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I have Fleischmann engines (German) that have formed wire electrical pickups that go to the leading and trailing drivers on my 0-6-0 engine and they hook around the flanges.  They are wearing out and I can't find replacements! Now they just float on the drivers flanges.  What kind of wire do I buy so I can form and make these pickups myself.  Is this wire called "piano" wire? The current wire is chrome in color (not copper)...might be nickel, not sure but it is single strand, maybe 22/24 gauge, springy/flexible and can be soldered.

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Bill,

You're on the right track with your ideas. I would try to copy the pick ups as what Fleiscmann used
for the locomotives. They're out of business. Parts would be nonexistent at this point. Unless, you
find a junker at a show. It will be a trial and error on the wire. Try a hobby shop for the DIY ideas.
They might carry thin sheets of copper to make your own pick ups. A last source is go to the website:
european train enthusiasts. com  You might get some help from this group. Good luck.

John Schaub
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I can answer the following questions: Almost anything about the hobby, except complex electrical questions. Anything about table construction, model kit building, layout scenery, weathering and painting, adding lighting to structures and scenery. I cannot answer questions about the value or appraisal of an item through an e-mail question. The only true method to valuation is having the item in front of me. I will not answer any questions about complex wiring for signals, DCC, or switch motor installations.

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Model railroader since childhood. And that's quite a few years ago. My experience includes: Planning, Design, Benchwork Construction, Trackwork, Conceptualizing the placement of the basic scenic shell and future structure placement. Developing a "vision" of what the layout' them will be. Historical research. Model builder. Painter, Detailer and Weathering. Scenery Artisan, Model train room decorator. Freight car builder. Engine detailer. Turned my passion for model railroading to a full time career in 1998. I now design, build and construct model railroads. Focusing my skills on planning and design, model kit building services, scenery and structure installations, painting, weathering and detailing.

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Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Rutland Railway Association.

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Classic Toy Trains, January 2013

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Self-taught Model Railroader turned professional consultant New York Institute of Technology, Communication Arts Degree C.W. Post College, Computer Graphics-Desktop Publishing Certificate Program Molloy College, MacIntosh Computer Studies-Certificate Program

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Sorry, I can not reveal their names. I will tell you that my clients range from 5 year olds to 75 year olds. My layout commissions are in private homes, hobby shops, hotel lobbies, libraries, museums and historical societies.

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