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    • February 17, 2018 8:20 PM EST
    • Too easy.  If my father-in-law hasn't committed them to a project, it sounds like I could remove them from the frame, put them in a zip-lock, and place the all with some packing in a flat rate box.

      I'll write the in-laws tonight to make sure the parts are still available.



    • February 17, 2018 7:40 PM EST
    • I need both whole pistons, the sliders, and driverods that connects to the center wheel. I completely replace the pistons on the Lil Big Haulers and modify the driverods to fit.

    • February 17, 2018 7:09 PM EST
    • Vic,


      I just repowered an "Annie."  See the thread here "Topic: Another Weekend, Another Fried Locomotive -- Bachmann 4-6-0 "  Here is a close-up of what I think you are looking for to determine if this is the right spare parts package:


      Be advised, the whole thing is at my father-in-law's awaiting his creative touch; it might be in pieces.

      As for cost, shipping to Hawai'i won't make it worth your while, I would think, but I am open to a trade (Rolling stock, structure bits, whatever.).  Let me know!



    • February 15, 2018 9:09 AM EST
    • I made it myself from the manual that Sierra suggested for DCC operation.
      Iain Collingwood said:

      Where did you get the board from to eliminate the battery? 




    • February 15, 2018 4:24 AM EST
    • Where did you get the board from to eliminate the battery? 

    • February 14, 2018 4:15 PM EST
    • I have a Phoenix Big Sound 97 and a Sierra Soundtraxx sound units for the Shays.

      1. Phoenix come with charging jack, three reed switches and 2 micro push buttons used for volume control and all my manuals, No speaker

      2. Sierra Soundtraxx unit come with a regulator to eliminate the battery(DCC), the optional charging jack and Coupler Clank switch and chuff reed switch with magnets, none of the optional items have ever been installed. Manuals. No speaker

      Both sound units will work on DC and DCC.


      Price $125.00 each plus Shipping.

    • February 12, 2018 3:26 PM EST
    • Thanks Bill!


      Got it!



    • February 12, 2018 11:58 AM EST
    • A train set from the estate of a Conrail executive.  0-4-0 loco, 2 coaches, circle of track, power pack and 4 people.  Shows little sign of wear, as it was only used around the tree.  Loco flagstaffs missing/broken.
      Paypal or cash/check accepted, $235 plus shipping.

    • February 11, 2018 12:34 AM EST
    • 3x QSI Titan Boards with G wire receiver boards and cooling fans prefer not to split up ( 2x programmed for SD70 and one GP9) $300 each
      1x GWire Wireless receiver board $100
      1x NCE Remote $100
      1x QSI programmer (there is no CD) $25

      All fully functional.




    • February 10, 2018 1:46 PM EST
    • Sale Pending.



    • February 8, 2018 8:03 PM EST
    • If it still does the start-up routine that you hear at 3:02 into the video (i.e., open then close the door, then crank the engine over three times to catch), like the 2K2, you can still make it go through this routine before leaving if it receives a "burst of energy." The cab even "jerks" when the operator climbs up into it as the door opens.  If you bring up the power gradually, it ignores the routine.  The routine occurs at about 2.3 volts to the board and you must leave it at that voltage for the duration (about 20 seconds) or it just goes to the horn/engine run. 


    • February 8, 2018 4:12 PM EST
    • Todd Brody said:

      If the Big Sound '97 is like the 2K2, you can make it do some cool stuff.  



      It is not.  The 2K2 and later Phoenix boards are programmable.  The Big Sound 97 uses factory programmed sound chips. I have several of each  You can get th chips re-programmed by Phoenix for about $20.

    • February 8, 2018 2:23 PM EST
    • Todd Brody said:

      If the Big Sound '97 is like the 2K2, you can make it do some cool stuff.  


      Yes, forgot to add the decoder is wired to the Phoenix unit and you can control the horn (F2),bell (F1),the volume levels on F5 & F6 and Headlights (F0) and the overhead light pulses (F3).

    • February 8, 2018 2:09 PM EST
    • If the Big Sound '97 is like the 2K2, you can make it do some cool stuff.  


    • February 10, 2018 11:23 AM EST
    • A special thank you to Dave M. For hooking me up with a new end for my stream liner. I would also like to thank Kevin Kavic for sending me a cast version.

      Honorable mention goes to Rooster for pointing me in the right direction.


      Thank you all.



    • February 9, 2018 7:04 PM EST
    • I'm interested to know if anyone has Aristo Craft stream liners, heavy weights, or smooth side cars that have been dropped or otherwise rendered unusable. Depending on what you have I may be interested in purchasing a few for my re-purposed passenger car builds

      Yes really.

    • February 9, 2018 2:06 PM EST
    • That's a great idea, Mike, I think I'll do that.

    • February 9, 2018 1:49 PM EST
    • Most used engines come and go quickly, your best bet is probably to let Jay know what you can afford to spend and what kind of engine you might like to own and see what he can turn up.   Good Luck!   


    • February 9, 2018 10:16 AM EST
    • Thanks for all the great suggestions from all.  I'm not able to spend a whole lot of time watching replies to my questions so apologize for my tardiness in thank you all.  I do know Jay Kovacs / The Train Dept. (met him at a local friend's steam-up last year) and I think that will probably end up being my source for a loco unless something good and used shows up locally where I can have another set of eyes look at it with me.  

    • February 9, 2018 1:26 AM EST
    • John Caughey said:

      Take me out of the search, I decided to get a Ruby kit and learn as I go.

      I pushed the button to start the ball rolling! Can't wait to set the desert on fire!

      Miss Ruby was hand delivered today, as the Brown truck driver approached he said I'm bringing you a locomotive! Nonplussed I said "And this one is a live steamer!" blank look- "Fire and water makes steam" ... 'oh oh ok'. As he headed towards the truck he said "You have a nice setup."

      I put everything back in the box and set her on the Train Altar because I'm building a bridge right now and then I'll want to clean up my work bench... and clean my Optivisors to read the fine print!