Sunday photo fun 6-11

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Sunday photo fun 6-11
Posted by Penny Trains on Sunday, June 11, 2017 6:21 PM

It's J Day!  Big Smile

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Posted by Firelock76 on Sunday, June 11, 2017 6:34 PM

The best steam passenger locomotive ever built! EVER!

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Posted by Nationwidelines on Sunday, June 11, 2017 6:58 PM

I guess this is a different engine, but it was under renovation in 2015!

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Posted by Firelock76 on Sunday, June 11, 2017 8:04 PM

4449's not bad either, but I never rode behind that one.

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Posted by Frank54 on Sunday, June 11, 2017 10:34 PM

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Posted by Penny Trains on Monday, June 12, 2017 7:09 PM

Now if NYC had just saved a Century Hudson...

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Posted by rtraincollector on Monday, June 12, 2017 7:24 PM

Or PRR saved the S2 

Life's hard, even harder if your stupid  John Wayne

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Monday, June 12, 2017 10:25 PM

Those are some great pictures of the J! I am trying to post some pictures from our recent trip to Japan, but I am far too lazy for all this ! No worries. I'll figure it out someday.

Hey, aren't some dudes trying to new build a Pennsylvania T1? They had a post where they were casting drive wheels. That could get me out of this comfortable Lazy Boy.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 6:07 PM

rtraincollector

Or PRR saved the S2 

 

Or the S1 or a T1.  Or maybe if the NYC saved a Niagara.

O well, what are you gonna do?

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Posted by Penny Trains on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 6:24 PM

Firelock76
"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened!"

And be thankful most of it happened in the age of photography!  Big Smile

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 10:56 PM

Testing... is it working?https://www.flickr.com/photos/155626296@N05/35107426012/in/dateposted-public/

let me try it again, when I have a minute, sorry.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 7:30 PM

Paul, these are the lads that are trying to build a new T1...

www.prrt1steamlocomotivetrust.org

I met some of the members at a train show last year, and they are in earnest!

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Thursday, June 29, 2017 10:22 PM

That great, Firelock. Wasn't knocking it, would love to see it run ! I'm a Pennsy fan, saw the 1361 in York in '88. So, I've been known to chase after such things.That was the only time I've been to York.

All steam is good steam! 

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Posted by Penny Trains on Saturday, July 01, 2017 6:53 PM

Postwar Paul

Testing... is it working?https://www.flickr.com/photos/155626296@N05/35107426012/in/dateposted-public/

let me try it again, when I have a minute, sorry.

 

Use the "BBCode" link for sharing.

The only "bad" thing is you won't be able to see them to make sure they worked until after you submit the post.

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Posted by Penny Trains on Saturday, July 01, 2017 6:57 PM

My original photos reposted:

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, July 02, 2017 11:25 AM

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Paul The sweet smell of success ! Thanks for the tip, Becky !

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Posted by Penny Trains on Sunday, July 02, 2017 6:13 PM

Hey!  I built paper models of those steam locos!

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, July 02, 2017 9:32 PM

That is so cool ! They look great ! Many rail fans, and train museums in Japan, especially since trains are one of the principal modes of transportation. And many products available, such as your paper models, Nano blocks ( like Legos) to build train models. 

Kyoto railway museum has the roundhouse pictured,and many steamers on display. I think half of them are in operating condition. They also have a Porter Mogul from about 1880 .Many American engines used to be exported.

Paul

Your models are good, they have all the detail of the originals. Becky, what is the electric in the back ?

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Posted by Penny Trains on Monday, July 03, 2017 7:09 PM

EF55-1.  These are Canon Creative Park free downloads.  http://cp.c-ij.com/jp/categories/CAT-ST01-0087/index.html  The instructions are in Japanese, but they're so heavily illustrated that it's not a big problem.  Here's the webpage of the designer: http://www.paperart-c.com/en/card-model/card-model-top.html  Unfortunately not all of his creations are available for download.

Here's another Canon train:

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The 3 locos in the first pic are roughly S gauge in size but this Himalayan tank loco is G.  That's a Lionel Large Scale figure standing along side.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Monday, July 03, 2017 7:18 PM

Awesome! I recognize the Darjeeling Himalayan tank from some of the DVD s I have. Very nice !

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Posted by Penny Trains on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 8:06 PM

This is NOT my model.  I saw this pic posted on another forum I'm active on for paper model building.  There are ways to weather them, and this is what a master builder created for an exhibition:

Whoever made this is operating WAY above my grade!  Big Smile

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 10:30 PM

O.k., but it still looks great. Talking about modeling skills, I find myself building in larger, and larger scales ( as my eyesight becomes less precise ) .There was a time it was N scale. I was happy to change out couplers, and wheelsets for Kadee products. When I went to HO, I thought I had gone to Large scale ! Now, I like to build, and kitbash in G. I can see it ! But I still love to repair Lionel postwar. Simple, straightforward.

 So, today I was running trains. Like to rotate all the Lionel postwar engines, to keep everything running well, especially after all the servicing I've done over the last few months.All my children are happy! Ran the 2046 , the 2025, the 2037, the 1615, the 726rr, the 681, the 2055, the 2020, the 627, the202. 

Then, I put the 224e on the track. Last train of the day. I'm feeling quite content. This engine has had a sticky E-unit for just about ever. Usually, it will cycle easily into reverse, or neutral, but I will have to cycle it twice to get into forward. This has become the norm, and I don't pay any attention to it. Well, today I put it on the track, cycled in reverse and coupled to my train. Cycled to neutral, o.k., tryed to cycle to forward, and it pulled a dead short.I could not clear the short until I lifted the engine off the track. The E-unit had picked today to try to make a point!

 I have a new e-unit drum on my workbench, and I'm thinking " how bad can it be ?" So, off comes the shell, out comes the E-unit, split it open to remove the old drum, and there's my problem: 2 of the fingers are bent near the tip. Boogers ! I don't have fingers! So, I'm sitting there like a fool trying to straighten them out, and feel quite proud of myself; everything is back together, and appears to be seated correctly.

But wait. There's a wire hanging loose from somewhere. I wonder if it's important? 

So, that was my day. Have a great 4th.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 5:00 PM

I've got a 224 who's E-unit died in a shower of sparks. Glad I had the lights off when it happened, looked pretty cool, but anyway since I hardly ever back a train on my layout I just removed the thing and hard-wired the pick-ups to the motor.  Runs fine, but in forward only.  One day I'll replace the E-unit.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 7:12 PM

Yes. These old trains. The Agony and the Ecstasy.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 7:28 PM

TM Books and Video has a post-war Lionel repair video which shows you how to repair and E-unit, but to their credit they don't try to make it look easy.  I haven't quite worked up the nerve to try it myself.

www.tmbv.com

 

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Posted by rrswede on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 8:37 PM

Here are two other links dealing with E unit repairs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3cHF_a6CNM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mA6AdfzXo3g

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 10:01 PM

Thanks, guys! I did the 1688's e-unit myself, and it surprised me how easy it went back together. That was not the case with the 224e, but I think I just need to get rid of those old finger boards and rewire everything. Those fingers have been in there since about 1939, I think they have done their job already. No amount of straightending is going to help.

But I do appreciate your help !

Paul

Also, when I look at the old fingers, they appear to have worn thin where they contact the drum. This probably contributed to them folding over the way they did. I will try some new fingers, and see what happens.

I have fingers ordered. Looking at the old drum, it may have been faulty also. The rotating pins on the ends are badly worn.I just discovered something interesting; in a 360 rotation of the drum,it will hit each combination twice. Twice it will land on forward, neutral, and reverse because the same combination of contacts occurs on the drum 180 degrees apart. So my symptom of cycling twice to get into forward points to a drum contact problem. I will leave the new drum in,AND change the fingers.

Let me revise slightly:

In one revolution of an E-unit drum, it will hit forward twice, reverse twice, and neutral four times.

There are 8 teeth on the drum. The pawl will advance one tooth each time the current is interrupted.

It would advance like this:

F-N-R-N-F-N-R-N-

and repeat. I looked at my old drum, and one contact is worn low. The finger could not touch, so I would reverse every 180 degrees on the drum, forward every 360 degrees on the drum because one contact is bad. 

How clever these people were who designed this stuff !

In case you're wondering, the fingers came in today, got the E rebuilt, new drum and fingers . It was completely worn out, it has needed this rebuild for a long time, but I put it off until it died. Running great forward and reverse. Tomorrow will be insulating, dressing wires, and final assembly. I've always loved this engine !

Last step:  Test track ! 

Always a good excuse...

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