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I posted pictures of my 336 a couple of weeks ago, it is part of my K5357W. Probably best we do not go into what I paid to get that set!
Here is a 2007 C&O Mikado American Flyer by Lionel. Like all my early TMCC engines this has been modified to replace the Seuthe smoke unit with an MTH unit. These now really smoke and they also have smoke at idle as the last picture beside the roundhouse shows.


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Tom, as usual a very nice TMCC locomotive.
I forgot to mention the excellent Royal Blue set and boxes. Again, very nice.

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I follow this thread every day and congratulate all that continue to post those marvelous pictures.

Envy might be to shallow a word for those that posses those gems of yesteryear.
 

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I enjoy this thread also. I too hope the guys keep posting. Its amazing these 70 year
old gems are still capable of running. Nothing made now will be working in 70 years.
Well, very little of it.
 

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I can personally vouch for the fact that some new engines do not even work on the day I get them. But I have a 70 year old 0-8-0 switcher and a 4-8-4 sitting under the layout that will happily chug and smoke their way around the layout whenever I put them on the track.
 

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I enjoy this thread also. I too hope the guys keep posting. Its amazing these 70 year
old gems are still capable of running. Nothing made now will be working in 70 years.
Well, very little of it.
Mopac I agree. These modern Lionel/ American Flyer locomotives are advanced technology wise but I don't know about their reliability. Tom has alluded to that fact. The fact that the original Gilbert American Flyer 60-70 year old locomotives still run reliably is a testament to those Gilbert engineers. Even though my layout is TMCC equipped and I could run the newer stuff, to me they have way more electronics than I am comfortable with.
Guys like Tom I'm sure will think otherwise. Me, I am comfortable with those 60-70 year old locomotives. I can repair them and keep them running. The modern TMCC types I know nothing about. Don't get me wrong. Thanks to Tom I am intrigued by them, especially with his great pictures showing how they look running!

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Here is a couple pics of my 282. One of my best and fastest
running locomotives. I got this when I was 5 years old. LOL,
had it awhile. I got it used. My uncle got it new in 1952. By
1955 he was tired of it and gave it to me. My dad sold it new
to my grandmother for my uncle's Christmas present in 1952.

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Since these pics were taken I have replaced the tender wires with a 4 wire Super Flex harness.


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That 282 has the long trucks so it should run well on Gilbert layouts.
I like both Gilbert engines and the modern engines that are full of moderately reliable electronics. The Gilbert engines look best and are in their environment on traditional layouts. The modern highly detailed engines that can creep along at 1"/second are at home on detailed, scale appearing layouts. At least in my opinion.
I have 14 Legacy engines and 31 TMCC engines. About half of the TMCC are American Models conversions. As far as reliability, out of those 45 engines about 10% of them sent out for repair each year. I consider that very reliable since most of the repairs are associated with the smoke units such as fan failures, charring of the wick or the rare driver board failure. I chose not to do my own repairs on these engines.
I do not find that much different than the percentage of my operating Gilbert engines that need brushes, springs and smoke unit repairs. Just that I do the Gilbert repairs myself and they are a lot cheaper to fix.
 

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Tom, till you mentioned it, I had not realized, that 282's tender had 3 spring trucks.
Should travel over turnouts fine. Good spot.
 

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Today we have another set, this is an uncatalogued 1961 set, the 20218. This set is documented in both the Tuft’s set book and the Deger Sets book Volume III on page 114. Interestingly the two books have some different cars in the sets, entirely possible in less expensive uncatalogued sets. My set has a 3rd different variation in the consist makeup. The name of the set is “AMC-Pacific on Trestle.”
The set box has the set number ink stamped on both ends of the box along with the date code. No fancy printed labels for these cheaper sets. The date code is October 1961. The box is from INTERSTATE and has the 61 year printed on it along with the box number/size code of B4N178. The only other set also documented to use this box also contains the 747 trestle set. The Customer shipping information is stamped on the box. Their store price tag is still on the box but someone scribbled over it. The regular price was $39.95, the Wonder Fair price was $2?.88. I cannot read that one digit.
The set had a nice consist for the price. There are two cardboard trays that lift out that contain the engine and cars. Unfortunately the NH flat car is missing its load. The NYC car is the operating HayJector car. The 747 set and the track were also missing. No issue since I have a new 747 boxed trestle set and more new PikeMaster track than I know what to do with.
This set has the 50W transformer. The engine and cars are in new condition. All the paper is present. Interestingly the bag of PikeMaster Track Locks is preprinted for 12 but the factory stamped “26 PikeMaster Track Locks” on the back of the bag, that is how many is need for the figure 8.


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Another nice set Tom.

I have 2 Hudsons. A 326 and a 322. would like a 325AC.
First 2 pics are of 326.

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Next is 2 pics of 322. They are both nice Hudsons.

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Well, it looks like all 4 pics are of 326. I will try to find some pics of 322 tomorrow.
LOL, maybe I have 2 326. hope not. These pics are on 2 different SD cards. Which
means about one year apart. I have not had the top 326 but a few months.
 

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I looked at my inventory list and I do not have a 322. So 2 326. I should have been more careful about that. I don't like 2 engines with same road number. May have to sell one. So those are 2 different locos above.
 

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Great group of pictures guys, I have some catching up to do. Desk top died and had to replace the power supply again. It took longer to be delivered than the last time.

Mopac, two 326's aren't bad, I have some duplicate numbers, the more the merrier.

Tom, very nice sets as usual with your collection.

Nice job on the 336, looks great. Sorry if I missed some of the posts.
 

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I got a chance to catch up on some honey do promises inside the house. My wife has 2 lap tops, but I'm used to my old desk top. I'm sure when things get back to normal, when ever that might be, I'll most likely get a replacement. I didn't expect to have to wait as long as the part took to arrive, probably because all of the problems overseas and now here. I believe Hawaii now has shelter in place like N.J. so I'm happy to be home.
 
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