I recently picked up a Lionel 259e and a set of 607 passenger cars off of ebay. They were in pretty rough shape. Since the locomotive was in a sad state, I decided to go ahead and repaint it. I disassembled the passenger cars to clean them and I can not decide if I should paint them. I have attached pictures of a few parts so you guys can get an idea of what condition they are in, and I welcome any opinions about repainting the cars. It is worth mentioning that the cars are not in original condition. Someone bolted postwar trucks on them a long time ago. If I go through with the repaint, I will paint the car sides and frames grey, with royal blue roofs, and almond window inserts (the grey and blue will match the locomotive).

Thanks in advance!

Jason

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I have to agree, you did a great job painting your 259e, you need to paint your 607's to match it! It'll be a nice looking passenger train, Jason!

Rusty

And as the sunset faded, I spoke to the faintest first starlight.
And I said next time, Next time, We'll get it right!

Definitely strip and paint the passenger cars. You should also soak them in EvapoRust before repainting them. That will kill any rust so that it doesn't eventually eat through your new paint. The reason I say repaint is because you are good at it, and the cars will be worth the same or more with a repaint.

George

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I have to agree, you did a great job painting your 259e, you need to paint your 607's to match it! It'll be a nice looking passenger train, Jason!

Rusty

Agree!!!!

George

TCA, NMRA, PRRT&HS Modeling the PRR Panhandle Division between 1948-1957.

Jason I would paint them. You did a great job on the 259. The passenger cars require the same level of love shown to them. I’m sure seeing the complete set running in the same colors will give you satisfaction.

Regards

 

Rich

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Lionel Trains’s the hobby that gets better with age!!!

Done! Sort of...

I think I am happy with the paint job, I just finished assembling the cars this evening ( I need to go back and fold over a few more tabs, oops). I was waiting on some decals I ordered for the cars. When I took the cars apart, I removed what was left of the interior lighting and I haven't reinstalled it yet. Once again, I'm going to solicit your opinions. I'm thinking of lighting the cars with LED strip lights inside the car roofs. What do you guys/gals think? I'm sure that I could make the old bulbs work again, but I like the idea of building some bridge rectifiers with added capacitance to get nice, smooth lighting from the one pick up roller that each passenger car has.

 

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What can I say.........just brilliant Jason!!!!! You have turned a "soars ear into a silk purse". You certainly have a talent, and those decals just make it a finished job. Go with the LED strip lighting in the cars....you won't be disappointed. 

Peter in sunny Queensland, Australia.

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