Tagged With "Louis Beuhler of Allentown"

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William Crooks with operating Stevenson valve gear .

Carey Williams ·
Hello O scale world ... today we take a ride on the William Crooks ... a pre-Civil War engine .. The Crooks during it retirement did not rest ..running under it's own power in 1927 for the B&O bash ...1939 NYC World's Fair , and 1949 Chicago Railroad Fair ... The Crooks being shown at the 1939 Fair, pulling it's two cars must have been the inspiration to Louis Beuhler of Allentown, PA to build his own model ..to be displayed at the Leigh Valley show in February 1940 as photographed in...
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Photos Transportation Museum

MONON_JIM ·
Pictures are from our recent trip to the St. Louis Transportation Museum. I will post a few from Union Station in St. Louis also.
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jay jay ·
Excellent photos; thanks for posting them. That museum has an excellent collection, and some of their items are far from home, such as that Milwaukee Road electric and the "Train of Tomorrow"/ Aerotrain.
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mackb4 ·
Do any of the outside uncovered locos have rot on them ? Seems like the elements would be taking their toll on them by now . I would like to see all of the big steam sitting side by side,that would be cool And are any of the engines in the state that they could be restored for use,or are they to far gone as far as ever being other than static display ? Great pictures Jim,thanks for sharing .
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N.Q.D.Y. ·
Lovely photographs of wonderful locomotives. Thank you so much for posting them.
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MONON_JIM ·
They BiPolar plaque said it was the only surviving one. Most of the engines will remain static I was told because the cost of refurbishing and then the insurance needed makes restoration prohibitive. I asked those same questions Mack, those were the answers I got. Shame but it is a very expensive undertaking to fix. I would love to see the Big Boy running......oh well......Another piece of American history going by the wayside.....shame. Thank you all for your nice comments.
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MONON_JIM ·
jay jay , the IRM is a great place too. Been there before. I really like the old wooden passenger cars they have in the buildings, the craftsmanship is amazing.
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Jim Waterman ·
Very cool thread. These pioneers were real craftsmen. I saw a couple of 2025 engines and the like at Allentown that were very nicely modified with square cabs and additional details to better represent PRR prototypes. Offered at about $160 each, should have picked them up Jim
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Louis Marx #666 train engine

Bicboy95 ·
So I found a gentleman on Craigslist GIVING AWAY a 2-4-2 steam engine by Marx. It’s in decent shape and I couldn’t have been happier to take a free train off this guys hands. Only thing is I don’t know a thing about Marx trains. I know it was made in 1967 due to the box and I know it’s got EVERYTHING it came with originally. Also the guy claims the transformer shocked him and smoked. Any way to fix this? Or should I just replace it and cut my losses there? Any input is appreciated. Thanks guys!
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Bicboy95 ·
Thanks Andre honestly the guy was pretty straight forward. He said his kids weren’t having kids and he wanted to pass it down to someone who was going to and also would take care of it. I’m pretty happy to say that so long as some people still show their kids these kinds of things Model railroading will be safeguarded to the future! Haha but seriously it was a lucky pickup and I’m just glad it wasn’t a Craigslist scam. Onto a more repair related note anyone have any tips or tricks to stop...
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Jim Barrett ·
Here's a standard trick I used whenever opening up and servicing a transformer for any reason. Pinch a tight loop of the wire between the thumb and forefinger. Completely close the wire loop under as much pressure as you can with you thumb and forefinger. Open the loop up and closely examine the insulation on the wire. If you can see a fatigue break anywhere in the wire, replace the wire and plug completely. Replace it with the same strain relief knot that was in the original wire. 99 times...
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Bicboy95 ·
Think this might be the issue perhaps? Overlooked it my first go around. Just saw it now.
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balidas ·
From what I can see, entirely possible. I'd replace it & see what are the results.
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Bicboy95 ·
Alright guys I’ve operated and reassembled with the help of an exploded diagram and it’s just not working. I think something is wrong with the coil and unfortunately that’s out of my range of knowledge. If anyone is selling a 110-120v AC 50w opt transformer for as cheap as these suckers go for I’d be interested! Otherwise the train runs beautifully on the track with a lionel 50 watt 3amp 12v transformer! Thanks again for everyone help!
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Steamer ·
I run my trains (Marx, Lionel, one MTH) with my Lionel Type Vs, just don't need to crank the transformer up, those Marx are rocket ships!
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colorado hirailer ·
With the gazillions of these 50 watt Marx transformers out there, l'd pick up another in a show or off the net, without fooling with a bad one.
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Bicboy95 ·
Unfortunately between Christmas and my vacation I’m gonna have to wait to get a type v however that’s been on my list for a while because it can run more that one loco. It’s definitely the next thing I need to set out to get. On another notni just revamped my layout and I absolutely love it. Just a small basic layout for a very small table. It used to be my Christmas layout so disregard the cheesey fake grass rug.
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Adriatic ·
Don't use carb cleaner ! Far too potent. If it still running your lucky imo. It can dissolve the paint that protects coil wires from themselves! It is basically just clear/semi clear lacquer paint. Try CRC elctrical cleaner if you want to spray something.(yes brand can matter) In general, avoid "loose wettness" of solvents and stick to dampened rag wiping of electrical things.
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Strummer ·
...new transformer...nice gift, BTW. Mark in Oregon
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D500 ·
You might want to be careful with that flat car with the Burlington trailers. Completed auctions: Marx trains Nice! 5545 C.B.& Q DUEL BURLINGTON TRAILER FLATCAR EXC! Marx CB&Q #5545 Flatcar With 2 Silver/gray Burlington Trailers
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Steamer ·
I'd keep the old transformer just since you have the set, but there are plenty of other transformers out there. Nice score!
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Bicboy95 ·
I’m having issues with the engine already. Its starting off slowly and doesn’t get more than an inch or two before the transformer stops it from moving all together. Any suggestions? I’m running it on the right voltage and still little to no power.. kinda at a loss here might just need a new motor, but if anyone has suggestions let me know.
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Steamer ·
have you cleaned and lubed the motor? Cleaned the pickup?
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Ont Sou ·
You might want to do a routine service on the locomotive since I would bet it hasn't been run in awhile. A clean and lube should wake it up in short order. Jim McC.
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Bicboy95 ·
That did the job. I sprayed a little carb cleaner on the magnet and cleaned that as well. Running fine with a little resistance when pulling all the cars.
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overlandflyer ·
be careful when using a non-Marx transformer. Marx motors (and transformers) were designed to run on ~12vac max.
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balidas ·
Those transformers are pretty simple so if you're comfortable open it up & see what you can see. There might be a break in the cord insulation touching the case causing the shock & smoke.
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Balshis ·
That wouldn't surprise me in the least. I've had to replace many cords on Marx transformers, because the rubber insulation had dried out and crumbled.
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Bicboy95 ·
Both the transformers I’m running are conventional 12v 60w 3amp transformers. Same as described in the manual. I did read that somewhere besides the manual. And I think when I get a chance I’m just going to open up the other transformer and try to fix the issue. Just to have an extra. Thank you for the warning. Honestly I’d be devastated if I ruined this little baby. It seems hard to find a Marx in good shape and I lucked out and got one handed to me.
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laming ·
And the "Lucky Dog" award for the first quarter of 2019 goes to... envelop please... (drum roll) ...BICBOY95!!! (Roar of applause and cheers) NEAT set! You lucky dog, you! Andre
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Semi-Scale modifications

Carey Williams ·
Hello Tinplate World, the toy train world was transitional in the 1930's . The original generation that had electric trains as a child was looking for something a bit closer to a prototypical train in appearance as an adult ...or for their offspring. Model Railroad clubs born in the late 20's expanded exponentially in the 30's . With large open houses and worlds fairs supporting huge public layouts ... the humble Lionel , Ives or Flyer brightly colored tin can racing around a tight circle...
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Dennis Holler ·
Hey Carey, I found your loco's and the builder in Model Builder!
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Carey Williams ·
Thank you very much Dennis for pointing out my engines in print !!!! I appreciate you help . Cheers Carey
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Adriatic ·
These remind me of visiting some real old timers with the nicer outside 3rd rail and T-Rail builds. I'd go to see them sometimes with my Gramps in the 60s. I listened. Most regearing requires exacting drilling for posts and a press, but I think it is right that there was one more or less a direct swap in of Lionel gears to get a reduction, but I couldn't so much as say what gauge either. I'm not sure we ever really got a full reply from the few post from folks that had done regearing. I...
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Logan Matthews ·
Does anyone know what happened to Lee Ridgeman's Centinella Valley engines? In a letter published in TTOS's magazine years ago, it was noted that someone in (I believe) Oregon had purchased his engines when the Centinella Valley layout was broken up. If my recollection is correct he planned to recreate as much of the CV as possible...but after that, silence. Anyone know where they are now? Logan
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Robert S. Butler ·
Well...some people in the tinplate world may shun them and let them rot but there are others (such as apparently yourself) who find some of these efforts very interesting. We had a short discussion about these trains on a thread awhile back. My take on them is they aren't something I spend time hunting but if I find something I think is very interesting I'll consider adding it to the collection. So far, there have been two instances where I thought the modification effort was well done and...
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Tinplate Art ·
I would also like to know more!
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Steamer ·
anyone have stuff like that rotting away in the basement send it my way.
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Carey Williams ·
Hello all thank you for your kind words and posting of interesting pieces . Delbert J Henninger was the dean of conversions ....and heavily featured in Hertz's book "Model Railroad Conversion Manual" ......for a lot more info about Henninger and conversion please see link to Tin Plate Times https://www.facebook.com/TinplateTimes/ Here are photos of two Henninger made or inspired engines ..( big and heavy ones) ..parts from 260's & 763's as donors ...set up for outside 3rd rail Cheers Carey
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Dennis Holler ·
Carey, You find the neatest things. I've got the conversion manual and would really like to make one of the locos in it. So, it looks like you were able to obtain at least three of those locos from the same source? I say that since they are all West Central Lines. Would be interesting to see if that layout was ever featured in MR, or MB... Homework assignment!
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Tinplate Art ·
Fascinating - first time I heard about that Louis Hertz book! In my youth, I once met Mr.Hertz at Polk''s on 5th Ave. I have a much-loved copy of his Collecting Model Trains in my personal library.
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Carey Williams ·
Hello all .... yes 3 of the engines came together .... but not from an original owner ...one removed ...they would have had Seneca Union Railway on the tender .... Delbert Henninger passed away in 1958 ... unknown when his estate / layout was broken up ...if you follow the link above there is a page showing his layout ...all the pages are from 1940 + - ...... unknown if Henninger has any magazine coverage in the post war era .. Hertz's ..conversion book ...is a bit skinny ..paper back ...and...
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Dennis Holler ·
Yes, I remember seeing a few picture groups from the Centenlla (sp) Lines in Model Builder. If I remember right one picture shows an American Flyer 429 0-6-0 switcher modified to be a 4-6-0. I'll try to find those issues. Also, most of the conversion articles made it into eirher MR or Model Builder or both. The 0-6-0 and one of the 4-4-0's were in the 1945 issues of Model Builder.
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Robert S. Butler ·
Both Delbert Henninger and Lee Ridgman did get some coverage in Model Railroader. One of Henninger's engines was featured in Trackside Photos in the September 1937 issue and Ridgman's railroad (with the 2-8-2 pulling a freight consist) made the cover of the June 1936 Model Railroader. Henninger Ridgman - MR cover details
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Ted S ·
I have the above-referenced book by Louis Hertz. In it, he describes how to achieve a 14.2-to-1 gear ratio using double-reduction spur gears. Apparently there's a 12-tooth pinion on the motor shaft, which engages the 44-tooth "outside" of a compound gear. That same compound gear has a 16-tooth inner gear, which engages a 62(!) tooth gear, I assume on the wheel or driving axle. So the two stages are (44/12) * (62/16) = 14.2-to-1, which is a lot slower than the 8.5-to-1 that was standard on...
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MNCW ·
Carey, This is very interesting stuff. Can you explain who actually wrote June 1935 Model Craftsman article, is it indeed Louis Hertz? Tom
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French Tinplate- Louis Roussy LR 241 "Super Rapide"

John Smatlak ·
French maker Louis Roussy produced some very interesting toy trains for approximately 30 years ending about 1956. Some history of the product line from the TCA Western Division website: http://www.tcawestern.org/lr.htm Some pictures of the "Super Rapide" 4-8-2 that I understand is loosely based on the French 241 type steam locomotive. This is a most unusual piece circa 1936- it's an aluminum casting, and the 4 pairs of driving wheels are actually divided between two separate units, only one...
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sleepmac ·
Carey, great find! Dan Weinhold
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RoyBoy ·
Has the motor got a permanent magnet field? Those disks could be selenium rectifiers. Nope. Closer inspection shows wires going to the field. Really cool loco, though.
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FRENCHTRAINS ·
Hello John, That is a great find, I don't have one in my collection. You need absolutely to restore it !!! To answer some of your questions. LR motors are very simple and runs great, on those models there is a selenium rectifier in one of the chassis. i have no knowledge on how it works. I will take a look to a similar one on a spare chassis. I have an original pick up if you want one and i will have to look for the trucks and pony wheels. There is not yet a book on LR, but one is going to...
 
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