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Posted by Flintlock76 on Saturday, July 23, 2022 8:52 AM

Speaking of Marx, anyone remember James Flynn and his revival of the Marx line back in the 1990's?  Well he's got a YouTube channel which is going to be my latest binge-watch!  I've watched his "Variations On A Class J" (my title) and it's very enjoyable!  Here's the link:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUfhIqTj6nbDLmY3rXzvn7g/videos

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Posted by pennytrains on Saturday, July 23, 2022 6:26 PM

Oh yes!  I always wanted that Century Dreyfuss!

Big Smile  Same me, different spelling!  Big Smile

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Saturday, July 23, 2022 6:37 PM

You know, I remember Jim and Debbie Flynn's Marx revival and while I have to say the trains didn't interest me I will say they were positively elegant.

Louis Marx would have been proud!

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Posted by Leverettrailfan on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 12:57 PM

Thought I should give an update, though I'm not doing anything at the moment about it- the 'road test' for the 0594 was... unsuccessful. I got it running, but not running well. It's clearly drawing way too much current. It also appears that I installed the worm shaft backwards. It doesn't hurt the running quality as far as I can tell, but it causes the engine to run backwards to how it should.
Currently I'm thinking about purchasing the neccesary tap and screws to make it easy to take apart and reassemble the geared truck, so I don't have to break the truck in order to disassemble it.

As far as the motor, I have my concerns it's not strong enough for the job it was given. I think eventually I'll be trying out something I did for my 0055- adding some neodymium magnets in addition to the already existing alnico magnet. Not yet sure how, since I have less clearence to work with, but that's a problem for when I return home from Maine. 
The rubber coupling I improvised (insulation removed from an appliance power cord) is causing issues but I think I can resolve them by making one of the shafts longer somehow- the flexibility of the rubber is unhelpful if the 'gap' between the shafts is significant.

That's all to report for now. More news as this story develops.
-Ellie

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Posted by Leverettrailfan on Thursday, September 15, 2022 10:24 PM

I had mentioned in the 'coffee pot' that I had saved clippings from some magazines that had to get thrown out.
I threw most of them away without looking, but found a few stacks of Model Railroader, organized by year. I manged to look through all of 1957, all of 1958, and almost all of 1959. It seems like Lionel consistently advertised in MRR at this time, however usually limited themselves to a TINY little add telling the reader to refer to their catalog for the full product line. By contrast, Madison Hardware advertisements in MRR listed a pretty good selection. And Gilbert was advertising HO in MRR up until some point later in 1958, and mostly had attractive, full page adds. A few times though, Lionel bothered to put in a full-page ad. This one was in the August, 1957 issue of Model Railroader:

I forget if I knew they were advertising their new in-house produced HO this way, but however easy it may or may not be to find that original catalog, I wonder how many people have seen this advertisement for it?
As soon as I saw the add, I wasted no time checking the 'stack' to see if the October issue was around. It sure was. And not only that, but as promised, the 8-page, full-color Lionel HO catalog was smack dab in the middle of the issue. And cosmetically in quite excellent shape! 
Rest assured, I intend to scan it as well and put the scans on Archive.org where anyone can view them in decent quality.
Even if you have no intention of ever collecting Lionel HO, the lovely illustrations make it well worth keeping an eye out for the October 1959 issue of Model Railroader, if you ask me!

-Ellie

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Posted by Leverettrailfan on Friday, September 16, 2022 11:13 AM

Here's another ad to share, this time a small one. I forget which issue of MRR this was, but I think it was from 1959. This was part of a larger, 3-page spread of advertising from AHC. It's definitely worth noting that the price of Marx's switcher was something like $1 less than the Athearn hustler was at the time. And the Marx model has a geared drive! I think the only other company selling an HO scale hudson with working smoke was AC Gilbert, and I'd wager that their 'smoke and choo choo' equipped hudson was a far bit more than Marx's price. Note that while the illustration is reasonably accurate for the switcher, the illustration for the hudson is definitely not a picture of the actual Marx product.

-Ellie
PS: those 6096 Marx hudsons are supposed to be quite nice, keep an eye out for one! The tender rides on diesel locomotive trucks, making for an odd look.

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Posted by Leverettrailfan on Friday, September 16, 2022 7:09 PM

Here's another paper scan for today- wow! Two documents in one day??? Absolutely nuts, I know. And yet, here we are, eh?
I promised this one a while ago, but didn't get it done until today. Presenting: an operator's manual for Lionel HO remote control switches!




Note that this sheet is dated 9-57, and the advert on the back. From what I remember finding in my searches on the web, Lionel HO track was supplied by Atlas in 1957, and also maybe 1958. It wasn't until 1959 that Lionel came out with the "jumbo curve" sections that were included in sets, and presumably any other Lionel made track. Note also that the Recti-volt was only cataloged 1957-1958. This gives me reason to suggest that the manual dates to somewhere between fall of 1957 and summer or fall of 1959. Considering when Lionel announced the '59 catalog, they were certainly still selling '58 stock well into '59. I assume this is generally how Lionel worked. I am curious to see if there are other versions of this manual with different dates, and if the content is any different.

Forthcoming will eventually be several Gilbert HO full-page ads, an odd Lionel full page ad or two, and a good few KMT/Kusan Auburn full-page ads. I'll also be sure to share some odd others, including an assortment of Madison Hardware ads. There should still be more 'zines to go through, if I can get to them before somebody decides to throw them out.

Edit: I've put these scans up on Archive.org, where you can also view them, or choose to download the scans in FULL RESOLUTION as a searchable PDF or as TIFF files. Don't have too much fun Laugh

-Ellie

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