Lionel 8300 2-4-0 steam locomotive

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Lionel 8300 2-4-0 steam locomotive
Posted by Jonas Grumby on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 2:06 PM

I have a Lionel 8300 2-4-0 steam locomotive, probably from a Cannonball Express set since I seem to have all of the other cars that came with that set.

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Unfortunately I'm missing the front boiler cap, and at some point I replaced it with a cap from a film container. Does anyone know where I might be able to get that part?

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Also, this locomotive has a switch in the back and I don't remember what the switch does. Reverse direction? Does anyone know?

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Thanks!

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Posted by KRM on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 4:33 PM

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Posted by Jonas Grumby on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 4:36 PM
Thanks. I'll do that. I'd like to keep this set alive since I have the whole set.
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Posted by Firelock76 on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 7:02 PM

Just guessin', but I think that switch may be a two-position E-unit switch, strictly "on-off" for an inexpensive engine like that.  Does it run forward-reverse with no "neutral" in between? 

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Posted by Jonas Grumby on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 7:26 PM
Thanks. It's a 3 position switch, so it must be forward, neutral, reverse. I'm going to have to try to run it. My dad probably has some track and a transformer I can use to test it. The only track and transformer I have are from a "new in box" (never used) set, so I don't want to take them out just to test an old locomotive.
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Posted by rtraincollector on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 8:30 PM

I believe that switch may just be a forward/reverse switch with no nuetral. 

The nose your missing. I need to look in my parts box in the garage but believe I may have one. I do not believe there is a part source other than highway robbery on the bay. 

Mine is silver so may not be what you actually need but if you want it you can have it say for exact postage. You may be able to custom it to fit I don't know. 

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Posted by Jonas Grumby on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 8:39 PM

Thanks. That would be great. It does seem like I might have to buy a whole new locomotive on the evil site. I also notice that people selling trains on that site seem to advertise low prices and then charge ridiculous shipping. I saw a complete set (used) for $40 plus $60 shipping. Yeah right. :)

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Posted by sir james I on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 8:46 PM

Yes it is a manual forward/reverse switch.

 

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Posted by TrainLarry on Thursday, November 23, 2017 6:24 AM

The boiler front is part #8300-40

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Posted by cwburfle on Thursday, November 23, 2017 6:53 AM

Difficult part to find, but S&W has them. If you order one, ask Bill whether the headlight lens is included. You may have to order a seperate part, I think it's number 8300-025

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Posted by Jonas Grumby on Friday, November 24, 2017 10:37 AM

Thanks everyone for the info. I set up a simple track yesterday and ran the locomotive, so at least I know that it works! The switch is forward, neutral, reverse. I'm used to HO where the direction is controlled at the power pack. It's nice to have neutral so you can leave locomotives on the track without them going anywhere and without DCC. Now that I know the locomotive works I will definitely look for the cap.

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Posted by Jonas Grumby on Tuesday, December 05, 2017 9:03 PM

I was able to find a parts locomotive that had the boiler cap, so I'm all set. My locomotive had the lens. I see that these locomotives come up all the time on the eVil site, and a lot of them are missing the boiler cap and/or lens. There is a lens for sale right now for $1.00 if anyone needs one.

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