Tagged With "locomotive"

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AEM-7 Atlas Vs MTH

Dan Padova ·
I'd like to catch an AEM-7 locomotive. No, I can't run that fast.....LOL. There are two for sale on Evilbay. One Atlas and one MTH. Can anyone comment on the pros and cons of each ?
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Adding LED on PS3 locomotive

Corsair2002 ·
I'll start this by mentioning I have read several other threads on here about adding the tea light LEDs for firebox glow.  I am upgrading a PS3 with firebox glow and am running into an issue.  I was tapping power off the wires running to the LED behind the headlight that is for the green side running lights.   Both LEDs have a purple and a blue wire. First question, when I test the purple wire with the volt meter I'm reading -8V, is that correct voltage?  Second, what...
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Anyone try and make some custom Polar Express Locomotives or Cars

Khayden93 ·
Has anyone tried building some custom Polar Express Steam Locomotives or perhaps a custom Diesel Locomotive or Passenger cars
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CLW SD-40 Kit - Should C-C Trucks be brass or "white metal"?

Questor ·
Hello,   Did Central Locomotive Workshop (CLW) include *Brass* C-C trucks with their O-Scale SD-40 kit or did CLW use *"white metal"* C-C trucks?    Also, Did CLW make only C-C Flexcoil (early SD-35/38/40/45 '68 -'74) trucks for their...
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Any thing regarding Legacy??

Lionel Polar Express ·
Hey! It's me again! I'm wondering... I'm wanting a Legacy Locomotive, A steam engine would be good. I want the Max. Min. Curve Radius to be 0-36. I'm either thinking 'bout the 2-8-0 in the 2015 2 catalog (Western Maryland 734) Or the 2012 Cass 2 truck Shay. I don't have much at the moment, so If your willing to trade, I'd like it! Thanks!
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Anyone customize their Alco Diesels

Khayden93 ·
Has anyone made a custom Postwar Alco Diesel Locomotive? Out of a junker found or just a project. Repainting or customizing them? If so lets see them.
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Double Stamped Postwar Locomotive Nameplate

Zach K ·
How common is it to see a nameplate stamped twice? I just came across a 681 on the Bay with one.
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Ever Tried BuildingTinplate Styled Railroad Cars and Locomotives?

Khayden93 ·
Any tips on building scratch built O-27 tinplate styled railroad cars and engines? I have found this http://www.littleglitterhouses.com/MakingTinTrainCars.aspx article and will use some of the tips to build a car or two. Just wondering if anyone else...
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Anyone Try Building Custom Locomotives Using a old motor

Khayden93 ·
I found I had an old Marx motor in my junk box.l I got for free while at a train show last year. Found it in a junk box while at the show seller wanted it gone and said take it. I salvaged it from the cheap plastic shell. I'm thinking of building a shell over it. Perhaps a box cab shell or something else. I’m wondering has any else tried to build a custom locomotive or car over a old motor from perhaps your junk bins
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K-line Plymouth-Upgrade advice?

pittsburghrailfan ·
I'm considering upgrading my K-Line USS Steel Plymouth to Command Control. Has anyone ever attempted this? Is it possible to convert the engine to DCS, or is it better to just do TMCC? Is there even space in the locomotive?
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Re: Williams and K-Line EP-5

D500 ·
The zinc problem was effectively eliminated in Western industrialized nations decades ago; in the young, inexperienced and, ah, less "conscientious" industrialized nations of the Pacific Rim and the Indian Ocean (China, India, even Japan), the problem re-appeared here when the items showed up.
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Re: Williams and K-Line EP-5

Gene H ·
I seen a few K-Line version with broken pilots so check it out carefully before buying. If your buying in ebay ask questions and save the e mails so you can have then for the buyer protection if you need them. I have a MTH Premiere which is a little longer than the williams version and MTH also made a shortened Rail King version.
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Re: Williams and K-Line EP-5

breezinup ·
I have the K-Line NH EP-5 #379 (the version with TMCC and cruise). These are scale engines, and very nice. It's been said that they're probably the best EPs made to date. Some operators have reported some problems with the old K-Line cruise control, though, and changed over to ERR cruise with great results. The main downside to the engines is that some of them had the brittle metal on some parts (the zinc rot, presumably) as mentioned previously. Most of the damage which I've seen (in two of...
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Re: Williams and K-Line EP-5

Dominic Mazoch ·
The K-line model looks like it has the Hancook type of air whistle.
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Re: Williams and K-Line EP-5

Diok S ·
I have a Williams New Haven EP-5 powered/dummy set with Tru Sounds. As far as I can tell, it is full scale, not shortened like the old Lionel model. A beautiful set that runs flawlessly.
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Re: Williams and K-Line EP-5

DMASSO ·
Lionel, Williams and K-line.
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Re: Williams and K-Line EP-5

Dan Padova ·
Thanks Don. Great comparison photos. The K-Line model seems to have a bit more detail than the Williams and Lionel versions. I have been looking at some on Ebay and notice the third rail shoes are molded into the truck sides on the K-line model. It also has the small pantograph detail on the roof. I never understood what this little pantograph was for. One thing I did notice is the main pantographs is the contact shoe. It looks wimpy next to the Williams and Lionel pantograph shoes. I plan...
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Re: Williams and K-Line EP-5

Silver Lake ·
Dan P., The K-line engine is really a beautiful model and often it is very reasonably priced. The truck mounted shoes do interfere with some track work and close clearance bridges. I ran mine on a friends layout and it did not clear an MTH truss bridge that I have never had any problems with. The small Pantagraphs were for running in GCT the track was so complex that the third raid is eliminated in some areas. If you look at the NYC S motors they had them too. I have never run with cantary...
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Re: Williams and K-Line EP-5

j white ·
If I remember right, those third rail shoes you mentioned on the K-Line version didn't play nice with Ross switches. They would hit something on the switch (the switch machine perhaps?) and either cause a derailment or stop the train or something. Hopefully someone will chime in and refresh my memory. J White
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Re: Williams and K-Line EP-5

DMASSO ·
The shoe hits the screw on a dz machine. I remove the screw countersink it slightly and put in a flat head screw. Unfortunately, my k-line unit has zinc rot.
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Re: Williams and K-Line EP-5

Dan Padova ·
I thought the Zinc Rot was a thing of the past. I read somewhere that die cast metal had improved some time in the fifties or sixties.
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Re: Williams and K-Line EP-5

Captaincog ·
Nope. The K-line GG1 I picked up has suffered from some zinc-pest on the truck side frames. I replaced them with some Lionel ones that I had to slightly modify to fit.
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Re: K-line Plymouth-Upgrade advice?

NYC Z-MAN ·
Dan, Thanks for the like on my old upgrade post! I'm sorry I didn't shoot any photos during the upgrade. I gutted the cab of figures and stood the board up vertically. I used a piece of card stock to insulate the back side and shield the solder side from view. I left the smoke unit in, but not wired for command control. I'm certain the unit would need a different heat element as is smokes to much at command track voltage. My key factor for success was patience. I spread this out over a few...
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Re: K-line Plymouth-Upgrade advice?

gunrunnerjohn ·
Actually, the TMCC board will provide it half-wave track power, and it works fine that way. The same smoke unit is in the K-Line Porter, and I upgraded that and wired it's smoke unit directly to the smoke output of the MC-II board. For the Plymouth, I'm seriously tempted to replace the smoke unit with the MTH HO smoke unit and try to fit the MC-II in the body and sound in the cab.
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Re: K-line Plymouth-Upgrade advice?

fl9turbo2 ·
i had mine done by train america studios many years ago it runs great with smoke but the inside of the cab is were the electronics are and they put new lights in the loco due to the voltage they send me the inside of the cab were the enginneer is i get alot of people loving what they done just wish they still sold the parts i want to do more of them
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gunrunnerjohn ·
Did they put sound in yours?
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Re: K-line Plymouth-Upgrade advice?

fl9turbo2 ·
no sound just tmcc i could turn off the smoke unit and fire the rear coupler and turn off the headlight
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gunrunnerjohn ·
I want to figure out how to get sound into it.
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NYC Z-MAN ·
GRJ, Good to know about the half wave. Thanks. However, I think the bd. I used was feature set for a blinking strobe as it came from a Trackmobile. I can't remember if it had an extra output to do smoke or not. Good luck on your plan!
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Re: K-line Plymouth-Upgrade advice?

gunrunnerjohn ·
There's no way any of the current DCS stuff would have a chance of fitting into the Plymouth! You could tow it around in a car behind it and probably do OK. I have one that I'm also going to upgrade, I'll be using the ERR MiniCommander 2 with smoke control. I'm guessing I may have to do some "creative" alterations to the cab configuration to fit the board in. I'd like to have sound, but I think that's a total pipe dream from looking at it.
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Re: K-line Plymouth-Upgrade advice?

pittsburghrailfan ·
Could there be a chance of modifying the hood for the electronics, e.g, make it taller? Or would that require too much hassle?
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Re: K-line Plymouth-Upgrade advice?

gunrunnerjohn ·
That's for you to decide. I will hasten to point out, the stock fan driven K-Line smoke unit consumes much of the space under the hood, it's pretty large.
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Re: Marklin "Gotthard" Gauge 1 Locomotive And Cars

navy.seal ·
Jim, What brand of track is the train running on? Bob Nelson
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Re: Double Stamped Postwar Locomotive Nameplate

TeleDoc ·
It is pretty uncommon, but definitely not anything that would be considered RARE at all as far as value. It is just a small simple plate used on all of the S-2 Postwar turbines, (thousands made). Doesn't make that 681 worth more than any other VG-EXC condition 681. If you get a double stamped body on any rolling stock, it is a different story for value, and that is to someone that would want it, and be willing to pay a premium to own it. Just my opinion.
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Re: Double Stamped Postwar Locomotive Nameplate

Zach K ·
I totally agree with you! I am more of an operator so I usually avoid the expensive rarities which would be shelf queens! Thanks for the info!
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Re: Double Stamped Postwar Locomotive Nameplate

C W Burfle ·
If you get a double stamped body on any rolling stock, it is a different story for value, and that is to someone that would want it, and be willing to pay a premium to own it. Just my opinion. At one time, there was definitely a market for Lionel factory errors, including double stamped decorations on locos and rolling stock. I picked up a few pieces before the market developed, and have had an interest in that sort of stuff for a long time. The last item I purchased, just a couple of years...
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Re: Double Stamped Postwar Locomotive Nameplate

Zach K ·
Thanks for the info CW! I agree it is an interesting piece. The seller has the 681 listed for $150 without the tender, which seems to be fairly reasonable. The only thing stopping me from buying it is the 2020 sitting on my layout!
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Re: Marklin "Gotthard" Gauge 1 Locomotive And Cars

Jim Kelly-Evans ·
Bob, the track is new gauge 1 tinplate track made in Germany...that's really all I know...
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Re: Williams and K-Line EP-5

T Prostor ·
Mayday Mayday! I have a New Haven EP-5 unit (#379 version with TMCC and Cruise) and the two of the side frames broke. Captain Cog, can you post info on what you did as I don't believe there are any replacements available. It is a beautiful engine that can't be missing them. Thanks in advance.
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Re: Williams and K-Line EP-5

phillyreading ·
Some K-Line engines(EP-5's and GG-1's) and passenger cars(heavy weight series, 3 axle trucks) suffered very much from "zinc pest" as the foreign countries didn't filter their zinc properly or were too cheap to care. You might be able to modify a Lionel part to use with the K-Line engine. Don't know about the Williams EP-5 but the Williams engines I have all run very well. Only problem is that when you buy the Williams engine or passenger cars they now belong to you for life(nobody wants to...
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Re: Williams and K-Line EP-5

GG1 4877 ·
The K-Line version is the only scale version of the three rail ones offered. When modified to two rail and with scale pantographs, the K-Line version compares favorably to the Overland Brass model.
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Re: Williams and K-Line EP-5

Dan Padova ·
"(nobody wants to buy a Williams)".....Lee Fritz Having not been too familiar with Williams releases, with the exception of their very early products, why is it that no one wants Williams locos ?
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Re: Williams and K-Line EP-5

RLaHaie ·
I also have the K Line EP-5 and it runs very well. I have used it under the MTH catenary with success. The shoes are smaller than the Williams shoes but they work quite well. Rolland
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Re: Williams and K-Line EP-5

c. lee colbert ·
BACHMAN.....
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Re: Williams and K-Line EP-5

phillyreading ·
Dan, That is the feedback I get from hobby shop owners here in southeast Florida. The one owner said as soon as the customer sees the Williams box the sale stops! I have taken some Williams items to train shows and can't sell them either down here. However I have 12 Williams engines and 3 sets of Williams passenger cars. They are good quality but lack some detail at times on certain models. Lee Fritz
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Re: Lionel VL Big Boy Question

jeremy ferrell ·
I just picked up a new one in the shipping carton for 1900
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Re: Lionel VL Big Boy Question

Bob Rumer ·
Thanks for your responses, much appreciated.
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Re: Lionel VL Big Boy Question

J Daddy ·
Buying them used is not a good deal, the warranty is non transferable. Therefore, because they are still available at LHS everywhere, there are still good prices on them out there. I purchased mine new for 1800.
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Re: Lionel VL Big Boy Question

gunrunnerjohn ·
Dealers still have new ones, so I suspect the price hasn't gone up yet.
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Re: Lionel VL Big Boy Question

SDIV Tim ·
Last time I saw a VL big boy was on the bay for 1200 but probably 1700 might be what it is worth in the end.
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