Leroof posted:

Hey Fendermain! you had a real 57 Custom black beauty with three PAF's, very cool. My 54 black beauty with alnicos and P 90 was a Heavy weight, rib bruiser.  I preferred early the feather weight  LP jrs with my marshall 1930. I  don't have any vintage stuff left, but spanking a blackguard tele was an amazing time. Keif wouldn't have fended off a over zealous fan with a burst! No, I haven't seen that footage, was it with the 59 black guard?  

Playing with PW lionel stuff is a different kind of fun. Looking forward to playing with the new old layout again. Great chillin with you here. Have a good one Fendermain.

 

So many of us share interests. I play Charvels and Kramer’s from 1987. My amp is a 1974 Marshall superlead mode by Dave Friedman played through a 1971 Marshall cab. I play every Sunday morning at church. 

I’m building a 12x25 shelf layout with pw diesels and scale rolling stock. I’ll get some pictures up by Saturday.

Mike

Fendermain, Maybe a Cathedral! Superlead =100 watts of crunch possibly with 4X 12 cab,

could possibly  be some floydrose overdrive ecstasy and fretboard tapping!

Hi there Guitarmike,  glad you get to play ever Sunday.

Also, send photos  when you can, we dig shelf layouts.

thanks.

leroof

Guitarmike..Leroof..tried to do an edit from an old tablet=bad juju.  Anyway, Superlead mega cool and mega loud..need big spaces for those. I had a Marshall 1987x but it was too much for my hearing impaired  self. Low wattage for me now.  Guitarmike we look forward to your pics.     Fendermain

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This one is for Pennsylania Railroad lovers: Postwar 681 turbine hauling coal and logs:

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Fendermain, hey put down that computer and riff, the telle is waiting! Lol.

crank it!

Leroof   No tele time yet..cleaned and lubed 022 switches.  Now it's time for some EL 84 fun.  Fendermain

EL84 fun - now we’re talking! I’m an accumulator of tubes (Dynakit/Dynaco MK IV amps, my son has a Fender Blues Jr amp) - he’s using different EL84s he’s been gifted (Mullard, GE, RCA, Tungsram) and a nice RCA 7025 for the preamp section.

As for postwar my AMT/KMT collection and Lionel trains are tucked away in tubs - I’ll dig some out to put under one of our Christmas trees.

MTN  Time to open the tubs and have at it. Nice that your son has the Blues Jr.--they are very popular.  I have often thought about the Dynacos and their brethren but don't know enough to take the plunge. Haven't found any vintage EL 84s for my amps powered as such but have had good luck with Brimar, Hytron and RCA for 6v6 amps.   Fendermain

I have NOS EL84s from Amperex/Philips versions from Holland, Canada, France and a few I’ve probably forgotten, Mullard, Brimar, RCA, GE, Sylvania, Tung-Sol, Westinghouse, Matsush*ta, Telam, Siemens, and EI stockpiled (lots still out there, the hunt never ends). My sons amp can get flavored in a number of different ways.

Dynaco amps are great because you get any parts you need for them - Sunn used the MK-III 60 watt mono amp in their early amps. I have a Maxi digital tester for power tubes and a B&K 747B for preamp tubes and can handle repair work on the Dyna amps - there’s a good Dyna forum that has several folks who are good at diagnosing problems.

As for trains, I’m a pretty good Lionel and Flyer repairman - been awhile since I’ve done any O gauge repairs. I pull postwar out for a Christmas floor layout - I try running trains my dad bought back in the 50s and 60s.

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I can't believe how many of us on this Forum are into guitars, amps and O Gauge trains!

I have a Martin classical nylon string with a pick up installed (I think Willie Nelson did the same thing) and a Guild acoustic steel string, but no electric guitars.

Wouldn't it be nice for us train and music lovers to someday get together with Neil Young?

In my little world, I leave this troubled world behind.

MTN  Sounds like you are a tube meister.  How do you source them? Last time I bought NOS was from a dealer... KCA I believe.  I had a Sunn Solarus back in the day...60 watts EL34 as I recall...don't know if it was MK-III powered.

Have fun with the PW trains.     Fendermain

Arnold D. Cribari posted:

I can't believe how many of us on this Forum are into guitars, amps and O Gauge trains!

I have a Martin classical nylon string with a pick up installed (I think Willie Nelson did the same thing) and a Guild acoustic steel string, but no electric guitars.

Wouldn't it be nice for us train and music lovers to someday get together with Neil Young?

Arnold you might what to spice things up like Bob Dylan and add some electric action. "Muddy Waters invented electricity."  A+++++ on the Neil Young thing.      Fendermain

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Arnold D. Cribari posted:

I can't believe how many of us on this Forum are into guitars, amps and O Gauge trains!

I have a Martin classical nylon string with a pick up installed (I think Willie Nelson did the same thing) and a Guild acoustic steel string, but no electric guitars.

Wouldn't it be nice for us train and music lovers to someday get together with Neil Young?

Arnold you might what to spice things up like Bob Dylan and add some electric action. "Muddy Waters invented electricity."  A+++++ on the Neil Young thing.      Fendermain

One of my favorite Rock and Roll electric guitarists is Robbie Krieger of The Doors. He could also do flamenco (Spanish Caravan). Last year I posted a train video on this Forum with LA Woman playing in the background.

In my little world, I leave this troubled world behind.

Fendermain posted:

MTN  Sounds like you are a tube meister.  How do you source them? Last time I bought NOS was from a dealer... KCA I believe.  I had a Sunn Solarus back in the day...60 watts EL34 as I recall...don't know if it was MK-III powered.

Have fun with the PW trains.     Fendermain

Auctions, estate sales, word of mouth - I’ve done a lot of research and know how to identity tubes (brand name printed on a tube doesn’t ensure that they made the tube) - as a hobby goes it’s taken a lot of work to get where I am.

Sharing a bit of Thanksgiving postwar train joy with my kiddos. Have a great day, everyone. 

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Aren't the O Gauge 022 switch tracks with fixed voltage plugs the greatest?

What do you think of them?

I know they don't look realistic, but that doesn't bother me at all. In fact, I much prefer their toy-like appearance to the real thing.

They are rugged, reliable, easy to fix (which is seldom necessary) and I love the lights, non-derailing feature, fixed voltage plug  and controllers.

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At the moment, this video shows what I'm most excited about on my mostly Postwar layout. Getting the Postwar Double Track Signal Bridge and Operating Switch Tower to work flawlessly:

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Arnold, Do you use insulated track sections to activate accessories?

I've always the thought the 445 switch tower was one of the easier ones because they marked the electrical connections 1-2-3. At least they used to on the older PW versions. 1 and 3 (either way) are hot and common and 2 goes to the insulated side of the track piece. Then again, there’s also the mechanical aspects of the tower and getting them to work. I’ve been lucky as my old 445 has been one of my most reliable PW accessories.

TCA, LCCA

John, I use the weight bearing triggering device for the switch tower and signal bridge.

I use insulated track sections for the crossing gates in other videos I have posted.

The insulated track sections are better IMO.

 

In my little world, I leave this troubled world behind.

Arnold D. Cribari posted:

Aren't the O Gauge 022 switch tracks with fixed voltage plugs the greatest?

What do you think of them?

I know they don't look realistic, but that doesn't bother me at all. In fact, I much prefer their toy-like appearance to the real thing.

They are rugged, reliable, easy to fix (which is seldom necessary) and I love the lights, non-derailing feature, fixed voltage plug  and controllers.

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On my layout, the O22 switch tracks are powered using the fixed voltage plug.  However, I discovered that running Lionchief Plus locos, where the track power must be kept at 18 volts, the fixed voltage plugs may not be necessary.  

Arnold D. Cribari posted:

John, I use the weight bearing triggering device for the switch tower and signal bridge.

I use insulated track sections for the crossing gates in other videos I have posted.

The insulated track sections are better IMO.

 

You have more patience than I as I always found those pressure devices to be sort of a pain to use.

I use insulated track sections (and a few relays) for all my accessories, signals, etc. Solder the wire right on to the track for a solid connection.

TCA, LCCA

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Arnold D. Cribari posted:

John, I use the weight bearing triggering device for the switch tower and signal bridge.

I use insulated track sections for the crossing gates in other videos I have posted.

The insulated track sections are better IMO.

 

You have more patience than I as I always found those pressure devices to be sort of a pain to use.

I use insulated track sections (and a few relays) for all my accessories, signals, etc. Solder the wire right on to the track for a solid connection.

Agreed, John, it's a form of masochism on my part.

In my little world, I leave this troubled world behind.

Amazed by my 1615 switcher. Here it is pulling some heavy PW operating cars. 

Next step is wiring my freshly serviced 022s to constant voltage. Any tips on best way to attach the drop wires to the main power wire? Splice? Solder? Wire nuts? Going to run 18ga wire from the transformer in a loop and not sure how best to tap in at each switch. 

Thanks!

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I was in a Postwar State of Mind, as well as a "New York State of Mind" (Billy Joel song), last night.

Passenger and freight trains led by 681 Turbine and 646 Hudson:

Arnold

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I hope it's ok to revive one of my favorite threads from last year.  I acquired this 2046 steamer this year...I believe it's from 1951.  Good year!!!  Pulling some early postwar cars.  

Fendermain

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Fendermain, I received a crate full of postwar stuff a colleague's childhood trains, all postwar and worn!  But I like to fix and renovate stuff.  A 2046 is one of the items that will go to the bench for rehab.

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I had to air out the stuff and it had been in a garage since the early seventies un run in this crate. 

As it was raining and I couldn't bring it in due to mold allergies in my wife and daughter I had to keep it out until I did a remedial de molding process.

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This Ought to keep me busy there's a lot to renovate (and besides I didn't get the B-15n but I lucked out with this cool free stuff).

Leroof

Leroof.  Good going.  It's very rewarding to bring these treasures back to life.  My 2046 is a good runner...looking foreward to updates.  

Fendermain

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This Ought to keep me busy there's a lot to renovate (and besides I didn't get the B-15n but I lucked out with this cool free stuff).

Leroof

Leroof,  It's hard to beat free. Rock the rocket..life is good my friend.

Fendermain

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IMO, no Postwar locomotive runs better on 031 tubular track than the 2046 or 646. Its heft and Magnetraction make it a very good puller. Arnold

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Good morning Arnold, I am looking forward to getting this old worn beast running well on my 031's and 022's.

My 646 is happy on the pike.

 

Arnold D. Cribari posted:

This one is for Pennsylania Railroad lovers: Postwar 681 turbine hauling coal and logs:

Arnold, unless you had just lubed those coal cars, that must have been one very heavy load. I own a couple of those cars, and they are not an easy haul! Way2Go, #681!

On the left is a recently acquired postwar NYC 6464-125...$50.00 on ebay in very good condition.  I had one when I was a kid and it was my favorite car.  When getting back into the hobby in the early 1990s I did not want to cough up the $100.00 plus for one.  Instead I bought the 16236 Lionel Mt. Clemens Mich. produced model on the right for about $30.00.  Life is good...both are nice to have.

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Arnold D. Cribari posted:

I can't believe how many of us on this Forum are into guitars, amps and O Gauge trains!

I have a Martin classical nylon string with a pick up installed (I think Willie Nelson did the same thing) and a Guild acoustic steel string, but no electric guitars.

Wouldn't it be nice for us train and music lovers to someday get together with Neil Young?

Arnold......I had visions of being a rock star in 1970.....Luckily, I realized that I lacked the essential ingredient, talent, before it was too late.....

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It aint much, but these are my little pieces of Postwar Paradise.

I first got into Postwar Lionel when I volunteered at a train show (needed hours for school) in San Antonio in 2016? I think. I met a guy selling postwar and I helped sell some stuff to local patrons including a Bucyrus Erie, a scout starter set and a few other things. At the end of the day I got my first Postwar from him, a 1949 6465 Tank car along with the original box. The next two PWs were eBay purchases, a 6468-1 B&O Double-Door and a 6356 NYC Stock car. My next purchase would not happen until April of 2018, when my family and I traveled to Vegas for Spring Break. I managed to visit a train store (shoutout to Westside Trains Las Vegas if ya'll are here!) and leave with a 681/2046 PRR and a 6357 Lighted SP Caboose. The train runs well and the light in the caboose shines bright as ever! My next purchase were also ebay, fall 2018; a Gray Lehigh Valley 6456 with a crack in the shell. The last one would be the grandest purchase yet, a B&M 6464. This was bought off ebay in January I think.

I've stopped collecting Lionel for a bit because the ever-so-apparent problem of space is now making an occurrence. That, and now im looking into HO Trains as well. However, with the holidays around the corner I will be prepping my O-Gauge stuff for the layout under my bed and eventually under the tree.

I also have a few PW-Celebration and PW inspired cars. I have two 6464 stand-ins (A Central of Georgia Boxcar with a box labeled Southern for some reason and the MPC #9420 B&O Sentinel boxcar), the PWC #6561 Flatcar W/ Cables, a 1990's "2460" Bucyrus-Erie Crane Car and the four Great Lakes Express Passenger 027 coaches. Every now and then I also toss in one of my #84722 N&W Hoppers as a stand-in for the coal-dumping N&W hopper.

I myself don't have a layout, nor will I for quite some time. However, when I rest my head on the living room floor and watch the little 681 whiz by it takes me to my own little paradise. One where the problems of life are non-existent and I am at the controls of one of the greatest models to have ever been made.

The tracks ahead are rough, but I can still see a bright future for the hobby of model railroading. We've just got to show our youth that the hobby of railroading is just as fun as any video game.

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