New Series: Darth's Train Shop – Mass Train Repair!!

New Series: Darth's Train Shop – Mass Train Repair!!

I decided to start a new series where I fix it and then you have a chance to buy it! In this series, I’ll typically be finding old models that are in need of repair to varying degrees, but I I may also do some building and customizing. For this video, I’m repairing 16 HO scale models which will be available for sale Sunday 3/12/23 at the Springfield IL Train Fair:

Future videos will usually focus on a single model which will then go up on eBay, but I thought a mass repair would be a fun way to kick off the series!


  1. numpty pootis 8012 on March 11, 2023 at 6:04 am

    I love watching your videos, I’m an English man who’s locos consist of mostly 2 differnt drive systems which are crap in their own way so watching you open up all these engines with so many different types of drives and gearing is mesmerising

  2. RocketStephen on March 11, 2023 at 6:04 am

    What kind of Lathe is that? I might have to buy one for myself

  3. Vincent Tolve on March 11, 2023 at 6:05 am

    Another virtuoso performance. Good luck with your new venture.

  4. FourDollaRacing on March 11, 2023 at 6:11 am

    Performing "Mass Train Repair" without an ultrasonic cleaner is silly, really….

  5. Hamilton Sullivan on March 11, 2023 at 6:14 am

    Oooo I could go for a rio grande powered f unit

  6. Gary Just. Johnson on March 11, 2023 at 6:15 am

    Great video! Wow!

  7. Eric McArthur on March 11, 2023 at 6:18 am

    very therapeutic asmr watching & listing to your rebuilds. Is that a layout expansion that I spy?…

  8. Tom Barnes on March 11, 2023 at 6:19 am

    Jaw dropped to the floor! I am so impressed with your expertise of these units!!! Wow!

  9. Ellery Parsons on March 11, 2023 at 6:30 am

    Love Watching People Repairing Engines When it comes To Rubber Band Engines I am Gonna Have to Pass No Offence.

  10. Larry Dee on March 11, 2023 at 6:32 am

    Thanks again Darth Santa Fe, for another excellent, and very informative troubleshooting video!
    Your various excellent skills are amazing!
    (I have been watching this video, while finally unboxing, and upgrading my 50 year old model NYC subway cars, with Ancient Bowser drives).

  11. Jim Flagg on March 11, 2023 at 6:35 am

    I love all wheel drive trains.

  12. michael quinones on March 11, 2023 at 6:44 am

    Athearn introduced gear towers in 1957 as always still an interesting video.

  13. gacj2010 on March 11, 2023 at 6:46 am

    This is a great idea … man I wish I knew all thats in your head to be able to work backward and do these repairs as you do so easily. I love the old ones even though they might not be elite quality

  14. Joe Zuccardo on March 11, 2023 at 6:47 am

    The lackawanna engine was made by Varney for American Flyers ho line in 1955-56 Varney also made F3’s with B&O, Northern Pacific,And Sothern pacific road names for American Flyer HO Hope this helps with the history of this this engine

  15. EC Idaho on March 11, 2023 at 6:48 am

    Great work on the Mehano re-engine. I have a couple of those that I have torn down and taken the smoke unit out of them as they seem to heat up and melt the stack. One was bad enough I had to cut the melted stack out and replace it. Thanks for the great tutorial. Also if you are willing to snap off the plastics tracks on a Tyco MU2 you are able to access the commutator for cleaning. Little bit of clean up and hell superglue and the the trucks look good as new.

  16. John Loesch on March 11, 2023 at 6:49 am

    Best of luck at the show!

  17. RockyRailroad Animation on March 11, 2023 at 6:50 am

    I love old school HO F-units because every manufacturer came up with drastically different mechanisms for achieving the same goal of a simple train set loco.

    I have a Varney B unit and was always curious what the inside of its A unit would have looked like, the motor truck design is so delightfully retro! The Penn Line unit with the FT body looks great as well – How did you mod the Bachmann shell to fit?

  18. Donald Lamendola, on March 11, 2023 at 6:52 am

    Classic Old School trains and a great video! Thank you for sharing your knowledge, and best of luck with your new venture.

  19. CA on March 11, 2023 at 6:53 am

    You’ve given me some model types to look for at the Division 8 Train Show in Louisville on March 18th. Thank you for the video.

  20. Jeff Dayman on March 11, 2023 at 6:55 am

    This was great! really enjoyed it, I don’t think I have ever seen so many variations of drive units in one place. Just FYI that Playart electric was decorated for SBB FFS (Swiss Federal Railways initials in German and Italian) rather than Sweden. Cheers!

  21. Steve G on March 11, 2023 at 6:56 am

    Great idea for a series. You shared lots of useful information. Many thanks.

  22. peter forden on March 11, 2023 at 6:57 am

    Your ‘Swedish’ electric is actually Swiss 🙂

  23. Ean Ferrell on March 11, 2023 at 7:01 am

    That was an amazing endeavor you undertook. What motor did you use for the Santa Fe C-Liner? You have my curiosity piqued.

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