1. Samplingman

    Samplingman Senior Member

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    Cool to have a 156 and be a family heirloom. The 156 is on my search list for the big TCA show in York this April. Fortunately there are only a few WWI era “0” pieces, but they are pricey.

    Here is one of my favorite sets, but it is a reproduction:
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  2. monaco75

    monaco75 Senior Member

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    If only I could get it working to adjust it! I did see some new horns offered through Legacy station in Atlanta. May pick one up.

    I’d be a little afraid to run em too! They are gorgeous.

    I’d like to do the york show sometime. Don’t see it happening this year, but hopefully next year!

    I’d also love to have the Mack daddy 700E. Lionel did a great rendition of it in the Modern Vision line. Probably cheaper to buy the Vision line one! lol
     
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    monaco75 Senior Member

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    Got her back together, and let her run free for an hour or so. Cool seeing the 70 year old engine running with 2018 stuff, and in between!

    The little lionel transformer still won’t power her, so she’s stuck on the top loop. Too afraid of it getting stuck in the back by the bridge on the main loop! It’s fun getting back there....

     
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    stubs300 Senior Member

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    What Transformer you runnin?
     
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    monaco75 Senior Member

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    This dinky little ‘90s starter set transformer. (Came with my first starter set). 40 watts max I believe. It won’t power my big MTH engines either. It will give just enough power to start to creep. Any more power it goes into protection mode.

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  6. LocuMob

    LocuMob Fluid Technician with a hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Lots of different sounds going on at once! The F units look good, even if it's stuck on the small loop.
     
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    stubs300 Senior Member

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    OMG! I surprised that can even light a light bulb, let alone run a train. Somewhere buried in my life I have a ZW I want to download.
     
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  8. monaco75

    monaco75 Senior Member

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    LOL, yea it’s pretty weak for sure! I have another one under the table, with a MTH distribution block for some of the accessories. I believe that’s where this one will also end up for the other table.

    A ZW too ehh?? Hmm.... once I get the trains back, may have to get up with you!
     
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  9. DocMcNeedy

    DocMcNeedy "diesel male enhancement recipient" FCBO Gold Member

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    The one I love...just took it out of closet...should use it more.
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    That's a 250 watt, mine's a 275. I also have 2 "Z's", 1 KW, 2 1099's, I'm not sure what else?
    Both of the Z's have so much power, I really like them.
     
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  11. monaco75

    monaco75 Senior Member

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    I’ve always wanted one, but thought them a bit impractical with my modern stuff, with all the bells and whistles.

    You guys got me looking. Lionel did offer “sound activation buttons” to hook up to transformers without sound buttons. Found a couple of em online. Just hook em up between the transformer, and track.

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    In theory this should work perfect! The MTH ProtoSound stuff is activated through different sound button sequences (in conventional mode) On top of being able to sound the bell.
     
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    monaco75 Senior Member

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    Well the wait was worth it! The Boss of the layout is back. I’m absolutely tickled with it. The videos gives it no justice. Thing gives you goosebumps! Sounds just like the real thing running around the room lol. She is a monster!

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  13. monaco75

    monaco75 Senior Member

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    The postwar bug is biting lol. Another addition showed up today. Saw this car on eBay, and was surprised I won it with the cheaper bid I put in. It’s in fairly decent shape. A couple paint chips, and seems to be missing one of the thumb knobs on one of the trucks.

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    Also threw a bid in on a ‘50 and ‘51 catalog, to go with the 2343. The ‘50 hasnt showed up yet. Thinking of framing one of these to hang on the wall.

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    I’m really loving these F3’s. I know I bought em more for a shelf/display piece, but I keep finding myself favoring these on the track over some of the other engines lol.

    Thinking of adding a second level to the layout with a couple loops going around the legs of the tables. This would be the postwar level. Like to get a Texas special to go with the Santa Fe running around, with a couple period correct accessories.

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  14. monaco75

    monaco75 Senior Member

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    The U.P. Alco finally came home today. Nice to see her working again! Had to wait forever on MTH as the motors for this one were not available anymore. Took them a while to find one that would work.

    While at the shop picked up a couple other goodies. The wiring needs cleaning up and finalizing, but have some sidings now for a couple other engines. Installed some switches, and isolated the track so these can sit off while other trains run the layout.

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    Excuse Steve in the background. Seems he wanted to be on video today lol.
     
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  15. monaco75

    monaco75 Senior Member

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    A little more playing around with the GoPro the other day..



    I came across a local ad today on facebook for a bin of old postwar Lionel. Had to jump on it. I spied the top of a ZW transformer in the pics buried in the bin. Also spotted this one year only Wabash 2367 F3.

    Needless to say the bin came home. Some of the stuff is beyond saving. But cleaned up the salvageable cars, and lubed em up. The ZW actually powers up. I havn’t hooked it up to anything yet. The Wabash E unit is cycling, but no movement. Everything under the shell is pretty deteriorated.

    This one may go out for a restoration. Even though she is kind of an ugly duckling, she is a one year only item. Seems a little rarer.

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  16. 78Brougham

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    Great job Zac! Your set and layout are really coming along! Keep up the good work!
     
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  17. cantflip

    cantflip Old Jagoff with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    They always seem to get me when they include the box... :realcrazy::lol:
     
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  18. monaco75

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    Just makes it so easy to walk away with it all lol. Get ya every time!
     
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    I’m experimenting with the vinegar rust removal on the rusty old track. Only been a few hours soak so far. Started a little after 7pm. Do notice the ties are already cleaning up quite a bit. Don’t notice much on the actual track yet. Will see how it looks tomorrow.

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    cantflip Old Jagoff with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Don't toss the vinegar when your done, I have some more of that track for you.
     
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