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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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Re: Ertl F082 1:43 scale Lennox 100th Anniversary Vintage Vehicle Set

Garfield ·
I think those are bigger than 1/43.
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Re: Ertl F082 1:43 scale Lennox 100th Anniversary Vintage Vehicle Set

pro hobby ·
Here is the 1913 Ford Model T Delivery van included in the set. Overall size is 3-1/4 inches in length by 1-3/4 inches wide by 2-1/8 inches tall. The wheelbase is 2-5/16 inches. Note: This model is identical to other Ertl 1:43 scale models. See ERTL #9706.
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Re: Newbie to Vintage Gilbert engines; good, bad, and ugly.

Roundhouse Bill ·
Wow....Lots of questions. I do a Flyer repair column in the S Gaugian magazine. Tom Barker was the original writer of the Roundhouse Column. It is my opinion that all the engines you are operating need a complete tune up and cleaning. Gilbert engines in good running condition do not show the problems you are writing about. Now, not being able to see the engines the one complicating factor is are there ware issues. Being produced in the 1940's and 50's wear could be a factor. Flyer Pacifics...
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Re: Newbie to Vintage Gilbert engines; good, bad, and ugly.

J Daddy ·
I absolutely love American Flyer. A product that was way ahead of its time. The slowing down of your trains may actually be the transformer starting to over heat. I agree with the track comment. The American flyer track has more of a T section which improves pulling power. My favorite locomotive was the NY&NH 293 and then the 5 digit NYC Hudson.... followed by the little 0-6-0 sloped back switchers. The smoke units are kind of tricky to rebuild but they keep smoking strong as long as you...
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Re: Newbie to Vintage Gilbert engines; good, bad, and ugly.

Donald Payer ·
Hi Smoke Stack Lightnin, I have read your problems with your Royal Blue. I think you have an armature which is hitting the brush tubes. In the motor there are some spacers to relieve the slack or the armature from front to rear when it changes directions. There might be spaced too close to the bottom of the brush tubes which causes the armature to hit them on the armature face and scar it. Remove the brush plate and armature and check the spacers and adjust accordingly so that the armature...
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Re: Newbie to Vintage Gilbert engines; good, bad, and ugly.

Smoke Stack Lightnin ·
Thanks for the responses! Don, very interesting you should mention the armature travel. When I disassembled the engine for cleaning (something a habitually do with any newly acquired old engines) I thought there was a lot of play going from front to back/vice versa. There was only one armature spacer and that was towards the front. Nothing on the back (brush side). I noticed the exploded diagrams don't show a spacer on the back side so I didn't give it any more thought. I have 2 spare...
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Re: Newbie to Vintage Gilbert engines; good, bad, and ugly.

richabr ·
The twist tabs in the reverse units are pretty much indestructible. Might want to be careful with the tender tabs as they are just a thin tin like materiel. Make sure everything cycles and runs good before reattaching the tender shell to avoid multiple twistings. Original gilbert track will easily fit in a 48' dimension. Make sure that the armature has a slight bit of play front to rear. Oil the front of the armature shaft where it enters the chassis bearing (do this from the top of the...
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Re: Newbie to Vintage Gilbert engines; good, bad, and ugly.

Smoke Stack Lightnin ·
I did take the motor apart to add a spacer and went and opened up the reverse unit. 3 of the 4 fingers had holes worn thru and one was flattened probably in an attempt to make better contact. I ordered 2 sets of fingers (one for extra) to replace. I'm anxious to see if adding the spacer will quiet it down, but need to wait for the fingers to arrive at this point. Thanks! Rich
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Re: Newbie to Vintage Gilbert engines; good, bad, and ugly.

jim sutter ·
Another reason your 336 steam engine pulls all your freight cars is your 336 have pull mor wheels. Like rubber tires. All the other engines you listed do not. The 0-54 curve track you have was made by K-Line. Original Flyer curve is 0-36. Check some of your local shops to see if they have any good clean used Flyer track. I agree with Mr. Payer regarding the banging noise. Also, make sure the side rods are lubed where they enter the steam chest. As someone else stated, all of your engines...
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Re: Newbie to Vintage Gilbert engines; good, bad, and ugly.

Steve "Papa" Eastman ·
If you are interested in some original Flyer track, I just pulled mine out to take to this months meet to sell. All usable. If interested, contact me and I'll work up an inventory of the box. More than enough for a Holiday layout. Steve
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Re: Newbie to Vintage Gilbert engines; good, bad, and ugly.

Gary Graves ·
Excellent thread. Very informative. Thanks gentlemen!
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Re: Newbie to Vintage Gilbert engines; good, bad, and ugly.

Smoke Stack Lightnin ·
Thanks guys. Jim- good to hear from you! Don't know what I miss most, your store, or the despairing yarns would tell to help the sale. I think once you told me there would be no Thanksgiving turkey on the Sutter's table if I didn't buy an engine! Steve, thanks for the offer but this year I'm just going to stay with the Fastrack. Rich
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Re: 1999 Vintage Lionel ZW transformer problem

graz ·
There is a recalibration process that should fix that. The instruction manual outlines it but I can't seem to locate it online right now.
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Re: 1999 Vintage Lionel ZW transformer problem

bimmer050 ·
Thanks for your reply; I found this instruction manual but it doesn't seem to say anything about any calibration procedure: https://www.lionelsupport.com/...ents/72-2982-250.pdf If you come across it, would greatly appreciate the link to finding it. Roger
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Re: 1999 Vintage Lionel ZW transformer problem

graz ·
Take a look near the bottom of page 14. That covers it. Just be sure to use a plastic tool to depress the programming button and not a metallic one as you can short out the board.
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Re: 1999 Vintage Lionel ZW transformer problem

bimmer050 ·
Oops! Just found it on pg14! Did a word search on "calibration". I'll give that a try. Thanks for the tip! Roger
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Re: 1999 Vintage Lionel ZW transformer problem

bimmer050 ·
Worked great! And I didn't even have to open anything up!
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Re: 1999 Vintage Lionel ZW transformer problem

BigRail ·
Glad that worked for you. You may want to check the white plastic gears inside. There was a part (white plastic also) connected to the handles that would crack and cause the handles to not bring the voltage all the way down. Lionel offers a replacement metal piece for this. This is for the PostWar Celebration ZW which I am pretty sure is the one you are talking about.
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Re: 1999 Vintage Lionel ZW transformer problem

bimmer050 ·
Hi Bigrail, Yes that's exactly the one I have...PW Celebration ZW...I did wonder why I couldn't find a model# for it (my box is stored away). Thanks for the heads-up on the plastic gear & handle part vulnerability. I assume I can order the metal replacements through Lionel Service? Do you have a part# or an exploded diagram for that control unit? Roger
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Re: 1999 Vintage Lionel ZW transformer problem

shawn ·
Actually 3 problems with this tranformer 1) The potentiometer nut would loosen allow gear tooth slippage 2) The horizontal bracket that the vertical potentiometer bracket mounts to was upgraded to a metal. I believe improper dimensions and breakage. 3) The potentiometer bracket breaks where it screws into the horizontal plate. This part is not available...from lionel...Start saving pennies for another transformer!
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Re: 1999 Vintage Lionel ZW transformer problem

bimmer050 ·
Well that's a pain! I think I'll overhaul my 1950's ZW as a backup. The only thing I really like about the new one I have is the circuit breaker is really fast-acting when a car derails. With my old ZW, I ended up with burnt rivet connections on my 1122 027 switches when my son (then a 5 year old) didn't know to throttle OFF when a derailment and short occurred. That was 30 years ago.
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Re: 1999 Vintage Lionel ZW transformer problem

BigRail ·
Hold on there....the part is available from Lionel. I ordered it last summer. I'll look it up for you and posy it here. It's a great transformer. Just needs a slight upgrade.
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Re: 1999 Vintage Lionel ZW transformer problem

graz ·
Not sure if this was covered but there is also a potential issue with the main board in this unit not playing well with the Legacy system. Some command gets interpreted as a full system shutdown as if the red halt button was engaged on the remote. It doesn't show up in all units nor is it easily repeatable. Lionel does make a replacement board that remedies this issue and it was an easy swap. MartyE has a really good photo outline of the process on his website. It started with mine about a...
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Re: 1999 Vintage Lionel ZW transformer problem

Tony_V ·
Does anyone have a part number for the replacement main board (or could post a link to MartyE's web site.)? My unit's main board has an issue that I would like to remedy and I have been told the main board was no longer available. Tony
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Re: 1999 Vintage Lionel ZW transformer problem

RJR ·
Bimmer, the ancient ZW is a great warhorse. The breaker problem is easy to solve. Use external breakers that use a push-button to reset. They open quickly and don't reset until you press the button, after clearing the derailment. I get mine from boating supply houses for about $6 each. Maximum aggregate amperage of all outputs should be 10 amps.
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Re: 1999 Vintage Lionel ZW transformer problem

BigRail ·
Got the part number for the metal brackets for the handle inside the PWC ZW. Here ya go: 2 6102859065 BRKT-ZW POT.ASSY MTNG L&RH $14.00 $28.00
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Re: 1999 Vintage Lionel ZW transformer problem

graz ·
RJR While the old is a great xformer and is solid. The new provides remote / command compatibility with built in powerhouses. Yes, the unit has it's issues mentioned above, but once addressed, the ZW-C is a solid performer. I've had mine since 99 and it handles everything we throw at it.
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Re: 1999 Vintage Lionel ZW transformer problem

bimmer050 ·
Hi Everybody, First, let me thank each of you for sharing your collective knowledge on the "new generation" ZW. This is what makes this forum great! First a hearty thanks to Bigrail for the part number for the metal brackets! Next to RJR, what value external breakers do you use for the old ZW? I saw a Youtube video where the presenter tested 1A, 3A, and 5A breakers and concluded the 3A worked for him. His load was a steam engine with a diesel, and two heavyweight lighted passenger cars. In...
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Re: 1999 Vintage Lionel ZW transformer problem

Dennis LaGrua ·
I don't know about the problems people have with the expensive new ZW's but the 60 year old version still seems to work. They charge you a lot of money and then they don't last. We didn't have all these problems years ago when the ZW was just a simple coil wound variable transformer. Call me a cave man if you will, but keeping with the simple approach, has saved me money and many a headache .
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Re: 1999 Vintage Lionel ZW transformer problem

RJR ·
I agree with Dennis that the old war horse ZWs are great, even for modern layouts. Their internal thermal breakers are unreliable, and if they reset automatically, the current will keep coming on and overloading it, as well has hazarding the trains' wiring and parts. Roger, you question does not have an easy answer. The internal breaker in a ZW is on the wire to the U post. If you were to set the left handle at 6 volts and the right at 20, and connect the A&D posts, you'd have a dead...
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Re: 1999 Vintage Lionel ZW transformer problem

Sam Jumper ·
I had the PWC ZW once upon a time. After buying it NOS, it had to go in for the metal bracket/gears repair. Then I bought a Legacy remote and mine needed literally a new chip installed to regognize the Legacy remote. I got rid of the PWC for the trusted PW original and haven't looked back since.
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Re: Vintage Double Helix O Gauge Layout

Murnane ·
Here's one closeup picture I took:
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Re: Vintage Double Helix O Gauge Layout

JohnS ·
I think I saw this at York this year.
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Re: Vintage Double Helix O Gauge Layout

Former Member ·
Pretty good, 50 years old and still works and looks exceptional for it's age.
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Re: Vintage Double Helix O Gauge Layout

JohnS ·
thanks, I still feel good also
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Re: Vintage Double Helix O Gauge Layout

Gpritch ·
Originally Posted by JohnS: I think I saw this at York this year. It's been at York a few times now. Time to drop the price to move it...
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Re: Vintage Double Helix O Gauge Layout

AMCDave ·
It's cool....It looks more like 1940's - 50's to me.......The rails look like strap iron or maybe folded sheet metal....could you tell???
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Re: Vintage Double Helix O Gauge Layout

Susan Deats ·
Rich, this helix "how-to" may help you build your own if you decide to tackle the project.
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Re: Vintage Double Helix O Gauge Layout

leapinlarry ·
If you will send me an email, I will send you pictures of how we constructed an adjustable 072 Helix. ( Llevin64@yahoo.com ) We used a 2.5 Degree rise so as to not be so hard to climb. Happy Railroading.
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Re: Vintage Double Helix O Gauge Layout

Murnane ·
Originally Posted by AMCDave: It's cool....It looks more like 1940's - 50's to me.......The rails look like strap iron or maybe folded sheet metal....could you tell??? @AMCDave - I bet it was folded sheet metal, it looked like the sheet metal used for AC/Heat venting but was thicker, almost like the size of the metal used in automotive bodywork (or even thicker?).
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Re: Vintage Double Helix O Gauge Layout

Murnane ·
Originally Posted by leapinlarry: If you will send me an email, I will send you pictures of how we constructed an adjustable 072 Helix. ( Llevin64@yahoo.com ) We used a 2.5 Degree rise so as to not be so hard to climb. Happy Railroading. Sending email now!
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Re: Vintage Double Helix O Gauge Layout

trainroomgary ·
If I had the space, I would build a double helix to connect my elevated lines.
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Re: Vintage Double Helix O Gauge Layout

leapinlarry ·
I hope the pictures came through. I do not know how to show them here on the forum. Good Luck.
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Re: Vintage Double Helix O Gauge Layout

Murnane ·
Originally Posted by leapinlarry: I hope the pictures came through. I do not know how to show them here on the forum. Good Luck. Hi Larry, I got the 7 emails, I'll download the pics and post a couple here if you want...Rich
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Re: Vintage Double Helix O Gauge Layout

Matthew B. ·
Originally Posted by Susan Deats: Rich, this helix "how-to" may help you build your own if you decide to tackle the project. The Helix has always fascinated me. A lot of the inspiration for our current 8 x 5 double spiral Christmas display comes from continually returning to Susan's web page and examining the "Compact Double Helix" her layout and instructive articles. Thank you Susan
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Re: Vintage Double Helix O Gauge Layout

Murnane ·
These things are awesome! Thanks Matthew B, Susan, LeapingLarry, and everyone else!
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Re: Vintage Double Helix O Gauge Layout

Murnane ·
LeapingLarry's pictures: I think I got them all! Larry added comments to them in the emails he sent but I have to jump offline now for a bit...Rich
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Re: Vintage Double Helix O Gauge Layout

albagtp ·
The old Helix originally pictured was made using sewer snake steel. I have studied a few of these. There does not seem to be much information regarding who originally made them. There are a few of them around including the "figure 8 double helix" all with the same steel bar track construction. I tried to buy this one at the Spring York 2014 show , he was pretty set on $2800 then. I am going to build a similar one out of current track. The Corkscrew inner outer return Helix are fun with some...
 
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