jhz563 posted:

Fresh from the USPS - my first tinplate diesel

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It looks better than received already, after 60 seconds worth of scrubbing with a baby wipe!  Looking forward to try it out, and then converting the coupler to something a little more interchangeable.

Behemoths, like the Unique Art Rock Islands

unique 2000 rock island pair

 

Jim O'C

Upstate NY/So VT

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Steve "Papa" Eastman posted:

Been a few Std Gauge Roberts Lines trolleys on the bay lately, but this one needs a bit tlc, just up my alley. Pretty straight and will clean up nicely. The window inserts are loose, I’ll just remove them and call it a summer trolley. Both are unpowered so the lead unit will get a Keeler truck mount motor. Another project.

Steve

Those are just too cool Steve....

Mike 

 

One day an engineer calls the dispatcher and asks him for the time. The dispatcher responds by asking him what road he works for… The engineer is a little upset and snaps “What difference does that make?”
“Well”, the dispatcher drawls, “if you work for the BN it’s 2 pm;
if you work for the UP it is 1400;
if you work for the NFS the big hand is on the 12 and the little hand is on the 2; and
if you work for Amtrak it’s Tuesday!”

 
jhz563 posted:

Fresh from the USPS - my first tinplate diesel

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It looks better than received already, after 60 seconds worth of scrubbing with a baby wipe!  Looking forward to try it out, and then converting the coupler to something a little more interchangeable.

Nice...

Mike 

One day an engineer calls the dispatcher and asks him for the time. The dispatcher responds by asking him what road he works for… The engineer is a little upset and snaps “What difference does that make?”
“Well”, the dispatcher drawls, “if you work for the BN it’s 2 pm;
if you work for the UP it is 1400;
if you work for the NFS the big hand is on the 12 and the little hand is on the 2; and
if you work for Amtrak it’s Tuesday!”

 
mackb4 posted:
Greg J. Turinetti posted:
mackb4 posted:

Pretty sure it A. F. ,but what can anyone tell me.

I picked it up at a flea market for $5.00. It's of course been painted and an awful decal added, but I couldn't pass it up.15265488693704154407857327763837

You have an American Flyer #2005 Triangle Light from 1935 - 1939.

It comes in 2 colors

Northwoods Flyer

Greg

Thanks for the information. 

So is the signal just merely a light that is for aesthetic purposes, or am I missing some sort of lock-on that controls the signal and train movement  ?

Here is the illustration and description from page 16 of the 1936 catalog. (My earlier information that the triangle light appeared in the catalog beginning in 1935 is incorrect.  It first appears in the 1936 catalog.)  

                                    

There is no lock-on needed, the light is operated manually.  I think that the only thing that you are missing is an annoying little sister or brother who needed to be kept busy changing the color of the light while you run your trains. That's why this "New popular signal is almost a necessity for your railroad." 

Northwoods Flyer

Greg

                                                             

 

Got a great deal on a 249e and 9 800 series cars to-day, only $300! They're all either excellent condition or restored as well.

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Also picked up a nice Z transformer to replace my KW.

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If you can't buy it... restore it. If you can't restore it... make it. If you can't make it...dangit...

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Bought a Feb. 1949 issue of "The Model  Craftsman", 100% model railroading it says on the cover. Really fun to read. Cost all of 35 cents, new, and full of ads and info. A Cleveland dealer lists some Lionel prices which seem so low but in 1949 there were a lot of people earning 90 cents per hour. A Lionel Scout set #1111 cost $15.95 with a transformer and 3 cars.  A lot f kit bashing and scratch building went on in those days so there are a lot of ads for parts. There were still shortages from WW II to deal with.

Brian Liesberg posted:

 

Got a great deal on a 249e and 9 800 series cars to-day, only $300! They're all either excellent condition or restored as well.

 

Also picked up a nice Z transformer to replace my KW.

 

Nice haul...ya done good!

Mike 

One day an engineer calls the dispatcher and asks him for the time. The dispatcher responds by asking him what road he works for… The engineer is a little upset and snaps “What difference does that make?”
“Well”, the dispatcher drawls, “if you work for the BN it’s 2 pm;
if you work for the UP it is 1400;
if you work for the NFS the big hand is on the 12 and the little hand is on the 2; and
if you work for Amtrak it’s Tuesday!”

 

Well, I have always wanted to build a Tom Snyder inspired layout using Gargraves track, however they quit making standard preformed radius track. They only offer the flex track, and I did not want to bend my own. Tubular is not offered in O84, so I decided to make my own from STD84. I have 9 out 16 made so far. Still have some tweaking to do but wanted to share.

Joe Gozzo

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A couple of recently acquired O gauge goodies are seen in the attached photos-

A Sakai (Japan) A-48000 streamlined steam loco. Needed a replacement for a missing brush and some wires re-soldered/replaced and runs great. It also needed a broken off corner on the cab roof re-glued (fortunately the seller provided it with the loco). Like the Sakai electric boxcab loco I posted pics of a few weeks ago, this one also uses square motor brushes, so I cut one out of a big brush remnant I had in the junk box.  It has quite a bit of paint loss, so at some point I'll have to decide whether to "dab" or repaint. 

A Bing electric outline loco, not sure on the number on this one. It's also running after a little maintenance. 

The Bing loco is pulling an interesting set of brown Flyer Columbia passenger cars; a 3000 baggage car and two 3001 "Columbia" Pullmans. The 3001 at the rear of the train has the simulated round tail lights and the type III trucks (Ca. 1922-25) , the other two cars have Type IV trucks (Ca. 1924-27). The earlier car is in very nice shape, the other two have a bit of "play wear", although they looked better after I cleaned and polished them. The earlier car just got a cleaning.

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Dennis Holler posted:

I have a few more projects coming in the mail...

 I got the 800 series freight cars for $50.. Same as always, the project pile gets deeper before the finished pile  does.

more project trains613 project cars

now that's a nice haul Dennis. I haven't seen an 820 for $50, let along a bunch like that.

Dave

 

 

 

Saving Tinplate One Piece at a Time

John Smatlak posted:

Unknown to me- although I assume it is Postwar? The model designation is A48000. Stamped on the pickup is "Made in Japan". On the Sakai page of the Binns Road toy train website, http://www.binnsroad.co.uk/railways/sakai/index.html they note a similar engine with "Made in Occupied Japan" stamped on the pickup, but the picture isn't high enough resolution to see that. 

John, Sold of all my Sakai a few years ago except the A48000 and tender and also a Banjo type with no tender. Someone had repainted the A48000 and tender black. I repainted the tender, but never got around to the loco. I also had decals made for the tender.......................someday I'll get it done and sell them.

Steve

Steve "Papa" Eastman

Yorba Linda, CA

Left Coast, Home of the lunatics

Here is my latest find, or perhaps revelation. I don't know if anyone is interested, but I have

talked about how all the Marx and AF streamliners from the 30's era all used leftover

steam type motors with spoked wheels for power, cheap, but unrealistic. For Marx this

continued into the postwar era apparently as a lot of the smaller diesels use steam type

motors. I recently saw a Marx 6000 Southern Pacific diesel and it actually had disk wheels. 

Granted it was still on the cheap type motor, but a step in the right direction. I bought one on the 

bay. I took the motor out and tried it in an AF Comet. As we used to say in my hot rod days,

it was bolt in. I set the Comet body on the marx motor aligned the holes and put the 

screw in. Hooked up the headlight, and everything ran fine. Modern motor now, more realistic

and best is an upgraded reverse unit. This mean of course that it will fit AF tinplate zephyrs

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John Smatlak posted:

Unknown to me- although I assume it is Postwar? The model designation is A48000. Stamped on the pickup is "Made in Japan". On the Sakai page of the Binns Road toy train website, http://www.binnsroad.co.uk/railways/sakai/index.html they note a similar engine with "Made in Occupied Japan" stamped on the pickup, but the picture isn't high enough resolution to see that. 

Here is a picture with the text on the pickup from my Sakai A-48000:

My loco body is in a very good condition, but the wheels were changed. 

It does run:

Regards

Fred

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Last Christmas Santa Claus brought a standard gauge Rich Art McKeen to our house; an awesome model but with one curious omission. All McKeen motor cars were originally built with a center headlight on their knife-edge front end. It was part of their defining visual character- adding to that Jules Verne "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" look of the thing. For some reason this was omitted from the model, but this has now been rectified on ours- a center headlight has been added along with a red marker bulb inside the rear end. Enjoy.

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A photo of the McKeen as received, showing what it looked like before the nose headlight was added:

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jhz563 posted:

Sncf231e- did you put those red wheels on yourself?  Those are really nice, any idea where they came from?

No, I did not put these red wheels on myself. I bought it like that from someone who owned it a long time and did not know much about it, he was surprised when I told him the wheels were not original. I just oiled it a bit and it went very good.

Regards

Fred

beardog posted:

Nice, the Nevada State Railroad Museum just down  the street from me has a fully restored and

operational Mckeen car that they operate most weekends.

Yes- it's awesome! I visited in 2011 and got to ride it, and I also visited while restoration was underway, what a project that was. Way back I also saw the McKeen body once when it was still inside the local hardware store! NSRM is a great museum.

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For anybody looking to make custom 2814R reefers like my Goetz car, MTH has listed a few from new old stock on eBay at a very reasonable price with free shipping. There are a couple of club cars and a Lionel decorated car. Also great for parts or if you just want to run a long consist of tinplate.

George

TrainLover160, I'm new around here so forgive my ignorance but, where did you get those ties? Did you make them yourself or are they commercially available?

Mike   

One day an engineer calls the dispatcher and asks him for the time. The dispatcher responds by asking him what road he works for… The engineer is a little upset and snaps “What difference does that make?”
“Well”, the dispatcher drawls, “if you work for the BN it’s 2 pm;
if you work for the UP it is 1400;
if you work for the NFS the big hand is on the 12 and the little hand is on the 2; and
if you work for Amtrak it’s Tuesday!”

 

I have a suggestion on adding ties. Measure your ties, then get weatherstripping that is closest to the 

dimension, cut the weather stripping to length, stick it to your layout and set the track on top of it. 

Another option, cut scraps of wood to the size of your ties, soak them in ordinary RIT dye for a day or two.

Then hot glue them to your track. Both these options are pretty cheap and look good, especially if

you ballast the track. 

Trainlover160 posted:

Well, I have always wanted to build a Tom Snyder inspired layout using Gargraves track, however they quit making standard preformed radius track. They only offer the flex track, and I did not want to bend my own. Tubular is not offered in O84, so I decided to make my own from STD84. I have 9 out 16 made so far. Still have some tweaking to do but wanted to share.

Joe Gozzo

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Joe, if you run out of ties, the USA Track guys make a similar product  with different radii.

Jim

Jim Waterman

Lee Lines Limited

Custom Built Standard Gauge

 

Dennis Holler posted:
Dennis Holler posted:
Jim Waterman posted:
George S posted:
Dennis Holler posted:

Got a couple of cars to repaint, sorry, I needed a 2814 Reefer for my new Goetz decals, much like the one George created. Now I just have to find the paint.  Haven't located the Krylon Georgia red clay color locally yet!

mth purple 2814R

I got the Krylon Covermaxx Gloss Georgia Clay from Amazon.  Here's the link: https://www.amazon.com/Krylon-...eorgia/dp/B013LT5BYQ

only one left in stock!

George

So is that 'Georgia Clay' color a good match for 'Boxcar Red' (what Floquil used to call that brownish color that many boxcars were painted in the 40's and early 50's)? Anybody got a good rattle can match for PRR Tuscan Red (or Brunswick Green for that matter?)

Jim

Judging from George's first reefer repaint, the Georgia clay looks to be a pretty decent flat brown/red like as used as boxcar red or reefer red.  On the PRR colors, I've still not seen anything real close.  I do have some of the FLoquil colors for the red and green but have yet to try and air brush them.

Maybe all the PRR nutz out there could talk Harry Henning into working up colors for both PRR red and green

I use the Scalecoat PRR Tuscan and Brunswick Green paints - good match to the prototype.

Jim

Jim Waterman

Lee Lines Limited

Custom Built Standard Gauge

 

beardog posted:

I have a suggestion on adding ties. Measure your ties, then get weatherstripping that is closest to the 

dimension, cut the weather stripping to length, stick it to your layout and set the track on top of it. 

Another option, cut scraps of wood to the size of your ties, soak them in ordinary RIT dye for a day or two.

Then hot glue them to your track. Both these options are pretty cheap and look good, especially if

you ballast the track. 

Duly noted BearDog. Great suggestions. I'll probably try both and see which I like best...

Mike 

One day an engineer calls the dispatcher and asks him for the time. The dispatcher responds by asking him what road he works for… The engineer is a little upset and snaps “What difference does that make?”
“Well”, the dispatcher drawls, “if you work for the BN it’s 2 pm;
if you work for the UP it is 1400;
if you work for the NFS the big hand is on the 12 and the little hand is on the 2; and
if you work for Amtrak it’s Tuesday!”

 
LoadMaster posted:

TrainLover160, I'm new around here so forgive my ignorance but, where did you get those ties? Did you make them yourself or are they commercially available?

Mike   

Loadmaster,

I bought the ogauge ties new  on ebay. 48 new ties with insulators for $23.99. I made O84 radius from USA STD84. Repurposed std ties on my std42 ti strengthen it. Kirk at USA TRACK will sell you std ties and insulators. I bought extra insulators since I do not like reusing them. Good thing as most of them were ripped.

Hope this answers what you needed.

Joe Gozzo

Thanks Joe, that gives me another option. Thank you for the information!

Mike 

One day an engineer calls the dispatcher and asks him for the time. The dispatcher responds by asking him what road he works for… The engineer is a little upset and snaps “What difference does that make?”
“Well”, the dispatcher drawls, “if you work for the BN it’s 2 pm;
if you work for the UP it is 1400;
if you work for the NFS the big hand is on the 12 and the little hand is on the 2; and
if you work for Amtrak it’s Tuesday!”

 
Trainlover160 posted:

Always glad to help, my train buddy found the new ties on ebay. Saved me from destroying other track.

Mike 

One day an engineer calls the dispatcher and asks him for the time. The dispatcher responds by asking him what road he works for… The engineer is a little upset and snaps “What difference does that make?”
“Well”, the dispatcher drawls, “if you work for the BN it’s 2 pm;
if you work for the UP it is 1400;
if you work for the NFS the big hand is on the 12 and the little hand is on the 2; and
if you work for Amtrak it’s Tuesday!”

 

Been working on this a while.  Bought a junker 440 Signal bridge.  ... the idea was to copy (Hojack?) and make some nifty cantilevered signals. Measured twice and cut once, stripping the old paint was a bear, priming, painting.  Rewiring still to come .

But... they turned out pretty well.  Colors are rattle cans from Menards.  the terra cotta is spot on.

 

Prewar Tin...Any maker, any gauge, anytime!

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I love signals, my layout doesn't have any but I really like them. Nice work. We were "antiquing", more like garage sales but found an Ertl made bank  that ws a freight wagon with  tank in the back. It was the kind of thing I look for now for my layout. Was going to be a beer wagon but ditched the tank, the horses and canopy over the front seat. Just a freight wagon now with my own, smaller horses. Did find a Flying Yankee Lionel 617 set that I like but debating that. Really want it but would have to look at its condition closer especially zinc pest.

Rob English posted:

Been working on this a while.  Bought a junker 440 Signal bridge.  ... the idea was to copy (Hojack?) and make some nifty cantilevered signals. Measured twice and cut once, stripping the old paint was a bear, priming, painting.  Rewiring still to come .

But... they turned out pretty well.  Colors are rattle cans from Menards.  the terra cotta is spot on.

 

 

That was a nifty idea. Looking good...

Mike 

One day an engineer calls the dispatcher and asks him for the time. The dispatcher responds by asking him what road he works for… The engineer is a little upset and snaps “What difference does that make?”
“Well”, the dispatcher drawls, “if you work for the BN it’s 2 pm;
if you work for the UP it is 1400;
if you work for the NFS the big hand is on the 12 and the little hand is on the 2; and
if you work for Amtrak it’s Tuesday!”

 
Rob English posted:

Been working on this a while.  Bought a junker 440 Signal bridge.  ... the idea was to copy (Hojack?) and make some nifty cantilevered signals. Measured twice and cut once, stripping the old paint was a bear, priming, painting.  Rewiring still to come .

But... they turned out pretty well.  Colors are rattle cans from Menards.  the terra cotta is spot on.

 

Beautiful job Rob, and love the idea!!.  Makes me want to try myself, however, I cant think of a time that I have ever seen a basket case 440 Signal at a train show or on the internet.

Joe Gozzo

LionelTin posted:

Gilbert 3/16 O Gauge Pre War. Gorgeous locomotive.

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Wow - that looks great!  I didn't even know this was out there.  Getting interested in tin and prewar has really broaden my horizon in this hobby.  Love the poxbox drivers.

May God Bless us all.

Rob English posted:

Dirty rotten scoundrels!

 

What he said...! 

Mike 

One day an engineer calls the dispatcher and asks him for the time. The dispatcher responds by asking him what road he works for… The engineer is a little upset and snaps “What difference does that make?”
“Well”, the dispatcher drawls, “if you work for the BN it’s 2 pm;
if you work for the UP it is 1400;
if you work for the NFS the big hand is on the 12 and the little hand is on the 2; and
if you work for Amtrak it’s Tuesday!”

 
Dennis Holler posted:

I've always had a thing for AF prewar.  They made some great trains in addition to the Challenger above.IMG_0035IMG_0037

Dennis, these are really nice.  what numbers are they? - I can't tell from the pictures.  They look like they have a postwar vibe as opposed to prewar tin.  (Challenger - what Challenger? I see a northern marked for UP, unless this is a flyer thing I don't know about)

Greg,

 I tend to like the larger, non-streamlined pieces.  And I am steadfastly sticking to O gauge. (For as long as I can hold out)

What are the ones from your picture I put red boxes around?

The last thing is that I prefer 6 and 7 cars or more in my trains as opposed to short 3 car trains.  So if any of these are considered to be better pullers than others please let me know.  

Thank guys and gals

May God Bless us all.

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jhz563 posted:

Greg,

 I tend to like the larger, non-streamlined pieces.  And I am steadfastly sticking to O gauge. (For as long as I can hold out)

What are the ones from your picture I put red boxes around?

The last thing is that I prefer 6 and 7 cars or more in my trains as opposed to short 3 car trains.  So if any of these are considered to be better pullers than others please let me know.  

Thank guys and gals

JHZ563,

You ask what on the surface sounds like a simple question, however we run into the craziness of American Flyer's numbering system.  Here goes:

The top engine and its tender are known as the 4622-6 Combination (1938).

4322-6 Type XV Locomotive (Type XV was used as an Atlantic or a Pacific - confusing eh?)

1623 Type XIII tender

Lower engine and tender are the 1680 Combination  (1936-1937)

1681 Type XII Locomotive  (Type XII boiler casting is what Flyer called their Hudson)

1623 Type XII tender

This is the 3310 engine and tender combination (1934)

3315 Type IX locomotive   (it has a ringing bell and those snazzy brass running boards)

3194 Type IX tender (only available in 1934)

I have changed the display since the photo that I posted was taken.  I am not sure which engine was in front of the 3315.  I can't quite make it out in the photo and I don't remember what I had there.    It is matched up in a box somewhere with appropriate passenger cars.

As far as pulling power; most of these engines are over 75 years old, so I would say that it depends on how well they are maintained and serviced.  I think that with work any of them could pull a consist of the length that you describe.  However, remember that my main interest is collecting and identifying equipment and learning its history.  I am not primarily an operator.  I always consider it a bonus when an example of an engine that I have acquired runs well.  I have raised my standard for buying a prewar engine since I began collecting.  If it doesn't run I will think twice about buying it.  There are still thousands of them out there.  Others might comment on their experience with the pulling power of Flyer engines.

I hope this answers some of your questions.

Northwoods Flyer

Greg

 

                                                             

jhz563 posted:
Dennis Holler posted:

I've always had a thing for AF prewar.  They made some great trains in addition to the Challenger above.IMG_0035IMG_0037

Dennis, these are really nice.  what numbers are they? - I can't tell from the pictures.  They look like they have a postwar vibe as opposed to prewar tin.  (Challenger - what Challenger? I see a northern marked for UP, unless this is a flyer thing I don't know about)

Greg,

 I tend to like the larger, non-streamlined pieces.  And I am steadfastly sticking to O gauge. (For as long as I can hold out)

What are the ones from your picture I put red boxes around?

The last thing is that I prefer 6 and 7 cars or more in my trains as opposed to short 3 car trains.  So if any of these are considered to be better pullers than others please let me know.  

Thank guys and gals

Yeah, Flyer called that Northern a Challenger.  I have the early numbered 806 on the cab(534) catalog number. My engines above are a 559 which was the forefather of the postwar 312 in S gauge and behind that is a 531 Hudson which turn into the S gauge 322. 

These are all called 3/16ths O Flyer by many of us and I've discovered over time that quite a few of us have some 3/16ths O Flyer.  It's unique and interesting to me.

Dennis Holler If its old and broke, I like it

Steve "Papa" Eastman posted:

Stole this ETS VW pickup today for $20.  Runs great.

Steve

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That is just too cool!

Mike 

One day an engineer calls the dispatcher and asks him for the time. The dispatcher responds by asking him what road he works for… The engineer is a little upset and snaps “What difference does that make?”
“Well”, the dispatcher drawls, “if you work for the BN it’s 2 pm;
if you work for the UP it is 1400;
if you work for the NFS the big hand is on the 12 and the little hand is on the 2; and
if you work for Amtrak it’s Tuesday!”

 

Picked up this neat 263E motor that someone had installed scale drive wheels on.  The cool thing is that they machined the new axles to use the normal steel gear so the motor would operate as original.  Got this and three other prewar motors for about $6. I really wanted to use the motor to build another 263E, but they builder did a nice job on the wheel install.  I might take a look at moving them to something more common like a 249E frame so the 263E can be, well.. a 263E... I'll have to look again, but it almost looks like it has been two railed as well.

 

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Santa postman has been busy the last few days augmenting the streamliner collection. 

The small Joustra set in the foreground is a life lesson. "Don't bid on french lanquage

auctions when you have been drinking whiskey". All my other Joustra streamliners

are O gauge, no one mentioned they made S gauge too. 

Shown are an Amt 3160 Santa Fe coach, a Marx M10005 in red and silver, a Hafner red and 

chrome set and the Joustra set. IMG_20180620_163449

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I found these pieces laying on the ground at a garage sale, the woman said "take them. 

When I got home I found it on the internet. This has to be one of the most insidious

devices ever devised to torture parents. Now I know why it is incomplete, broken and 

she gave it to me. It is a lionel railroad crossing savings bank. When a child puts a coin

in it, the lights flash, bells go off, and it whistles. Give one of these to the kids of the

neighbor you dislike along with a couple hundred pennies. 

There is a youtube video of it. IMG_20180620_163521

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Trainlover160 posted:

Did you make the o84 as I know they didn't sell it I had to make mine. Whether that's the standard gauge of the O gauge Hiawatha can't wait to see it

Joe Gozzo

Joe, the Hiawatha is Standard Gauge. Eric has some 84” track to throw down on tables at the SW meet.

Steve

Steve "Papa" Eastman

Yorba Linda, CA

Left Coast, Home of the lunatics

Another junker refurbished. The cream color is a Rustoleum rattle can. The photo doesn't show the color quite right, the "brown" is actually a custom match Lionel #150 red rattle can left over from a resto.  Them cows will get googly eyed when climbing aboard

If it was easy, anybody could do it!

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Rob English posted:

Been working on this a while.  Bought a junker 440 Signal bridge.  ... the idea was to copy (Hojack?) and make some nifty cantilevered signals. Measured twice and cut once, stripping the old paint was a bear, priming, painting.  Rewiring still to come .

But... they turned out pretty well.  Colors are rattle cans from Menards.  the terra cotta is spot on.

 

I think thats a great idea and job !   I just might have to make one for myself.

Two interesting Bing items I picked up recently; a Bing station "facade" and a Bing crane. After receiving the station and researching it, I came to the realization that it is supposed to have a train shed (canopy) behind it, see attached photo from the internet. But it also works well as a "flat". Posed with these items in two of the photos is my Marklin CS66/13020 electric loco.

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John S - nice finds!  That Marklin engine is interesting, I have never seen a 4-4-2 electric before.

Recently I picked up this Flyer set, which I will admit I know little about and would love some more info

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Three of the four cars had working lights bulbs!  The one that didn't was missing the bulb, and it has a darker colored roof that doesn't match the other three.  The curly Q couplers are kinda neat, it's shame they don't really mate with anything else.

The engine light bulb is out but otherwise the loco is in good shape.  Even the brush plate has been recently cleaned when I received it. 

May God Bless us all.

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Neat find- Prewar Flyer is very cool. Looking in Greenberg's guide to American Flyer Prewar O Gauge (page 62), it appears your new engine is a  1938 4615-4 / 4315-4 Type XVI locomotive with 3301 Type VI tender. Would have been easier if they just put numbers on the engines! I'm not a Prewar Flyer expert, but that appears to be it based on the photo in the book.

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Neat find- Prewar Flyer is very cool. Looking in Greenberg's guide to American Flyer Prewar O Gauge (page 62), it appears your new engine is a  1938 4615-4 / 4315-4 Type XVI locomotive with 3301 Type VI tender. Would have been easier if they just put numbers on the engines! I'm not a Prewar Flyer expert, but that appears to be it based on the photo in the book.

Thanks a bunch John!  I don’t have that guide and my online searches weren’t turning up anything helpful.

May God Bless us all.

SteamWolf posted:
Robert S. Butler posted:

Well, what the heck Jim and JHZ563.  Let's pour some gasoline on the toy train desire fire. 

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What is that silver piece in the middle? Absolutely gorgeous! Stoke my desire-fire more! 

American Flyer Aeolus, 1935

Steve "Papa" Eastman

Yorba Linda, CA

Left Coast, Home of the lunatics

terry hudon posted:

this little buddy,i have had on layaway at pat's trains,brought it home fri,runs like a champ,lights work,i really like it,,,,when he said ,hey I have something you would like,,,i should have run,,,,,now its mine,,also picked up this af bumper,,IMGP2392IMGP2393IMGP2394IMGP2395IMGP2396IMGP2397IMGP2398IMGP2399

The bumper is Marx.

Steve

Steve "Papa" Eastman

Yorba Linda, CA

Left Coast, Home of the lunatics

Steve "Papa" Eastman posted:
SteamWolf posted:
Robert S. Butler posted:

Well, what the heck Jim and JHZ563.  Let's pour some gasoline on the toy train desire fire. 

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What is that silver piece in the middle? Absolutely gorgeous! Stoke my desire-fire more! 

American Flyer Aeolus, 1935

Thanks! Will keep my eyes peeled! 

-Fuzz


SteamWolf posted:
Steve "Papa" Eastman posted:
SteamWolf posted:
Robert S. Butler posted:

Well, what the heck Jim and JHZ563.  Let's pour some gasoline on the toy train desire fire. 

Flyer_on_the_floor

What is that silver piece in the middle? Absolutely gorgeous! Stoke my desire-fire more! 

American Flyer Aeolus, 1935

Thanks! Will keep my eyes peeled! 

put this in the wrong place. one just sold on the bay for north of a grand

jhz563 posted:

 

Recently I picked up this Flyer set, which I will admit I know little about and would love some more info

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  The curly Q couplers are kinda neat, it's shame they don't really mate with anything else.

The curly Q couplers mate with postwar knuckle couplers.

RoyBoy

After a long wait, my brand new 263e, possibly the only one I’ll ever own.  This beast is gorgeous!! I finally have something that looks right with my 2816 hoppers🙂.

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Once I enjoy this for a few months as delivered I will probably pop the top and start adding weights for better traction!

May God Bless us all.

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jhz563 posted:

After a long wait, my brand new 263e, possibly the only one I’ll ever own.  This beast is gorgeous!! I finally have something that looks right with my 2816 hoppers🙂.

Once I enjoy this for a few months as delivered I will probably pop the top and start adding weights for better traction!

Hmm, better traction? Is it slipping? My 260e can pull a boat load of cars, and it's already pretty heavy.

George

George S posted:
jhz563 posted:

After a long wait, my brand new 263e, possibly the only one I’ll ever own.  This beast is gorgeous!! I finally have something that looks right with my 2816 hoppers🙂.

Once I enjoy this for a few months as delivered I will probably pop the top and start adding weights for better traction!

Hmm, better traction? Is it slipping? My 260e can pull a boat load of cars, and it's already pretty heavy.

George

Yup, 6 hoppers and a caboose and it slips a bunch.   I might need to clean the track again soon.  I have this train running on Gargraves track.  I am wondering if tubular track would work better.

May God Bless us all.

jhz563 posted:
George S posted:
jhz563 posted:

After a long wait, my brand new 263e, possibly the only one I’ll ever own.  This beast is gorgeous!! I finally have something that looks right with my 2816 hoppers🙂.

Once I enjoy this for a few months as delivered I will probably pop the top and start adding weights for better traction!

Hmm, better traction? Is it slipping? My 260e can pull a boat load of cars, and it's already pretty heavy.

George

Yup, 6 hoppers and a caboose and it slips a bunch.   I might need to clean the track again soon.  I have this train running on Gargraves track.  I am wondering if tubular track would work better.

Those drivers look different than my 260e. I thought these engines were very similar except for the 12 wheel tender. Mine has nickel covered rims. Does yours have traction tires? 

Other things to consider would be binding of the side rods or front / rear trucks. I use Fastrack. Not sure if the Gargraves profile could be causing issues. How tight are your curves?

The PS3 engine should be able to pull a lot more cars than that. Also, check that the wheels on the hoppers and caboose are all spinning freely. 

George

I found this Kibri Hellgate Bridge.  Its really cool.  I can't find anything about it.  Does anyone have any info on this bridge.

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Also picked up these four lighted houses that appear to be made from some wooden cigar boxes. There is one "El Producto" sticker inside one of the houses.

 

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Aloha, Joe Lyons

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Joe Lyons posted:

I found this Kibri Hellgate Bridge.  Its really cool.  I can't find anything about it.  Does anyone have any info on this bridge.

 

 

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I do not have any info on this item, but I wonder whether it is a Kibri item. Kibri items normally have the Kibri name stamped somewhere (e.g. at the back or the bottom of an item). I have never seen a paper Kibri trademark like this; it looks like a cut-out of a box of a postwar Kibri item. At the Kibri archive (http://www.fleischmann-toys.de.../Bruecken/index.html) I do not see a bridge like this.

Regards

Fred

sncf231e posted:
Joe Lyons posted:

I found this Kibri Hellgate Bridge.  Its really cool.  I can't find anything about it.  Does anyone have any info on this bridge.

 

 

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I do not have any info on this item, but I wonder whether it is a Kibri item. Kibri items normally have the Kibri name stamped somewhere (e.g. at the back or the bottom of an item). I have never seen a paper Kibri trademark like this; it looks like a cut-out of a box of a postwar Kibri item. At the Kibri archive (http://www.fleischmann-toys.de.../Bruecken/index.html) I do not see a bridge like this.

Regards

Fred

It's an amazing item. Clearly not Lionel. It's handpainted for sure, which I would say would be pre-war. You may be right about the Kibri logo, but we should check the rest of the item. If it is custom, it is terrific!

George

I picked up this pile of (junk) parts recently.  Mostly 3/16ths Flyer 0 with a couple of 545 locos that have most of the parts and 4 good motor frames.  Amongst the parts were a handful of cast figures, a complete Lionel E unit, a pair of Ives loco wheels, and some Lionel switch parts. Also showing exactly how he shipped it.  I guess when its this junky it doesn't matter much but I feel I was lucky the loco shells made it safe and sound.  Oh yeah, also got a couple of boxes of unused light bulbs and two unused Lionel knuckle coupler conversion packs in the two manila envelopes.  It's a lot of great parts for someone like myself who like working on this ... junk lol

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It was and it's not the only time this has happened.  Got this load stuffed in a suitcase.. I got this one mainly just for the early diecast Virginian hopper, but it was two complete sets, a 4605 with 310 and a 49 set with a 290.  I gave this guy a lot of ______ for this pack job.

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Steamer posted:

nice haul Dennis...wonder if he stood on the other end of the room and just tossed the stuff in!

He might have, but it was stuffed in pretty tight!  I was really surprised the steamer shells didn't break as fragile as some of those are.

Dennis Holler If its old and broke, I like it

I picked up this pile of (junk) parts recently.  Mostly 3/16ths Flyer 0 with a couple of 545 locos that have most of the parts and 4 good motor frames.  Amongst the parts were a handful of cast figures, a complete Lionel E unit, a pair of Ives loco wheels, and some Lionel switch parts. Also showing exactly how he shipped it.  I guess when its this junky it doesn't matter much but I feel I was lucky the loco shells made it safe and sound.  Oh yeah, also got a couple of boxes of unused light bulbs and two unused Lionel knuckle coupler conversion packs in the two manila envelopes.  It's a lot of great parts for someone like myself who like working on this ... junk lol

Nice haul Dennis...even if it is junk (tongue in cheek)!   

Mike 

 

One day an engineer calls the dispatcher and asks him for the time. The dispatcher responds by asking him what road he works for… The engineer is a little upset and snaps “What difference does that make?”
“Well”, the dispatcher drawls, “if you work for the BN it’s 2 pm;
if you work for the UP it is 1400;
if you work for the NFS the big hand is on the 12 and the little hand is on the 2; and
if you work for Amtrak it’s Tuesday!”

 

Picked up a Lionel 256 at the Pomona show on Saturday. Needed some work, I already re-wired it. It looks fairly decent, some issues with the paint here & there but nothing too big.

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What it really needs is some new rollers.

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If you can't buy it... restore it. If you can't restore it... make it. If you can't make it...dangit...

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Brian Liesberg posted:

Picked up a Lionel 256 at the Pomona show on Saturday. Needed some work, I already re-wired it. It looks fairly decent, some issues with the paint here & there but nothing too big.

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What it really needs is some new rollers.

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Glad you got it. I thought it was pretty nice overall, but I already have a Repro set plus some extra cars.

Steve

Steve "Papa" Eastman

Yorba Linda, CA

Left Coast, Home of the lunatics

The guy could have definitely done a lot better job on the restoration. The wiring was absolutely atrocious, some weren't even wires! I found what looked like safety wire with heat shrink over it that was obviously way too big and had holes worn in it so it was shorting to the frame. Lots of tabs for the windows/doors were broken off inside and the inserts very poorly superglued into place. Very worn brushes & bushings. I still think the price was worth it but am disappointed a bit in the condition of the locomotive.

As for the cars I think they look great, my only beef with them is that the plastic inserts for the windows are missing. There's no clear plastic, and the blue tinted parts have been replaced by thick beige paper. But I can't say there were any other problems with the cars, the paint job is excellent and the stamping looks professional.

It's almost as if 2 different people restored the locomotive and the cars. 

If you can't buy it... restore it. If you can't restore it... make it. If you can't make it...dangit...

Went to the Chryslers at Carlisle, PA swap meet last Friday and a guy there had a tent full of pre and postwar trains.  Scored these Ives STD gauge passenger cars, easy restoration, that will look great behind my 1134.IMG_1766

Jon G TCA 95-41020

Independent Lionel Service Tech

MTH Service Technician at MTH

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Got my 263e working great, I didn’t know about simply applying zip ties to the uncoupling shoes.  The mechanism must drag on the axles somehow.

I also am loving the flexibility of the American Flyer curly couplers.  (Although the ETS and American Flyer gondolas aren’t getting along!)

May God Bless us all.

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I saw that thread on the shoes & zip ties. After a bit I thought it must have too strong a shoe spring, hit the axle, or rubs the sides of center rails. The wheel flanges should keep it off the outer.

The A∃OLUS is a favorite of mine. My Marx Crusader bash would have been the  A∃OLUS if I had more mirrored stainless on hand. (It is  A∃OLUS )

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





Finally got around to going through this set, oiling the axles etc. The box took a couple of staples to repair some that had torn through. Everything is nicer than the EBay pictures. There is so much track I doubt it all came with it. Motor works well. Box says set #200. Everything here is duplicate for me, but my unboxed set has the black 1110.

Steve

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Yorba Linda, CA

Left Coast, Home of the lunatics

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terry hudon posted:

this little buddy,i have had on layaway at pat's trains,brought it home fri,runs like a champ,lights work,i really like it,,,,when he said ,hey I have something you would like,,,i should have run,,,,,now its mine,,also picked up this af bumper,,IMGP2391IMGP2392IMGP2393IMGP2394IMGP2395IMGP2396IMGP2397IMGP2398IMGP2399

Hey, Terry

I told you it was a good looking Engine. These 0-6-0 are hard to beat.

Pat

Roi Tan cigar promo 2Several recent interesting small items have appeared on the layout:

1) 1939 Wyandotte Roi-Tan Cigars promo piece- advertising Sophie Tucker's CBS radio show.

2) Two different Flyer crossing signals. The Flyer crossing signals are "S" gauge but I must say I think they look great with O scale tinplate. Not that I don't like the "Big" Lionel crossing gates and signals, but they really are "big".

3) Also new is the brick roadway under the viaduct, found a short roll of the brick material at a recent TTOS meet; I'm wondering what others have used to create brick streets on their layouts?

4) And lastly, visible in the background is an interesting scratch-built transformer array that makes a perfect complement to the Lionel power station. It's stamped on the underside of the wooden base- it appears to say "Dube's Railroad Miniatures" in Marrietta PA. Very "old school" O gauge model railroading I thought.

Ejoy!

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Roi Tan cigar promo

 

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Many of you know my home  and travel layouts are 5 rail track. Was shocked to find a bunch of 36" straights already assembled on E-Bay. 29 pieces already assembled. Made from old KMT track, a bit of tarnish, but all are good plus some extra rails and few O ties. Price with shipping was amazing.

Steve

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Steve "Papa" Eastman

Yorba Linda, CA

Left Coast, Home of the lunatics

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Steve "Papa" Eastman posted:

Many of you know my home  and travel layouts are 5 rail track. Was shocked to find a bunch of 36" straights already assembled on E-Bay. 29 pieces already assembled. Made from old KMT track, a bit of tarnish, but all are good plus some extra rails and few O ties. Price with shipping was amazing.

Steve

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Nice find steve!!

We rode to the TCA Convention in Rhode Island on the Acela Express, and crossed through the Hell Gate Bridge twice, a first time for me, I was thrilled and had to own one. 

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31B941CF-9409-4CB3-890D-260F87AF2FD2EB57A014-892D-4F56-BF37-DEDCD47E5265imageimageGot these cool little Fleischmann tank cars in the mail today.  They look great with traditional Marx, even the a piece of wire is needed to “couple” them together.

Appearantly made on different sides of the wall!

 

 

May God Bless us all.

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jhz563 posted:

Got these cool little Fleischmann tank cars in the mail today.  They look great with traditional Marx, even the a piece of wire is needed to “couple” them together.

Appearantly made on different sides of the wall!

I think that's the same side of the wall during different periods, when they were named differently. I would think "US Zone" would be very close to the end of the war, and "Western Germany" would be later. Western Germany was formed in 1949 with the unification of the US, UK and French zones.

George

George S posted:
jhz563 posted:

Got these cool little Fleischmann tank cars in the mail today.  They look great with traditional Marx, even the a piece of wire is needed to “couple” them together.

Appearantly made on different sides of the wall!

I think that's the same side of the wall during different periods, when they were named differently. I would think "US Zone" would be very close to the end of the war, and "Western Germany" would be later. Western Germany was formed in 1949 with the unification of the US, UK and French zones.

George

I guess that makes more sense, Eastern Germany would have been the other side.

May God Bless us all.

jhz563 posted:
George S posted:
jhz563 posted:

Got these cool little Fleischmann tank cars in the mail today.  They look great with traditional Marx, even the a piece of wire is needed to “couple” them together.

Appearantly made on different sides of the wall!

I think that's the same side of the wall during different periods, when they were named differently. I would think "US Zone" would be very close to the end of the war, and "Western Germany" would be later. Western Germany was formed in 1949 with the unification of the US, UK and French zones.

George

I guess that makes more sense, Eastern Germany would have been the other side.

Yep, but pretty cool to have both stampings. I enjoy being able to explain the origin of these old trains when I show them.

George

Got another MTH 814 reefer to either keep as is or repaint.  $17.50 plus shipping...  I can't hardly s-l1600C7BEU9EX

believe that.  That's three MTH 814 or 2814 reefers I've been able to pickup for pretty cheap...  I've got a set of Goetz decals thanks to Stan (thanks George for setting that up!) just need to get it moved up the to do list. 

 

Dennis Holler If its old and broke, I like it

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Got another MTH 814 reefer to either keep as is or repaint.  $17.50 plus shipping...  I can't hardly s-l1600C7BEU9EX

believe that.  That's three MTH 814 or 2814 reefers I've been able to pickup for pretty cheap...  I've got a set of Goetz decals thanks to Stan (thanks George for setting that up!) just need to get it moved up the to do list. 

 

That's a great deal! You are making me feel bad for how much I spent on mine. You might not even need to repaint the roof on that one and certainly not the frame!

Actually, I think I had a roof like that and just painted right over it. If it's the satin finish, it's just as good as primer. Just wash it first.

George

I found a 6 or 7" tin plate car pattern on Little Glitter Houses site. Likely mentioned already. I have a mini brake (bender) about 2ft long too, so it's just a matter of time now

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





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Great looking cars George and Love the bridge Steve.  Great stuff every where.

I have the contents of an un-cataloged prewar set with a Black 259E, 1685/1687 on there way on the Post.  I've seen the set and set box before but now can't find the reference I saw before on line   I also know there are a couple of variations of the Red cars with shade of the Reds changing over the prewar years.  I think these are the earlier version but would be happy to know for sure.

 

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ok, you guys are going to laugh me off the forum on this one...  I won all this crap from a single auction for ONE dollar ($1).  Learn from me you don't always want to put a minimal bid on something  just to watch it! I'm going to laugh my butt off if any of those engine's/motor's run... Anybody want a gang car or a Kusan Alco?   Bout the only thing I think I want to keep is the 253 shell...  Lots of bashing opportunities! 

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"I'd buy that for a dollar" if it was "Running,..man"

...or dead

To the faster runner: Heads up Beardog, The Kusan is likely DC, if she runs.(Great Gramps was a Kusan man) I think those became RMT molds fyi.

I may want the blue flat. I'll have to look later. I like to run red, white, then blue on occasion, I think I'm short a blue car for OCD compliance. What I've been meaning to ask you about are car wheels; you always seem to have a billion on a stick for cleaning, fast angle w/axles, and old straight axle both. I can cut straight axles, wheels are what would do it. I keep robbing them from cars for my bashes.

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





Ok guys, I'll report back when the junk shows up and then we can see if anything runs etc.  I won't ask much for any of it i'd just be interested in recouping my shipping money which wasn't much. When it comes time i can post it in the for sale and put a comment here so you don't miss it if you want any of it.

Dennis Holler If its old and broke, I like it

Dennis Holler posted:

I used to have the Kusan satalite train but sold it like a dumb $&@! Wiuld love to run into a cheap atomic train!

You're Killin me here..... call me "Red Forman" today

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





I recently completed replacing my outer loop of standard gauge track with dual gauge track from Gargraves. The turns are all 72"radius. It runs very well and I'm so glad I did it. Bending the track that comes in 37.5 inch sections was not at all hard. We cut the radius and track width out of a 4x8 OSB board, then squeesed the track between the 2 OSB sections with clamps. Just tightening up the clamps did all the work. We learned that if we released the clamps right after bending the track wanted to spring back a little but after leaving it under pressure with the 3 clamps for a couple weeks it took a set. We stapled the ties to half inch homosote cut to the 72 inch radius after we spread glue on the homosote. a few screws between the ties hold the homosote to the train table. Here are a few pictures:train 015train 016train 017train 018

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BudE. posted:

I recently completed replacing my outer loop of standard gauge track with dual gauge track from Gargraves. The turns are all 72"radius. It runs very well and I'm so glad I did it. Bending the track that comes in 37.5 inch sections was not at all hard. We cut the radius and track width out of a 4x8 OSB board, then squeesed the track between the 2 OSB sections with clamps. Just tightening up the clamps did all the work. We learned that if we released the clamps right after bending the track wanted to spring back a little but after leaving it under pressure with the 3 clamps for a couple weeks it took a set. We stapled the ties to half inch homosote cut to the 72 inch radius after we spread glue on the homosote. a few screws between the ties hold the homosote to the train table. Here are a few pictures:train 015train 016train 017train 018

Very cool!  I love it!

Dennis Holler If its old and broke, I like it

Adriatic posted:

"I'd buy that for a dollar" if it was "Running,..man"

...or dead

To the faster runner: Heads up Beardog, The Kusan is likely DC, if she runs.(Great Gramps was a Kusan man) I think those became RMT molds fyi.

I may want the blue flat. I'll have to look later. I like to run red, white, then blue on occasion, I think I'm short a blue car for OCD compliance. What I've been meaning to ask you about are car wheels; you always seem to have a billion on a stick for cleaning, fast angle w/axles, and old straight axle both. I can cut straight axles, wheels are what would do it. I keep robbing them from cars for my bashes.

Kusan  Alco molds went to K-Line. Chassis mounts are the same. Used to have a bunch of Kushan before I banned plastic from the garage. I converted most of the Kusan Alco’s by swapping out the chassis with one from a K-Line. The only mod needed was to remove the front coupler. Screws mount in the existing 4 holes.

Steve

Steve "Papa" Eastman

Yorba Linda, CA

Left Coast, Home of the lunatics

Hi Joe, Gargraves told me about 6 weeks ago that they would make dual gauge track out of any gauges and either tin or stainless. My sections were 10.70 each and were straight 37.5 inches. Very stiff. Not flex track. I specified O gauge and standard gauge but he said he could make it using S scale for a friend I have with Amer Flyer.I hope this helps but if not my email is in my profile.

 

Hello to Steve PaPa Eastman! It was your video that got me interested in dual gauge track in a more serious manner and I had everything ready to do it the way you did. Then I read another post where a member discussed the Gargraves track so I called them. The rest is history now and I  think I saved myself a lot of work that is better for me in winter. I keep about 4 acres here on the farm mowed and it just keeps raining. You know "Just add water".

BudE. posted:

Hello to Steve PaPa Eastman! It was your video that got me interested in dual gauge track in a more serious manner and I had everything ready to do it the way you did. Then I read another post where a member discussed the Gargraves track so I called them. The rest is history now and I  think I saved myself a lot of work that is better for me in winter. I keep about 4 acres here on the farm mowed and it just keeps raining. You know "Just add water".

I had the Gargraves 5 rail, but did not have the room for 72" curves which is the minimum they recommended. I just could not get smooth bends down to the 57-60" range I needed so I went with the tubular method.

Steve

 

Steve "Papa" Eastman

Yorba Linda, CA

Left Coast, Home of the lunatics

I read that Papa Steve, likes aren't taking for me; I thought those endend up at rmt after, but could , as it apears, easily be wrong. Thanks.

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





IMG_4573Ok one pick, my huge buy included three 1666 locos, an 1130, a few other shells and motors and Beardogs Kusan Alco. The gang car might clean up too, it's just dirty. The guy put all the plastic stuff on the bottom but be bubblewrapped it so much it didn't seem to matter.  Box was 30 pounds. I almost feel guilty except I have done the same thing in the past.

 

Dennis Holler If its old and broke, I like it

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After years of hunting I FINALLY acquired the USTTC Green Boxcab for the Stephen Girard set.

USTTC Engine

It has been a slow process to put this set together.  I first found the Coral Isle #522 observation car in an auction several years ago.  The other two cars were auctioned off separately and I only won this one.

USTTC 522 CI

In April 2016 a friend I met through this forum had a friend who had the remaining 2 cars I needed for sale and he was able to set up the deal for me to acquire the #520 Liberty Bell and #521 Stephen Girard.

USTTC 520 LB

USTTC 521 SG

The only catch in acquiring the engine was that I had to buy it as a set with the 3 cars so now I have an extra 3 car set.

And I just found out that there is a fourth car, the # 519 Dining Car.

The hunt continues!

 

Aloha, Joe Lyons

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John Smatlak posted:

Roi Tan cigar promo 2Several recent interesting small items have appeared on the layout:

1) 1939 Wyandotte Roi-Tan Cigars promo piece- advertising Sophie Tucker's CBS radio show.

2) Two different Flyer crossing signals. The Flyer crossing signals are "S" gauge but I must say I think they look great with O scale tinplate. Not that I don't like the "Big" Lionel crossing gates and signals, but they really are "big".

3) Also new is the brick roadway under the viaduct, found a short roll of the brick material at a recent TTOS meet; I'm wondering what others have used to create brick streets on their layouts?

4) And lastly, visible in the background is an interesting scratch-built transformer array that makes a perfect complement to the Lionel power station. It's stamped on the underside of the wooden base- it appears to say "Dube's Railroad Miniatures" in Marrietta PA. Very "old school" O gauge model railroading I thought.

Ejoy!

Flyer crossbuckFlyer crossing shack

Roi Tan cigar promo

 

John Could you please tell us a little about the silver streamliner train on what looks like wind up track ? As well as the over head cattery line,  Thanking you in advance  Gary NQDY

Just another funny old guy with strange ideas  Gary

Gary- the streamliner is one of several Joustra Autorails that I have in my collection. Joustra (French) made them in both clockwork and battery versions, in several different colors and configurations. The battery version used an old type of European battery, so this one I converted to run on a trio of AA batteries (which just fit inside the original battery compartment along with their holder). Some additional photos are attached.

The overhead trolley wire and poles are a mystery- I found it several years ago on Ebay along with some flat tin track, see photos below, perhaps someone here knows?

 

Trolley track and overhead 2Trolley track and overhead 3Trolley track and overhead

 

It has no name on it. I've actually submitted photos of it to the Who Done It? column in the TCA Quarterly mag in hopes of finding an answer.

Joustra Autorail 1Joustra Autorail 2Joustra Autorail 3Joustra Autorail box

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Dennis Holler posted:
beardog posted:

save the alco and gang car for me if you can

John

Hey John, You can send me a text or email, 76five  four uno tres- 68I9.  Got the stuff, looks pretty good actually.

did you get my text or email, I sent the email to the address you have on the forum

 

John Smatlak posted:

Gary- the streamliner is one of several Joustra Autorails that I have in my collection. Joustra (French) made them in both clockwork and battery versions, in several different colors and configurations. The battery version used an old type of European battery, so this one I converted to run on a trio of AA batteries (which just fit inside the original battery compartment along with their holder). Some additional photos are attached.

The overhead trolley wire and poles are a mystery- I found it several years ago on Ebay along with some flat tin track, see photos below, perhaps someone here knows?

 

Trolley track and overhead 2Trolley track and overhead 3Trolley track and overhead

 

It has no name on it. I've actually submitted photos of it to the Who Done It? column in the TCA Quarterly mag in hopes of finding an answer.

Joustra Autorail 1Joustra Autorail 2Joustra Autorail 3Joustra Autorail box

Very cool John

Steve "Papa" Eastman

Yorba Linda, CA

Left Coast, Home of the lunatics

Joe Lyons posted:

After years of hunting I FINALLY acquired the USTTC Green Boxcab for the Stephen Girard set.