Hi guys, quick question for ya. Can a lionel operating hopper be unloaded by a standard uncoupling track or do I NEED the coal ramp to make it function? Also generally speaking how reliable is the operation of these cars? Any issues with coal getting stuck or jammed? Thanks, -Adam
I had to repair my MTH operating reefer car today. When I took the shell off there was a small metal plate with 2 holes laying in the bottom under one of the crew guys. any help would be appreciated. Thanks and Happy New Year!
Have a Lionel 8157 Santa Fe FM Trainmaster. Ran in only one direction when I got it. Disassembled, cleaned all parts, rebuilt motors. Re-assembled. Still ran in only one direction. Tried a second e-unit--same thing. It cycles fine and does not short out, but does not move in one direction. Other direction runs fine. Any thoughts? Also, any suggestions where to get either a 2321-43 FM frame or 2321-46 underframe in decent condition? Tried e-Bay; few and far between. Thanks. Tom LoPresti
At least with the old postwar one I have(drawing a blank on the number) there is nothing terribly exotic about its operation-a magnet pulls down on the center plunger, which opens the hatches on the bottom. The O27 "uncoupler" tracks that just had a single magnet inset into what was otherwise a standard looking section of straight track would probably work best-I think Lionel and K-Line both made them. Honestly, though, the coal ramp is the most trouble free way of getting this to work as it...
What I'm hoping to accomplish is placing an uncoupling track inside a Menards American power and light building I'm hoping I can just roll cars in, empty them under the cover of the building and pull out empties ready to be reloaded
Encasing the mess should make it a clean operation and I assume I could make the hole under the track as big as I want since you won't be able to see it anyway further reducing mess The tough part is going to be finding one of those buildings as they're out of print.
You won't hear the sound of the coal going into the bucket. Too much noise at a show and the pvc pipe, hopper shed, plywood, and skirting really hide the sound. I don't notice it at all at the club and I've run the tipple 3 to 6 hrs at a time at our shows. Just an idea. You could record a sound bite of the sound and wire it to the uncoupler button so it plays while the hoppers are unloading. Should be pretty easy to do. -Greg
Hadn't occurred to me, but my operating philosophy is very Ellisonesque, in that my main raison d'etre is entertaining the viewer. 'Course, I wind up being more like the roadside carnival set up in the local parking lot than anything else. Dangit, now I'm jonesing for a candy apple. Mitch
My parents bought me that book when I was 8 years old. Needless to say I still have it. It has a well worn look now, after 60 plus years of use. This book is why I changed to 2 rail O scale later in life.
I, too, am a fan of Ellison's philosophy, and I remember reading his 5 or 6 part series on building a model railroad for operation in Model Railroader magazine back in late 60s or early 70s. Those articles might even have been a reprint from earlier times because the pictures sure seemed dated. Before this thread, I did not know of the existence of this book. Would someone please identify the publisher so I might attempt to find a copy? Thanks, Chuck
It is one of the Arco "Hobby Handy Books" from the Do-It-Yourself series from Arco Publishing Co., Inc., 480 Lexington Avenue, New York City 17, New York (two-digit postal zone shows that it predated zip codes). I found my copy in 2001 at Reed's Hobby Shop in San Diego but nowadays you'd probably have better luck on the bay. I consider this the second most valuable guide to model railroading; the first is Ellison's "The Art of Model Railroading" which appeared as a series in Model Railroader...
Dan, You can find these on these secondary market pretty easily. If you are going to York, they can be found there as well. I have 3 of them and will probably get a 4th if I find the one I'm looking for at York. All work great. The only thing that is a bit of a pain if loading the smoke fluid. It's much easier if you use a smoke fluid dispenser. I use the ones from JT's Mega-Steam. Here's what I'm referring to: http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/292167925586 The tip of the dispenser fits into the...
I just looked on Ebay under "MTH operating reefer car" and several similar type cars came up, just not an identical car to the one shown in the video. I own the MTH Tropicana reefer car and think it is a pretty fun car to operate.
There are 7 or 8 versions. Like someone else stated, just search "operating reefer" on the MTH Homepage. Off the top of my head: PRR, SF, Cloverleaf, Hoods, Fruit Growers Express, Mathieson Dry Ice, Iron City Beer...... -Greg
operation coal and steel railroad and prr central region lake division can take 3 operators to run the railroad or 1. It is o gauge 3 rail and block control with remotes that I built. The paperwork is waybill , job cards and train order. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=df50ZB6FbGI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mT4soWPeIq0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILNBXYEX0BY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-SzODWDtpM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgALhUkn_58...
Hi Joe, I have the operating passenger platform. It has the same footprint as the regular platforms, like the two extra's that come with the big MTH passenger terminal. I use the accessory switch that comes with it and have it mounted underneath the table in front of the platform. Close to the edge so i can flip it while the train is stopped in front. Wiring is pretty straight forward in the directions, I chose to have the wire that controls the lights hooked up to a seperate wire so that it...
I don't recall exact cost, many things I had already and some things I bought in multiples for future products. I can say with certainty the most expensive part was the mini commander Acc at $40. Total, this project is probably around $70 with many extra parts for future projects.
JRMERTZ, I had this on my bucket list. I also was planning on using the mini commander 2 to do this, but was going to see if I can do with Cresecent Locomotive Works Water Column. How did you attach the motor to the column? Chris
The motor had a 3mm shaft. I found a gear with a 3mm hole (traxxas brand I think). It tightens to the motor shaft with a little screw. I super glued that gear to the bottom of my water column. Hope this makes sense. Side note, I used the mini commander Acc because of the control over the aux 1 and aux 2 buttons. You can set their voltage and make them momentary.
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