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I did contact him prior,

Well, that wasn't good.

his ads still appear in O Scale Trains magazine

I remember seen an explanation from the Editor, that Joe's ads were paid-up well in advance. Thus, the ads still appeared.

so I thought everything was ok but since I cannot seem to get ahold of him I am wondering now what happened.  He confirmed his address when I asked where to send the items to and I know they arrived per the tracking number.

How did he confirm his address, if you say that you did NOT contact him advance?

Many thanks to all involved in getting the trains back, I GREATLY appreciate everyone that chipped in to make sure it happened!  I owe the team something that is for sure.  It is the people that make this forum special and I would have been lost without them.

Merry Christmas to all.😃

Now, I just have to find someone to 2 rail these silly trains!

Mike

Stand by when you price this stuff.  We were doing them at $80/axle 20 years ago, and couldn't afford to keep the lights on in the shop.

I find it boring work, and wouldn't do it professionally for anything less than about $250/axle.  It is not, however, difficult.

Joe did it differently than we did - if you capture a good 9" or larger lathe and some iron pipe, I can describe - for free! - how we did it.  It can be satisfying hobby work.

I have some old Lobaugh drivers that will work with my Weaver 4-6-0 PRR G5.  I may have to modify or fashion a new frame and it looks like the Lionel Legacy F3 diesels can be done with NWSL wheels and some insulating rod.  I may just try this myself instead of spending a whole month's pay on a locomotive worth less than half that amount.  Joes prices were wonderful, I am sorry to see him out of the game.

Regarding the Lionel F3, when I did an ABA set of those I found it easier to replace the drives entirely rather than modify the Lionel wheels.  I used drives from Weaver GP-38's with some additional parts from P&D.  If you use the Lionel you'll wind up having to remove or replace a lot of electronics and the reversing units and come up with a power pick up.  You can buy frames from Lionel so you could recoup the cost by selling the Lionel drives and starting from scratch.

I would be most interested in learning more details about pulling, machining and pressing techniques for 2-railing locomotives.  I was hoping to have Joe work on a few projects, but since he's retired it would be a good set of skill to acquire, plus I have access to a 14" lathe.

Perhaps I'll start a new thread for folks to share ideas with.

I would be most interested in learning more details about pulling, machining and pressing techniques for 2-railing locomotives.  ..... it would be a good set of skill to acquire, plus I have access to a 14" lathe.

Perhaps I'll start a new thread for folks to share ideas with.

Probably not happening now with this covoid mess, but the local high schools around my area used to offer evening courses in various subjects. Even if you only got fundamentals, seems like that might be a good place to start.

Simon

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