27672203-630D-4F4D-BD53-3E7846DA066F1B992BDB-324C-4000-8797-538CC4182CD62693D5B6-96E2-494D-818A-25F3F09DF50AC406C127-2DC7-4B4D-962E-953030DD7796These pictures, made by me and not copyrighted, are of a late 30’s #91 circuit breaker. I found this in a box of miscellaneous items I purchased at a recent estate sale.   I recently opened CB up and was extremely impressed with the interior condition of the circuit breaker and the condition of the operating mechanisms and wiring. I just thought I would post it as an indication of the high quality of Lionel’s pre war items.

Unfortunately, if you look very closely you can see some minute beginnings of zinc pest on the cast housing.  Could I slow down the migration of the zinc pest  by sealing the areas with a clear coating?

Also, under the new guidelines you can’t send me a copy a wiring diagram but could someone tell me where I can find one?

Thanks much and have a great weekend.  Jim




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OGR could contact Lionel, MTH, etc., and get written permission to reproduce wiring diagrams, instruction manuals, and catalog cuts.  Since the companies probably wouldn't be losing income, should be no reason to refuse OGR.

In fact, they might find it a good idea to have, on the forum, repositories for these documents.

Tinplate Art posted:

Interesting artifact! Of course, modern nanosecond current interruptors are the required norm for modern layouts.

 You are absolutely correct. I wouldn’t dare use this circuit breaker in any way or manner. What I’m doing is making a display shelf for various accessories with lights,  primarily prewar, and I am going to put a fixed voltage transformer in a prewar power station and rewire the accessories so when I energize the transformer all of the accessories will light up.  Hopefully, it will be a colorful addition to my train room, only time will tell.


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