I have never written you but have been receiving your emails for several years now and have really enjoyed them. And I have your books you created and have downloaded them and are in my collection of ideas box.
I got my first train back in Christmas 1961 when I was 8 years old. I have had it all these years with dreams of one day building a complete layout. I have all the original train cars from that set and have acquired many more since then.
I have always loved trains from the first day I met my grandfather at age 7. My grandfather was a conductor on the railroad and did the run between Montreal, Canada and New York City and Boston. We lived in Essex Junction, Vermont and yes it was known as “The Junction” – the rail station was located there.
The town has 5 main roads that all come together there known affectionately as the 5 corners. No traffic light back then, but when my grandfather was coming through town my dad would take us down to the station to see him come through. I have his original conductors watch and a photo of him in his conductor’s uniform (yes, black and white). Anyway enough nostalgia and the reason for my writing.
It struck me the other day, after viewing some tips from one of your posts on how different people have been creating their own models and repairing or changing out things, that your viewers might be a good source for what I have been in need of for a lot of years.
As a kid I ran my trains a lot and when my first son came along we would run them in the basement of my home, but as time would have it the motor eventually gave out. At the time I was working at IBM and had an acquaintance at work that was involved with trains and I had given him the armature to see if he could find someone to repair it. The long story short however is that we both left IBM completely forgetting about the armature so I no longer have it. I have been looking for a replacement motor, either parts or something that would fit within the motor housing and engine.
The engine was made by the Lionel Corporation. I have attached some photos of the engine along with the motor box with some dimensions. If this is something you would consider sharing with your viewers that would be good, but if it is not something you would normally do, that is fine too. I someday hope to get a new layout going before my 9 year old grandson gets too big to have an interest. He has loved trains too from an early age.
The motor housing inside dimensions are 5/8” round and 5/8” long. It was a three lobe armature with brushes and commutator at the front of the motor. The total shaft length was 1 – 5/8” – I still have the original gear that goes on the end. Since I don’t have the original shaft I am not sure of the exact diameter of it, but judging from the holes in the motor casing and the gear, it was somewhere around a 1/16” in diameter.
Anyway, thanks Alastair for your emails and keeping my dream alive. When I get the upstairs playroom cleaned out from all my kids things left behind by them, I hope to get building little by little and I will share photos as I get started.
“Hi Al, just got my Deltic back with the EM2 speaker fitted, sounds fantastic, I have added a clip with a real Deltic to compare the sound, which to me is near as possible to get, also shown that I am now starting to remove some track ready for changes, hope to have completed before Xmas
you have to excuse the sound on the low track side clips as I was using the go pro camera, and its not very good on sound reproduction.
All The Best
Just thought I would share a little trick I found while trying to clean up the layout after some major track modifications.
I find it rather hard to get a vacuum into the small spaces on my layout, especially as I model in n gauge.
So cobbled together an extension using the old outflow hose off of a disused washing machine. This allows me to have the machine on the floor while having a small pipe to get into the nooks and crannies around the trackwork.
And inadvertently suck up something important, its simple a matter of taking the bag out and finding said piece.
Hope this is helpful for other modellers and thanks for all the great hints and tips in your informative newsletter.
A big thanks to the two Daves and Chuck (I did wonder about posting – but maybe someone can help?).
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here. Take the plunge and get involved. It’s fun!
That’s all this time folks – please do keep ’em coming.