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Old 03-07-2011, 11:48 AM   #11
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T-Man thanks to you and Servoguy I survived dealing with an e-unit. Good post here.
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Old 03-11-2011, 03:08 PM   #12
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I could not find the information the other day in my short history lesson
of the origins of the E-Unit. But I have come up with the names of
the original patent holders: B.A. Smith and H.P. Sparks were the inventors
of the original device use in 1924.

So next time you stop your engine and back it up at will, Just remember
those two even if just for a minute.

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Old 03-11-2011, 03:39 PM   #13
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My engines have TMCC command control, so those guys have been replaced.
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Old 03-11-2011, 04:55 PM   #14
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Who did B.A. Smith and H.P. Sparks assign the patent to?
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Old 03-11-2011, 05:05 PM   #15
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http://books.google.com/books?id=4kz...Sparks&f=false
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Old 03-12-2011, 08:52 AM   #16
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Bruce,

That's an interesting book link re: the early e-unit development!

I've been reading several books on Lionel company history, but haven't reat that one yet. In the books I've read, Lionel was the "big fish" to Ives' "little fish" in the booming 1920's. Your cited book flips that spin, and has Ives as the big fish to Lionel (Cowen's) subservient little fish status. I'm sure te truth lies somewhere between, but I find the differening perspectives interesting and fun to read.

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Old 03-12-2011, 03:29 PM   #17
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TJ,

The big fish little fish thing does have a year in which that all pivots. 1924 to
be exact. This date and before Ives was King of the American makers. After
1924 Lionel took the lead and never looked back.

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Old 12-20-2011, 08:27 PM   #18
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I recently inherited a lionel train from my grandfather and at first it wouldn't move. We have been able to get it to move but now it swiches from foward to reverse on its own. Do you have any suggestions on how to fix it? We believe the year of it to be 1970's or maby even 80's and the engine number is 8308.
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:59 PM   #19
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Clean your track and wheels and if it has a lever move it.
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:18 PM   #20
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We lightly sanded the wheels and track to clean them and the engine still has a mind of its own along with the front wheels sparking.
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