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I know it shouldn't be here and there is a dedicated A.F. forum for HO but when I came across it I just couldn't resist. It is #30510 1959-60 “The Marketer” HO Freight Set - #'s 31031 (Penn Switcher), 33521, 33505, 33519. Complete except for track (which I have). Thought you might find it interesting. Barry
 

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Gilbert HO is an interesting part of history. I received a Gilbert HO set in 1956. Over the years I focused on S gauge and my brother took the HO and built a small collection of Gilbert.
 

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Great looking set Barry. Everything appears to be in excellent condition. I've had a few opportunities to pick up some Gilbert HO, but have managed to talk myself out of buying any.
 

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This Wabash hopper is one of my transition cars. The hopper cars
trucks are easy to change as the trucks are held on by a screw.
No rivet to mess with. But the trucks will be different as you can
see. Fine with me but might bother some.

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That is an easy way to make a transition car. This one however does not seem to be performing that function in the picture. The sheet metal truck needs to have its link coupler reinstalled when it is done pulling that 938 caboose.
 

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LOL, you are too observant Tom. And you are correct. Link and knuckle do not hook up. I should have turned the hopper around.
Shame.

That Wabash looks pretty nice in the photo. Some times the lettering on those look faded.
 

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I just looked quick look at a few of the hoppers on my layout. The 940 and 2 other 9 series hoppers have riveted trucks. A 632 and a 640 have screw on trucks.
 

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cramden, I think I bought that Wabash with the truck change. I have a 640 grey hopper
I changed one of the trucks with screws. The Wabash is buried, I will dig it out tomorrow
and see how trucks are held on.
 

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Hi All - Getting started again in American Flyer after 60 years of not running my trains. Question - I have researched books and websites and I cannot find the answer to the following. What gauge wire is used: from transformer to track (22 awg solid?) - rewiring engines (24 awg stranded?) - hooking up switches and accessories (24 awg stranded?) Can anyone please help me out? Thanks!
 

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I think we have a thread hijack here. Just quickly, for a small layout use 16 or 18ga wire to the track, use the Gilbert provided rainbow wire for the turnouts, I think it is 22ga. I use 18ga for accessories but 22ga will work if the runs are short. All wire is stranded. For large layouts buss wires can be run under the layout with solid wire.
If rewiring engines use the superflex stranded wire and harnesses sold by vendors for that purpose.
 

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Welcome to the S gauge forum of the MTF! Let us know how the layout comes together and post some pictures.
 

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Seems like it has been a while since I posted any pictures. Here is something a little different. Pictured are the convention cars from last year’s S Fest. I was quite surprised when I got these at the entrance to the show and saw how nice they are. The detailing is outstanding. If anyone models the IC these would be nice cars to have.

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