Gentlemen,

 

This past weekend, I was running my Lionel Lehigh Valley northeastern caboose at at train show.  After a while, I started smelling a funny aroma comming from the layout.  I quickly realized the heat from the smoke unit was slowly melting several of the plastic window inserts.  I was kinda surprised by this.  I can only guess these smoke elements are not designed to operate on the higher voltage required on TMCC layouts.  I don't recall the instruction manual warning against use on a TMCC layout.  Has anyone else had the same problem?

 

Much to my dismay, I checked with Lionel and learned they do not offer replacement windows for these cabooses.  So I am needing to come up with another solution.  I thought about purchasing a resin kit and casting a new part, but I am open to any suggestions.

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Nick Marakovits

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Yep, my K-Line bay window caboose almost had the same issue.  The one window right next to the unit is all foggy now from the heat.  Doesn't take much to melt them.

 

Luckily a club member warned me about using the smoke unit in TMCC mode.  He apparently had a total meltdown with one of his once.

 

My grandpa also has a G scale Lionel 0-6-0T from the 80's that has a hole melted through the headlight "glass" from the bulb heat.

If you want - I have a Lionel NYC NE caboose shell that was dinged (long story). It's pretty much intact except for the end steps/railings. It's yours if you want. I never ran the smoke unit, so the window glass is unspoiled as is the smoke unit.

My own little slice of happiness in 5' x 9' 

Assuming the smoke unit runs directly off track power,insert a diode in series to one lead of the smoke unit and or the light bulbs. That will effectively cut voltage in half. In command the unit will get effectively 9 volts.You can use 2 , 1n4001 didoes in parallel or 1, 3 amp diode. You can get these at Radio Shack or in quantity from an electronics supply house..

 

Dropping voltage with diodes is explained here

 

http://www.jcstudiosinc.com/Bl...3&categoryId=426

 

You may also wish to convert your caboose to LED lighting shown here

 

http://www.jcstudiosinc.com/Bl...7&categoryId=426

 

 

 

Dale H

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Much to my dismay, I checked with Lionel and learned they do not offer replacement windows for these cabooses.  So I am needing to come up with another solution.  I thought about purchasing a resin kit and casting a new part, but I am open to any suggestions.

 

If you take up DaveP's offer, and/or still have unspoiled windows in the car, I'd suggest you still look into casting copies of these windows. They seem to be an ideal shape for an open-face mold, and who knows, others may have this problem (being that Lionel doesn't have replacements).

 

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Adding a switch would be easy, just put a 3A diode in series with the lead for command, that will cut the power in half for command mode.  A SPST switch that simply shorts the diode for conventional mode is all that's required.

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