I am looking for leads to replace the circuit board in the tender of my childhood train set. Unfortunately, I was not aware of the foam disintegration issue until it was too late. The specific model is 6-1586, The Chesapeake Flyer. I believe the specific part id I need is 8142-T-35(??)

I know in alot of cases, it's not worth the time if you find one of these sets at an estate sale or ebay. Since this is my first (and only) set, the nostalgia value alone is worth the effort to try and restore it. 

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I had the same issue with my beloved Blue Streak Jersey Central.  I had great success in finding tenders at shows where the foam was still intact.  It took a while and a lot of looking, but I was able to source a couple of decent boards.  They work so well now the wife has requested I unplug them when running on the Christmas layout, LOL. Good luck!


Ah, the sweet sound of static! LOL! PS: I once owned the Milwaukee Special set when it first came out about 1973. It also had a rudimentary whistle sound!

vita sine litteris mors est  (Seneca)

^^what Chuck said.  My first set was also the Blue Streak (6-1385.)  Unless I'm mistaken, when the Electronic Mighty Sound of Steam made its debut in 1971, there were NO integrated circuits on the board, only discrete components.  In my personal experience, the '73 Sound of Steam in the Blue Streak (without whistle) sounds much cleaner than the Milwaukee version with whistle.  The whistle was dropped after 1973.  The boards were redesigned over the next several years, and by 1980 when Lionel restored the whistle feature the chuff just didn't sound the same.  

The best part is that until the use of Hall effect sensors on the U.P. Berkshire (8002), the chuffing was truly synchronized to the drive rods and the puffing of smoke.  That's something that wasn't achieved again until the advent of DCS speed control circa 2000.

Creep, coast, and pull.  We're not talking about cold fusion here.

Last edited by Ted S

I dont see contact info for you Vinny but i think i have a sos board kicking around from a lionel 18001 northern. I can pull it out and test if you are interested. Pm me my contact is in my profile.

Here is a guy in Michigan that says he can fix these boards I hope he doesn't mind me posting this.

I have the same Jersey Central blue locomotive from my child hood I need to get the tender board fixed.

His name is Tim Bates here is his E mail-


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Last edited by rockstars1989

NYC/ Rich B thanks for the offers. I have mailed you both. I suspect the board 18001 is a newer one with the 3 pin connector, bell/whistle? The one I need has the flat copper tab and just "chugs".


Rockstars- Thanks for the info! Definitely worth exploring if i can get a replacement.

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