I've had a couple of stantions for the RH hand rails break off. Is it better to get replacement Lionel or get Cal-Scale or some other after market item? The originals are up too high and it's quite difficult to handle the loco without rubbing against one and snapping it off. Also could use advice on replacing them. Drill them out? My son-in-law has the equipment needed so I just need advice on which way to head. I got my track laid back down this afternoon and the loco took right off. It had acted up when I first got it. All I did to "repair" it was to take the screws out and look at the motor and gear set up and button it back up again. Thanks for any help. 

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You need to use the Lionel stantions.  They are insulated because the hand rails (both sides) are the antenna for the command signal.  I have to dig thru some of my records to find the part number.  I had to replace some - they are fragile.  Do you know the lionel number for your engine ?  Is it TMCC or Legacy control?

George, I know what it's like to dig through a Master Parts Book for car parts, so I thank you for checking. It appears as if there are about three or four different lengths. Since you replaced some, how is the best way of getting the stubs out? Are they force fit, glued in or ? I'm sorry, I can't tell the model # as I have a floor layout and run in conventional mode. One thing I know I'm going to do is get rid of those oversized road #s on the cab. It doesn't look like a Lionel engine at all with those Polar Express #s on it! Any suggestions of a road that may have leased or mingled with the PRR that used Berkshires? Outside of the ACL, I don't have any other favorite other than the NYC and I don't think they used them either, did they? When I was a teenager, the Big Four ran near our home  in Indy and most of the engines in the late 50s were Mohawks with smoke deflectors. My train buddy kept us on the lookout for a Niagara but we never saw one. We'd wait on the slope under the 38th Street overpass when they came through. Got a little noisy. 

Vandalia Guy posted:

Now if I could do something with that stupid looking cow catcher... (Why did they have to make it look like a toy???) 

To match the engine in the movie, obviously.

 

BTW, the B&A used Berks.  As a matter of fact, I have seen a convincing argument that the 726 (and its prewar predecessor) was based on one of the B&A classes.

Frisco, MoPac, and T&P near Rolla, MO

Chuck Sartor posted:

The broken stanchions can be pushed out from the inside of the body. Lionel does have a stanchion chart on the parts website.

I think the C.C.C.StL. in the waning years of steam leased some P&LE 2-8-4's for a while. Both New York Central System.

Note - the P&LE 2-8-4's (class A-2) looked nothing like the NKP Berks that tend to be the "prototype" for nearly every 3RO 2-8-4, no matter how inaccurately. But, the NKP, Erie, Pere Marquette (later owned by C&O) Berks all have a (literal) family resemblance. I'm sure some of them bumped into the PRR.

The P&LE A-2 Berks have been produced by MTH a couple of times. Great models - and they are even green, as the actual locos were. The P&LE was controlled by the NYC, but never merged into it, and went their own way in minor ways on locomotive specs. 

The P&LE Berk was designed by the NYC, specifically design boss Paul Kiefer, who brought us the NYC Hudsons, the later Mohawks and the Niagara. The A-2 favors the Niagara externally quite a bit, but is a different beast internally, designed for a very different job.

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