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Author Topic: Where do people go for Older replacement Part for Engine (Steam, Diesel)  (Read 1970 times)
Robertj668

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« on: April 21, 2009, 09:28:31 PM »

Hi everyone. 

I have been looking a some good web sites for replacement parts for my Older (1980's) Diesel and steam.  I am looking for Tyco, Athern, Lifelike and others.  I saw a few web sites a few days ago but did not bookmark them and I deleted my history this morning but I know they exist! why am I doing this, well some engines have sentimental value.

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Robert
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rustyrails
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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2009, 10:08:33 PM »

Hey, Robert,
I troll e-Bay mostly. It is amazing what you can find.  Train shows are another good place to look.  It seems there are always dealers with tables full of broken things that can be salvaged for parts. 
Rusty
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Jim Banner

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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2009, 10:20:18 PM »

I usually go to garage sales and the like for parts for old Tyco/LifeLike/Cox/PlayArt and other train set locomotives.  It usually means buying the whole locomotive, but they are usually pretty cheap.  When I explain that I am fixing old locomotives on a volunteer basis, the seller will usually drop the price or even give them to me.  A lot of these restorations are for fathers who want to give their old trains to their sons, and like you say, there are sentimental attachments involved.

For Athearn parts, just go to the Athearn website (click on the link below)
http://www.athearn.com/

Even when there are sentimental attachments, I usually recommend they buy a new locomotive as well or will give them a good, used, recently serviced one from among the ones donated to our club.  I have heard back from a number of these people and a common story is that the farther/mother and son/daughter have become quite involved in model railroading.  I often hear that in addition to the restored train set locomotive and the better one that I gave them, they have been out and bought several more of the good ones.  The good ones are run the most, but the restored one sits proudly on the layout, ready for use at a moments notice.
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Robertj668

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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2009, 10:27:33 PM »

I just found one engine on eBay that is Old stock and never used but the road name is Santa Fe. It is cheap it under $10 now I may but is and part the old stuff on the new. I will call that one a kinda refurb As it would mostly be new with a few old pieces on it.
Thanks you guys
Robert
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Johnson Bar Jeff

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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2009, 11:15:10 AM »

For replacement parts for Tyco, especially old Tyco/Mantua, try:

http://www.yardbirdtrains.com

"Yardbird" also sells through eBay. I've bought a number of items from him. He's an honest, conscientious, and reliable dealer, and I'm happy to recommend him.  Smiley
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Robertj668

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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2009, 03:17:58 PM »

To: Johnson Bar Jeff
Wow what a great website! Thanks.

To: Jim 
The Athearn has a lot of  great into too! Thanks

To: Rustyrails:  eBay has been good too.  I wish people would categorize them a bit.  However sometimes you can find some great deals when people just put in the title "Used train stuff" if you look hard you will find some good stuff and save some money too!
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Johnson Bar Jeff

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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2009, 11:38:40 AM »

To: Johnson Bar Jeff
Wow what a great website! Thanks.

'Welcome! My pleasure!  Smiley
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grumpy

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« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2009, 01:19:51 AM »

Try Golf Manor Hobbies . I have been able to get parts there for old Rivarossi locos.
Don
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pdlethbridge
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« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2009, 02:09:29 AM »

I found parts here I couldn't find anywhere else.
http://www.modelrailcraft.com/
I ordered them yesterday and they were shipped today.
JBJ, I just got a replacement motor from Yardbird, great prices, fast  service, and great to deal with.
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