Tagged With "Aquarium"

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Lionel 6-2313 flood light tower and 6-37097 Wild things Aquarium Car

hokie71 ·
1) Nice 2313 flood light with red tower, excellent shape with box and instructions. All lights work, box window is loose on one side. $22.50 plus shipping. 2) Brand new wild things aquarium car, all kids have read the book and good fun to watch. It has been out of the box to test only. $42.50 plus shipping. I have an elephant car in another posting if you are into cars for youngsters- can combine shipping. If interested, my email is in my profile. check or pay pal family will work.
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Re: K-Line Operating Aquarium Car

Big Jim ·
K706-2004 Qunit's Aquarium Car MSRP: $59.95 ea. KCC Member Price: $53.96 This Aquarium Car features large windows to reveal the water and fish inside the car. As the car travels down the track the fish will ?swim? inside the car. Catalog: 2005 1st Edition Release Date: End 05 Car Features • Fish Swim in Real Water </form> NOTE: The accuracy of the information presented is not guaranteed. In fact, some items were never produced or delivered. If you have facts or direct knowledge of any...
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Re: K-Line Operating Aquarium Car

Dan Padova ·
I found a video on Youtube. I'm not sure that I am as impressed with the car as I am with the young ladies filming of it.
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K-Line Operating Aquarium Car

Dan Padova ·
Would anyone know anything about the K-line aquarium car # K706-2004 ?
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RadioRon ·
K-Line's "aquarium car" was not really "operating." It was an aluminum-bodied car with an internal sealed tank of "liquid" that had plastic fish floating inside. It was a real liquid, but I am pretty sure it couldn't have been only water. K-Line only produced it in two schemes before it went under. I have the first... I think it was called "Quint's Traveling Aquarium." The liquid makes it a very heavy bugger!
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Re: Aquarium Cars

breezinup ·
I have had a number of all styles of these cars. I agree with the comments others have made, for the most part. The gear driven cars will work OK, but can be problematic, with issues keeping the gears engaged, etc., and they don't operate unless the car is moving. The no. 9308 vibrator version works fairly well, but is extremely noisy, as also mentioned above. The newer can motored versions work very well - a big improvement over their predecessors. As others have said, they're quiet, have...
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Craignor ·
I like it...no mechanism to get fouled up...like the others.
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Big Jim ·
Yeah, when I first opened up the box and was surprised at what K-Line had created (I don't remember K-Line saying anything about real water[?] in the catalog), the first thing that I thought of was "How long is that liquid going to last"? Looks like the one in the video has lost some liquid on top of the "dead" fish! I need to get mine out and see how it is constructed. It might be a good candidate for a (dry) undersea diorama. Thanks for getting the creative juices flowing!
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Dan Padova ·
Yea, i don't get what K-Line was thinking when they designed this car. Maybe they weren't.....LOL I'd be curious to know what the life span of these cars would be.
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Big Jim ·
Looks like some of the fish died. Too bad there aren't any water plants and a bubbling skeleton to add interest!
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Dan Padova ·
Oh, said video didn't get posted. Here it is. https://youtu.be/uc89TjmAHb4
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Re: Aquarium Cars

SWANKO ·
Dan, There was a recent thread discussing aquarium cars and lack of motor and lighting on this years releases. It may have been deleted. However, previous cars for the most part are motor driven. The gear driven cars are OK, but have to be moving to see the operation. The old vibro motor ones work well but are very noisy. Best bet is to see which one you like and hold it in your hand, if possible. I have quite a few and they all work fine no matter how they are geared.
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Re: Aquarium Cars

Dan Padova ·
Thanks. The Post War celebration series issue is the one that's driven by a can motor, if I am correct. I'd like to know if anyone has one and can give an opinion, before I go out looking. This car, 6-16742 Gil Fin's Trout Ranch Animated Aquarium Car, is shown with a gear on the underside.
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Aquarium Cars

Dan Padova ·
So I need some opinions on the various aquarium cars out there. I'm familiar with the Lionel Post-War version that was reissued in 1981. I see some new versions where the fish are driven by a gear on one of the trucks. The gear driven model offers quiet operation. How well will it hold up to long term use ? The vibrator version works well within a range of 8-14 volts. It can still operate when the car is standing still. I think there is a new version that uses a can motor, but not sure about...
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breezinup ·
Actually, I think all of the aquarium cars up to the PWC version, including all made in the 80s and 90s (and a good many made more recently as well), use gear driven mechanisms powered by the wheels turning. The exception was the no. 9308, made in 1981-84, which was powered by a Postwar style vibrator motor. With the PWC version, can motored power was introduced.
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Re: Aquarium Cars

N5CJonny ·
I have owned an original 3435, a Gil Finn aquarium car with gear drive, a modern version of the 3435 (Postwar Celebration) with a can motor and a 9308 with the vibro motor like the original 3435. For me the original is my favorite, as it worked great even though it was noisy. I got rid of the modern version Postwar Celebration 3435 as it started giving me problems. The gear drive Gil Finn car stopped working and I used the car for another project. Currently I own the 9308 as it looks and...
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Re: K-Line Operating Aquarium Car

Dan Padova ·
So I have a question about the Lionel versions with the gear driven mechanism. I noticed that some of the newer issues have a gear, driven by another gear on the truck. How reliable are these ? I do have the Williams by Bachmann cop and hobo gondola that is gear driven and it works well. However, the car needs to be facing the correct way, otherwise the cop and hobo are really good at keeping their balance running backward.
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Re: Aquarium Cars

Christopher2035 ·
I've had a bunch of them & to be honest, I sold them all & bought 3 MTH ones for the kids. The MTH ones work a LOT better & light up really bright as compared to the Lionel versions. My kids love them!
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johnstrains ·
I've got the PWC aquarium car (dark green) and it works very well with the can motor. Smooth, easy operation and relatively quiet.
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RadioRon ·
1) I can't say that " most " Lionel aquarium cars ever made are motor driven... but I can say that most/all of those built in the last 12 years or so are . But during the LTI era & up through about 2001-2004, the ones I know of were gear driven. I have never had a problem with that set-up. 2) I agree fully with Christopher's comment regarding MTH "action" cars (as MTH calls them). After buying about a dozen Lionel aquarium cars over the years, I am shifting to MTH for the reasons he...
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Lionel Shark Aquarium Car 6-19868 - HELP!

GP9Guy ·
Can someone help me with the 6-19868 Shark Aquarium Car? I purchased one lightly used on eBay and according to the instructions, when you first give it some voltage it's supposed to hesitate for a few seconds while it reads if it's in command mode or not. Then there are some steps to adjust the speed and other settings which are different for both modes. I'm running in conventional and the problem is when I give it power, it lights up right away and the sharks only swim by at lightning-fast...
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Need help with MTH Aquarium car slipping it's gear.

JerryG ·
I have three MTH aquarium cars. The 60314 Skipjack Tuna car, 64812 Maine Lobster Transport car, and the 182018 Great White Shark Transport car. The gears are slipping on the Tuna car. I have opened it and lubed it to no effect. The film will advance, but hesitates each time around The short video shows what is happening. Also, today for the first time, the Lobster car began a slight slipping. I doubt taking it apart will solve the problem. I tried wedging the motor (left) forward, but that...
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Re: Need help with MTH Aquarium car slipping it's gear.

JerryG ·
Jon G, Thanks for the reply, but, nope. The problem has nothing to do with the backdrop or the belt. It is clearly that the gears are slipping. If I push the gear drum forward 1/8 inch, the problem ceases. Of course, that cannot be maintained if I re-assemble the car. Jerry
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Re: Need help with MTH Aquarium car slipping it's gear.

JerryG ·
Thanks Train Nut. I was afraid you were gonna say that. Not sure what happened with the video, but it's obviously not needed. I can't imagine the gears wearing out after only 2-3 years, but something is changing in there. Too bad, 'cause they are really eye-catching cars. I will contact MTH service. I read in a 2015 OGR post that MTH is aware of the problem and may have a fix. We'll see... Jerry
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Re: Need help with MTH Aquarium car slipping it's gear.

Jon G ·
If the gearbox is not engaging with the spool, the gearbox is mounted on some grommets that if overtightened will misalign the drive gear with the spool. In some cases the idler gear can be slid back to increase tension on the belt. One issue on older versions is that the ink on the backdrop reacts with the belt and causes it to stick. Pushing the backdrop back a little and securing it with tape, plus adding a little talcum powder between the belt and backdrop will help.
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Train Nut ·
Can't see your video. But both MTH and Lionel aquarium cars are notorious for slipping gears in my experience. Not much you can do other than clean and oil it.
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For sale It's AQUARIUM CAR FRIDAY

Al Galli ·
You always wanted a full aquarium car train. This is you chance. All are like new or new Lionel 16750 Lionel City Aquarium $22 ( have 2) 1 SOLD 16681 Lionville undersea display $22 ( Have 2) 1 SOLD 16741 Gil Finn's Trout Ranch $22 SOLD 53120 Chicagoland Shedd Aquarium car $22 shipping box SOLD 19845 Aquarium Car $65 Command Controlled, Xformer controlled, SOUND, shipping box SOLD Buy one or all Shipping extra at actual cost Thanks for looking Al
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lights or not for Lionel 6-83192 Smithsonian Dinosaur Aquarium Car ?

Garrett76 ·
hi, I bought this for my nephew and we put it on the rails today. No internal lighting. I assumed it would be backlit. Anyone else have this car and know if it should be lit or not? Thanks!
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Re: lights or not for Lionel 6-83192 Smithsonian Dinosaur Aquarium Car ?

Big Jim ·
Sorry, it didn't come with lights. Utterly useless! Mine went back a year or so ago because of this, along with the Christmas car that came out at the same time.
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Re: Polar Express aquarium car

banjoflyer ·
Why?...there's lots of frozen fish in the sea... Mark
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Re: Polar Express aquarium car

banjoflyer ·
Is the S scale aquarium car (either one) illuminated? The catalog says they are: I remember this post where some complained that other versions of O scale aquarium cars were not illuminated which made it hard to see the images. Flyerrich...can you post some pics of the car in action? Mark
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Firewood ·
A Polar Express aquarium car? Seems a bit oxymoron-ish.....
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FlyerRich ·
It is indeed illuminated. I'll post some pics tonight when I get home.
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richabr ·
Can't wait for the one with fish! Rich
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banjoflyer ·
Thanks Rich! They did a much better job than they portrayed this car with the original catalog artwork: That goofy circle L in the middle would have made the car look bad. The finished version looks great! Mark
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FlyerRich ·
Thank goodness for that!
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FlyerRich ·
Mine arrived from Ro about a week ago and has been circling the living room Christmas display (yes it's still up) ever since. Overall I'd say it's a winner but I really want one with fish!
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FlyerRich ·
I thought a video might be more appropriate. You don't really see the band that "pulls" the train around in normal lighting. It seems amplified by my flashlight. I believe the band to be a strip of Super 16mm clear film whereas the Aquarium cars of the postwar period used regular 16mm. Enjoy.
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Polar Express aquarium car

Rayin"S" ·
I have the Polar aquarium car, AF44134, on order, I understand that they are now in stock. Has anyone who ordered these received notice of shipping, or billing yet? Ray Ray
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NotInWI ·
Ray I also have that on order from Ro who shows them in stock, but no word yet. Ben
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banjoflyer ·
I wonder if the other aquarium car was produced without the "circle L" logo also? If any one has one please post a picture of it. Mark
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banjoflyer ·
If you haven't heard by now the 2019 Lionel catalog shows a picture of an AF aquarium car with fish on the film strip. There were pictures posted in another post but they have been taken down presumably by the forum moderator. You'll have to wait till the 23rd to see the online catalog or see if your local hobby store has a 2019 catalog if you just "gotta" see it. Mark
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Building and Evolution of an Action Packed Fifties Era Lionel 027 Operating and Switching Layout

Choo Choo Charlie ·
Post 1 5-16-2016 Details of Action Packed 50’s period 027 Operating Layout This topic or thread is about how I built a 50s Lionel and Marx train running action packed layout started in 1977 and using conventional control. The layout started as single train board with two independent relayed loops allowing two trains to operate on each loop with one or two operators. It includes a homemade turntable and round house. It is a 027 gauge Toy train operating and switching layout (28 Marx 1590...
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Re: Building and Evolution of an Action Packed Fifties Era Lionel 027 Operating and Switching Layout

MNCW ·
Charlie, Nice looking layout. I hope you post some more pictures. Tom
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Re: Building and Evolution of an Action Packed Fifties Era Lionel 027 Operating and Switching Layout

MNCW ·
PS- I like the fact that you run conventional and I see a couple of LW's which are good little transformers. Tom
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Re: Building and Evolution of an Action Packed Fifties Era Lionel 027 Operating and Switching Layout

Rusty H ·
Now this I like..Show us some pictures when you have the time.Nice layout.. Rusty
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Re: Building and Evolution of an Action Packed Fifties Era Lionel 027 Operating and Switching Layout

OKHIKER ·
Now that is a neat looking 027 layout. Keep the narrative and the pictures coming. An excellent thread.
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Re: Building and Evolution of an Action Packed Fifties Era Lionel 027 Operating and Switching Layout

Greg Houser ·
That's a great looking layout which evokes memories of yesteryear! -Greg


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