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i recently acquired four early 260E locomotives that have the original pendulum e-units. I would like to upgrade to three position e-units so i can have F/N/R. does anyone have a recommended unit. All appear to be good runners and i am going to replace the internal wiring, wheels and pickup roller assembly. plus clean clean clean and some more cleaning, any suggestions would be highly appreciated.

I am also going to save the original pendulum e units just encase any future family member wanted to put back original. All they need is a good cleaning, coils wrapped and polish the contacts.    



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In later circa 1934 Lionel started using the newer drum design e-units in 260E's. The notable difference I've found on the boiler is the use of black letters on the 260 tag. The red letter cab tags came with pendulum units. The e-units have all been the same in that there is no lever. They are controlled by the lever in the cab which also controls the chugger (if loco has one). I have no reason to suspect the four I've worked on have been modified.

Paper napkin drawings work but if you want to go full blown techno go for it. Keep in mind that approximately 90% of old tinplate has been worked on at least once and your drawing may or not apply in every instance.

In later circa 1934 Lionel started using the newer drum design e-units in 260E's. The notable difference I've found on the boiler is the use of black letters on the 260 tag. The red letter cab tags came with pendulum units. The e-units have all been the same in that there is no lever. They are controlled by the lever in the cab which also controls the chugger (if loco has one). I have no reason to suspect the four I've worked on have been modified.

Paper napkin drawings work but if you want to go full blown techno go for it. Keep in mind that approximately 90% of old tinplate has been worked on at least once and your drawing may or not apply in every instance.

Hey John.... So the 1934 (as well as 1935)  260E with the drum unit did have red letter plates on it And I have seen a few later units with them too, so, as usual there are exception to any rules!  From my understanding the 255s in 1935 had the eunit slot on the top and were the transition point for the eunit itself to have the handles... carried forward by the 263Es

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