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Leyland Victory 2 collection
#46
I was able to get some more McDonald Plarail trains on ebay. Based on the marking on the chassis, they were made sometime betwen 2012 -2014. There are so many variations even with one model. It appears Dr. Yellow is the most popular one among the them. I believe there are at least 3 different variations of Dr. Yellow. In case anybody wants to know the differences between a regular Plarail and a McDonald Plarail see photos below.

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McDonald's version is a bit shorter. Maybe a bit higher. I don't think it will have problems clearing tomy tunnels



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I am stump with this one.



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What is the purpose of the gear at the bottom?

And this one.



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It can't be pull back motor as there are some already that features pull back motor and they don't like this .

If you are still interested in checking out more McDonald Plarail engines, I upload my entire collection.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/183311600@...0575822676

There is at least one more engine out there.
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#47
Interesting. What happens when you move the gear by hand?
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#48
nothing happen
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#49
Thats odd. Hmmm, wonder if there isn't some kind of information about the gear somewhere on the Internet as you would think you aren't the only person to ask this question. Maybe in Japanese?
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#50
I tried to find a list of all the McDonald Plarail trains ever made. Sadly there is no list out there.

Edit: Did some searching on youtube.  I found the answer to my question 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTm6vn1k1oE
at 4:04 there is a strip of paper you can pull out and retract.  

Apparently they made more Plarail trains in 2017 and 2018.  They features front end couplings.  Very nice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWSLRhmtMCQ

The only thing I don't like about them are applying the decals yourself.  It is hard to make it perfect.
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#51
So the gear isn't really a gear at all, just a means for rewinding the tape....odd. What I also find odd is that I would have assumed that the tape would show something about McDonalds. Thanks Leyland
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#52
the latest wave feature more McDonald in the form of the McDonald characters.
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#53
So I got another 2 Bertie with different shades. It is hard to tell but I can assure they have different shades.

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It is possible that there are berties come with different shades of red as they were made in different years based on the chassis. By the way the red wheel cover fell off on one of the buses as the other side has the red wheel cover.
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#54
Is the one on the left darker? Looks like they may have been produced or assembled in two different places as the stamped numbers on the bottom are different and in a different place.
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#55
that is correct. the one on the left is darker.
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So if finally got my hands on the S-34 trains.  not bad aside from the clearance issue.  The only advice I can give people is don't break the coupling, it will be difficult to repair it from the looks of it.
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#57
Leyland

Your video has got to be the best review on YouTube showing just how these long Car Carriers function on the rails. This also proves you original, pre-release thoughts, about these running on double wide tracks. Nice work and thanks for the video.

I never opened mine as I sold them off but from the videos I have watched I had assumed that replacing couplings would be different but I thought it looked like those trucks and pivot came off with 4 screws each from underneath, is that not the case?

Question:
Do the Wheel Trucks actually lift off of the rails when traversing the slopes? At the 2:30 minute mark.
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#58
yes to couplings are located underneath the panel secured by 4 screws.  Based on my experiences with repairing couplings, it is best to leave it alone unless I have to replace the coupling.  

yes the first set of the wheels in the first truck did lift off the rails hence the engine had a hard time for a couple of seconds to climb the slope.
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#59
Thanks Leyland for the in depth review.
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