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NEW PRODUCT OFFERING!!! Rooftop Billboard Building Signs

Todds Architectural Models ·
We have produced a line of Rooftop Billboard Business Signs (RBBS) as accessories to our warehouse shadowboxes. The idea evolved in order to develop some variety to building naming for extensive shadowbox backdrops. We have produced many of them in 5/8”, ¾” and 1” letter heights. They are nominally ½” deep and are made up of a combination of a sign-specific laser cut frame, laser cut bents, styrene strip and laser cut letters. Each sign letter is also offset slightly from sign frame to...
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Re: American Flyer 727 Curved Rubber Roadbed and Track With "Sharp As Nails" Track Pins - Can Anyone Identify These Items?

Dennis GS-4 N & W No. 611 ·
Interestingly, I brought the roadbed to the local hobby store, since I wanted it to be preserved if the roadbed could be useful to an AF aficionado The first question asked, was, "Do you have any straights?" When I said no, he indicated that the only reason he bought curves from someon was to get the straight sections of the roadbed. He has plenty of curved sections. I laughed to myself, now understanding why a hobby shop that was closing had only 53 sections of curved roadbed!!! Having been...
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Re: American Flyer 727 Curved Rubber Roadbed and Track With "Sharp As Nails" Track Pins - Can Anyone Identify These Items?

LionelTin ·
Traditional S Gauge track with 727 and 726 rubber roadbed. Never heard of ANY kid getting hurt by AF track ever. Tin
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Re: American Flyer 727 Curved Rubber Roadbed and Track With "Sharp As Nails" Track Pins - Can Anyone Identify These Items?

Dennis GS-4 N & W No. 611 ·
Thanks Mark. I did mean to say that the hobby store owner had plenty of curved sections, and amended my above post. Your explanation as to why there is a shortage of AF straight track and AF straight roadbed makes perfect sense. Was that more likely to occur with AF track because a large percentage of Postwar AF sales involved sets rather than individual track sections? I don't recall a similar problem with Lionel O-27 or O gauge track.
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Re: American Flyer 727 Curved Rubber Roadbed and Track With "Sharp As Nails" Track Pins - Can Anyone Identify These Items?

C W Burfle ·
I don't recall a similar problem with Lionel O-27 or O gauge track. The same issue is present for Lionel 027, 0 and Super 0 track. Curves are plentiful and hard to sell. Straight tracks are what most people want. Might as mention, in my experience, the same is true for slot car track made by Lionel or Atlas in both HO and "standard" scales. I imagine its no different for Aurora .
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Re: American Flyer 727 Curved Rubber Roadbed and Track With "Sharp As Nails" Track Pins - Can Anyone Identify These Items?

B Smith ·
I had quite a lot of the AF track with rubber roadbed, but I don't remember ever stabbing myself with the track pins. Later my dad bought flexible 3-foot brass track sections with fibre ties and matching closed-frog switches with which to build a permanent Layout. I also had a variety of construction sets, some with small plastic parts and others with lots of small metal parts including nuts and bolts, but I don't remember ever choking on them or trying to eat them. I guess these things...
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Re: American Flyer 727 Curved Rubber Roadbed and Track With "Sharp As Nails" Track Pins - Can Anyone Identify These Items?

AmFlyer ·
I have crates full of Gilbert S gauge track, none of the track pins are sharp pointed and even as a small child I never cut myself or punctured a finger with a piece of track. Most all the track pins are slightly rounded off at the ends. Mark's post of the Gilbert catalogue page eloquently makes the point of the straight versus curve track ratio. In a system that uses 12 curves to complete a circle it requires a lot of space to use more straight pieces than curves. An around the walls would...
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Re: American Flyer 727 Curved Rubber Roadbed and Track With "Sharp As Nails" Track Pins - Can Anyone Identify These Items?

Dennis GS-4 N & W No. 611 ·
Thanks, great info! Did Postwar Flyer ever make 3' straight sections? As to the original post, the track with the sharp pins was 3-rail American Flyer track. The following post is an excellent description, and is identical to my initial examination and evaluation of the track: C W Burfle posted: "American Flyer wasn't alone in using sharp track pins. Over the years I've seen plenty of tubular track with track pins that looked like the pointed end of a nail. Judging by the way the pins were...
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Re: American Flyer 727 Curved Rubber Roadbed and Track With "Sharp As Nails" Track Pins - Can Anyone Identify These Items?

Rusty Traque ·
No. 10" and 5" straights only. K-Line made 30" Flyer-type straights back in the 1990's. Rusty
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Re: American Flyer 727 Curved Rubber Roadbed and Track With "Sharp As Nails" Track Pins - Can Anyone Identify These Items?

C W Burfle ·
American Flyer wasn't alone in using sharp track pins. Over the years I've seen plenty of tubular track with track pins that looked like the pointed end of a nail. Judging by the way the pins were inserted, they did not look to be user installed.
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Re: American Flyer 727 Curved Rubber Roadbed and Track With "Sharp As Nails" Track Pins - Can Anyone Identify These Items?

RoyBoy ·
I have only seen the sharp pins on the early 720 switches, the ones with the base cut out between the straight and converging tracks - not the newer 720A switches. I have never seen sharp pins on regular track.
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Re: American Flyer 727 Curved Rubber Roadbed and Track With "Sharp As Nails" Track Pins - Can Anyone Identify These Items?

Dennis GS-4 N & W No. 611 ·
I had also concluded that the pins were shipped this way by the manufacturer, although, as you state, each of the pins literally looks like the point of a nail.
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Re: American Flyer 727 Curved Rubber Roadbed and Track With "Sharp As Nails" Track Pins - Can Anyone Identify These Items?

Adriatic ·
As a kid I managed to puncture my thumb a few times with Super O pins, so thinner ones for AF, did a number on some other thumbs, I'm sure. I didn't care; once the pain and blood stopped anyhow, I was always right back at it. But per Capt. Mom, I only got new tubular O-27 from then on in
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Re: American Flyer 727 Curved Rubber Roadbed and Track With "Sharp As Nails" Track Pins - Can Anyone Identify These Items?

Tinplate Art ·
Do not remember any sharp switch or track pins in my youth, and never got stuck. Had two large loops and several switches on my 4 X 16 layout and lots of gray and black rubber roadbed. :-)
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Matt_GNo27 ·
Those sharp pins are scary and could potentially cause a nasty puncture wound. I hadn't seen them before on AF track until about a year or so ago when my dad picked up some track and and switches on Ebay. If I recall correctly, the one '40s era #720 switch that he got had those sharp pins, as did a couple of the pieces of track. Not only are they dangerous, but the seem to slide relatively easily back into the track.
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American Flyer 727 Curved Rubber Roadbed and Track With "Sharp As Nails" Track Pins - Can Anyone Identify These Items?

Dennis GS-4 N & W No. 611 ·
In doing a bit of reorganizing I located a box with American Flyer Rubber Roadbed including (American Flyer 727 Curved Roadbed) and, curved and straight track with steel pins that are sharp as nails. [These track don't seem terribly safe for children.] There is also the straight AF Rubber roadbed, although I didn't copy the product number. The roadbed is marked "THE A. C. GILBERT CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U. S. A." There also appears to be the designation, "PA - 1138[?] PAT PEND". I recall...
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42" curve Lionel track and Johnson Rubber Roadbed

Old Fart ·
I have 10 available. Track and roadbed $6.00 each
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Restoring Lettering on a Lionel 6517 Bay Window Caboose

PBoots ·
Hi, I'm not exactly new to collecting, repairing, and operating 3-rail trains, but I'm a bit on the young side. (Turned 20 this year.) I've had a nearly lifelong love of 3 Rail O-Gauge, particularly Lionel. Also, I'm bit of a sucker for cabooses and intermodal equipment. I have recently acquired a Lionel 6517 Bay Window Caboose, in decent shape. A few parts were replaced, and some soldering work was done by my dad. The red paint itself is in rather good shape. Sadly, Some of the lettering...
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Removing rubber stamping

rrman ·
Picked up 39th TCA convention Bucyrus Erie crane (year?) and a broken burro crane (new lionel not old) that I will put on the layout as static features. I wanted to remove certain lettering on the cranes while retaining other lettering. I could repaint the cabs, but would lose all lettering. I assume that the TCA and Lionel markings were rubber stamped and if that is the case what will safely remove it? Suggestions
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Johnson rubber roadbed

Old Fart ·
Need to find Lionel O gauge straight, 31 and 42 radius pieces, black
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Lionel Whistle steam leaking through fill hole in steam dome

acrking76 ·
I have a lionel 4-12-2 with the whistle steam that has a fill hole in one of its domes with the rubber plug that keeps the hole from leaking, Just recently the smoke started leaking out of that hole at a surprising rate yet the rubber plug still is on the hole, I am not sure if these need replacing every so often cause the engine is over 7 years old at this point. Was wondering if anyone has encountered this and if they found a fix. video is attached showing the rate at which smoke leaks and...
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Brummy's rubber ballast

Eddy G ·
Greetings everyone! It has come to my attention that people are trying to get a hold of Brummy,s landscaping (facebook) for rubber ballast which he sold. The bad news is he out of business and is in an assisted living-nursing home. The listed telephone # is for his house which nobody is home. We're trying to get his advertising off line, but hard because he can't do it. He has not given out the source for the rubber so someone can continue selling it. I,m Eddy G and I've have done many shows...
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Re: Lionel Whistle steam leaking through fill hole in steam dome

romiller49 ·
check to make sure the hole under the whistle is not clogged.
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Re: Lionel Whistle steam leaking through fill hole in steam dome

RON ARNDT 091718 ·
I have found that rubber plugs deteriorate over time from smoke fluid and heat. I am assuming that your rubber plug needs to be replaced.
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Re: Lionel Whistle steam leaking through fill hole in steam dome

acrking76 ·
Do you happen to know what to search on the lionel replacement parts page to get a new plug?
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Re: Lionel Whistle steam leaking through fill hole in steam dome

Hancock52 ·
I have that same engine but have not had this problem (yet). However I agree that the rubber fittings, including the rubber pads, that Lionel uses on smoke unit fill opening parts will deteriorate (and in the case of the pads pretty quickly). The O ring on the plug on this engine should not be hard to replace. I have not checked whether Lionel list it as a separate part but in any case a substitute should be relatively easy to find on Amazon. I also agree that it looks from your video that...
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Re: Lionel Whistle steam leaking through fill hole in steam dome

RON ARNDT 091718 ·
Sorry, I haven't had the opportunity to look up the parts for this particular engine. Hopefully someone else will be able to provide this information.
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Re: Lionel Whistle steam leaking through fill hole in steam dome

acrking76 ·
okay so Update, I was looking through the manual trying to find if the part number for the ring was listed and the manual had a strange fix that ended up working. The manual said to put a drop of smoke fluid on the o ring and its brass fitting, this worked fine and it is now not leaking. The smoke unit is pretty loud on this engine so I was planning on opening it up and oiling that I will check it there is anything in the tube connecting the smoke unit and whistle to see if anything is...
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Re: Lionel Whistle steam leaking through fill hole in steam dome

PH1975 ·
Also, the Owner's Manual for my whistle steam equipped engine (although different from yours) says that when putting drops in the fill hole to put 1 drop on the rubber gasket (attached to the done) to form a tight seal and prevent leakage. You may want to try that.
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Hancock52 ·
It pays to read the manual! If I ever knew that you are meant to put smoke fluid on the O ring, I totally forgot. In my case, whether I use a needle applicator or not, I usually end up getting some fluid on the fill opening and thereby on the stopper.
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Re: Lionel Whistle steam leaking through fill hole in steam dome

gunrunnerjohn ·
You can frequently find a commercial O-Ring that will fit for many of these issues. I've looked at Lionel and didn't find the O-ring for my VL-BB, mine was gone about the second time I opened the hatch!
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Re: Brummy's rubber ballast

stangtrain ·
Perhaps, this is the company you are referring to: Ballast King, owner Bill Swarthout. I bought ballast from him many years ago and as recently as July, 2015 when I was building my larger layout here in CA. Attached is a pdf of the price list I ordered from in 2015. Anyone interested should call Bill at: 440-937-6771 to discuss this further. This is a great product as my layout is in my "great room" on hard wood floors. If some ballast gets on the floor, it doesn't scratch.
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Re: Removing rubber stamping

M. Mitchell Marmel ·
I recommend generic Lectric Shave. Use a cotton swab and gently rub on the lettering. If the swab doesn't do the job, try a small chunk of magic eraser. Good luck! Keep us posted. Mitch
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rrman ·
I googled removing rubber stamping from plastic and found a Model Railroad article describing several methods. I applied 91% i sopropyl alcohol over lettering with a q-tip, waited 5 minutes, repeat several times, then gently scraped off with new Xacto flat blade. Reapplied alcohol and a 5 minute wait after each scraping until lettering is gone. Don't try to get everything in first application, took me three rounds to get it all off. Only downside is it leaves surface scrape marks, but for my...
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Re: Removing rubber stamping

TeleDoc ·
If you had to resort to using an xacto, plus 3 attempts with alcohol, that indicates it was “Heat Stamped”, not Rubber Stamped. Most rubber stamping will come off with warm water, plus alcohol as alternative.
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rrman ·
Thanks for what this was. Surface felt smooth so thought rubber stamp, while I THOUGHT heat stamp would have slight rough feel where plastic deformed and left raised ridges, but maybe that was older technology and newer stuff doesn't leave tell tale ridges.
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Jim R. ·
If this was a car produced in the last 30 years, it was neither heat stamped nor rubber stamped, both methods that were common in the postwar era. In modern times, lettering and numbering is applied through tampo printing, a pad-printing process. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pad_printing
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M. Mitchell Marmel ·
In addition, a clearcoat may be applied to the tampo, making it more difficult to remove. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZ_908sgMds Mitch
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