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@pennsyfan posted:

I have the Lionel version. How big of a bite does it take out of the coal pile? I let the clam down until it’s touching the pile; the I press the red button. The clam snaps shut and is lifted into the tower. When I let go I don’t see much of a payload.

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Hey Bob. I don't have the same loader as you have but I have the MTH flyer coal loader and it depends on the coal. With Lionel coal it will not pick up much. It's too big for the bucket. I started using HO coal and it picks up a lot more but the smaller coal will jam the trap door if the coal is drop in, left to sit and then dumped into the car. My work around is just to open the trap door at the same time I open the bucket. The other thing is, the coal will get formed in a way that the bucket will not pick the coal up. So I have to move it around so the coal is flat. That's the tricks I've figured out. Hope its some help. 

How much it picks up definitely depends on the coal used and the depth of the coal pile. The original Gilbert coal was a lightweight, slippery plastic. The heavier and larger coal will not work as well, but even at its best the amount of coal per scoop is not great. That is one reason the 752A with the chute door was made. The bin could be filled while the trains were running doing other things.

@AmFlyer posted:

How much it picks up definitely depends on the coal used and the depth of the coal pile. The original Gilbert coal was a lightweight, slippery plastic. The heavier and larger coal will not work as well, but even at its best the amount of coal per scoop is not great. That is one reason the 752A with the chute door was made. The bin could be filled while the trains were running doing other things.

I contacted Lionel about some of the coal packs that were mentioned by some dealers. Their response was that those packs were all for O Gauge accessories and I should have been looking at American Flyer parts. They gave me a part number 6409024086 COAL / BAGGED. Under my breath I asked, why wasn't that part number on the parts list!

I ordered some. I hope that its not the same cut up sprue scrap that came with the loader.

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