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Odenville Bill ·
Here it is in it's cut down form. Now to put it back together. I found the guts to my first steam engine. The wheels will go to the Soggy Bottom Scrapyard. What does the accumulative imagination do with excess smoke units?
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my first custom rail car

Odenville Bill ·
I took apart a very rough Marx caboose this morning. I'm thinking work caboose. I have a flat car that I don't like. Maybe this will help. Messing with the photos on the computer, I feel the caboose needs to be boobed just over one section width. All design ideas are welcome. This will be my first custom train car. Any suggestions on how to get a clean cut? Will Testors model glue put the shortened caboose back together? I have same brand putty too. While making a pick up run to the Soggy...
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Popi ·
if you spread the side frames you can pull the wheel sets and pull the wheels off the axles and hit the axles and wheels with wire wheel on a bench grinder. after reasymble, oil axles on both sides of wheels and everything should roll smoothly after that
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Odenville Bill ·
It has been slow. Here we are today. The second coat of filler is on. I sprayed a light coat of primer to eyeball the progress. The replaced rear awning is welcome and lines up well with the ladder. I cut a little off the bottom. I'm thinking about a safety yellow body on a black flatcar. I hope I remember to paint the inside first. In the background is my freshly painted Plasticville water tower.
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Adriatic ·
..and a 24v bulb should near double in lifespan at 12v, 50% longer at 18v., etc.. You need to vent the medicine bottle too. A hole on top & bottom. Down low you can block off white light easy with a flat...tab? etc. away from but in front of the hole. On top, another bottle's trimmed bottom only; like a smokestack/vent cap; catching and yellowing the "white light beam" from the vent hole(s) (vs blocking and in turn reflecting the light some, is going to change the look too. I'd play with...
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Basic Training. What pun?

Odenville Bill ·
Hey Y'all, Since my reintroduction to all things Lionel last October, I have acquired items I would use but do not completely understand. 1. I have owned this un-coupler section and button since 1965. What is the part number or wiring instructions for this? 2. This is a staple end truck (I had to look that up). Will it work with the above un-coupler section? 3. This is an MPC era truck. They roll well. If I wanted more inexpensive trucks to replace my rusty stuff, is this the one? I want...
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Odenville Bill ·
Having a knee that wanted a little vacation, I got busy on my car today. Another fill & sand & fill. Reminds me of working on real cars. I have tested mounting methods. I have a great lighting plan. I have discovered very pricy accessories for details. "Rattler21" - You convinced me. The flatcar will be gray. Also, I found a stash of sticks in my freezer to experiment with wood detailing. "Adriatic" - The scout motor came to life. I'm thinking...… Y'all watch out. "Steamer" - You are...
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Steamer ·
E mail sent Bill. As far as attaching, i've been using Gorilla Glue, not sure on removal....might use some clear silicone, would hold the body in place, and be able to pull it off.
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Adriatic ·
A fellow Fink! No wonder you are a natural basher (That first emoji isn't used lightly here. It took some thought first; I think it would have been OK with her; it fits here in a different context too... R.I.P.- NQDY Nichole... still hoping we are wrong) Floral putty has been suggested elsewhere for figures. "Someone" also makes a similar product just for figures. I think it is clear... Woodland Scenic? Was it Walther's? IMO the fudgesicle stick is superior 😲
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Steamer ·
lookin good Bill!
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rattler21 ·
Bill, Please consider 'MOW Gray" for the flatcar. Generally black is used for something you do not want seen. Compare the trucks of the bashed car to the trucks under the covered hopper. Everything gets darker on the layout. You will still be able to see items on the deck. John in Lansing, ILL
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brianel_k-lineguy ·
Bill, I think your project is looking good for a first time. The smaller and less costly 027 cars can be made to look much more detailed than they actually are, and also look better on a small layout. Here's a few of mine. First is a former Rail Blazer set gondola (originally unpainted red plastic) that I bought from a forum member here.... El Classico I believe. The cover I made from the roof of a otherwise damaged box car. The real railroads don't waste anything either. So even 027 trains...
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Ron045 ·
When taking on a project like this, What kind of decals are used and what do you do to keep them from flaking over time? Ro
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Trussman ·
I like it, I have some extra Madison cars and think I'll make one of these.
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brianel_k-lineguy ·
When taking on a project like this, What kind of decals are used and what do you do to keep them from flaking over time? I used other brands such as Herald King, but my preference has always been Microscale. I have to mix scales, using HO locomotive sets and larger freight cars. I've used Microscale S scale sets but haven't seen those in years. A company called Rail Graphics used to make Capacity Data sets and I ordered a whole load of them in O and S scale. Unfortunately those are no longer...
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falconservice ·
Some railroads use bright orange or bright yellow for Maintenance of Way equipment. Andrew
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Odenville Bill ·
I did not realize how long this build was taking. I added LED lights, a forward hand rail, and home made card stock for the deck. Still to go: decals. some detail painting, magnets to hold the cabin on, and a cool on/off switch. I'm over hump on this car. Bill
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RoyBoy ·
That is turning out to be a very nice build. Great work!
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Lehigh Valley Railroad ·
Sure looks sweet so far Bill!
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scale rail ·
Nice work Bill, your on your way to being hooked on this hobby. Don
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coach joe ·
It's taking a long time but the results are great.
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Odenville Bill ·
Finished! Thank you for following
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coach joe ·
That's a great logo you have there and the car came out wonderful.
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Odenville Bill ·
Progress on my custom has involved experimenting on other caboose bodies. First, I painted the interior black to stop light bleeding through. Better but not enough. Second, once dry, I applied a heavy coat of white. That stopped the light bleed and dispersed the light in the car. Third, I applied aluminum foil to the floor. Another improvement. Number four lasted all day including paint drying time. I tried a number of methods to color and control the light . I liked the amber color from...
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Steamer ·
that's how you figure it out. Got the trucks (Thanks!) and put them to good use.
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Odenville Bill ·
A third day playing with a caboose. How nice. I let the robot vacuum cleaner score me some husband points. The test caboose, X1 , got another interior coat of black followed by a heavy coat of white. While the paint dried, and the vacuum worked, I received inspiration on yesterday's medicine bottle failure. I found a large bottle and cut it to fit horizontally. More air gap everywhere. No more color bleed, check. Amber interior light, check. Heat tested, check. At this point I have $1.10...
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Odenville Bill ·
It was a good day. I once again used automotive tools to refine a tiny plastic toy. I removed a little from the flatcar with a 6" grinder (carefully). I drilled holes to mount the caboose chassis to the deck. I shot primer. And I had a "card stock" idea for the deck. I will screw it together and run it until the light parts come in.
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Odenville Bill ·
And along the same vein ….. I bought 5 pre-1951 cabooses on the bay. They will donate all they are to make my original #6047 caboose wonderful. I will add all the features found on a #2357 and more. I created a logo I like for my railroad. I have not figured out how to put it on my profile or on my caboose. How do I create scale decals?
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philo426 ·
awesome nice job!
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Re: Basic Training. What pun?

Odenville Bill ·
Thanks again Mitch.
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M. Mitchell Marmel ·
Glad to be of assistance! Mitch
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Odenville Bill ·
The spotlight works again. Just in time for the grand kids (and me). The Texas Special 1055 has to get a good run up to climb Bald Rock Mountain. Not bad for a 60 year old. The uncoupler track is next on my list.
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Odenville Bill ·
I have another question I feel new comers may like informed opinions on. I have seven Lionel cars dated from 1959 to 1964. They were improperly stored for many years. The red spotlight car above is a good example. I wish to run my old trains a lot. I am not creating a museum or shrine. I cleaned the axels and wheels on two cars. Much better but not good enough for reliable operation. Is it time to invest in a truck full of trucks? I have five sidings to switch. Un-couplers are needed. Does...
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M. Mitchell Marmel ·
The MPC era Symington highspeed trucks with working couplers are part number 9150-50X. https://www.trainz.com/product...?variant=40700927878 Train Tender has 9150-76 MPC trucks w/fixed coupler for $5.00. Mitch
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Odenville Bill ·
Okay, I got more basic questions. When you change out a vintage 1952 magnetic coupler truck, are "E" clips available to replace the thin 1-time horseshoe clips? Before assembly, should I lightly oil or grease where the truck and chassis touch? I got two cars with electromagnetic couplers in the mail yesterday. I see they need a different "5 rail" track to work. Is there a way to test them without the special track piece? Learning new stuff. It's got to be good for an aging brain. OHHHH !
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M. Mitchell Marmel ·
You can usually get several cycles out of the horseshoe clips before they fail. Replacement clips may be found at The Train Tender, Olsen's, etc. Lightly grease. Touch one wire to the truck frame, the other to the contact inside the shoe. Should work under track power. Mitch
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scale rail ·
Yes Bill, those are tab and older regular magnetic coupler. There are other, non operating and electro magnetic couples but looks like you have the first two. The uncoupling track is nothing more the an electric magnet that pulls the tab down and opens the couple if you push the button and the truck if over that track. You might want to put some very light oil on the couples. Take a look at this video https://youtu.be/LqEn1RhnWEo I can't find much on MPC track. Don
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M. Mitchell Marmel ·
1) https://www.tandem-associates....rains_6149_track.htm "It was controlled by a No. 0190-25 HO Switch that was included along with two wires. This switch was wired in between the track and the transformer. The two coiled wires were used to wire up this switch. Only one connector to this controller was needed because the other lead from the magnet was grounded to the outer rails on the track." 2) Yes. 3) Also yes. 4) That's a 581-10 pickup roller, available at http://www.ttender.com/ and...
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AMCDave ·
For clean cuts in car bodies I use a good razor saw. I have 3 X-acto in different sizes. Atlas made one that was decent and cheap...not sure they still make it or not. For glue I's use epoxy for a good strong bond. Get some Gorilla Glue 5 minute...cheap and at most big box or drug stores. Good luck.
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Steamer ·
for your Lionel Caboose, I'd look for a Postwar model with the light. These are usually pretty cheap, especially if you get one with a broken shell, which is easy to find. That'll get you the light, the window insert,good trucks, plus a damaged shell for another project.
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scale rail ·
How about painting it a work car gray and adding the overhang in the back on. Maybe a ladder. Don
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rattler21 ·
Bill, Glad you dove in. You could place a 1/2" x 1/2" length of wood at the base of each wall. That will strengthen the walls and provide larger surfaces for the adhesive which should make a much stronger model. May I suggest when you are ready to paint, apply a brown or black primer coat after assembling is completed? That will give your paint a good base and if there is any bleed through(reverse weathering), the original colors will not be seen. John in Lansing, Ill
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Steamer ·
or make it your own....
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falconservice ·
A steel transfer caboose is not a common item in O scale or Traditional O gauge, unlike in N and HO scale. Look at steel bodied Transfer Cabooses in other scales for design ideas. Andrew
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rattler21 ·
One of many types. Currently in Griffith, Indiana. John in Lansing, ILL
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Odenville Bill ·
Very good ideas again guys. Steamer Dave, I found a #2357 first series with a broken shell. One issue down. Did you start with a #2420? Very nice car with the detail I like. Rattler21, Very good idea. How can I make the open deck look more like distressed wood?
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rattler21 ·
Bill, card stock sheets available at $3. Buy one and copy it locally for less. John in Lansing, ILL
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Steamer ·
It was a 2419 (no spotlight) I picked up at a show for $7 at a show, intending to use the trucks and mounting plates on another car. It was missing the toolboxes, but when I got home I spotted a pair in my junk box, so I had no choice but to rebuild it.
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Adriatic ·
Coffee stir sticks if it must be real wood. Color washes can bring out any detail already there that is imperceptible most of the time; "pop". (blk, brwn, grey¿?) Cheap water based craft acrylics are a good place to start. If you dont like it, wash it off. Cure time has a direct relationship to how quickly each layer of color may wash off. So a mistake removed today doesn't always effect the one before it. But enough dawn & a stiff plastic brush and paint years old is comming off (more...
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Odenville Bill ·
I knew the fountain would flow. Thank you gentlemen. I will need a wood floor for my favorite boxcar too. I needed a winter-blues kick start. Here we go. I'll cut the caboose today.
 
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