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    • May 27, 2020 12:57 PM EDT
    • I find the cylinder choice odd, appears to be running off the valve chest... but then again...

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    • May 27, 2020 11:27 AM EDT
    • Thanks for all the help on the boxcar

       

      Next mystery is trying to figure out the identity of this LGB Rack loco,

       

      I think it is a model of a Pikes Peak cog loco.  Most Mt Washington cog locos have a tender.

       

      The mechanism is LGB and I suspect most of the parts are as well.

       

      It is reported to have been custom built but from what.

       

      Stan

       

    • May 26, 2020 10:16 AM EDT
    • Stan,

      What on Earth happened to you on May 16th? Did you get hit on the coconut by a meteor?

    • May 16, 2020 7:56 AM EDT
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    • May 17, 2020 1:06 PM EDT
    • Stan,

      Defiantly Hartford no question. looks to be in good condition. do you want to swap for an Accucraft one? it even has the right couplers on it.

       

      Al P.

    • May 17, 2020 10:52 AM EDT
    • Stanley Ames said:

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      I have attached 2 photos.  In looking closely at the trucks they do not appear to be Accucraft trucks because they have a slotted screw holding the sideframes and the brake rigging is much different.

       

      If these are Hartford trucks that would solve the cars identity.

      Stan 

      Stan, I have attached 3 photos from the Hartford calalog. Their boxcar, the underside of the caboose (sure looks like your trucks!) and the D&RGW 3' 7" truck. It might give you some details.

       

      A thought! Scrape the back of a truck sideframe. Hartford are white metal. Accucraft trucks are brass.

    • May 17, 2020 8:39 AM EDT
    • Stanley Ames said:

      Thanks for all who have provided thoughts.  I also apologize for the 4 posts.  I have no idea how this happened.

      I have attached 2 photos.  In looking closely at the trucks they do not appear to be Accucraft trucks because they have a slotted screw holding the sideframes and the brake rigging is much different.

      If these are Hartford trucks that would solve the cars identity.

      Stan 

      I was shortchanged!  I only got to see ONE post.     

      I'm thinking Hartford, but I don't have ANY Hartford trucks to go by.  (I could NEVER get them to assemble correctly and then Rodney offered some that were so much better!).  The under body sure looks like it could be Hartford, but the only Hartford kit I ever built was the caboose - yet it just has that same sort of look.

       

    • May 17, 2020 7:28 AM EDT
    • Thanks for all who have provided thoughts.  I also apologize for the 4 posts.  I have no idea how this happened.

       

      I have attached 2 photos.  In looking closely at the trucks they do not appear to be Accucraft trucks because they have a slotted screw holding the sideframes and the brake rigging is much different.

       

      If these are Hartford trucks that would solve the cars identity.

       

      Stan 

    • May 16, 2020 10:20 AM EDT
    • Stanley Ames said:

      I have a wood (not plastic) 1:20.3 D&RGW 3000 series box car.

      I suspect it may be a built up Hartford kit.  Is there any​ way to tell for sure?
      Thanks
      Stan
       There's a different level of detail between a PNG Kit and a Hartford kit.   The PNG kits are VERY sturdy.   
      For instance, this PNG Reefer has brass grab irons held in place with brass pins.
       
      This Hartford Caboose has everything cast but in finer detail;  as I recall, there were holds pre-drilled to hold the grab irons...but the metal is rather soft.
      There's a lot of under body detail as well.
       
      If you could post a picture, it MIGHT help...or it might just be too difficult to tell!

       

    • May 16, 2020 10:08 AM EDT
    • I have scratch built 1:20.3 boxcars using parts from Phils and Hartford. When finished, you couldn't tell the difference from the kits.

      So your boxcar  could have been scratch built as well.

       

    • May 16, 2020 7:56 AM EDT
    • I have a wood (not plastic) 1:20.3 D&RGW 3000 series box car.

      I suspect it may be a built up Hartford kit.  Is there any​ way to tell for sure?
       
      Thanks
       
      Stan
       
       

    • May 16, 2020 8:27 AM EDT
    • Could have been Hartford or Phils Narrow Gauge. 

      I have a built up wooden reefer from Phil. 

      philsnarrowgauge

       

    • May 16, 2020 7:56 AM EDT
    • I have a wood (not plastic) 1:20.3 D&RGW 3000 series box car.

      I suspect it may be a built up Hartford kit.  Is there any​ way to tell for sure?
       
      Thanks
       
      Stan
       
       

    • May 16, 2020 7:56 AM EDT
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    • May 11, 2020 4:31 PM EDT
    • I gave up on those Climax spring replacements. These plungers have been trouble since the first time I ran my Bachmann Shay. I reworked the whole power pickup and transmission to the decoder and sound module. I have wheel wipers and mostly soldered connections. It runs flawlessly now. 

       

      I wrote an illustrated set of instructions that can be accessed on my One Drive cloud storage. See https://1drv.ms/b/s!AjB9vifjJU2zgopkW1j6RjvFqrhI3w?e=4nfRaa 

       

      Hope this helps Art 

       

    • May 9, 2020 6:51 PM EDT
    • For those with Aristo GP40's that  don't know which type motor they have installed,  here are a couple photos of the old one and a new one.

      The first photo is an old motor that was removed.  Notice in the open slot that you can see white plastic on the left.

      The second photo is a new type motor after installation.  Notice that in the slot you don't see any exposed white plastic on the left.

      Hope this helps.

    • May 8, 2020 7:26 PM EDT
    • Thanks Ted! I saved that direct link to your vignettes! I've watched your videos for a long time now! 

    • May 8, 2020 5:40 PM EDT
    • Hi Matt,

      Yeah, finding the vignette of interest can be a problem.  Greg E. hosts my vignettes (articles) on his website for me.  In addition to the drop downs that can be erratic, Greg organized the vignettes in pages, 10 vignettes per page.  It's probably easier just to look at the "Ted Doskaris' Vignettes" overall page to see all vignettes listed (81 to date) and click on the one of interest.

      Greg also hosts my videos on his YouTube site.

      -Ted