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Here's the new engine set pulling a longer string of Lionel aluminum Santa Fe cars (except for the MTH Santa Fe express reefer). A Lionel TMCC Santa Fe F7 ABA set, with the lead A and B behind it both powered, since it's a longer train are what usually pulls my Super Chief. But the 2-motored conventional FA pulled the whole train without a whimper, just like in the old days. In fact, I had to slow it down so it wouldn't come off at the curves! I love the efficiency of Williams's bullet proof, stump-puller diesels!

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So, it's nice to have the good old Williams ALCO Fs back. 😀

Nice looking set Vern. I have several Williams and WbB engines and they are great runners. Re-wire the motors in series and you can eliminate the jack-rabbit starts.

Bob

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Picked up these units recently from a train show and then the B unit (not pictured) from eBay. Now trying to find passenger cars. Would LOVE the K-Line midnight chiefs but cant afford eBay or Trainz prices for them.

Edit: I have no idea what cars are supposed to go with these Williams engines. If anyone knows, I would be very grateful for the information. I cant seem to find anything online.

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Got these original unused Lionel wrappers rolled up in a tube with a couple of postwar steam engines at an antique swap last weekend, the instruction books came with it too. The guy said they had a bunch of tools and parts too which they forgot to bring so I think the person whose estate they bought may have been a dealer/service station at one time. F9424931-145A-4D2F-9C8E-625189E88CF3

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Bought this 6-18056 back in December.  Original packaging never opened.  But as expected the gear box was totally locked up with dried lube.  Been cleaning it over the past couple weeks and this morning lubed, reassembled and to my surprise, no leftover fasteners.   She ran smooth after a couple minutes.

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Nice job Dallas but I really like the bobber ; that’s going to look cool behind a switcher. Do the lanterns light?

Jay

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Yes Jay. 

OEM was lit by two very  bright screw in incandescent bulbs but they were just near the center of the cab and the laterns only had residual light from them.  The interior was too bright for me and the laterns were too dull.    SO.............

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..............The area by the laterns was pretty tight but I was able to point a couple prewired LEDs in their area.    I also put one LED in the area that the OEM bulb was located near the front of  the cab and painted the bulb with green Tamiya clear.

Have a great finish to this Saturday  Jay. 

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@Junior posted:

@Dallas Joseph…..those lanterns look awesomely . Mind sharing where you got those? I have several cabooses that need sprucing up. They would look awesome on them!

I can't take any credit Junior.....the lanterns came with the little bobber.

   I don't know if they would end up on the MTH parts and sales site.   Maybe one of the auction sites might have them or possibly Trainz would have some on their parts pages.

Not going to York doesn’t mean not picking up some goodies!!!

First up, a Lionel custom run GP30 from Grzyboski’s which I ordered last year. Looks sharp, runs well, sounds great!!!

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Next, two custom run Lionel boxcars from the TCA. Not sure if these are fantasy or prototypical paint schemes, but they really stand out.

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And, finally, since I was going to Gryzboski’s anyway, I browsed their website (shocking admission, isn’t it ) and found this NOS Lionel 18” Pennsy Commuter Coach from 2005. This will be the “last” piece of my mail train. When I first started investigating putting together a mail train, I was confused that some of the pics I found had a passenger coach at the tail end. I thought that it was for the post office employees, but thanks to a recent post from @GG1 4877, I learned that they were sometimes used as the original no frills fare (thanks Jonathan).

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@Dallas Joseph, No this is the Railking version.  Now it is Railking Scale, which I understand is downgraded Premier tooling, but in any case, it has the correct proportions for scale engine just not as many fine details.  In the picture I posted, one of the more noticeable things is that you can see through the grills/radiators of the heritage unit but not the Conrail engine and the molded in ladders vs the Premier has those as separate bits.  However from a couple feet back (or when running I imagine), because the scale is correct it looks pretty good. And the price was about 2/3 that of a Premier locomotive, so overall I'm happy with it. I attached a couple more photos of the side by side and you can see that the SD45 is deffinitely more simplified detail.

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@Dallas Joseph, No this is the Railking version.   

However from a couple feet back (or when running I imagine), because the scale is correct it looks pretty good. And the price was about 2/3 that of a Premier locomotive, so overall I'm happy with it. I attached a couple more photos of the side by side and you can see that the SD45 is deffinitely more simplified detail.

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Thank you narsar.     Even though the compared diesels are not the same type nor the same livery I get a pretty good idea of the differences.   The RK version being " Scale " in size is an attractive choice.

Thank you for sharing.

My latest acquisition: Atlas custom run from Mr. Muffin.

This paint scheme was common on the EL Pocono Main when I was a kid. They were often used in pusher service out of Scranton. We used to think that the returning light engines were the RR cops because of the colors and the words RADIO EQUIPTED appeared on their flanks.   

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Thank you narsar.     Even though the compared diesels are not the same type nor the same livery I get a pretty good idea of the differences.   The RK version being " Scale " in size is an attractive choice.

Thank you for sharing.

I got tired of bolt counter's decades ago.  I Took my HO GP to the Nevada Rail Museum, it must have been twenty years ago. and put it on a table.  lined it up with 844 several yards  away from the original  and then moved my camera to a point where they were the same size,  You had a hard time telling which was which

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