Article initially published by Michael Isenberg in 2003.
I have long wanted a period billboard for my standard gauge operating layout. As original prewar Lionel billboards are prohibitively expensive, I ruled them out. I'm not reluctant to try making a substitute, so I thought up an alternative.
Article initially published by Rev. Philip K. Smith in 2008.
Article initially published by Frank Loveland in 2008.
Article initially published by Jon Hinderer in 2006.
Article initially published by Joe Mania in 2003.
Two-rail track, real wooden ties, wheels riding in sprung bearing trucks, miniature reversible motors that run on DC current, and not a piece of plastic to be found: are these trains the latest scale models available in HO? Nope. They are the first trains produced by the Lionel Manufacturing Company over 100 years ago that operated on track with a gauge of 2-7/8 inches. The 2-7/8 gauge line of trains lasted from 1901 until 1905. Standard gauge took over the following year. Yet they were cutting edge technology in their time. The motor used in the 2-7/8 inch gauge line was series wound, and designed to run on DC current. Lets look at the design and try to understand more about these motors.