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Hi guys,

With HUGE thanks to many of you on this forum, I've kludged my way through "Lionel Restoration 101" and have gotten my old Lionel #1590 set from 1958 up and running. The loco needed a little t.l.c. (with sound advice from T-Man, big_ed, Reckers, etc.), but she's now running 'round the track. And pulling a nice little load of cleaned up cars, I might add.

The old 1015 transformer was looking pretty toasty. So, we bought a shiny new CW-80 transformer which is kicking out plenty of juice for our simple, oval track loop. (Safety first!)

Attached are some pics, including a fun little composite shot of the train today, superimposed alongside her 1958 catalog image.

My boys (7 and 4) and I are having a blast with this stuff. So much so, that I just bought ANOTHER #1590 set on ebay ... that one is pretty beat up (as seen via the online pics), and missing the Range Patrol flat car, but ...

I guess that's what happens. I've got "the bug" ... I'm having fun with this first 1590 set, might breathe some life into the 2nd 1590 set, and then who knows beyond that. I suspect T-Man will soon entice me towards a 224 loco, some extra track, turnouts, auto cow loaders, etc.

Oh well ... we're never too old to have a little fun, right?

TJ
 

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Hi guys,

With HUGE thanks to many of you on this forum, I've kludged my way through "Lionel Restoration 101" and have gotten my old Lionel #1590 set from 1958 up and running. The loco needed a little t.l.c. (with sound advice from T-Man, big_ed, Reckers, etc.), but she's now running 'round the track. And pulling a nice little load of cleaned up cars, I might add.

The old 1015 transformer was looking pretty toasty. So, we bought a shiny new CW-80 transformer which is kicking out plenty of juice for our simple, oval track loop. (Safety first!)

Attached are some pics, including a fun little composite shot of the train today, superimposed alongside her 1958 catalog image.

My boys (7 and 4) and I are having a blast with this stuff. So much so, that I just bought ANOTHER #1590 set on ebay ... that one is pretty beat up (as seen via the online pics), and missing the Range Patrol flat car, but ...

I guess that's what happens. I've got "the bug" ... I'm having fun with this first 1590 set, might breathe some life into the 2nd 1590 set, and then who knows beyond that. I suspect T-Man will soon entice me towards a 224 loco, some extra track, turnouts, auto cow loaders, etc.

Oh well ... we're never too old to have a little fun, right?

TJ
Now you got to get some wood and start with a layout.

How much room do you have?

even a 4'x8 sheet of plywood will be enough for two separate loops.

nice looking set I wonder why it only came with three canisters. Is there room in the car for another?

I never seen the flat with the truck on it. cool.

that flat car with the truck in excellent shape alone is worth over a hundred bucks. #6151:thumbsup:
 

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Now you got to get some wood and start with a layout.

How much room do you have?
Good question. A section of my basement already houses my 4x8 HO layout. Outside of that, I have about 30" x 9' free space along a wall, running perpendicular to the short side of the 4x8 HO. So, I have plenty of length for an O layout (9'), but not too much depth (30"). Tight squeeze for O27, right? Maybe I could shift the HO across the room a bit (though space is limited on the other side). Or, maybe make the O "base level" higher or lower than the HO, and have the two overlapped in height.

What is the "minimum" depth you guys use for an O (assuming O27) layout? 32"? 36"? Gotta have some derailment buffer zone, I guess. :eek:

TJ
 

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Good question. A section of my basement already houses my 4x8 HO layout. Outside of that, I have about 30" x 9' free space along a wall, running perpendicular to the short side of the 4x8 HO. So, I have plenty of length for an O layout (9'), but not too much depth (30"). Tight squeeze for O27, right? Maybe I could shift the HO across the room a bit (though space is limited on the other side). Or, maybe make the O "base level" higher or lower than the HO, and have the two overlapped in height.

What is the "minimum" depth you guys use for an O (assuming O27) layout? 32"? 36"? Gotta have some derailment buffer zone, I guess. :eek:

TJ
Look at mine I'm right on the edge. I am going to add some kind of guard rail.

Or maybe just hang a safety net when I run them.:laugh:
 

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TJ

Congrats on getting the engine running. By the way, you have a beautiful 249 box set!

PW
 

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What is the "minimum" depth you guys use for an O (assuming O27) layout? 32"? 36"? Gotta have some derailment buffer zone, I guess. :eek:

TJ
The rule. If you have space use it all. My track is on the edge by the controls for the close catch. Further away I have a buffer, Actually one side is a backdrop. The other is an automatic trolley.
 

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Another Lionel set #1590 work in progress

I pulled my train set off the shelves after 40 years of sitting in a box.
I gave the cars a quick clean up and took a few pictures to post here.
I don't know where the yellow canister came from, as I'm sure it wasn't part of the original set.
I'm going to get some track and a transformer and try to get this baby rolling again!:D
I plan to eventually mount the track on a table large enough to place our
Christmas tree in the middle.


 

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Snug,

You may have seen my post in the Welcome thread. I've got my own 1590 set going ... two, actually. One "original" from my family, and another "runner" that I bought on ebay.

You cars look to be in great shape!

The gondolas that were sold individually around 1956-58 came with 4 canisters, however ...

When Lionel packaged this 1590 set, the gondola only came with 3 canisters ... so, you have all of the original ones, plus an extra (yellow one) from somewhere.

How's your 249 loco and tender?

The set originally ran with a #1015 transformer (45 watts, I think). The cord on mine was frayed pretty badly. I tried to replace it, but getting the transformer case open was tricky. No obvious way to get inside. One of the members here on the forum "T-Man" spends countless hours fiddling with old Lionels, and is very generous with his advice helping others. He disected one of his transformers, so we now know what's inside and how to get inside. See this thread here:

http://www.modeltrainforum.com/showthread.php?t=3010&highlight=1015

It is possible to open things up and replace the cord, however ...

You likely only want to go through all this is saving the "history" of the original set and all its components was important to you. In the end, it'll likely be a lot easier to simply get another transformer ... an old (but working) one on ebay, or a new one with more power (wattage). As any layout grows, your power demands will grow, too.

I opted for a new Lionel CW-80 transformer ... ebay, around $60 + shipping. Think about your future wish-list for powered accessories.

Re: track...

This set came with O27 track ... 27" turn diameter, and a lower track-profile-height than true "O" track. You can stick with O27 ... its cheap, especially old/used stuff that can be cleaned up pretty easily. The 2-4-2 #249 loco will run fine on this. Or, maybe consider true O track if your visions are bigger.

If you have an interest, Private Message me with your email address, and I can email you pdf service manuals for each of the cars in the 1590 set (parts lists, diagrams, etc.).

Post some pics of the loco and tender.

Have fun!

TJ
 

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TJCruiser,
When I went to take photos of the engine and tender, I discovered a
crack in the body of the engine!:eek:
I'll try putting some epoxy on the inside of the body to try and stabilize
the 'injury'.
Are replacement train bodies difficult to find?



 

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Snug,

See my PM to you, too.

Yeah, that's a big crack on top. A common thing, unfortunately, with people overtightening the motor mount screw. Thinned epoxy from the inside might be your best bet, as you suggest. Careful of damaging the outside black paint finish, though ... these locos are NOT raw black plastic. Rather, it's black paint on top of black plastic.

Your orange stripe on the loco looks GREAT. That's a rare find with these locos.

The tender looks excellent, too.

Yes, you can find beat up (but non cracked) boiler shells (or full locos for parts) on ebay. As questions about cracks and such before you consider buying.

TJ
 

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Looks great!
Super glue the crack but open it up with a toothpick first. Let it dry. and add epoxy on the inside seam where there is room. The motor sits on the hole so reinforce the sides. ROugh up the surface before applying.
Try not oooze the glue on the exterior. It will look fine. The paint strip is something to be proud of. It says "I was cared for".
 

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Hey Snug,

In looking at your pics of your 249 loco, I noticed a little other battle-scar damage to which you might not be aware. It looks like the pair of "markers" on top of the boiler front have sheared off. That's a very common problem with crashes on these and other Lionel plastic-shelled locos. My "original" 249 has been sadly:( "castrated" in this same manner. Dohh!

Fear not! They can be repaired, though ... either by glueing on replacement ones (via salvage parts, ebay parts, etc.), or by building up the shape with a sandable epoxy. I used JB Weld epoxy to rebuild one of the markers on my "junker" 249, shown here:



Maybe take a shot at repairing your markers?

Good luck,

TJ
 
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