Standard Gauge stuff

Standard Gauge Trains, Vintage to Modern
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Standard Gauge stuff

Postby healey36 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:26 am

Hmmm...the standard gauge topics didn't survive the last purge. Need to start a new general thread.

Pulled down the MTH 9E shelf-queen recently...it was totally dead after years of no track-time. Applied power...nothin'. Dropped in a new battery but still no operation. No clanks-of-death, just nothin'. Took it in to the guys at Toy Trains Unlimited in Hanover PA figuring it needed a hard-reset or some sort of chip replacement. It runs well now.

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This thing is tempermental as hell. Using the Lionel LW I got from Kent you need to start-cycle it at a low voltage. Too much power and it just sits there clanking at you, lol.

I am figuring on running this under the Christmas tree this year on a loop of 42-inch radius track. I'll zip-tie the sections together but expect it will be off the track a lot...kids can't seem to resist running stuff at full steam, err voltage...

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Re: Standard Gauge stuff

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Re: Standard Gauge stuff

Postby healey36 » Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:08 am

Excellent!

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Re: Standard Gauge stuff

Postby Carey Williams » Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:20 am

Hello Standard gauge folks

Here is a link to watch a Lionel 1912 pulling some knobby cars ..all circa 1910 ...and a #5 pulling some 10 series freights #5 1907 , freights 1909.. layout still a work in progress..but note early split pin track ..pre 1912 .
Cheers Carey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_-221KL1eE

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Re: Standard Gauge stuff

Postby healey36 » Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:30 pm

Really nice gear Carey. It still amazes me that the stuff runs more than one hundred years later. I have a late 33, probably 1926 or so, that runs like a clock. It was the first piece of std gauge I ever bought. Despite a poor refurbish job by a previous owner it’s still a favorite.

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Re: Standard Gauge stuff

Postby E7 » Mon Dec 25, 2017 12:26 pm

This one will drive you guys wild!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApJa04UYrWk
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Re: Standard Gauge stuff

Postby healey36 » Tue Dec 26, 2017 3:40 pm

Yeah, I remember that video, matter of fact I've got a copy of it around here somewhere. The Old Man used to tell me there was a fine line between being a collector and being a hoarder, and Frank IMHO seemed to cross that line. How many flippin' State sets do you need? I once ran into a guy at a meet who was snapping up prewar Lionel 2-6-4's (sometimes referred to as Berk's by collectors). He told me he had close to sixty of them in his collection. WTF, I don't understand that mentality, but I think it ran deep during the early days of the TCA. Now those guys are all box collectors...

Man, I'm bitter, lol...

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Re: Standard Gauge stuff

Postby webenda » Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:17 am

I really like your standard gauge photos Healy. :D

I wish you would stop posting them... they make me want to buy one of those beautiful restored or new locomotives. :roll:

Well, you can keep posting them, they provide the opportunity to practice for self-control. :wink:
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Re: Standard Gauge stuff

Postby healey36 » Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:26 pm

Prices for the non-pristine originals are coming down Wayne, pretty quickly from my perspective. Watch eBay...you can find nice well-used Lionel 8's and 10's for reasonable money these days. The pre-Lionel Corp versions of MTH's repro's are falling in price as well. The 9E above, an early Protosound unit, probably listed for $500 when new...doubt you could get $150 for it now.

I'm told my maternal grandfather received a standard gauge set as a boy, something that's hard to imagine now. Must have been something cracking those boxes Christmas AM...

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Re: Standard Gauge stuff

Postby webenda » Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:10 am

----Wayne----

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Re: Standard Gauge stuff

Postby healey36 » Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:39 pm

Was down in the basement looking for a box of dremel bits, found this partially reassembled Lionel 341:

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Totally forgot I had this. Goes back to my early period when I wanted everything to look pristine. Partially disassembled, repainted the body. Needs some roof paint, new window material, rewire...

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Re: Standard Gauge stuff

Postby healey36 » Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:09 am

Christmas 2017...MTH 9E and consist pounding around the tree:

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Pre-Lionel Corp Protosound version I bought from a shop that closed, probably twenty years ago. Always pined for a set of Girard coaches to mate up with it but I think that has passed. Looks fine with a string of 500-series freights. Kids enjoyed it.

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Re: Standard Gauge stuff

Postby J. S. Bach » Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:01 pm

Nice.
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Re: Standard Gauge stuff

Postby healey36 » Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:03 am

From the archives:

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Lionel 10

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Lionel 33

Both of these had been cosmetically refurbished by the previous owner. They were purchased as under-the-Christmas-tree runners and served that purpose for many years.

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