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Finally got the D-27 layout "tuned in" but had to change the exit by lowering the track down by 1/2 " to lessen the grade. I am convinced that the Magne traction feature weakens over the years and is to the point (in three of the  2035's I tried) could not make the pull with more than 3-4 gondolas. By lowering the grade slightly, it can pull 10-12 of the 1002 gondolas. 

Years ago I was at a hardware store one Sunday in Long Beach MS and asked if anyone had any old trains around there. A man had passed away the year before and someone called his widow to see if she still had his trains. She did and I was able to buy several boxes of stuff from her. When I got home and looked through everything there were these two 'el cheap-O deluxe' gondolas that I wasn't familiar with. The silver and the yellow ones. Consulting the Greenberg book I soon discovered what I had! I wrote to the lady and explained about them, telling her it was like collecting rare stamps or similar and sent her an extra $200 I think it was. She cashed the check but I never heard back from her with a thanks...

Initially i didnt make that cut but i am convinced that the magnetraction has weakened over time so i made th cut to ease the incline just enough. Also the barrels are in the cars to help the engine pull the load by adding weight on the down hill leg to slightly push the climbing part of the train and that was in the original operating instructions!

@Jagrick posted:

Hey Will,

I had access to an original one as well as lionel sheets. They actually showed 2 versions of the layout: one came in 3 section to bolt together and the one stlye i have seen which is a single unit.
actually some carpentry work went into this display with 1/4 round edges, rabbit joints and track modification.

I just don't remember it using any 072 track, but my memory isn't so hot, so I though I'd ask.

@Jagrick posted:

Initially i didnt make that cut but i am convinced that the magnetraction has weakened over time so i made th cut to ease the incline just enough. Also the barrels are in the cars to help the engine pull the load by adding weight on the down hill leg to slightly push the climbing part of the train and that was in the original operating instructions!

One more question. Where did you source the copper strips you are using for the electrical hookup? I have had no luck finding anything long enough to work.

@Mike Espy posted:

Here is a photo of my effort so far to reproduce this D-27 Display. First round of grass down. Will hit some light spots after this layer is dry. Next phase will be the wiring.

Looks great, Mike.  I knew you were attempting this and so far so good. Continued good luck.

Btw, did you use some of the old Lionel 919 grass?

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@johnstrains posted:

Looks great, Mike.  I knew you were attempting this and so far so good. Continued good luck.

Btw, did you use some of the old Lionel 919 grass?

Yes! I found several bags on eBay over the summer. To me layouts like this just do not have the same feel without it. I also did the mountain like they did back in the 50s with felt and hide glue. (That was a learning experience!)

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@Mike Espy posted:

Yes! I found several bags on eBay over the summer. To me layouts like this just do not have the same feel without it. I also did the mountain like they did back in the 50s with felt and hide glue. (That was a learning experience!)

Sounds like me when I did my D-105 display layout. Found a bunch on eBay and used most of it. Still have enough left over for touch ups.

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