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A long while ago, I inherited some of my father's old Lionel railroad trains--an old black engine, a black coal car, an orange carrying car, and a red caboose. I'm relatively sure it's O scale based on the size. I do have a few tracks but not many, and there is no transformer left. Anyhow, I've been really getting more and more interested in putting together a model train set and I'm wondering if these trains will even work. Is there anyway to figure this out?

I'm also wondering if the train doesn't work if it would be cost-efficient or even possible to try and get it repaired? I'm more inclined to go with O Scale simply because I'm into tabletop wargaming and the scale is 28mm which is 1. what I'm used to work with and 2. would probably look better alongside an O Scale train.

Anyhow, just wondering what your thoughts are? Thanks!
 

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The engine will work if cleaned and is not badly worn. To start you can get a new set. I don't know if they still sell with tubular track. It 's the best value to get a transformer and track. I don't know why you think the other cars won't work? DO you have numbers ? A dealership has somebody to repair locally.
 

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Are there any particular sets you would recommend? Obviously, price is an issue for most of us, however, I also want something that will last. Any recommendations would definitely be welcome!
 

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Well, I found two fantastic looking stores with one only about 15 minutes from my house. They're going to be able to repair the engine, hook me up with a transformer, power connection, and enough tracks to get me started. I also found the cabooose was missing both trucks, but I was able to find a comparable and inexpensive used car that I can cannibalize for parts. Fortunately, they sell a lot of refurbished stuff to help ease the strain on the wallet. In about a week or so, I should have my set all together and hopefully running without a hitch!

I also did a little research online (thanks to your links) and found out a little more info about my father's old train set. It's a Post War Lionel 1110 Scout Steam Locomotive from 1949-1952, and it was one of their less expensive entry-level sets.

Anyhow, I've had some flooding in my basement, but once that's been addressed in a few weeks, I'm going to get to work on building a table that I can get my set up and running on. Needless to say, I can't wait!
 

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Well, I found two fantastic looking stores with one only about 15 minutes from my house. They're going to be able to repair the engine, hook me up with a transformer, power connection, and enough tracks to get me started.

What are their names and addresses and numbers?
 

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Yes, please give the information. It is nice to know since I do visit that area.
A good train place is nice to know. You do live close to the big parts place.
http://www.trainrepairparts.com/

The Scout Engines don't get respect. I bought 8 bucks worth of parts at a show and the dealer said I was the second guy ever to look into that box. The parts were worth more than the engine. I told the guy ya ,but it's mine and I want to get it running. Junks were going 5 bucks apiece.
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Well, I found two fantastic looking stores with one only about 15 minutes from my house. They're going to be able to repair the engine, hook me up with a transformer, power connection, and enough tracks to get me started. I also found the cabooose was missing both trucks, but I was able to find a comparable and inexpensive used car that I can cannibalize for parts. Fortunately, they sell a lot of refurbished stuff to help ease the strain on the wallet. In about a week or so, I should have my set all together and hopefully running without a hitch!

I also did a little research online (thanks to your links) and found out a little more info about my father's old train set. It's a Post War Lionel 1110 Scout Steam Locomotive from 1949-1952, and it was one of their less expensive entry-level sets.

Anyhow, I've had some flooding in my basement, but once that's been addressed in a few weeks, I'm going to get to work on building a table that I can get my set up and running on. Needless to say, I can't wait!
Your gonna get hooked!!!! There goes the kids' college fund, retirement, that vacation to the Bahamas,....:appl:
 
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