Rob Leese posted:

74D66038-3572-41AF-B06C-D0E3001ECA18These are prelim photos of a current project. 

As an adaptation from childrens’ literature:  “who will help me obtain a Frisco MO/W F unit?  ‘Not I said said Lionel. Not I said said Atlas. Not I said MTH.’  Then I will do it myself said the old Frisco switchman.”  And he did. 

The trouble is, nobody makes O gauge decals for this Frisco paint scheme.  It may be a while finishing this one.

Mike Condren photo included.

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Rob,

Great start!  As far as decals go, try making your own printing them on clear decal paper (or even on white decal paper in your case).  I use a series of fonts from "railfonts(dot)com" to make my own.  "Frisco" font looks a LOT like Great Northern's lettering, which they have (and which I downloaded for a project).  They also have a font called "heralds" which will give you with one keystroke a herald of almost any American railroad (Frisco included).  You download their program and install it in your word processing program, and type away.  Complete instructions are on their site.  I highly recommend it.  The only trouble is, printing ink isn't completely opaque and lighter colors may need two decals to bring out the color.  The Frisco red is nice and vibrant but still may need one decal on top of another to bring out the color.  But it's red lettering and herald on a white background, so try it.  I used that technique on a yellow decal over dark blue and the results weren't bad.  So red over white will turn out even better.  The signature below was made using the Chesapeake and Ohio font.  Good luck and let us know if your mission (should you decide to accept it) is successful!

I couldn't find a photo of the yellow on dark blue that I did, but here's dark blue on yellow.  The boxcar is made in S, but not in C&O colors, so I copied the O gauge and prototype placement using the railfonts program:

 

 

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coach joe posted:

Lee according to another thread Lionel put those air tanks on only 3 switchers, this Alaska 8154, it's predecessor, Alaska 614, and orange tanks on a DT&I switcher.  they do give this switcher a different look.

Good job on the flat.  i knew I wasn't the only one using HO decals on O equipment.

Thanks for the information on those. I use HO decals a lot on O scale stuff 

coach joe posted:

Lee according to another thread Lionel put those air tanks on only 3 switchers, this Alaska 8154, it's predecessor, Alaska 614, and orange tanks on a DT&I switcher.  they do give this switcher a different look.

Good job on the flat.  i knew I wasn't the only one using HO decals on O equipment.

Okay Joe, Lee, and whoever else, the new guy needs some help, Lionel put air tanks on top of three Alaska switchers. What for? And did actual Alaska switchers have them?

Vincent Massi posted:

Okay Joe, Lee, and whoever else, the new guy needs some help, Lionel put air tanks on top of three Alaska switchers. What for? And did actual Alaska switchers have them?

A) IIRC, to keep the air tanks heated with engine heat.  

B) Yes, they did. 

Mitch 

It's crackers to give a rozzer the dropsy in snide!

 

Remember, SCROUNGE!

Just checking in on this site to see if anyone has modified a Lionel Legacy scale Southern Railway Ps-4 Pacific by replacing the 2 wheel trailing truck with a 4 wheel truck to convert this from a Pacific to a Hudson. If so, I would be interested in knowing the details.

Thanks,

RAY

This Christmas I found a 6-21955 Rio Grande passenger set under the tree. This set comes with a powered F3 A and a dummy A. I rebuilt the dummy as a powered A using the set shell and front truck. I also used an on-hand MPC single-motor F3 frame (was black so I rattle-canned it silver), a TMCC electronic E unit, and a GP power truck and motor. I also used a GP silver colored power truck frame from which I cut the pilot and steps. If you look closely the gap between the engine and first car is wider than normal because of the long GP coupler shank. Some day I'll pick up a proper silver F3 rear power truck frame to address that fault. Meanwhile I added an excellent running Rio Grande F3 to the Plywood Empire Route's  iron horse stable.

 

Lew

 

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              BTW, the pic on the wall is of the prototype Royal Gorge c.1962.

             That day power was a pair of PA-1s.

            Dad took that pic from the Dome.

 

Growing old is so much more fun than the only alternative.

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Here is a car I made inspired by the LGB Cement Mixer Car.

The first two photos show the actual car that was and is possibly still on display at the Toy Train Museum in Lancaster, P.A.

The third photo is the final result, made from a variety of Lionel and mixed parts.

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John T.

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tcripe posted:

The last of the three D&RGW ski/business cars. This one began life as a N&W Powhattan I got from Ebay. Window configurations changed and side door added.

Terry

Nice work!

 

I don't have your skill but if I did I would modify an extruded Lionel car to more-or-less (15" non-scale length) match the Royal Gorge,  the Pullman-built Grille/Lounge that I ate meals in on several occasions as a wee gazer. 

Lew

 

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Growing old is so much more fun than the only alternative.

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tcripe posted:

Lew, 

I have to admit that the Rio Grande of the fifties would provide a lot more passenger modeling possibilities. I like the looks of that Royal Gorge car.

Terry

Terry,

Pan Am Railways owns that car now.

 

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The Lounge end of the car.

 

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The Grille end of the car. You are looking into the kitchen and the outside access door is on the right wall behind the guy with the sweater.

I remember eating meals at that bar in '60, '61, '62, '63 and '64. It was one of my Dad's favorite rides too 

 

 

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A good pic of the off-side of the car. Kitchen behind the blank wall.

Growing old is so much more fun than the only alternative.

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Pan Am Railways?

 

Yes, indeed. It is a holding company for some railroads in New England and New York. The New England railroads were hurt by the fact that manufacturers had fled the NE, so freight traffic had decreased. Add in the fact that most hauls were only  for short distances. The new holding company struggled along, adding a bad reputation as it went, so it bought the name and logo of the defunct Pan Am Airlines, which it has no connectionparr with.

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It may look like a tear down for service, but this actually all parts from the bins. The motor is a brand new OEM unit I’ve had for years. I have locked the reverse unit in reverse. This will be the back end of a ABA with both A’s being powered. Total of 4 traction tires. I also added a wire between the front and rear trucks for better continuity.

Steve

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Steve "Papa" Eastman

Yorba Linda, CA

Left Coast, Home of the lunatics

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I finally got around to making a Vanderbilt tender.  The Vanderbilt tenders have a cylinder shaped water tank which was lighter and cheaper to build that a rectangular shape water tank that had to have more internal bracing and more rivets and time and material to make.  I used a junk Lionel New York Central coal tender, a hard shell mailing tube, the bottom of a hair spray can,  a piece of junk metal roofing and some popsicle sticks.  All junk stuff, all free or slight cost for the junk coal tender, and paint and decals I had.

I cut up an old coal tender that is shown below.   I cut the angle at the coal pile with a band saw and the bottom cuts with Dremel saw blade and Xacto razor saw.  Note the crack in the section cut out in the LI  NES letters, thusly earning the title 'junk coal tender'.

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Coal tender section, frame from sheet metal, and Vanderbilt water tank from mailing tube and hair spay bottom  (dia. 2 1/8 inch, a bottom of a Pam cooking spray can will also fit my mailing tube) with decking from popsicle sticks.  I added internal wood braces and bottom sticks to popsicle the mail tube.  I had to cut about 1/16 inch from bottom of tube make smaller diameter to fit in between top of coal pile and bottom frame.

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Assembled ready for painting with Krylon semi gloss black paint.  I added a back up light.

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Pictured with new to me Lionel 3435 engine from the old Marx 333 mold

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I have enough material to make another Vanderbilt tender but with a longer body better for use with longer 2020 and 2046 engines.

Charlie

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Choo Choo Charlie posted:

I finally got around to making a Vanderbilt tender.  I used a junk Lionel New Central coal tender, a hard shell mailing tube, the bottom of a hair spray can,  a piece of junk metal roofing and some pop sickle sticks.  All junk stuff, all free or slight cost for the junk coal tender, and paint and decals I had.

Cut up old coal tender, I cut the angle at the coal pile with a band saw and the bottom cuts with Dremel saw blade and Xacto razor saw.

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Coal tender section, frame from sheet metal, and Vanderbilt water tank from mailing tube and hair spay bottom with decking from pop sickle sticks.  I added internal wood braces and bottom pop sickle sticks to the mail tube.  I had to cut about 1/16 inch from bottom of tube make smaller diameter to fit in between top of coal pile and bottom frame.

 

Assembled ready for painting with Krylon semi gloss black paint

 

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Pictured with new to me Lionel 3435 engine from old Marx 333 mold

I have enough material to make another Vanderbilt tender but with a longer body better for use with longer 2020 and 2046 engines.

Charlie

Charlie that turned out great!

Dave

 

 

 

Saving Tinplate One Piece at a Time

Super detailed K-Line Hudson. Scale pilot and head light, scale engine or pilot truck with correct brakes. Reworked  baker valve gear, added correct piping detail and some other stuff. Forgot to bell back on. Duh!

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Choo Choo Charlie posted:

I finally got around to making a Vanderbilt tender.  I used a junk Lionel New York Central coal tender, a hard shell mailing tube, the bottom of a hair spray can,  a piece of junk metal roofing and some pop sickle sticks.  All junk stuff, all free or slight cost for the junk coal tender, and paint and decals I had.

Cut up old coal tender, I cut the angle at the coal pile with a band saw and the bottom cuts with Dremel saw blade and Xacto razor saw.

Vandy Tender 2-27-2019 2019-02-27 003

 

Coal tender section, frame from sheet metal, and Vanderbilt water tank from mailing tube and hair spay bottom with decking from pop sickle sticks.  I added internal wood braces and bottom pop sickle sticks to the mail tube.  I had to cut about 1/16 inch from bottom of tube make smaller diameter to fit in between top of coal pile and bottom frame.

Vandy Tender 2-27-2019 2019-02-27 009

 

Assembled ready for painting with Krylon semi gloss black paint.  I added a back up light.

Vandy Tender 2-27-2019 2019-02-27 016

 

Vander Tender final 3-6-2019 2019-03-06 028

Vander Tender final 3-6-2019 2019-03-06 029

 

Pictured with new to me Lionel 3435 engine from old Marx 333 mold

Vander Tender final 3-6-2019 2019-03-06 009

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I have enough material to make another Vanderbilt tender but with a longer body better for use with longer 2020 and 2046 engines.

Charlie

 Now that’s some good scratch Charlie!

Just a quick bash, this one:

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I substituted MTH trucks on this old Standard O gondola. This has the effect of lowering the car making it's appearance more prototypical.

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I have standardized on this style MTH truck. Notice the hole in the car floor just above the bottom axle. That is the original truck mounting hole because Lionel built these cars with that odd off-center truck pivot. So I drilled new holes in order that the trucks and coupler knuckles are correctly positioned.

Lew

Growing old is so much more fun than the only alternative.

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