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    • May 23, 2020 1:55 AM EDT
    • Started working on the headlight and realized I didn't have (or lost) a clear plastic lens.  So I used my circle cutter to cut a new one.  This circle cutter came in vary useful as I used it to scribe some of the pieces I needed to build the Danforth Cooke Sand and Steam domes.



      Rio Gracie

    • May 16, 2020 11:48 PM EDT
    • An operational drive train is a very good thing!

    • May 16, 2020 8:54 PM EDT
    • Recovery is going good and slow.  Work is hectic, but I found some time to work on the CPH.  Tidied up the wiring a little and added the side rods.




      Rio Gracie

    • May 22, 2020 8:38 PM EDT
    • Michael,


      "Small parts and wisdom."  



    • May 22, 2020 4:36 PM EDT
    • Eric

      Did you have to replace the motor block, or just small parts and wisdom?



    • May 22, 2020 2:27 PM EDT
    • Thanks, Dan.  As I said earlier. this has been a long, frustrating, and costly process, but I am glad I committed to seeing it through.  There are lessons here that will save me money in the years to come!

    • May 22, 2020 8:24 AM EDT
    • Those old blocks had many issues not seen until someone has (run the wheels off).  I have found even on newer engines the rivits 'loosen' and I use a small water pump plier to tighten them (these are brass and tighten real easy).  Also I found that LGB had 2 different heads on the hex screws and the thin head has to be on the front axle in order to prevent it from touching the rivits!!   Rear axle did not care about head thickness.

    • May 22, 2020 3:22 AM EDT
    • Great success!

      Kristine McNary at TrainLi shared a video of the chassis running very smoothly.  The big problem were those side rods biding on the cross-head holders. There were other odds and ends, too, to include springs and bushings, missing washers (no clue...maybe eons ago my brother and I changed a traction tire and forgot to replace them?), and known broken bits that i had assumed were from plastic embrittlement but I now understand were symptoms of the worsening binding.  In all, this old locomotive suffered from a combination of small issues that over the last couple years I tried to address as individual items without investigating the root cause.  Lesson learned...



    • May 9, 2020 2:44 AM EDT
    • Update:

      The chassis is at TrainLi.  The initial diagnosis -wear and tear, to include the wheel sets.  The downside - parts availability.  The upside - I can absolve myself of incompetence by blaming my cascading series of failed repair efforts on "lack of comparison to functioning examples."  That's my story and I am sticking to it!


      My VISA is looking very, very afraid for some reason...



    • May 22, 2020 7:04 PM EDT
    • Was this actually done to 1:22.5 or was it closer to 1:19 like the Accucraft version?

    • May 20, 2020 7:22 AM EDT
    • What is HSB?


      edit: Found it.  The Harz Narrow Gauge Railways (German: Harzer Schmalspurbahnen or HSB)

    • May 14, 2020 2:02 AM EDT
    • Just curious on these.  I was perusing some HSB videos on YouTube and the results brought up some live steamers that were definitely G scale but again real live steam.

      Looks like a fantastic model.


      Guess older one as a look on the Regner site had nothing.


      One video it appeared a working steam air pump was on the model. 

    • May 3, 2020 10:15 PM EDT
    • Bill Sakalaucks said:

      It depends on what part it is.  I know of a guy who does some gear work on FB.  Jiro somethingorother.

      Jiro Yeramian machines replacement gears for many locos.  His e-mail is

    • May 3, 2020 8:23 PM EDT
    • Paul; I have a derelict FA unit that might become a donor for your critter.... Call me in the morning, or tonight....

    • May 3, 2020 8:16 PM EDT
    • Welcome Paulmac!

    • May 3, 2020 8:02 PM EDT
    • Hello Fred,

      Thanks - you are too kind to me!


    • May 3, 2020 7:59 PM EDT
    • Is it the same gearbox as used in the Eggliner….if it is; no problem... Just purchase one of them and use its power truck for the critter....



    • May 3, 2020 7:52 PM EDT
    • It depends on what part it is.  I know of a guy who does some gear work on FB.  Jiro somethingorother.

    • May 3, 2020 12:03 AM EDT
    • Thanks, Bill.  Was afraid that might be it.  Do you know if know if the necessary parts are difficult to acquire?