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MTH Premier Via Rail F40PH

southernryamtrakfan ·
I know this is a moonshot but thought I'd give it a try. I thought I'd never find the Premier Via Rail Genesis but I found the powered and non-powered set on eBay Australia about one month ago. Here is the link, FYI: http://www.ebay.com/itm/141855536042?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT So....it never hurts to try..... Lee
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Billy ·
Very nice, Never new Mth made one
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Sleeper dome question

pittsburghrailfan ·
Hello, I know that several railroads had or have domed sleeper cars. That meaning, cars with an upper level dome deck and sleeping accommodations down below. Did any railroad put sleeping accommodations actually on the dome deck? A sort of "Sleep under the stars" roomette or bedroom.
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Operate Lionel's Smoke Fluid Loader through DCS Remote....

Junior ·
Hello Everyone; Has anyone been operating Lionel's Smoke Fluid Loader using MTH's DCS Remote? I finally set mine up on the layout, set it up as an Engine and assigned it ID# 90. I tried pushing several rocker switches and using the thumb wheel, but nothing happens. The loading arm does not move and no noise comes from the pump. The light pole light is lit so I know its getting power. And Run/Prog switch is in the Run position. Hope someone can shed some light.....
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aterry11 ·
For what I know the dome area was always seating..
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Number 90 ·
No sleeping under the stars unless you fell asleep in one of the dome seats after dark. All sleeping accommodations were at floor level.
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Two23 ·
The domed area seems to be premium space. I think VIA in Canada has a nearly refurbished car that has private rooms in a domed car, but the dome is separate and is a community space. Kent in SD
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jaygee ·
The homemade Espee domes has long sofas, where you could stretch out after dark, and kinda get the effect of a true sleeper dome. In the summer of '69, I did just that going from Oakland to Ogden, on the City of Everywhere. Great sleep, and nobody kicked me out !
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Junior ·
Update.....I checked to see if I could turn the light pole light on and off by using Aux 8 and 9. That does work. I also realized I needed to press and HOLD the Brake side of the Brake/Boost rocker switch on the DCS Remote to work the pump. I do hear the pump "clicking" like a pumping action is occurring. But how do I get the loader's arm to swing out over the track? I'm at a loss right now....
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Barry Broskowitz ·
Junior, But how do I get the loader's arm to swing out over the track? I have the original (TAS) Smoke Fluid Loader and use the remote's thumbwheel speed control to make the arm move. You may need to get to a relatively high setting (25 and up) to get it started. If so, you may consider using Quickset Speed. I use the DIR button to change between out and back.
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Junior ·
Hi Barry; Thanks for the reply. I tried your suggestion and I still get no movement from the arm. I tried jiggling the motor's armature back and forth a bit to see if may be it was stuck. But that didn't help. I've been successfully running TMCC engines through DCS on my layout for a while with very good success. I have the TMCC Command base' ground wire connected to the Common (black) on all my track blocks. But.....I run all my accessories from a separate transformer that is grounded to...
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Junior ·
Hi Barry..... I think I just figured it out. I'm trying to wire and operate this accessory like I have all my other NON-TMCC (ie. old Lionel) accessories. But I need to operate this accessory as a TMCC engine....meaning I should wire this accessory to the track block its sitting next to. That way it would get the TMCC commands sent through that track block the other TMCC engines get.
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Junior ·
Nope.....that wiring change didn't work either. I can reset the Accessory (aka Engine) ID, hear the pump work, turn the pole light on and off.....but the arm won't budge. I know the block is working with TMCC 'cause I'm running a TMCC engine in that same block. Dang.....πŸ˜–
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Barry Broskowitz ·
Junmior, Did you try using the thumbwheel "speed" to move the boom, and the DIR button to select forward and backward? If you did, what happened?
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Junior ·
Hi Barry; Using the DCS Remote, I scrolled the thumbwheel from zero to 31. The arm did not move. I then pressed the Dir key; which reset the speed back to zero. At this point; nothing happened....no movement. I scroll the thumbwheel from zero to 31 again and nothing moved. I then pressed the Dir key. Again the speed was set to zero and no movement of the arm occurred. Included below is a link to a YouTube video I created that shows the testing I just did with the Smoke Loader (I created the...
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Barry Broskowitz ·
Junior, Some questions: How do the instructions say to move the boom using a Cab-1 or Cab- 2? Is the device set up as a TMCC engine or a Legacy engine? Which Lionel command base do you have and how is it connected to the TIU? If you have a Legcy base and set up the engine as a Legacy engine, there's a small complication of which you should be aware.
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Junior ·
The instruction booklet says "...can be operated with Legacy CAB-2, CAB-1L or TMCC CAB-1 remote". Weird wording to mention "remote". The booklet says the exact same thing in the Accessory Features section. I'm running TMCC through Lionel's Trainmaster Command base...but I do not have the CAB-1 remote. The loader is set up as a TMCC engine. The instructions don't mention anything other than "Turn the red control knob clockwise to swing the loading arm 90 degrees". And then the instructions...
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Junior ·
Barry.....you're gonna love this! On a whim....I changed the SPD (Speed) setting to 128. After spinning through the speed some what.... ....lo-and-behold....the arm moved! For every increment in speed, the arm moves a tiny bit! OMG....this would take forever! It took 3 trips from 0-127 to move the arm half way. Yikes!
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Barry Broskowitz ·
Junior, Tap the REL soft key on the Engine Sreen and then turn the thumbwheel. Clockwise to come out and counter-clockwise to go back. That may clear up the issue.
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Junior ·
Barry....you're BRILLIANT! And after your recommendation, I found that discussion in your "DCS Companion" (3rd Edition) on page on Page 127 under section "Considerations and Limitations of TMCC Control using the DCS Remote". I tried the REL softkey setting this AM and yes the arm does move in either direction depending on the direction you scroll the thumbwheel. But....moving the arm is still painfully s-l-o-w. πŸ˜• And it appears (from what I can see from testing), the SPD softkey has no...
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LaramieJoe ·
Following this threat closely as I too have the Lionel Fluid Loaded (same as yours). I have been hesitant to begin programming because of the problems you've encountered. Now, because of this thread, I will try!! Many thanks! And yes, Barry is Brilliant!
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Junior ·
Hello Dr Joseph....just know (unless Barry pulls another rabbit out of his hat 😁)...moving the Loader's arm is really, R-E-A-L-L-Y slow. Several spins of the thumbwheel move the Loader's arm a small increment. The actual setup is very easy.....just: 1. Physically place the accessory near track that has a TMCC signal. 2. Add power to the Loader. 3. In DCS, add the Loader like you would normally do to add a TMCC engine. 4. I believe the instructions recommend assigning the Loader a new TMCC...
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guyeh ·
Hello, I've had no luck getting my fluid loader to work with DCS. It just pumps and you can turn light off and on. Boom doesn't swing. Works good with Lionel remote.
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Junior ·
Hi GuyEH.... I feel your pain. I'm beginning to think DCS is pretty useless when it comes to operating TMCC accessories. In fact, I ended up getting a Cab-1 remote and the Loader arm works beautifully! I probably should've had a Cab-1 remote anyway. I even emailed MTH about this but....not response...
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gunrunnerjohn ·
Even if you primarily use the DCS remote for your TMCC stuff, a Lionel remote is always a good idea.
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Junior ·
Yeah....learned that lesson GRJ. I was just disappointed in this one aspect of DCS' remote. It does everything else so well (in regard to TMCC). Guess my expectations were set too high. Not sure why there would be such a difference (in this case) between the DCS' thumbwheel and Cab-1's "red" wheel. Bottom line....don't try and save a few $$ like I tried to.....buy a Cab-1/Cab-1L/Legacy base and remote set and "call it a day".
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gunrunnerjohn ·
Well, I have always preferred the operation of the big red knob over the little MTH thumbwheel. IMO, the thumbwheel is the Achilles Heel of the MTH remote. Not only is it more difficult to use, but having physical contacts to encode the motion, it's also much more prone to failure. I've lost count of the number of thumbwheels I've replaced, and I have only seen a couple Lionel remotes with an issue with the big red knob. It's simply the difference between using cheap encoder wheels with...
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bigdodgetrain ·
wish some of our club members would understand this. they spin that wheel so fast the system does not have time to react.
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Barry Broskowitz ·
While I haven't used the current production Lionel Smoke Fluid Loader with the DCS Remote, I have used the earlier TAS Smoke Fluid Loader with the DCS Remote, with great success. I programmed it as a TMCC engine and controlled the boom by using the DCS Remote's thumbwheel. However, I use the DCS feature QuickSet Speed to move the boom, and the DIR button to change direction. Soft Key S5 (REL), for the speed control forth loader, should be left unhighlighted, rather than highlighted for " REL...
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Junior ·
Hey Barry; I will try using the DCS remote again using your suggestions and letcha know how it goes. Thanks.....
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Tom C ·
You are all farther then me! All I get is the light flashing on and off and zero response from my MTH DCS remote? HELP!
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Re: Building and Evolution of an Action Packed Fifties Era Lionel 027 Operating & Switching Layout w/ Turntable

Choo Choo Charlie ·
Post 53 a New engines and Track Upgrade Been working some on the layout but just not posting much lately. I have obtained a Williams F7 ABA Santa Fe diesel set at a warehouse sale and a Marx IC&G 0-4-0 diesel lately. Here are a couple of pictures The F7 powered 4032 has an issue with the E unit and would only run in reverse. Not wanting to spend in excess of $40 for a new E unit I reversed the leads to the two DC can motors and the powered A unit runs forward with neutrals. This is OK...
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Choo Choo Charlie ·
Post 54 Cab-Forward Engine Years ago I purchased a Lionel 2025 2-6-4 steam locomotive that came with a homemade enclosed cab and white wall painted wheels. I left both intact. The Lionel 2025 and 2035 are my favorite engines to run on my layout. My closed cab Lionel 2025 with white walls Recently I was reviewing a March 1999 Classic Toy Trains magazine and read a product review of a 3 rd Rail Brass O gauge Southern Pacific Cab-forward 4-8-8-2 steam locomotive. I was not familiar with...
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MNCW ·
Hi Charlie, I had a question about your Marx switches since I'm not familiar with them. One the first page of this topic, you mentioned about inserting a nail/pin in the center rail section. I was wondering, when the switch moves doesn't that pin prevent the opening/closing of the switch or does the rail bend around the nail/pin to accommodate the pin being there? That's what it looks like is going on here, but maybe a video would show it better? Tom
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Adriatic ·
Hopefully Charlie isn't working on answer yet...No the pins are to make up for the fact the curved point rail doesn't align nice when it becomes a center rail, and the straight point rail doesn't align nice as a curved center rail. A skinny or offset roller could fall off. They act more like stops in thier position. Sinking them in the tube further open a gap ( a slight gap ensures full point closing on the lead points(not shown) I.e. those two pictures show the full point travel left to...
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Choo Choo Charlie ·
Post 5 5-27-2016 Procurement of Trains, Track, Switches etc. When I started acquiring trains and train gear I lived and worked near Kingston Jamaica, starting in 1976, for four years and traveled back to the USA every 6 months and visited family in Texas, Pennsylvania, Mississippi and Florida. I looked in the Pittsburgh Gazette paper want ads for O gauge trains. I found none but did find an ad from Dave who wanted to buy Lionel trains. I called and asked him if he had any to sell, he did. He...
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Choo Choo Charlie ·
Post 7 6-11-2016 Main Board Construction I drew up several plans as small sketches to get ideas for what I wanted. I then drew out and designed my layout track plan to scale with a homemade template. I was overseas in Jamaica and did not have or know about store bought templates! My template was made from a piece of polyethylene from a coffee can lid. I cut a 027 straight and curve cutout with a X-Acto knife. I used 1/10 inch to one foot scale on the template shown below. I then laid out the...
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Choo Choo Charlie ·
Post 9 6-25-2016 revised 9-2019 Turntable Construction - Scratch Built and Inexpensive The center piece of the layout is the scratch built, inexpensive turntable and roundhouse. Designing and building the turntable was the most fun part of the whole train layout for me and well worth the time and effort as it provides much operation interest and fun. The Turntable was built during the initial layout construction in 1977 in Kingston Jamaica. The turntable rotates on a 6 inch diameter (8"...
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Choo Choo Charlie ·
Casco All tracks outside rails and transformers share the same common. All transformers are phased so trains can go from a loop on one transformer to another loop with another trans. I have two switches that select all tracks and all loops to be run on the red lighted LW trans. A second selection is for red lighted trans to operate main board inside loop only and green lighted LW to operate main board outside loop and new board to right of main board. Another switch on the new board control...
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Choo Choo Charlie ·
Post 19 8-18-2016 Homemade Lionel Water Tower and Gantry Crane Superstructure Personal note: I have been out of touch the past week as we experienced the Great Flood here in south Louisiana. I live in Baton Rouge and Livingston Parish with Denham Springs is a across the river and they had 80% of the town flooded. The water went over the 100 year flood zone level by four feet in some places. This is now called a 1000 year flood. We learned that elevation is what matters not closeness to...
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Choo Choo Charlie ·
Post 20 8-26-2016 Layout Lights and Lighting All buildings have lights in the ceiling like real buildings not on the floor. My childhood layout buildings had 4 watt or so Christmas tree 110v lights. I use small 12v mini Christmas tree lights for building lights. These Christmas tree lights are replacements for stings of 10 bulbs . I cut up mini Christmas tree light strings and use the pig tails and sockets for the lights. A small staple is usually used to suspend the light socket in the...
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conrail5065 ·
Charlie this is very enjoyable. I live up in Monroe LA. I have been living her for about a year and the people up here have gone through a massive flood back in March. I was one of the lucky ones as well. I have an apartment and have been thinking of building a small layout to run some of the MPC/Postwar items I have collected over the years. I mainly collect 3 rail scale, but when I want to run any of that I need to take up the whole apartment. You have given me some great ideas from this.
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Choo Choo Charlie ·
Post 30 11-15-2016 Trolley for Main Street I am back ! A trolley track was added to Main Street. HO gauge Bachmann trolleys were chosen and are easy to find at train shows. This is a 027 TOY train layout so HO gauge is in the running. HO gauge is on the small size, S gauge is about right (20% less than O) and O gauge is a bit too big. This trolley line was built in the early 1990s. I have since picked up a Lionel O gauge trolley but it would overwhelm my Plasticville more or less S scale...
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Choo Choo Charlie ·
Post 31 1/28/2017 Installation of remote operating Lionel Gantry Crane Been slack in posting on this thread with the holidays and recently the flu. I am back now! I obtained a remote operating Lionel Gantry Crane awhile back. I got a good deal as one of the crane legs was broken off, just up my alley. A little epoxy glue fixed that. It took some time to install with the crane controls having to be added next to the turntable control and the installation of the single rail tracks for the...
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Choo Choo Charlie ·
Tom Here is an addition to Post 53 a Post 53 b Track Nibbers and Track Cutting Jig Yes it is aluminum flashing sheeting but you will need only a small scrape. I had some left over from gutter work. If not in hurry, I would watch the trash, where roofing jobs are underway, a used thin cake pan, check out small hardware stores for fee scrap, etc. If it is painted, just scrap or sand off all the paint on both sides. This goes for if it is anodized also, to get better conduction. You can use tin...
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Choo Choo Charlie ·
Post 59 New Engine - Lionel 561, 0-8-0 Switcher It is a new year, 2020, and the high scoring LSU football Tigers are the new National Champs in NCAA football for 2019 season. None of us saw this 15-0 season coming and all the awards many player received including the Heisman for QB Joe Burrow. Who would have thought that getting a NO Saints Asst. coach to put in a 5 receivers passing attack and a graduate transfer QB (he said before the season they would score 40 or 50 are maybe 60 points...
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Choo Choo Charlie ·
Post 25 10-4-2016 Ice skating pond on New Addition I built a small operating Ice Skating Pond and it was located near the new Addition outside loop. This location gave the opportunity to install a Rail Road Bridge. The ice skating pond is on the farm. The ice skating pond was made from a pane of glass painted white on the bottom. It was attached to a pond shaped cutout in the train board. An old Barb B Q rotisserie motor (all I had at the time) was used to power a 7 inch diameter, Β½ inch...
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Train Nut ·
Very nice work. You really should post this on a separate thread so everybody can see the nice work you did on it. I was able to picked this one up at the train show in West Springfield a few weeks ago for $10. It's in pretty good shape. Had a little rust that I had to clean off on two of the wheels. Personally, I think they could have got a little more for it. I would say yours looks every bit as good as the original!
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Choo Choo Charlie ·
POST 60 Homemade Lionel 9278 Life Savers Tank Car After looking for a reasonable or inexpensive Lionel 9278 Life Savers Tank Car (they are rather hard to find and I have never seen one at a train show) I decided to make one. They are whimsical and very colorful and always caught my attention. I do not know what Mars- Wrigley Co., the present maker of Life Savers five flavors hard candy, would transport in a Tank Car. Lionel Lifesaver Single Dome Tank Car you can purchase I had three double...
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Choo Choo Charlie ·
Post 33 6/4/2017 List of Layout Installed Accessories Been awhile in getting back. Been busy patching up my junk 1950s Delta 24 inch jig saw and working on stereo systems, getting an old Dual 1225 turntable up and a 1955 Hallicrafters shortwave radio running. Scottie - No I did not install the Lionel trolley, I kept the HO trolley but had to replace the HO transformer. Tom - My installed accessories are: Scratch built Operating Turntable on page 1, Post 9 Coal Mine loading station, Scratch...
 
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