Lionel O Scale Trains

Lionel O scale trains are hobby grade model trains.  They aren't toy trains.  Why?  80 years later they can still run like new.  They were built to last.   They were not advertised as toys, but as trains.  Often with Dad in the picture.   They appealed to both generations.

I like the postwar trains, 1945-1969, a few of the prewar scale engines and some Modern styles. Why, I like their heavyweight durability.  With basic skills and a few parts you can make them work like new.  

 I like good condition, run-able trains.  I am not fond of the "Display Queens"  If I only want to display it, a picture is just as good to me.   Not-for-running to me is not added value.

My notes on the "Toy Train" hobby.

What is the value of a Lionel train?

A quick outline of Lionel Conventional, TMCC, LEGACY, LionChief and Blue Tooth

Making the 783 Hudson run  The 1980's reproduction of the 1950/1964 773.

Pre-war 228 notes and repair.  One of my favorite engines.

Kit bashing the 6465-85 Lionel lines Tanker


E units function and maintenance

Getting a Postwar Whistle to Sound Like New

Tuning up a Missile Launcher 6630

Fixing a modern coupler that would not hold


O22 switch repair

Basic Engine cleaning and electrical repair

Tools for trains

3D Printer Projects

A gauge for 3 rail coupler height

Fixing the motor spacer on a 44/45 missile launcher

Trailer stands for the 3460

Wheel Chock Plates for a Car Hauler


2228  tender base plate lip repair


The Tank Engine in O scale



Lionel O Scale Trains last update Sept 28  2022