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    • April 18, 2021 10:39 AM EDT
    • Ray Dunakin said:

      I'm just shocked that the freight train has an actual CABOOSE in 2021! I didn't know any railroads still used them.

      Ray I had to go back after t reading your comment, didn't pay a bit of attention to the caboose.

      Side note, here in Phoenix the BNSF line has a wye near Grand ave and 43rd ave and they store a caboose there they use as a shove car. I need to take a picture of it as it is a well graffitied extended vision caboose

    • April 17, 2021 12:04 PM EDT
    • Devon Sinsley said:
      Bob Cope said:
      Devon Sinsley said:

      SNIP . I can see why they would think it was a good idea so it didn't wash out the tracks but hydraulically its horrible.

      Devon, you hit the nail on the head. That is done to divert the flow and reduce the velocity of storm water running out of that drain line.  Left to it's devices with out the vertical leg, the damage to the road bed would be extensive in any heavy rain storm,  It's NOT SUPPOSED to be good for the hydraulics.

      I have no problem with a 90 degree bend, But it should be a sweeping bend. But I am also used to working with pressurized water systems not low volume low pressure drainage. I am sure it works just fine. But working with pipe design most of my life it just looks odd to see a pipe do that.

      Under normal flow calculations I would agree that a sweeping turn is better. But in this case, the INTENT is to damage the flow and generate turbulence, therefore the HARD 90. 

    • April 17, 2021 1:58 AM EDT
    • I'm just shocked that the freight train has an actual CABOOSE in 2021! I didn't know any railroads still used them.

    • April 17, 2021 3:59 PM EDT
    • Pete, David posting on Facebook is all well and good for those that go down that rabbit hole. I don't have a Facebook account, and don't plan to get one. Way too many issues over the years with Facebook that I want no part of. Between security risks and alleged anti-trust, why would I want to?  I have bookmarked his site and added his email to my contacts, best I can do.

    • April 17, 2021 3:15 PM EDT
    • I used to link to it through

      That website caught me a few times, as it didn't work if you put www. in front. Seems to be fine now.

      Incidentally, for anyone looking for David, he's a frequent post-er on Facebook.


    • April 17, 2021 11:44 AM EDT
    • @Al - Thanks for the update. I guess last night when I was looking there was a glitch with the site.


      @Jon - Sorry for the confusion, I had not thought of it from that perspective.

    • April 17, 2021 9:33 AM EDT
    • Wow, glad you were just looking for a website. First thing that ran through my mind when I saw the post title was that another had passed on. Thankful it's not that.

    • April 17, 2021 12:35 AM EDT
    • Does anyone have a link to David Fletcher's web site. I used to link to it through, but it seems that web site is now defunct.

    • April 16, 2021 7:10 AM EDT
    • The wheels press on.


    • April 15, 2021 5:03 PM EDT
    • The people at "Only Trains" are very knowledgeable about LGB products, and may be a good source of information, and parts. They have been very helpful for me in the past....

         Fred Mills

    • April 15, 2021 1:07 PM EDT
    • Thanks Dan, I will look into the wheel size which I'm sure is 37mm. Are the wheels pressed on to the axles, or how do they come on and off another way, thank, trainman

    • April 15, 2021 8:28 AM EDT
    • Usually it is the idler gear that fails in these LGB locos.  Long shaft motor is correct.  Motor and idler are removed from the top.

      LGB-62007 is a pair of idler gears.

      TL39-00133 is a pair of axles with the correct gear but I can not tell for sure if it is the correct wheel size.


      TL is


    • April 14, 2021 12:59 PM EDT
    • On the the Alco LGB 2056 it looks like it takes the long shaft motor, is that correct, now for the axle gear, should I get just the gear, gear with axle, or the gear, axle, wheel combo. How do the wheels remove from the axle, are they pressed on, etc. If you have the part numbers that would be great, plus any info to replace the gear would also help, thanks for any help on this.



    • April 16, 2021 2:59 AM EDT
    • My condolences, as well.

    • April 15, 2021 8:38 AM EDT
    • Condolences to his family and friends...

    • April 14, 2021 6:56 PM EDT
    • My condolences to  his family

    • April 14, 2021 6:13 PM EDT
    • Scott;


      Sorry to learn of Ken's passing.  So many special people created wonderful special effects for the Big Green layout.  Always enjoyed watching the Big Green, and even got to run on it on occasion.  Don't know if we will ever have an ECLSTS as grand as the York shows were, but still hope it can happen.


      Sincerely, David Meashey

    • April 14, 2021 9:17 AM EDT
    • Sad news indeed..RIP

    • April 14, 2021 8:23 AM EDT
    • Long time NHGRS member Ken Hawes has passed away.  He was well known for his burning building and forest fire modules that smoked up the ECLSTS and other NHGRS Big Green displays.  While he had been retired to FLORIDA for a while he still kept busy with trains.  His complete obituary can be found at


      Good model railroaders are always missed when their caboose lamp goes dark.