weekend

TRAINMANTIM ·
For anyone in the Chicagoland area, World's Greatest Hobby on Tour is at the Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois again this year. The Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers will be at the show with a 20X40 modular layout. This is the third time in about 9 years that WGH has been at the Schaumburg Convention Center. The Hours for the show are: Saturday 1/16/2016) 10AM-6PM Sunday 1/17/2016) 10AM-5AM Passes for the show, admission details and event info can be found on the...
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Re: American Flyer 24323 Baker's Chocolate Tanker White Ends & Top Original Kleerpak

richabr ·
The other fact that differentiates this from the grey end 24323 is that the body is of the split tank variety. The bottom of the tank is actually part of the chassis. Later Gilbert tank cars in the late knuckle coupler and pikemaster era were of this type construction. Rich
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Re: American Flyer 24323 Baker's Chocolate Tanker White Ends & Top Original Kleerpak

gunny ·
Condition/white ends on tank/Kleerpak being in great shape $1,500.00 would not be unrealistic Gunny
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Re: American Flyer 24323 Baker's Chocolate Tanker White Ends & Top Original Kleerpak

atlayank ·
Thank you Gunny. I have never seen the Kleerpak before.
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Re: Reading Passenger cars?

Francine ·
Hi Tom, Since I purchased a junk Northern at Allentown last Saturday, I ordered two passenger coaches for the Ramble from American Models. So far, I haven't been able to find S scale decals for Reading (but do have both HO & O scale decals). I communicated with Bill Lane yesterday, and he informed me that he can't get his molds back from his caster. I asked him to keep me in the loop in case he resumes production or gets his molds back. Finally, since I am doing major modifications on...
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Re: Reading Passenger cars?

Tom Stoltz ·
Francine, You are on the right track, so to speak. However it is doubtful if you will get the compound curves required for the roof ends by heating styrene. Hence my posting asking about vacuum forming. I am in the middle of the only book I could find on VF and will say that it is all very doable at the home hobbyist level. There are also a ton of uTubes showing various homemade setups. I am headed in that direction. I plan on using .06” styrene for the roofs. John Hall (former Reading S...
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Re: Reading Passenger cars?

Francine ·
Hi Tom, I have 1/48 scale plans from the Reading Historical Society (Ed Wiswesser) that I reduced to 1/64 scale, from that I can make a mold in balsa, then lay the plastic over it, using wire around it to secure it to the mold, then heat with a heat gun. I agree that the end pieces would be difficult, but if everything else works, I can cut the part and use plastic to get the correct shape. Hi Mark, I already contacted LBR. I may have to send them copies of my HO scale decals to be enlarged...
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Tom Stoltz ·
Hey Francine, What is the vintage of your drawing? Mine is Nov 21, 1922. I attached it as a .pdf, don't know what to expect. I also just got a blueprint of the roof vent and another drawing from John Hall for the battery box. email me off forum if you would like copies. Tom it will open if you double click the pdf
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Francine ·
Thanks Tom, Believe it or not, there are 2 Reading coaches at the end of my street (former Coach Inn). Maybe next weekend I'll go down there and photograph them and add them to the site. Francine
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Re: AMERICAN FLYER #372 GP-7 Diesel Road Switcher

CUSTOM "O" DECALS ·
LAST AUCTION FOR 2015 Being offered at auction now: http://lbrenterprisesllc.homestead.com/Bid-Sales.html?_=1410703029914 Time: 11:30 AM (EST) Date: 12-28-2015 Item To Being Auctioned: UP GRADED American Flyer #372 UNION PACIFIC GP-7 diesel road switcher GREENBURG'S GUIDE: $115.00 - $227.00 USD Opening Bid: $75.00 USD LBR
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Re: Reading Passenger cars?

Francine ·
Hi Tom, I was surprised that I received the American Models Passenger Cars this weekend. I thought they would be at least another week, but it was a welcome surprise. Also found out that the Flyer Northern is too big for the Reading T1, the Polar Express Berk is much closer in look, size etc as stated by Harry Henning. The tender is the correct tender but about 3/4 of an inch too short. I may cancel my new flyer chief Northern for a Flyer chief C & O Berk. The problem being that the...
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Re: Reading Passenger cars?

Roundhouse Bill ·
Do you think anyone will notice the Northern is too big. My guess is that if you letter it for a Reading nobody will get out a measuring tape to see if it is exact. You may have trouble finding that Berk. I think Scenery Unlimited has two C&Os when I talked with Don Heimburger last.
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Francine ·
Hi Mark & Bill, Not ready to purchase yet, just threw away $195 on the Northern. I had the scale blue prints with me at Allentown, I don't know why I didn't see it. The trouble with the FlyerChief C & O Berk is that there's not enough room for the front pilot truck (the Polar Express engine has a bigger cow catcher that has enough space for a 4 wheel pilot truck). But, if another Polar Express Berk is used, they can't be controlled separately. On the flyer northern, it's about an...
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Re: Reading Passenger cars?

Tom Stoltz ·
Francine, The Northern is probably a better place to start even though the wheel base is too long (as is the AM Santa Fe 4-8-4). I just compared my Berk to the T-1 drawing from Ed Wiswesser and there is no way you are going to get the rear pilot wheel between the drivers and cylinders. Extending the pilot toward the front (assuming the PE Berk) will not result in the look of a T-1. The Berk tender isn’t so bad though. Do you plan on adding the streamline skirting? Do you have access to the...
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Francine ·
Hi Tom, I have all the Wiswesser drawings (except for the American Freedom Train). I am thinking of calling him, but he wasn't in good shape the last time I spoke to him. No matter which way I go, it's going to be a bear! Francine P.S. How do you remove the tops on the passenger cars? I see tabs that seem to need to be pushed in (toward the center) but nothing happens.
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TOKELLY ·
The earliest American Models heavy weight passenger cars required pushing the tabs both inward and upward to release the roof. The fit is very tight, so I usually by pushing in/up on each of the three pairs enough to get them started, then concentrated on trying to lift up one end of the car slightly so that--little by little--the rest would follow. It does take some time. Although it may take a couple of minutes for each car, I spent almost half an hour on one NASG Pullman sleeper before I...
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Francine ·
Thanks, I'll look for any screws. Next move to to photograph the Reading Coaches at the end of my street, then I'll try to post them. Do you need a service to post? Francine
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Tom Stoltz ·
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Tom Stoltz ·
Francine, a post from Bill Lane over of the s-scale group: Last summer I was promoting making more roofs for the S Helper Service/American Models coach to make them look ³more Reading² it sort of faded because my urethane caster became unavailable. I just got a somewhat surprise box of new castings. They are pretty good, but he has made better. They are the correct length. Some had some length shrinker some unknown reason. So I am just putting this out again. Things are possible again. If...
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Francine ·
Hi Tom, I received the same email last night from Bill and already answered to tentatively commit to two roofs. My concerns: Bill states, "pretty good, but he has done better". The price is now about $25 plus cost of mold, plus shipping, So in truth we don't know what we're getting and at what price. I committed to two roofs (I actually need more) but until I see pricing and quality, I am holding back. Also I was informed by Dave at Lbr enterprises that my Reading Decals will arrive this...
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Tom Stoltz ·
Yeah, I hear you on this one. Don’t forget the ones that have shrunk in length… Not to mention the price; I was quoted was $20.00+shipping. I have written for a clarification from him. I don’t care much for urethane and have made the mental jump to vacuum forming the roofs out of .04” styrene. Nothing adheres all that well to urethane and that includes paint. After seeing his roof vents, I am going to past on them – they really aren’t right. My guess is I am on my own for this adventure. Tom...
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Francine ·
Hi Tom, I'm indecisive on this, as people who know Bill swear he is a genuine Reading Master. But the price is going from $20 to "about $25" plus asking for mold reimbursement and shipping - this is steep and as noted before the roofs are "shrunken" as well as "not the best". I am not familiar with "urethane" - the stuff I use is either 2 part epoxy or polyester - I hope its not the pink/blue roofing stuff, that would be crap. This is really starting to look like a "pig in a polk'. I may go...
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Francine ·
I got the decals from LBR Enterprises last Friday, and they are very good. My passenger cars look like Readings now, except for the roof.
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Tom Stoltz ·
Great, how about some photos? Are you going to do the roofs? Tom Stoltz
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Francine ·
Hi Tom, Awaiting word on the roofs from Bill Lane. Let me ask the experts, isn't urethane the material that stuffs chair cushions? I don't know any other. Photos - can I just copy and paste? Or is it one of those you have to post from a site? But they look just like the photos above, just with the wrong roof. Francine
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Tom Stoltz ·
Urethane is a two part casting resin you can do at home. It is pretty easy to do. The problem I have with urethane is it can warp, only CAs can adhere to it (it doesn’t even stick to itself on a second casting) and it doesn’t hold paint that well. Tom Stoltz
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Re: American Flyer 24323 Baker's Chocolate Tanker White Ends & Top Original Kleerpak

atlayank ·
Just to let you guys know, it went for $1921.00. Thanks for the information.
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Re: What is the BEST Conventional Lionel Train Set/Engine Out There?

Jim 1939 ·
The brand loyalist will jump on this one. There is no Best. If it runs good and you like then it's a best.
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Re: What is the BEST Conventional Lionel Train Set/Engine Out There?

rtr12 ·
Originally Posted by Jim 1939: There is no Best. If it runs good and you like then it's a best. Exactly! And you will also probably get as many answers as there were train sets made, including every train set made by any manufacturer and of any type.
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Re: What is the BEST Conventional Lionel Train Set/Engine Out There?

SJC ·
I love my 4-4-2 Atlantic that Lionel has probably produced since 1900 LC+ is pretty great for being conventional and remote.
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Re: What is the BEST Conventional Lionel Train Set/Engine Out There?

Lee Willis ·
From what I have seen, the scale Atlantic. Of course, most Legacy locos run better in conventional that most conventional Lionel locos, but among conventional only locos, yes: the Atlantic.
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Re: What is the BEST Conventional Lionel Train Set/Engine Out There?

Dan's Trains ·
Originally Posted by challenger3980: Hi Dan, The Lionel Item #'s and MSRP's are: 2-8-2 Mikado jr, Union Pacific 6-28684 MSRP $259.95 most recent catalog: 2007 Vol 1 0-6-0T Docksider, Union Pacific 6-38600 MSRP $109.99 most recent catalog 2009 RTR These occasionally show up on the secondary market, you might check with Northeast Trains in Peabody, MA, and Gryzboskis, I have bought the Mikado from both of them, it's been awhile but might worth a phone call to check if they have any left.
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Re: What is the BEST Conventional Lionel Train Set/Engine Out There?

Former Member ·
For me, the first scale Rio Grande Lionel PA's with the matching six all-dome passenger car set. For it's time, it is a beautiful set.
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