I think fir some of them I'd have to send pieces. I think this tender got dropped or something, many of the stanchions are broken.
I see the point of plastic stanchions that is without question and I don't doubt the need for replacements. I removed the hand rails from the grand kids Polar Express locos to get the plastic stanchions. The kids don't miss them and likely it makes the loco safer for kids. However on several of my TMCC conversions which have metal stanchions I used the hand rails for antennas. All I did was to drop down a couple thousands on the handrail wire diameter. I then gave the wire two coats of polyurethane either clear or black and allowed a couple of days for it to fully cure then very carefully slip it into the stanchions. I then confirm the handrail is insulated from the boiler with a VOM. This does rule out using the claw from the sky method of lifting locomotives as you don't want to press the handrails hard against the holes in the stanchions. When possible I spin a dull slightly oversize drill bit to chamfer the edges of the hole in the stanchions and insure they don't scrape the paint off. If you don't have a dull bit spin a sharp one backwards. A small conical diamond grinder point will also work. j
I wanted to share what I received in the mail today from @AlanRail. Yes...it's the Vandy tender hand rail stanchions! I am very grateful for Alan's kindness, craftsmanship and extraordinary attention to detail. Well done Sir!
From the handcrafted box to the perfectly designed stanchions (the measurements taken from my last two unbroken ones) I can now fix this tender that has been on my shelf for twenty years! Talk about bucket list.. I still have painting and placement to do.
i could not believe my eyes when I saw the postings on Alan's stanchions for the Vanderbilt tender. I have a Lionel 18056 TMCC NYC locomotive and tender that needs the two different size stanchions. The original Lionel plastic stanchions were terrible about breaking off and the replacement stanchions were worse than the originals. Are any of the new resin stanchions available from Alan?
These are really nice looking. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for the "heads up". You should be able to reach me without difficulty.
Just received the stanchions for my UP tender, I can finally fix it! The packaging is a hoot, even the text is laser printed! There there's the custom holder for the individual stanchions, very professional!
I do have a question. I was thinking about the best way to paint these black, and I wondered if maybe a dunk in India Ink would be a good way to do a permanent coloring without adding bulk.
John, I just used a tiny brush and a bottle of Floquil steam black I had laying around. A light touch did the trick. No bulk or globs that I can see. Look at my post above to see the stanchions installed.. it's easy and I was satisfied with the result. I did not paint the base tabs. By the way...cool box!
I don't have any paint lying around as I'm not much of a painter. I figured the India Ink wouldn't add any thickness to the inside of the railing holes.
I'll bet I'm a worse painter than you John! Is Indian Ink indelible?
This makes me tempted to get a 3D printer, but I don't have the time to learn to use it, and probably no room to set it up! However, it certainly is a cool tool!
I didn't have time either... and, I still don't ...but, I do have TPU tires!
Alan saved me as well!
During COVID, i had a bad time finding parts from the best parts suppliers, including a headlight for one of my switchers. Alan could not have been nicer as I sketched the shape and dimensions and before I knew it, I had 2 boxes of headlights (and the custom boxes)!
Alan is saint!
Thank you to all of your reply's and to Alan I sent an email
Alan, those stanchions are simply remarkable. Great work.
i will print any sort of stanchion that was made (in scale); but I need dimensions for them
I have the dimensions for the ones John wanted for the sloped tender and the Vandy ones.
If yours are not the same, send me dimensions in decimal (not fractions) inches or send me a sample piece to measure.
Alan how do I go about purchasing the vandy tender stanchions from you . I am in desperate need if you printed them already .