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I just got these two trains. Both are cast or extruded aluminum bodies. The first is the Lionel 616,617(2), 618 set. The second is a 1327-RCT set. I have them running but both need more help. Both seem to require larger radius tracks. Both seem to hate switches. I will need to add a 42-inch or greater loop for them with nice old switches modified as much as possible to have minimal gaps in the center rails.

http://home.comcast.net/~bazeman1/Lionel-Zephyr-running.MOV

http://home.comcast.net/~bazeman1/AF-Zephyr-running.MOV

Barry Zimmerman
 

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Tap ... full video on my end.

Barry ... nice to see Zephyrs running. Lots of history there.

Is that a Lionel 221 I see in the background? One of my favorites. I picked up a nice looking one on ebay some months back ... beautiful streamline look.

Cheers,

TJ
 

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Yes it is a 221 in the background, a favorite of mine as well. My only criticism of it is that it would rather spin than move. I remember wrapping friction tape around a couple wheels of my dad's for the same reason.

The answer to the person who can't see the image, you may need to download a later version of real-player.

A previous criticism was that the strips were too short. I may add longer ones later and I will use my wife's camera which is better resolution in the movie mode. I need to clear of some of the platform, now covered with junk, to follow them around the track.

I still need the rear truck assembly for the American Flyer engine. One from any of the cars will work. Meanwhile, the trailing car is keeping the tail from dragging.

I think I will try to add some filmclips of running standard gauge trains. I have antique radios in the middle of that layout so the same problem exists with regard to longer clips.

Thanks for the input and questions.

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Yes it is a 221 in the background, a favorite of mine as well. My only criticism of it is that it would rather spin than move.
Whistle tender? Those things are a pretty heavy load. Still, though ... loco should be able to handle it, and then some.

Thanks for 221 sighting confirmation! Nice to see 'em out there.

TJ
 
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