Model Railroads/Lost parts


I have a Union Pacific FEF 1 a brass engine by United, Pacific Fast Mail. The tender has 2 brake cylinders on each truck. One of them is missing. I've tried Utah brake cylinders & Cal-scale neither are a good match. Can one be located? I also lost the special screw that attaches the truck on the Overland GP35 drive system.

Hi Jeff and thanks for your question.

PFM parts are now made by Precision Scale in Montana.
Check their catalog.  You may have to remove the existing cylinder and replace both with similar ones if an exact match cannot be found.  PFM has been long gone since about 1980 so parts are non-existent otherwise.

As for your Overland GP35, have you tried contacting Overland?
I do not know what the screw is you are missing <stop losing things! :) >
I would bet they can help you.  

I do repair brass but need the item to get a good fit and repair them.
Good Luck!

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I am happy to answer all types of model railroading questions. My specialties are DCC, modeling tips, valuation tips, brass trains, operations, and railroadiana. My emphasis in modeling is western railroading (SP, UP, WP, PE, etc.) but I can help with all areas. I am a lifetime model railroader and a model train business owner. I am NOT an expert on Lionel, Marx, American Flyer, and older tintype trains. I know some values for these but cannot diagnose operational problems via this service. Usually these trains need to be seen in person for servicing. Old plastic HO trains have little value. These are not like Lionel and generally have little value because they are not as well made as modern HO locos.


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