Dock Side Switcher

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  1. jimbogibbo

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    Does any one know how long the lionel dock side switcher smoke unit can smoke . with the train running at about half speed.???
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    The smoke unit will smoke as long as there is smoke fluid in it. After it runs out, put about 3-5 drops of smoke fluid in- it will take a few minutes to the unit to vaporize the fluid and produce smoke. If it doesn't happen after 10-15 minutes, be patient- Lionel smoke units are not the best. You may have to run the engine at high speeds to get the smoke unit to work.

    Geno
  3. jimbogibbo

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    will the unit burn up if it runs out of fluid or shut off.???
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    Lionel smoke units are picky little buggers- too much fluid and they'll stay off for days, too little and they could burn out. If you already put a few drops in, leave it and just keep running the engine- it should start smoking eventually. Just don't put too much, as you could make an oily mess and it will take a long time to dry out the wick.

    Geno
  5. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

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    Really?
    What happens if you don't want smoke all the time? There's no way to turn it off?
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    There should be a smoke switch under the engine to turn it off. But who wants a steamer that doesn't smoke? :)

    Geno
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    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

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    I just want to be able to run my train if I run out of smoke and not have to worry about burning something up. ;)
  8. Geno

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    I think this Lionel engine is one of the best little units to come out of a Orange box in a long time. I bought the Copper range set just because it was such a deal, and the Docksider just makes that deal even sweeter. I normally buy only modern engines (I have no steamers), but I made an exception here. And now this little guy is my first steamer since my Dad bought me a Marx set over 35 years ago.

    Geno
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    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

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    I've seen that one and the US Steel Switcher as well. I'd like to get one or the other or even both.
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    I was reading somewhere (CTT or OGR) how Lionel actually used a real steamer as the basis for this engine- so its actually scale model. I'm planning to TMCC it- should make for even more operating fun.

    Geno
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    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

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    You need to post some pics!
    BTW- Is the body diecast or plastic?
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    I am trying
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    I am trying to get aphoto on here taken with a
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    I dont know what just went on with all that junk it is this computer. any way here goes to try to get a photo of the dock side switcher turned budweiser express.
    ps does any one know how to transfer words on to like a decall sheet .I want to turn a box car into jims budweiser express. Let me know if the photos come out or not .:wave:
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    HOPE THE PHOTOS COME OUT OF THE DOCK SIDE SWITCHER TURNED bUDWEISER EXPRESS.

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    Ok Is The Rule One Photo At A Time. Or Is This Just My Stupid Computer.?
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    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

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    You should be able to load more than one at a time if you use the "Manage Attachments" button that comes up when you type a post. They can't be any bigger than 600x400 pixels though. You might have to resize them.
  18. Geno

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    Cannonball,
    Happy New Year! Sorry to not reply sooner- I went to Las Vegas for New Years and didn't even seen a computer for a week. Anyways, the Docksider is diecast- very hefty for a little lump of metal. But still nice to me.

    I'm in the middle of benchwork construction so my Copper range set is buried somewhere- as soon as I can dig it out I'll shoot some pics.

    Geno
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    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

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    Cool. :)
    I really want to get a couple of the diecast engines. I'm still thinking about a Penn Flyer when the tax refund shows up and then either the Copper Range switcher or the US Steel one. Of course, that's just two of the many things I want. ;)
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    The thing I really like about these Docksiders is that they are so much fun for so little money- not the typical buy-in that is required with a TMCC scale diesel. And you can still pick up the copper range set on Ebay for less than $180- a deal any day of the week.

    I sort of regret not getting into steamers sooner, but my buds at Angel's Gate Hi-Railers (my train club) have just about every big steamer out there, so all I have to do is show up when we meet and enjoy the show. But even those guys with their $1500 steamers think the Docksider is a nice piece- most of them have one or two also.

    Geno