Carl's model train repair riveting tools

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Frequently Asked Questions

"Suggestions On What To Order"
(Also see Brakeman's Riveting Tools Description Page)

I often hear from persons interested in The Brakeman's Riveting Set that they are not sure of what they should order or what is included in the "Basic Set for O-Gauge Riveting." Actually, I try to steer people away from purchasing the whole set. Many of the tools are for certain types of repairs that most hobbyists will probably never use.

For the average "O" Gauge hobbyist, I've been recommending only the following items from the set:

Set #1: Brakeman's Riveting Basic Set for O-Gauge Trains
BR-1 Original Riveter (includes BRT1-1 Tip) $49.00
BRT2-1 Shoe-Armature Spring Tip $15.00
BR-PO Four-Piece Backing Post Set (click here for description) $40.00
BR-2 Super Riveter for "O" Gauge $75.00
BR-S Truck Rivet Securing Tool $20.00

The above items represent the heart of the Brakeman's Riveting Set, the best of the best. They are the most commonly used items in the Complete Set.

Total Cost Set 1: $180.00 plus $8.50 Shipping. Add $49.00 for the wooden set box.

If you don't want to spend more than $100.00, the "Original Riveting (O-Gauge) Starter Set" for $100.00 (first three items on the list at the top of this page) is a good choice. It will allow you to do most Lionel "Post War" riveting repairs including knuckle couplers, slide shoes, armature spring rivets and a host of other small and mid-sized rivets. If you do not need to replace trucks, then the Original Riveting Starter Set for O-Gauge is for you.

Question: I only collect American Flyer S-Gauge. I don't want to spend much more than around $100, what do you recommend?

Answer: If you are planning to do any repairs in S-Gauge, you will need to replace 1/8" rivets, the most commonly used rivets in American Flyer S-Gauge trains. For Flyer collectors, I recommend getting the BR-2 Super Riveter for S-Gauge, the BR-S Truck Rivet Securing Tool and a base fixture to secure the post while riveting. ($105.00 plus $8.50 shipping) or simply the BR-2 Super Riveter for S-Gauge and a base fixture to secure the post while riveting ($110.00 plus $8.50 for shipping). If you need to rivet American Flyer Pikemaster trucks to frames, then you should add the BRT3-2 ¼" Rivet Tip and Eyelet Backing Post for $26.00 to the BR-2 Super Riveter. If you need to restore or replace link couplers on your "Post War" Flyer trains, then you should add the BRT5-2 Link Coupler Repair Set for an additional $40.00.

The "Basic Set for S-Gauge Riveting" would include the following:

Set #2: Brakeman's Basic Tools for riveting S-Gauge American Flyer Trains
BR-1 Original Riveter (includes BRT1-1 Tip) $49.00
BRT2-1 S-Gauge Mini Rivet Tip $15.00
BR-PS Three-Piece Backing Post Set (click here for description) $30.00
BR-2 Super Riveter for "S" Gauge $75.00
BR-S Truck Rivet Securing Tool $20.00

Total Cost Set 2: $175.00 plus $8.50 Shipping. Add $49.00 for the wooden set box.

Question: I only collect American Flyer S-Gauge. I don't want to spend more than $100 or so, what do you recommend?

Answer: If you are planning to do any repairs in S-Gauge, you will need to replace 1/8" rivets, the most commonly used rivets in American Flyer S-Gauge trains. For Flyer collectors, I recommend getting the BR-2 Super Riveter for S-Gauge, the BR-S Truck Rivet Securing Tool and a base fixture to secure the post while riveting. ($110.00 plus $8.50 shipping). If you need to rivet American Flyer Pikemaster trucks to frames, then you should add the BRT3-2 ¼" Rivet Tip and Eyelet Backing Post for $26.00 to the BR-2 Super Riveter. If you need to restore or replace link couplers on your "Post War" Flyer trains, then you should add the BRT5-2 Link Coupler Repair Set for an additional $40.00.

Question: What does the Complete Set for O-Gauge Trains cost and what does it include?

Set #3: Brakeman's Riveting Boxed Set for O-Gauge Trains as advertised in
O Gauge Railroading Magazine
BR-1 Original Riveter (includes BRT1-1 Tip) $49.00
BRT2-1 Shoe-Armature Spring Tip $15.00
BR-PO Four-Piece Backing Post Set (click here for description) $40.00
BR-2 Super Riveter for "O" Gauge $75.00
BR-S Truck Rivet Securing Tool $20.00
BRT2-2 1/8" Rivet Tip $15.00
BRT3-SW Small Swaging Tip (for staking truck side frames) $15.00
BR1-SP Backing Post used with BRT3-SW $6.00
BR-PE Shoe Eyelet and other Small Eyelets Backing Post $10.00
BRT4-2 Swaging Tip $15.00
BR-FB Fitted Backing Block for F-3 Ladders $35.00
BRT6-2 Heavy Duty Mini Rivet Tip $15.00
BREXT-1 1" Extension for BR-1 Orig. Riveter $15.00
BR-EXT-1/2 ½" Extension for BR-2 Super Riveter $15.00
BR530-P Backing Post for Lionel 530-40 or -44 Rivet $10.00
BR-BX1 Basswood Set Box with Branded Logo $49.00
BR-BX1T Wooden Supplemental Tray (for adding storage capacity to Set Box)   
$5.00

Total Discounted Cost for Set 3: $385.00 plus $16.50 Shipping.

Set #3A: Brakeman's Riveting DELUXE O-Gauge Set for Lionel as advertised in
O Gauge Railroading Magazine
BR-1 Original Riveter (includes BRT1-1 Tip) $49.00
BR-D1 Drift Pin for BR-1 $15.00
BREXT-1 1" Extension for BR-1 $15.00
BRT2-1 Shoe-Armature Spring Tip $15.00
BR-PO Four-Piece Backing Post Set (click here for description) $40.00
BR-2 Super Riveter for "O" Gauge (With BRT1-2 O Gauge Tip) $75.00
BR-D2PO Post-War Axle Drift Pin for BR-2 $15.00
BR-D3PR Pre-War Axle Drift Pin for BR-2 $15.00
BR-EXT-1/2 ½" Extension for BR-2 $15.00
BRT2-2 1/8" Rivet Tip (Used in both O & S Gauge) $15.00
BRT3-2 ¼" Tip and Eyelet Backing Post $30.00
BRT4-2 Swaging Tip $15.00
BR-FB Fitted Backing Fixture for F-3 and Alco Ladders $35.00
BR-S Truck Rivet Securing Tool $20.00
BRT6-2 Heavy Duty Mini Rivet Tip $15.00
BR530-P Backing Post for Lionel 530-40 or -44 Rivet $10.00
BR-PT Pre-War Truck Eyelet Backing Post $10.00
BR-PE Small Eyelet Backing Post $10.00
BR-SM Motorized Unit Rivet Securing Tool $12.00
BRT3-SW Small Swaging Tip (for tightening truck side frames) $15.00
BR1-SP Backing Post used with BRT3-SW   $6.00
BR-BX1 Basswood Set Box with Branded Logo $49.00
BR-BX1T Wooden Tray (for adding storage capacity to Set Box)  $5.00

Total Discounted Cost for Set 3A: $479.00 plus $16.50 Shipping.

Question: What does the Complete Set for S-Gauge Trains cost and what does it include?

Set #4: Brakeman's Riveting Complete Set for S-Gauge Trains
BR-1 Original Riveter (includes BRT1-1 Tip) $49.00
BRT2-1 S-Gauge Mini Rivet Tip for Alco Ladders $15.00
BR-PS Three-Piece Backing Post Set (click here for description) $30.00
BR-2 Super Riveter for "S" Gauge $75.00
BR-S Truck Rivet Securing Tool $20.00
BRT3-2 ¼" Tip and Eyelet Backing Post $30.00
BRT5-2 Link Coupler Repair Set $40.00
BR-BX1 Basswood Set Box with Branded Logo $49.00

Total Cost Set 4: $289.00 plus $12.50 Shipping.

Question: I restore O-Gauge & S-Gauge & standard gauge trains I want a complete set of rivet tools what do I order?

Answer: I would like to give you two options on what to buy. The first one includes the most useful tools for Lionel and American Flyer repairs. I will include the wooden set box with both sets. I think you might want to consider just buying the most important tools (Set #5). Or, if you would prefer to buy all the tools I have available at this time for Lionel and American Flyer repairs, then you can purchase Set #6.

Set #5: Brakeman's Riveting Most Useful Tools for Lionel and American Flyer
BR-1 Original Riveter (includes BRT1-1 Tip) $49.00
BRT2-1 Shoe-Armature Spring Tip $15.00
BR-PO Four-Piece Backing Post Set (click here for description) $40.00
BR-2 Super Riveter for "O" Gauge (With BRT1-2 O Gauge Tip) $75.00
BRT2-2 1/8" Rivet Tip (Used in both O & S Gauge) $15.00
BR-S Truck Rivet Securing Tool $20.00
BRT5-2 S Gauge Link Coupler Repair Set $40.00
BR-BX1 Basswood Set Box with Branded Logo $49.00

Total Cost Set 5: $285.00 plus $12.50 Shipping.

Set #6: Brakeman's Riveting Complete Set for Lionel, American Flyer and Marx
BR-1 Original Riveter (includes BRT1-1 Tip) $49.00
BR-D1 Drift Pin for BR-1 $15.00
BREXT-1 1" Extension for BR-1 $15.00
BRT2-1 Shoe-Armature Spring Tip $15.00
BR-PO Four-Piece Backing Post Set (click here for description) $40.00
BR-2 Super Riveter for "O" Gauge (With BRT1-2 O Gauge Tip) $75.00
BR-D2PO Post-War Axle Drift Pin for BR-2 $15.00
BR-D3PR Pre-War Axle Drift Pin for BR-2 $15.00
BR-EXT-1/2 ½" Extension for BR-2 $15.00
BRT2-2 1/8" Rivet Tip (Used in both O & S Gauge) $15.00
BRT3-2 ¼" Tip and Eyelet Backing Post $30.00
BRT4-2 Swaging Tip $15.00
BR-FB Fitted Backing Fixture for F-3 and Alco Ladders $35.00
BR-S Truck Rivet Securing Tool $20.00
BRT5-2 S Gauge Link Coupler Repair Set $40.00
BRT6-2 Heavy Duty Mini Rivet Tip $15.00
BR530-P Backing Post for Lionel 530-40 or -44 Rivet $10.00
BR-PT Pre-War Truck Eyelet Backing Post $10.00
BR-PE Small Eyelet Backing Post $10.00
BR-MP Marx Eyelet Backing Post $10.00
BR-SM Motorized Unit Rivet Securing Tool $12.00
BRT3-SW Small Swaging Tip (for tightening truck side frames) $15.00
BR1-SP Backing Post used with BRT3-SW   $6.00
BR-BX1 Basswood Set Box with Branded Logo $49.00
BR-BX1T Wooden Tray (for adding storage capacity to Set Box)  $5.00

Total Discounted Cost for Set 6: $519.00 plus $16.50 Shipping.

Question: Do you carry any tools for repairing Marx Trains?

Answer: Yes. For Marx truck replacement, I recommend getting the BR-2 Super Riveter with the BRT2-2 1/8" Tip, including the NEW Marx Eyelet Backing Post with a base attachment and the BR-S Truck Rivet Securing Tool for the total cost of $115.00 plus $8.50 shipping. If you already have the BR-2 Super Riveter for "S" Gauge and you want to add the BR-MP NEW Marx Eyelet Backing Post, it is sold separately for $10.00. If you have the BR-2 Super Riveter for "O" Gauge and you do not have the BRT2-2 Tip used for "S" Gauge and 1/8" rivets, you should order this tip, as well, for properly setting the Marx eyelet with the Super Riveter.

Set #7: Brakeman's Riveting Set for Marx O Gauge Trains
BR-1 Original Riveter (includes BRT1-1 Tip for Marx #435 Rivet for side rod links on 333/1829 steam engines) $49.00
BRT2-1 Mini Rivet Tip for Marx #328 Eyelet for switch repair and load stakes on 6" cars $15.00
BR-PB Base Attachment for all Backing Posts $20.00
BR-2 Super Riveter (includes BRT2-2 Tip and BR-MP for Marx type G truck mounting eyelets, plastic cars with knuckle couplers and #24 Nickel Eyelet for E-7 side frames) $75.00
BR530-P Backing Post for Marx #434 Rivet for log dump car main spring and Wm Crooks smoke units $10.00
BRT2-2 For Marx #434 Rivet and #345 Eyelet (For plastic cars with knuckle couplers and type G trucks)  
BR-PE Small Eyelet Backing Post for Marx #328 Eyelet for switch repair and load stakes on 6" cars $10.00
BR1-P1 Backing Post for Marx #435 Rivet for side rod links on 333/1829 steam engines $8.00
BR-MP Backing Post for Marx #345 Eyelet (For plastic cars with knuckle couplers and type G trucks)  

Total Discounted Cost for Set 7: $175.00 plus $8.50 Shipping. Add $49.00 for the wooden set box.

BR-PO 4 pc. Backing Post Set includes:
BR-PB Universal Backing Post Base Plate
BR1-P1 Knuckle Coupler Backing Post
BR1-P2 Armature Spring and S-Gauge Mini-Rivet Backing Post
BR1-P3 Slide Shoe Backing Post

BR-PS 3 pc. Backing Post Set includes:
BR-PB Universal Backing Post Base Plate
BR1-P1 Knuckle Coupler Backing Post
BR1-P2 S-Gauge Mini-Rivet and Armature Spring Backing Post

Another suggestion, check out our What You Can Do page for additional examples.

Also see Brakeman's Rivetings Tools Description Page

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