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« on: April 10, 2009, 01:53:58 PM »

My new Porter 0-4-2 just arrived and I have the same question that wilsonbrucea posted last September:
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I just purchased the 0-4-2 Porter and want to know what a mystery part is that was packed with the loco.

The part is a rectangle of black styrene 1 1/8" x 1 3/4" with two holes in it and the part number M3259C cast on it.  This part does not appear anywhere on the exploded parts diagram.

What is part M3259C?
jmooney said he'd searched google with no luck.
And, peterherron opined that it may be the front of the fuel bunker, but the part is much too large for that, and it doesn't have any sort of finish.

I wonder if it's a template, gage or tool of some sort. Any information will be appreciated.

Thanks,
Pete
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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2009, 04:29:48 PM »

Maybe it's a cover plate for the forthcoming decoder chip.   Wink
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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2009, 08:02:39 PM »

 ^ With it's size, the only place it can fit (unaltered) is the cab ceiling; but, the holes are wrong to accommodate the steam dome, and it's an awkward location for a decoder.
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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2009, 07:00:06 AM »

 

     When the question was original asked no-one, including the Bach Man, had an answer. The thread just died.

      Eric UK
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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2009, 02:10:38 PM »

Eric,

I was hoping that some information had surfaced in the past 6-months.

Pete
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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2009, 12:02:47 PM »

I assume this part  is only found on the 0-4-2 Porter.
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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2009, 12:54:03 PM »

El Loco,

I don't think so. During my fruitless research, I recall a reference to the thing coming with another B'mann loco. That's what lead me to think it's a tool or gauge.
Now, I'm wondering if it's just packaging material to protect a chip (if shipped separately), but why would the chip not be installed?

The mystery continues,
Pete
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« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2009, 05:43:45 PM »

I could locate this part in my box Huh?
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