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Old 11-09-2019, 04:52 PM   #1
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Have a red plastic smoke tube that is broken or missing....Well get a hollow plastic coffee stir stick cut to size and insert into smoke unit.These are like small straws and diameter is smaller than smoke tube but it will work.Get red and it will still light up....
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Old 11-10-2019, 09:22 AM   #2
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Thanks for the cheap trick.
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Old 11-10-2019, 09:38 AM   #3
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What does it do?
Just shoot the smoke up and out?
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Old 11-10-2019, 01:02 PM   #4
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Big Ed, it also puts a red glow like a fire down in smoke stack. Something Gilbert
started for their 1953 models. Actually started in 1952. They also painted inside
of smoke stack white to enhance the glow. The headlight bulb is source for light.
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Old 11-10-2019, 01:16 PM   #5
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I didn't think there was any sort of glow in a steam locomotive stack with the firebox at the rear.

Is there some sort of flame going on in the boiler section I'm not aware of?
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Old 11-10-2019, 02:07 PM   #6
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It was supposed to mimic glowing embers from the stack. Here's a video.
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Old 11-10-2019, 02:16 PM   #7
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Big Ed, it also puts a red glow like a fire down in smoke stack. Something Gilbert
started for their 1953 models. Actually started in 1952. They also painted inside
of smoke stack white to enhance the glow. The headlight bulb is source for light.

OK, Thanks, I never noticed the red tube before this.
Wouldn't it be better if it didn't stick up so much in the stack?
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Old 11-10-2019, 02:28 PM   #8
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Big Ed, the stock red plastic tube doesn't rise higher than just below the rim of the smoke stack. The cheap trick was to use a red coffee stirrer as a replacement.
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Old 11-10-2019, 02:32 PM   #9
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Big Ed, the stock red plastic tube doesn't rise higher than just below the rim of the smoke stack. The cheap trick was to use a red coffee stirrer as a replacement.


OK, then it needs to be trimmed a little.
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Old 11-10-2019, 06:14 PM   #10
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That video is what is called the "Hell Train". I've seen it before. Check it out on youtube.
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