The 312 project

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, May 12, 2019 7:43 PM

Many people would sell all their stuff, and change scales. Personally, I never got rid of anything, just keep adding scales.

I really felt it when we moved...

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Sunday, May 12, 2019 7:07 PM

We had a saying in the Marines...

"Never use force, get a bigger hammer!"

I'll tell you, that is one good-looking model of a PRR Pacific.  Almost makes me want to get into S-gauge.

Almost.  I've got so much O-gauge stuff right now it's getting ridiculous.  Time to thin the herd.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, May 12, 2019 6:34 PM

Knuckle down

 

 

 and do the work !

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, May 12, 2019 6:13 PM

Got it out :

ate my Wheaties, and tapped it out with a hammer.

These trains were built to last forever...

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, May 12, 2019 11:55 AM

Here's a question to those knowledgeable in the ways of Flyer:

 

I've got the 282 converted to knuckle coupler already, having trouble removing the pin for 312's coupler. There is a tip about squeezing the pin with Needle nose pliers, but it ain't budging. Maybe not squeezing in the right place ?

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, May 11, 2019 9:46 PM

Thank you ! 

The problem was more in the cylinder casting, and less in the pilot. Although they sell a lot of pilots.

Trying to keep it mostly original, if possible...

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Saturday, May 11, 2019 9:22 PM

Looks like the transplant surgery went well Doc!  My complements!

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, May 11, 2019 8:55 PM

Let's just call it a 

" pilot project" for adding to my roster...

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, May 11, 2019 7:55 PM

Don't tempt me ! I have no will power.

It is nice to keep some spare parts handy, just in case...

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Posted by Penny Trains on Saturday, May 11, 2019 7:07 PM

Now you have an excuse to look for another pacific that's missing it's pilot to add to your fleet!  Wink

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, May 11, 2019 1:20 AM

 ..... works for me !!

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, May 11, 2019 1:16 AM

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, May 11, 2019 1:12 AM

 Which has a lot of great detail

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, May 11, 2019 1:09 AM

The replacement cylinders I bought have a straight mounting tongue

 

 

 

 and will allow me to use the original pilot

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, May 11, 2019 1:06 AM

I started to use the reproduction pilot I bought

 

 

 

 but made a discovery....

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Thursday, May 9, 2019 10:49 PM

I must say all the parts people I have worked with has been a very positive experience.

 

 

 Now, to buckle down and do the work !

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Thursday, May 9, 2019 10:44 PM

These guys are really on the job !!

 

I ordered from both these suppliers on Sunday, both packages came in today ( Thursday )

great service !

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 10:00 PM

Parts are on order from 2 different suppliers. Thank you to those who have responded with suggestions.

Paul

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Posted by dextian on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 9:45 PM
That's a cool project. Rebuilding old trains is really fun. Good luck!

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Friday, May 3, 2019 8:10 PM

Thank you so much !

I have gone as far as I can go with the original parts, and am making up my list of things to order. 

Of course, I work on it when I'm in the mood...

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Posted by kblester on Friday, May 3, 2019 12:41 AM

Best of luck with your project. I still have my Dad's 312 from the 50's. Funny, I remember that engine being about 3 feet long in my childhood. His Great Grandchildren love it.

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Posted by Penny Trains on Monday, April 29, 2019 6:25 PM

I'm hip.  My 310 has a pikemaster truck, the wrong boiler front and a jerry-rigged drawbar.  But she sure is pretty!  Big Smile

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, April 28, 2019 7:53 PM

with these old trains, you find what you find. But if there is an engine you really want, the one you find might need a little work. 

I've really wanted one of these for some time now. I don't mind having to fix it. The shells, boiler and tender are in good shape.

It's totally worth it !!

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Posted by Penny Trains on Sunday, April 28, 2019 6:34 PM

Flyer K's are real works of art.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, April 28, 2019 12:04 PM

We have proven that the 282, and 312 both have good running motors.

 

but, both engin es will need repair on the reverses: the 282 s has a broken fingerboard. The 312 has a deeply grooved drum. Gonna take some time to work through these issues.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, April 21, 2019 12:19 PM

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, April 21, 2019 12:17 PM

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Friday, April 19, 2019 7:52 PM

So, add that to my list. Neither reverser works presently, although I can hear them cycling. Both have at least 1 broken wire in the tether between engine and tender. Still much more work ahead.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Friday, April 19, 2019 7:49 PM

 But not getting any smoke from the 312 yet

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Friday, April 19, 2019 7:46 PM

And very nicely

 

 

 thank you very much !

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