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Help me with my cranial cobwebs, please?...

I seem to recall a periodical article concerning the evolution and variations of Lionel's iconic 'Warbonnet' F3's. I can't tell you the magazine banner or the time frame.  I believe it took you through all of the stock number variations and described cosmetic, electrical, mechanical, and operational characteristics. 

Any help?

Thx,

KD

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@Markw posted:

The best article I ever read on this subject was CTT issue February 1990 that has a ten page summary of all the shell, frame, motor variations over the entire postwar run of the SF F3.

I believe that article was written by the founder of Mountain Lakes Trains in NJ, at least I think that is the correct name. He was  quite the authority on the PW F Units. I think he had even done a video on them at one time but that was 30 plus years ago.

@Markw posted:

The best article I ever read on this subject was CTT issue February 1990 that has a ten page summary of all the shell, frame, motor variations over the entire postwar run of the SF F3.

Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!!!

Help yourself, Mark!...

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And I was able to find that issue...moldy bouquet and all...'mongst the basement archives!

1990!  32 years ago!  No wonder the cranial fog had set in.

Many thanks!!

KD

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Glad I could help. When I had to downsize 10 years ago most of my CTT and OGR magazines were disposed of. the only issues of CTT I kept were that one and December 1992 that had the same type of article about the postwar (& modern) GG1. What gets me about the old issues was that they were over 100 pages of content. Now you're lucky you get 50.

We're moving for the 3rd and hopefully last time, and I was finally able to throw out about 2/3 of my CTT/OGR collection. I'm going through about 100 more to decide to pitch or save. I've been going through a CTT 1999 issue, and there's an ad for Y2K decorated freight cars. Wow, the memories! My first year married to my wonderful wife!

@brr posted:

We're moving for the 3rd and hopefully last time, and I was finally able to throw out about 2/3 of my CTT/OGR collection. I'm going through about 100 more to decide to pitch or save. I've been going through a CTT 1999 issue, and there's an ad for Y2K decorated freight cars. Wow, the memories! My first year married to my wonderful wife!

Brrr - what I did is,when going thri them I tore out what I didn’t want only keeping what I did want, went from 4bookshelves to just 1

Well, after reading through the article it seems to have left one of my questions unanswered...

I was quite interested in the transition from the original horizontal dual motor drive to single drive to vertical drives and beyond.  Especially the accompanying operational characteristics...the good, the bad, the ugly.

For instance, my 2343 set (still have it, of course!) is quite the 'growler' compared to later versions of the F's...and other diesels.  While I never owned the various 'upgrades' (?) from those iconic originals, I have service many of them...neighborhood, family, word-of-mouth, etc., opportunities...not for hire.  I noticed the change in speeds, power, sound (motor/gear sounds), among them.  But I thought that 1990 article discussed the whys and whats of those drivetrain changes more in depth. 

Ah, well, it's what I call a 'Tootle' moment for me...getting off track and picking daisies...having a flash recollection that I obsess over for no good reason except sudden curiosity...and a bad case of oldphartism.

Thanks for all the help and comments. 

BTW, I wouldn't part with my 2343 ABA that Santa brought that long ago Christmas for a king's ransom...or an IRS settlement!

KD

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