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Old 01-09-2020, 11:08 AM   #11
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It looks nice.
In the case of these 1 year models, are there stats somewhere on how many were produced?
I'm thinking that yearly production numbers for all AF stuff might have been kept. It's amazing how much stuff is still around being enjoyed.
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Old 01-09-2020, 11:22 AM   #12
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A nice 308.
To answer the question all the factory production records were destroyed post bankruptcy in 1967. No one knows for sure how may of any product number were sold. Educated guesses have been made in the past.
The best compilation of relative rarity was an undertaking by Bob Bubeck and Dave Garrigues in a book published by TM Books. The 308 is assigned a rarity of (3). That means they are hard to find, but not truly rare. Some other (3) engines are the 295, 315 and the 405.
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Old 01-09-2020, 11:54 AM   #13
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Thanx. Too bad those records weren't kept.
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Old 01-09-2020, 12:33 PM   #14
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I too have wondered about production numbers. But have not found any. Like you said there are bunches still around. Production is probably higher than we think.
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Old 01-10-2020, 01:01 AM   #15
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Here's a picture. It has the choo-choo only in it that works. However, the pul-mor is on the rear drivers, not the front.
I'm a little late to the party on comments but that is a nice looking 308 you have there. Gives me hope that I might find one after all. A 308 is on my list of "wants". I have several in the 300 numbering list but no 308. Since that was a one year production locomotive, they are hard to find. I have gotten to the point that I would buy one running or not! I'll keep lookin'.

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Old 01-10-2020, 09:23 AM   #16
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Very nice 308 good luck with it enjoy.
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Old 02-09-2020, 08:46 PM   #17
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Got it apart. Looks like someone re-wired it to bypass the reverse unit. I'm going to go ahead and re-wire it and use a jack panel. I don't like the direct wired engines.

Shell says it was manufactured March of 1956. The shell has some damage. Anyone know how to repair the studs that are cracked and broken?
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Old 02-09-2020, 11:05 PM   #18
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I used JB Weld to repair the holes/studs. Mine were broken worse than yours.
One half inch of some studs were broke off. Built them up and carefully drilled
new holes. They work fine.
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Old 02-10-2020, 11:11 AM   #19
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I used JB Weld to repair the holes/studs. Mine were broken worse than yours.
One half inch of some studs were broke off. Built them up and carefully drilled
new holes. They work fine.
How did you do it? I thought of using a plastic straw to extend the broken stud and then tap it.
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Old 02-10-2020, 12:02 PM   #20
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kelpie, I have repaired many broken posts using a large plastic drinking straw as you mention. I break away any loose plastic hanging onto the post, cut a straw to a length slightly longer than the post, slit it lengthwise, placing it around the post, loosely tape the straw to the shell (secure but room for JB Weld to flow onto the surface of the "good" part of the post), fill the straw with JB Weld, and stick a round toothpick into the JB Weld deep enough to extend into the remaining threaded hole in the post. After the JB Weld is thoroughly set, I remove the straw, break the toothpick, file the repaired post to its proper length, center punch the toothpick, drill a pilot hole and then drill with the proper sized bit.

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