I'm planning on fixing the pilot of my Lionel SD70M (not sure if I want lobster claw or Kadee) and I was wondering if anyone on here has done one of these before and has any tips. Also need a good fuel tank for it.
Here is my Ives 1122 steam engine project. The rear of the window frame was broke on one side. I fixed it with some bar stock and JB Weld. The pilot was broken. I replaced it with a cast part from Hennings, attached again with JB Weld. It needs some cleaning. Need to get my queue tips out! Here is the motor. I haven't seen too many with an electric reverse unit like this. I ordered some cloth wrapped wire and will be rewiring it, because of cracked and rotted insulation. There is a bypass...
That's the plan! Where is the best place could I order one? I was just going to look at the exploded parts diagram of my new ES44s and order one from Lionel, but I am sure there are better ones out there.
I usually grab one from my parts bin. When I convert cars to Kadees I save all those air hoses. I like the MTH air hoses because they are much thinner and have a nicer glad hand than the Atlas part. I also use PSC air hoses and glad hands with real rubber hose... but usually its the MTH air hose.
Most of the first generation PRR road diesels were initially fitted with coupler covers to minimize issues when colliding with vehicles. Around the 1954/5 time frame they began to be removed as the units were shopped. I agree that the coupler covers on the FM diesels are particularly clunky looking. That's a good looking railroad Steven Michael, you are very fortunate to have a true SPF for a Dad and mentor. Ed Rappe
I had to order a replacement plow for one that cracked. I believe it is the first one listed on this page: https://mthtrains.com/parts-search/FH-2130001 . However, it wouldn't hurt to call MTH and double check the part number with the engine product number. The folks at MTH have always been very helpful when I have called and quick to send out any ordered parts.
Wow! Very nice. I also like your concept for mounting everything. Kudos especially for modeling the actual prototype pilot (unique to the SD 80s and 90s) and not simply fabricating a "full" version of the pilot supplied with the model (a re-used SD 60 pilot). Consider making the holes for the handrails smaller, maybe 0.20. Some of use finer wire for full handrails, and newer MTH models are closer to that. The modeler can enlarge them if heavier wire is used. I dabble in UP and broke down and...
Just updated my thread for older Premier SD24. I also covered the SD9/45 which share the same pilots. To be honest. If he can do MTH SD9s/24/45, Alco C628/630, and GP30/9 that would make life easier. I defintly like the idea of body mounted Kadees. https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/t...73#61965511445937073
Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. I had a little time to play with the model this morning, and I've incorporated most of them, along with a few other tweaks. Here's the latest: I also added some real estate on the coupler mount to allow the use of screws in lieu of adhesive, if desired. The mount will have reference marks on it for suggested locations that avoid some features in the original body shell. There is enough room to allow up to five screws. I should clarify that the coupler...
Eric, As I'm looking at a couple MTH SD40-2's would be great to see new pilots for SD40-2's with this level of detail! MTH hasn't made these with fixed pilots so the interest level should be fairly high?
Hey, if anyone has the newer SD90 models, could you post a couple pics of the underside and chassis? Here is what mine looks like: I noticed as I was taking measurements on my ES44AC that the chassis and shell have features that I assume are there to accommodate mounting of the 2-rail pilot: Just curious if the newer SD90 models are set up like that as well.
I don't know how many of us there are out there but this is very promising! This might be a nice little side business. I am waiting for some end cab switcher pilots lol! These look much better than the spacer, pilot, shell system I made. Nice work! Dave
I dont have any ES44s but my Dash 8s and 9s were set up that way. I bought all 3 pwered units as 2 rail but also bought the dummy 3 rail so I had all 4 road numbers. The dummy 3 rail had provisions for a 2 rail pilot but the frame was different and had to be cut as it was too long to attach a spacer and pilot.
Yep, the parts arrived while I was on vacation last week. I haven't had a chance to go over them in detail, but a quick fit check looked promising: BTW, if you are ever in the Denver area, be sure to check out the Georgetown Loop Railroad. They have an operating Shay locomotive as well as a few diesels. http://georgetownlooprr.com/
First, observation of the train. Have the axle bearings in the leading truck worn to allow the axle to touch the center rail? Truck mounting screw in too far and touching a smoke or headlight wire? Any sideplate wear to permit the axle to move vertically? Has the drawbar worn through the tether? Check the collectors for wear. (roller pick-ups) Have any of the headlight wires in the boiler come loose? Open front and check.
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