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Anyone Out There Selling A Weaver Reading Co. Pacific?

RDGCO.Productions ·
So I've been looking around to buy a Weaver RDG 4-6-2 for some time in 3 rail O scale. I know Weaver is gone however I'm still looking around for one to buy. (Preferably with TMCC) If anyone has one and is willing to sell it please let me know via this chat or my email, Mallardman226@gmail.com . Thank You!
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Lionel Paint

Ricky S ·
Hello, I am doing some touch up paint on Lionel Reading TMCC MUs. Does anyone know where I can find the exact paint color for them? Thanks, Ricky
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TCA Fall York Meet and RIAM Edition 8

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Rusty Traque ·
For all the Gilbert Reading Atlantic's out there, no one has made Reading Passenger cars. Rusty
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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rex desilets ·
Depending on your level of neurosis,the Reading coaches are, almost always, 72-ft cars. If you're working with plastic/urethane sides, you need to cut about 8 ft from each side; ditto if you're using someone else's roof. Re the T-1..if you start with a Berkshire chassis you could "roll your own" superstructure from styrene. Look at what this guy does: https://www.flickr.com/photos/60361449 @N02/page7
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Tom Stoltz ·
Francine, FWIW, from the S-Scale group: [Ad] B.T.S. Passenger Car Parts Sale Posted by: "Bill & Diane Wade - B.T.S." wadepub@ix.netcom.com wadepub13 Date: Fri May 27, 2016 8:18 am ((PDT)) Time to detail some passenger cars !! And time to save !! B.T.S./ Passenger cars parts (#02401-02449) are available with the following discounts thru Monday afternoon May 30, 2016.... Order $ 50.00 or more.... deduct *10%* from the total Order $ 100.00 or more.... deduct *15%* from the total Order $...
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Francine ·
Hi Tom, Couldn't get into the site. Tried I phone, home computer and work computer, no joy. Francine
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Mikeaa ·
Francine, Try this link which should be the correct one: http://www.btsrr.com/btsdet01.htm Unfortunately, the sale might be over, but at least you will be able to see what parts are available. Mike A.
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Francine ·
Ok Tom, worked this time. Thanks, but was hoping to find some steam stuff. Francine
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Francine ·
I haven't heard a word from bill Lane regarding the Reading roofs, has anyone?
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akupris ·
I have an 18 inch o gauge silowet windows . I think it is Weaver. E mail if interested
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Tom Stoltz ·
Francine, How are you doing with the Reading coach roofs? From the S-trains & s-scale lists: Harriman roofs Mon May 15, 2017 12:58 pm (PDT) . Posted by: stevew970 I am offering a Harriman (Arch) roof, cast in resin and made to fit on American Models 72' heavyweights. The roof has rivet & seam detail. Also available are roof vents often used on Harriman roofs, both Utility and Globe types. Some google research reveals the following railroads used cars with Arch roofs: SP, UP, IC, C of...
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dandeo50 ·
Lots of interest here for Reading, I put together an O gauge Ramble with an MTH Proto 2.0 T1 and K line cars all purchased on the forum. Judging from the response this looks like an opportunity for someone in S to make!
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Francine ·
Hi Tom, Looks like they would work, but $34 plus shipping for one roof?! A little steep - since the cars are like $69 each. Actually I haven't been too happy with the American Models Passenger Cars, as they have a bad tendency to uncouple - whereas the Flyonel don't. Working on a solution, but without my own layout - it is difficult.
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Tom Stoltz ·
Francine As with anything S, either buy while you can or roll your own. I what to try vacuum mold in styrene but can I make a master and set up the equipment for $34 a shot? And when will I get to it? Suddenly the cost isn't too much... Tom Stoltz in Maine
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AmFlyer ·
I have 24 of the AM heavyweight style passenger cars. Approximately 1 in 4 of them had slightly low couplers which caused uncoupling, and worse, derailments when backing through turnouts. Out of the box the bottom of the coupler lever was below the top of the point rails and would catch on them. All the bad ones were on the 4 wheel trucks, not the 6 wheel trucks. I then changed all the 4 wheel trucks to 6 wheel trucks and carefully reassembled them. No more derailments or spurious...
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Chuck K ·
I chose a less sophisticated approach to some AM coupler levers which hang too low for my Fastrack turnouts. I whipped out the Dremel and ground a millimeter or two off of the bottom of the button.
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phillyreading ·
I have 2 MTH Reading T-1's, 4-8-4 steam engines, with PS-2 sounds in 3 rail. These engines run very well with the PS-2 control system from MTH. Also have around 11 or 12 Williams Reading Company passenger cars from around 20 years ago in three rail. The first Williams Reading Company passenger cars needed to have their wheelsets replaced, as they had only the plastic coupler(no uncoupler). The second set of Williams Reading Company passenger cars have uncouplers that work well. I have a...
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Steve Wolcott ·
Francine, That's $34 including shipping. Steve Wolcott
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Steve Wolcott ·
Cast urethane will hold paint just fine if you wash it with dish detergent (no lanolin) or simple green or a citrus cleaner, and warm water, scrub with an old toothbrush. This is to get the mold release off. I wash my roof vents in an ultra-sonic cleaner before I ship them because they are so small and would be a real pain to scrub. The roofs will not fit in the cleaner. This cleaning also gets glue to hold. Many people use ca, I prefer epoxy because it gives me time to get things where I...
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John Pignatelli JR. ·
I would love to have seen this cutie running around Fredericksburg. I am going to check fallen flags to find some photos.
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Tom Stoltz ·
Steve, Any chance of your making your Harriman roofs slightly more Reading looking? Tom Stoltz in Maine
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Steve Wolcott ·
Tom, Yes, that is a possibility. Contact me offline at psmodelspecialties@gmail.com . I tried to email you, but it bounced. Steve Wolcott
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bruce benzie ·
Francine, I have two Reading Kline Heavyweight cars, Baggage and Diner. Both cars are in beautiful shape, interior lights, good wheels - no zinc pest. Cars have interior detail, window curtains in Dining car, no people. They are $39.00 for both plus shipping, from 22630 if interested. My email is in profile.
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PRR1950 ·
Bruce, You have to pay attention to which forum you're in! Francine models in S scale, not O, so K-Line would be of no relevance to her. Chuck
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Tom Stoltz ·
Steve has told me he is going to work on some Reading roofs for us. I have one of his Harriman roofs and will say the detail is great. I am looking forward to getting Reading roofs for my AM passenger cars.. Can anyone here say if the Reading style roof was used on other eastern railroads? They sure look close enough to Pennsy to me. Tom Stoltz in Maine
 
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