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1996  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Replacement bulbs for TYCO #107 Floodlight Tower on: October 04, 2013, 11:56:02 AM

I am one that is fine with you asking again and again because I hope I found your answer. If I have please let us know,it may help other's.
I stopped by my local hobby shop and asked the owner's son who is a Tyco nut ( and boy he sure is nuts) and ran your problem by him. He had a quick answer and said these are what you are looking for.

They are tricky to put in he stated as the wire is soldered to the bulb's base. This is not a screw in bulb, it pushes out and the wires have to be re-soldered on to the new bulb. They sure do look like it would screw in to me, but what do I know? Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
I hope he is correct for your sake since you have not found any luck with anyone else.
He is usually 99.9% correct.


Those are 14V E5 base screw in bulbs, which is what I remember from the Tyco tower I had as a kid. The LED version I mentioned above would also work. It's possible, Lionel does it with a few things, there aren't screw type sockets on the the tower, so wires have to be soldered directly to the bulb instead.

1997  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Replacement bulbs for TYCO #107 Floodlight Tower on: October 03, 2013, 09:06:17 AM
I had one of those years ago, and I believe they used E5 base 14V bulbs wired in a series/parallel combination so they could be hooked to the 18V accessory output of a Tyco transformer.

These guys:

Have E5 base white LED's that should just screw in.

1998  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Non Electric rerailersR on: September 29, 2013, 06:45:34 PM
Check to make sure your rail joiners are actually on the rail, and not under it, if you're having derailments. It's easy, especially with 'N' track, to have a rail joiner slide under the rail you're trying to put it on. Just slide a finger along the rail top and you'll feel a bump in the rail if this happened.

1999  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Tender screws on: September 17, 2013, 09:55:13 AM
Micro-Fasterners has several small screw assortments available as well. They also offer bags of 50 or 100 screws, nuts, etc., in a variety of inch and metric sizes if you know what size you need.

2000  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: IHC Covered Hoppers on: September 08, 2013, 07:18:16 PM
I suspect the expansion problem may also relate to how full the available space for weights was filled.

I have some tank cars I did the BBs held in place with white glue trick to over 40 years ago that are still in good shape. But I didn't fill the entire tank, or even half of it, with BBs to get the weight I wanted.

2001  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: A Curved Bridge Too Far on: September 05, 2013, 09:59:52 AM
If you really get into building trestles (Warning! It can be addictive!) I highly recommend these guys for tools and jigs that make it easier to mass produce bents, etc.:

My only connection with them is being a satisfied customer.

2002  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: IHC Covered Hoppers on: September 02, 2013, 10:17:01 PM
Thank you Len.  I saw the Weldbond at the same craft store I just bought the Tacky glue from.  It looked to be similar adhesive.  Is that correct or not?

I really don't know. The only 'Tacky' glue I've ever used is "Aleene's Clear Gel Tacky Glue" for putting in windows, and model aircraft canopies, without fogging them up.

2003  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: IHC Covered Hoppers on: September 02, 2013, 10:07:45 AM

You cost analysis is correct, and I do use pennies when building tank cars from kits or scratch. What I use the BB's through a drilled hole for is cars that are already assembled and glued together.


I normally let the 'Weldbond' glue I use set up for at least 12 hours. It's usually longer, as I'll do a car, set it aside, and forget about it until my next chance for a work session several days later.

2004  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: IHC Covered Hoppers on: August 30, 2013, 09:43:42 AM
I use BB's because they're easy to find in my local area, and do the job. If you prefer something else, go for it.

2005  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: IHC Covered Hoppers on: August 27, 2013, 11:04:50 AM

These days I use a white glue called 'Weldbond', which seems to have a different consistency and "tackiness" than regular white glue. But even when I was using plain old 'Elmer's' white glue I never had any problems with the BB's coming loose.

2006  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: IHC Covered Hoppers on: August 24, 2013, 11:14:07 AM
I have a simple solution for assembled tank cars, using BB's as the weight.

Drill a hole large enough for the BB's through the center sill of the car into the body. Use some old sprue to make a plug for the hole when your done.

Weigh out enough BB's for the weight you're shooting for. then load the BB's into the car body. I found a small funnel somewhere that works great for this, or make your own from card stock.

Squeeze some white glue through the hole, this will keep the BB's from rattling around.

Close the hole with the plug you made earlier and some plastic cement.

Shake the car to distrube the white glue over the BB's, then let the car set upright overnight to let the white glue set up.

2007  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: 3way turnout switch. on: August 14, 2013, 11:32:34 AM
There's some good wiring info on Peco 3-ways here:

2008  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: What do people model? on: August 14, 2013, 11:21:26 AM
While I dable with several scales, my primary layout is the KL&B Eastern Lines Railroad Museum in HO.

Originally much smaller, the KL&B was able to expand when the Class-I (CSX) serving the area decided to abandon a 35 mile branch line. Local businesses that depended on the branch worked a deal with the KL&B and the Class-I where cars would be dropped off near the KL&B, and the KL&B would use it's equipment to make deliveries along the branch.

This generates much greater revenue than general admissions and scenic rides that the KL&B is able to use for restoration projects that otherwise wouldn't happen. So any given day you may see a ex-New Haven RS-3 hauling pellets to the styrofoam cooler plant, or an ex-NC&StL 4-6-2 bringing a string of boxcars from the paper box plant down to the interchange.

By the way, the museum defines "Eastern Lines" as anything that operated east of the Continental Divide.

2009  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: IHC Covered Hoppers on: August 09, 2013, 11:05:16 AM
One word of warning...if the trucks are metal, do not use a truck tuner on them. You'll end up ruining the cutting edge of the tuner. Found out the hard way.

Sometimes it's just dust and critter hair in the journal causing the problem. Removing the wheels, cleaning off the axles, and giving the journal a shot of graphite often clears the problem up.

2010  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: True Blass II Steam Unit Upgrade to Lionel SOS Loco on: August 03, 2013, 11:24:07 AM
I used this, cost well under $100.00:

Sorry, no pics. I'm not really a camera guy. But it's not hard to do at all, the lip that holds the original speaker in place is pretty obvious. It just needs to be removed to let the True-Blast speaker sit level, and the plug on the end of the True-Blast wires gets cut off to allow hard wiring.

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