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.... The other, brand new from MrMuffins, had a broken pilot and the front steps were loose in the box. I ended up buying a replacement pilot for that one as Lionel only offered a return and repair situation. It was a chronic issue due to poor package design by Lionel…the Legacy 4-6-6T…

I would rather do the repairs myself, rather than bounce it around in the mail system and come back broken again…

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I wonder if Lionel wouldn't offer the replacement pilot for fear buyers would be calling for free parts in the shadow of a new purchase. If so, perhaps emailing a pic of the new unit, the packing and broken part. Lots of companies would rather send you a replacement part than perform a warranty return and repair (shipping, man hours, etc.).
 

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Ridgefield Park? as in NYS&W territory?
That would be it..............Ridgefield Park, NJ, the little town where my Dad grew up, just a few miles over the George Washington Bridge. Living that close to New York probably explains why his favorite RR was the NYC. Naming one of the custom-painted cars Ridgefield Park was an easy choice. Its number will be 52, since that was the house number on his childhood home.

Those PRR box cars look great!!
 

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That would be it..............Ridgefield Park, NJ, the little town where my Dad grew up, just a few miles over the George Washington Bridge. Living that close to New York probably explains why his favorite RR was the NYC. Naming one of the custom-painted cars Ridgefield Park was an easy choice. Its number will be 52, since that was the house number on his childhood home.

Those PRR box cars look great!!
Name the second one Palisades Park :)
 

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Name the second one Palisades Park :)
That's a great idea! If I find a third un-painted car, I'll do that. Harry already has instructions on how to letter the 2 cars, and for the life of me I can't remember what the second car's name is going to be. I guess I'll have to wait for the surprise when he's done with them.
 

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That's a great idea! If I find a third un-painted car, I'll do that. Harry already has instructions on how to letter the 2 cars, and for the life of me I can't remember what the second car's name is going to be. I guess I'll have to wait for the surprise when he's done with them.
Tnplate Jersey Shore cars ...

 

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That's a great idea! If I find a third un-painted car, I'll do that. Harry already has instructions on how to letter the 2 cars, and for the life of me I can't remember what the second car's name is going to be. I guess I'll have to wait for the surprise when he's done with them.
I have a bunch of early 18” MTH heavyweights minus trucks if you are interested. They came with silhouettes. Lettered for PRR. Selling cheap. PM me if interested.

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Millstonemike, I like your custom-painted commuter train. Did you paint it? Seeing the names on the cars brings back memories......especially Belmar; I used to go deep-sea fishing out of Belmar several times a year. Great fun.

Thanks, Pete, for the offer; I'm trying to keep my train-buying to a minimum right now. With 3 new steamers on the way (2 MTH Pacifics and 1 Lionel Decapod), I have reached my limit for the time being.
 

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That would be it..............Ridgefield Park, NJ, the little town where my Dad grew up, just a few miles over the George Washington Bridge. Living that close to New York probably explains why his favorite RR was the NYC. Naming one of the custom-painted cars Ridgefield Park was an easy choice. Its number will be 52, since that was the house number on his childhood home.

Those PRR box cars look great!!
The NYC had such a large presence there, especially nearby Weehawken. Freight yards and car floats. An amazing complex, all gone shortly after the creation of Penn Central.

A great past worth commemorating !

Thank you for the kind remarks about my PRR cars. They are on their way to GRJ as I write this!

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Millstonemike, I like your custom-painted commuter train. Did you paint it? Seeing the names on the cars brings back memories......especially Belmar; I used to go deep-sea fishing out of Belmar several times a year. Great fun.

Thanks, Pete, for the offer; I'm trying to keep my train-buying to a minimum right now. With 3 new steamers on the way (2 MTH Pacifics and 1 Lionel Decapod), I have reached my limit for the time being.
The engine and cars were sandblasted to bare metal. Then Rustoleum rattle can for paint. The lettering was done on a laser printer with two coats of rattle can clearcoat. Then sandwiched between the car body and the metal window/door inserts. The window inserts got the same treatment as the lettering. I used hot glue to hold those in place.
 

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I wonder if Lionel wouldn't offer the replacement pilot for fear buyers would be calling for free parts in the shadow of a new purchase. If so, perhaps emailing a pic of the new unit, the packing and broken part. Lots of companies would rather send you a replacement part than perform a warranty return and repair (shipping, man hours, etc.).
I sent emails with pics of the broken steps and the bill of sale. I described how it looked when I opened it. I could hear the loose parts rattling around inside before I opened the shipping box. They simply didn’t want to send the part. I even offered to pay for it. I had to wait for the locomotive parts list to be installed on their website a couple months later and purchased the part then…

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Thanks Laz!

I am working on a couple versions, using different paint/decal methods.

Tom
 
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I wonder if Lionel wouldn't offer the replacement pilot for fear buyers would be calling for free parts in the shadow of a new purchase. If so, perhaps emailing a pic of the new unit, the packing and broken part. Lots of companies would rather send you a replacement part than perform a warranty return and repair (shipping, man hours, etc.).
My Acela had a broken nose cone upon receiving it back in April. I called Lionel and customer support insisted I had to send back the loco just to get a replacement part. Supposedly they weren't shipping them out because so many customers were having this issue. It made no sense to me to ship back a working engine because a user removable cosmetic piece broke during manufacturing or shipment. I had to call my dealer to get a part, and now, I have to ship the set back for an electronic problem anyway. Lionel won in the end I suppose.

I don't get why it's such an issue. It's one thing to be apprehensive to send a replacement shell or board in the mail for free, but a $6 dollar part? Doesn't make sense.
 

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Hi TOM,
I am wondering if you know where I can purchase O scale decals in Reading & Northern? I am thinking of doing a re paint and as of know I can’t find anything in R&N. Can these be made up by someone? I am interested in doing their new paint scheme.
That’s a nice paint job. Thought it was a model at first, but after a good look it’s the real thing in Jim Thorpe. It’s a wonderful thing when a railfan owns a railroad.

I also thought I saw an MTH special with the Fast Freight paint, but didn’t see it in a product search.

I looked at these guys when I was thinking of painting some passenger cars in D&H colors, but ended up getting another set of cars.

Custom Decals (highballgraphics.com)

I did end up having to renumber a few of the cars and ended up making my own.

(1) Using Clear Mailing Labels to Renumber Placards | Model Train Forum
 

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Hi TOM,
I am wondering if you know where I can purchase O scale decals in Reading & Northern? I am thinking of doing a re paint and as of know I can’t find anything in R&N. Can these be made up by someone? I am interested in doing their new paint scheme.
I am doing a caboose and a couple coaches for fellow. He sent me R&N decals made by CMR decals, Netzlof designs.

They make quite a wide range of R&N decals In all scales. I find them rather difficult to work with, unfortunately. They don’t seem to react with any Decal solvents I have. They tend to lift as they dry and curl if they are soaked a few seconds too long. I am in contact with the manufacturer about the issue to see what they suggest as far as a solvent to use.

You may do better to contact Highball Graphics and see if they can make them for you. If you are brave, try the CMR decals. I have had hit and miss experiences with them. Some are fine, some are very difficult.

Bob has the right idea here, I thinks….

Tom
 
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