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    • September 5, 2019 8:20 PM EDT
    • Ken Mathews/Imagination Station Kids On Track said:

      Hello, 

      Our program, Imagination Station Kids On Track was donated a new Amtrak U25B. The only problem is that it lacks any handrails. The original owner couldn't find them and the locomotive had only been out of the box once? We are searching for someone who might have a complete set of original handrails for sale. (any color)

      Ken,

      I would like to table this  "SIMPLE OPTION"  first if I may?

       

      Do "you" have the box that the locomotive came out of only once or does the original owner have that ? IF SO ... please flip the styrofoam inserts over from the box it came from only once as the railing is sometimes taped too backside of the inserts. 

       

      However you could go with Gilbert before looking

       

      Rooster: is tabling possible options before jumping into ANSWERS

    • September 5, 2019 8:01 PM EDT
    • It is surprising what can be found here on LSC...Gilbert  (GLX) has been mentioned often here, and is known to let us know of products he has available.  I have helped him get some representative parts, to help produce new ones.

         Since I do not have that particular locomotive, I can't provide the sample. It would be great if it was the same style of railing part as on the RS3...Gilbert already has them.

        Fred Mills

    • September 5, 2019 7:47 PM EDT
    • Gilbert made me new roller bearing end caps for an Artisto truck that had lost one. So he can help if he has an example to copy.

    • September 5, 2019 3:18 PM EDT
    • Thank you Fred, I'll contact them. 

      Greg, it's permanently in there now. I am also amazed as I hadn't heard of them. We sure will use them now. I do fix a lot of equipment for people. Thanks! Ken 

    • September 5, 2019 3:05 PM EDT
    • Ken, I would strongly recommend you make a permanent bookmark in your browser, since you are in the business of fixing and refurbishing trains. GLX has a wealth of replacement/repair parts and is amenable to new items.

       

      (I'm actually mildly surprised you don't know of GLX already)

       

      Greg

    • September 5, 2019 1:57 PM EDT
    • Yes

      ; the telephone number is (613) 294-2276  , or you can go to the web page at:  www.glxscalemodels.com 

        Fred Mills

    • September 5, 2019 1:13 PM EDT
    • Thanks Fred. Do you have a phone number? Ken

    • September 5, 2019 12:54 PM EDT
    • Check with GLX Scale models. Gilbert may have the stanchions...if he doesn't, he might be able to make them. The actual handrail can be formed from brass rod.

        Fred Mills 

    • September 3, 2019 10:19 PM EDT
    • Hello, 

      Our program, Imagination Station Kids On Track was donated a new Amtrak U25B. The only problem is that it lacks any handrails. The original owner couldn't find them and the locomotive had only been out of the box once? We are searching for someone who might have a complete set of original handrails for sale. (any color)

      If you have a set you can part with, (front, rear and both sides) or you know someone who does, please get in touch with us here on this site or contact me, Kenneth Mathews at; kenmathews54321@gmail.com .

      We would really like to get this Amtrak locomotive up and running for kids to operate with our Amtrak train cars before Christmas, if possible.

      Thanks! Ken

      c/o Imagination Station Kids On Track Model Railroad And Train Safety Program

      E. Helena, Montana 

    • September 5, 2019 8:13 PM EDT
    • Amen. I am so much better off without her. She is busy driving other people crazy now.

    • September 4, 2019 10:13 PM EDT
    • Hah! The only adjustments to a decoder that needed to be reset 3 times I would use would be in the form of a sledge hammer.

       

      I throw away unreliable stuff. Life is way too short to put up with stuff that makes you crazy.

       

      Greg

    • September 4, 2019 4:32 PM EDT
    • For DCC Experts: I just finished installing a customer-provided Massoth XLS older version sound decoder into his LGB Mogul locomotive. Everything is working fine in DCC mode but when powering the loco in DC/Analog power, the headlight pulses on-off. There's also a noticable low hum noise in the speaker when applying DC power to the decoder. Connected to the decoder is the standard LGB Mogul's smoke unit, the headlight, a Massoth hall sensor/chuff pulse generator, a Massoth Sound Function Trigger/PCB, and a Massoth volume control "pot." The Mogul owner plans to operate this Mogul on his MTS III layout, but also wants to be able to operate it in DC/Analog power, thus the sound function trigger installed for activating the whistle and bell with track magnets.

      Using either 14 or 28 speed steps causes the headlight/sound humming issue. This older XLS decoder is finicky......I've had to reset it three times when it stopped working during various test runs of the loco, either on my programming track with roller wheels, or on my small 15 x 6 foot indoor layout. I use a Piko Central Station for my test bed/programming track, and a Massoth DCC Central Station/Power Supply for my indoor layout and my new garden railway I'm installing with over 350 feet of track.

      Any CV adjustments suggested to eliminate this light pulsing/flickering would be appreciated!
      Thanks
      Tom

    • September 3, 2019 10:11 PM EDT
    • Steve said:

      Hey guys, I need some help..

       

      Bout 2 years ago I bought a new Piko 0-6-0, had smoke, DCC, sound and Pikos new motor block added to it from a reputable company.  I was in the process of moving at the time and just brought it out to test out the layout.  First they did not put the boiler on correctly, you can see a big gap on the side, but the worst part is, I get this clicking noise in reverse and on curves.. R1 and R3...  towards the end of the video, I cut the sound so you can hear it better.  I have to take it apart to fix the gap, so I may have to dig deeper, I just hope someone can give me suggestions on what to look for.

       

      Thanks..

       

    • September 3, 2019 8:56 PM EDT
    • Dan Pierce said:

      I have seen axles shift when running in opposite directions and the screw/pin holding the side rods on will hit something.  Usually only occurs in one direction.

      LGB rivits loosen overtime and have this issue so I replace the thick headed hex screws with thin ones (LGB saw this and changed the screws on some models).

      I'm going to try and take a look at it tomorrow and see what I can come up with.  The place where I bought it from is aware of the issues but they didn't address that one..  would that have anything to do with a wobbly engine as well.

    • September 3, 2019 7:29 AM EDT
    • I have seen axles shift when running in opposite directions and the screw/pin holding the side rods on will hit something.  Usually only occurs in one direction.

      LGB rivits loosen overtime and have this issue so I replace the thick headed hex screws with thin ones (LGB saw this and changed the screws on some models).

    • September 3, 2019 1:03 AM EDT
    • Greg Elmassian said:

      The wobbling is concerning. When running on it's back, if there is a wheel out of true or bent axle it should be easy to see.

       

      By the way, the crossing gate Todd showed you was made by a member of our club. His wife is on the board of directors as am I.

       

      When I see her again I will inquire as to any availability of parts, but I think they closed the business in 2010.

       

       

      https://web.archive.org/web/20030412181918/http://realroad.com/homepage.html

       

      Greg

      Thanks Greg for all the help..

       

      I would love to have those crossing signals they are exactly what I'm looking.  Wish they would produce them again since we are limited in crossing signals.

       

      I'm trying not to worry about the 0-6-0...  I'll get it fixed somehow.  I have a feeling either they stuffed the DCC decoder in there and it didn't fit properly, or they messed up the new motor block..

       

      Thanks again for everything.

       

      Steve

    • September 3, 2019 12:09 AM EDT
    • The wobbling is concerning. When running on it's back, if there is a wheel out of true or bent axle it should be easy to see.

       

      By the way, the crossing gate Todd showed you was made by a member of our club. His wife is on the board of directors as am I.

       

      When I see her again I will inquire as to any availability of parts, but I think they closed the business in 2010.

       

       

      https://web.archive.org/web/20030412181918/http://realroad.com/homepage.html

       

      Greg

    • September 2, 2019 10:12 PM EDT
    • Greg Elmassian said:

      Clicking is often the rod gear hitting itself as it turns, once you get the boiler on right, run it on it's back with wheels up and see if you get clicking noinse, then if you do, see if it happens at same rotation of wheels and you should be able to see if something is hitting every revolution.

       

      Greg

       

      Greg,  again not giving you a hard time... .  I'll have to spend a day off on it, just frustrated I didn't check it out more thoroughly when I got it.  Put my trust in a business that was suppose to be reputable.  Hopefully it'll be an easy fix.  Plus I notice the engine does not sit level on the track.  It wobbles..

       

       

      Thanks,  

      Steve

    • September 2, 2019 3:17 PM EDT
    • Clicking is often the rod gear hitting itself as it turns, once you get the boiler on right, run it on it's back with wheels up and see if you get clicking noinse, then if you do, see if it happens at same rotation of wheels and you should be able to see if something is hitting every revolution.

       

      Greg

    • September 2, 2019 8:47 AM EDT
    • Hey guys, I need some help..

       

      Bout 2 years ago I bought a new Piko 0-6-0, had smoke, DCC, sound and Pikos new motor block added to it from a reputable company.  I was in the process of moving at the time and just brought it out to test out the layout.  First they did not put the boiler on correctly, you can see a big gap on the side, but the worst part is, I get this clicking noise in reverse and on curves.. R1 and R3...  towards the end of the video, I cut the sound so you can hear it better.  I have to take it apart to fix the gap, so I may have to dig deeper, I just hope someone can give me suggestions on what to look for.

       

      Thanks..