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SEABOARD AIR LINE Class M2 4-8-2 Mountain
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 Posted: Tue Jul 26th, 2016 03:37 pm
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I've semi-finished converting a Lionel Southern RR 4-8-2 into a SAL 4-8-2.

The main conversion was making a brass Vanderbilt tender, the rest was relocating/making/buying parts that needed to be modified to represent a SAL Mountain.

I still need to add a couple of details I forgot to put on, but it's 99% complete.

I used a piece of 2" brass bar rail, I bought from an online place called KegWorks, for the water tank part of the tender.

The engine runs great using BPRC, best slow-speed of the 10 steam engines I've converted, great job Lionel :thumb:

I've loaded photos in the gallery, but thought I'd post at least one here:




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 Posted: Tue Jul 26th, 2016 06:21 pm
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Seaboard has to be one of the most underrepresented Class Is out there. I grew up in SCL territory and have found almost no photos from the area taken during the steam days. Seems like most train fans never bothered to come into the region with their cameras.
Like to see someone modeling this!



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 Posted: Tue Jul 26th, 2016 06:32 pm
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Thanks Lee, I certainly try but seems like everything SAL has to be modified or built from scratch. I'm not sure that I have a single item that has undergone some modification of sorts.

And you're right about photos. I must have 12-15 books on the Seaboard and many of them used the same photos.

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 Posted: Tue Jul 26th, 2016 10:44 pm
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Well done Bob
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Thanks Bob.

I must have tried every thing available while building the brass tender and finally settled on using a micro torch. Also learned not to aim the flame at my fingers :sad:

It's not "contest show" quality by any stretch of the imagination, but I would consider it "stand-off" scale.

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 Posted: Wed Jul 27th, 2016 10:49 pm
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I think it is better than that. The tender gap required is the killer in a photo.

I'm very much into 'stand well off' scale here. Must be the model plane influence :>)

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Robert Comerford wrote: Must be the model plane influence :>;)

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Yep [toast]

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Very nice looking locomotive.



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 Posted: Tue Aug 9th, 2016 09:27 pm
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Thanks Reg,looks even better in person.

This is my only Lionel steam engine. Didn't know what to expect, but it's proving to be the best slow-speed engine I have,even beating out my Williams brass 4-8-4.

I don't know what the gear ratio is in the gearbox,the motor is a 15v large can motor. The top speed is plenty fast enough with a 9.6v NiMh battery pack, can't imagine what it would be with a pack of higher voltage.

Very smooth, slow starting speed.

It's a shame I can't figure out how to use the Lionel sound system with the Rx65 (not BlueRail, just caught that mistake) board,the sounds are/were superb.

Bob D.

Last edited on Sat Sep 10th, 2016 11:25 am by Bob D



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