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Re: Lionel 1946 2020 Ballast weight install problem

ADCX Rob ·
It's way too big to fit with the horizontal E-unit and the 671S conversion hardware.
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Re: Lionel 1946 2020 Ballast weight install problem

OriginalMadman ·
Well that is true and also what I found out. Dose anybody make a correct weight for this engine or do I have to modify this one and figure it out myself?
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Re: Lionel 1946 2020 Ballast weight install problem

stew1957 ·
I installed one about 20 years ago. Took some extreme modification of the weight. Total mass of weight was about 60o/o of starting weight. Made pulling slightly better. If I had to do it again I would machine the two rear drivers for a traction tire.
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Re: Lionel 1946 2020 Ballast weight install problem

TeleDoc ·
I think you are trying to accomplish something that isn't meant to be done, without a lot of work involved. Rob included the paperwork for adding the ballast, and you just have to read the FIRST line (to later models, i.e. 1947 and later). The frame for the 1946 version is totally different from the later versions, and although I don't own a 'Smoke Bulb' version, it appears that you don't have the needed area to drill and tap holes in the frame to attach it. The Smoke bulb would have to be...
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Re: Lionel 1946 2020 Ballast weight install problem

Johnsgg1 ·
Time for a layer of 'Bullfrog Snot' on the rear drivers.
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Re: Lionel 1946 2020 Ballast weight install problem

ADCX Rob ·
No. Yes. Or, to simplify the task and achieve your desired results, just use the tape-a-weights we used to balance mag wheels - they are readily available quite reasonably at Harbor Freight or on eBay .
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Re: Lionel 1946 2020 Ballast weight install problem

OriginalMadman ·
I did forget to mention that engine already has the smoke unit upgrade done to it. These engines really do need the extra weight added up front. with the boiler body off the frame it almost tips by itself towards the rear. So its really just being driven on the 2 rear drive wheel. I will get this one figured out and post pictures when I'm done. Thanks for all your suggestions. Dave W.
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Re: Need help with new air whistle!

rebuilder ·
what resistor identification is it for the resistor to bypass? I have the 2004 polar express air whistle with volume so low you almost don’t know it’s active
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Re: Need help with new air whistle!

Chuck Sartor ·
I'll try to help out here. From what I am reading you want to put a DC motor whistle assembly from the shed in to a tender. Should mount OK. To trigger the whistle the circuit board 8633-20 between the DC motor and the Ground/pick-up assembly. Picture A and E are the same circuit board, parts just arranged different. You can use the 5906 controller, or on your ZW, just push the whistle lever half way. Sound triggering button not needed.
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Re: Need help with new air whistle!

rebuilder ·
the air whistle tenders have seen there day they are nice to have for nostalgia. I have to get more volume out of the polar express non lionchief air whistle but I have some othe tenders with the electronic train and rail sounds it’s just nice to have all your stuff work well
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Re: Need help with new air whistle!

Überstationmeister ·
It is R3, the tallest/ largest resistor (board is labeled R3l).
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Re: Need help with new air whistle!

rebuilder ·
thanks for the info I need to tweak a year 2004 polar express air whistle. the other post war air whistle tenders I have are solid strong runners
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Re: Need help with new air whistle!

Lenny J ·
Hi Rege, I'm no expert but your using a modern era whistle which has a DC can motor so one of the issuses is the DC voltage. The other issue is the electronic relay to make the whistle blow. Your photo E might be all you need but I'm not sure. Also do you have the wiring diagram for the triggering buttons? I know I didn't answer your questions but at least this will put the question on the top of the list again. Lenny
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Re: Need help with new air whistle!

brianel_k-lineguy ·
Rege, your picture - illustration E, is the relay Lenny mention that you will need to install the whistle box from the shed into the tender. The black and red wires on the relay are for your track power and connect to the roller pick up assembly. The white and blue wires go to the DC motor on the whistle box.
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Re: Need help with new air whistle!

Rege ·
Thanks, trainmen, for your information! I will give it a try. Do you know what kind of whistle the 8633-20 circuit is used for? Also, keep in mind that I've successfully installed Lionel smoke units into 1654s, 1655s, 1668s, 1688s, 1666s, 224s, and a host of others BUT not a 1615. These are regular smoke units, not drop down the chimney Sleuth devices.
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Re: Need help with new air whistle!

brianel_k-lineguy ·
Lionel may have variations of that relay. Matter of fact, I know they do, because at some point they made a change in it, adding a resistor so that the whistle does not blow as loud. Very annoying... you hear the noise of the motor and air fan more than you do the whistle. Lionel has a video on their website on how to "disable" the resistor to make the whistle louder. But I have only seen that relay used for the typical air whistle starter locomotives, which would be a DC can motor driven...
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Re: Need help with new air whistle!

Adriatic ·
Written off & on over hours(if its been said, sorry) Brianel-A low power draw coil, from an add on relay, could be powered from that dc units board, then introduce AC on the relays points. A relays linear motor(sol. coil) uses dc well, and uses less power than a rotary motor most often. How do you happen to own "pic E"? Was that part of the whistle shed? What is the part number for your shed. You do have some experience obviously, but how much you know is still a bit of a mystery so...
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Re: Install scale driver and truck wheels on a Lionel Legacy??

Hot Water ·
In my opinion, you would be much better off to send your model/models to Baldwin Forge & Machine, and have Joe convert it to 2-Rail operation.
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Re: Install scale driver and truck wheels on a Lionel Legacy??

Meadmaker ·
Thank you. I had thought of complete conversion, however, I do not wish to lose some of the great functionality that the vision line big boy comes with. I am under the impression that these conversions result in loss of some of these functions. Am I mistaken in this? I have no issue with the middle rail, I was just wanting to change out the look of the hi rail wheel flanges. I concentrate more on scenery, structures, weathering and details as my primary interest. For me and the grandkids,...
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Re: Install scale driver and truck wheels on a Lionel Legacy??

Hot Water ·
Then you could have Joe just convert the wheels to 2-Rail SCALE, but still leave the model/models 3-Rail electrically, and thus retain all the "features".
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Re: Install scale driver and truck wheels on a Lionel Legacy??

Scrapiron Scher ·
Very interesting ideas. When the conversion is made to scale wheels are any alterations needed to the locomotives that might result from interference with the scale wheels? I wonder why Lionel failed to put scale wheels on the pilot or rear trucks in the first place?
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Re: Install scale driver and truck wheels on a Lionel Legacy??

Hot Water ·
Probably because SCALE wheels on the engine truck trucks and/or trailing trucks will generally derail through many brands on 3-Rail turnouts.
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Re: Install scale driver and truck wheels on a Lionel Legacy??

bob2 ·
I have converted several K-Line steamers, a 763 and the pre-war B6 and an MTH Hudson. But to directly answer your question, I just converted a Lionel FEF using a Lobaugh frame, USH drivers, and special cast side rods. Everything else, including the cylinder block, pilot, main rods, valve gear, are all original Lionel. It looks great! I have. 4-12-2, but it remains in the box - not sure I like the sand dome. I removed and sold all the Legacy stuff - it took up way too much room, and I think a...
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Re: Install scale driver and truck wheels on a Lionel Legacy??

Ron H ·
all of my 3rail steam received scale NWSL .145 engine truck and trailing trucks wheels of appropriate size. Do that and the drivers will no longer be noticeable, especially if you blacken the rims. The .145 NWSL wheels will track through most 3 rail turnouts with a true T rail cross section. You may have to modify the points on some turnouts . Notice these Hudsons engine truck wheels roaring a long on 3 rail. Here are pictures of other locos with scale engine truck wheels . You will need a...
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Re: Install scale driver and truck wheels on a Lionel Legacy??

Meadmaker ·
Those look really nice. Thank you for the advice. How much of a to-do was changing out those wheels yourself? Not adverse to the work, just wondering what I was in for in the undertaking. So many tasks to moving and expanding the layout, just wondered how much time it was going to chew up. Trying to balance effort hours with return on effort. As I am much better (faster) with the scenic and structures, was curious if you could recall the effort hours you put in to changing those out? I have...
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Re: Install scale driver and truck wheels on a Lionel Legacy??

Meadmaker ·
Apologies, the effort hour question was directed to Bob2. Should have been specific. Ron H.: Those look very nice.
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Re: Install scale driver and truck wheels on a Lionel Legacy??

Hot Water ·
I don't believe that Bob2 "changes" the wheels. If I'm not mistaken, he machines the wheel sets himself, in order to eliminate the big flanges and then re-gauges the wheels for proper operation on 2-Rail track.
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Re: Install scale driver and truck wheels on a Lionel Legacy??

86TA355SR ·
You're better off to let Joe do it. Lots of reasons... I also swap out the 3R sets for NWSL. Like Ron said, swap out the lead trucks and do some paint work on the drivers. You may find it adequate, I did for 3R. Makes a huge difference. What track are you running? How well is your track laid? If it's not perfect, scale wheel flanges will find it on every pass...Matt posted a youtube video of an MTH Big Boy with scale wheels (flanges and all) on 3R tracks. You may want to take a look. If your...
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Re: Install scale driver and truck wheels on a Lionel Legacy??

bob2 ·
My recollection: generally trailing trucks and tender trucks are screwdriver deals. Lead trucks generally require re-drilling and pressing operations. It is so easy that I have been known to do them in exchange for 2-rail trinkets and postage.
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Re: Install scale driver and truck wheels on a Lionel Legacy??

Meadmaker ·
Thank you. As everything is dismantled and the new one will be considerably larger, track will start from scratch. Will be using flex track and some pre-made turn outs, others will be Fast Tracks turnouts ( i am aware those are made for 2R turnouts). Have not yet decided on the brand of trackage. Sold off the previous sectional track to a local club. Going with spline design track support structure for all the obvious benefit reasons. Thank you Bob2. I will keep that in the front of my mind.
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Re: Install scale driver and truck wheels on a Lionel Legacy??

Tom Tee ·
M-M, Joe's (Baldwin) work involves replacing the 3r treads with 2 rail treads. Baldwin has done scores of Lionel engines. His work is exceptional and reasonable. I have a few of his conversions and am very satisfied. Plus he is a very decent person to work with. On the curvature. With a fresh start in a barn running Big Boys you my want to reconsider the size of your curves. Minimum curvatures used by many 2 railers is about 60" radius or 0-120. IMO, that is where larger articulated engines...
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Re: Install scale driver and truck wheels on a Lionel Legacy??

Meadmaker ·
Thank you for the input. I will certainly factor that into the design. Goal is to avoid toy train overhang. Also having a good number of smaller locomotives and lots of room to work with, the large articulated locos will have their own dedicated mainlines (2). Plan to use the largest possible radius for those. That is the reason for flex track and hand made turnouts. Having decided to avoid sectional track, I am no longer to limited to those offered radii. Inspired by Tom Miller and the...
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Re: An Atlas F9 and an APP

Bob Delbridge ·
Good stuff Stephen!!! What's the smaller board to the left do? Is that something that can be bought or did you make it? Wish my wiring looked that good
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Re: An Atlas F9 and an APP

Stephen Bloy ·
Bob Its just where you connect into the JST plug, no soldering, well, I did tin the wires. cTr.....( Choose the Right )
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Re: An Atlas F9 and an APP

CentralFan1976 ·
Awesome!
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Re: BlueRail Dead Rail Install

jonnyspeed ·
I like this technology, but I'm waiting for onboard sound that is as good as DCC before I jump in.
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Re: BlueRail Dead Rail Install

3RaylFan ·
Impressive. Its nice to see some tech control suitable for S scale.
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Re: BlueRail Dead Rail Install

Bob Delbridge ·
Nice Darby! I've been running the BlueRail board in my Weaver SR3 for a couple of months now. Even thought it's only rated for 2 amps (stall current on the Pittman 8514 motor was measured at 3+ amps) it's been running fine. Dave Rees of BlueRail trains is a great guy to deal with, knows his stuff and is very helpful and questions arise. Dave told me to keep running my RS3 and to push it for all it's worth to see what the board will do. Jonathan, I think they're working on getting better...
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Re: BlueRail Dead Rail Install

PVan ·
Hi jonnyspeed, The Neil Stanton S-CAB system ( http://www.s-cab.com/ ), that I use in my engines, supports the Soundtraxx Tsunami. Essentially it is a radio-frequency receiver hard-wired to a DCC decoder of your choice (from the ones he supports). So, there is no difference in sound features or qualities, since it uses the same DCC decoder. For those of you reading this and are O-scale modelers, S-CAB now has 4- and 8-amp decoders available. Disclaimer: I have no financial interests in...
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Re: Traction tires

Chuck K ·
I have used CA glue for mine Ray.
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Re: Traction tires

gunrunnerjohn ·
Personally, I don't try to glue the tires on, that just makes it a mess when you have to replace them.
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Re: Traction tires

PSU1980 ·
I agree with John, slide them on and go
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Re: Traction tires

Chuck K ·
Ray, these folks say they slide theirs on with no adhesive, but my recollection is that these pullmore replacements from Port Lines had to be glued on the drivers just like the originals. In fact I am pretty sure Doug's recommendation was to glue them which is why I used the CA.
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Re: Traction tires

gunrunnerjohn ·
I'm surprised that AF glues the tires on, but I will bow to experience. That's never been recommended by any O-gauge maker that I'm aware of.
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Re: Traction tires

FlyerRich ·
This is a Gilbert era locomotive from the mid 50's. The process is definitely different.
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Re: Traction tires

FlyerRich ·
From Portlines clinic on wheel repair: Replacement Pullmor bands, standard steam (adhere with superglue)
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Re: Traction tires

Chuck K ·
I was pretty certain I read that somewhere. Thanks Rich.
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Re: Traction tires

Rayin"S" ·
OK, Thank you all for the replies, super glue it is. Would you recommend the standard 10 second set or the slower setting super glue? Ray
 
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