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Over the past few weeks, I've been looking up the tin and plastic cars that go with my Marx 21 listed elsewhere and I managed to find this thing. It appears to be unrun. 

For $50.

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The pictures don't do it justice. Says #496 on the back of the tag too. Worth it. Next stop is the craft store to get a little display case like for baseballs or whatever. The smell is classic old old machine.

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MNCW posted:

Rob,

  Longest signal bridge ever! Good for you. What did you do to put it together, JB Weld or what? 

Tom

I think it looks great!  And look at all that Wide Gauge Flyer!

What kind of signals are you thinking about using? 

4 Little Lionel Bolts.  

Thanks Greg !

George, Looking at using the originals, I would need 4 more heads, it would be in keeping with the rest of the layout.

I came across this American Flyer coach and baggage car at a local train shop that sells new and used trains. It looks like years ago someone started a project by adding a motor and headlight to the coach to make a trolley.  To me it looked like it was calling out to be taken home and be completed.  I  cleaned the motor and got it running but the axles must have been bent because it had a horrible wobble.  Instead of dealing with that I substituted a Marx motor.  Added windows,  steps, pilot, and Marx trucks on the baggage car to lower it's height. After a fresh coat of paint it's ready to roll.20200321_13442220200321_134459

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Mark S. posted:

I came across this American Flyer coach and baggage car at a local train shop that sells new and used trains. It looks like years ago someone started a project by adding a motor and headlight to the coach to make a trolley.  To me it looked like it was calling out to be taken home and be completed.  I  cleaned the motor and got it running but the axles must have been bent because it had a horrible wobble.  Instead of dealing with that I substituted a Marx motor.  Added windows,  steps, pilot, and Marx trucks on the baggage car to lower it's height. After a fresh coat of paint it's ready to roll.20200321_13442220200321_134459

I just love it when people do this to old beat up finds .  Your project looks great .

Robert S. Butler posted:

Rob, given the period of all of that standard gauge under your bridge I'd opt for semaphores - it would be in keeping with the huge signal bridges of the day and you would have to scratch build the blades but it would make for one impressive piece - especially if you lit the blade lenses with micro LED's.

I have to look into that.... good idea.

Sup tin folks?! 

Apologies in advance to the Marx gods for the kludge you're about to see but I've found pretty much everything that can run with the 21 ATSF E7 Marx locomotives that interested me, with the exception of the Shell tank car. IMG_20200328_132808IMG_20200328_132816IMG_20200328_132823IMG_20200328_132830

And when I couldn't find it for a reasonable price, or as part of a lot, I made it, like the Shell and Cities Service tankers. Taking wheel sets off of rolling stock that were duplicates and putting them on the 3/16" cars for the desired result. It's just a shorty tank car. I've also yet to recieve the other version of the 1950 GAEX boxcar. 

I also found the plastic set for those 21's, plus a little Pennsy gondola. I think I prefer the tin better and doubt the 21 will pull them all at one time. Maybe the WBB chassis upgrade is in store soon? 

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I'm also waiting for something I've been looking for for a VERY long time, since before my foray into O gauge stuff. To be conTINued... 

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SteamWolf posted:

Sup tin folks?! 

Apologies in advance to the Marx gods for the kludge you're about to see but I've found pretty much everything that can run with the 21 ATSF E7 Marx locomotives that interested me, with the exception of the Shell tank car. 

And when I couldn't find it for a reasonable price, or as part of a lot, I made it, like the Shell and Cities Service tankers. Taking wheel sets off of rolling stock that were duplicates and putting them on the 3/16" cars for the desired result. It's just a shorty tank car. I've also yet to recieve the other version of the 1950 GAEX boxcar. 

I also found the plastic set for those 21's, plus a little Pennsy gondola. I think I prefer the tin better and doubt the 21 will pull them all at one time. Maybe the WBB chassis upgrade is in store soon? 

 

I'm also waiting for something I've been looking for for a VERY long time, since before my foray into O gauge stuff. To be conTINued... 

I think there is a Marx high wheel shell tanker on the bay right now.

George

Steamwolf : My Marx reference lists a 494 and a 495 on locomotives that look visually like the one you found.  They also offered a similar engine as a 391 Canadian Pacific.  The differences are in the stack and domes.  Your engine has the single streamline dome and streamlined stack of the 494 and 495 series.  The engines were offered as 0-4-0 and 2-4-2's .  The last 495 was offered in 1957.

The neatest thing about your loco is the tag.  I can see that part of it is imprinted F.O.B. Girard Pa.  The Marx factory of course was in Girard and this shows a link to that facility.  Maybe you have an engineering sample or prototype of the engine that they derived from the 391 and offered as the 494 and 495.  The 496 could just be a working number in engineering.

WHAT A FIND!! 

Best Wishes, Don McErlean

Don McErlean posted:

Steamwolf : My Marx reference lists a 494 and a 495 on locomotives that look visually like the one you found.  They also offered a similar engine as a 391 Canadian Pacific.  The differences are in the stack and domes.  Your engine has the single streamline dome and streamlined stack of the 494 and 495 series.  The engines were offered as 0-4-0 and 2-4-2's .  The last 495 was offered in 1957.

The neatest thing about your loco is the tag.  I can see that part of it is imprinted F.O.B. Girard Pa.  The Marx factory of course was in Girard and this shows a link to that facility.  Maybe you have an engineering sample or prototype of the engine that they derived from the 391 and offered as the 494 and 495.  The 496 could just be a working number in engineering.

WHAT A FIND!! 

Best Wishes, Don McErlean

Thanks Don, I just wish the rest of the tag was more legible, but it has been nearly 75 years after all. It's certainly a sample of some sort and would be really neat to see the engineering and manufacturing process behind the whole Marx train empire with my own eyes.

 

 

JohnnieWalker posted:

Here's a project that I did ( Another Standard Gauge Project thread ) . Its a MTH 514R refrigerator car converted into an automatic milk car .  I'm still fine tuning it and have my fingers crossed it will work on a layout .  I will take it to my shop and run it there on my test layout .   

That's pretty darn cool. That Std Gauge car will hold a lot of milk  !

How do you feed the cans to the mechanical man do you have the entire turret mechanism from the O gauge inside ?

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