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In my recent intro posting I was asked to attach some pics, so here they are, just out of storage after at least 25 years. I also have several questions, but I'll keep them to a few if its ok

Can anyone ID that black tower?

What can I use to fix the hinges(There's probable a better name)on the front of the 736. There's not much surface area to epoxy, if thats recommended. I was wondering if that front bezel can be replaced and if so what are the chances of finding one? And if so, where would I look?

I brought all the trains to my grandson and of cousre there are several repairs to be made. I could use another transformer. Something dirt cheep, just to see if repairs worked. Any suggestions?

I hope the pictures aren't too small, it seems ther's no happy medium, and thanks again for any help.

Joe
 

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Hi Joe,

You're gonna want to post larger image (photo) sizes before we'll be able to see them with any clarity on our end.

Give it a shot, and hopefully some members here can chime in with some answers/help.

Cheers,

TJ
 

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Nice trains, your grandson looks enthralled!:)

Why would you need another transformer with that, "Beast" that you have :):):)
 

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NNL,

"Boiler Front" is the buzzword. Here's another option, available from Jeff Kane at www.ttender.com ...



You might try fixing the one you have, though bond surface area is an issue, as you note. Several guys here (including Stillakid, above) have had good success with this product:

http://www.polymericsystems.com/epoxies-adhesives/epoxy-putty-sticks/faststeel.htm

(Also, and at the risk of jumping in too personally ... be a little careful about posting pics of your grandkids out there in internet-land. I have young kids of my own, and I'm quite cautious about any info I would share about them publicy. Sorry to jump into your business -- not mine -- here, but it's the ever-cautious Dad in me speaking.)

Cheers,

TJ
 

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I vote that it's a Marx tower. The base may have the stamp.

For the boiler front a gob of epoxy and redrill the hole to make a hinge. It may work I have never tried it. If there is alot of pressure on the cover it won't hold. ANother option is to take a metal bar, bent to hold it in place with spring tension. Stuff you get out of a flashlight. That's if you want to fix it. Replacing can so much easier but less fun.

ANother option is to grind the hinges off and glue it to the shell and forget about it.
 

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Thanks Stillakid and TJ

Thanks for your help. I'm starting to realize that there are so much info and products. E-bay duh! I guess I'm going to have to set priorities. Each purchase by itself isn't gonna kill me but with everything so available those $10 here and there would. So my priority is the transformer.

The reason I need a transformer is that I brought everything over to my daughter's house. Now when I fix something I need to go over there to try it. It would be much better to have a cheap transformer(if there is such a thing) to use to test. It doesnt have to do anythink but move a train.

I also removed and croped picture........thanks

Joe
 

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Howard Beach

I grew up in Howard Beach. I go back at least once a month and I never knew there was a train show there. I was an Altar Boy at St. Helens.

Thanks

We'll be going there
 

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Joe,

Lots of "old school" Lionel transformers available on ebay ... usually pretty cheaply. If you're just looking for a simple track/loco tester (where total available wattage output is not important), you might look for a #1033 transformer (90W, I think) or similar on ebay ... or at the swap meet, per Stillakid, above. You're basic, simple Lionel black box power source. Somewhere under $30 for a decent one.

The fundamental rule on these old/cheap transformers is: BE SAFE, especially if there's kids around. Check the power chord for any evidence of cracks, brittleness or fraying. If there's a built-in circuit breaker (highly recommended), make sure that it works OK.

I like T-Man's philosophy ... often, the fun is in the fixin', rather than the replacing.

Have fun!

TJ
 

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That is a Marx floodlight tower #416 I believe.
 
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