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(04/14/15) Take a Ride on the Reading!

Menards ·
Introducing the Reading Lines Boxcar! This O Gauge boxcar features new and improved premium metal trucks and operating couplers. Each car is finely detailed and sequentially numbered so that no two are the same. The box is colored yellow and has a...
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A Question for Reading & Northern and/or CF7 Fans

spwills ·
What happened to the RBMN CF7s? The newest pictures I've seen seem to be from the 90's. Were they scrapped or were they sold? Regards,
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How about and S Scale Reading T1?

Francine ·
Some will say there isn't enough interest, but you have the 4 main engines plus in service, then you have American Freedom Train, Chessie Steam Special, Blue Mountain and Reading, Ferrouquous and there is one where they put "elephant ears" on the 2012.  There should be enough there to produce them. Then you would need Reading smooth side coaches.  Then you would get people into S.  
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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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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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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?

banjoflyer ·
LBR has a one line entry "READING LINES" in S scale. If that isn't what you want contact them. They'll make anything you want in S scale. Mark
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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: Please Visit North Schuylkill High Railers Hi Rail Layout Frackville-PA

Dan Padova ·
From what I can see in the video, the layout is quite impressive. I would like to see more of it. Are you open to visitors at any other time of year ?
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Re: Please Visit North Schuylkill High Railers Hi Rail Layout Frackville-PA

Wowak ·
We have at least one open house per month, usually 12-5 on a Sunday, and every Sunday between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Next one will be either 2/14 or 2/21, I'll know for sure by this weekend. I try to post reminders on the Facebook page but I don't always remember. I've posted a few recent pictures on the Facebook page, too.
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Re: Please Visit North Schuylkill High Railers Hi Rail Layout Frackville-PA

Wowak ·
I'm a member of this club, you can see some of my handiwork on the layout. We also have a Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/North-S...ers-105877369466319/
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Re: Please Visit North Schuylkill High Railers Hi Rail Layout Frackville-PA

phillyreading ·
Brian, you did some interesting work on the Lionel Reading T-1. Are MTH Reading T-1's detailed any better? I might be up to Reading or Hamburg PA in the spring or early summer, so I might stop by Frackville mall. Lee Fritz
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Re: Please Visit North Schuylkill High Railers Hi Rail Layout Frackville-PA

Wowak ·
There is literally no comparison between the 1-18006 Lionel T-1 and the MTH T-1. In fact I have 3 Lionel T-1s sitting in boxes that I had planned to upgrade and detail but it's simply not worth the tremendous effort.
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Re: Please Visit North Schuylkill High Railers Hi Rail Layout Frackville-PA

phillyreading ·
Can you be more specific about that please? Does the MTH T-1 have more detail then Lionel T-1? I know the MTH T-1 is quite heavy and runs great, has some very nice detail in my opinion. Even has chains on the tender. The only problem I have had is with track clearances at times or hitting some scenery because of the cab & tender overhang. Lee Fritz
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Re: Please Visit North Schuylkill High Railers Hi Rail Layout Frackville-PA

Wowak ·
The details on the MTH T-1 are significantly better. The Lionel model has very little detail. The size is right, but the details are very toy-like in comparison.
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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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banjoflyer ·
Here's a C&O Berk for $20.00 less than the one listed above: http://www.nicholassmithtrains...EF-BERKSHIRE-%23490/ Mark
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Re: Reading Passenger cars?

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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Re: Reading Passenger cars?

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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Re: Reading Passenger cars?

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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Re: Reading Passenger cars?

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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Re: Reading Passenger cars?

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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Re: Reading Passenger cars?

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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Re: Reading Passenger cars?

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: (04/14/15) Take a Ride on the Reading!

jim sutter ·
Exposer would be the main reason for attending. Since you do not have stores in all states, a lot of people don't know who you are and what you are all about pertaining to trains. This forum is a great place for you to advertise and to get your foot into the world of "O" Gauge trains.
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Re: (04/14/15) Take a Ride on the Reading!

Bill T ·
Another $20 boxcar from Menards, the pricing mystery continues.
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Re: (04/14/15) Take a Ride on the Reading!

Pingman ·
Very handsome, and colorful.
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Re: (04/14/15) Take a Ride on the Reading!

jim sutter ·
Great looking car. Reminds me of the Lionel Reading box car in the Maple Leaf Limited set that came out in 1981. I love your box cars and the great pricing. Can't wait till you start making tank cars and flats with trailers.
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Re: (04/14/15) Take a Ride on the Reading!

jim sutter ·
Regarding box cars, I hope you have plans for a Penn Central in jade green, a New York Central in jade green with the cigar band logo, Boston and Maine in blue with the large B. and M., New Haven in orange with the large N. and H., B. and O. in blue orange and silver "Time Saver Service" and a Union Pacific in yellow with the large colored map.
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Re: (04/14/15) Take a Ride on the Reading!

nkp4me ·
I haven't got any of the boxcars...yet. However, I'm hoping we see more flatcars with different loads (the building materials from earlier cars) or even some steam era tank cars in some various road names. I'm really appreciating all the very affordable traditional stuff coming out.
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Re: (04/14/15) Take a Ride on the Reading!

jim sutter ·
Menards, Will you have a table or booth at York with information of all the new products you will be bringing out this year?
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Re: (04/14/15) Take a Ride on the Reading!

Menards ·
Originally Posted by jim sutter: Menards, Will you have a table or booth at York with information of all the new products you will be bringing out this year? Jim, Unfortunately, not this year. We would love to be represented soon though! Thank you, Mark the Menards Train Guy
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READING LINE twin bay hopper 9 car consist decals

CUSTOM "O" DECALS ·
We now can offer a decal sheet of 9 consecutive numbers (1211 - 1220) for READING LINE twin bay hoppers. These are first run quality and our regular price is $6.95 per set ($62.55). While the supply lasts we can offer these sheets at $50.00 ea. (includes shipping in CONUS) a savings of  $12.55 per sheet.      Interested parties please contact us at   lbrenterprisesllc@yahoo.com   Please use subject line "READING LINE DECAL SHEET" Dave, LBR
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Reading Passenger cars?

Francine ·
I searched for Reading Passenger cars, but they didn't seem to be made.  I found some old Flyer red plastic ones that look right, but are too short.  Unless any one knows of a company that makes Reading, it's buy, surgery and custom painting. P.S.  HAPPY NEW YEAR!


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