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Old 01-28-2020, 01:00 PM   #21
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Oh, BTW, you can also buy an auto-reversing kit without the trolley:

And then, of course, you could just get an auto-reversing controller and build your own track:

There's probably much better ones than that, it was just the first one I saw.
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Old 02-01-2020, 09:57 AM   #22
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Well my 2 cents.
during our club display at Christmas time we run a trolley line 6 hours a day , 4 days a week. We used to run Lionel trolleys but they did not hold up quite as well. As most people here tend to agree MTH makes a great product. Though they operate at a low voltage they really like to run fast. But that is what we use.

Don't cut out the Lionel #60 trolley. Can be had at a good cost and a slow runner. Also easy to repair. Oh and will negotiate D16 curves on super streets where the MTH will not.

Also take a look at the Atlas trolleys. Don't get the Industrial rail ones as they have nylon gears. The newer Atlas ones have metal gears and are bump and go as well as E unit. They will also handle D16 curves.

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Old 02-01-2020, 01:23 PM   #23
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I think the MTH trolley would indeed probably run a lot longer than the Lionel one. Henning's has an old MTH steamer that runs in front of the store, It's run for years, it's on it's 3rd set of pickup rollers, and it did eat a motor a while back, but it gets a lot of HARD use.
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