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Hey all I am new here and just thought I would post pics of the various engines that I got from my grandfather, no layout yet, but i have a few drawings I wanna try out.

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My 040 here has about had it, the body doesn't stay on, no couplers or tender so I guess my track will have to have a garage where they can work on it hehe


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and I have a plastic HO scale model that he built as well.
 

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Boy do those look like vintage Mantua's!?

Those Pacific's sure do look like die cast chasis Mantua's. They are some heavy(and I do mean heavy) haulers. Take good care of them asyour grandad did and they willlast a lifetime. Congratulations!:):)
 

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Those Pacific's sure do look like die cast chasis Mantua's. They are some heavy(and I do mean heavy) haulers. Take good care of them asyour grandad did and they willlast a lifetime. Congratulations!:):)
I had no idea what they are lol, but the chassis is a cast metal, the 040 is broke in some places, the chassis seems brittle, I glued it back together best I could. and yes they are quite heavy, I just assumed all engines were this weight hehe. and one of the 462's has a broken coupler between the engine and coal car if I find some plastic I can fix that easily I think My room I wanna setup is about 8x8 and I wanna make a 4x8 'L' shaped table up against the wall
 

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If youlook at the coupler on one of your good engines you get an idea of what to do. Ihave used old styrene sheets or looseplastic sheeting cut to size and then punched holes for the hook ups. There are options online like ebay toget more ideas. Good luck.:):)
 

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I had no idea what they are lol, but the chassis is a cast metal, the 040 is broke in some places, the chassis seems brittle, I glued it back together best I could.
What it is is a classic case of "zinc pest", a crystallization process that occurs in the cheap metal used at the time. It is irreversible but can be controlled by keeping them in a low humidity environment. I've repaired one frame with JB Weld and it's held for over 6 years now.
 

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If youlook at the coupler on one of your good engines you get an idea of what to do. Ihave used old styrene sheets or looseplastic sheeting cut to size and then punched holes for the hook ups. There are options online like ebay toget more ideas. Good luck.:):)
I had made one out of a CD but too brittle I think I will have to try that styrene, Thanks

The first pic of the steamer, it require no tender. A saddle back switcher, the coal bunker is the box at the back of the engine.

Bob
Oh so it was like a shunt car run around the yard and move cars around then?
'cause I just found a box that had about 50 switch tracks in it I could make a maze of a yard lol


What it is is a classic case of "zinc pest", a crystallization process that occurs in the cheap metal used at the time. It is irreversible but can be controlled by keeping them in a low humidity environment. I've repaired one frame with JB Weld and it's held for over 6 years now.
oh JB Weld, very good idea I should try that to straighten it out.
 
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