Varney Casey Jones Information

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  1. IEATLT1

    IEATLT1 New Member

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    I have a box of trains I aquired as a small kid. early 80's. I would like to know more information on the varney casey jones HO Gauge.

    This is the one I have with actual pics of the train.

    I have no idea if it works or not.
    This thing is very heavy for as small as it is. I believe the date on the inspected slip is 11-30-60 but not sure on the last digit

    I have a bunch of other old stuff but this is the only thing that it's really been almost impossable to get a clear answer on.

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  2. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    Welcome to the gauge!
    What information did you want on it? I don't know the prototype' all I can say for sure is that it isn't a model of the engine Casey Jones drove and died on.
    The kit was released about 1960 as a "screwdriver assembly" kit. Before this, it took a small machine shop to "assemble" a locomotive -- every screw needed to have a hole drilled and tapped; the castings needed to be cleaned up and finished and details had to be soldered on.
  3. HOseeker

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  4. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

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    Just for general information, that locomotive kit is still in production last I heard. Bowser bought the dies from the Varney estate after Gordon Varney passed away, and continues to offer it in their catalog.
  5. IEATLT1

    IEATLT1 New Member

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    So looks like I have a 4-8-4 atlantic? Or please correct me if I'm wrong

    Is this a common train?

    By the way. I have got more help here in less than an hour than I have from my searching/other forums thanks guys
  6. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

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    A 4-8-4 would be a "northern" except on the New York Central where they were called "Niagara's." An Atlantic is a 4-4-2.
  7. Torpedo

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    You have a 4-6-0 Ten Wheeler. There is no other name for that wheel arrangement that I know of, at least in North American railroading.
  8. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

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    looks like your right about that ,look at the top of the box.i noticed it as soon as i saw it since my first engine was a driling nightmare!i dont know about this one but it looks like a pretty nice engine too me.i've seen one before but never payed much attention to it.ahhh the good ol days
  9. Torpedo

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    I was a kid modelling in HO when the Casey Jones came out. I wanted one in the worst way, but it didn't happen. :cry: I had to settle for a little four wheel diesel "critter" instead. :(

    Funny, I can't for the life of me remember who made the critter, but the ten wheeler I couldn't afford brings back a flood of memories.
  10. MilesWestern

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    Varney's Casey Jones does have a prototype. IT's a Vauclain Compound (look that up folks! :wave: ) 4-6-0 Ten wheeler built for the SOUTHERN PACIFIC. This model sports a standard USRA tender, and thankfully, it's pre-built! :)

    Interesting side note, It's still made, by Bowser! http://www.bowser-trains.com/holocos/casey_jones/casey_jones.htm

    I would certainly hang onto that locomotive! :)
  11. IEATLT1

    IEATLT1 New Member

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    I have alot more old stuff as I dug through the box. Maybe a walk down memory lane?

    few more pics shortly

    Thanks Guys
  12. IEATLT1

    IEATLT1 New Member

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    Pics should tell the tale. Hope you all enjoy.

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  13. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    There was a tendancy for manufacturers to lable any 4-6-0 a "Casey Jones". I think there was one (AHM? IHC?) that actually was like Casey's.
    I bought one, but my parents made me return it when there were missing parts.
  14. DougF

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    I had one of the Varney Casey Jones locos when they first came out. I've since sold it. I had repeated problems with the motor in it burning out. I think I went through 3 of the factory motors before I gave up on them. I filed out the inside of the boiler casting to get enough clearance to install a small Pittman motor in. It then ran good for an engine of that era.

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    My Dad's old Varney still runs..It has a Pittman DC70 motor.:D
  16. toptrain1

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    The Varney Casey Jones.....:
    The only thing protytipal about this engine is that it is a steam engine, and that it is a ten wheeler. Varney made this loco and the Old Lady, a 2-8-0, using the same body, tender and pilot. Bowser still makes these engines. Parts are aviable for them.
    Varney went out of busness and Life Like sold these Casey Jones for awile. Life Like even sold a Liliput 4-6-0. This was a german prototype 4-6-0. I had see them sold as the Casey Jones. Later Life Like sold a Liliput made PRR G5 which was a nice looking engine. I wonder if they called it a Casey Jones.
    And yes ahm sold a Riverrossi built Casey Jones and it was protypical. Also before releasing it Aristo-Craft had a brass Casey Jones. I have all three.
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    Have to say its pretty amazing that your Varny 10 wheeler is in the original box w/paper work....that makes it a bit of a collectors item in itself.