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Impressive, what is the brand and age?
It's an MTH premier, from the late 90's. At $225 I figured it was a pretty good deal.
Received my CB & Q Hudson that was recently purchased off a STOUT Auction. I'm happy. It's heavy, well made, shows no wear on rollers or wheels. I paid $485 plus $35.80 shipping on an item I have to believe was what? $1400 new. Appears to be a shelf queen. Once the track is down and electrified, it won't be.

I now have steam in 2 of my 3 road names, and I don't like steam overall. The only reason is my age, I never saw steam new. I have done some excursions behind steam. I would love to get more steam, perhaps a Milwaukee Road non-Hiawatha, which is my other steam locomotive purchased by my wife for Christmas.
Steam will grow on you, soon you'll be selling diesels. :p:p
 

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I remember the slogan “When it rains, it pours” having to do with the patented metal spout on the cans and the packaging that helped keep the salt dry.
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Nope, it was the chemicals they added. ;)

In 1911, The Morton® Salt Company began adding magnesium carbonate (an anti-caking agent) to salt which allowed it to pour freely, even in humid weather. (Today, the company uses calcium silicate.) To promote its new free-flowing table salt, the company took inspiration from the old 18th century proverb “It never rains but it pours.” The saying — which means when one bad thing happens, it tends to be followed by other misfortunes that make an already bad situation worse – wasn’t just one that most folks had heard time and time again, it also allowed for a clever play on words (the “it” in the proverb would be their salt, which does pour in rain.) After a bit of tweaking, the now famous “When it rains it pours” was settled upon and advertised.
 

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I was wondering when they would surface!

I figured you would have a police escort from your vacation spot back to your house once the tracking showed they were delivered! lol….

I demand a video of all the cars together behind a nice PRR locomotive! 😉

The next set getting finished now…

Tom
When the last bunch is in, you are promised a video of the whole shooting match! :D
 

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Added a little "light" hardware to the stable, I picked up this Lionel Atlantic cheap because "It didn't run". He was certainly telling the truth! It was a bit of a mess inside, but none of the major stuff was dead. Someone had attempted (and failed) to upgrade it to an LED headlight. That appeared to be what started it down the road to ruin. Somewhere along the line a bunch of other wiring got screwed up as well. Both the front and rear R2LC lighting triacs were blown, and the rear one isn't even used in this model!

The magnet ring was loose on the flywheel, and the flywheel was pushed in so far that I couldn't get the wheel puller under it. Finally got the flywheel off and replaced it with one with a working magnet ring. I have to be careful as motors for the Lionel Atlantic locomotives are no longer available, so you have to pull the worm and put it on another motor for a replacement.

The Odyssey DCDS had a dead short across the rails, I thought it was a goner for sure! Turns out someone removed it from the heatsink and when they replaced it, they didn't put the insulating hardware in, so the FET's were directly shorted across track power, needless to say it won't run that way! Mounted it correctly with the insulating hardware, and we were back in business.

So, I fixed the DCDS mounting, replaced the flywheel/magnet ring, rewired the chuff switch, rewired the class lights and headlights, replaced the lighting triacs, dressed up some other wiring, and it's once again alive.

The bonus is that it really is cosmetically very good, so it was a worthwhile investment after all. :)

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Those Atlantics are always a favorite. The engine looks new, and now being a good runner, a great save!
I envy your ability to troubleshoot and repair the electronics on these models…
Tom, we all have our talents, and I sure don't have some that you have! ;)
 

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Mine is running fine now, I had to install a gasket for the smoke funnel, it was leaking too much smoke under the shell. The only thing I don't like is it doesn't have smoke at idle and leaves the smoke heater on, that's a recipe for cooking the smoke wick. I may have to fix that as well.
 

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So I’ve worked on a few different TMCC models over the years with modular electronics like the DCDR, DCDS, or CC-M but I’ve never noticed any insulating hardware. Was this specific to a certain version of the DCDS, or was it just a situation where the solder mask side of the PCB was touching a metal bracket?
The Lionel Odyssey DCDS, both the TMCC version and the early Legacy version have insulating hardware on the TO220 driver FET's. If you leave it off, you will not be moving, but you will be popping breakers/fuses. As you correctly observe, the original TMCC DCDR (non-cruise) triacs do not need insulating hardware.
 
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