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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2015 2:08 pm 
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Paul, that looks great. Hope you have a hand vac to get it up. :-)


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I finally decided to replace the yellowed decals on that Lionel 2654 I picked up at York last Spring. Given that it's in less than pristine condition I figure I'm not destroying much in the way of collector value. I got some tips on removing old decals using MicroSol and a bit of Palmolive dish-washing soap, along with some gentle scraping using an old plastic card. No retouching of the paint, just new decals.

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I gave it a light over-spray of Testor's Clear Gloss. The decals aren't quite as nice as the originals, but look okay...for now...

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2016 4:38 pm 
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nice!


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:28 pm 
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Looks great, Paul. Certainly it's an improvement.


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Lionel 1689E repainted in crackle-black:

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The Lionel Commodore Vanderbilt style locomotive had a number of versions. This one is the O-27. I found it in tough shape missing its side-plates, marker lights, running gear, and nose-logo plate. Originally painted a gun-metal gray, I tried a can of crackle-black a friend had sent me...turned out okay. It screams toy-train to me...

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 11:14 am 
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As it should. :-)

Very nice, really.


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Another last-of-the-breed Lionel tankers turned up recently, this time a 654 with decals far less yellowed than the 2654 I posted earlier. Snapped this one up:

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Made in 1942, this is the last version of the 654 before Lionel cut over to war production and stopped making toys.

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At least it's not cardboard. :-)


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A friend of mine recently asked for a pic of a late 259E...thought I'd post it here as well:

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This is not the last version as it has thick-rimmed blackened wheels. The last version had nickel thin-rimmed wheels. Both were in gunmetal paint I believe. One of the least expensive of the prewar O-gauge steamers, you can still find nice examples for a reasonable price. The kids always liked looking down the stack at the red glow...

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2016 9:06 pm 
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A cousin had this one when I was little. Thanks for posting - brings back memories.

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