jhz563 posted:
choochoopaul posted:

WOW, How is this possible?

Honestly wondering the same thing. Looks like a lot of fairly modern offerings by the looks of the lighting plugs sticking out of many of them.

They are all modern - bodies from conventional classic, TMCC and legacy engines.

I believe even some heritage shells mixed in. There is a beautiful set or two of TMCC scale Santa Fe F3 shells

 

 

jhz563 posted:
choochoopaul posted:

WOW, How is this possible?

Honestly wondering the same thing. Looks like a lot of fairly modern offerings by the looks of the lighting plugs sticking out of many of them.

I don't work for Lionel, BUT it has been written on this forum that Lionel obtains parts for their service department by ordering extras on their product production runs, and then disassembling them when they arrive stateside. Mike Reagan alluded to this some years ago, as did Jerry Calabrese in an interview, when he was then head of Lionel.

 

I'm very curious if I could use one or two of these shells for my pair of MPC era diesels.   I have what I think are a GP8 and a SD28.   The SD28 is really rough, the GP8 just has a homemade paint job and it shows up close.  They both run great, just wish they looked better. 

Chuck Sartor posted:

That Missouri Pacific GP-20 I see in the foreground in the first picture will fit the SD28 chassis. The shell may need the end mounting screw hole drilled, but that's easy.

Good catch by Chuck. That's a Lionel No. 28500 shell from 1999, and will fit any traditional SD/GP chassis. It didn't have an end mounting screw, so drilling the hole will be necessary, but as Chuck says, that's simple.

I got a ABA set of F3 shells from Nassau. Now that the Lionel Parts site is open I was able to order the missing roof hatches on the A units and missing rear doors however the front nose doors are not available in various road names I looked up. I am sure I can form a set of the curved front nose doors, have the decals but will be a challenge to mix matching paint though.  Any suggestions what might have happened to nose doors on the F3 shells if they are missing from these shells and not available on the Lionel parts site???

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