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General Lionel Model Train Discussion / Re: Pictures
« on: July 02, 2019, 07:34:17 am »
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Lionel Maintenance & Repair / Re: 303 engine won't run after 50 yrs.
« on: June 24, 2019, 06:17:03 am »
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It s wonderful to bring out the vintage trains and get them on the track again.

Unlike back in the day when your train was produced and lubricants were 30 weight oil, grease & 3 in 1 oil, there are a  variety of lubricants to choose from today.  What is important is that the lubricant you choose is plastic compatable.  I use Mobile 1 Synthetic oil, buy a quart and it'll practicly last you forever... Most auto supply, hardware, sporting goods stores, fabric stores(sewing machines use high quality, plastic compatable oil & grease) or that little bait shop down the road, will have will have greases and oils that you can use on your trains.

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It's wonderful to break out the trains and spread the love of the sound, of the clickety clack as the train goes roundy round.
You were correct in lubing your engine and axles/wheels after years of storage, ALSO you will want to clean your wheels, power pickups and track. That sounds like why you are having to apply full power.
The older trains will suprise you.  l have trains over 100 years old that run as well as when new.  Hopefully your granddaughter might say the same one day if you leave your train to her...

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I am hoping the link l am providing will give you enough of a schematic to run your cables.

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Trains Marketplace - Buy & Sell Here! / Re: Selling my Lionel Trains
« on: March 18, 2019, 05:02:20 pm »
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lt's with a sad heart we let go of the years of love & joy we've experienced with our trains when the time comes to pass them on.
l'm a few day's shy of 68 and can relate. over the past year l have slowly been thinning my herd.
Please feel free to post your trains, track and accessories, prices and photo's please.
Remember the hayday of collectors prices are past, unless its truly a rare or special item.
l accept cash, check and postal money order, but no paypal or electronic funding when selling items.
l hope you find home for your trains with the forum members.

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General Lionel Model Train Discussion / Re: Best way to appraise
« on: February 22, 2019, 02:31:20 pm »
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You are facing a problem many who inherit trains encounter.
lf you are curious for your own information yoi can purchase Greenberg Guides and look up their value.
You can also view the various online auction sited and average sold/completed sale prices.
If it is for insurance purposes, contact your insurance agent and discuss it with tjem. They may have an appraiser they use or could recomend.
A train shop may help you with this.

Hope this is of some help to you.

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Hello & Wellcome to the Forum!

Rich Arts are very nice but uncommon tinplate train sets.
Value? My only suggestion is to go on to the online auction sites and look at the completed/sold Rich Art original and restored trains. The restored ones will have less value than the untouched/original trains.

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DC Rail and Hobby Depot
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the spots are common on vintage cast shells, it is a problem with the material used to cast the shells. think Zinc Pest.    try the fix travman71 suggested,  sounds as good as any l have heard of, but don't be surprised when they reoccur...

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Sorry to hear about your power problem. 
You've already done step one one dealing with it, next, get out your multi-meter, power up the track and check section by section to see where you are losing connectivity.  It is quite possible that you have corroded/dirty pin and ends on your track & not getting good connectivity a possible problem with permanently attached track to layout. If your continuity is bad, you might want to consider attaching another feeder at the center point where your power drops or take up the track pieces clean and the ends or just replace them with new good track.
You didn't mention how much track you have laid and how much power you are trying to use...

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The Train Yard / Merry Christmas
« on: December 25, 2018, 09:35:05 am »
I would like to wish all the Forum Members and their Families a Merry Christmas...
I hope Santa left you new trains and accessories.

If you got a lump of coal, get a live steamer!

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General Model Train Discussions / 2018 TTRA TTOS SP Winter Finals
« on: December 21, 2018, 08:36:39 am »
Toy Train Drag Racing...

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Sorry to hear about your problem.
my initial thought is you have a track problem.
l suggest you power up your track, then take a multimeter and check all the pieces of track to make sure you have good continuous-connections between each section of track.  check the pins and ends of the track to make certain they are clean and making a good connection.
you may need to add feeder lines to ensure you have continuous power around your loop of track.

hope this helps.

happy rails!

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The Train Yard / A Lionel Christmas
« on: November 25, 2018, 07:49:53 am »
It's that time of year....
Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday's!

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