Tagged With "Operating layouts"

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Lionel operating hopper question

intermodalman ·
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
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MTH Operating Reefer

Dan Padova ·
Does anyone know anything about these MTH operating reefers ? Are they still available ? https://youtu.be/eNjeFVxNdF8
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MTH operating car. Where does the metal plate go?

Sparky74 ·
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!
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FM Trainmaster Operation

Tom L ·
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
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Re: Lionel operating hopper question

Train Nut ·
It can be operated with an uncoupling or operating track, but it'll dump the coal all over your track between the cars trucks. Not sure why you would want to do that.
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Re: Lionel operating hopper question

intermodalman ·
At the moment I'm wanting to do an 0-27 uncoupling track with a hole in the table it sits on so it falls right through
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Re: Lionel operating hopper question

Jon1443 ·
I have a new and an old hopper. They both got coal stuck in the doors quite often. I was using the coal that was less plastic and more rock-like, if that makes a difference.
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Re: Lionel operating hopper question

Train Nut ·
Then an uncoupling track would work fine.
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Re: Lionel operating hopper question

ben10ben ·
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...
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Re: Lionel operating hopper question

intermodalman ·
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
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Re: Lionel operating hopper question

GTW ·
I concur with D500, g reat idea, Adam! I'll have to take a close look on how that setup could work with my power plant. Neil
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Re: Lionel operating hopper question

intermodalman ·
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.
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Re: Lionel operating hopper question

Greg Houser ·
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
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Re: Frank Ellison on Model Railroads

M. Mitchell Marmel ·
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
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Re: Frank Ellison on Model Railroads

John C. ·
I'm a big Frank Ellison fan. Along with John Allen, John Armstrong, Laurel Joiner, David Barrow and others.
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Re: Frank Ellison on Model Railroads

Purplepapa ·
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.
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Re: Frank Ellison on Model Railroads

PRR1950 ·
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
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Re: Frank Ellison on Model Railroads

PGentieu ·
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...
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Re: Frank Ellison on Model Railroads

geysergazer ·
Ebay is a good source for Ellison's book. One comes up for auction every now and again, several times a year at least. I paid $22.00 on Ebay for my copy.
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Re: MTH Operating Reefer

warok ·
Hello Dan, T his is one of my videos. MTH Premier, Santa Fe, Operating Reefer Car w/Unloading Ramp, 20-94022. MTH Premier, Mathieson Dry Ice Co., Operating Reefer Car w/Unloading Ramp, 20-94021.
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gunrunnerjohn ·
You need to talk to your crew and have them be more careful with the unloading, they're pretty rough on that fruit!
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Fredstrains ·
HI All, What's the MTH Product # on that CAR? I have to have one!!! Fred
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Greg Houser ·
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...
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Re: MTH Operating Reefer

warok ·
Fred, MTH Product : MTH Premier, #20-94022 Santa Fe, Operating Reefer Car w/Unloading Ramp. MTH Premier, #20-94021 Mathieson Dry Ice Co., Operating Reefer Car w/Unloading Ramp. Operated with one track activation. Regards. Marc.
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Re: MTH Operating Reefer

rogerpete ·
clever
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gunrunnerjohn ·
I have one in the closet slated to get a TMCC upgrade. For Fred's question, the answer is yes .
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Big Jim ·
Is there supposed to be a link there somewhere?
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warok ·
Big Jim, N o but now yes : MTH Premier, Santa Fe, Operating Reefer Car w/Unloading Ramp, 20-94022. MTH Premier, Mathieson Dry Ice Co., Operating Reefer Car w/Unloading Ramp, 20-94021.
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Re: MTH Operating Reefer

N5CJonny ·
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.
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Re: MTH Operating Reefer

Greg Houser ·
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
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gunrunnerjohn ·
REA Express...
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Big Jim ·
Still not seeing your video.
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warok ·
Big Jim, You can see the video HERE Regards. Marc.
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Big Jim ·
Got it now Marc. Thank you!
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SURFLINER ·
I could not get the video until your last post - thanks.......
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Fredstrains ·
Now all I got to do is find one FOR SALE !!! Fred
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Re: coal and steel railroad pages

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...
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Re: MTH Operating Platform

Penn-Pacific ·
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...
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Re: MTH Operating Platform

dobermann ·
Thanks. The video sells it for me. I didn't want to cut a hole since the homasote makes so much dust. joe
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Re: MTH Operating Platform

TURTLE 2 ·
It is fun accessory. The operation is sensitive to the voltage it is receiving. I have mine on a separate transformer output I can adjust.
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Re: My First Scratch Operating Accessory

Allegheny ·
Good job jrmertz !!!!!!!!!!!! It looks just fine to me. Approximately what was the total cost?
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Re: My First Scratch Operating Accessory

jrmertz ·
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.
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Re: My First Scratch Operating Accessory

crood58 ·
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
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Re: My First Scratch Operating Accessory

jrmertz ·
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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Re: My First Scratch Operating Accessory

dk122trains ·
Excellent job, I will take it!!!
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Re: Fastrack Operating track and legacy engine anomaly

gunrunnerjohn ·
That's usually the rollers bouncing on the projecting magnet on the operating track. I'm surprised that the battery didn't cure it.
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Re: Fastrack Operating track and legacy engine anomaly

ToledoEd ·
I was surprised as well. I'll check the battery.
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Re: Fastrack Operating track and legacy engine anomaly

ToledoEd ·
John, as I think about it since there are two sets of rollers front and rear, wouldn't the separation prevent a complete loss of power due to rollers jumping?
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Re: Fastrack Operating track and legacy engine anomaly

gunrunnerjohn ·
You'd think so, but not always.
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Re: Fastrack Operating track and legacy engine anomaly

ToledoEd ·
Yeah, just my luck. Why can't I be so lucky with my lottery tickets?
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