The 312 project

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Posted by Penny Trains on Monday, May 20, 2019 6:29 PM

Postwar Paul

I've been running my 282 all day :

I guConfusedess I'm just amazed it actually works ! 

But seriously, it's a smooth runner, and a chain smoker !

I'm thinking of using those temporary sticky globs to hold the smoke box front on the 312, that way I can still remove it.

 

That would probably be easier.  The hot glue kept cooling before I could get the front back in place.  Strangely, mine had the headlight mounterd off of the boiler front but the headlight wasn't bored.  I did that with my Dremel in the work station accessory and used a drop of hot glue to simulate a lens.  But when it works loose again, and I know it will, I'll try using a Scotch brand glue dot instead of trying to hot glue the front back on.  Good idea!  Big Smile

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Monday, May 20, 2019 6:55 PM

Mind you that I haven't tried it yet, but seems like it should work. My headlight bulb is on the smoke box front, so I will need occasional access. Don't want it too permanent....

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Monday, May 20, 2019 8:39 PM

If you're missing a headlight lens, or need to adapt a front end to one, try what I did.  I've used 6mm Swarovski crystals as lens substitutes, clear for headlight lenses and red for tail lights.  They pick up light beautifully, and they're inexpensive.  I get them at Michael's craft stores.  A.C. Moore may have them too.

Note, these are the see-through types, not the foil backs.   

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 12:05 PM

Flintlock76

If you're missing a headlight lens, or need to adapt a front end to one, try what I did.  I've used 6mm Swarovski crystals as lens substitutes, clear for headlight lenses and red for tail lights.  They pick up light beautifully, and they're inexpensive.  I get them at Michael's craft stores.  A.C. Moore may have them too.

Note, these are the see-through types, not the foil backs.   

 

what a great tip !

Thank you !

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 12:07 PM

Penny Trains

Ever heard of this?

 

 

O.K.

I'll bite.

What's the story ?

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 12:28 PM

Becky told the story back on page three of the thread, it's a pre-Star War sci-fi novel by George Lucas.  I'd never heard of it either.

You're welcome on the Swarofski tip!  One more thing, I use the Swarofski 3mm green foil-backs to replace missing Lionel steam engine jewels, you know, the ones that simulate classification lights?  The Swarofski's green color isn't as dark as the original Lionel, but they do pick up and reflect light better than the originals.  I've also installed them as running "lights," for lack of a better term, on the sides of my Jersey Transit passenger cars. 

Goes without saying measure the missing headlight socket, the crystals come in different sizes, and use a metric ruler. 

Some pretty good stuff in craft stores.  If I accompany Lady Firestorm to one if she's on one of her knitting yarn raids I do a walk-through to see if there's anything I can use.  Lots of times, there is. 

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 5:03 PM

Yep, I love those craft stores, too. Michael's, also Joanne's, you can usually find something of value.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Friday, May 31, 2019 4:57 PM

 Don't you just love a story with a happy ending ?

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Friday, May 31, 2019 5:01 PM

Road tested and approved :

 

 

 

 

 

 the 312 is one of my best running Flyer engines !

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Friday, May 31, 2019 5:06 PM

She cycles reliably forward and reverse

 

 

 

 

 

 and is the best smokin' AF engine I have !

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Friday, May 31, 2019 5:11 PM

Smokebox front still doesn't totally stay in place, I'll try something else.

 

 

 

 really lovin' this engine !

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, June 2, 2019 4:34 PM

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, June 2, 2019 4:38 PM

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