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Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Dec 3rd, 2010, 12:53pm
My son picked up a GN F3 by Varney.  Did Varney use Hobbytown drives?  The drive in it looks very similar to Hobbytown's.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 3rd, 2010, 8:47pm
Alen ;  
 Hobbytown diesel drives are not similar to Varney, Marx, Revell, and Penn Line which are completely different, though all these for are similar. No parts are meant to interchange from Varney to Hobbytown. Hobbytown in their kit had die cast bodies. People did add Hobbytown drives to Varney plastic and die cast bodies.  
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Dec 3rd, 2010, 9:16pm
Thanks Frank-it's the only Varney diesel in our combined collection.  
I have a couple of Hobbytown diesels and was curious.  I might be able to figure it out and get it running some day.
Posted by: petey Posted on: Dec 4th, 2010, 2:01pm
When you get around to working on the Varney, contact Jim Heck at Yahoo Groups 'yardbird trains' forum.
He has a huge vintage collection, and is very knowledgeable of all vintage trains.
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Dec 5th, 2010, 9:04am
Thank you Petey!!!!
You can never have too much information on working with older equipment!
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 19th, 2012, 10:22pm
*  Bowser's, Cary line of Diecast diesel bodies were made for either Athearn or hobbytown drives. hobbytown of Boston also made drives to fit Varney and other diesels. That is proably what you have. A varney diesel with a hobbytown drive. Alot of modlers did use these drives because of how powerfull they are. One large open frame motor in a F7a unit can power a ABBA combination.  
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Feb 7th, 2013, 8:34am
 *** Just woke -up. It took me a year to remember.  Hey unless you have the cool Varney drive. Varney made a  drive that had a high power input shaft the motor shaft, not gear connected to the wheels. It had a lower  parallel shaft that did drive the wheels.  There were pulleys of 3 different sizes on each shaft. large, medium, and small, on each shaft, medium on each in the center. The position of the other 2 was reversed on one shaft. They were belt connected. Because of this there were 3 output speed ranges. Kinda like a transmission. A slow speed for yard work. a medium speed for freight pulls. Last a high speed for express passenger service. I think it was the original drive for their die cast F3 diesels.  
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 8th, 2013, 12:40pm
* Here is a old plastic bodied F3 diesel with a dual drive. It is a CB&Q, Burlington RR model by Varney. A all silver, with red striping and lettering that is worn away. In need of some refinishing.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 13th, 2014, 7:10am
 Here is the Varney Great Northern F3a power and dummy locos.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 2nd, 2015, 7:36am
* Well I got to sit down with the Varney CB&Q silver F3A and do a little touch up's on the silver. I also masked off the sides and repainted the red stripes. At a train show, Allentown first frost recently, I found a matching F3B. In appearance it has lasted much better. The paint is fine. The A unit #100 now looks better. It has only the #100 and stripes on its sides.  this B unit, a dummy, #101 is striped to match the A with the addition of the name Burlington lettered across the lower part of the sides. This pair, the F3A&B for now bull the Athearn CB&Q gray and red streamlined cars finished by Athearn in one of the nicest paint schemes done by Athearn. There are only 4 different cars. RPO, coach, dome coach, and observation. I have a second observation and am looking to set it up like the RDG's streamlined passenger train " The Crusader ", with a observation on each end. My reason for doing this is just to make the train a little longer.  
* At the Greenberg train show last weekend I found a box of trains under a table with a sign "  $20. for this box of trains. What caught my eye was a Aristo Craft 2-4-2 Columbia in its display box. It was in good shape with only a broken tender truck. I didn't have to look no further and bought the box. Of interest inside is a Athearn old original Hi-Fi, F7A silver CB&Q, and 2 Mantua F7As also silver CB&Q units. It would seem that providence has supplied me with more F units to fix. I still have yet to take photos of the rehabbed Varney F3A and get them posted.
* time to go back to stumbling through life as a train person.
PS; I will post a photo of the A&B with train here soon., Till then a photo of the other 3 F7As is posted.
A video of the train set;
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 2nd, 2015, 8:31am
Varney F3A & B information;
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 18th, 2015, 5:47pm
Here are my Varney Burlington CB&Q F3A & B.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Feb 28th, 2018, 6:01am
* Here are the Varney F3A-B-A set. Only one A is powered.