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Old 01-08-2011, 12:58 PM   #1
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Reference Manuals are important. It's where I always start by reading the manual. So this thread will be my link support to information that is useful to you.

I would try amazon.com for book selections they have a wide range of use books and the inventory and prices change all the time.

I also suggest Woodland Scenics a good all scale supplier of accessories.

Here is a Lionel search on Amazon Unfortunately Lionel has other meanings than trains, but it works.

My first on line suggestion is the Basic 0/27 O manual. This is a copy of an ordinary manual that came out in the 50's with a Lionel set. It has a lot of beginner information. A good place to start. This is located Thor's site. This guy has an excellent site. You should look at his layout plans too.

Another is the model railroad electronics for the "do it yourself" enthusiast.

Basic O/027 manual

This is his Homepage too he has an excellent Marx section too.

The nice thing is the Manual is printable.

The American Flyer Service Manual

Block Signal Wiring is discussed at The Toy Train Revue.

The best technical source on line is the Olsen Library

The reference for postwar transformers

Also from GR John with Google talent Two Rail O Scale Primer

Another important feature is the "SEARCH". In the past we may have answered or covered the same topics. They are still there to view. You have a general search, an advance search (that can narrow it down by author) and the tag search about a specific item. The tag search also has a suggestion feature to assist you.

This thread is by no means complete. I just use this as a starting point. It my personal preference.

In my Signature Link Page ( The link at the bottom of this post) is a number of topics discussed here in the forum. Most are with pictures. The topic list is long so bear with it. My picture list has gotten so long I went to photo bucket for ease of retrieval. So peruse the threads and post your inquiries.

I am adding this link on phasing post war transformers.
Also submitted by GR John. Thanks.
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Old 01-08-2011, 01:23 PM   #2
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DCC Information and Company Sites

Way Back when I answered questions on DCC it was a standard reply. Just visit the site who makes it and read their material and FAQ's. That's it.

Here is the Lionel Site.

Lionel Service documents for the modern era 1970 to 2006

American Flyer and K Line is owned by Lionel.

American Flyer wiring Diagrams

Train web printable electric diagrams

A Marx site


For Parts there is Port Line Hobby

This guy always has a good table at the Wilmington train show.

Port lines has a very good list of clinic articles that includes Lionel as well as AF.
It has one on phasing postwar transformers.

And the MTH Site.

Kusan and American Toy Trains


The second best piece of information I can give you is on the web under the Lionel Supplements. This information starts in 1970 to 2004 somewhere around 44 of them and new ones are added. These are technical diagrams of trains and accessories the problem is that they are a jungle and you need to see the index of each one to know what it contains. The good news is that they re down loadable. The sup page.
The index to these is large. The engine numbers are grouped to type, later they are indexed by cab number. The manual numbers run 1-1 to 15-99 and so on. The adobe reader has it's own page system and this is what is used to print. This information is on every CD Service Manual so a lot of good stuff is there, you just need to find it. Printing a page here and there is well worth it.

This takes us to Supplement 1-9 this covers the MPC era from 1970 to the mid 80's. It gives details of all the differences in the engines produced in this time period. Some are only DC. So this is where you look up the engine number and dive right in. Supp 1-9
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Marx

Marx has limited information.

Thor comes through again. So here is his page.

Smitty's Toy Train Marx Parts

The Robert Grossman Company Marx Train Parts

Marx
490 Loco
999 steam

diagram explained

T-man Marx attack apart

Bob Kenny pictorial on reverse unit

NEW Marx Tinplate trains .com has some printable instructions and old catalogs
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I am burning a CD of your links.


Disc title, just a simple T-MANS HELPFUL LINKS and MORE

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Modern Lionel

CW 80 Transformer

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Parts

One good thing going is part suppliers. Some are specialized for one thing or another.

The first is Lionel. They have pictures that break down the parts.

Of Course we have Olsen that suplies us with technical information.

A favorite is Jeff the Train Tender

Another is Stann Orr also in NY

Then there is East Coast Train Parts in NJ not to be confused with North East Trains in Peabody Mass.

South in PA there is Hennings Trains which is also a store.

In Lexington Mass there is Dr Tinker

Stores there is North East Trains. in Peabody Mass.

Charles Ro in Malden, Mass

Gunnerunnerjohn's complete list link. Some I have never heard of!

S & W Parts NY
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Old 01-08-2011, 05:16 PM   #7
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Train ID Mostly Lionel

There is the http://www.postwarlionel.com/

The Tandem Associates too

The Olsen Library Helps too

Also Lionel-Train-Set.com

Prewar trains online are more difficult. I use a Dolyle book. Also I have a CD with prewar catalogs which are cool.I can view the sets and original costs.

Ebay is Okay for pricing if the you know the engine number.

How about vintage ads for oil. A great resource.
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T-Man,

EXCELLENT thread ... great compilation of source info ... well done!!!

I'll add a couple of Marx identification sources ...

http://www.toyandtrainguides.com/marxtin.htm

http://marxtinplatetrains.com/index.html

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A Lionel Prewar reference.



This is a Terry Gibbs site. Lost in my favorites.
The encyclopedia of trains

His new mainpage ,the bottom right has interesting articles.
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Nice links. I hope he finds time to expand the prewar steam engine section. Mostly electric loco information on his site.

Interestingly, he shows a Lionel/Ives 1561 electric loco. I was ebay-cruising the other day and saw a 1661 Lionel/Ives (which is very similar to my 1681's) which was misidentified as a "1561" ... while I knew the tag was wrong, I wondered if there ever was a 1561 loco. Well, now I know ... the electric one, per Terry's site. Neat.

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