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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2015 12:20 pm 
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Yup, the Lionel 68 looks sharp. Around the holidays I put one on the fireplace mantle...helps smoke out any toy-train buffs that visit the house.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 12:39 pm 
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A recent 'rescue' from the local antique mall...needs some work:

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The refurbished trucks were recovered from an early Lionel piece...they should work here. I think I might repaint the roof at some point, but just clean up the body and interior.

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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 7:18 pm 
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Paul, what material did they use over the windows on the side? It looks like they're in good condition compared to many I've seen.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 8:23 pm 
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Paul - The top-side window material is a plastic film with a mottled white and blue treatment hand-applied to it. Reproduction machine-printed material is available but it is a bit thicker and less translucent then the original. If possible (and it usually is) one should try to recover the original material for re-use. Like the clear plastic window material, it is held in place by a few sharp-edged tabs.

When I get around to working on this car I'll need to add a pick-up to one of the trucks to provide current for the lighting. The earliest versions of these cars had no installed lights...they were lit by a string of lights that could be purchased separately and run through them from a connection on the locomotive. I've only ever seen one of those kits manufactured by Lionel. The 33 that I have has the connecting post but it is not wired into the loco.

Here's a pic of what the kit looks like:

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2017 10:07 am 
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An MTH reproduction of the Lionel 9E (with a Franklin Mint 1/24-scale Mercedes 300SL):

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I often wonder what the correct "scale" is for Standard Gauge...somewhere beween 1/24-1/32 I suspect.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:49 pm 
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An MTH 9E reproduction polishes the rails beneath our 2017 Christmas tree:

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A former shelf-queen, this loco needed a Protosound chip reset before we could get it running. It's a common problem with battery-backup Protosound units. At some point I'll go back and install rechargeable capacitors (BCR's) to this and my 392E, mitigating the problem.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:58 am 
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Christmas 2018:

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Lionel 33/35/36 set from 1925-1926. Despite a chunk missing from one of the drive-wheels and a few teeth from the pinion gear, still runs like a champ.

Looks about right...

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:15 am 
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Another shot of the Lionel 33 from a couple months back:

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We'll work on getting the 10 back in running order for 2019.

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Love these!
You do excellent restoration work


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