Lee Lines engines and passenger cars - decision time

Folks,

Many of you know that I purchased the Lee Lines tooling and parts last year. Several of you now own shiny new old stock engines and passenger cars, built from original parts that were acquired as part of the deal. The package also included the original patterns for the engine castings and the extrusion dies for the passenger car roofs and sides. And 150 motors.

I have built out most of the 11 engines that I had parts for, as well as over 60 passenger cars in SP Daylight, American Freedom Train, N&W, and a couple of specials.  I have enough passenger parts to build about another 40 cars, then I run out of roofs. All other parts can be made or bought.

So here's my question: is there additional interest in the GS-4 Daylight loco to consider producing additional castings? If I was to continue it would be very small quantities (single digits) as long as I could assure good quality. The new engines would continue to be virtually exact copies of the originals.

Same question goes for the passenger cars - I have built them in the original 22" length as well as the 30" long cars that some of you saw at the TCA National. An investment in an extrusion run would need to be made - 500 lb minimum (roofs first, each 22" long roof extrusion weighs about 1 pound, so we are talking a lot of cars). I still have extrusions for the sides for about 150 more cars, so that decision comes much later.

Your feedback is much appreciated. If you think you may be interested in an engine, please let me know - no commitment required, but it helps me with the decision to invest in new castings.

And thanks again to those that  contacted me and now own some of these wonderful trains, it's been great to build them for you and to know you all as train friends.

I also have 5 sets of boilers and tenders for a near scale version, I will be building the first of those in coming months with larger drivers and a better drive system. About 3 inches longer overall than the aluminum Lee Lines engine and finer detail. Apparently Dana Barlow intended to build these up (maybe for G?) and never got to the mechanisms. Pricing will be comparable to the aluminum engine. This one will be weighted to assure great pulling power.

Thanks again

Jim Waterman

 

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Bob - you are correct. All of the existing side extrusion stock is fluted/ rib sided. Been thinking about ways to make smooth sides (and you might have seen my Skytop 3d print of the tail end?), but no easy plan as of this time. Thought about using flat stock, but don't really want rivets or screws to show through the sides. I will find a way to make a car with this part one way or another. Having built a new drive set for my Richart Cascade, now need some of the right cars. 

 

Jim

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Hey Joe L

Did you see the photo of the 'real' Lee Lines Subway set? Looks like he made at least one set, probably in G.

I will have to find a decent power unit for one of the cars, but I do have the ends, the original pattern for the ends so I can cast more, and the pattern for the sides.

May be a while before I take that on - if others are interested, I can prioritize.

Jim

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