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Thanks all! I am excited, seems to be in decent shape. I have noticed that there appears to be some fabric that seems to be part of the armature insulation? that has come loose, and is floating around in there. I won't be surprised if the armature needs repair or replacement, but won't have a good picture until I actually get in there, and probably won't have time to disassemble and clean for a couple of weeks. It also seems there is a fair amount of axle play, so I need to figure out how much is too much. That said, I think she is pretty and look forward running the 370 once it is cleaned up!
I am expecting one more engine soon, and after that will be relegated to parts purchases for the next year, I am done with the higher dollar items for a while!
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Kenny, where you been? I was about to put out an APB on you. Hope all is fine.
 

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Kenny, where you been? I was about to put out an APB on you. Hope all is fine.
Mopac, thanks for the concern! I had to take a break for an assortment of reasons. All is fine now. Family stuff in 3 different states. Now all caught up.
I noticed you had a great casino score! Yahoo! Train money! I see your mail box has been generating train items again. All nice stuff. A new Berk, a real nice CNW caboose, a 6-48485 REA TOFC, a Commentative 6-48485 are what I can remember. Oh and the 928 lumber car. This is all from memory so if I forgot something I'm sorry.

Merry Christmas!!!
 

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Thanks Kenny. You have already caught up. Glad to have you back.
Merry Christmas to you.
 

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Just joined the forums. Also just got back into AFs this Christmas with my kiddos. Bought this 302 pretty beat up. I serviced it, stripped and painted. I prefer the plastic tender and have yet to redo the decals.
The 283 is my first 4-6-2, is in excellent shape and runs great!
Very fun getting back into one of my favorite childhood things!
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I added a basket case 283, and a 21160 as 'junk box' locos. However, after cleaning, brushes, springs, and a little solder the 283 lives! Now I need to do some plastic repair on the shell before pics. The 21160 will likely stay in the parts bin on less I acquire the parts it needs for next to nothing. That shell also needs new mounting points. These locos and a few parts cars came with some track I picked up.
 

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Can't wait to see the 283 good luck. Just waiting for the end of month big train show 4 to 5 buildings of trains and stuff in Massachusetts Springfield.
 

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Just joined the forums. Also just got back into AFs this Christmas with my kiddos. Bought this 302 pretty beat up. I serviced it, stripped and painted. I prefer the plastic tender and have yet to redo the decals.
The 283 is my first 4-6-2, is in excellent shape and runs great!
Very fun getting back into one of my favorite childhood things! View attachment 574028
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Looks like it was worth the wait.
The term large motor was used in reference to steam engines. Coincident with the addition of traction tires Gilbert also began using larger motors, the armature lamination stack is 24/32" rather than 18/32". Not all traction tire engines got the large motor in the first two years. Large motors are apparent from the underside of the cab. During later years of production the armature changed from a disc to a drum design. Gilbert referred to the larger armatures as "super armatures." The fields were also revised to work with the super armatures.
The diesel motors underwent similar revisions but they are rarely discussed because it requires an engine disassembly to see which parts are in the motor.
Most revisions after 1956 were not performance improvements but rather cost reductions.
Nice Mopac ! Like the details that show up with that sun lighting.

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Looks like a nice 370. It also looks like the Forum has me listed under the wrong name,,,,,,again. No more automatic sign on. Back to the old way.

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Al it looks like you got a solid starting point with the 312. I wouldn't have passed for 30.00 either.

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