Lionel conversions

Re: Lionel conversions

Postby AstroGoat760 » Fri Jan 08, 2010 11:23 pm

Nicholle is very big into the B&O and Chessie System, so once we get the parts to motorize them, she will likely take over at least one of their upgrades. A good learning process, by the way.
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Re: Lionel conversions

Postby AstroGoat760 » Fri Jan 08, 2010 11:24 pm

ConducTTor wrote:I'm looking forward to seeing the motorization process of the Lionels you guys are amassing.


We will be using the PVM chassis for the GP9, and likely the F3 as well. I plan on doing some experimenting first before trying to motorize the J-Class 4-8-4 though, start out with 4 wheel power chassis for trolley cars and the like, and then move up to the J.
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Re: Lionel conversions

Postby AstroGoat760 » Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:53 pm

Our 1:120 Lionel B&O F3 showed up today.
Here are some photos comparing it to our GP9:
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Re: Lionel conversions

Postby AstroGoat760 » Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:47 pm

I remember someone asking about engines that Lionel made with their 1:120 "Big Rugged Trains Series", and what was made.

There was two types of diesel-electric locomotives, one electric type, and a number of steam locomotives.

Electric Locomotives:

Pennsylvania Railroad GG1(2-C+C-2)

Steam Locomotives:
Pennsylvania Railroad S-2 Turbine (6-8-6)
The General (4-4-0)
New York Central Hudson (4-6-4)
Norfolk and Western J-Class (4-8-4)
Berkshire (2-8-4)

Diesel-Electric:

GP-9
Chessie System
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe (ATSF)
Boston & Maine
New York Central
Pennsylvania
Southern Pacific
Union Pacific

F-3
Baltimore and Ohio
Denver & Rio Grande Western
Milwaukee Road
New York Central
Pennsylvania
Southern Pacific

If there are any that I missed, PM me, and I will edit the list.
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Re: Lionel conversions

Postby AstroGoat760 » Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:51 pm

I received my PVM GP-9 Power kit yesterday, and I have started work on the assembly of it. I am also looking into how to go about upgrading the GP-9 using other parts for those that cannot get their mitts on the PVM kit and/or are uncomfortable with working with resin model parts.

At present time I have three 1:120 Lionel GP9 locomotives, well one is on it's way: Chessie System, Boston and Maine, and Union Pacific. I have yet to decide which one to "power up" first.

Photos of the work to be posted over the next few days...
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Re: Lionel conversions

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sat Feb 20, 2010 12:20 am

Decision made: The Chessie System GP-9 will be converted to power operation.

Here are some photos of the beginning phase of the conversion:
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Re: Lionel conversions

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sun Feb 21, 2010 2:29 am

Here is a photo of the motor mounted to the primed frame, along with a Hollywood Foundry Bull-Ant from my second PVM 25T Plymouth kit.
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Here is a sign a friend had made for my locomotive shop:
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Re: Lionel conversions

Postby AstroGoat760 » Tue Feb 23, 2010 6:11 pm

The four "new" 1:120 Lionel engines showed up today.
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My present Lionel 1:120 steamer fleet:
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My TT Lionel GG1:
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Note: the pantographs are fixed in place, they do not move up or down.

My 1:120 Lionel Diesel-electric fleet: (The Chessie GP9 is being rebuilt into a powered model)
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Re: Lionel conversions

Postby Marquette » Tue Feb 23, 2010 7:54 pm

I wonder, has anyone tried powering the GG1? There's TT scale pantos available, too, so could even make it run off the wire...
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Re: Lionel conversions

Postby AstroGoat760 » Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:12 pm

TTQuebec wrote:I wonder, has anyone tried powering the GG1? There's TT scale pantos available, too, so could even make it run off the wire...


That is one thing that I am considering doing, aside from needing to be painted black, the Tillig full pantographs should fit the bill. A whole new chassis will have to be made to hold the running gear though...
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