Looking to potentially have a set or two redone. Thanks!

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Jeff T posted:

Thanks, I did see that. I was hoping for comments from those that had them restored knowing we are a bit of a finicky bunch!!  

From all that I have seen, his work is spectacular. Had a few friends with GG-1s from him and Santa Fe F3's.

Now if you are a postwar guy paying $450 for a red box car because it has a shell molded in green plastic your milage may vary. 😊

Jeff T posted:

Looking to potentially have a set or two redone. Thanks!

Jeff, if you would like new shells made by LIONEL go to N. LIMA TRAINWORKS website.  They have LIONEL's reissued, PW-style, SF and Western Pacific F-3 shells.

Just go to "Search Products," use Santa Fe and Western Pacific as search terms, and they'll show up.

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Pingman posted:
Jeff T posted:

Looking to potentially have a set or two redone. Thanks!

Jeff, if you would like new shells made by LIONEL go to N. LIMA TRAINWORKS website.  They have LIONEL's reissued, PW-style, SF and Western Pacific F-3 shells.

Just go to "Search Products," use Santa Fe and Western Pacific as search terms, and they'll show up.

I really wish they had pics on their site...

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Jeff T posted:
Pingman posted:
Jeff T posted:

Looking to potentially have a set or two redone. Thanks!

Jeff, if you would like new shells made by LIONEL go to N. LIMA TRAINWORKS website.  They have LIONEL's reissued, PW-style, SF and Western Pacific F-3 shells.

Just go to "Search Products," use Santa Fe and Western Pacific as search terms, and they'll show up.

I really wish they had pics on their site...

Jeff, do the search on NLTW"s website; then, using the p/n they supply, go to LIONEL's service parts search function and insert the p/n.  If LIONEL has a photo, it will show up.  And with the F-3's, the LIONEL photos always show up with the NLTW supplied p/n's in my experience.

In other words, LIONEL's website will supply the photos of the NLTW inventory of shells.

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The shells and frames were done by L&L. The mechanicals done by someone else. I have to redo the mechanicals to get another 70 years out of them.

 

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I have had him do several engines for me, including SF and WP F3s. I've been pleased.

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Well, I have not had F-3s done, but I did have two different paint schemes on GG1s done, and the paint and striping is perfect and has held up nicely over the last 4 years since the work was done. I have seen his samples at York and they are beautiful.

 

 

I had them do a couple of AT&SF War Bonnet Postwar B Uint shells I can photo and post if that will help! Sis by side with the B unit Lionel produced to go with the postwar F units and the B unit form the Lionel set from the earlier 90's can't tell the difference.

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Jeff T posted:
Pingman posted:
Jeff T posted:

Looking to potentially have a set or two redone. Thanks!

Jeff, if you would like new shells made by LIONEL go to N. LIMA TRAINWORKS website.  They have LIONEL's reissued, PW-style, SF and Western Pacific F-3 shells.

Just go to "Search Products," use Santa Fe and Western Pacific as search terms, and they'll show up.

I really wish they had pics on their site...

There prices are a couple of bucks less than L&L but are the shells the 2333/43 stye with the screen tops and hand rails or are they the 2353 and later stye without the screen tops and nose handrails? Do the come with the portals and letters installed and if the earlier type with screens and nose grab rails? If the shells have sentimental value you should think about that but then if you put replacement shells on are you running your trains? Just a thought because I have been thinking about sending the shells of my first train which is 2353 War Bonnets had new since December 1953

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