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Title: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Railwaygun on March 02, 2014, 09:47:16 PM
new Bachmann DD40s (with sound) from Hattons - a movie
http://youtu.be/D4c4zqDXrHo (http://youtu.be/D4c4zqDXrHo)

and a picture

(http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g181/railwaygun/cf2b8f88f2a28fcbef1abf30f0e36351_zps13709da0.jpg)

so what was in your +mas stocking ( or yesterdays sock?)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Railwaygun on March 08, 2014, 08:09:10 PM
Anyone know what this is? (its Microtrains I think). A souvenir from Basingstoke

it appears to have planked ends

(http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g181/railwaygun/4165da1763048ec128c8ca127d7193d0_zpsd006bf46.jpg)

(http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g181/railwaygun/8650d29ecf65045a0b4f4d71b75a458e_zps1586487d.jpg)

Nick R



Nick R
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: trainsdownunder on March 19, 2014, 08:25:27 AM
These arrived today. Actually have a rake of 10 but not opening them all yet. Loco is old stock USRA Mikado 2-8-4

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Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Bealman on March 19, 2014, 09:15:49 AM
Great! Is that consist prototypical, like on present day specials?
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on March 19, 2014, 09:47:26 AM
Thank you for posting your pictures Colin and as usual you have me jealous  :D

They have one window more than the Bachmann cars plus an extra part without a window so they must be a good bit longer. 

All ten will look good being pulled by your Mikado, have you a suitable caboose to add to the end of are you not going to bother with one?

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: steam-driven boy on March 19, 2014, 10:30:34 AM
Hi,
Although there's insufficient progress to report on layout construction, that hasn't meant I've been neglecting adding to the stockpile of motive power and rolling stock over the last few months.
I had mentioned a while back that I would love to add this power type to the roster, so, in yet another of my 'moments'...  ;)
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Rapido Trains of Canada produce some 'high-end' rolling stock in HO and N, I have a couple of their first N loco – the Canadian National GMD-1: http://www.rapidotrains.com/gmd1_n.html (http://www.rapidotrains.com/gmd1_n.html) - pre-ordered, these caboose(es) are exclusive to Prairie Shadows
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Although limited in operation to just one route, as I already have a goodly stock of P42 loco's and passenger cars I couldn't resist adding both Kato packs of these Amtrak Auto Train car carriers – Rule 1 strikes again!
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A few donor chassis purchases for my near overflowing 'to do' drawer, with Shapeways 3D FUD prints courtesy of some more of those very clever people who look to have a good grasp of the design process
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First up, on the right is an Atlas Alco C628, chassis intended for an E33 loco - Virginian / N&W by the guy who produced the London underground stock 3D prints, a previously posted piccie of which can be seen in my Albums section.
Prototype info & piccie: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VGN_EL-C (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VGN_EL-C)
Next, in the middle is a Kato SD45 to power the Krauss Maffei ML 4000CC as purchased by the Rio Grande and Southern Pacific railroads
Prototype info and piccies: http://sp9010.ncry.org/models.htm (http://sp9010.ncry.org/models.htm)
The third, a Kato F40PH, is for this EMD F40PHM-2 (Metra)
http://www.shapeways.com/model/682473/n-scale-emd-f40phm-2-metra.html?li=search-results&materialId=61 (http://www.shapeways.com/model/682473/n-scale-emd-f40phm-2-metra.html?li=search-results&materialId=61)

...as soon as my next card spending cycle arrives...

Regards, Gerry  8)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: trainsdownunder on March 19, 2014, 11:09:01 AM
Thank you for posting your pictures Colin and as usual you have me jealous  :D

They have one window more than the Bachmann cars plus an extra part without a window so they must be a good bit longer. 

All ten will look good being pulled by your Mikado, have you a suitable caboose to add to the end of are you not going to bother with one?

cheers John.

These are 50' cars as opposed to the Bachmann 40'. Handrail end to end measures at around 105mm

The quality is superb and far better scale in my opinion. Although these are D&RGW I am hoping to be able to track down other RR in the next week or so.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: grumbeast on March 19, 2014, 11:56:13 AM
I'm very envious of that Pointe St Charles Caboose!.. can I ask where you got it?, also the jet powered RDC is fantastic

Graham
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Agrippa on March 19, 2014, 12:05:18 PM
I liked those cabooses (caboosi? ), almost worth building a N American layout to run them,
unless you invoke Rule 1 of course !
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on March 19, 2014, 12:08:59 PM
I liked those cabooses (caboosi? ), almost worth building a N American layout to run them,
unless you invoke Rule 1 of course !

Cabooses  ;)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Sprintex on March 19, 2014, 12:18:44 PM
Rapido Trains of Canada produce some 'high-end' rolling stock in HO and N, I have a couple of their first N loco – the Canadian National GMD-1: [url]http://www.rapidotrains.com/gmd1_n.html[/url] ([url]http://www.rapidotrains.com/gmd1_n.html[/url])


A friend of mine who models Canadian HO (spit) can't speak highly enough of Rapido Trains. He bought "The Canadian" - two sound-fitted locos and ten detailed coaches with lighting. Not cheap but he still regarded it as well worth the price :thumbsup:


Paul
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: tim-pelican on March 19, 2014, 12:37:57 PM
I liked those cabooses (caboosi? )

Cabeese.  You wouldn't say "gooses", would you?   ::)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: grumbeast on March 19, 2014, 12:43:52 PM

Rapido Trains of Canada produce some 'high-end' rolling stock in HO and N, I have a couple of their first N loco – the Canadian National GMD-1: [url]http://www.rapidotrains.com/gmd1_n.html[/url] ([url]http://www.rapidotrains.com/gmd1_n.html[/url]) - pre-ordered, these caboose(es) are exclusive to Prairie


I am very tempted by a GMD 1 especially as it fits with my Nova Scotia South Shore, I got a few pics of one in Dartmouth the first time I visited Halifax a year before I moved there in the late 90s,  so here's a pic from then, GMD-1s at Dartmouth yard

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3715/13265203274_d2ea51b882.jpg) (http://flic.kr/p/mdcCMh)GMD1 at Dartmouth NS by -Grumbeast-trains- (http://flic.kr/p/mdcCMh)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Agrippa on March 19, 2014, 12:47:11 PM
Cabeese.  You wouldn't say "gooses", would you?   ::)

Well you could , but not in an avian sense..eg " I know someone who gooses women in the pub " :D

In grammatical terms this would be a gerund in reverse.

However I digress.....
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: steam-driven boy on March 19, 2014, 12:50:31 PM
Hi Graham,
I'm very envious of that Pointe St Charles Caboose!.. can I ask where you got it?
Graham
From Prairie Shadows, I'd tried their website but that seemed only set up for Canada/US sales, so I had a look to see if they had an ebay store -many have - and got what was showing then as the last Operation Lifesaver available - had to keep checking as the seller was shown "on holiday" so had to wait a few days with several 'watching'...

Regards, Gerry  8)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: steam-driven boy on March 19, 2014, 12:55:57 PM
Hi Paul,
Rapido Trains of Canada produce some 'high-end' rolling stock in HO and N, I have a couple of their first N loco – the Canadian National GMD-1: [url]http://www.rapidotrains.com/gmd1_n.html[/url] ([url]http://www.rapidotrains.com/gmd1_n.html[/url])


A friend of mine who models Canadian HO (spit) can't speak highly enough of Rapido Trains. He bought "The Canadian" - two sound-fitted locos and ten detailed coaches with lighting. Not cheap but he still regarded it as well worth the price :thumbsup:


Paul

They've announced a UK prototype is being worked on in that minority OO scale... Keeping people guessing so far  :-X

Regards, Gerry  8)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: steam-driven boy on March 19, 2014, 01:01:50 PM
Hi,

Rapido Trains of Canada produce some 'high-end' rolling stock in HO and N, I have a couple of their first N loco – the Canadian National GMD-1: [url]http://www.rapidotrains.com/gmd1_n.html[/url] ([url]http://www.rapidotrains.com/gmd1_n.html[/url]) - pre-ordered, these caboose(es) are exclusive to Prairie


I am very tempted by a GMD 1 especially as it fits with my Nova Scotia South Shore, I got a few pics of one in Dartmouth the first time I visited Halifax a year before I moved there in the late 90s...

Very nice photo, just love the look of them.
Trying to keep the numbers down to a sensible level but may look again before the pre-ordering closes  :hmmm:

Regards, Gerry  8)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on March 19, 2014, 01:05:38 PM
I liked those cabooses (caboosi? )

Cabeese.  You wouldn't say "gooses", would you?   ::)

You can say whatever you like, but the plural of caboose is cabooses  :P

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scottmitchell74 on March 19, 2014, 10:25:51 PM
The "Kato is awesome" thread got me thinking I needed to buy a Kato. Here's my first:

(http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t287/scottmitchell74/Train%20Stuff/P1090302_zpsd59e31d6.jpg) (http://s163.photobucket.com/user/scottmitchell74/media/Train%20Stuff/P1090302_zpsd59e31d6.jpg.html)

It looks beautiful and runs smoothly, just as reputation suggests.

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: longbridge on March 20, 2014, 08:41:28 AM
Top quality loco Scott, I always think Kato and Atlas are lifetime investments as they give little or no trouble, I buy locos in HO Scale from both brands, same story A1 quality.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scottmitchell74 on March 20, 2014, 10:06:00 PM
"sigh"....there's more to come on that Kato, and it's somewhat disappointing...
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Railwaygun on March 20, 2014, 11:16:57 PM
These always remind me of a Lego brick on wheels!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: longbridge on March 21, 2014, 09:10:26 AM
These always remind me of a Lego brick on wheels!

 :D :D Nothing better than a 3.000hp Lego Block  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: philwhite on March 24, 2014, 10:07:43 AM
A trip to Alexander Palace yesterday yielded some good results. A few sellers had some great prices for American N scale and I picked up far more than I needed!

Bachmann 4-8-2 Light Mountain, in a fairly obscure livery of NY, Ontario and Western, of which very little ready to run rolling stock seems to exits – so I may well try and renumber this to UP. This is my second Mountain and this one runs a bit better than my last, after a run in period it performs very well, but still has issues with gradients.

(http://i1069.photobucket.com/albums/u468/philwhite166/20140323_1933231_zps740aad3f.jpg) (http://s1069.photobucket.com/user/philwhite166/media/20140323_1933231_zps740aad3f.jpg.html)

An Atlas E8 that cost me a massive £12! Boxed and Microtrains converted  it was too much of a bargain to ignore, plus I picked up a number of Atlas E7/8 shells some time ago so it’s good to finally have a chassis to run them with, and it runs well too. It has ‘Made in Austria’ printed underneath so I can only assume it was made during Atlas’s brief relationship with Roco.

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An Atlas H16, an excellent runner as expected from Atlas.

(http://i1069.photobucket.com/albums/u468/philwhite166/20140323_1931341_zpsac1a19ab.jpg) (http://s1069.photobucket.com/user/philwhite166/media/20140323_1931341_zpsac1a19ab.jpg.html)

Another Atlas, this time a C-630 in Reading livery, again an excellent runner! I also found a matching Bachmann caboose.

(http://i1069.photobucket.com/albums/u468/philwhite166/20140323_1930231_zpsdd2a4aef.jpg) (http://s1069.photobucket.com/user/philwhite166/media/20140323_1930231_zpsdd2a4aef.jpg.html)

I also picked up a few unboxed Microtrains cars at £3 a piece.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on March 24, 2014, 10:57:12 AM
Very nice haul you have picked up Phil and now you have all the excuses you need to spend hours running them round just to make sure they are OK  :D

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scottmitchell74 on March 24, 2014, 02:11:26 PM
Yeah, nice haul! Great score on the 12 pounds Atlas. I have one of those H16 coming my way as I write, in B&O livery, and I can't wait to see it in action.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on March 24, 2014, 02:36:41 PM
I have one of those H16 coming my way as I write, in B&O livery, and I can't wait to see it in action.


I have the Bachmann one and it runs like a dream  :heart2:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/49/thumb_11125.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=11125)

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scottmitchell74 on March 24, 2014, 02:51:36 PM
I've read good things about that one as well, and was going to buy it until I got a nice deal on the Atlas one. It's beautiful, I'm glad it runs well for you.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: longbridge on March 28, 2014, 06:25:14 AM
I have been talking to my wife about what I am going to do after I finish my HO layout, I promised her I would not destroy it and start another one like I usually do, she seems to think building another N Scale layout may be the way to go, I can fit it on a different level in the shed.

Got this lot plus 4 sets of Peco points, 2 locos and 8 freight wagons from my mates second hand train shop, the Lifelike E8 locos as usual are great runners, I got a pretty good deal from my mate at $150 or 80 GBP for the lot.

It will be nice to build another N Scale layout but I will finish my HO layout first

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Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: steam-driven boy on April 18, 2014, 09:38:48 AM
Hi,
Just an update on my post (#5), I had my Shapeways delivery yesterday:
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Some of the BLMA details in the background.

Regards, Gerry  8)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: portland-docks on April 20, 2014, 03:09:24 PM
im not really an american n gauger, but i do like american steam!

so i picked this up at york yesterday, £200 from plus daughters second hand, dcc sound fitted....

non other than the athearn challenger 4-6-6-4 :)

(http://s29.postimg.org/t0euk8843/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/t0euk8843/)

(http://s29.postimg.org/ktmusni1f/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/ktmusni1f/)

however im not sure how it will manager on my uk outline layout and uk layouts at the club!

anybody tell me how its loading gauge is compared to uk outline? i have a feeling its wider?
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: trainsdownunder on April 21, 2014, 12:31:21 AM
Nice buy - it will certainly cause a stir on UK layouts. I used to mix UK & US regularly and didn't notice much if any difference in width on the majority of stock. Locos can sometimes look out of place because of the difference in Scale (1/144 to 1/160), but as always RULE 1 applies.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: philwhite on May 01, 2014, 07:50:41 PM
Easter present from my wife this year was this lovely Bachmann Southern 2-6-2. A strange model as it's basically a modified version of the Bachmann 0-6-0.

(http://i1069.photobucket.com/albums/u468/philwhite166/20140501_1937581_zps237fdf2a.jpg) (http://s1069.photobucket.com/user/philwhite166/media/20140501_1937581_zps237fdf2a.jpg.html)

I also picked up these Roundhouse Overton passenger cars, I love these old models, I have some of the Athearn versions and they are great. The UP Photo car is interesting and a quick Google reveals that it did actually exist, although the original didn't have a clerestory roof. The Southern Pacific Daylight models must be pure fantasy as I'm sure that scheme didn't exist in the 1800's. All I need now is a 4-4-0 to haul them.

(http://i1069.photobucket.com/albums/u468/philwhite166/20140501_1938521_zpse60ec9ae.jpg) (http://s1069.photobucket.com/user/philwhite166/media/20140501_1938521_zpse60ec9ae.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on May 01, 2014, 09:14:08 PM
Easter present from my wife this year was this lovely Bachmann Southern 2-6-2. A strange model as it's basically a modified version of the Bachmann 0-6-0.


That is a fine looking loco Phil, I have seen them on eBay usually in a complete train set and I am very tempted  :-[

As for the coaches, well they are also my favourite coach and I have a few of the Bachmann in Union Pacific and Central Pacific liveries.  There are a few members on the forum who have very similar interests  :thumbsup:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on May 01, 2014, 09:17:50 PM
im not really an american n gauger, but i do like american steam!

so i picked this up at york yesterday, £200 from plus daughters second hand, dcc sound fitted....

non other than the athearn challenger 4-6-6-4 :)

however im not sure how it will manager on my uk outline layout and uk layouts at the club!

anybody tell me how its loading gauge is compared to uk outline? i have a feeling its wider?

Is this the one that still has sound if you run it on DC Paul?

I have been after the Challenger for a while but they always seem to pop up when I am broke  :'(

So I will have to content myself with my Rivarossi Big Boy with no sound but runs beautifully  :heart2:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: philwhite on July 07, 2014, 08:04:23 AM
Added this little Lifelike BL2 to my fleet.

(http://i1069.photobucket.com/albums/u468/philwhite166/20140706_2227531_zps7eb93422.jpg) (http://s1069.photobucket.com/user/philwhite166/media/20140706_2227531_zps7eb93422.jpg.html)

A surprise eBay win it cost me all of £12.20. For the price it really is great, looks good and runs extremly well.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on July 07, 2014, 10:13:45 AM
I do like Life Like locos, I have a few and they all run very well.

Rock Island is one railroad I don't own any stock of, you have to draw the line somewhere  :doh:  :D

Thanks for posting the pic of your new loco Phil  ;)

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: philwhite on July 07, 2014, 12:21:55 PM
Thanks John, I'm starting to build a fairly eclectic mix of road names so probably need to rein it in a bit!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: trainsdownunder on July 07, 2014, 11:02:50 PM

Quote
Rock Island is one railroad I don't own any stock of, you have to draw the line somewhere
Oh so easy to get lulled into buying another loco with US stock - the variety of liveries makes it all so appealing.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scottmitchell74 on July 07, 2014, 11:30:26 PM
Added this little Lifelike BL2 to my fleet.

([url]http://i1069.photobucket.com/albums/u468/philwhite166/20140706_2227531_zps7eb93422.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s1069.photobucket.com/user/philwhite166/media/20140706_2227531_zps7eb93422.jpg.html[/url])

A surprise eBay win it cost me all of £12.20. For the price it really is great, looks good and runs extremly well.


 :goggleeyes: :o That price is amazing! I've been targeting them and can't get any for close to that.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: philwhite on July 08, 2014, 07:45:38 AM
I was a little shocked when I won, seeing as it was boxed and finished at 8pm I thought it would exceed £30. The last few I've bid on have been B&M which I think is a slightly more desirable roadname, these all cleared £30.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Bealman on July 08, 2014, 10:42:10 AM
Ok... and before you American modellers bear down on me....

I actually WAS going to build an American prototype layout in N, back in 1980. I began buying locos and stock for the aforementioned layout.

I bought a couple of Lifelike locos back then, new, very cheap, but they totally broke down!

That's what send me back to UK modelling!

Am I missing something, these days?  ???
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on July 08, 2014, 10:45:11 AM
Am I missing something, these days?  ???


That is a very open question George  :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing:

All the Life Like locos I have are very good runners, they have great pulling power and you can usually get them at a good price  ;)

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr bachmann on July 08, 2014, 04:01:26 PM
nice loco , it needs tagging with a yellow panal containing a number an the Union Pacific badge  :doh:


alan
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Sprintex on July 09, 2014, 07:26:51 AM
You must have been very unlucky George. The Lifelike chassis is a favourite for people to replace the Poole chassis' with under old Farish Class 37 and 47 models (and possibly others?). I have bought a Lifelike Alco PA for just this purpose - chassis needs lengthening slightly but the bogie wheelbase is the same and the frames are pretty much a swap-fit. New chassis has twin flywheels and looks a much better design :thumbsup:


Paul
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Bealman on July 09, 2014, 07:51:41 AM
It was 1980, I suppose. I'm not knocking the brand - on the contrary - I'm pleased to hear they are highly regarded!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: grumbeast on August 01, 2014, 11:10:50 AM
Thought I'd post this here too.. Couldn't resist :)

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3884/14614220257_05e16c8d12_c.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/86663150@N07/14614220257/)
MLW C424 CPR (https://www.flickr.com/photos/86663150@N07/14614220257/) by Grumbeast-trains (https://www.flickr.com/people/86663150@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on August 01, 2014, 11:19:51 AM
That is a lovely livery  :thumbsup:

Thanks for posting the picture  ;)

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Bealman on August 01, 2014, 11:51:02 AM
That is nice. Lovely model! And one of the more restrained US liveries.... though these days the Brits are going to take some beating judging by the flashy colours I saw over there on me recent trip!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: grumbeast on August 01, 2014, 01:43:44 PM
That is nice. Lovely model! And one of the more restrained US liveries.... though these days the Brits are going some beating judging by the flashy colours I saw over there on me recent trip!  :thumbsup:

Hehe, I'll forgive the US livery quip just this once :)

It's not called CANADIAN pacific for nothing ;)

G
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on August 01, 2014, 03:49:15 PM
That is nice. Lovely model! And one of the more restrained US liveries.... though these days the Brits are going some beating judging by the flashy colours I saw over there on me recent trip!  :thumbsup:

Hehe, I'll forgive the US livery quip just this once :)

It's not called CANADIAN pacific for nothing ;)

G

You can always rely on George  :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Alex on August 01, 2014, 06:45:18 PM
Hi,

Just saw this thread. Some very nice pieces of rolling stock. Haven't bought anything for a while but always looking for that 'must have' for my Bangor and Aroostook layout.

My last purchase was this BL2 which was repainted in BAR colours.

(http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f178/alexcrawford2008/N%20Gauge/Engines/P1030192_zps035edd0b.jpg) (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/alexcrawford2008/media/N%20Gauge/Engines/P1030192_zps035edd0b.jpg.html)

Alex  :wave:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Bealman on August 01, 2014, 10:32:58 PM
That is nice. Lovely model! And one of the more restrained US liveries.... though these days the Brits are going some beating judging by the flashy colours I saw over there on me recent trip!  :thumbsup:

Hehe, I'll forgive the US livery quip just this once :)

It's not called CANADIAN pacific for nothing ;)

G

Whoops!!  :-[
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: trainsdownunder on August 13, 2014, 02:11:56 PM
Just got 2 BLI Paragon 2 sets see under http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=6331.msg240292#msg240292 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=6331.msg240292#msg240292)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: steam-driven boy on August 13, 2014, 02:16:06 PM
Hi,
Talking of things CP:
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Received today three packs CP Auto-Max car carriers, the other two only carry the SOO markings - Athearn confirmed that after they posted their original graphics for these they were advised and corrected accordingly.
I have also added three UP versions...

Regards, Gerry  8)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr bachmann on August 13, 2014, 03:52:05 PM
Gerry they are massive , I've a set in HO , for the benefit of other forum members the real things are 129 feet long !
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: philwhite on August 19, 2014, 08:15:59 PM
A couple of new additions to the fleet. Firstly an Atlas MP15DC in Belt Railway of Chicago Bicentennial livery, I love Bicentennial stuff and couldn't resist this.

(http://i1069.photobucket.com/albums/u468/philwhite166/20140818_2019571_zps121b707c.jpg) (http://s1069.photobucket.com/user/philwhite166/media/20140818_2019571_zps121b707c.jpg.html)

Secondly something a little more curious, this is actually a Japanese prototype EF57 which Con Cor released in the late 70's in North American schemes. I've known about these for some time and always fancied one, in the 15 years or so I've been into N Scale this is the first time I've seen one for sale so they must be quite rare (Although 4 appeared on eBay in one week!!), I really couldn't resist. Looking on spookshow it seems Con Cor released a series of fictional North American locos based on Japanese prototypes.

http://www.spookshow.net/cckatoelectrics.html (http://www.spookshow.net/cckatoelectrics.html)

Although Japanese the EF57 is actually a fairly close match to many contemporary American boxcab electrics, in particular the GN Y1 and NYC P1A, so it doesn't look entirely out of place and looks great in the GN Empire Builder scheme, plus there really isn't a lot in the way of American Electric Locos available so choice is limited. Performance wise being a Kato it runs as well expected and just glides along, pulling power is equally impressive too.

(http://i1069.photobucket.com/albums/u468/philwhite166/20140819_1913591_zps9c87ee56.jpg) (http://s1069.photobucket.com/user/philwhite166/media/20140819_1913591_zps9c87ee56.jpg.html)

I'd love to know the history behind these, as the box is pure Kato with the insets all in Japanese, it almost seems as if Con Cor just imported some undecorated EF57's, had them painted and then just slapped their sticker onto the Kato box.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: trainsdownunder on August 19, 2014, 10:34:20 PM
Quote
...I love Bicentennial stuff......

Must admit to owning a reasonable amount myself, they are just so nicely different.

The GG1 and GS4 are both favourites in my collection. My mates at SAMRA refer to my GG1 as the disco special.

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Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on August 20, 2014, 08:39:50 AM
My mates at SAMRA refer to my GG1 as the disco special.

 :D :D  I'm not surprised.  I'll still be seeing the after-image in a couple of hours time ;)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: 4x2 on October 28, 2014, 06:37:16 PM
I have been buying a few US loco's recently but i haven't had time to post my new toys - until today !!!

Kato SD70ACe

(http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/DSC00190_zps0ca3af92.jpg) (http://s1228.photobucket.com/user/djmikeymike2011/media/DSC00190_zps0ca3af92.jpg.html)

Walthers/Lifelike BL2 (look for BL2 on youtube - very funny vid of super happy spotter !)

(http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/DSC00179_zps768ab60b.jpg) (http://s1228.photobucket.com/user/djmikeymike2011/media/DSC00179_zps768ab60b.jpg.html)

Kato SD40-2

(http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/DSC00182_zpsa6532769.jpg) (http://s1228.photobucket.com/user/djmikeymike2011/media/DSC00182_zpsa6532769.jpg.html)

Atlas GP9

(http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/DSC00183_zps9b3232bb.jpg) (http://s1228.photobucket.com/user/djmikeymike2011/media/DSC00183_zps9b3232bb.jpg.html)

Lifelike FA1

(http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/DSC00185_zps00d78b3c.jpg) (http://s1228.photobucket.com/user/djmikeymike2011/media/DSC00185_zps00d78b3c.jpg.html)

Kato GG1

(http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/DSC00186_zps5b4bce35.jpg) (http://s1228.photobucket.com/user/djmikeymike2011/media/DSC00186_zps5b4bce35.jpg.html)

Atlas RS2

(http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/DSC00187_zpsa4bebeac.jpg) (http://s1228.photobucket.com/user/djmikeymike2011/media/DSC00187_zpsa4bebeac.jpg.html)

and finally, I couldn't resist this pic.....

(http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/DSC00188_zpse738bc2c.jpg) (http://s1228.photobucket.com/user/djmikeymike2011/media/DSC00188_zpse738bc2c.jpg.html)


Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Alex on October 28, 2014, 06:44:57 PM
nice engines 4x2,  :claphappy:  still on the look out for a couple more BL2's for my BAR fleet.

Alex  :wave:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: longbridge on October 28, 2014, 07:17:39 PM
Great selection of locos but somehow that 14xx doesn't look right next to an SD90mac  :D :D
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: 4x2 on October 28, 2014, 07:21:14 PM
nice engines 4x2,  :claphappy:  still on the look out for a couple more BL2's for my BAR fleet.

Alex  :wave:
thanks ! You can't have my BL2 though, mine has the later chassis (hard to find) and runs beautifully.... It's a keeper ! The SD70ACe is awesome and I'm thinking of getting a ES44ac in NS black to go with it.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Alex on October 28, 2014, 07:25:05 PM
Hi Mike,

The one I have was identical to yours except it has now been repainted into BAR colours. See 2-3 posts above yours.

Keep looking on Ebay but usually forget about them and they go for reasonable prices.

Alex  :wave:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: 4x2 on October 28, 2014, 07:27:33 PM
Great selection of locos but somehow that 14xx doesn't look right next to an SD90mac  :D :D
It's an SD70ACe but I'll let u off as they are pretty similar ! The scary thing is that the SD is actually too small up to the 14xx - in real life that SD would be much taller.... :o
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on November 01, 2014, 12:34:04 AM
Hello all, I am new to this forum but this is my latest and favourite, love the quality of American trains. the sound on this engine adds so much fun
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Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: 4x2 on November 01, 2014, 12:42:27 AM
Alco PA1/PB1 - Great locos !  :thumbsup:

Not my favourite colour though... I love the D&H silver and blue, similar to Santa Fe red and silver.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on November 01, 2014, 01:30:33 AM
Thank you,
 I am hooked on American made now after having had such bad luck with dapol , also good value when you consider how much it costs to buy a dapol or farish with sound . fineboy
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: trainsdownunder on November 01, 2014, 07:04:15 AM
Nice lookers

I have 2 Santa Fe E6 AB and Southern Pacific Daylight AB set from Broadway Imports. As you say a little more pricey than some but well worth the extra I believe.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on November 01, 2014, 12:06:27 PM
My favourite has to be the Daylight Southern Pacific  :D
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Alco_Southern_Pacific/Dir_1/medium_10859.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=10859)

Hello all, I am new to this forum but this is my latest and favourite, love the quality of American trains. the sound on this engine adds so much fun


Would there be any chance of you shooting a video so we can hear the sound of the loco  ;)


Not my favourite colour though... I love the D&H silver and blue, similar to Santa Fe red and silver.


I also like the D&H Silver and Blue livery, it looks very smart  :thumbsup:

Who could not like the classic Santa Fe livery, I have "one or two" PA A Units in Santa Fe  :help:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on November 01, 2014, 12:08:43 PM
I have just returned home, never uploaded video before but will give it a try
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on November 01, 2014, 12:11:18 PM
I have just returned home, never uploaded video before but will give it a try

If you upload your video to You Tube, it is then very simple to post the You Tube link into your post.
Any problems with posting it, please feel free to PM me and I will do my very best to help you out  :thumbsup:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on November 01, 2014, 02:28:50 PM
Ok finally got round to doing it, I am kind of new to dcc so still working out what buttons make what sounds, this is a short video but I am in the process of down loading a better one,hope this helps
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FekyaZyPIOk&list=UUXrXxLlJRTLlKuRW6Z5gbQg&index=1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FekyaZyPIOk#ws)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on November 01, 2014, 02:34:33 PM
You have the video set to private so it cannot be viewed  :'(

Plus you only need post the link from You Tube e.g. www.youtube.com/watch?v=abcdefgh (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abcdefgh) this will show the video in your post  ;)

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on November 01, 2014, 02:38:43 PM
I just realised that and have now reset, so you should be able to see
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Caz on November 01, 2014, 02:54:37 PM
Here's a direct link.   (If you use the link that starts https then it is only a link, use the one that has http (no s) and post the link on the page without any tags it will display as below.)   ;)

http://youtu.be/FekyaZyPIOk?list=UUXrXxLlJRTLlKuRW6Z5gbQg (http://youtu.be/FekyaZyPIOk?list=UUXrXxLlJRTLlKuRW6Z5gbQg)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on November 01, 2014, 02:56:08 PM
I do like those Kato girder brides you have connected at the back, I think any loco going across such an expanse looks brilliant  :thumbsup:

The sound is very good from your SP PA-1  ;)

What are you going to pull the Orient Express cars with?  They look very tempting sitting there  :thankyousign:

Thank you for taking the time to shoot and post your video  :NGaugersRule:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on November 01, 2014, 03:13:15 PM
hopefully I got this
! Private video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbBT55wl0q0#)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on November 01, 2014, 03:25:46 PM
Terrible videos i know, but you was after sound not landscapes. anyway i must say that in real life it sounds much better than on the phone video and there are 26 different sounds of which i have not worked them all out as yet but i hope this helps. My layout is in the early stages so have not got around to any modelling apart from an undercoat on the bridge which need another coat the weathering and some rust....fineboy
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on November 01, 2014, 03:35:59 PM
I do like those Kato girder brides you have connected at the back, I think any loco going across such an expanse looks brilliant  :thumbsup:

The sound is very good from your SP PA-1  ;)

What are you going to pull the Orient Express cars with?  They look very tempting sitting there  :thankyousign:

Thank you for taking the time to shoot and post your video  :NGaugersRule:

cheers John.
Thank you,
when i started this layout my son was still living with me so really pushed for space(1 parent child, father only) so i started my layout in my shed which i converted into another small room. But he is now preparing for university so i will be taking his bedroom lol for a full sized layout of 5 metres long x 4 metres wide L shaped layout, the orient express is actually 15 cars in length so cannot use on this small layout at present, but when i start the new layout after Christmas i was thinking of pulling the express with a kato fef-3 which i have ordered from keith at traintrax. Fineboy
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on November 01, 2014, 03:36:39 PM
That one is set to private as well  ;)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on November 01, 2014, 03:51:39 PM
Here are some of my PA-1 locos  ;)

Not the best of photographs so I apologise  :-[

Life Like
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Life Like
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Con Cor Dummy unit
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Con Cor Powered Unit
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cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on November 01, 2014, 04:14:49 PM
Sorry about that, you should be able to watch now. Good photos, really love the first one,blue and silver, what brand are they?fineboy
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on November 01, 2014, 04:30:38 PM
Sorry about that, you should be able to watch now. Good photos, really love the first one,blue and silver, what brand are they?fineboy

No need to apologise and the link is working fine now  :thumbsup:

I do like the way you have your track laid out so the one loco can cover all of it.

The sounds from your loco are very good and can imagine they will add to the fun of running trains  ;)

Thanks again for making your videos  :greatwork:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Railwaygun on November 01, 2014, 05:19:35 PM
I especially liked the Waggons Lits - Orient Express??
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on November 01, 2014, 06:05:04 PM
Thank you, they were a pain to light.
I wish kato would have plug in type lights. what I am going to do is solder the lights so they do not flicker as much.
I think your the guy who bought my double crossover off ebay? railway gun sound familiar.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Railwaygun on November 01, 2014, 08:25:24 PM
Yes - a happy eBay customer.

2 crossovers and. Double loop make for varied running.


I don't dare add lights - will stick with the 2 lit carriages in my set ( and a Brighton Belle)

Nr
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on November 01, 2014, 08:48:57 PM
The lights do make the difference, and I have found a way of making the kato lights even better by hard wiring them but each coach is still  separate, I just wish kato would do the dapol type of light which is plug in.
So you have a set of orient express as you mention the 2 lit coaches? fineboy
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Lawrence on November 01, 2014, 09:43:27 PM
Have been thinking about using a Shottky rectifier bridge and small capacitor to make a small circuit that will sit in the coach and provide bi directional flicker free lighting.  The good thing with the Shottky diodes is you can get them that onlt drop about 0.45v as opposed to regular diodes which can drop as much as 1.1v.
Just another project to add to the list should I ever get out to the shed again  ???
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Railwaygun on November 01, 2014, 10:12:42 PM
The lights do make the difference, and I have found a way of making the kato lights even better by hard wiring them but each coach is still  separate, I just wish kato would do the dapol type of light which is plug in.
So you have a set of orient express as you mention the 2 lit coaches? fineboy

There was a special offer.....

And I couldn't resist

NR
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on November 01, 2014, 10:17:41 PM
me to
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Railwaygun on November 03, 2014, 09:22:06 AM
I can resist everything except temptation - Al least that's my excuse!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on November 03, 2014, 08:21:11 PM
Ha Ha, very good. Unfortunately me to
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on November 07, 2014, 02:24:58 PM
I thought you guys and gals may like to see my new train, just could not resist. Fineboy
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Athearn union pacific 4-6-6-4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JYTv1XER1M#ws)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on November 07, 2014, 02:38:48 PM
sorry for the terrible quality video's, had a late night working last night and before making these had just had a triple shot coffee. but I thought you may like to see and hear the tsunami decoder in the union pacific.fineboy


Athearn union pacific 4-6-6-4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JYTv1XER1M#ws)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Caz on November 07, 2014, 02:54:13 PM
That sure is some beast you've got there, think I'll stick with my GWR tanks.  ;)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on November 07, 2014, 03:00:17 PM
 :claphappy:  cheers and yes about 6 cm to long for my kato turntable :(
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on November 07, 2014, 04:56:04 PM
I am really jealous of your new purchase  :envy:

The Challenger is truly a loco of distinction and a sight to behold  :thumbsup:

Thank you very much for shooting your video and posting it  :)

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on November 07, 2014, 06:34:39 PM
Your welcome. Can't stop playing trains today. Fineboy
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: trainsdownunder on November 07, 2014, 08:19:07 PM
Very nice.  :thumbsup:

Athearn and Tsunami are a great combination. All my DCC locos (FP45) from them have been superb.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on November 07, 2014, 08:34:32 PM
Athearn challenger union pacific 4-6-6-4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vu90PsyiOyQ#ws)


for some reason I posted 2 videos the same earlier, sorry been very tired today
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on November 08, 2014, 12:02:12 PM
hopefully I got this
! Private video ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbBT55wl0q0#[/url])


Love that - and love that it takes 7.5 minutes to do a full circuit!
Got a track plan up on here anywhere? I'd love to see it.

Donald
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on November 08, 2014, 12:32:29 PM
Hello Donald, unfortunately I do not, if your able to see in my album you may be able to work it out. if not let me know and I will send some pictures to your email address. At first glance it looks like it runs on a reverse loop,but don't be fooled as in reality it is actually 1 long piece wrapped around on its self and if you was to unravel it, it would be a long length of track with a few sidings and a terminus, if you leave platforms 1,2,3,4, you will return on platforms 5,6,7,8 and as said there are a couple of sidings so trains can sit and not have head ons while the other train pass's. Very simple. this layout is about the trains and nothing else and giving them a long run in a small space...If your ever in my area your more than welcome to pop in for a gander. london. Fineboy
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Malc on November 18, 2014, 01:43:27 PM
Just received this little beauty. (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/36/thumb_18732.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=18732)   GE-ES44AC

it's a G.E. demo loco. When they developed the Gevo 12 engine, they produced a number of demo locos, painted in this lovely livery.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: 4x2 on November 18, 2014, 01:57:18 PM
Very nice malc ! I've got a couple more us locos in the post... Pics soon ! I am getting quite interested in modern us stuff, especially the ns 'heritage' fleet - this could get expensive !!!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Malc on November 18, 2014, 02:05:19 PM
I do like the liveries they have Mike, so colourful. This one came DCC fitted for £48 off eBay.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: 4x2 on November 18, 2014, 02:34:09 PM
That is a bargain ! Saves you buying a decoder...
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on November 18, 2014, 03:16:20 PM
Lovely loco Malc  :heart2:

I have a couple of the heritage locos and always keep an eye out for them on eBay.

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: trainsdownunder on November 18, 2014, 08:18:02 PM
I have Fox Valley Models version (DCC) and as with all FVM stuff the detail and performance is excllent.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: grumbeast on November 18, 2014, 08:50:39 PM
Oops posted this to general ... But should post here too

CN Point St Charles Caboose.. From Prairie Shadows, made by Rapido Trains

This cost me an arm and a leg to import from Canada, but well worth it, I just need more of them ack!  Amazing quality can't wait to see it on the end of a train :)

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8655/15823476742_9ef38fb9c8_c.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/86663150@N07/15823476742/)
Prairie Shadows Pt. St. Charles CN Caboose by Rapido Trains... Absolutely gorgeous! (https://www.flickr.com/photos/86663150@N07/15823476742/) by Grumbeast-trains (https://www.flickr.com/people/86663150@N07/), on Flickr

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5610/15201953764_a2aa43bf23_c.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/86663150@N07/15201953764/)
Prairie Shadows Pt. St. Charles CN Caboose by Rapido Trains... Absolutely gorgeous! (https://www.flickr.com/photos/86663150@N07/15201953764/) by Grumbeast-trains (https://www.flickr.com/people/86663150@N07/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7524/15636503418_8129bcea8f_c.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/86663150@N07/15636503418/)
Prairie Shadows Pt. St. Charles CN Caboose by Rapido Trains... Absolutely gorgeous! (https://www.flickr.com/photos/86663150@N07/15636503418/) by Grumbeast-trains (https://www.flickr.com/people/86663150@N07/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Phil Hendry on November 18, 2014, 10:14:38 PM
Yes, they're a lovely model. I've got one, to sit in a siding somewhere - once the layout is ready enough!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: grumbeast on November 18, 2014, 11:54:29 PM
Wow Phil, I thought I'd be the only one... Are you modelling Canadian?  Or just couldn't resist a rule 1 purchase :)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on November 19, 2014, 12:00:47 AM
That is a bargain ! Saves you buying a decoder...
I was watching this one in my ebay but could not make up my mind.very nice with great price. fineboy
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Bealman on November 19, 2014, 01:14:29 AM
That caboose is one VERY nice model.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: steam-driven boy on November 19, 2014, 11:24:58 AM
Hi,
Yes, they're a lovely model. I've got one, to sit in a siding somewhere - once the layout is ready enough!
Yup, My layout build still awaiting a restart  :-[ but my pair can be viewed on page 1 of this very topic and page 11 on the Pendolino one - posting the same image three times might be considered a little self-indulgent  :D

Regards, Gerry  8)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Phil Hendry on November 19, 2014, 01:47:15 PM
Wow Phil, I thought I'd be the only one... Are you modelling Canadian?  Or just couldn't resist a rule 1 purchase :)

At the moment, I am modelling Canadian - or as much as one can in a typical English house (=tiny!) shared with three other people. I mostly model Japanese, but I have long had a 'thing' about CN, and have collected a number of locos and a selection of rolling stock over the years. I felt as though the time had come to do something with them, so I'm building a little 'loco service facility'.  Boards are built, track is laid and I'm just starting on the wiring.

My own latest purchases:

(http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd64/philhendry/TraiNs/CN5241.jpg)

(http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd64/philhendry/TraiNs/CN5352.jpg)

Phil
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: grumbeast on November 21, 2014, 12:17:35 AM
SD-40-2Ws. Now I am jealous :). Tell me how do they run?  They're on my list as I could do with some 6 axle power, (at the mo I just have a CP Trainmaster and a CN m636)

I mostly run 4 axle stuff, C424s, Rs18/10s Gp9RMs etc

Graham
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Bealman on November 21, 2014, 12:20:40 AM
Once again, lovely models.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Phil Hendry on November 21, 2014, 07:20:42 AM
SD-40-2Ws. Now I am jealous :). Tell me how do they run?  They're on my list as I could do with some 6 axle power, (at the mo I just have a CP Trainmaster and a CN m636)

I mostly run 4 axle stuff, C424s, Rs18/10s Gp9RMs etc
They run really well, from an imperceptible crawl up to top speed (which is too fast, but you can't have everything). Lights are nice and bright. The one downside is that the handrails are a bit brittle.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on November 21, 2014, 06:02:47 PM
I thought you guys may be interested in seeing my new additions, both with tsunami sound decoders
Athearn challenger 4664 rio grande
Athearn big boy 4884
If your interested in video I have added a video earlier in thos thread of a 4664 union
 pacific.
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Athearn challenger union pacific 4-6-6-4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JYTv1XER1M#ws)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on November 21, 2014, 06:16:04 PM
You can go off people very easily  :D

I liked your Challenger when you posted it a while back and now you go a trump that with posting your new Big Boy  :censored:

Beautiful machine, may I ask what number your Big Boy is as I cannot make it out in your pictures  :'(

You must do another video of your Big Boy - PLEASE

Yours very enviously

John  :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on November 21, 2014, 06:36:33 PM
4019 is the number, took some serious net searching as almost impossible to get now.
It was the big boy that I was after first time round but could not locate one, so I bought the union pacific challenger,Then last week I decided to try again and spent a whole night sifting the net and I found a small shop in dallas who had the big boy and rio grande so blitzed my credit card. fineboy
Having trouble with my home internet at the moment and am tethering my mobile until EE get there act together,as soon as its fixed I will do a video with all 3 new steamers
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: longbridge on November 29, 2014, 09:22:49 PM
Fantastic locos that make great models, I have an old Rivarossi HO big boy that I have had for years but nowhere to run it.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: trainsdownunder on November 29, 2014, 10:38:17 PM
The Big Boy and Challenger do come up on the N Scale Yard Sale occasionally for those who are looking and it also possible to place a WTB notice on the site.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: trainsdownunder on November 30, 2014, 12:32:16 PM
Today on N Scale Yard sale

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FS: N Scale Athearn 4-8-8-4 Union Pacific #4006 that has been test run only for 15 minutes and was put back in the original box with booklet and remote for DC. Has three sound levels with the third being very loud for such a small engine. Beautiful engine with very nice detail and various sounds. These have been selling on ebay for $500 or more. I am selling this one for $435.00
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: longbridge on November 30, 2014, 07:39:37 PM
Great loco but lots of $$$ Col, I guess it depends how badly you want a particular loco but for me I would be more inclined to  buy 3 brand new HO sound locos from the USA for the same money.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on November 30, 2014, 11:47:11 PM
This is more than what I paid for mine $399.95 which was new from a store with 12 months warranty  . Its shameful people charging this kind of money for used.


Today on N Scale Yard sale

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FS: N Scale Athearn 4-8-8-4 Union Pacific #4006 that has been test run only for 15 minutes and was put back in the original box with booklet and remote for DC. Has three sound levels with the third being very loud for such a small engine. Beautiful engine with very nice detail and various sounds. These have been selling on ebay for $500 or more. I am selling this one for $435.00
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on December 02, 2014, 04:18:24 PM
As promised, video of my athearn big boy 4019 and challenger  3800

Athearn challenger 4-6-6-4 and big boy 4-8-8-4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1JEs1DyMz0#ws)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: longbridge on December 02, 2014, 07:25:12 PM
Fantastic models with great sound, just thinking if I had to oil or clean the wheels on those brutes I think it would be enough to have me put in a straight jacket and loaded into a little white van  :D :D :D
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on December 03, 2014, 01:56:18 PM
Thank you for the video of your two beauties  :thumbsup:

I hope they will give you many hours of pleasure running them round your layout  ;)

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on December 03, 2014, 03:09:55 PM
Thank you John,
They are great fun, just love the sound and finish quality on these models. I now have 3 American steamers from Athearn and cant seem to stop running them. I am considering buying the intermountain cab forward with tsunami sound. I have to say that they sound much better in real life than on video. Fineboy
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on December 06, 2014, 04:36:12 PM
Have been looking for the spare time to run this broadway limited in and today had half a day off so thught I would make a couple of quick video's at the same time. EMDE8 A/B Santa Fe. fineboy

Broadway limited imports EMD E8 A/B Santa Fe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tur7Y0CLBDA#ws)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on December 06, 2014, 06:17:22 PM
Thank you for posting this video of what well may be one of the most iconic railroads ever  :heart2:

I have a few Kato and Life Like Santa Fe locos and even though they are silent, they still look superb running round pulling some passenger cars  :thumbsup:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: TheMetropolitanline on December 06, 2014, 07:21:37 PM
Thank you for the kind words, I have to admit these are my most favourite and when pulling my kato 8 car super chief set  it really is something wonderful to watch, I am in the process of adding passengers to my coaches and then some weathering.
Not all my trains have sound but I have to admit since I discovered American sound its kind of addictive in the fun side of the modelling and makes running them much more fun. Fineboy
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: longbridge on December 06, 2014, 07:56:26 PM
Great loco and sound and an enjoyable video.

Unlike you lads I am not a fan of the Warbonnet livery so my AT&SF locos get a soak in oven cleaner and a spray paint into my own fictitious railroad livery, like you John my E8s are Lifelike models which are beautiful runners.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: trainsdownunder on December 07, 2014, 12:20:04 AM
These BLI are superb and I must admit to wanting more (Pendolino may get in the way though)

I currently own 2 x E6 AB's - Sound & DCC, 1 x E8 AB (sound DCC in both units) 2 x PA-1 AB Sound & DCC, 1 X E7 AB SP Daylight.

They have several new releases livery wise lined up for Dec 2014 and Jan 2015. I may go for one the PRR steamers. If is as good as it's HO brother it will be a good addition. Not quite in the Big Boy class but slightly cheaper.

I have on pre-order a ATSF 2-10 -2 for my HO layout (not admited to this before). Same sort of price ($300) but a real beauty and has smoke effect as well. http://youtu.be/wZmSCuNmdfQ (http://youtu.be/wZmSCuNmdfQ)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: longbridge on December 07, 2014, 07:22:00 PM
Thats a mighty little loco Colin, plenty of grunt, sound and smoke so what more could a man ask for  ;)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: 4x2 on December 15, 2014, 04:17:47 PM
I've been busy trawling ebay for bargain US loco's and I've bought a few... They all cost less than £30 !  :thumbsup:

(http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/DSCF1838_zpscbf5a12d.jpg) (http://s1228.photobucket.com/user/djmikeymike2011/media/DSCF1838_zpscbf5a12d.jpg.html)

For those who are wondering what the locos are.... (left to right)

EMD SD24 Norfolk Western - Atlas              Fairbanks Morse H16-44 Rio Grande - Atlas

GE U23B Monon - Atlas                                Fairbanks Morse H16-44 Kansas City Southern - Atlas

GE ES44AC 'GEVO' Union Pacific - Kato        EMD GP15 Burlington Northern - Atlas (Trainman)

And now for my favourite which came all the way from Poland... It cost a bit more - £55, but i'm sure you'll agree it's still a bargain... The Legendary Alco PA1 in D&H blue warbonnet - Kato

(http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/DSCF1837_zps33328bad.jpg) (http://s1228.photobucket.com/user/djmikeymike2011/media/DSCF1837_zps33328bad.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Lawrence on December 15, 2014, 09:16:40 PM
Nice haul Mike, especially jealous of the two FM H16's really nice locos  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: 4x2 on December 15, 2014, 09:33:13 PM
Thanks ! Both of those FMs run really well, the Best bargain was the ES44ac.... RRP is £90, I paid £30 !

My main interests though is Great Northern and CP rail - I'm looking for EMD F7's for both but not having much joy.... I know Kato do the GN and Intermountain do the CP rail one, but there's very little about at the moment.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: trainsdownunder on December 16, 2014, 10:54:10 AM
Great Ebay win today

Broadway Paragon2 DCC & Sound UP
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Absolute bargain @ $126.24 AUD (approx £68) Can' wait for it to get here.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: 4x2 on December 16, 2014, 11:14:42 AM
Now that is a bargain !  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on December 16, 2014, 12:29:45 PM
Very nice looking setup Colin  :thumbsup:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: longbridge on December 23, 2014, 05:41:54 AM
I mentioned these locos on another section of the forum and was asked to post pictures of them, I cant remember where it was so I hope you lads will suffer viewing a different Scale  :doh:

OK they are not N Scale but never the less they are lovely models in HO Scale, I have been into American railroading for many years now and have never owned any loco regardless of make that runs better than these do, I got them for $280au or 140 Quid UK all brand new boxed and unopened.

I am also in building an American N Scale layout at the moment but will post pictures later.

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Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: trainsdownunder on December 23, 2014, 06:53:22 AM
Very smart Dave :envy:

I wont see my new HO stuff till the new year. A 4-8-4 Norfolk and a T-1 C&O 2-10-4. Both are full DCC with Saound and Smoke effect. Paid under $400
for the pair.

Will send pics
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: trainsdownunder on January 05, 2015, 11:47:07 AM
Late xmas to self  - 7 MT factory weathered all new from a seller on Ebay. They also provide great references for doing my own. Total Damage a bargain at $80 AUD inc P&P.

The National car top left even has removable hatches, whilst all the other have sliding side doors.
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Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on January 05, 2015, 11:51:24 AM
They are an excellent buy Colin, well done on getting a bargain  :thumbsup:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Lawrence on January 06, 2015, 07:59:24 PM
Wow Colin that is a bargain, especially jealous of that B&O car, lucky boy  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Trent on January 11, 2015, 12:09:52 AM
Some very nice FM Trainmasters upthread
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Trent on January 11, 2015, 01:10:16 AM
(And remember to drive your NW loco long hood first!)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: trainsdownunder on January 12, 2015, 02:52:25 AM
Latest addition I bought some time ago on Ebay got it's first run today.

Old Timer 2-8-0 Balltimore & Ohio with Overalnd passenger cars - all Athearn. DCC fitted (not a simple task) Cost $150 AUD the set.

Very pleased with it and runs from an incredible slow speed at step1 as the last piece of video shows.

The passenger cars will have lights etc fitted soon and will also be used a template to create similar cars in other RR liveries.
http://youtu.be/u9NhNxzb8w4 (http://youtu.be/u9NhNxzb8w4)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Malc on January 12, 2015, 11:21:09 AM
Looks the part Colin. A cheeky little loco in great colours. It looked great as it negotiated Selotape curve and crossed over magazine banking.  :D I take it there is some construction work going on?

I hope to be displaying one of my American locos shortly, as soon as the postman delivers it.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on January 12, 2015, 03:26:50 PM
A great looking train Colin - I hate you  :D

I don't think I have seen the loco or those coaches before, who makes them please?

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Lawrence on January 12, 2015, 09:40:39 PM
A great looking train Colin - I hate you  :D

I don't think I have seen the loco or those coaches before, who makes them please?

cheers John.

I think they are Bachmann John, the Overland coaches are fairly common, I believe the loco is an early Consolodation type.
As ever I stand to be corrected  :confused1:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: trainsdownunder on January 13, 2015, 04:12:29 AM
Passenger cars are 50' Overlanders made by Athearn like the loco. Hard to get now as the range is discontinued.  Theses are real beauties and a nice weight.http://www.athearn.com/Search/Default.aspx?SearchTerm=50%27+Overland+Coach&CatID=TNRP&OA=True (http://www.athearn.com/Search/Default.aspx?SearchTerm=50%27+Overland+Coach&CatID=TNRP&OA=True)

36' Overtons are a bit easier to find - I have a SF set, but again no longer made. It's a case of constantly looking.

All my others are from kits similar to the ones I sold you John. I can get more of those I think they are around $7 a car inc trucks and couplers. These are the ones I'll build custom versions from. Working on the transfers at the moment. vinyls would be better but cost is too high.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Bealman on January 13, 2015, 04:33:23 AM
Cool. 8) :thumbsup:

George

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: steam-driven boy on February 12, 2015, 10:36:21 AM
Hi,
Latest arrivals - this morning  :camera:
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Rapido Trains GMD-1s  :claphappy:

Regards, Gerry  8)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: 4x2 on February 12, 2015, 11:06:24 AM
Wow.... Those look great ! Loving the cabooses as well....
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: steam-driven boy on February 13, 2015, 07:44:55 AM
Hi Mike,
Wow.... Those look great ! Loving the cabooses as well....
Yup, as I've mentioned before I'd known Rapido Trains Reputation in HO  :doh: for some time, getting the caboose(s/ii  :worried: - just kidding  :D ) confirmed in hand for detail that was merited, getting their first N motive power underlines what a great job they do - as Ben Ando and CJM have also praised with the pre-production GMD-1 loaned to Ben at Warley.
They've also produced the greatest deliberately LOL  :smiley-laughing: instruction sheet EVER!!!
It all bodes well for future RT subjects, not least the Pendolino (deposits for 2  :thumbsup: ) project for RevolutioN Trains that we should see in just over a year from now  :drool:

Regards, Gerry  8)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: 4x2 on February 18, 2015, 09:52:10 PM
My order from the US arrived yesterday.... An Atlas Baldwin VO1000 in Baltimore & Ohio blue. An absolute steal for $66 ! (About £45)
It's a fantastic runner, whisper quiet - unlike the early VO1000's which were awful as Atlas contracted the chassis out to another company who made a real dogs dinner of it ! If you want one of the good ones, just look for the normal modern Atlas boxes and the hand rails already fitted. The awful ones had longer, thinner boxes with black foam inlay and separate hand rails for you to fit. For more info check out  www.spookshow.net/loco/atlasvo1000.html (http://www.spookshow.net/loco/atlasvo1000.html)

(http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/ATT_1424217883009_IMG_20150217_235849594_HDR_zps76c602d4.jpg) (http://s1228.photobucket.com/user/djmikeymike2011/media/ATT_1424217883009_IMG_20150217_235849594_HDR_zps76c602d4.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: longbridge on February 18, 2015, 10:57:15 PM
Very nice model and a great road.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on February 19, 2015, 12:16:03 AM
Message from Mr Bachmann

Date Ordered: Sunday 15 February, 2015

Tracking Information:

Your order has shipped.  Please follow this link to track your order:

Hurrah! 2 GP40 bodies to swap out the GP 50; hopefully also to allow me a little practice on painting the PJNC colour scheme.

Not quite as exciting as a new B&O machine, but every little helps!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Phil Hendry on February 26, 2015, 10:05:25 PM
My GMD-1 arrived earlier in the week. However, I've been ill - plague or some such, so I only opened the parcel today. I had a good look at it, and gave it a quick run… Bloomin' lovely. I've wanted a GMD-1 for about as long as I've been interested in Canadian Railways.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: 4x2 on February 26, 2015, 10:50:30 PM
I had promised myself I wouldn't buy any more stock till after easter..... Saw these and  the promise was shattered !!! How could I not have any EMD F units on my layout ?

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Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on February 26, 2015, 11:02:09 PM
They are lovely looking locos  :thumbsup:

Are they both powered?

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: 4x2 on February 26, 2015, 11:18:33 PM
Oh yes.... Both run beautifully out of the box with no oiling or running in, speed matched as well. Once again Kato have produced another winner ! Although the chassis hasn't changed ( why fix what ain't broke) the body is a new tooling and looks spot on. Livery has been applied really well to. As you've probably guessed I'm very pleased with them... Highly recommended  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Bealman on February 26, 2015, 11:32:05 PM
I agree with John - very nice. Cool livery!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on March 02, 2015, 11:07:16 PM
Here's the next step towards a liveried Portobello & Joppa North Sea Coastal RR loco:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/30/thumb_22313.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=22313)

I ordered these from Bachmann USA on 15 Feb and they arrived today.  $12 each, plus $12 postage *cough*

Blissfully, the customs declaration form had a stated value of $12, so they passed the first hurdle of family financial acceptance!

I've ordered these in the belief that they will fit onto the chassis that I have already, that sits under my £25 UP GP50.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/32/thumb_20738.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=20738)  

That belief is based on the fact that the Bachmann store seems to suggest that the chassis that they sell will fit a GP40, GP50 and something else that I cant quite remember. We will soon find out!

This started from reading 4X2s thread on 'start your own livery' and my thoughts of starting the PJNC RR, by buying in old stock from other railroad lines...

Next step: how to get the Alaska logo off, as the family have unanimously picked that as the favoured livery.  Any clues gratefully received!!

Donald
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: trainsdownunder on March 03, 2015, 12:32:27 AM
Are you just trying to remove the decal and leave the colour scheme ? If so I would mask around the decal and "patch out" using a good match. then reapply any new decals.

This was a common approach where RR names were changed rather than the whole loco being repainted. UP added "yellow" patches with new numbers etc and BNSF in many cases just relabeled with the new name after overspraying. see article by Mike Fifer
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on March 03, 2015, 07:23:37 PM
I've looked at the body shell and it looks as though the Alaska name is over painted.
That maybe gives me opportunity to try and remove the logo, and then to patch it after that doesn't work! Ooh Er, transfers - that's another game to get into.
*must remember to finish the track also*
Donald
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Phil Hendry on March 03, 2015, 11:36:26 PM
Here's my GMD-1:

(http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd64/philhendry/TraiNs/GMD1.jpg)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on March 04, 2015, 07:48:35 AM
I refuse to be jealous!!!
(Outwardly, anyhoo....)
Enjoy!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: 4x2 on March 04, 2015, 07:52:41 AM
Here's my GMD-1:

([url]http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd64/philhendry/TraiNs/GMD1.jpg[/url])
Looks great ! I may have to get one of those...
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Phil Hendry on March 05, 2015, 10:42:20 AM
Looks great ! I may have to get one of those...
Don't hang about - they seem to be selling fast.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Lawrence on March 05, 2015, 09:24:48 PM
Really would love to know where/how you guys are getting these super bargains, I (a) Never seem to find what I fancy & (b) find the price on auction sites goes sky high  :'(
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: trainsdownunder on March 05, 2015, 10:29:16 PM
Hi Lawrence

My main source is the N Scale Yard Sale - some great stuff on there but Aussie dollar not doing me any favours at the moment so some of it is a little pricey for me.

Other than that it's a case of trawling through Ebay etc and using  a snipe to avoid bidding wars.

We have no import tax etc out here and that helps not having to worry about the possible extra charges.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on March 06, 2015, 03:11:00 AM
Here's my GMD-1:

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The GMD-1 looks magnificent & Rapido is a quality manufacturer. It's a shame for me that this loco was not run by Canadian Pacific otherwise I'd have at least one.

Further to the post by trainsdownunder a short while back, here are some pictures of my oldtimer train purchased fairly recently. This is an excursion train with an Atlas 4-4-0 pulling 3 Bachmann Jackson Sharp open-sided excursion cars with a few tourists on board.

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The little Atlas 4-4-0 is the only North American locomotive that I know of with the motor in the tender and a Cardan shaft from the tender into the main loco body powering the drivers.




Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on March 06, 2015, 07:12:18 PM

The little Atlas 4-4-0 is the only North American locomotive that I know of with the motor in the tender and a Cardan shaft from the tender into the main loco body powering the drivers.


The Bachmann 4-4-0 Old Timer locos also have the motorised tender and cardan shaft  ;)

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Lawrence on March 06, 2015, 10:07:11 PM
Hi Lawrence

My main source is the N Scale Yard Sale - some great stuff on there but Aussie dollar not doing me any favours at the moment so some of it is a little pricey for me.



Am getting lots of hits for  N Scale Yard Sale inc a yahoo group and a couple of retailers, you couldn't provide me a link to the one you trust could you, cheers
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jon898 on March 07, 2015, 07:17:47 PM
Hi Lawrence

My main source is the N Scale Yard Sale - some great stuff on there but Aussie dollar not doing me any favours at the moment so some of it is a little pricey for me.




Am getting lots of hits for  N Scale Yard Sale inc a yahoo group and a couple of retailers, you couldn't provide me a link to the one you trust could you, cheers


I think it may be this one http://yardsaletrains.com/index.php (http://yardsaletrains.com/index.php) but it looks like he's stopped doing international shipping.  If it is this guy, I'd like to know as he has a few things I would like at some good prices  :drool: .  North Carolina may be "foreign" to Colorado, but it's not international...
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Malc on March 10, 2015, 07:12:17 PM
Couldn't resist this. An EMD DD40AX, with sound.
http://youtu.be/h53kp8TnISM (http://youtu.be/h53kp8TnISM)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Railwaygun on March 10, 2015, 07:32:25 PM
"This video is Private"

However my video is on Page 1 of this thread! a great value loco!!

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Post by: Jon898 on March 10, 2015, 07:34:35 PM
Something that size, maybe it counts as "locoporn"?
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Malc on March 10, 2015, 09:21:07 PM
Got this one from a little known Australian auction site. A lovely Bachmann Consolidation. Hopefully this link is public.
http://youtu.be/KWRvziCTd70 (http://youtu.be/KWRvziCTd70)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on March 10, 2015, 10:40:35 PM
Couldn't resist this. An EMD DD40AX, with sound.

Thanks Mal

Very impressive. Apparently the EMD DDA40X was the most powerful single unit diesel produced anywhere. The Union Pacific certainly liked to build the big stuff steam, gas turbine, and diesel. I bet the DDA40X doesn't fit in your engine shed.

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: trainsdownunder on March 11, 2015, 12:19:54 AM
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Got this one from a little known Australian auction site. A lovely Kato Consolidation
Wonder what site that was Malc !

The DDA is a true beast and I enjoyed mine whilst I was running UP stock.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jon898 on March 12, 2015, 08:09:08 PM
I bit the bullet and tried Yard Sale Trains http://yardsaletrains.com/index.php (http://yardsaletrains.com/index.php) Ordered a couple of things on Monday afternoon and they arrived today (Thursday).  There was a minor mix up with the order (one item included, when I had ordered two) but the owner immediately agreed to make good and offered to credit my PayPal for both items!  Great Service.

Here's one of the goodies I received:

It's an Atlas RS-1 in New Haven livery.

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Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Lawrence on March 12, 2015, 10:00:11 PM
Unfortunately they no longer ship internationally  :thumbsdown:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: philwhite on March 21, 2015, 10:33:08 AM
Love the RS1  :D A shame they don't ship internationally as they have some really nice stuff.

A few bits I've picked up since Christmas.

Three Microtrains wood reefers / boxcars.

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Set of three Arnold Amtrak coaches picked up for £15  :D

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Bachmann EL F7 A+B

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Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on March 22, 2015, 12:40:09 AM
The printing on the three boxcars in the top photo is great. I happen to have the middle one too. One of the great benefits of modelling North American is the huge variety of interesting railway and rolling stock paint jobs that are available.

Phil, who makes the conifers that appear in your photos? They look good. My layout is loosely based on south central British Columbia and have planted a whole lot of Woodland Scenics pines that I'm taking to represent the ponderosa (or perhaps lodgepole) pines that grow in the region. However, I'm intending to add some spruce or fir or pine  trees that have more of the conical appearance of your conifers.

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: philwhite on March 22, 2015, 08:50:46 AM
The printing on the three boxcars in the top photo is great. I happen to have the middle one too. One of the great benefits of modelling North American is the huge variety of interesting railway and rolling stock paint jobs that are available.

I have a real soft spot for the Microtrains billboard boxcars and reefers, they look great and as you say the printing is top notch.

Phil, who makes the conifers that appear in your photos?

They're JTT tree's which I ordered from Model Train Stuff in the States some time ago, they were great value and I ordered 200 which I thought would be more than enough, but I actually needed about twice that amount! Unfortunately I don't seem to be able to find them anywhere else so will have to try another make.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on March 23, 2015, 01:14:21 AM
Phil

Thanks for the info on the trees. I entered JTT in Google and lots of stuff popped up so they are still alive and kicking well and truly. According to their web site 36 2"-4" spruce trees cost $29.95.

I previously obtained some Grand Central Gems pine trees. The shape is OK, but the colour is more of a turquoise rather than the deep green I had imagined them to be from their advertising photo- perhaps I can dip them in some dye to get a better colour.  I presently have an order in with Pacific Western Rail Systems for a packet of spruce trees also by Grand Central Gems. They look good in the advertising photo (shape and colour). Based on your post, I'm putting in an order in with PWRS for some JTT spruces as well to see how they look.

Like you I'm needing lots of trees (hundreds). As we have both found, you don't need a very large grove of trees before the numbers of trees really adds up. 

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Malc on March 23, 2015, 11:42:44 AM
I ordered a hundred pine trees off an eBay shop and when they arrived there was nearer 300. It was useful having so many, as I could cut some down in size and also remove some of the lower branches off others to change the appearance.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jon898 on March 23, 2015, 04:50:50 PM
I ordered a hundred pine trees off an eBay shop and when they arrived there was nearer 300.

Malc: Which shop was that?  Was it one of the chinese ones selling directly?  Jon
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Malc on March 23, 2015, 07:32:53 PM
I can't remember which seller it was, but it was a Chinese seller and it only cost about £4, including postage.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on March 23, 2015, 09:27:32 PM
Thanks Malc

There seem to be a number of different types of Chinese trees on EBay generally with free postage. I've ordered some to have a look before I purchase hundreds.

Can you post of photo of one or two of your trees please? I'm open to all suggestions on this matter.

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on March 24, 2015, 01:33:47 AM
I think it is a good idea to buy differing scales of trees as rarely are trees all the same height.

I have a few OO gauge trees which do not look out of place and some of the n gauge trees I have can be pushed right down and make for great thickets  :thumbsup:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: trainsdownunder on March 25, 2015, 07:04:58 AM
Arrived today ! New in Box 40 Woodside Billboard Boxcars. 8 different designs with at least 3 of each.

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Superb detail, made by Altas - really pleased with them. Purchased through a guy selling off his "excess" on the N Scale Yard Sale group.

Sorry the pics has glare due to plastic wrapping but not ready to open them yet.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on March 25, 2015, 07:41:39 AM
Do you mean 40 box cars or 40' box cars? No matter - you have obtained an instant colourful and interesting train. Good stuff!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: philwhite on March 25, 2015, 09:03:19 AM
They do look lovely, that's a lot of box cars though!

How do the Atlas billboard cars compare to Micro Trains? I have a few MT ones and they are great but expensive new, Atlas seem to have a much broader range of schemes and more sensible pricing.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Bealman on March 25, 2015, 09:29:19 AM
Gawd... who let you off the leash then  :beers:

George
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on March 26, 2015, 12:13:01 AM
They do look lovely, that's a lot of box cars though!

How do the Atlas billboard cars compare to Micro Trains? I have a few MT ones and they are great but expensive new, Atlas seem to have a much broader range of schemes and more sensible pricing.

I have only one Atlas billboard reefer. Like all the other Atlas rolling stock I own, its paint job is the equal of MT. The stirrups on the Atlas reefer at the bottoms of the ladders are made of plastic rather than the metal used in MT cars, but are just about as fine so no advantage for MT there. Atlas come with Accumate couplers rather than MT. This may be an issue for some though not for me. Unfortunately, I think you'll find that Atlas billboards are not much less in price than MT billboards i.e. within 10%.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: trainsdownunder on March 26, 2015, 08:51:00 PM
Yes 40 cars as well as being 40 foot,.

Agree with Webbo's comments. These were certainly more than 10% cheaper - paid $425 AUD for the lot including P&P.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Bealman on March 26, 2015, 11:31:40 PM
Like I said, Colin.... who's been let off the leash, then!  :o

George
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on March 26, 2015, 11:57:36 PM
Yes 40 cars as well as being 40 foot,.

Agree with Webbo's comments. These were certainly more than 10% cheaper - paid $425 AUD for the lot including P&P.

With the miserable state of the Australian $ at the moment, I reckon you have paid about 1/3 of the RRP for these reefers. Well done. My max purchase has been 24 coal hoppers at once, so you've beaten me by a mile.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: trainsdownunder on March 27, 2015, 08:34:51 AM
Another big box of Goodies arrived from the US today. Mainly buildings etc, but in there my second Vomit Bonnet SD70. Need to change the couplings to knuckle but have the conversion kit to hand.

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Would love to own more of these but very hard to get at reasonable prices

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: petercharlesfagg on March 27, 2015, 08:37:54 AM
Never been a great fan of the American scene but I do like the colour of this locomotive!

Peter.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Malc on March 27, 2015, 08:55:42 AM
I have a couple of SD40s in Burlington Northern livery, but they are just plain green. This looks fantastic though. Another bargain Colin?
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Bealman on March 27, 2015, 10:41:04 AM
That's a mean lookin' beastie.  Reminds of a green Darth Vader from the front!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on March 28, 2015, 05:22:32 PM
Nice looking beast Colin, who is the manufacturer please?

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: trainsdownunder on March 28, 2015, 10:32:40 PM
Sorry guys forgot to add info - Kato model 176 -6503 SD70 MAC.

There is one on Ebay.com at present but at $75 US a bit dear for me (poor exchange rate).

Only snag with running this loco is it really is a one off. This was a trial colour scheme during the Santa Fe merger period and only loco 9647 was ever painted. The nearest in BNSF is the "Executive", sometimes referred to as "Ice", which although in similar colours has the BNSF heritage scheme rather than the "warbonnet". That does come in a believe 5 running nos, but again getting harder to find at sensible prices.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Railwaygun on March 28, 2015, 11:15:47 PM
Booty from Ally Pally

A Kato SD40 - Desert Storm Livery
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2 Microtrains Military  sets

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its porridge for a month now!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on March 28, 2015, 11:59:12 PM
The SD40 just posted - a custom paint job I assume?

Further to the green (or vomit) and white paint scheme in trainsdownunder's SD70, here is another. This time it's a Southern E6A by Broadway Limited. Green and white go well together on locomotives I think.

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Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on April 22, 2015, 10:26:48 PM
Finally got around to changing the bodies over on my £25 Bachmann GP50. Here it is in GP40 Alaska guise.  I'm due to bodge the paint into a Portobello and Joppa North Sea Coastal (PJNC) badged outfit - but it looks too good to change to me!

I'll maybe start with the Santa Fe body that I have instead...

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Donald
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on April 23, 2015, 08:12:35 PM
Finally got around to changing the bodies over on my £25 Bachmann GP50. Here it is in GP40 Alaska guise.  I'm due to bodge the paint into a Portobello and Joppa North Sea Coastal (PJNC) badged outfit - but it looks too good to change to me!

I'll maybe start with the Santa Fe body that I have instead...

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Donald


Hi Donald,

It does look too good to change and you have hit on the very thing that has caused me to collect many, many locos of different railroads.

I buy a loco to use with a different shell and when it arrives it looks so much better than it did in the photograph that I decide to keep it as it is  :doh:

Then it is guaranteed I will spot a "B Unit" for sale and try for that and before you know it I end up with all the "ABBA" units, then arises the question, what are they going to pull  ???  :-[  ::)

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on April 24, 2015, 02:05:15 AM

Hi Donald,

It does look too good to change and you have hit on the very thing that has caused me to collect many, many locos of different railroads.

I buy a loco to use with a different shell and when it arrives it looks so much better than it did in the photograph that I decide to keep it as it is  :doh:

Then it is guaranteed I will spot a "B Unit" for sale and try for that and before you know it I end up with all the "ABBA" units, then arises the question, what are they going to pull  ???  :-[  ::)

cheers John.

John

I have confronted a similar issue over the years on a number of occasions. Recently, I purchased a Kato 4-8-4 in Union Pacific because I couldn't resist the look of it. The only trouble is that I don't run Union Pacific and only have 4 UP cars. However, I have broken down and ordered a UP caboose and intend to invoke rule 1 for the middle part of the trains that the 4-8-4 will pull.

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Bealman on April 24, 2015, 02:48:17 AM
I guess a full ABBA set will cost a lot of Money, money, money.... it's a rich man's world  :whistle:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Sprintex on April 24, 2015, 08:57:48 AM
 :doh:  ::)

 :ban:

 :D


Paul
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: railsquid on April 24, 2015, 02:18:06 PM
I know virtually nothing about North American locos except they look big and chunky and vaguely menacing in a "I'll come round in my pickup with the shotguns mounted on a rack behind the cab if you so much as look at my daughter wrong" kind of way.

However I was rummaging in one of my favourite purveyors of miscellaneous junk (located smack bang in the middle of Tokyo's fashionable and expensive Ginza district) and picked up this for very little money:

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Apparently it's an "FP45" by Lima (yes, I have a weakness for Lima, also it's blue with yellow warning panels like a proper loco), and incredibly it runs reasonably well (though my wife thought it was the baby crying). Needs a good service and a clean. As an added bonus it has a light in the cab (first time I've seen one of those in a Lima loco), which makes its "eyes" glow infernally as it runs around the layout:

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I think I'll keep it around for Halloween special events.

As it's Lima I presume the proportions are all wrong?
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jon898 on April 24, 2015, 02:44:03 PM
Maybe you got a good one?  Review here: http://www.spookshow.net/loco/limafp45.html (http://www.spookshow.net/loco/limafp45.html)

Incidentally, shotguns in the rack indicate someone underage for a rifle...it's how y'all know if it's the kid or the dad driving.   :worried:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: railsquid on April 24, 2015, 02:52:45 PM
Maybe you got a good one?  Review here: [url]http://www.spookshow.net/loco/limafp45.html[/url] ([url]http://www.spookshow.net/loco/limafp45.html[/url])

Nope, it's the:
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first (and most common) version has a plastic chassis, a free-floating lead weight tossed into the fuel tank pocket, and a Lima piece-o-crap "pancake" motor attached to the rear truck (bottom mechanism in the above picture).

Luckily my expectations were so low they were partying with the moles so it's not like I was disappointed or anything ;)

Incidentally, shotguns in the rack indicate someone underage for a rifle...it's how y'all know if it's the kid or the dad driving.   :worried:


Duly noted for future reference   :confused1:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: trainsdownunder on April 25, 2015, 12:11:37 AM
The shells for these will fit the Athearn chassis if you come across one.  Two from my collection
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Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: railsquid on April 25, 2015, 01:06:16 AM
Thanks.

Apart from the recessed glazing, how good is the body from a detailing/proportion point of view? It doesn't look too bad to me, but I have no idea about these things.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: trainsdownunder on April 25, 2015, 08:51:07 AM
The Lima shells I thought were fine although possibly a little under scaled when compared with a FP45 from the Athearn range.

The glazing on the cab can be corrected with some effort but it's not that bad. Pic below is a close up of a new Athearn Version

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Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: philwhite on May 09, 2015, 11:28:53 AM
Bit late posting but picked up a few bargains at Ally Pally a few weeks ago, including four new locos, back to front they are...

Kato Alco PA-1
Kato 2-8-2 Union Pacific
Kato BN F7 A+B
Con cor 4-6-4  Santa F - This is actually made by Kato and has seriously impressive hauling abilities.

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A Kato Business car, pleased to discover it had the light bar fitted.

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Picked up a few more Micro Trains reefers, got a sort spot for these so hard to resist.

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Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Bealman on May 09, 2015, 11:31:55 AM
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Magic!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on May 09, 2015, 04:41:58 PM
Hi Phil,

You have bagged a great collection there  :thumbsup:

The UP Alco PA-1 should be a great puller, I have one and it does not break sweat pulling 10 passenger cars.

You can never have enough Micro Train reefers, they are manufactured to a very good standard and I have never been disappointed with any of the ones I have.

Is there any reason why your pictures are so bleached out, I had to look twice at your Kato business car before I realised it was UP, I thought someone had given it a beige respray  :confused1:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: philwhite on May 09, 2015, 05:44:18 PM
Thanks John, in short the camera on my phone is awful plus the poor lighting in the loft doesn't help, need to start using my wife's SLR really.

The PA is a great hauler and super smooth, very impressed. Must say though I'm yet to find a poor running Kato.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on May 10, 2015, 02:06:39 AM
Bit late posting but picked up a few bargains at Ally Pally a few weeks ago, including four new locos, back to front they are...

Kato Alco PA-1
Kato 2-8-2 Union Pacific
Kato BN F7 A+B
Con cor 4-6-4  Santa F - This is actually made by Kato and has seriously impressive hauling abilities.


Phil

These are all fine locos.

I have the Hudson (4-6-4) also. Even though it is 40 years old, it still runs like a charm. Spookshow praises this model highly and gives it an A rating even today.

I also have a Kato PA/PB set in Santa Fe. Wonderful runner and the PAs are the best looking diesels from anywhere and from any time in my opinion.

Your Mikado is an N scale legend amongst steam locos - don't have one of them unfortunately.

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on May 10, 2015, 10:09:17 PM
First loco for the PJNC line - a temporarily badged ex-Santa Fe Gp50.

Just like real life, the 'temporary' badging is likley to stay a while!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/25/thumb_24812.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=24812)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/25/thumb_24811.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=24811)

I guess that I need to get to grips with waterslide type stuff now, to allow for a proper rebading exercise...
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on May 11, 2015, 11:36:13 AM
First loco for the PJNC line - a temporarily badged ex-Santa Fe Gp50.

Just like real life, the 'temporary' badging is likley to stay a while!

I think the temporary badging looks fine  :thumbsup:
Once the loco is moving, I wonder how many people would notice it was not a waterslide decal  :hmmm:
Nice job, well done  ;)

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: trainsdownunder on May 18, 2015, 05:30:22 AM
Arrived today - Just couldn't resist these

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Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Bealman on May 18, 2015, 06:04:06 AM
They look good, Colin... I like the middle one, 'cos if it's what I think it is, I read up about that line once... trouble is I can't quite make it out because of the flash reflection  :confused2:

George
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on May 18, 2015, 11:00:42 PM
They look good, Colin... I like the middle one, 'cos if it's what I think it is, I read up about that line once... trouble is I can't quite make it out because of the flash reflection  :confused2:

George

It is the Katy line George  ;)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Bealman on May 18, 2015, 11:05:12 PM
Ah yes... that's ringing bells. Have to look that up again - trouble is, I can't remember where I saw it... could have been a Model Railroader mag.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: c6250 on June 07, 2015, 04:00:29 PM
Daylight GS-4 From Kato

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This is a spectacular locomotive, looks good, runs good when it does. (more on that later). A piece of gem, but not a very reliable piece of machinery.

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This is a big engine, and difficult to take out of the box. There is some kind of cradle to help keep the engine in place while sitting in the box, but it's hell to get the engine out. The first time I took it out, a conducting wire between the tender and engine snapped out of place, I thought I put it back, power to the track, nothing happened. I tried again, power on, this time only the light came on, I tired again, again, and again.....After half an hour of trying, the wire eventually back into position and the engine ran happily. "Oh well...." I thought. When I tried to put it back into the box, the same wire snapped out of the housing again!!! This time  it took me 15 minutes to get it right. I carefully put it back into the box......The next time I took it out, that wire snapped out again!!!! With a lot of !@#$%^&*, it was fixed after 20 minutes.....

After several such adventures I decided to leave it in the box for most of the time.     
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr bachmann on June 07, 2015, 07:17:14 PM
nice loco , it'll do what it says on the box - mine handles their 18 car set and up the grade .
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: ngaugecharlie on June 14, 2015, 10:26:15 AM
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Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on June 22, 2015, 10:26:43 PM
Nice Caboose Charlie.

Is that there one of those expensive ones (Rapido Trains)?  :o
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Trent on July 29, 2015, 11:32:07 PM
Jealous of the microtrains beer reefers upthread.  :beers:

Meanwhile, I am a poorer but happier trent, at least partly ...

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/MGalleryItem.php?id=27659)

because of the NOISE these make, no soundcard ... just the actual motor. 
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jon898 on July 30, 2015, 02:00:01 AM
LifeLike FA/FB?
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on July 30, 2015, 02:23:06 AM
Would be easier to tell with a close-up of the nose.

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: grumbeast on July 30, 2015, 08:56:53 AM
Looks more like lifelike E units, they're too long for FAs and they have those EMD portholes..

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jon898 on July 30, 2015, 01:17:31 PM
Looks more like lifelike E units, they're too long for FAs and they have those EMD portholes..

Missed those on first look (teach me to use an iPad mini in the evening).  So probably an EMD F7A &F7B?  If it's noisy I'd guess Bachmann too?

C'mon Trent, confess or do we have to get the soft cushions out?

Jon
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on July 30, 2015, 06:05:57 PM
What is the betting on they are Bachmann  :worried:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Trent on July 30, 2015, 09:36:25 PM
Bachmann Spectrum F7 A/B units. They're to pull big freights into my yard for the old but dilligent 2-6-2 to switch into industries
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Trent on July 30, 2015, 09:38:13 PM
(Or just to go round and round forever)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on July 31, 2015, 12:06:26 AM
(Or just to go round and round forever)

Oh yes.

Not that my family understand that bit!

Nice units btw. I have to keep pressing the 'resist' button when it comes to A/B units. (for now...)

Donald
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: philwhite on August 02, 2015, 12:00:47 PM
Some lovely stuff being posted on here!

Picked up a couple for Rivarossi B&O 4-6-2's, both as non runners, then intention was to combine the best bits of both and try to get one working again, but with just a little tinkering both are now running very well! One just needed the tender link adjusting and the other had a loose connection to the motor. I'm developing a soft spot for these old Rivarossi loco's.

(http://i1069.photobucket.com/albums/u468/philwhite166/20150802_1128541_zpszyjzbkuz.jpg) (http://s1069.photobucket.com/user/philwhite166/media/20150802_1128541_zpszyjzbkuz.jpg.html)

The loco towards the back of the photo is fairly poor cosmetic condition but it'll serve it's purpose as a spare to the other, so no complaints.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Trent on August 15, 2015, 05:15:29 PM
They look nice and solid, are you going to paint and weather them or just leave them as they are?

Out of interest, what's that building just behind the station with the double windows on the upper floor?
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: philwhite on August 16, 2015, 08:15:27 AM
Hi Trent,

For such old locos they are very well put together, I hadn't thought about weathering but that's a good idea, it may hide some of the damage on the second one too.

The building I think you're referring to is a Life Like fire station, nice kit and easy to build, I got mine from N Scale American Trains.

Also, does anyone know whether the livery on the B&O loco's is prototypical, all the photos I've seen of B&O President locos are a much darker blue.

Phil.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Hyperion on August 20, 2015, 11:28:16 AM
Grabbed one of these units out of interest:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/MGalleryItem.php?id=28326)

I was very surprised at how well it run and the slow running speed it is geared for!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on August 20, 2015, 11:34:14 AM
I have the Kato Union Pacific version and it is a great runner.

Who manufactured your one?

Cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Hyperion on August 20, 2015, 11:38:33 AM
I have the Kato Union Pacific version and it is a great runner.

Who manufactured your one?

Cheers John.

Forgot to mention it is a Lifelike SW9/1200.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on August 20, 2015, 11:41:53 AM
I have many Life Like locos and I have not had any problems with any of them. Like you I am impressed with their slow running  :thumbsup:

Cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: grumbeast on August 20, 2015, 12:43:31 PM
the lifelike GP20 and then these SW1200s are considered the start of "new" lifelike where they really look good and run pretty much as well as Atlas and Kato.  I have three (two CP and one CN) and they've given me great service so good buy!!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Malc on August 20, 2015, 03:09:49 PM
I have a Lifelike F7A and B. Does anyone know if you can get a DCC decoder for the A unit?
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Railwaygun on August 20, 2015, 04:05:59 PM
I have a Lifelike F7A and B. Does anyone know if you can get a DCC decoder for the A unit?


May need  a  milled chassis

http://www.trainweb.org/nrmrc/dccconv/llf7.html (http://www.trainweb.org/nrmrc/dccconv/llf7.html)

http://www.tcsdcc.com/Customer_Content/Installation_Pictures/N_Scale/Life_Like/F7A/N_LIFELIKE_F7A_M-1.html (http://www.tcsdcc.com/Customer_Content/Installation_Pictures/N_Scale/Life_Like/F7A/N_LIFELIKE_F7A_M-1.html)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jon898 on August 20, 2015, 04:06:32 PM
I wasn't aware that LifeLike made F7B's, but in any case the following link might help: http://www.trainweb.org/nrmrc/dccconv/llf7.html (http://www.trainweb.org/nrmrc/dccconv/llf7.html)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Trent on August 20, 2015, 06:00:01 PM
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Daisy, daisy, why don't we get married? I can afford two carriages, one of which is an observation car, and also a railway post office wagon.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Malc on August 20, 2015, 07:03:38 PM
I wasn't aware that LifeLike made F7B's, but in any case the following link might help: [url]http://www.trainweb.org/nrmrc/dccconv/llf7.html[/url] ([url]http://www.trainweb.org/nrmrc/dccconv/llf7.html[/url])

Oops, a typo, it's an E7 A and B, not the F7A
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jon898 on August 20, 2015, 07:27:03 PM
If it's the E7 A/B, then that changes things.  According to the spookshow site ( http://www.spookshow.net/lle678.html (http://www.spookshow.net/lle678.html) ) it's not DCC friendly, so I suspect you'll need to be messing with the weights.  Others have obviously come across this, hence the DigiFrames solution: http://www.sodigi.com/DigiFrame_Life_Like.htm (http://www.sodigi.com/DigiFrame_Life_Like.htm) ...no idea if that's worth it as I'm still in the DC world.

I have to admit that every time I think of DCC I'm glad I'm still a DC-dino...
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Railwaygun on August 21, 2015, 05:21:42 PM
Mr Google produced this

http://www.tcsdcc.com/Customer_Content/Installation_Pictures/N_Scale/Life_Like/E7A/N_LL_E7A_plastic_M-1.html (http://www.tcsdcc.com/Customer_Content/Installation_Pictures/N_Scale/Life_Like/E7A/N_LL_E7A_plastic_M-1.html)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Malc on August 21, 2015, 08:39:06 PM
Thanks for all the feed back. I'll give it a go.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jon898 on August 26, 2015, 04:07:26 PM
Just received a Lifelike FA1/FB1 pair in Lehigh Valley colours.  They run really well and are prototypically slow, as a freight should be.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/19/thumb_28480.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=28480)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Trent on August 26, 2015, 04:51:40 PM
And is that going to be a river under the bridge?
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jon898 on August 26, 2015, 06:17:29 PM
Yes, although over here it would probably only class as a stream  ;) .  The construction thread is here http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=24231.msg257408#msg257408 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=24231.msg257408#msg257408) and gives some idea of the track plan.  I need to update it a bit as the switch wiring is now completed, I've completed 3 structures (one to go) and I'm about to launch into landscaping in earnest  :uneasy:.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Hyperion on October 18, 2015, 12:38:33 PM
Had a trip away from home for a wedding over the weekend. Lucky for me there was someone selling a tackle box (plastic tool box) full of N Scale gear. No rollingstock but it did contain these few locos:

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A little research and from left to right:

Bachmann UP DD40-AX - Dummy - Rear bogie falls out due to bad damage to the metal chassis inside. Someone tried to fix it with no success.
Bachmann UP DD40-AX - Runner - Early version with 3 pole motor in only one bogie. Required a clean but needs new traction tires.
ROCO 3159 S ALCO FA - Poor runner which needs some maintenance. Custom paint job and weathering.
Atlas #48604 GP40-2 - Boston & Maine #313 (Marked #310 on box) - Great running loco. I guess that is attributed to the caps on the circuit board. Rear coupler broken off.
Con Cor PA1 - PB1 - PA1 (Powered - dummy - dummy) - Ney York Central - 2001-4 stamped on the chassis. Nice running.

No idea what they are all worth but I only paid $100 AUD (~£50) and there is a heap of other items in the rest of the box.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on October 18, 2015, 06:52:37 PM
You have managed to get yourself a very nice bunch of locos. I especially like the PA Units.

Well done John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: BradC on October 25, 2015, 06:16:17 PM
Hello all, I'm new to the forums but very excited about my new purchases:

(http://www.katousa.com/N/SD40-2/176-4959.jpg)

(http://www.nscaleamericantrains.co.uk/28614-2738-thickbox/diesel-emd-sd35-emd-leasing-1557-dcc-equipped.jpg)

(http://www.nscaleamericantrains.co.uk/28615-2739-thickbox/diesel-emd-sd35-emd-leasing-1565-dcc-equipped.jpg)

I'm in the process of ordering these 3 power units, fully dcc equipped and ready to roll!  They will be the anchors of the new layout until all track is finished then I will then add some Dash-9 and AC4400 traction power.

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on October 25, 2015, 07:37:31 PM
I can see a long testing session coming up when your locos arrive  :NGaugersRule:

Let the madness begin  :thumbsup:

Cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jon898 on October 25, 2015, 07:46:00 PM
Added a Lehigh Valley caboose from Atlas to go with the LifeLike FA1/FB1 from August above:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/14/thumb_30912.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=30912)

OK, how many saw the typo on the caboose?  I missed it on the ebay listing, but apparently they all came this way until they changed the couplers :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jon898 on November 08, 2015, 08:53:12 PM
Went to the "Neuse River Valley Model Railroad Club Train and Railroadiana Show and Sale" (yeah, that's really what it's called  :worried: ) in Raleigh, NC yesterday.  I narrowly missed scoring another LifeLike FA1/FB1 pair (this time in UP colours) at $40, but was a bit too slow to act...by the time I realised it was a great deal, within half an hour both pairs had been sold  :'( .

In the end I came away with a Pennsy boxcar (Atlas, new stock for $5) and a Lehigh Valley boxcar (in an Atlas box but probably Bachmann judging by the screwed kingposts, also new for $5)...this time without the typo the caboose had (see above).

For fun I also splurged on a $2 Southern Pacific GP60 dummy to use as static display and as a "canvas" for trying out weathering.  These things are made by "High Speed Metal Products" and are most definitely not rolling-quality.  You could probably modify the trucks to the point where they could be made to roll around a bend (they are free rolling but the trucks don't swivel properly), but even then the couplings are essentially non-functioning.  You've got to wonder why someone would make a half-way decent  static model (despite the thick handrails) and then stick bogus, non-functioning Rapido couplings on it instead of some more prototypical knuckle couplings  ??? .  Amazingly, these things sell on fleabay (e.g. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Southern-Pacific-High-Speed-Metal-Products-Locomotive/261953160076?_trksid=p2047675.c100011.m1850&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D33863%26meid%3D886869e75fb2488d89b4c9d6b174e623%26pid%3D100011%26rk%3D5%26rkt%3D10%26sd%3D321875469768 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Southern-Pacific-High-Speed-Metal-Products-Locomotive/261953160076?_trksid=p2047675.c100011.m1850&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D33863%26meid%3D886869e75fb2488d89b4c9d6b174e623%26pid%3D100011%26rk%3D5%26rkt%3D10%26sd%3D321875469768) ) to the unwary for $10 and up  :o .

In any case, here's a photo: (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/13/thumb_31631.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=31631)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Lawrence on November 09, 2015, 01:23:53 PM
I am somewhat envious of you Jon, having events like that, I can go to 4 or 5 shows a year and if I am lucky I might see 1 B&O loco for sale at ridiculous pricing as are the freight wagons!
I think I have that same Pennsy car though, nice enough little model  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jon898 on November 09, 2015, 02:01:05 PM
The NRV show was in the State fairgrounds in a 95,000 sq.ft building this year...half vendors and half running displays.  Most of the material is typically HO, but there were three n-scale layouts running.  Two were N-Trak that were interconnected into one huge layout and one smaller one was T-Trak.  This was the first time I'd gone on a Saturday rather than the Sunday and the exhibitors were much more interested in discussing techniques (I guess they get pretty jaded by the Sunday afternoon).  Link here: http://www.nrvshow.org (http://www.nrvshow.org) note that the photos on the site are when it was in the older smaller building that was about half the size.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: railsquid on November 18, 2015, 06:53:12 AM
One more item checked off the "want" list: "Yellow Union Pacific loco", always wanted one and it goes nicely with some yellow Bachmann UP coaches I previously picked up as part of a job lot. A Kato "F3 A Phase II" for 15 quid-ish.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/12/thumb_32034.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=32034)

And while I was at it, this "Lifelike" E8/9 resold by Japanese company MicroAce, though judging by the old-style Japanese postcode it must be at least 20 years old, though it looks new and runs very well. The railsquid household is poorer by about 7 quid for that one.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/12/thumb_32035.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=32035)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jon898 on November 18, 2015, 08:43:17 PM
Nice loco's and great prices :envy:

In a much lighter vein, I just received three Atlas airslide hoppers from their "fallen flags" run; Erie, Lehigh Valley and (I think) Penn Central:
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/12/thumb_32043.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=32043)

These will fit well with the cement silo structure.  They were US$14 for all three including postage off fleabay.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on November 19, 2015, 09:42:43 AM
Nice to see you guys with new toys!
Makes it tricky for me to resist the 'must buy new loco' bug. Easy to see how railroads run out of money :D

My turn again soon - I've got some boxcars heading this way from Mr Fifers emporium.
Toot toot!

Donald
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on November 20, 2015, 06:57:28 AM
And here are the first boxcars to be decorated in the PJNC (Portobello & Joppa North Sea Coastal) colours: (oh, and a NYC extra)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/12/thumb_32091.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=32091)

Freshly purchased from B&O, courtesy of Mike and Robin Fifer and Microtrains , they are all the same running number and B&O branded, so will have to go to the paint shop for adjustment once PJNC have access to one!

Colour matching loco required also, paintshop and accountant are aghast:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/12/thumb_32092.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=32092)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: nightfly on December 17, 2015, 12:14:42 AM
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Found this Con-Cor Blue Comet set on fleabay, couldn't resist. Should be in my hands by Christmas.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Hyperion on December 17, 2015, 05:32:10 AM
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Found this Con-Cor Blue Comet set on fleabay, couldn't resist. Should be in my hands by Christmas.

Very nice looking set you got there.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: N-Gauge-US on December 17, 2015, 06:13:04 AM
I hate I missed the show, Jon! I had it written down somewhere and completely forgot about it. :( Was there a decent amount of N-scale stuff for sale? And did you chance across any British stock?

-Philip

The NRV show was in the State fairgrounds in a 95,000 sq.ft building this year...half vendors and half running displays.  Most of the material is typically HO, but there were three n-scale layouts running.  Two were N-Trak that were interconnected into one huge layout and one smaller one was T-Trak.  This was the first time I'd gone on a Saturday rather than the Sunday and the exhibitors were much more interested in discussing techniques (I guess they get pretty jaded by the Sunday afternoon).  Link here: [url]http://www.nrvshow.org[/url] ([url]http://www.nrvshow.org[/url]) note that the photos on the site are when it was in the older smaller building that was about half the size.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jon898 on December 20, 2015, 07:16:32 PM
Fair amount of n-scale for sale, almost all with knuckle couplers of one sort or another (I'm still in Rapido-world).  I saw no continental or British outline at all; also very few structures and less scenery materials (except on one stand) than previous years.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: tinyone on January 02, 2016, 09:00:04 AM
Happy new year to you all

I just thought I'd show off me little pressie to meself got it brand new from Rails of Sheffield for £60 inc postage me well chuffed :D -gotta be a joke in their somewhere lol
(http://i452.photobucket.com/albums/qq242/01steve08/ebay12%20005_zpsp0raunrr.jpg) (http://s452.photobucket.com/user/01steve08/media/ebay12%20005_zpsp0raunrr.jpg.html)
(http://i452.photobucket.com/albums/qq242/01steve08/ebay12%20008_zpsnjymjtha.jpg) (http://s452.photobucket.com/user/01steve08/media/ebay12%20008_zpsnjymjtha.jpg.html)
Now all I gotta do is build the layout

steve
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on January 02, 2016, 12:21:56 PM
I think you bagged yourself a bargain there Steve  :NGaugersRule:

Cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: grumbeast on January 02, 2016, 05:34:03 PM
Happy new year to you all

I just thought I'd show off me little pressie to meself got it brand new from Rails of Sheffield for £60 inc postage me well chuffed :D -gotta be a joke in their somewhere lol
([url]http://i452.photobucket.com/albums/qq242/01steve08/ebay12%20005_zpsp0raunrr.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s452.photobucket.com/user/01steve08/media/ebay12%20005_zpsp0raunrr.jpg.html[/url])
([url]http://i452.photobucket.com/albums/qq242/01steve08/ebay12%20008_zpsnjymjtha.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s452.photobucket.com/user/01steve08/media/ebay12%20008_zpsnjymjtha.jpg.html[/url])
Now all I gotta do is build the layout

steve


That sure is pretty Steve, I'm going to have to get more steam, how does she haul?

Graham
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: tinyone on January 03, 2016, 08:51:39 AM
I think you bagged yourself a bargain there Steve  :NGaugersRule:

Cheers John.

The second I saw it I just knew I had to have it and its my 1st (that I know of!!) American steamer Now I have a reason to get going on the layout he he

Steve
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: grumbeast on January 03, 2016, 12:17:12 PM
Be careful!  American steam is quite addictive!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on January 03, 2016, 10:51:30 PM
Won't mention the newish 4-8-4 then.

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: grumbeast on January 05, 2016, 11:50:49 PM
Won't mention the newish 4-8-4 then.

Webbo


Pictures or it's not real 😄

And if you'll excuse that it's s scale

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_33792.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33792)

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: N-Gauge-US on January 06, 2016, 12:20:57 AM
Won't mention the newish 4-8-4 then.

Webbo


Pictures or it's not real 😄

And if you'll excuse that it's s scale

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_33792.jpeg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33792[/url])


I've got one of the Bachmann 4-8-4 Santa Fe Northerns that I got with my first train set (the Bachmann Empire Builder set). It is a very nice runner but it is so darn large! It dwarfs anything else I have (to be fair, some of them were the heaviest steam locomotives to ever run on US rails, I believe.). It's lovely but I Still think that my new Farish A1 and A2s are prettier.... ;)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on January 06, 2016, 12:28:20 AM
I've long thought that that British steam locomotives are pretty, but US steamers are handsome and imposing looking.

The 4-8-4 I was thinking of in my recent post was the Kato UP FEF released about a year ago. But, the northern in the photo looks pretty good too.

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on January 13, 2016, 04:29:42 AM
This coach was received by me a couple of weeks ago from Pacific Western Rail Systems after having been originally ordered in August 2008. It forms part of the excursion train that ran from Vancouver from 1974 until 2001 and was pulled by the Royal Hudson (4-8-4) steam locomotive.

(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)

The full modelled train includes 11 coaches, 2 cafe cars, and 1 baggage car. I've yet to receive my baggage car, but live in hope that I'll get it before I expire (Rapido is announcing its imminent release).

Seven years is a long time to wait for an order, but I'd have to say that the models are top notch and equal or better the detail and quality of the other coaches I have (some recent Farish and Kato). I understand that Rapido is manufacturing a Pendolino for the UK N gauge market. Those who have ordered a set are in for a treat as Rapido does know how to make N scale coaches to a very high standard.

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Bealman on January 13, 2016, 05:50:16 AM
SEVEN years?! You must have well and truly given up on it. Still, looks like it was worth the wait.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on January 13, 2016, 06:13:57 AM
At the time I put the order in, Dan at PWRS had suggested that the Royal Hudson locomotive was on the cards at Rapido. This 'promise' put me firmly on the hook. It has recently been announced that Rapido will do the Royal Hudson in HO, but no such commitment for N scale. I've given up hope on that one. The real Royal Hudson was assisted on the excursion train by Canadian Pacific FP7A #4069 in later years. I have a CPR FP7A in the right colours as well as British Columbia Railway diesels to pull my train. Second best situation definitely - a nice looking train just the same.

George, once I realised that the coach set was not going to be complete in a hurry, I stopped worrying about it.

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Sprintex on January 13, 2016, 06:19:56 AM
I'll just add that if Rapido's N gauge stuff comes anywhere near the quality of the HO scale version of 'The Canadian' that my mate bought I would gladly wait 7 years for my Pendolino! 8)


Paul
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on January 13, 2016, 06:28:34 AM
I also have the HO Canadian and it is top notch. Rapido is in the front row as a model maker - no question. You won't be disappointed in your Pendolino, Paul.

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: c6250 on February 11, 2016, 06:26:41 AM
(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)
I bought a rake of 8  cars trains with names Royal American Shows. What locomotive should  be pulling such a train? Was there  a dedicated paint scheme for such locomotive? Thank you.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: N-Gauge-US on February 11, 2016, 06:46:38 AM
I'll just add that if Rapido's N gauge stuff comes anywhere near the quality of the HO scale version of 'The Canadian' that my mate bought I would gladly wait 7 years for my Pendolino! 8)


Paul

I think if it takes seven years, poor Ben might come unglued! They should be excellent models though :) Lots of Bells and whistles (including sound ready options!)


Webbo, you are more patient than I!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on February 11, 2016, 07:11:49 AM
I'll just add that if Rapido's N gauge stuff comes anywhere near the quality of the HO scale version of 'The Canadian' that my mate bought I would gladly wait 7 years for my Pendolino! 8)


Paul


I think if it takes seven years, poor Ben might come unglued! They should be excellent models though :) Lots of Bells and whistles (including sound ready options!)


Webbo, you are more patient than I!


Actually, I'm not particularly patient, but I have become more philosophical about such things as I move on in life. As soon as I realised I was not going to get my missing coaches in a hurry (after 2 years), I just settled down for the wait.

For c6250, I don't know the answer. ConCor has a steam loco with Royal American Shows plastered over the tender as follows. My guess would be that such a train would be hauled by whichever sort of locomotive was handy in a particular location. 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Con-Cor-Rivarossi-N-scale-ROYAL-AMERICAN-SHOWS-CIRCUS-Train-Set-NIB-8513-/161770474135 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Con-Cor-Rivarossi-N-scale-ROYAL-AMERICAN-SHOWS-CIRCUS-Train-Set-NIB-8513-/161770474135)

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: N-Gauge-US on February 11, 2016, 07:48:59 AM
I'll just add that if Rapido's N gauge stuff comes anywhere near the quality of the HO scale version of 'The Canadian' that my mate bought I would gladly wait 7 years for my Pendolino! 8)


Paul


I think if it takes seven years, poor Ben might come unglued! They should be excellent models though :) Lots of Bells and whistles (including sound ready options!)


Webbo, you are more patient than I!


Actually, I'm not particularly patient, but I have become more philosophical about such things as I move on in life. As soon as I realised I was not going to get my missing coaches in a hurry (after 2 years), I just settled down for the wait.

For c6250, I don't know the answer. ConCor has a steam loco with Royal American Shows plastered over the tender as follows. My guess would be that such a train would be hauled by whichever sort of locomotive was handy in a particular location. 

[url]http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Con-Cor-Rivarossi-N-scale-ROYAL-AMERICAN-SHOWS-CIRCUS-Train-Set-NIB-8513-/161770474135[/url] ([url]http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Con-Cor-Rivarossi-N-scale-ROYAL-AMERICAN-SHOWS-CIRCUS-Train-Set-NIB-8513-/161770474135[/url])

Webbo


I think you are right on that one. A quick search of Royal American Shows turned up F3s pulling the train: http://www.frrm.org/history/acl_pg2.html (http://www.frrm.org/history/acl_pg2.html)

An NW2: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=63305 (http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=63305)

And a quick video of it being pulled by (more F3s? My diesel knowledge is beyond poor....): http://youtu.be/7SDalVHKDrU (http://youtu.be/7SDalVHKDrU)


It seems reasonable that it would've used whatever was handy and would've been pulled by the company stock of whatever line it was on. (I doubt it changed trains at the crossover between railroads, but likely left town pulled by a different locomotive than brought it into town.) The original founder's daughter is apparently happy to answer questions about the RAS Carnival (don't call it a circus if you message her) and may have some information that would be useful or interesting to you.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: 4x2 on February 11, 2016, 08:33:17 AM
(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)
I bought a rake of 8  cars trains with names Royal American Shows. What locomotive should  be pulling such a train? Was there  a dedicated paint scheme for such locomotive? Thank you.
I'd imagine a freight loco from the local rail road as opposed to their own. The classic look for me would be a pair of EMD F3s or Alco FAs... Steam wise, Kato's 4-8-4 looks good on anything !
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: N-Gauge-US on February 11, 2016, 09:19:20 AM
(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)
I bought a rake of 8  cars trains with names Royal American Shows. What locomotive should  be pulling such a train? Was there  a dedicated paint scheme for such locomotive? Thank you.
I'd imagine a freight loco from the local rail road as opposed to their own. The classic look for me would be a pair of EMD F3s or Alco FAs... Steam wise, Kato's 4-8-4 looks good on anything !


Yep. F3s seem to have pulled the train very often and I have found a few pics of NW2s as well. I haven't seen or read anything to indicate that they owned their own locomotive at any point so the painted tender in the box set Webbo linked to is probably a little fanciful, but very charming :)

It is also worth noting that if you are trying to model this train as an accurate portrayal then you will probably need to acquire a rake of flatcars and make some transfers for them, as these coaches seem to have only run with the whole carnival, which was largely made up of flatcars carrying equipment (the train was 96 coaches and cars at one point!!!). Google turns up a large number of images if you search "Royal American Shows Train." Just be careful when browsing as some of the models are so convincingly photographed, they look like the real thing at a glance! ;) Some of these coaches have survived, though this is all the information I could find about them: http://www.rypn.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=30951 (http://www.rypn.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=30951)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on February 12, 2016, 07:04:47 AM
"I think you are right on that one. A quick search of Royal American Shows turned up F3s pulling the train: http://www.frrm.org/history/acl_pg2.html (http://www.frrm.org/history/acl_pg2.html)"

That's an interesting link, thanks.
Shows the F3 units on a turntable, which goes a way towards answering a recent query from someone on here about what happens to an A+B unit set at the end of the line!

Donald
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on February 12, 2016, 10:21:34 AM
It is a pity the photographs are monochrome, I do like to see the wonderful colours the liveries come in, one of the things that attracted me to American locos.

Cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jon898 on February 12, 2016, 01:28:39 PM
The ACL livery is also "interesting" in its choice of colours: http://www.katousa.com/Zcart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=65_78_162&products_id=1449 (http://www.katousa.com/Zcart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=65_78_162&products_id=1449)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: N-Gauge-US on February 12, 2016, 01:44:29 PM
The ACL livery is also "interesting" in its choice of colours: [url]http://www.katousa.com/Zcart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=65_78_162&products_id=1449[/url] ([url]http://www.katousa.com/Zcart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=65_78_162&products_id=1449[/url])


I think it's very fetching, as American locomotive liveries go. Not as nice as the new Carolina Coastal Railway livery: (http://41.media.tumblr.com/3782e12de8277281ddebd0d758f0d15e/tumblr_nt07lgvDuO1qduvwao1_1280.jpg)

I almost wrecked the car when I saw it a few weeks ago in Wilson. I wound up chasing the train for ten minutes and got a very good look at it. :)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jon898 on February 12, 2016, 01:49:23 PM
Looks like a compromise between the NC State and UNC colours, but certainly came out smart!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: N-Gauge-US on February 12, 2016, 02:40:49 PM
Looks like a compromise between the NC State and UNC colours, but certainly came out smart!

No wonder I like it! I started at NC State and transferred to UNC to finish my degree! ;)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on February 12, 2016, 11:47:03 PM
They will struggle to keep that duck egg blue clean!
Nice just now though.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: miowname on February 23, 2016, 09:18:09 PM
It is an old vinegar car, used to transport vinegar, similar to cars to transport wine.


Anyone know what this is? (its Microtrains I think). A souvenir from Basingstoke

it appears to have planked ends

([url]http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g181/railwaygun/4165da1763048ec128c8ca127d7193d0_zpsd006bf46.jpg[/url])

([url]http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g181/railwaygun/8650d29ecf65045a0b4f4d71b75a458e_zps1586487d.jpg[/url])

Nick R



Nick R
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: miowname on February 23, 2016, 09:23:01 PM
The jet powered RDC Budd Car is a New York Central test, over 200 mph about 300 kph.  Whoosh

Here is link to a youtube video of it running:

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjp4N-06I7LAhWGdh4KHW27BlMQtwIIJjAC&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D5pB-PGnF-B0&usg=AFQjCNHIuPZEK5o4Uc3LCn9qmjdn22xUEA&sig2=xzFXPvoDz5o23NS1BVEwSQ (https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjp4N-06I7LAhWGdh4KHW27BlMQtwIIJjAC&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D5pB-PGnF-B0&usg=AFQjCNHIuPZEK5o4Uc3LCn9qmjdn22xUEA&sig2=xzFXPvoDz5o23NS1BVEwSQ)

Enjoy!!!

Photolink:   https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--ibT7bDni--/18084bj5455g0jpg.jpg&imgrefurl=http://jalopnik.com/359202/new-york-centrals-m-497-jet-powered-train&h=302&w=500&tbnid=FMfbWxqgNAngNM:&docid=-9Dz4svsyeMLPM&ei=ps3MVrbkL8rimAGN6LHwDw&tbm=isch&ved=0ahUKEwi2z_jn6I7LAhVKMSYKHQ10DP4QMwghKAQwBA (https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--ibT7bDni--/18084bj5455g0jpg.jpg&imgrefurl=http://jalopnik.com/359202/new-york-centrals-m-497-jet-powered-train&h=302&w=500&tbnid=FMfbWxqgNAngNM:&docid=-9Dz4svsyeMLPM&ei=ps3MVrbkL8rimAGN6LHwDw&tbm=isch&ved=0ahUKEwi2z_jn6I7LAhVKMSYKHQ10DP4QMwghKAQwBA)


I'm very envious of that Pointe St Charles Caboose!.. can I ask where you got it?, also the jet powered RDC is fantastic

Graham
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Railwaygun on February 23, 2016, 10:21:55 PM
It is an old vinegar car, used to transport vinegar, similar to cars to transport wine.


Anyone know what this is? (its Microtrains I think). A souvenir from Basingstoke

it appears to have planked ends

([url]http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g181/railwaygun/4165da1763048ec128c8ca127d7193d0_zpsd006bf46.jpg[/url])

([url]http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g181/railwaygun/8650d29ecf65045a0b4f4d71b75a458e_zps1586487d.jpg[/url])

Nick R


So I can only use it with a chipped loco??

Many thanks for the info.

Nick R
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Railwaygun on February 23, 2016, 10:41:14 PM
The jet powered RDC Budd Car is a New York Central test, over 200 mph about 300 kph.  Whoosh

Here is link to a youtube video of it running:

[url]https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjp4N-06I7LAhWGdh4KHW27BlMQtwIIJjAC&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D5pB-PGnF-B0&usg=AFQjCNHIuPZEK5o4Uc3LCn9qmjdn22xUEA&sig2=xzFXPvoDz5o23NS1BVEwSQ[/url] ([url]https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjp4N-06I7LAhWGdh4KHW27BlMQtwIIJjAC&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D5pB-PGnF-B0&usg=AFQjCNHIuPZEK5o4Uc3LCn9qmjdn22xUEA&sig2=xzFXPvoDz5o23NS1BVEwSQ[/url])

Enjoy!!!

Photolink:   [url]https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--ibT7bDni--/18084bj5455g0jpg.jpg&imgrefurl=http://jalopnik.com/359202/new-york-centrals-m-497-jet-powered-train&h=302&w=500&tbnid=FMfbWxqgNAngNM:&docid=-9Dz4svsyeMLPM&ei=ps3MVrbkL8rimAGN6LHwDw&tbm=isch&ved=0ahUKEwi2z_jn6I7LAhVKMSYKHQ10DP4QMwghKAQwBA[/url] ([url]https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--ibT7bDni--/18084bj5455g0jpg.jpg&imgrefurl=http://jalopnik.com/359202/new-york-centrals-m-497-jet-powered-train&h=302&w=500&tbnid=FMfbWxqgNAngNM:&docid=-9Dz4svsyeMLPM&ei=ps3MVrbkL8rimAGN6LHwDw&tbm=isch&ved=0ahUKEwi2z_jn6I7LAhVKMSYKHQ10DP4QMwghKAQwBA[/url])


I'm very envious of that Pointe St Charles Caboose!.. can I ask where you got it?, also the jet powered RDC is fantastic

Graham



Kato USA did a special RDC with sound and jet engine fittings

http://youtu.be/gNfaWhdzpco (http://youtu.be/gNfaWhdzpco)
And Mr @Fifer (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=440) did one of his video reviews here:
http://youtu.be/7q9CoJwdfbU (http://youtu.be/7q9CoJwdfbU)

https://www.katousa.com/cgi-bin/dl/dl.pl?dl.mif,NYC-JET-CAR.pdf (https://www.katousa.com/cgi-bin/dl/dl.pl?dl.mif,NYC-JET-CAR.pdf)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Lawrence on February 24, 2016, 09:55:00 AM
I'll just add that if Rapido's N gauge stuff comes anywhere near the quality of the HO scale version of 'The Canadian' that my mate bought I would gladly wait 7 years for my Pendolino! 8)


Paul


I think if it takes seven years, poor Ben might come unglued! They should be excellent models though :) Lots of Bells and whistles (including sound ready options!)


Webbo, you are more patient than I!


Actually, I'm not particularly patient, but I have become more philosophical about such things as I move on in life. As soon as I realised I was not going to get my missing coaches in a hurry (after 2 years), I just settled down for the wait.

For c6250, I don't know the answer. ConCor has a steam loco with Royal American Shows plastered over the tender as follows. My guess would be that such a train would be hauled by whichever sort of locomotive was handy in a particular location. 

[url]http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Con-Cor-Rivarossi-N-scale-ROYAL-AMERICAN-SHOWS-CIRCUS-Train-Set-NIB-8513-/161770474135[/url] ([url]http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Con-Cor-Rivarossi-N-scale-ROYAL-AMERICAN-SHOWS-CIRCUS-Train-Set-NIB-8513-/161770474135[/url])

Webbo


I think you are right on that one. A quick search of Royal American Shows turned up F3s pulling the train: [url]http://www.frrm.org/history/acl_pg2.html[/url] ([url]http://www.frrm.org/history/acl_pg2.html[/url])

An NW2: [url]http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=63305[/url] ([url]http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=63305[/url])

And a quick video of it being pulled by (more F3s? My diesel knowledge is beyond poor....): [url]http://youtu.be/7SDalVHKDrU[/url] ([url]http://youtu.be/7SDalVHKDrU[/url])


It seems reasonable that it would've used whatever was handy and would've been pulled by the company stock of whatever line it was on. (I doubt it changed trains at the crossover between railroads, but likely left town pulled by a different locomotive than brought it into town.) The original founder's daughter is apparently happy to answer questions about the RAS Carnival (don't call it a circus if you message her) and may have some information that would be useful or interesting to you.


Hard to tell exactly but they could be EMD GP-30's the F3 was an earlier streamlined type loco with a bloody great big headlight on the bonnet  :D
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=390213 (http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=390213)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Gilles_44 on February 27, 2016, 09:34:32 PM
Like new this GE 44T from Bachmann. run very smooth :no:
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/7/thumb_35999.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=35999)
and a nice hopper
(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)

Bye,Gilles
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on February 28, 2016, 06:51:41 AM
His Gilles

Is this the dcc logo you are running on a dc layout, that you mentioned in answer to my question about Spectrum locks?
Thanks
Donald
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Gilles_44 on February 28, 2016, 07:40:27 AM
Hi Donald,

It is the DCC loco I run on my DC layout.

Gilles
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on February 28, 2016, 07:55:52 AM
Great, thanks!

Donald

Edit: I've remembered to look up the spookshow reviews, and the little 44 tonner gets top marks.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: johnsom on February 28, 2016, 07:16:36 PM
Hattons have Red and Yellow unlettered one's for sale at £66
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Gilles_44 on February 28, 2016, 07:42:15 PM
 ;) I buy it for 30euros! I was lucky.
Gilles
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: johnsom on February 28, 2016, 07:47:56 PM
Brilliant price Gilles !!!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on February 28, 2016, 08:41:36 PM
Hattons have Red and Yellow unlettered one's for sale at £66

Walters have them on sale at $90, OR £65 or so, if you can take advantage of that. Might have to look at Hattons.

Can't beat €30 though!

Donald
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: gc4946 on March 05, 2016, 07:32:12 PM
I'm primarily a British outline modeller, but owned various U.S. diesels when Farish's locos weren't as good running as they now are.
My plans are long-term, but there's only one railroad company I'm interested in - Cotton Belt (St Louis & Southwestern) because Cotton was my cousins' maiden names. Both were born and grew up in Norwich (UK) prior to emigrating with their family to Texas in 1980. One of them has stayed in Texas, the other moved to Richmond, Va.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/6/thumb_36363.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=36363)

All the stock was made by Atlas.
The hopper at the top is Lincoln Grain Inc., Atchison, Kansas. If I can source more post-1980 era Cotton Belt wagons, more will be added to my small collection.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on March 05, 2016, 08:27:01 PM
Nice, thanks for sharing.
It's interesting how the many American lines can filter down to one that holds an attraction, or interest.
I think you should just surrender and do as I have - put your British outline away in a drawer!

Donald
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: gc4946 on March 05, 2016, 11:13:00 PM
It's too early to surrender to U.S. railroading yet!

If I can accumulate more Cotton Belt stock then I might justify building a layout to run all those models.
It'll have to be based somewhere in Texas either directly served by the above railroad or having trackage rights.
Over time I'll also add some freight cars chosen from the predominant railroads that serve Richmond (Va.) as well - where one of my cousins lives.





Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on March 06, 2016, 08:29:09 AM
It's good to see that you have plans.
Really, you need to recognise that life is too short, and just get on with it.
You know it makes sense.
 :D

Donald
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on March 11, 2016, 07:36:08 PM
Just for the hell of it, pre arrival announcements for the North Sea Coastal Railroad:

Bachmann 44 tonne switcher, yellow, no Road markings. Via Walthers and McClaren Models. Falkirk.
Intermountain F7 A+B units in Santa Fe blue war bonnet, via Mike Fifer. U S of A
44 tonne switcher New Haven bodyshell, Santa Fe GP40 bodyshell, Western Maryland GP40 bodyshell,via Bachmann Parts Store, U S of A.

The blue and yellow are the colours of the PJNC RR,  locally publicised as The North Sea Coastal, which reflect very closely the Portobello,  Edinburgh,  colours of, er, blue and yellow. It will be a brave day when I get around to messing with these new items, except for the body parts, rather than pretending they are just on lease!

I'm close to arriving at an operating date that will allow me to be operating around Chicago and the Great Lakes with New York Central, Penn Central, Santa Fe leased in and home rails PJNC Railroad units. It's going to be quite specific! I shall have to then think about the issue of roof walks and ladders, as all my 40ft boxcars currently have them, and the eventual target date is likely to mean that a lot shouldn't have them...

PS the Western Maryland bodyshell is 'just because I like it'

More as and when these arrive!

Cheers for now

Donald
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on March 26, 2016, 10:16:36 PM
And the Bachmann store is first off the blocks:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/5/thumb_37130.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=37130)


Let's see, the three bodyshells cost $36, and then I had to pay £5.44 Vat and £8 post office administration.

That's about £12.50 each. Don't know if that's good or bad, but it feels fine to me.
Unexpectedly taken with the New Haven and The Western Marland liveries!

The Santa Fe is for practicing some painting and lettering on.

Donald
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on March 26, 2016, 11:10:00 PM
The Santa Fe with running number 3500 has to be one of the most produced loco ever.

The first one I bought was in a two loco, one powered, one dummy and caboose set from Life Like, the powered loco had the running number 3500. The amount of times I see these locos on eBay with the same running number is huge  :D

However it is easy enough to renumber them so you can end up with a good looking multi header  :thumbsup:

Cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: longbridge on April 27, 2016, 09:31:40 PM
The Santa Fe with running number 3500 has to be one of the most produced loco ever.

The first one I bought was in a two loco, one powered, one dummy and caboose set from Life Like, the powered loco had the running number 3500. The amount of times I see these locos on eBay with the same running number is huge  :D

However it is easy enough to renumber them so you can end up with a good looking multi header  :thumbsup:

Cheers John.



And here she is (non copyright Pic)

(http://i65.tinypic.com/2nhdocz.jpg)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on April 28, 2016, 01:45:38 AM
Beautiful! Just getting up to speed after stopping at a passing track I'd guess. You can see a double searchlight signal in the distance.

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on April 28, 2016, 04:56:53 AM
Those handrails look a bit thin compared with my model!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: tinyone on April 28, 2016, 08:49:57 AM
Isn't it amazing how real train manufacturers copy the models  :D
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scotsoft on April 28, 2016, 12:41:28 PM
Isn't it amazing how real train manufacturers copy the models  :D

 :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: gc4946 on May 20, 2016, 08:59:11 PM
I've bought four Atlas models recently:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/0/thumb_39844.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=39844)

Another Atlas 50' Cotton Belt boxcar (37312) with a different running number. I looked through about a hundred freight cars that were on sale from one trader at the Cleckheaton show and found ONE Cotton Belt vehicle (most were ATSF and UP)

I own another Cotton Belt boxcar, an older 40' version, strictly speaking probably withdrawn before 1980 when my cousins arrived in the U.S., but it'll have a role as a heritage vehicle.
However I had to buy that as a job lot with a BN covered hopper and a CGW (Chicago Great Western) boxcar!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Trent on May 28, 2016, 06:22:28 PM
You could do a nice team-track switching puzzle with what you've got there, you know ...
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: railsquid on June 09, 2016, 01:50:56 AM
(https://c3.staticflickr.com/8/7208/27452522122_9dd1f8f742_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HPTmoW)
kato-c44-9w (https://flic.kr/p/HPTmoW) by Rail Squid (https://www.flickr.com/photos/129145651@N06/), on Flickr

Depot staff on my Japanese layout wonder where this big stonking American diesel came from...
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on June 09, 2016, 02:02:50 AM
Big, stonking AND beautiful!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Bealman on June 09, 2016, 03:22:52 AM
So where did it come from?   :D Kato?
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: railsquid on June 09, 2016, 03:46:26 AM
Kato via Yahoo Auctions  :thumbsup:

Dunno why but I've been feeling the urge to own of of those big chunky diesels (got me a few of the earlier more roundy types), and there was a batch going fairly cheaply. Looks like it will be great for clearance testing.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on August 03, 2016, 07:56:36 AM
Hello team

Been away getting some Canadian experience and managed a family visit to George's Trains in Toronto.  Purchases not quite so family approved, but hey-ho.  :no

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/201-030816074722.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/201-030816074838.jpeg)

No idea as yet as to how to fit the switcher into my modelling time frame, but I'll bring that up for discussion on a separate thread.

Happy days.

Donald
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: 4x2 on August 03, 2016, 08:19:34 AM
Hello team

Been away getting some Canadian experience and managed a family visit to George's Trains in Toronto.  Purchases not quite so family approved, but hey-ho.  :no

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/201-030816074722.jpeg[/url])

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/201-030816074838.jpeg[/url])

No idea as yet as to how to fit the switcher into my modelling time frame, but I'll bring that up for discussion on a separate thread.

Happy days.

Donald
very nice.... Mike approves !

Is that the microtrains Switcher ( type escapes me at the moment)?
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Bealman on August 03, 2016, 08:23:48 AM
What lovely models!!

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: tinyone on August 03, 2016, 09:07:16 AM
Hello team

Been away getting some Canadian experience and managed a family visit to George's Trains in Toronto.  Purchases not quite so family approved, but hey-ho

Hey Mr Magnolia
Whereabouts in Toronto is Georges trains as the missus and myself have just booked to go there early next year to do our own Canadian experience bit -mind you I'll keep it quiet from the missus until the last minute he he

Steve
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Railwaygun on August 03, 2016, 10:22:55 AM
https://www.georgestrains.com/ (https://www.georgestrains.com/)

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on August 03, 2016, 06:25:10 PM
The main thing we discovered about Toronto is that it is huge.

George's Trains was 'just along the road' from where we were staying at the time.  That's about a 30 minute drive, and it looked so close on the map....  Nice shop, right next to a rail track, which was sadly very empty when we were there. (as was most of the rail network)


The switcher is indeed the micro-trains SW1500.  Its got front and rear skirts (don't know what the real names are) that are VERY close to the rail level, and act as very stern tests of your track laying - they aren't very keen on those little lips that you get when changing from code 80 to 55, for example.  I've had to start revising selected bits of trackwork to allow the thing to get by.  Nice model though.

The coal hopper is a Bluford Shops model and is really nice and heavy.  I bought it just because Bluford is one of those names that I see mentioned as a good quality product from time to time on the www or in a magazine but not in a shop over here.

I've got some railway photos that I will add up to the Canada thread in due course - we did a road trip that ended in Quebec and then caught the train back to Toronto.  We also shuffled in and out of Toronto a few times on the UPExpress, so get to see a few train things without having to lug the family too far out of the way!

Donald
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on August 04, 2016, 12:49:14 AM
Hi Donald

Glad to see you've made it back from Canada in one piece. I note your comment of not seeing as much railway gear as you would like. I thought the same thing when I visited the UK a few months back. Hardly a freight wagon, let alone a freight train, in sight. Lots of DMUs and EMUs on the main lines though. In Toronto, you would have seen the green and white GO Transit commuter trains. Athearn makes these in N scale.

Being a Canadian Pacific man, I have only a few Canadian National freight cars on my layout, but I do like the CN wet noodle marking scheme as shown on your switcher as well as the CN loco colouring schemes in general. Haven't any Bluford Shops hoppers even though I gather that they are a quality product as you say.

Webbo

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: gc4946 on August 26, 2016, 05:25:33 PM
Another addition to my (very slowly) growing collection of Cotton Belt stock

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/2573-260816171851.jpeg)

MicroTrains ref. 30060

I'll have to find or compile a list of models produced of Cotton Belt prototypes at some stage.



Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dats475 on August 26, 2016, 06:14:24 PM
Hello, gc4946.
Very very nice!!
I like SSW too!! Please share with me your Cotton Belt collection!!
 :jealous:
Are you looking for modern(?) Equipment?
I don't think I have a list of all manufacturers but I know that Roundhouse/Athearn(they use same tooling I heard..Roundhouse is defunct.) Fox valley, MT, Atlas (and more I'm sure) make or made similar boxcars.
Are you interested in Southern Pacific too? A few more smaller companies have same type of SP boxcars. Like... A.J. California Crossing, Bev-bel, etc...
I wish I can buy them all!!

Dats
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: gc4946 on August 26, 2016, 07:38:35 PM
See my comments in posts #323, #325, #335 of this thread.

I'm only interested modelling post-1980 operations because that was when my cousins, whose maiden names were Cotton, emigrated from Britain in that year. One now lives in Houston, the other in Richmond (Va.).

Not many Cotton Belt models come up for sale over here in Britain and I haven't bought items from the U.S. fleabay because postage far exceeds the actual cost of the item! 

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dats475 on August 26, 2016, 08:10:25 PM
Hi again, gc4946.
I saw the threads. You have a wonderful collection!!
I like the reason you collect SSW. Very personal and meaningful.
I'm modelling in 1980's too. Thank you for sharing!!
 :thankyousign:

Dats
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: gc4946 on September 06, 2016, 04:02:49 PM
Spotted this Atlas/Kato Cotton Belt GP30 on British EBay.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/2573-060916155815.jpeg)

This loco has Rapido couplers, as opposed to my Atlas GP40 which has Kadees.


Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on September 06, 2016, 10:09:51 PM
Nice.
Can you swap out the rapidos?

Donald
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: gc4946 on September 06, 2016, 11:56:12 PM
My GP30 has stamped on its underside "Kato", there's no spare couplings in the box to exchange.
Microtrains offer conversion couplings

http://micro-trainsline.com/download/sheet007.pdf (http://micro-trainsline.com/download/sheet007.pdf)  scroll down to p.2 (GP30)

will investigate if there's a UK supplier??

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: red_death on September 07, 2016, 12:31:44 AM
The main thing we discovered about Toronto is that it is huge.

George's Trains was 'just along the road' from where we were staying at the time.  That's about a 30 minute drive, and it looked so close on the map....  Nice shop, right next to a rail track, which was sadly very empty when we were there. (as was most of the rail network)

The switcher is indeed the micro-trains SW1500. 

I liked Toronto last Christmas and hope to get back next year.  George's Train is 100m from Rapido HQ - I visited both when I was over.  Plus I was lucky and got to see some triple headed monster freight on the line past them - I'm sure I have pictures somewhere.  :confused1:

I look forward to seeing your pics - I like Via and CN operations...must avoid being sidetracked by Canadian models!

Cheers, Mike
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on September 07, 2016, 03:53:40 AM

I liked Toronto last Christmas and hope to get back next year.  George's Train is 100m from Rapido HQ - I visited both when I was over.  Plus I was lucky and got to see some triple headed monster freight on the line past them - I'm sure I have pictures somewhere.  :confused1:

I look forward to seeing your pics - I like Via and CN operations...must avoid being sidetracked by Canadian models!

Cheers, Mike

Give way to your temptation, Mike. There are worse things that can happen.

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: red_death on September 07, 2016, 01:58:41 PM
Give way to your temptation, Mike. There are worse things that can happen.

Ha - already too late! A CN SD40-2 made it back from Canada with me and has been joined by a Via P42.

I'll be on the look out for anything cheap and interesting at TINGS this weekend!

Cheers, Mike
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on September 08, 2016, 09:06:02 AM
Mike, the SD40-2 is my favourite type of loco and in CN livery would look very handsome I expect.

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dats475 on September 10, 2016, 01:03:13 AM
Spotted this Atlas/Kato Cotton Belt GP30 on British EBay.
Hello, gc4946.
Nice looking loco!!
How's running quality of the Atlas/Kato loco? As good as recent Atlas loco?
 :thankyousign:
Ha - already too late! A CN SD40-2 made it back from Canada with me and has been joined by a Via P42.
Hello, Mike.
Rule #1 in effect! :thankyousign:  :photospleasesign:
Webbo is right!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: gc4946 on September 10, 2016, 08:24:20 AM
Spotted this Atlas/Kato Cotton Belt GP30 on British EBay.
Hello, gc4946.
Nice looking loco!!
How's running quality of the Atlas/Kato loco? As good as recent Atlas loco?
 :thankyousign:

Still a nice slow runner, whines a bit at speed.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jon898 on September 10, 2016, 01:54:52 PM
There's a review here: http://www.spookshow.net/loco/atlasgp3035.html (http://www.spookshow.net/loco/atlasgp3035.html)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Malc on September 10, 2016, 03:58:43 PM
Thanks for posting Jon. I have a couple of GP30s and now know why the early Atlas ones are very much like the Kato ones.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: grumbeast on September 13, 2016, 02:46:37 PM
Well I confess i did spend my hard saved pocket money at TINGS, mainly on things I needed rather than wanted, but this little beauty came back with me :)

(http://www.atlasrr.com/Images/NLocomotives/nc630/121906/54206Q.jpg)

very happy, need to increase my multimark roster and I love Alco Bigs
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: texhorse on September 13, 2016, 04:05:34 PM
That's a great looking loco there!

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: railsquid on October 08, 2016, 06:22:38 AM
I know little of the North American scene but the Union Pacific livery has always appealed to me and this little chap came up for the price of a couple of beers recently so was unable to resist, especially as Spookshow says of it ""the Atlas/Kato RS-3 represents a watershed moment in N scale history and a huge leap forward in N-scale locomotive design (at least as far as North American prototypes are concerned)" (http://www.spookshow.net/loco/kators3.html)

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8628/30069013722_21d8cc2d95_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MP6yc5)
kato-alco-rs-3 (https://flic.kr/p/MP6yc5) by Rail Squid (https://www.flickr.com/photos/129145651@N06/), on Flickr

Seen here on a working somewhat outside of its normal hunting grounds.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: texhorse on October 09, 2016, 02:43:01 PM
Union Pacific locos always look good, but then I'm biased!  Nice loco by the way....

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jon898 on November 02, 2016, 08:31:18 PM
Just received a box of goodies:

1.  A LifeLike GP20 in Conrail livery.  On sale at USD32.50. Since it had been sitting for a while, it needed to be taken apart and the motor turned once by hand...after that, ran like a charm.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/3998-021116201314.jpeg)

2.  A job lot of ten Bachmann freight cars; they were seller's choice of type and livery, but at the price (USD45.00) it would have been rude to decline.  As it happens, I ended up with four covered hoppers
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/3998-021116201526.jpeg)

Three boxcars and a chemical tank
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/3998-021116201406.jpeg)

And an ATSF caboose and a depressed center flatcar with a (rather toy-like) missile load
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/3998-021116201613.jpeg)

Aside from the load on the flatcar, they were a pretty good deal for NIB items.  I'm still in "Rapido world" with respect to couplings, so can occasionally score some things like this.

Now it's back to completing the foam carving on the layout.

Jon
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: grumbeast on November 07, 2016, 08:14:21 AM
Good haul Jon!

Those GP20s were the first lifelike locos that really performed well and stopped being toys, I've got one that still runs beautifully

Graham
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Croxy on November 07, 2016, 11:23:10 PM
The main thing we discovered about Toronto is that it is huge.

George's Trains was 'just along the road' from where we were staying at the time.  That's about a 30 minute drive, and it looked so close on the map....  Nice shop, right next to a rail track, which was sadly very empty when we were there. (as was most of the rail network)

The switcher is indeed the micro-trains SW1500. 


I liked Toronto last Christmas and hope to get back next year.  George's Train is 100m from Rapido HQ - I visited both when I was over.  Plus I was lucky and got to see some triple headed monster freight on the line past them - I'm sure I have pictures somewhere.  :confused1:

I look forward to seeing your pics - I like Via and CN operations...must avoid being sidetracked by Canadian models!

Cheers, Mike


If you come back you may also want to check out this shop.....it's in Mississaugua.....Credit Valley Railway Company.......bigger than Georges.......not the easiest to get to depending on what mode of transport you have available but if you're here and interested I may be able to help out in that regard..... Mark. I''m only a half hour east of Toronto.....

http://www.cvrco.com/ (http://www.cvrco.com/)

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on November 13, 2016, 12:38:06 AM
well, I've been wholly absorbed in dad duties for a while (advice:  try not to have three teenage daughters all at the same time...) and you've all been busy!

I was able to find an hour of train time today, although it all got used up in a tiny spring hunt (or as my cycling world refers to them, pingf***its) as a result of my insisting to myself that I had to examine the last detail of these three fellas that arrived from Fifer's in that there America:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/201-131116002025-454001520.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/201-131116002143-454031835.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/201-131116002136-454012163.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/201-131116002141-454022237.jpeg)

and here is the spring - I'm thinking that this is aimed at reducing the microtrains slinky effect?

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/201-131116001810-453881933.jpeg)

the railroad has been suffering from an almost complete lack of caboose wagons, and these three seem to fill that gap nicely: - the yellow is a transfer caboose from FVM, just out, having been preordered some good few months ago; its in yellow and will be used on the PJNC short line as its almost corporate colours already; there's a Penn Central to go with the single Penn box car and the two NYC locos and collection of 1960's renumbered NYC boxcars, and there's a CN one to go with my CN SW1500, which is operating around 40yrs ahead of time in its current livery.  Thems the three trains I can form at the minute and now they can all have a caboose!

I'll be able to take a look at what else has been happening around here tomorrow, hopefully.  Sleep tight!

Donald



Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on November 13, 2016, 02:28:14 AM
The FVM transfer caboose is a vehicle that looks a bit different from the norm. The handrails on it look nice and fine.

I do like FVM equipment owning 3 GEVO locomotives myself.

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dats475 on November 14, 2016, 01:57:18 AM
Hi, Donald,

Nice cabooses!! All has amazing details.
Is the tiny spring working for the slinky effect?
Also I have to ask about your low heights trestle.
Is it scratch built?
One of best low heights bridge I've seen. Simple but so good looking! Amazing!!

Dats
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on November 14, 2016, 10:07:13 PM
Hi Dats

thanks for the comments - yes the bridge is scratch built, as a copy/based upon one of the many similar Florida East Coast Mainline   ones.  The inspiration was this picture, and I just scaled the bits from the photo:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/32/main_20739.jpg)

the whole model  thing looks a bit like this:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/0/main_40205.JPG)

and its time the railroad got around to painting it and getting the water back in place!

Ps: not had a chance to check if the slinky effect is changed by the spring - but it's interesting that it was supplied on a new wagon, so I'm expecting some benefit.

Donald
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on November 14, 2016, 10:17:40 PM
The FVM transfer caboose is a vehicle that looks a bit different from the norm. The handrails on it look nice and fine.

Webbo

It is a nice model indeed, and I'm hoping it's not out of place, running on a short line railroad not 'too' far from Chicago, but in the border lands and at an uncertain point in time!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on November 14, 2016, 10:27:47 PM
Donald

It is a fine looking bridge all right and that's coming from a fan of railway bridges. It's going to look even better when you get it painted up with water under it. Your horses are looking a little bewildered.

Let us know if the spring on the caboose axle fixes things when you get round to testing it, please.

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on November 20, 2016, 06:08:37 AM
I've just bought myself some of the new Micro-Trains true scale couplers to try out. The top picture is my Intermountain FP7A coupled to its B unit with the MTL 1015 couplers they come with and the second is the same pair coupled with the new MT scale couplers. With standard MTL couplers the gap between the two units is pretty big - bigger than I like, With scale couplers the gap reduces to almost half which I like better. The downside is that with the scale couplers, I'll need to run the two units as a pair because the scale couplers won't couple with the standard MTL couplers.

F7s coupled with their standard MTL 1015 coupler
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/4229-201116042847.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=45590)

F7s coupled with MTL true scale couplers
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/4229-201116043121.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=45591)

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on November 29, 2016, 07:04:23 PM
Hey, Webbo, that second shot does indeed look a lot better.
Any idea what minimum radius it will go around now?

Donald
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on November 29, 2016, 07:26:02 PM
Hi Donald

Don't know. I would expect that with there being some sideways slack in the couplers and the closeness of the rear truck on the A unit and the front truck on the B unit that there would not be a problem with 10" radius.

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: 70000 on March 25, 2017, 02:34:37 PM
Still suffering from the shock of finding one of these on sale at the Felixstowe N Gauge Group open day today.......

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/50/5878-250317142134.jpeg)

I've literally been looking out for one for a good 25 years and have only come across one other in that time - in a rather "odd" model shop in Manhattan in 1998 - and that wasn't for sale!

It's a fairly early model for Bachmann, produced circa 1967-1980, and was available in Penn Central & Amtrak colours, the Amtrak ones being the rarer version, apparently.

Needs some pantograph repairs on the powered car and chassis overhaul, but I have more than enough Bachmann Amfleets to make up a full train.

Got it for a rather good price that included 3 Alton "heavyweight" coaches and an Amtrak smooth sided baggage car, so rather pleased that I made the effort to go there! (not to mention managing to get an unpowered DelPrado Milwaukee Bi-Polar electric as well.....)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: RailGooner on March 25, 2017, 04:02:27 PM
Still suffering from the shock of finding one of these on sale at the Felixstowe N Gauge Group open day today.......

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/50/5878-250317142134.jpeg[/url])

I've literally been looking out for one for a good 25 years and have only come across one other in that time - in a rather "odd" model shop in Manhattan in 1998 - and that wasn't for sale!

It's a fairly early model for Bachmann, produced circa 1967-1980, and was available in Penn Central & Amtrak colours, the Amtrak ones being the rarer version, apparently.

Needs some pantograph repairs on the powered car and chassis overhaul, but I have more than enough Bachmann Amfleets to make up a full train.

Got it for a rather good price that included 3 Alton "heavyweight" coaches and an Amtrak smooth sided baggage car, so rather pleased that I made the effort to go there! (not to mention managing to get an unpowered DelPrado Milwaukee Bi-Polar electric as well.....)


Sounds like youd've paid any price after 25 years searching @70000 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=5878) . I can imagine your joy at not only finding one, but finding it at a bargain price. :bounce:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: 70000 on March 25, 2017, 04:12:05 PM

Sounds like youd've paid any price after 25 years searching @70000 ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=5878[/url]) . I can imagine your joy at not only finding one, but finding it at a bargain price. :bounce:


Having visited several model train shows in the US in that time - Galesburg/Timonium/Allentown/Easton, not to mention various smaller events & model shops - it makes it more remarkable that I can find one within a 10 mile radius of my house!

The Metroliner is quite an interesting model, and the power car is by far the heaviest item of N rolling stock that I own - certainly no traction tyres required  there..

Just need to find a similarly cheap Acela now................
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: philwhite on March 26, 2017, 03:14:50 PM
Still suffering from the shock of finding one of these on sale at the Felixstowe N Gauge Group open day today.......

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/50/5878-250317142134.jpeg[/url])

I've literally been looking out for one for a good 25 years and have only come across one other in that time - in a rather "odd" model shop in Manhattan in 1998 - and that wasn't for sale!

It's a fairly early model for Bachmann, produced circa 1967-1980, and was available in Penn Central & Amtrak colours, the Amtrak ones being the rarer version, apparently.

Needs some pantograph repairs on the powered car and chassis overhaul, but I have more than enough Bachmann Amfleets to make up a full train.

Got it for a rather good price that included 3 Alton "heavyweight" coaches and an Amtrak smooth sided baggage car, so rather pleased that I made the effort to go there! (not to mention managing to get an unpowered DelPrado Milwaukee Bi-Polar electric as well.....)


That's some wait! Looks like a nice model, how does it run?

I've been modeling US N Scale for nearly 20 years and I can't say that I've ever seen one in the flesh.

Any plans to power the Bi-Polar?
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: 70000 on March 26, 2017, 03:27:54 PM

That's some wait! Looks like a nice model, how does it run?

I've been modeling US N Scale for nearly 20 years and I can't say that I've ever seen one in the flesh.

Any plans to power the Bi-Polar?

After cleaning the wheels I discovered it runs surprisingly well, if a little bit noisy, but all the drive gears are metal (as is the whole of the, rather solid, chassis), so that is to be expected - only the coach bodyshell is plastic. I still have a Bachmann GP40(?) of similar vintage - my first US outline N loco bought around 1978 - which is the same.

I thought I would end up having to scratchbuild a Metroliner (having some Amfleet cars put aside for that purpose) but I don't have to worry about that now!

The Bi-Polar looks a bit overscale, height wise, so I'm not sure about motorising it. The number of axles would present an interesting problem in finding a suitable chassis as well, so at this stage its just gone on display with the various other DelPrado ones I picked up cheaply at swapmeets.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: philwhite on April 03, 2017, 12:58:17 PM
Still suffering from the shock of finding one of these on sale at the Felixstowe N Gauge Group open day today.......

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/50/5878-250317142134.jpeg[/url])

I've literally been looking out for one for a good 25 years and have only come across one other in that time - in a rather "odd" model shop in Manhattan in 1998 - and that wasn't for sale!

It's a fairly early model for Bachmann, produced circa 1967-1980, and was available in Penn Central & Amtrak colours, the Amtrak ones being the rarer version, apparently.

Needs some pantograph repairs on the powered car and chassis overhaul, but I have more than enough Bachmann Amfleets to make up a full train.

Got it for a rather good price that included 3 Alton "heavyweight" coaches and an Amtrak smooth sided baggage car, so rather pleased that I made the effort to go there! (not to mention managing to get an unpowered DelPrado Milwaukee Bi-Polar electric as well.....)


Just like buses you wait for one and then two come along at once :D

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bachmann-N-scale-Metroliners-Penn-Central-/172607216365?hash=item2830311aed:g:zjUAAOSwDmBY4Tu6 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bachmann-N-scale-Metroliners-Penn-Central-/172607216365?hash=item2830311aed:g:zjUAAOSwDmBY4Tu6)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: 70000 on April 03, 2017, 02:20:27 PM
Just like buses you wait for one and then two come along at once :D
[url]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bachmann-N-scale-Metroliners-Penn-Central-/172607216365?hash=item2830311aed:g:zjUAAOSwDmBY4Tu6[/url] ([url]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bachmann-N-scale-Metroliners-Penn-Central-/172607216365?hash=item2830311aed:g:zjUAAOSwDmBY4Tu6[/url])


Interesting - shame that neither of them are powered though.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: 70000 on April 17, 2017, 06:54:18 AM

Just like buses you wait for one and then two come along at once :D


I didn't bother with them the first time round, as they were unpowered, but,  nobody else appeared to want them either.
Did a e-bay search again yesterday and found they were on there at a considerably lower price, so decided to put in a bid at the starting price and ended up getting them (nobody else interested again...)

Thanks for the tip-off, so I at least have a 4 car rake now!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: 70000 on April 22, 2017, 01:48:18 PM
The unpowered Penn Central pair of Metroliner cars purchased off e-bay.....

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/51/5878-220417133911.jpeg)

They appear to be a very early version, with fixed pantographs, the age backed up by the (limited) listing of Bachmann N products on the back of the plastic boxes!
They obviously never changed the unit numbers when they changed the livery to the Amtrak version though (both numbered unit 803....)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on April 28, 2017, 07:26:51 AM
I've just received a flyer for the November release of carbon black hoppers by ScaleTrains. These will be part of their rivet counter line of products. The following is a photo of the N scale cars and if you look closely you can see incredible detail such as the grab irons which are very fine.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/51/4229-280417070439.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=51452)

ScaleTrains are the guys that have recently brought out the UP gas turbine also in the rivet counter line. These hoppers will not be cheap with a suggested retail price of $39 US (approximately 30 pounds). Even so, I'm tempted.

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on June 21, 2017, 08:13:18 PM
Just for the hell of it, pre arrival announcements for the North Sea Coastal Railroad:

Bachmann 44 tonne switcher, yellow, no Road markings. Via Walthers and McClaren Models. Falkirk.
Intermountain F7 A+B units in Santa Fe blue war bonnet, via Mike Fifer. U S of A
44 tonne switcher New Haven bodyshell, Santa Fe GP40 bodyshell, Western Maryland GP40 bodyshell,via Bachmann Parts Store, U S of A
More as and when these arrive!

Cheers for now

Donald
Well, that was spoken no little time ago! I got the Bachman parts at what felt like next-day delivery speed.
No sign of the Intermountain units yet though - website has just jumped from June to December delivery...
The PJNC publicity officers have been given a good talking to - I had a little tale all about Fathets day ready for the June arrivals. Now if will be birthday and Christmas and beyond!  No wonder people forget that they've ordered stuff.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on September 15, 2017, 09:15:03 PM
My latest ebay finds are two Ann Arbor GP35's in the DT&I inspired orange with black lettering and a DT&I Wide Vision caboose.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/6318-150917211246.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=55863)


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/6318-150917211417.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=55864)

Cheers, Rich S.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: texhorse on September 15, 2017, 10:18:45 PM
Purchased at TINGS last week!

Two Kato SD70ACe locomotives in Norfolk Southern Heritage colour schemes.  The "Virginian" received her decoder today, and "Savannah and Atlanta" will get hers next week.

Andy
UK
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/2779-150917221750.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=55869)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/2779-150917221814.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=55870)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/2779-150917221840.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=55871)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: railsquid on September 19, 2017, 03:57:53 PM
Nuffink amazing, just a Bachmann Santa Fe dome car, next to the closest scenery I have which might vaguely resemble some spectacular part of North America.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4344/36488388214_a696831147_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XAmwzC)

Goes quite well with my Kato F3 (or F7? I can never remember), which was an unplanned acquisition (part of a job lot) but turned out to be a nice solid (and surprisingly heavy) little loco, note to self: find replacement roof horns.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4376/36488398454_c24915a0d6_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XAmzCb)

Just need some more coaches.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Hiawatha on September 19, 2017, 05:44:16 PM
You remembered correct - it is an F3. I think your model is the Kato 176-189 F3 Phase II version. The two rectangular grilles on the roof that this is an F3. Even on later or rebuilt F3s with low fans these rectangular grilles remained. The F7 has a fifth fan there.

And the Bachmann dome works really well with the Kato engine. :beers:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on September 20, 2017, 12:01:40 AM
Purchased at TINGS last week!

Two Kato SD70ACe locomotives in Norfolk Southern Heritage colour schemes.  The "Virginian" received her decoder today, and "Savannah and Atlanta" will get hers next week.

Andy
UK
([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/2779-150917221750.jpeg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=55869[/url])



([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/2779-150917221814.jpeg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=55870[/url])



([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/2779-150917221840.jpeg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=55871[/url])


Hi Andy, Very nice. I've been on both of them in real life. I do like the Virginian, but I think my personal favorites are the Southern and the Nickle Plate  :)

A couple of work photos.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/6318-190917235336.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=55995)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/6318-190917235553.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=55996)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/6318-190917235731.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=55997)

Here is my ugly mug at work during a family day event  :smiley-laughing:
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/6318-190917235838.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=55998)

Cheers,
Rich S.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dats475 on September 20, 2017, 12:26:48 AM
Great photos, Rich!

I know that you know very well on those engines inside and out, literally!
Please be carefully at engine shop.
Those huge chunk of metals are very unforgiving as you know.
BTW, I liked Ann Arbor 35s!

Andy, did you received a decorder for the engine yet?
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: texhorse on September 20, 2017, 10:16:55 PM
Hi Rich

I love the SD70ACes and the GEVOs.  I think you're very lucky to be working with them.  Heck, living in the UK, I don't get many of them coming past!  I own 17 of these locos on my layout now.

Dats, Virginian has a decoder now, even though I bought the wrong one.  Note to everyone :  Digitrax recommend DN163K1C for an SD70ACe, but the one I bought works as well :  DN163K1D.

Savannah and Atlanta will have a decoder by Saturday.

Now I'm looking for red Norfolk Southern GEVO 8114, and SD70ACes Jersey Central 1071 and Illinois Terminal 1072.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on September 20, 2017, 10:53:33 PM
Hi Rich

I love the SD70ACes and the GEVOs.  I think you're very lucky to be working with them.  Heck, living in the UK, I don't get many of them coming past!  I own 17 of these locos on my layout now.

Dats, Virginian has a decoder now, even though I bought the wrong one.  Note to everyone :  Digitrax recommend DN163K1C for an SD70ACe, but the one I bought works as well :  DN163K1D.

Savannah and Atlanta will have a decoder by Saturday.

Now I'm looking for red Norfolk Southern GEVO 8114, and SD70ACes Jersey Central 1071 and Illinois Terminal 1072.

Andy
UK


Hi Andy, the NS 8114 is the Original Norfolk Southern Railroad that was purchased by the Southern Railway 1974. The NS 1072 (Illinois Terminal Heritage Unit) is hard on my eyes. The Green and Yellow paint scheme of that locomotive is very loud, in other words you can't miss it. :smiley-laughing: The NS 1071 (Jersey Central Heritage Unit aka The Central Railroad of New Jersey and the Jersey Central Lines ) is another former railroad company with an unusual paint scheme. I'm glad you are having fun collecting these locomotive and I'm glad our former CEO Wick Moorman had these locomotives painted to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of Norfolk Southern Railway. 

You are probably already aware of this web page, but if not here is some further info on the locomotives on the corporate web site.
http://www.nscorp.com/content/nscorp/en/the-norfolk-southern-story/heritage-locomotives.html (http://www.nscorp.com/content/nscorp/en/the-norfolk-southern-story/heritage-locomotives.html)

Cheers,
Rich S.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on September 24, 2017, 10:04:57 PM
As a veteran of the USAF, I was pleasantly surprised when I read the N Scale Enthusiast, Formerly the N Scale Collector group, had announced they were teaming up with Atlas to produce a commemorative USAF switcher and caboose set. When I attended the National N scale Convention in Pittsburgh this year and saw the set on sale for a great price, I could not pass up this great offer. Although the base I was assigned to has a GE 44 tonner and not a Baldwin VO 1000 switcher, this set is a fond reminder of those adventurous days of my youth.   
 
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/6318-240917215854.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56138)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/6318-240917215942.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56139)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: texhorse on September 24, 2017, 10:12:26 PM
Those are really nice, Rich.  I like locos which are blue and have red lining.  Very smart colour scheme.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Railwaygun on September 24, 2017, 10:57:53 PM
any idea if there are any left? URLS??
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on September 28, 2017, 03:36:18 PM
any idea if there are any left? URLS??

Hi Railwaygun,  If you are asking about the N Scale Enthusiast VO 1000 Air Force Locomotive and Caboose sets, I believe they are all sold out. When I purchased mine at the Pittsburgh Convention, they only had a few left in stock.



Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on November 10, 2017, 07:13:32 AM
I've finally managed to get delivery of this British Columbia Railways baggage car made by Rapido as part of their Royal Hudson tourist train. My original order with PWRS was placed on 8 August 2008 so it's been a few days (9 years) coming. Rapido makes beautiful stuff, but I'd have to say that this sort of delay shows contempt for N scale modellers.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/4229-101117071052.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=57962)

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dats475 on November 10, 2017, 09:36:10 PM
Hi Webbo

Very nice car. I can see all good details.
But 9 years is reticulousely long!!
Did they explain what was cause of delay delivery?

By the way, you got one excellent ballasting skill, Webbo!!

Dats
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on November 11, 2017, 09:41:56 AM
Thanks Dats

The baggage car does have an incredible amount of detail - grab irons and underbody bits and pieces etc.. Probably as good as anyone makes in N scale anywhere.

Rapido's excuse for it being so late was that they didn't have enough orders for it to make it commercially worthwhile. My answer to that is that they should not have offered it up for sale as part of a train that included coaches, a lounge car and a baggage car unless they were prepared to manufacture the whole lot. After all, would anybody be happy if they ordered a fine china tea set and have the cups delivered only to be told later that the manufacturer didn't feel like supplying the saucers?

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: RailGooner on November 11, 2017, 11:06:53 AM
Good analogy Webbo. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: gc4946 on November 18, 2017, 02:49:48 PM
Today I bought these items of Southern Pacific stock at the Wakefield show.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/2573-181117144842.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=58269)

#48420 Atlas GP-9 Torpedo Tube 5625
Pair of Con-Cor bi-level cars (one with driver's cab at one end indicated by the red side lamps)

Southern Pacific owned the Cotton Belt company from 1932 (Wikipedia), however, as I want to operate a limited commuter service on my future U.S. railroad, I've pretended they were on lease to Cotton Belt or a local municipality for that purpose.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: gc4946 on November 18, 2017, 04:35:03 PM
Here's my complete SP commuter service set:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/2573-181117163226.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=58280)

The outer buckeyes were swapped over for Rapidos in order so that the GP9 can haul the stock, also a weight was re-glued on one of the carriages.
The GP9 ran nicely and quietly; due to its Rapido couplings, it'll be dedicated to this set.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dats475 on November 18, 2017, 08:30:28 PM
Fantastic acquisition!!
As an Espee fan myself, I hope I can obtain like these someday!!
How's Con-cor cars? Rolling good?

Dats
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: gc4946 on November 18, 2017, 08:46:25 PM
They were spotted on the Wakefield & District Railway Modellers' Society club members' sales stand.
I spotted several Budd railcars for sale at the show made by Con-Cor and Kato, but none in SP livery, however fancied the bi-levels and GP9.

Incidentally the bi-levels ran well on my test track.
There was quite a lot of second-hand North American stock on sale from several traders at the show, including as a matter of interest, a high proportion of Canadian prototypes.
However no Cotton Belt stock and very few SP freight cars for sale!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: gc4946 on November 19, 2017, 11:27:36 AM
Fantastic acquisition!!
As an Espee fan myself, I hope I can obtain like these someday!!
How's Con-cor cars? Rolling good?

Dats


I don't know how much mixing of Cotton Belt and Espee stock occurred in California, where the bi-levels operated
http://espee.railfan.net/commute_cars.html (http://espee.railfan.net/commute_cars.html)

One interesting fact from that webpage - the bi-levels weren't equipped for push-pull operation, so I actually own one standard car and one car with accommodation for the train conductor (each side has a red lamp)

Might have to relocate my planned layout from Texas to California!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dats475 on November 21, 2017, 07:01:41 PM
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Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Delfin on November 21, 2017, 08:29:53 PM
Buying some Rapido smooth-sided baggage cars recently I just had to add this Central of Georgia car to the order for more boring PC/NYC cars. 

It is, without doubt, gorgeous.  Even if it is not the era I model, or the location, or any connecting road. 

Wallet bait I call it.

Delfin


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/2466-211117202839.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=58422)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on December 21, 2017, 02:30:00 PM
An early Christmas Present for under the Christmas Tree. The Kato Operation North Pole Train Set.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/59/6318-211217142924.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=59571)


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/59/6318-211217142953.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=59572)

Operation North Pole Website

http://www.operationnorthpole.org/ (http://www.operationnorthpole.org/)


Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dats475 on December 21, 2017, 05:56:37 PM
Great stuff, Rich.
The story behind it makes the train set more special!
I didn't know that Metra is hosting the train.
They should have more operations like that.
Or the media should support them more. So we will know their existence. (Am I the only one didn't know about it?)
Nevertheless, a great train in model and real-life form.

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Gilles_44 on December 21, 2017, 09:00:15 PM
You can see the real one:
http://www.railpictures.net/photo/640536/ (http://www.railpictures.net/photo/640536/)

I like.
Happy Christmas,
Gilles
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scottmitchell74 on January 30, 2018, 06:22:18 PM
Atlas: Alco RS-1 Akron, Canton, Youngstown. I was born in and grew up near Canton, OH and also want to college for a year and a half in Akron, so this small Railroad fits in with my North American N-Scale layout. Very good looking, and so far seems to run nice during the running-in period.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/3376-300118181655.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=61372)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/3376-300118181751.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=61373)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/3376-300118181905.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=61374)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dats475 on January 30, 2018, 09:34:58 PM
Hi Scott

I have to ask you this.
I know that I'm here on N gauge forum but is it N scale Atlas engine?
Incredible details!
Is that newer production run? Or their RS-1 always had that kind of details in N?
 :o  :o  :o

 :drool: Dats  :drool:

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: scottmitchell74 on January 30, 2018, 09:51:46 PM
Hi Scott

I have to ask you this.
I know that I'm here on N gauge forum but is it N scale Atlas engine?
Incredible details!
Is that newer production run? Or their RS-1 always had that kind of details in N?
 :o  :o  :o

 :drool: Dats  :drool:

Yes, an Atlas N-Scale. It's a brand-new run. I had it on pre-order, and it just came in. Their detailing is fantastic.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on January 30, 2018, 11:51:42 PM
It is a fine looking model, Scott

When you showed yours I had a look at my Atlas Classic RS-3. Interestingly, this model does not have the rivets on the cab and body that yours does. I've had a look at photos  of the RS-1 and RS-3 and it seems that the rivets on the RS-1 are conspicuous, but are not on the RS-3. Perhaps a shift to welded construction in the latter? I suppose this makes me a rivet counter.

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Bealman on January 31, 2018, 12:49:26 AM
Ooh-er  :worried:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on March 19, 2018, 11:15:59 PM
I could not pass up the 10% off the already reduced price for Bachmann locomotives at MB Klein last week. All told, the locomotive was just $10 shy of being half off the MSRP. I did not get the ever popular 765, but instead I picked up the NKP 759 that was used in rail fan excursions in 1969 and 1970.

Here are a couple of photo's of that beautiful Berk.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/63/6318-190318231408.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=63126)


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/63/6318-190318231442.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=63127)

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Malc on March 20, 2018, 03:59:33 PM
Impressive.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Railwaygun on March 20, 2018, 06:19:17 PM
I could not pass up the 10% off the already reduced price for Bachmann locomotives at MB Klein last week. All told, the locomotive was just $10 shy of being half off the MSRP. I did not get the ever popular 765, but instead I picked up the NKP 759 that was used in rail fan excursions in 1969 and 1970.

Here are a couple of photo's of that beautiful Berk.


([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/63/6318-190318231408.jpeg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=63126[/url])


([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/63/6318-190318231442.jpeg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=63127[/url])





Do you have a URL for this??
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jon898 on March 20, 2018, 06:37:24 PM
Try this:

https://www.modeltrainstuff.com/bachmann-n-50952-2-8-4-berkshire-steam-locomotive-with-tender-nickel-plate-road-railfan-version-with-mars-light-759-equipped-with-dcc-and-sound/ (https://www.modeltrainstuff.com/bachmann-n-50952-2-8-4-berkshire-steam-locomotive-with-tender-nickel-plate-road-railfan-version-with-mars-light-759-equipped-with-dcc-and-sound/)

Review here:

http://www.spookshow.net/loco/bach284.html (http://www.spookshow.net/loco/bach284.html)

Jon
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on March 20, 2018, 09:28:19 PM


Do you have a URL for this??

Hi Railwaygun, The additional 10% off was only in effect last week, but MB Klein's current discount price is still a very good bargain.
If you'd prefer the NKP 765 over the NKP 759, you better hurry as there is only one NKP 765 left in stock.
https://www.modeltrainstuff.com/bachmann-n-50951-2-8-4-berkshire-steam-locomotive-with-tender-nickel-plate-road-railfan-version-765-equipped-with-dcc-and-sound/ (https://www.modeltrainstuff.com/bachmann-n-50951-2-8-4-berkshire-steam-locomotive-with-tender-nickel-plate-road-railfan-version-765-equipped-with-dcc-and-sound/)

Thanks everyone for the compliments  :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Railwaygun on March 21, 2018, 07:06:00 PM
I confused MB Klein with an EUROPEAN shop!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on August 11, 2018, 12:34:23 AM
I picked up an Atlas Conrail MP15DC and a three pack of Bluford Shops Conrail 3 bay hoppers at the recent Altoona, PA train meet.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/6318-110818002435.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68039)

I also had a chance to see the new Scale Trains N scale Conrail and Norfolk Southern C39-8 models. They look fantastic, anyone modeling these lines in the 1980, these locomotives will be a welcome addition to your layout. 

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/6318-110818002847.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68040)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/6318-110818003018.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68041)

For more information on the Scale Trains C39-8, have a look at this web site: https://www.scaletrains.com/collections/rivet-counter-n-scale-ge-c39-8 (https://www.scaletrains.com/collections/rivet-counter-n-scale-ge-c39-8)


Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: outofgauge on August 12, 2018, 02:19:07 PM
Had a raid on ebay last week -much to my benefit ! I know -not eveybodies a lover of that market place -but for me there are loads of bargains if your on the ball  . It's been raining here most of the day -so inside and onto test /programming track .First up was a kato sd40/2 bnsf -bargain
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/3635-120818140137.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68073)
No marks and runs like new !
Not American #1 but to be used on my layout -the infamous tomytec cleaner.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/3635-120818140339.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68074)

I know there stiff to move about so I went looking for a loco to pull it -up popped this for £40 -as new and runs perfect

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/3635-120818140609.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68075)

It's heavy- powerfull -and once I've raided the coupling stock will be universal in the fleet (microtrains everytime) ! Two problems -1. The tomytec is dc and will need a dcc conversion -which I'm looking into !  2. The coupling are rapido ( :thumbsdown:) and due to the pickup situation I cant replace them . Sooooo.

Not American #2  barrier ( coupling conversion wagon) £3.50

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/3635-120818141339.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68076)
This I can convert at one end

And finally I've wanted some for ages -set of ballast wagons -came up cheap -so I bought !!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/3635-120818141641.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68077)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on August 12, 2018, 09:03:39 PM
Very nice Neil and for the record I've found a lot of bargains on ebay.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: outofgauge on August 12, 2018, 09:09:56 PM
Bar one - all of mine are off ebay Rich -inc my rolling stock -some second hand some new -i buy what I like !  Mind you -who doesn't??
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on August 13, 2018, 04:49:25 AM
Well done, Neil.

You can't go wrong with Kato - simple, well designed mechanisms, top quality fabrication - the way N scale equipment should be. The SD90 will have zero problems with the Tomix track cleaner. I have a Kato AC4400 which I believe has the same mechanism as your SD90 which can pull a CMX track cleaner as well as a cleaning car equivalent to your Tomix but branded as Atlas.

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: outofgauge on August 13, 2018, 06:56:40 AM
Cheers matey -take it your atlas (tomix) track cleaner is dcc -can I ask what decoder it's using??  Watched Mike Fifer using a tcs z2 chip on his conversion -seems easy enough  ??
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on August 13, 2018, 11:31:54 AM
No DCC track cleaner on my layout so I can't help you with this I'm afraid. Mike Fifer has good advice though.

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on August 29, 2018, 10:11:32 PM
Disappointment at the further and unknown delays to my 2015 Intermountain F7 A+B units order added some pocket-burning heat to the money put aside and so the North Sea Coastal RR western extension leg that is currently under construction sees a visitor from the CN - an Atlas GP40 that I have been resisting ever since we went to Canada a couple of years ago. Now I have to resist buying the matching one to make an operating pair. I’m fighting to retain some integrity with my memories of only seeing single gp38/39/40 locos on our trip...😎

Donald
It’s seen here pulling a rake of microtrain box cars in the PJNC colours

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/201-290818220745.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68556)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/201-290818220926.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68557)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on August 29, 2018, 11:16:17 PM
Donald, I too like the CN sergeant stripes paint scheme though I don't have any.

It's curious why Intermountain is taking so long with your F7s. They've had the tooling of this locomotive for a few years now so popping out some new colours would not be a problem you'd think. It took 4 years for the delivery of my SD40-2s from them, but it was a new model for them and they kept telling us that the sound fitting was a problem. With such a long delay as yours, there is sure to be something on the web about what is happening. Failing that, perhaps you could send an email to Intermountain directly inquiring about the situation.

Unfortunately, it also happens that IM is one of the companies caught out by the sudden factory closure in China which would be an excuse for recent delay.

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on August 30, 2018, 01:49:16 PM
The factory closure is clearly an issue at this point, Webbo.
Not sure about the 2.5 yrs before that!

Still, I have lovely new toy out of it, that’s fits approximately into the layout timelines and certainly into the geography,and a chance still to save up for when the IM units appear.

Donald
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Intercity on September 01, 2018, 06:04:40 PM
A set I’ve been after for a while came up on a buy it now, so having done some overtime I hit the commit button and today the Kato - City of Los Angeles set arrived, this is a very nice set with some excellent detail that has come to be expected of Kato, looking forward to running it with the CZ, PRR Broadway, SP daylight and Super chief sets.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/6050-010918175747.jpeg)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Hiawatha on September 01, 2018, 08:44:30 PM
A set I’ve been after for a while came up on a buy it now

Beautiful set which I was looking for some time, too, until I learned that there would be a re-release this year. :thumbsup:
Your set is not the original from 2011 (106-080) but the brand-new 106-087 with changed coach names and numbers (but otherwise identical to the first consist).
I also hope that Kato will also re-release their PRR Broadway Ltd. in the future. It seems a bit strange that until now the CoLA and Broadway did not get a second run but there were already five or six of the California Zephyr. ::)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jon898 on November 03, 2018, 06:52:50 PM
Went to the Raleigh train show today.  Limited N-gauge as usual (and of that 99%+ US and the balance Japanese).  Did pick up two Lehigh Valley boxcars, so now have a rake consisting of FA1A, FA1B, Single Door Box (New today), Single Door Box with System Map (New today), Steel Refrigerated Box and a caboose (the one with the Vallley typo on it).  SWMBO wanted the system map one as it highlights where we were married in Wilkes Barre, PA.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/71/3998-031118184256.jpeg)

Jon
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: grumbeast on November 03, 2018, 07:02:46 PM
Looking good Jon, and that’s a nice FA/B set
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on November 03, 2018, 09:23:59 PM
Went to the Raleigh train show today.  Limited N-gauge as usual (and of that 99%+ US and the balance Japanese).  Did pick up two Lehigh Valley boxcars, so now have a rake consisting of FA1A, FA1B, Single Door Box (New today), Single Door Box with System Map (New today), Steel Refrigerated Box and a caboose (the one with the Vallley typo on it).  SWMBO wanted the system map one as it highlights where we were married in Wilkes Barre, PA.
([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/71/3998-031118184256.jpeg[/url])

Jon


Very nice find Jon. I always enjoyed the classic covered wagon look of the ALCO FA's. In my opinion their styling was every bit as nice as the classic EMD E & F units and the Baldwin sharks.

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Railwaygun on November 03, 2018, 11:20:11 PM
was Vallley a Microtrains problem, or the 1'/1' railways?
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jon898 on November 04, 2018, 01:15:58 AM
was Vallley a Microtrains problem, or the 1'/1' railways?

It was a miss-printing on the first run of the Atlas production of the caboose.  I believe they corrected it on subsequent runs at the same time as they changed from Rapido to MT couplings.  I didn't notice it when I bought it  :-[ .

Jon
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jon898 on November 04, 2018, 04:03:50 PM
Well, I made the "mistake" of going back to the show today (entrance fee works for both days) as I had regretted bargaining for some passenger cars.  Originally they were bundled with an F7 (LifeLike version which is rather over-scale) and I didn't really need another loco.  On the first day I didn't think to offer for the cars alone and didn't want to pay USD70 for the cars and a loco that could not be tested.  Anyway, today I went back and got the 4 cars for USD45.  They'll go with one of my 3 UP locos (Heavy Mikado, SD45 or GP7) to substitute for the Grafar consist that suffers from huge pizza-cutter wheels and a dead Poole-era Duchess.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/71/3998-041118154926.jpeg) RPO/Baggage and Coach

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/71/3998-041118154800.jpeg) Observation and Pullman

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/71/3998-041118154641.jpeg) All 4 behind the SD45

Jon  (one of these days I'll get that green foam and the plywood sorted!)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: outofgauge on November 10, 2018, 11:01:40 AM
Spotted this on ebay -Ellis Clarke trains at Skipton (who will have his new shop open next weekend ) he sells mainly O gauge but this is the 2nd purchase I've made from him in N gauge ( he has another Kato American loco for sale at the min (sat) cefx 123 sd90/43 as new ! ) paid £50 for mine on Wed-Arrived at Argos last night ! One number Ac4400cw CEFX light blue . Super well packed and as described- as new -spare bits still in box ( box a bit scuffed and had labels on it -but I'm not using the box !) All works fine - so it looks like yet another purchase from digitrains req -a tcs decoder .
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/71/3635-101118105907.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=71339)

 :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Intercity on November 10, 2018, 09:11:39 PM
Found an EBay listing for 2 Kato BNSF C44-9s, both listed for parts/repair and not running, it was a buy it now for $60 USD, one loco has the pick up strips removed (should be easy to replace), and both locos have one truck/bogie that just fall out, it appears a previous owner tried to remove them by pulling, these locos however are a split frame chassis and need to have a screw removed on the chassis before the trucks can be removed, pulling on the truck damages the bogie tower (replacement from Kato easy to obtain), a couple of pictures:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/71/6050-101118210325.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/71/6050-101118210159.jpeg)

Update:

I removed the good truck/bogie off the 4933 and transferred it to 727, reinstalled the brass pick up strips and let her fly around the test loop, she is running like a Kato should again, for the 4933 I ordered 2 new trucks although they are in black and should be silver, the frames will be swapped out and then all put back together and hopefully that will be all that’s needed for this loco to return to service.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on November 30, 2018, 02:31:33 AM
My latest purchase is the Bachmann DCC equipped RS-3 in the Southern Tuxedo paint scheme.  :thumbsup:


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/71/6318-301118022817.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=71998)

Yes, the Long Valley Branch suffers from a identity crisis, mostly because it's owner hasn't met a railroad he didn't like :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Bealman on November 30, 2018, 05:04:47 AM
 :laughabovepost:

That is a good looking loco. I like the livery. :thumbsup:

However, if that is the baseboard edge, a certain moderator of this forum will be having kittens!  ;D
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on November 30, 2018, 12:09:49 PM

However, if that is the baseboard edge, a certain moderator of this forum will be having kittens!  ;D



Hi Bealman, You know the old saying "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder". When it's a choice between pretty train pictures and a few more inches of operational interest, I'll choose operation seven days a week.  :thumbsup:  I have a very limited area for a layout and my favorite activity is switching cars at the local industries, so yes another track had been added for operational interest which has brought the main track close to the edge of the Hollow Core Door ;)  I'm probably different than most here, if I want realism I can just go to work
 
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/71/6318-301118120529.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=71999)

In my spare time I'm just a big kid playing with trains and having fun.  :D 

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: grumbeast on November 30, 2018, 07:34:49 PM
Love the RS-3!  looking really good, and dont worry about the edge of the layout.. we're all careful right? ;)  (though I may have a ROCO TEE power unit that disagrees with that.. :(
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on November 30, 2018, 09:21:44 PM
Love the RS-3!  looking really good, and dont worry about the edge of the layout.. we're all careful right? ;)  (though I may have a ROCO TEE power unit that disagrees with that.. :(

Hi Grumbeast, Thanks for the compliments and feedback. My small Hollow Core Door layout is in a spare bedroom with wall to wall carpeting. I've only had one incident cause by my clumsy hands and the boxcar survived without damage. I had thought about attaching a small plexiglass wall along the edge of the layout, but I'm afraid I'd have to wrap my arms in bubble wrap to keep from injuring myself while operating the layout  :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: outofgauge on December 01, 2018, 06:36:10 PM
My defo last purchase of rolling stock ever  :angel: well in the US fleet anyway -found this for a tenner (£10) on Ebay-looks brand new /unused -reviews said you either got a good one or a bad one-week I reckon mines fine -crisp /clear lettering all handrails etc etc -couplings will have to go -looked on micro trains website -no entries -so a quick email to Joe Damato-two answers 1, my least fave-mt10 coupling converter ( had no joy trying them on my Kato bethgons ) so I will go for the truck /coupler conversion route ! Hey ho fleet complete !!!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/72/3635-011218183516.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=72034)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: snitchthebudgie on December 17, 2018, 01:49:55 PM
A few weeks ago, Simon emailed me....

Did you see that they now have Lehigh Valley?
https://www.rapidotrains.com/n-osgood-bradley-coaches-2nd/ (https://www.rapidotrains.com/n-osgood-bradley-coaches-2nd/)
Simon


I hadn't seen this, but quickly rectified the situation and ordered one of each number.  I hadn't really intended to buy more American stock, but these coaches are one of my favourites.  This week, a small package arrived at the doorstep, containing....

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/72/4684-171218134753.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=72417)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/72/4684-171218134843.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=72418)

Absolutely delightful, and a starter for the Lehigh Valley passenger train that is on my job list (and has been for years.)  Strictly, the roof profile should be straight, without the domed ends, but if you balance this incorrect detail against the quality of the model, it's a no brainer!

It does mean that I have three undecorated versions of these carriages, that I had intended to repaint.  And Rapido unpainted is closer to a kit - all the parts come separately to allow you to paint them before completing the model.

Anyone want a cheap bargain??
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Simon D. on December 17, 2018, 05:00:45 PM
As I said to Jon a little while ago, the best Christmas presents are always the ones you get yourself...

 :bounce:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: snitchthebudgie on December 17, 2018, 05:51:24 PM
Actually, I might get these wrapped and given to me by the family, as none of us can work out what to give each other this year.  :doh:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: daffy on December 17, 2018, 05:59:56 PM
Actually, I might get these wrapped and given to me by the family, as none of us can work out what to give each other this year.  :doh:

That’s almost standard practise with my good lady and me. Not that I don’t surprise her every once in a while, and vice versa.  :D


Nice set of coaches  :thumbsup:. Is there a #1518 to add to the rake?
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: snitchthebudgie on December 17, 2018, 06:06:26 PM

Nice set of coaches  :thumbsup:. Is there a #1518 to add to the rake?

No, just the four - they probably (correctly) think it more realistic not to have all the number in succession.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: snitchthebudgie on December 17, 2018, 06:08:14 PM

Anyone want a cheap bargain??

PS - I'm serious about the bargain - £40 for the three, post free.  Worth that much each, but I'd rather they went to a good home.

And now snapped up....
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on January 07, 2019, 01:26:04 AM
For Christmas, Santa placed a new Kato GG1 in Conrail Bicentennial paint under the Christmas tree.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/72/6318-070119011355.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=72948)

You maybe wondering why I asked Santa for such a locomotive, since it will not see service on my Long Valley railroad.
The collector in me could not pass this locomotive up for a couple of reasons.
The first, GG1 number 4800 was the first GG1 purchased by the Pennsylvania and because of it's rivet construction was given the nickname "Old Rivets"
Second, In 1976 Conrail decided to paint "Old Rivets" in a Bicentennial paint scheme that to us Conrail fans is well, beautiful. 
This locomotive is currently seeing duty on my Christmas tree layout.
When the tree comes down and the Christmas tree layout is placed back in storage, the locomotive will proudly be displayed with my other N scale collectables :D
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: 70000 on January 07, 2019, 06:49:26 AM
For Christmas, Santa placed a new Kato GG1 in Conrail Bicentennial paint under the Christmas tree.
You maybe wondering why I asked Santa for such a locomotive, since it will not see service on my Long Valley railroad.
The collector in me could not pass this locomotive up for a couple of reasons.
The first, GG1 number 4800 was the first GG1 purchased by the Pennsylvania and because of it's rivet construction was given the nickname "Old Rivets"
Second, In 1976 Conrail decided to paint "Old Rivets" in a Bicentennial paint scheme that to us Conrail fans is well, beautiful. 
This locomotive is currently seeing duty on my Christmas tree layout.
When the tree comes down and the Christmas tree layout is placed back in storage, the locomotive will proudly be displayed with my other N scale collectables :D

Wonder how many commemorative colour schemes (real & model) will be about in 2026?
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Bealman on January 07, 2019, 07:47:47 AM
That is one uber cool locomotive, no matter what.  :thumbsup: :beers:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: outofgauge on January 21, 2019, 08:55:39 PM
And finally my last loco purchases ( back up / alternative tractive power / something else to look at ??? Hey ho -popped up last week at Hattons preowned lists -dont have either and very attractive prices for as new items . Arrived today -and after a good inspection and run on DC  -i can confirm (a) they move lovely and (b) I think they are new unused items -wheels are clean  nothing missing ( goody bags unopened ) Any way enough waffle - Atlas sd26 Guilford Rail Systems (ran till 2006 now Pan Am ) -believe it or not £28 !
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/73/3635-210119204301.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=73371)

Atlas Gp 38 in early BNSF livery mint condition - £40

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/73/3635-210119204550.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=73372)

I'll get a couple of TCS or NCE decoders at Stafford show in a fortnight from Digitrains  -probably just NCE as there half the price of TCS and they wont be pulling much like my other prime movers which are paired up now ( speed matched and consisted ) but I think there ok as a decoder !
Anyway the fleet is amassed -some time on the layout would be good (should have asked Santa ) :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Bingley Hall on January 22, 2019, 12:48:40 AM
That's where that SD-26 went to :thumbsup:

Bargain of the year already.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: outofgauge on January 22, 2019, 08:42:13 AM
Sorry was waaaaay to good to leave!  :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on January 22, 2019, 11:54:03 PM

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/73/3635-210119204301.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=73371)


Hi Neil, Yes that Atlas EMD SD26 is a unique locomotive. The EMD SD26 locomotives started life as EMD SD24 locomotives and were rebuilt by the Santa Fe railroad, 35 of them ended up on Guilford.   
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on April 10, 2019, 04:15:33 AM
Hello folks

This fire truck is the latest release from Showcase Miniatures. It is a beautiful looking kit, but unfortunately Deadwood has no buildings higher than 2 stories except for the grain elevator so an appliance such as this could not be justified.

https://www.showcaseminiatures.net/n_scale/n_scale_vehicles/136.html (https://www.showcaseminiatures.net/n_scale/n_scale_vehicles/136.html)

If you click on the main picture it will expand even further so you can get a better appreciate how detailed this truck really is.

For those that don't know them, Showcase Miniatures is a wonderful source of N scale detail parts including vehicles. I have several of their truck kits (one built) as well as a whole lot of their searchlight signals. The kits are as good as they get, though my hamfisted construction leaves a lot to be desired.

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Hiawatha on April 14, 2019, 09:42:35 PM
It’s been a while since I bought my last U.S. model but I couldn’t resist this recent release by Broadway Limited Imports (BLI): the T1 Duplex of the Pennsylvania Railroad. I have never bought anything from BLI before as I am not willing to spend the extra money for sound (although I have often thought about some of their E-units and PAs) but in this case I just had to pre-order. The unusual T1 has been one of my favourite locos since I saw a painting in a book by O.S. Nock which my grandpa has bought me about 40 years ago.


(https://i.postimg.cc/VLhH2Sb6/BLIT11.jpg)

Some free advice to BLI for their future releases: When you produce your next PREMIUM N SCALE locomotive, the box would look much better without the words HO SCALE on the side … :D


(https://i.postimg.cc/sxDNC7cB/BLIT12.jpg)

Duplex means that there are two sets of cylinders and drivers but all in a rigid frame, not articulated. So, the 4-4-4-4 T1 was the equivalent of a 4-8-4, just with the drawbacks of four cylinders instead of two, less traction as the two separate driver groups tended to slip easier, and a long rigid wheelbase which led to frequent derailments on some tight curves and points (yes, I am still talking about the prototype and not the model). :uneasy:
Of course, the Duplex concept promised some advantages, too: Two separate cylinder groups meant that the cylinders could be made smaller, reducing the stress on the main rods which could be made lighter, and the better counterbalance resulting in less track damage than a 4-8-4 at higher speeds. :hmmm:


The PRR embraced the Duplex concept. In 1939, it built the experimental S1, a monstrous (longer than a Big Boy) 6-4-4-6 express locomotive. The T1 followed in 1942, two prototypes (nos. 6110–11), lighter (therefore not needing 3-axle bogies) and thus shorter and more practical than the S1.
The iconic design by Raymond Loewy (who also had styled the S1 before) reminded of a ship’s prow and no longer used the bullet nose so often seen on American streamlined steam locos. 
Additionally, fast freight locomotives were also made with Duplex drive: the ill-fated experimental Q1 (4-6-4-4) and twenty-six Q2s (4-4-6-4) which proved very capable during wartime.

After the war and the positive experiences with the Q2s, the PRR decided to order fifty more T1s for their premier express trains which were delivered in 1945–46. These were numbered 5500–49 and differed from the two 1942 prototypes mainly in that their ship prow was less pronounced and the side skirts were reduced in height. Initially, they had the same full-width shroud reaching back over the front cylinders, with three portholes as the prototypes.

Beginning already in 1946, the T1s were modified, with most of the lower front streamlining removed and the keystone number moved up below the headlight. By 1948, the T1s had been bumped from the crack expresses by new diesels, and the T1s were retired until 1952. Unfortunately, all were scrapped. (Of course, the late but hasty dieselisation leading to a hodgepodge fleet was the next nail in the PRR coffin after the expensive steam experiments.) :doh:


(https://i.postimg.cc/wvzrFSRQ/BLIT13.jpg)

The BLI release is of the postwar 5500-class T1 in its modified form. In HO, BLI has also released the as-built version, which I hope will follow in N, too.

Available road numbers for the modified version are 5502, 5506, 5517, 5528, 5533, 5539 (BLI 3285–90), and an unlettered version (BLI 3291, although the PRR was the only railroad to use the T1). Mine is BLI 3289, no. 5533.

I have made the photos brighter to show more details. In reality the BLI T1 is darker – but it is clearly more grey than black or PRR’s Brunswick Green/DGLE (dark green locomotive enamel – the mixing of the paint jokingly described as “a 5-gallon bucket of black paint with a drop of green in it”). As the rods are nicely darkened, I find the flat, dark grey paint acceptable for an engine that has seen some use and is well-kept but not factory-fresh. All in all, I think it looks great. :thumbsup:

The T1 is equipped with a kinematic drawbar between loco and tender but I think the gap could be a bit narrower. The details like the handrails and Trainphone antenna are delicate but are sturdy enough and the packaging was sufficient to prevent breaking during transport from China and Germany (wish I could say the same about the Minitrix BR 101 box :'( ).



The BLI model is not my first T1. I had one since 2001, a brass model from Key Imports. Key made four different versions, both prototypes and the 5500 class, in as-built and modified form.
I wanted to have three of the four versions (modestly, only one of the two prototypes :angel: ) but with a price tag of $1,000 I only bought one new and wanted to add the other two later second-hand at a lower price. Unfortunately, second-hand prices thwarted this brilliant idea, the Key T1s regularly reaching $2,800 to $3,000 :goggleeyes: – and the times when I spent $1,000 for a toy train loco are long gone, too. :)


(https://i.postimg.cc/hj05Yp9W/BLIT16.jpg)

At least it seems I have made the right decision in ordering one of the 1942 prototypes instead of the less streamlined production models. I have no. 6111, the only T1 with a booster engine in the trailing bogie. (The reason I chose 6111 was just that I liked the number more than 6110. :-[ )  Please excuse that one tender bogie is derailed, the 8-wheel bogies are :censored: to put on the track properly with the deep skirts.
The whitewalls are shown on Baldwin factory photos but look over the top on the model, especially in direct comparison with the subdued BLI wheels.
 
I doubt that BLI will produce the prototypes but the production models as built will most likely come in the near future. At $400, the BLI T1s are not cheap but compared with the brass models … :thumbsup:


In the background I have also placed the 1939 predecessor of the T1, the lone S1, an Oriental Limited brass model from the mid-80s, to show off ::) … the differences in length and design between S1 and T1. ;)

S1 6100, 1939, as built – Oriental Limited
T1 6111, 1942, as built – Key Imports Custom Series #127
T1 5533, 1946, modified – Broadway Limited Imports 3289

(https://i.postimg.cc/tR2ctvqF/BLIT15.jpg)
(https://i.postimg.cc/Sxzt4yWG/BLIT14.jpg)
(https://i.postimg.cc/J06dr06p/BLIT17.jpg)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on April 15, 2019, 02:17:04 AM
A very good and informative post, Hiawatha. Thanks

The Duplexes are slick looking machines especially the S1.

On the matter of BLI locos fitted with sound, I had two such of their E8s . Very good detail and excellent paint jobs so terrific models to look at. Both my E8s ran with a hot spot under the roof which I believe was due to a capacitor located on the top of the motor and which I took to be part of the sound electronics. I don't like this sort of thing in small models. After not that much running, the loco emitted a pop, stopped, and produced a puff of smoke due to the capacitor which had blown. I subsequently converted that loco to DC and sold the other one before it had a chance to misbehave. I may have been unlucky with BLI sound, but I'm not going to take any further chances with them.

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Bealman on April 15, 2019, 03:14:08 AM
Don't ya just lurve it when the tender is almost as big as the locomotive?  ;)

Cool!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: grumbeast on April 18, 2019, 10:11:08 PM
I'm glowing green with envy! :) :)

The T1 and S1 are some of my favourite steam locomotives off all time (if I ever win the lottery.. *sigh*) These and the NYC J3a with Dreyfus styling just about define the pinnacle of 20th Century industrial design,  The boiler detail on the BLI T1 looks much better than the Key one

Good for you!

G.

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on April 19, 2019, 01:49:23 PM
I'm glowing green with envy! :) :)

The T1 and S1 are some of my favourite steam locomotives off all time (if I ever win the lottery.. *sigh*) These and the NYC J3a with Dreyfus styling just about define the pinnacle of 20th Century industrial design,  The boiler detail on the BLI T1 looks much better than the Key one

Good for you!

G.

I'm with you "G", I would like to see an affordable NYC J3a Dreyfus Hudson produced in N scale. I know Con-Cor produced the 4-6-4 Hudson in N scale a number of years ago, but I don't believe they ever produced any with the Dreyfus streamlining.

Hiawatha, Thank you for the detailed history and information on the BLI T1. Unfortunately or maybe fortunately for me, this steam locomotive is just a little to big for my pike and a little out of my price range. I also have to say the Pennsy men are probably spinning in their graves right now hearing you call the tender trucks bogies  :smiley-laughing:   As someone famous once said, we are two peoples separated by a common language.  :laugh3:  All in good fun  :D

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Hiawatha on April 20, 2019, 10:39:13 AM
Thank you all for your comments! :)



Hiawatha, Thank you for the detailed history and information on the BLI T1. Unfortunately or maybe fortunately for me, this steam locomotive is just a little to big for my pike and a little out of my price range. I also have to say the Pennsy men are probably spinning in their graves right now hearing you call the tender trucks bogies  :smiley-laughing:   As someone famous once said, we are two peoples separated by a common language.  :laugh3:

As I am not British, I am separated by a foreign language. I just try to write in British English as this is a British forum. If I were writing in an American N scale forum I’d try to use the American terms. ;)
I have known the same saying here in Austria before where we use Austrian German and not the German German. :no:
However, it seems to originally come from Oscar Wilde about the English language.

Quote
I would like to see an affordable NYC J3a Dreyfus Hudson produced in N scale. I know Con-Cor produced the 4-6-4 Hudson in N scale a number of years ago, but I don't believe they ever produced any with the Dreyfus streamlining.

Con-Cor also did streamlined Hudsons which are affordable but look like cheap plastic toys – IMHO a waste of money. I never could bring myself to buy one. With their plastic rods and their detailing they look like they come from a Kinder surprise egg. ;)
The Hudsons can still be found on the Con-Cor website although they are long sold out. There was a newer version which at least has a correct (blue) NYC herald but otherwise they were unchanged (I think).

(https://www.con-cor.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/3051_side.jpg)

Although it looks just like one of my own mediocre attempts at photographing, that’s a Con-Cor picture from
https://www.con-cor.com/shop/n-scale-j3a-hudson-new-york-central-bullet-nose/ (https://www.con-cor.com/shop/n-scale-j3a-hudson-new-york-central-bullet-nose/)

Maybe Kato will bring out the J3a as they have made a poll recently on the U.S. website where the streamlined Hudson with its train was the winner. The original Con-Cor Hudsons were made by Kato, so they should have the necessary plans and photos already.

Beautiful Dreyfus Hudsons have been made by Key Imports in 1938 and 1940 paint schemes and with boxpok or Scullin disc drivers. I would have like to see that Key not only manufactured the grey 20th Century Limited versions but also the black/corrugated stainless steel ones for the Empire State Express.



The T1 and S1 are some of my favourite steam locomotives off all time (if I ever win the lottery.. *sigh*) These and the NYC J3a with Dreyfus styling just about define the pinnacle of 20th Century industrial design,  The boiler detail on the BLI T1 looks much better than the Key one

Hi Grumbeast, I already knew that you like the J3a, S1 and T1 as I had read your post on another thread in the Continental area. I had to smile as this was not the first time you showed great taste in locomotives (the same taste as mine :D ), and I wanted to add a picture of the T1s and S1 there, thinking that I’d get my BLI T1 any day. But that was three months ago and I forgot in the meantime. But good that you have found your way into the American sector to see the pictures here. :wave:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on April 20, 2019, 11:39:30 PM

Hiawatha, Thank you for the detailed history and information on the BLI T1. Unfortunately or maybe fortunately for me, this steam locomotive is just a little to big for my pike and a little out of my price range. I also have to say the Pennsy men are probably spinning in their graves right now hearing you call the tender trucks bogies  :smiley-laughing:   As someone famous once said, we are two peoples separated by a common language.  :laugh3:

As I am not British, I am separated by a foreign language. I just try to write in British English as this is a British forum. If I were writing in an American N scale forum I’d try to use the American terms. ;)
I have known the same saying here in Austria before where we use Austrian German and not the German German. :no:
However, it seems to originally come from Oscar Wilde about the English language.


Hi Peter, I hope I did not offend you, I was just joking around with the trucks vs. bogies definition. If I did offend you, I apologize. I had completely forgot about Con-Cor producing a Dreyfus Streamlined Hudson. I agree with low detail and toy like appearance. You have to wonder what Jim Conway was thinking when he produced that model? 

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on April 21, 2019, 09:10:48 AM
 Hello folks

When judging these ConCor (Kato) J3as, you have to remember that these originated around about 1975. Spookshow speaks highly of them as being locos that were advanced for their time and being one of the classics of N gauge steam. True, they had all their pipework moulded on and had plastic connecting rods, but they did have 5-pole motors, brake hangers, and tender as well as loco pickups. I have a non-streamlined version of one of these things which still runs well and looks good to me - but perhaps not so much under the magnifying glass.

I have to admit the ConCor Dreyfus Hudson looks a bit plasticky, but I'm also not a fan of their shape as it looks a bit like a 1930s rocket ship on wheels.

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Bealman on April 21, 2019, 09:17:07 AM
I've thought that for years, but couldn't verbalise it! Thanks, Webbo!

Very art deco.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Hiawatha on April 21, 2019, 07:54:38 PM
Hi Peter, I hope I did not offend you, I was just joking around with the trucks vs. bogies definition. If I did offend you, I apologize.
I didn’t feel offended, so there’s no need to apologize (or apologise? ;) ), Rich. :no:


When judging these ConCor (Kato) J3as, you have to remember that these originated around about 1975. Spookshow speaks highly of them as being locos that were advanced for their time and being one of the classics of N gauge steam. True, they had all their pipework moulded on and had plastic connecting rods, but they did have 5-pole motors, brake hangers, and tender as well as loco pickups. I have a non-streamlined version of one of these things which still runs well and looks good to me - but perhaps not so much under the magnifying glass.

I have to admit the ConCor Dreyfus Hudson looks a bit plasticky, but I'm also not a fan of their shape as it looks a bit like a 1930s rocket ship on wheels.

I am surprised that Spookshow gives the Hudson an "A" grade. So it maybe was or is a decent runner, but even for 1975 standards it certainly can’t be judged as "Looks and runs great. Smooth, quiet and accurate to the prototype. Worthy of any operational fleet. State of the art" :-\ (Spookshow’s own definition of an A grade).

I know some of the N scale steam locos available in 1975 as my grandpa had the old versions of the Arnold BR 01 and BR 18 Pacifics, and later the Minitrix BR 52 2-10-0 (all introduced between 1968 and ’73). By modern (or even 1990s) standards they have crude boiler detail but all had metal rods which did look nowhere near as bad as the plastic Hudson rods. And I can’t remember them running that bad either. :hmmm:

I can see that the black, non-streamlined Con-Cor Hudsons look better but the streamlined versions with their lighter colours look extremely cheap and plasticky. However, they weren’t cheap: They were sold until the 1990s and were priced at $190 (!) in the Rail Baron Collection. :uneasy:


I didn’t know the Dreyfus-styled Hudson until I saw the Con-Cor model on the cover of a Kalmbach N scale book ("Beginner’s Guide to N Scale Railroading", 1990 edition). But even back then I noticed that the pictured model was awfully detailed, especially on the realistic module shown on the cover and inside. But the prototype certainly captured my imagination. I like the 1930s retro-futuristic design, just as I like the streamlined automobiles of the same period.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on April 22, 2019, 06:24:08 AM
My 40+ year old J3a is still a smooth strong runner after all this time. Here she is at 1/4 throttle pulling a 29 car freight train up a small grade. No problems there.



If they are hard on the eyes to some, the plastic connecting rods could easily be painted. I don't think they look any more unrealistic than shiny silver metal ones to be honest. When it came out, this locomotive was certainly ahead of its time with a split frame, 5-pole motor, and tender pickups that take the load of the wheels. I only have a couple of locos to compare it with from the time. One is a Minitrix K4 (4-6-0) with wiper blades on the tender axles (ugh!) and a 3-pole motor. As Spookshow suggests,mine runs at full speed or no speed which is a pity because I really like the looks of it. I don't know how far European prototypes were advanced at the time as Spookshow does not rate any of them.

Looks fine, runs well - the J3a certainly deserved its A rating when it was made and is a decent locomotive even today. I'm not a great fan of the shiny silver wheels on the pony truck of my Hudson, but these can be painted too.

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: grumbeast on April 22, 2019, 07:44:31 AM
Well, I for one love the Art Deco look and most of the stream liners from the 30s, but for my most recent purchase, I got this last year but have only just gotten it out of the case now i’ve Got temporary power to the out main so I thought I’d share
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/76/192-220419074346.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=76448)

She’s absolutely beautiful and runs like a dream
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on April 22, 2019, 08:44:50 AM
Just as you'd expect from a Kato, Graham. I have one of these FEFs too. The J3a was one of its ancestors - grandfather perhaps?

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Ditape on April 25, 2019, 09:33:11 PM
The latest addition to my UP fleet a second DD40AX.
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/76/3799-250419213205.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=76624)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Ditape on April 26, 2019, 12:28:25 PM
Just in from the states a PA/PB unit to make up a A-B-A unit for my Excursion train.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/76/3799-260419122806.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=76643)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Ditape on May 01, 2019, 03:55:46 PM
A 3rd DD40AX joins the fleet this one sound fitted.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Train Waiting on May 01, 2019, 04:12:50 PM
You'll soon have more DDA40Xs than Uncle Pete did, Di!

What magnificent machines and the last in a line of UP special locomotives.

I think that a 'Centennial' is still in action with the railroad, but it'll be a bit overshadowed at present by the return to service of a 'Big Boy'.

Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Intercity on May 12, 2019, 05:28:14 PM
Added 2 GP15s to the fleet, both in YN3

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/77/6050-120519170743.jpeg)

And in readiness for Christmas, the last 3 years worth of Kato Christmas trains

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/77/6050-120519170943.jpeg)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: RailGooner on May 12, 2019, 05:35:26 PM
..
And in readiness for Christmas, the last 3 years worth of Kato Christmas trains

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/77/6050-120519170943.jpeg)

I :heart: Holiday Trains!

 :jealous:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Ditape on June 05, 2019, 01:02:11 PM
I have just received 5 Intermountain wagon kits from the USA, I bought them on eBay for £21 and they were delivered in 7 days. As always with intermountain the kits contain every thing to complete a working model similar to the old Triang CKD kits.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/3799-050619130139.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=78159)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Lawrence on June 05, 2019, 01:18:22 PM
Cracking bargain Di  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Lawrence on June 05, 2019, 06:58:24 PM
@Ditape (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=3799)  meant to ask, you wouldn't care to share the sellers name would you? Always on the look out for US bargains  ;)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Ditape on June 05, 2019, 08:11:36 PM
@Ditape (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=3799)  meant to ask, you wouldn't care to share the sellers name would you? Always on the look out for US bargains  ;)


Seller was worj 
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on June 06, 2019, 12:14:29 AM

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/3799-050619130139.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=78159)

Hormel Ice Reefers, very nice find and happy building.

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Ditape on June 06, 2019, 11:48:45 AM
Another eBay bargain arrived today in the form of a Rio Grande FT A&B unit, Both units DCC fitted ,Great buy at £90.


(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/3799-060619114823.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=78166)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Ditape on June 08, 2019, 04:24:07 PM

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/3799-050619130139.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=78159)

Hormel Ice Reefers, very nice find and happy building.


The first of the 5 built.


(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/3799-080619162334.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=78292)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on June 08, 2019, 08:35:58 PM

The first of the 5 built.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/3799-080619162334.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=78292)

Very nice build  :thumbsup: Thank you for posting the photo of the completed model.

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Ditape on June 15, 2019, 11:24:44 AM
The 5 Hormel refers built and on  Plymbridge ready for transfer and test running on Toothill.


(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/3799-150619112420.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=78535)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Ditape on June 22, 2019, 01:05:35 PM


A new arrival another eBay bargain a Bachmann DCC with sound 2-8-4 C&O Berkshire/Kanawha loco (only cost £109 including P&P) hauling a rake of Intermountain kit built Reefers.

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Ditape on July 03, 2019, 12:55:09 PM
I am trying out a new manufacturer for US locos Arnold, This is the first one a Northern Pacific GE U28C, it is a good smooth runner nicely detailed the only fault I could find was that to remove the body to fit a DCC decoder you have to remove the couplings which in this case promptly disintegrated into a pile of pieces, luckily I have a spares box with a selection of micro-trains couplings to fit as spares. The one big advantage with the Arnold loco it uses standard 6 pin decoders infinitely cheaper than the normal US practice of replacement circuit boards. So all in all a good buy at £50 including P&P from eBay including a Liassdcc decoder, Rails of Sheffield have a selection of Arnold n scale US locos on sale for £49.50.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/79/3799-030719125257.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=79126)




(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/79/3799-030719125330.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=79127)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: emjaybee on July 03, 2019, 01:19:22 PM
They're very nice.

I got tricked into buying four Burlington Northern Arnold locos by a certain someone on here from a store in the US.

I thought all four of mine were fantastically smooth running and nicely made. I was lucky enough to get all four for less than £45 each. I'm glad to have them, just need a use for them.

 :D
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dannyboy on July 03, 2019, 01:35:42 PM
Who was that then?   :-X
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: emjaybee on July 03, 2019, 02:21:02 PM
 :hmmm:

Yes, I wonder who...?
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dats475 on July 03, 2019, 03:36:44 PM
Great acquisition!!
Are the Arnold locomotives using same (or similar) electrical pickup systems from Atlas or Kato?
I had a bad experience with a Bachmann SD45 electrical system.
Now I'm paranoid about it and the first thing I check is the electrical pickup system.
Thank you very much.

Dats
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dannyboy on July 03, 2019, 04:00:21 PM
:hmmm:

Yes, I wonder who...?

Dunno m'lud. (But they are nice and worth the money - go on, admit it  ;)).
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: emjaybee on July 03, 2019, 04:10:07 PM
:hmmm:

Yes, I wonder who...?

Dunno m'lud. (But they are nice and worth the money - go on, admit it  ;)).

They are nice, and they are most definitely worth the money, you slippery silver-tongued devil you!

 ;D
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Ditape on July 03, 2019, 04:50:45 PM
A quick video to show how well my Arnold GE U28C fitted with a cheap and cheerful Liasdcc chip runs at slow speeds.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: 70000 on July 08, 2019, 07:40:40 AM

After cleaning the wheels I discovered it runs surprisingly well, if a little bit noisy, but all the drive gears are metal (as is the whole of the, rather solid, chassis), so that is to be expected - only the coach bodyshell is plastic. I still have a Bachmann GP40(?) of similar vintage - my first US outline N loco bought around 1978 - which is the same.

I thought I would end up having to scratchbuild a Metroliner (having some Amfleet cars put aside for that purpose) but I don't have to worry about that now!


As a footnote to this posting from a couple of years ago, the Bachmann Metroliner expired in a puff of smoke (literally!) when I was exhibiting my layout at the Ipswich Transport & Model Festival in mid-June.
As it seemed beyond redemption after I had dismantled it, it meant a search was on for a replacement chassis, as the likelyhood of getting another was fairly slim .  A quick comparison with a Kato RDC indicated that a suitable chassis would come from one of those, and, conveniently, there was one available on e-bay at a "reasonable" price, which I duly "won". 
When it turned up, it had a blue chassis (an Alaska RR one), so, rather than repainting it, I ended up keeping that RDC in one piece and used a black chassis off another of my RDC fleet (a CN one).  With a few minor alterations to the blue coach glazing unit, it fits perfectly, so the Metroliner will be back in service for the NGS WWG show & AGM in Felixstowe in two weeks time!
The spare RDC body will have a new dummy chassis made for it to keep it "in service" and the revitalised Metroliner runs considerably better with the Kato chassis.....
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Ditape on July 11, 2019, 02:53:53 PM
I was so impressed by the rails of Sheffield bargain GE28 I ordered a GE 25 I again fitted a Liassdcc chip for an all up price of  £63.50 including P&P.


(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/79/3799-110719145304.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=79387)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on July 11, 2019, 11:22:25 PM
I was so impressed by the rails of Sheffield bargain GE28 I ordered a GE 25 I again fitted a Liassdcc chip for an all up price of  £63.50 including P&P.


(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/79/3799-110719145304.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=79387)

Hi Diane,  Is this locomotive the Arnold / Hornby GE U25C? I'm very impressed the paint scheme is correct for the road number.  For some unknown reason PC 6514 and PC 6519 did not received the PC logo on the sides of the long hood. The other 18 Penn Central U25C's that were purchased new by the Pennsylvania Railroad did receive the PC logo on the sides of the long hood. 

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on July 11, 2019, 11:37:33 PM
I've added another Penn Central GP38-2 to my roster. This locomotive started out as an undecorated Kato model that I purchased second hand on ebay. I painted the locomotive into the Penn Central paint scheme using Scalecoat II paint and decals from Micro-Scale.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/79/6318-110719233648.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=79396)

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Ditape on July 11, 2019, 11:41:51 PM

Hi Diane,  Is this locomotive the Arnold / Hornby GE U25C? I'm very impressed the paint scheme is correct for the road number.  For some unknown reason PC 6514 and PC 6519 did not received the PC logo on the sides of the long hood. The other 18 Penn Central U25C's that were purchased new by the Pennsylvania Railroad did receive the PC logo on the sides of the long hood.
Yes it is the Arnold/Hornby GE U25C.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Ditape on July 15, 2019, 11:36:33 AM
Just to show not all US rolling stock is big, here is my latest acquisition a UP scale test car.


(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/79/3799-150719113549.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=79576)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: grumbeast on July 15, 2019, 03:38:19 PM
That's so cute!

 good call though, not something that's seen that often
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on July 20, 2019, 06:36:01 PM
I think I've seen one scale test car in real life...and that was 10+ years ago, on a CSX freight.

Another Kato ES44AC to the mix. 6th one I have purchased (so basically, 29 to go?)

(https://i.imgur.com/9tFh8zQ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Wg4uuKN.jpg)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dannyboy on July 22, 2019, 12:18:07 PM
Kato 'Burlington Northern' Bicentennial

I have just collected the above locomotive from the Post Office. It looks stunning, (to me), and in typical Kato fashion feels solid, with some excellent detailing and runs beautifully straight from the box.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/79/4209-220719121547.jpeg)[/url]

I will add a chapter to my 'Averingcliffe' thread later to explain the existence of the loco'.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on July 22, 2019, 10:49:36 PM
Hi Dannyboy, The Kato BN Bicentennial U30C looks fantastic. Thank you for sharing a photo of the unit. I think the majority of railroads in 1976 painted at least one locomotive into Bicentennial paint scheme.

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: emjaybee on July 22, 2019, 11:19:45 PM
Kato 'Burlington Northern' Bicentennial

I have just collected the above locomotive from the Post Office. It looks stunning, (to me), and in typical Kato fashion feels solid, with some excellent detailing and runs beautifully straight from the box.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/79/4209-220719121547.jpeg)[/url]

I will add a chapter to my 'Averingcliffe' thread later to explain the existence of the loco'.

Nice looking loco!

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Ditape on July 28, 2019, 11:29:53 AM
This is the latest addition to my Uncle Pete fleet a Atlas GE Dash8 I have fitted a DCC replacement board not quite a drop in job involving splitting the chassis and a couple of dashes of solder.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/79/3799-280719112924.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=79984)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Intercity on July 31, 2019, 05:25:38 PM
My latest US addition is the somewhat iconic Acela, for a full set it needs some add on coaches/carriages but they are hard to find (in similar fashion to the Pretendolino carriages).

This base set is two powercars (non powered) and three coaches, the cafe/buffet houses the motor, it is DCC equipped.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/6050-310719171251.jpeg)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: 70000 on July 31, 2019, 06:33:53 PM
My latest US addition is the somewhat iconic Acela, for a full set it needs some add on coaches/carriages but they are hard to find (in similar fashion to the Pretendolino carriages).

Am I right in thinking that the N Acela has been out of production for a few years now?  Haven't seen any on my travels in the US for some time.
Rather amusingly, I noticed my local model shop (Scograil) has an HO Acela set for sale when I went in there on Monday!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Intercity on July 31, 2019, 06:53:02 PM
That’s correct, it has been quite a few years, I think it was released around 2006, surprisingly they still go for decent sums of money on the secondhand market.

Mine has a habit of derailing, I haven’t had a chance to look closely at it yet, they have a different type of coupling to enable close coupling, this does restrict their use though, the minimum radius is a recommended 19”, some have made them work on smaller but not recommended, also they seem to need almost perfect track in regards to being laid flat and level, any gradients must be more than perfectly laid.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on July 31, 2019, 09:54:51 PM
Received two Kato Conrail SD70MACs today.
(https://i.imgur.com/HPJNvKI.jpg?1)

This should complete my collection of Kato Conrail SD70MACs and SD80MACs, unless I missed one somewhere.
(https://i.imgur.com/DLFXnJM.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/TIYDedr.jpg)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on August 05, 2019, 10:03:06 PM
More rolling stock arrivals:
(https://i.imgur.com/YwXM6nw.jpg?1)

I like picking up rolling stock in "sets" like these. These cars are all Atlas products.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dannyboy on August 09, 2019, 01:43:19 PM
Kato Operation North Pole 2015

I have just taken delivery of the above sound equipped set - and what a set it is!  I bought the set via ebay and as it is fitted with a Loksound decoder, I paid what I thought was a very reasonable price. It was described as Used but looks brand new. Being Kato the engine runs beautifully and there is a lot of detail on both the locomotive and the carriages. The rear carriage has rear running lights, (switchable via a switch underneath).

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/4209-090819132909.jpeg)
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/4209-090819132748.jpeg)

Just as an aside, referring to the posts over the last few days regarding picture sizes, both the above pictures are in excess of 3MB. Thanks for sorting it @Tank (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=2) @Only Me (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=1328)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Only Me on August 09, 2019, 01:48:33 PM
@dannyboy (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=4209) can i ask what you are taking these with pls... ive looked at the size and its crazy huge before compression to just over 3mb i presume a digital camera not a phone and in some super crazy resolution by the pixel size?
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dannyboy on August 09, 2019, 01:54:13 PM
@Only Me (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=1328)
Will get back to you on that this evening, just about to go out.  :beers:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dannyboy on August 09, 2019, 07:13:52 PM
Paul @Only Me (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=1328) , the photo's were taken on a Canon SX720HS. The resolution is, I think, set to high. I took other photo's at the same time as the above and they are showing file sizes between 4.73 and 5MB. (The dimensions of one photo' is shown as 5184 x 3888). Hope that helps.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on August 10, 2019, 11:49:54 PM
Arrived today... saw it arrived at a online shop recently so I grabbed it while I could.
(https://i.imgur.com/TsEPT2m.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/hi7ichq.jpg)

Looks good with UP 1943!
(https://i.imgur.com/pb2pM4c.jpg)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Intercity on August 11, 2019, 01:02:10 AM
UP 4141 was re-released, it became very popular when Bush died and the real one was used on his funeral train.

The original run at that time was selling for stupid amounts, it has settled back into the normal range with the rerun.

The Spirit unit is also very nice, I need to grab that one to keep the other heritage ones company.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on August 13, 2019, 12:00:28 PM
The price for the 4141 shot up on ebay after Bush passed. I think there was a Kato set on there that was in the thousands of dollars, and it was nothing but the 4141, 1943 and the 7 car excursion set.


I actually missed a chance to see both engines in person last December, they were on display at Dupo,IL across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, just didn't have the exact time frame on when they were going to leave, which turned out to be mid-late afternoon. If I'd know I'd made the 500 mile+ round trip to catch them.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: gc4946 on August 14, 2019, 08:15:38 PM
Today I collected my Cotton Belt Athearn 26705 caboose and 23945 gondola from my nearest postal sorting office.

The caboose rounds off my freight consist quite nicely!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/2573-140819200736.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=80461)

It's pure 100% Cotton (Belt) in this image below:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/2573-140819200851.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=80462)

Foreground: Atlas/Kato GP30 #4711 with heritage boxcar.
Background: Atlas GP40 #7277 at head of 5-wagon consist.

PS I hope to collect my three used Con-Cor SP bi-level cars shortly - will feature them in due course!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dats475 on August 14, 2019, 11:31:20 PM
Great acquisitions!!
Fantastic collection of SSW!!
In other words... :jealous:

Hopefully I can have a collection like that.
Once again  :jealous:
Probably I'm still  :jealous: about it tomorrow.

 :dunce: Dats
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: gc4946 on August 15, 2019, 08:06:15 AM
 :thankyousign: dats475

It's taken me about three years to assemble this Cotton Belt collection.
Cotton Belt models rarely come up for sale - new or used - in Britain.

I only spent the odd moment seeking stuff out online or at shows.
All models have been purchased in Britain, otherwise I'd been stung with postage costs far in excess of the item's sale price.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: gc4946 on August 15, 2019, 06:11:36 PM
Today I took delivery of three Con-Cor Southern Pacific bilevel cars, one of which is a control car for the driver when in push-pull mode with red side lights and end windows.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/2573-150819180642.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=80474)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/2573-150819180905.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=80475)

Strictly speaking SP never operated any control cars http://espee.railfan.net/commute_cars.html (http://espee.railfan.net/commute_cars.html)

They are smooth sided cars built by Pullman-Standard and were built post-1960 originally for the Chicago and North Western, and Southern Pacific.
The control cars initially entered service only on the Chicago and North Western between 1960-68
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pullman_Gallery_Car (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pullman_Gallery_Car)
http://www.kls2.com/~karl/rr/cnw/commuter-bilevels.html#spotting (http://www.kls2.com/~karl/rr/cnw/commuter-bilevels.html#spotting)

My plan is to run the non-control bilevel cars as a commuter set in SP livery and possibly repaint the control car in another livery.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Intercity on August 20, 2019, 12:33:10 AM
Newest delivery came today in the form of UP 1982, one of the Union Pacific heritage units, it is an SD70Ace (the same as 4141 and 1943 that @Jeff_W (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=7665) posted).

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/6050-200819002825.jpeg)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on August 20, 2019, 11:57:50 AM
I admit I'm a bit jealous, those UP heritage ACes are hard to come by! I see them on ebay but they're always a bit more than what I want to pay...keep hoping Kato will do a third run.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: gc4946 on August 23, 2019, 11:52:11 AM
Another Cotton Belt find:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/2573-230819115044.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=80767)

MicroTrains ref. 106 00 090 50' low covered gondola
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on September 04, 2019, 08:33:23 PM
Picked these up at the LHS in Louisville yesterday. Don't want people to think I've abandoned my American N scale stuff! (I haven't)
(https://i.imgur.com/4KjEsiB.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dats475 on September 04, 2019, 11:33:06 PM
Fantastic acquisition!
Currently I'm consumed by jealousy of fire!  :)
Do you have a fire extinguisher?  :help:

Dats
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: gc4946 on September 05, 2019, 04:14:05 PM
Atlas #48722 GE Dash 8-40B Cotton Belt
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/81/2573-050919160932.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=81110)

I won an auction on British eBay for this loco.

151 built 1988-89; of those, 55 first entered service with Cotton Belt, the largest initial allocation of these diesels https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GE_Dash_8-40B (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GE_Dash_8-40B)

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dats475 on September 05, 2019, 04:59:04 PM
Woooooo!  :o

 :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool:
:drool: 
I read an article about SSW's Blue Streak Merchandise trains using this type of engines.
Since then, I wanted to have these.  :drool:  :jealous:
I'm burning, burning hard!    :jealous: :help:

I imagine that it she's running smoothly. Are you going to fit a decoder or run as is?
Fantastic acquisition as always!!

Dats
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: gc4946 on September 05, 2019, 05:32:34 PM
Woooooo!  :o

 :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool:
:drool: 
I read an article about SSW's Blue Streak Merchandise trains using this type of engines.
Since then, I wanted to have these.  :drool:  :jealous:
I'm burning, burning hard!    :jealous: :help:

I imagine that it she's running smoothly. Are you going to fit a decoder or run as is?
Fantastic acquisition as always!!

Dats

It's running smooth and quiet under analogue DC, won't convert it to DCC.
Didn't know there was a high-speed freight service using these locos
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Intercity on September 06, 2019, 12:58:28 AM
A few more added to the fleet, this time some 70s and a Big Mac, first up is an SD70Ace in the form of UP 1943:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/81/6050-050919220430.jpeg)

Next is another SD70Ace, this one is UP 1988, the Katy unit:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/81/6050-050919220337.jpeg)

Third is an SD80MAC, the Big Mac, this one is CR 4123, very similar to the SD70Aces:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/81/6050-050919220241.jpeg)

And finally they pose for a group shot:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/81/6050-050919220137.jpeg)

Thanks for looking

IC
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Bealman on September 06, 2019, 01:37:38 AM
Couldn't get a more intricate livery than the first one!!

They all look great together.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: gc4946 on September 07, 2019, 11:55:35 AM
I'm starting a new sub-collection:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/81/2573-070919115327.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=81152)

Freight cars that carry names and surnames of people who I've known over the years.
Just bought a pair of Rivarossi 9358 Miller High Life reefers, they're 40-footers that'll accompany my older Cotton Belt era boxcar.
(BTW I've never consumed that Miller brew)

Are there any lists of past models of freight cars produced in order that I can identify similarly branded names?

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on September 08, 2019, 09:43:30 AM


Are there any lists of past models of freight cars produced in order that I can identify similarly branded names?

Different manufacturers have their own lists of what they've made on their sites. I know Atlas lists roadnames they've done, possibly Athearn too. Depends on what exactly are you searching for?

Trovestar also has a long list of stuff: https://www.trovestar.com/general/shop/explore_collection.php?Collection=4 (https://www.trovestar.com/general/shop/explore_collection.php?Collection=4) Some of it is for sale.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: RailGooner on September 08, 2019, 10:42:02 AM
..
Next is another SD70Ace, this one is UP 1988, the Katy unit:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/81/6050-050919220337.jpeg)
...

All very nice - I still dither daily as to whether I should buy a (Rule #1) '1943'. But what's the back story of the prototype 'The Katy'?
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on September 08, 2019, 10:45:29 AM
..
Next is another SD70Ace, this one is UP 1988, the Katy unit:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/81/6050-050919220337.jpeg)
...

All very nice - I still dither daily as to whether I should buy a (Rule #1) '1943'. But what's the back story of the prototype 'The Katy'?

It's one of the Union Pacific's six original heritage units they painted up back in 2006. The "Katy" was the Missouri,Kansas & Texas (MKT) railroad that UP acquired in the 1980s. I think the red scheme is an older paint scheme, as they had green/yellow locomotives & rolling stock towards the end.

I shot the prototype on NS back in 2015:
(https://live.staticflickr.com/500/19063228088_0146e39bd8_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/v3y2ym)NS 215, Seven Mile,OH 6/27/2015 (https://flic.kr/p/v3y2ym) by Jeff  Wagoner (https://www.flickr.com/photos/bluegrassrailfan/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Bealman on September 08, 2019, 10:57:48 AM
I have a sort of morbid fascination with the US railway scene. I was going to model it, and bought quite a bit of US stock, back in the days before I decided to stick with what I know.

Question....

Do all those prairie grain silos actually exist anymore?

Fascinating stuff!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on September 08, 2019, 11:50:08 AM
I have a sort of morbid fascination with the US railway scene. I was going to model it, and bought quite a bit of US stock, back in the days before I decided to stick with what I know.

Question....

Do all those prairie grain silos actually exist anymore?

Fascinating stuff!  :thumbsup:

Oh definitely. Still getting rail service too. The CSX main near me goes by one at Franklin,KY near the state line with Tennessee:
(https://live.staticflickr.com/5517/11739986395_0dcda6c5f3_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/iTquWx)CSX Q275-03, Franklin,KY 1/3/2014 (https://flic.kr/p/iTquWx) by Jeff  Wagoner (https://www.flickr.com/photos/bluegrassrailfan/), on Flickr
I've seen hoppers on the siding so I knew it got rail service then, I imagine it still does. There's a couple more down on R.J. Corman's Memphis Line that occasionally load grain trains for CSX. I think they're more of a thing in the mid-west/Great Plains areas. I visited the Chester Sub in Illinois last year by the Mississippi River and you could still see several of them. Chester alone has one that receives rail and barge service I believe.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jon898 on September 08, 2019, 01:17:16 PM


Are there any lists of past models of freight cars produced in order that I can identify similarly branded names?


Different manufacturers have their own lists of what they've made on their sites. I know Atlas lists roadnames they've done, possibly Athearn too. Depends on what exactly are you searching for?

Trovestar also has a long list of stuff: [url]https://www.trovestar.com/general/shop/explore_collection.php?Collection=4[/url] ([url]https://www.trovestar.com/general/shop/explore_collection.php?Collection=4[/url]) Some of it is for sale.


Another source is the spookshow site:

http://www.spookshow.net/freight/freight.html (http://www.spookshow.net/freight/freight.html)

Jon
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Ditape on September 10, 2019, 01:24:50 AM
The Ebay gods are smiling on me tonight I have just picked up a Kato FEF for  £72 :claphappy:, Only test run according to the listing. I have had to order the DCC board from the US as none in stock in the UK.


(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/81/3799-100919012226.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=81264)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: gc4946 on September 11, 2019, 05:17:56 PM
The smallest item of rolling stock I've ever owned in N:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/81/2573-110919171652.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=81304)

MicroTrains 121 00 040 St. Louis Southwestern scale test car
(no Cotton Belt branding, SSW was the railroad's legal name)

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: RailGooner on September 11, 2019, 05:43:13 PM
What is the function of a 'Scale Test Car'? :dunce:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: gc4946 on September 11, 2019, 05:45:38 PM
What is the function of a 'Scale Test Car'? :dunce:

"... its purpose is to calibrate the weighing scales used to weigh loaded railroad cars ..." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scale_test_car
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Intercity on September 11, 2019, 09:30:56 PM
Managed to finish off the UP heritage fleet with the purchase of UP 1983 in Western Pacific livery:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/81/6050-110919211641.jpeg)

And here is a group picture, although they are still in their jewel cases:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/81/6050-110919212525.jpeg)

Edit: I seem to be having issues rotating images in the gallery.
IC
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on September 11, 2019, 11:23:02 PM
Third is an SD80MAC, the Big Mac, this one is CR 4123, very similar to the SD70Aces:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/81/6050-050919220241.jpeg)

IC

FYI from a guy who works on the SD80Mac's (me) internally they are completely different from the SD70Ace's.  The Mac's use Siemens electronics and the Ace's use Mitsubishi electronics. The Mac's have the 20 cylinder 710 and the Ace's have the 16 cylinder 710. The Tier 4 Ace's have the 12 cylinder 1010. The Mac main alternators are a nightmare to change slip ring brushes on and the Ace's are a dream. The Mac's have the Siemens AC traction motors and the Ace's have the newer Mitsubishi AC traction motors. The Mac's have the desktop control stand and the Ace's use the new AAR control stand. When you compare a SD80Mac to a SD70Ace, you can see just how far EMD has progressed since the SD80Mac's were produced. The Mac's are really showing their age.

The Kato UP Heritage units look great, thanks for sharing the photos of your collection. I was thinking about getting the UP 4141 but it doesn't really fit my era, it would have just ended up sitting in my display case.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Intercity on September 12, 2019, 12:42:26 AM
Thanks for the lowdown on the Macs, for quite a while when I moved here I thought they all looked the same, an SD50, 60 or 70 I was lost, then came along stuff with radiator flares and that had me looking up numbers to figure out what I’d seen, I’m sure for many across the pond it is the same way.

Having said that many of the enthusiasts I work with here can’t tell the difference between a 37, 45 or Deltic, or a 47, 50 and a 56, so the “they all look the same” works both ways.

Alas I’ve drifted off topic and cease any more rambling
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on September 12, 2019, 12:18:45 PM
Having said that many of the enthusiasts I work with here can’t tell the difference between a 37, 45 or Deltic, or a 47, 50 and a 56, so the “they all look the same” works both ways.

You are 100% correct as I struggle to tell the difference between the different classes of UK diesel locomotives. To add to that list are the UK steam locomotive classes. It starts to get really confusing when you have 4-6-0 steam locomotives in different classes and then you find out Charles Collett designed both the Hall Class and Castle Class.  I do understand having difficulties distinguishing a SD50 from a SD60 as they do look identical. Only after comparing them both side by side, you'll begin to notice the small differences in hood door heights and placement. Internally, something most fans never get to see, the SD50 was the last locomotive to use the EMD 645 diesel engine and the SD60 was the first to use the EMD 710 diesel engine. Which on a side note, both engine blocks look identical, although there are internal differences that set them apart.  Yes, we've drifted way off topic, it was a fun chat, but now back to our regularly scheduled topic  :D

Here is my latest purchase, a brand new Digitrax DT500 throttle purchased at the Altoona N scale show for a very good price.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/81/6318-120919121818.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=81320)

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dats475 on September 12, 2019, 08:13:38 PM
The day has arrived!
The first rollingstock of 2019!!  :laugh3:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/81/5197-120919195143.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=81335)
An Atlas FGE boxcar! :claphappy:
My brother-in-law gave me this.
There is a reason behind of it but it's a long story.
Just say, I black mail him and he felt pity on me.  :smiley-laughing:

With this rollingstock, my dream came true!
I can see rivets!!
Finally I became a Rivet counter!!
I really don't care how many rivets on real cars but important thing is I'm actually counting the rivets for no reason!  :laughabovepost:
With my obnoxious personality, I officially became a Rivet counter! :claphappy:
Amazing how far N size trains improved.
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/81/5197-120919200507.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=81336)

My collecor spirit is on fire!
I'd like to get a Micro trains 50' SP Hydra Cushion boxcar without roofwalk next.
You know, the one you can open the doors.
I've seen it on eBay for around $9 brfore but I don't see them anymore.
It's really expensive now.
(Or maybe I'm hallucinating again)

Dats

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: gc4946 on September 12, 2019, 08:27:50 PM
Sometimes months pass without buying any rolling stock, especially Cotton Belt models.
The fact I've refused to buy models from websites abroad due to postage costs means it's stopped me from owning so much stock in my collection.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: texhorse on September 12, 2019, 09:13:40 PM
214 rivets Dats.

Just thought I'd save you a job.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dannyboy on September 12, 2019, 09:24:29 PM
214 rivets

Just thought I'd save you a job.

Does that include the blind rivets?  :-X
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dats475 on September 12, 2019, 10:31:49 PM
You guys put me on!
You know that I can't count more than three.  :dunce:

 :laughabovepost: :smiley-laughing:

Dats
FYI: Actual truth is not far from the statement.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on September 12, 2019, 10:41:59 PM
The day has arrived!
The first rollingstock of 2019!!  :laugh3:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/81/5197-120919195143.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=81335)

Amazing how far N size trains improved.
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/81/5197-120919200507.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=81336)

Dats

Hi Dats, I'm glad to see Mr Rhythm has fallen for the black mail scheme, I mean given you a very nice gift  :smiley-laughing:  That is a very nice looking Espee 50’ insulated boxcar.  :thumbsup:

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on September 12, 2019, 10:43:01 PM
The day has arrived!
The first rollingstock of 2019!!  :laugh3:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/81/5197-120919195143.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=81335)
An Atlas FGE boxcar! :claphappy:
My brother-in-law gave me this.
There is a reason behind of it but it's a long story.
Just say, I black mail him and he felt pity on me.  :smiley-laughing:

With this rollingstock, my dream came true!
I can see rivets!!
Finally I became a Rivet counter!!
I really don't care how many rivets on real cars but important thing is I'm actually counting the rivets for no reason!  :laughabovepost:
With my obnoxious personality, I officially became a Rivet counter! :claphappy:
Amazing how far N size trains improved.
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/81/5197-120919200507.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=81336)

My collecor spirit is on fire!
I'd like to get a Micro trains 50' SP Hydra Cushion boxcar without roofwalk next.
You know, the one you can open the doors.
I've seen it on eBay for around $9 brfore but I don't see them anymore.
It's really expensive now.
(Or maybe I'm hallucinating again)

Dats

Buying rolling stock gets kinda addicting... I've already been looking at stuff online and I probably shouldn't be.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on September 13, 2019, 06:56:41 PM
In the mail today...an A-B-A set of Monon F3 units by Intermountain. These will go well with the small collection of Monon diesels I already have.
(https://i.imgur.com/Lfr4wfz.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on September 13, 2019, 08:23:15 PM
In the mail today...an A-B-A set of Monon F3 units by Intermountain. These will go well with the small collection of Monon diesels I already have.
(https://i.imgur.com/Lfr4wfz.jpg?1)

Very nice Jeff. The Chicago, Indianapolis, and Louisville Railway was a unique railway, it almost made a giant "X" across the state of Indiana.
It was also one of the few railroads to have a theme song.



Another unique feature of the Monon, they painted several of their locomotives and most notably their F3's in the school colors of the two universities served by the railroad


Yes, I'm a closet Monon fan, does it show  :smiley-laughing:



Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on September 13, 2019, 09:16:46 PM
Speaking of items arriving in the mail today. I received my Micro-Trains 50th Anniversary collectors car today.

It's a 50' gold boxcar hauling a giant knuckle coupler as seen through the door in the photo below.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/81/6318-130919211012.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=81369)

This car celebrates 50 years since Keith and Dale Edwards created their HO and later N scale coupler that changed the hobby world.
Their couplers have now become the defacto standard for knuckle type couplers. A true testament to the quality we've come to expect from Micro-Trains. 

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: RailGooner on September 13, 2019, 10:11:00 PM
 :offtopicsign: :sorrysign:

I don't want to divert this thread for too long, but can any quickly (~20 words) explain why Micro-Trains aren't available with NEM fitting? :confused2:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on September 13, 2019, 11:36:35 PM
:offtopicsign: :sorrysign:

I don't want to divert this thread for too long, but can any quickly (~20 words) explain why Micro-Trains aren't available with NEM fitting? :confused2:

I believe the answer is in the name NEM (Normen Europäischer Modellbahnen) translated to English: Standards of European Model Railways. In the USA the Micro-Trains coupler has become the defacto standard. The various manufactures who sell locomotives and rolling stock in the US have designed couplers (Accumate, McHenery and Kato) that are compatible with Micro-Trains knuckle style couplers. Since all railroad in North America use the knuckle or Janney coupler, there is not a need for a different style coupler. Also of note, very few locomotives or pieces of rolling stock in the USA ship today with Rapido style couplers. Also of importance, Micro-Trains have created conversion couplers to use in older locomotives and rolling stock that came equipped with Rapido couplers. These conversion couplers fit the older Rapido coupler boxes. Since the majority of locomotives and rolling stock now ship with Micro-Trains or Micro-Trains compatible couplers, there is not a real need for a NEM style coupler pocket. I do believe Dapol sells a Micro-Trains compatible coupler with a NEM fitting.  Sorry for the long winded explanation, but I didn't think a 20 word answer would suffice.   

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on September 14, 2019, 12:31:39 AM
In the mail today...an A-B-A set of Monon F3 units by Intermountain. These will go well with the small collection of Monon diesels I already have.
(https://i.imgur.com/Lfr4wfz.jpg?1)

Very nice Jeff. The Chicago, Indianapolis, and Louisville Railway was a unique railway, it almost made a giant "X" across the state of Indiana.
It was also one of the few railroads to have a theme song.



Another unique feature of the Monon, they painted several of their locomotives and most notably their F3's in the school colors of the two universities served by the railroad

  • Purdue (Black & Gold)
  • Indiana University (Crimson & Gray)

Yes, I'm a closet Monon fan, does it show  :smiley-laughing:

I think I'm up to 14 Monon locomotives in N scale, all in the Black & Gold scheme. Picked up 11 diesels earlier this year from a friend along with a few cabooses and baggage cars. Need to buy rolling stock as I think I only have one Monon boxcar in my collection! Ebay doesn't have much in the way of Monon.

There's a Monon BL2 15 minutes down the road from me at the Kentucky Railway Museum, I've ridden behind it at least once.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jon898 on September 14, 2019, 01:40:32 PM

Another unique feature of the Monon, they painted several of their locomotives and most notably their F3's in the school colors of the two universities served by the railroad

  • Purdue (Black & Gold)
  • Indiana University (Crimson & Gray)

Yes, I'm a closet Monon fan, does it show  :smiley-laughing:



The Monon actually served 6 colleges in Indiana - Purdue (known to me, to the horror of the alumni I worked with as Chicken U), Wabash, DePauw, Indiana (IU - called by some Purdue alumni The Evil Empire), Butler and St. Josephs.  Butler and IU use red and white colors (early Monon passenger equipment) and DePauw and Purdue use black and gold (freight locos and later passenger).  Why Wabash (scarlet) and St. Joes (purple and cardinal) got left out of the colors I don't know.  Note that Wabash and DePauw compete each year in American Football for the Monon Bell, which is a locomotive bell donated in 1932 by the RR.

Jon
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Ditape on September 18, 2019, 12:22:10 PM
Another Ebay bargain UP F3 DCC fitted £12 including P&P.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/81/3799-180919122143.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=81688)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on September 25, 2019, 12:44:34 AM
The acquisition of Penn Central locomotives and rolling stock continues.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/81/6318-250919003821.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=81893)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/81/6318-250919003903.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=81894)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/81/6318-250919003949.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=81895)

These are the new Quad hoppers from Bowser Mfg. that feature Roller bearing trucks with Fox Valley Models metal wheels and Body mounted Micro-Trains couplers
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on September 25, 2019, 01:48:56 AM
Nice! Always like the PC stuff, even though I don't have too many myself (or any at all, possibly)

Bought an Amtrak baggage car today. Getting closer to a prototype train I guess.
(https://i.imgur.com/jovmGio.jpg?1)
(https://i.imgur.com/dyZ4FxA.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on September 26, 2019, 03:40:07 AM
What happens when you leave me unsupervised in a hobby shop with a massive N scale selection (we're talking hundreds of cars, dozens of locos, anything you can think of)
(https://i.imgur.com/PkcVKGm.jpg?1)

I can't wait to go back!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on September 26, 2019, 06:23:56 AM
Good grief Jeff

The size of your purchase takes the cake. Did you get 5 cabooses for the price of 4?

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on September 26, 2019, 11:58:16 AM
Good grief Jeff

The size of your purchase takes the cake. Did you get 5 cabooses for the price of 4?

Webbo

I did get 10% off, which ended up being enough to cover a locomotive and a freight car. The guy who owns the shop is pretty cool, has a ton of stories from riding Amtrak cross country and working for the Illinois Central extra board back in the day. It's hard to pass up when you have so much to choose from:
(https://i.imgur.com/fsKWW2f.jpg?1)
(https://i.imgur.com/r6emLYB.jpg)
And that's not even all of the N scale stuff he has. He doesn't have an online presence so you have to go to the shop to buy anything, but the items he has I can't even find on ebay.

He also has a huge HO scale layout in the shop basement: (https://i.imgur.com/5nf7dpu.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jon898 on September 26, 2019, 01:48:23 PM


And that's not even all of the N scale stuff he has. He doesn't have an online presence so you have to go to the shop to buy anything, but the items he has I can't even find on ebay.



OK Jeff...where is this place, or are you keeping it all to yourself?   ::)

Jon
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on September 26, 2019, 02:18:46 PM


And that's not even all of the N scale stuff he has. He doesn't have an online presence so you have to go to the shop to buy anything, but the items he has I can't even find on ebay.



OK Jeff...where is this place, or are you keeping it all to yourself?   ::)

Jon

Chuck's Depot in Marion,IL.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: gc4946 on September 28, 2019, 03:57:18 PM
Today I bought two powered Con-Cor (made in Austria by Roco) Baltimore & Ohio Budd RDCs from the model train show in Halifax.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/82/2573-280919155614.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=82061)

They came in the wrong boxes and will be repackaged. Both ran OK.
They'll need repairs to the couplings and missing glazing added.
The RDC in better condition will be used as a reference to match enamel paints to convincingly reproduce a scale stainless steel finish.

Both carry the wrong road names for my layout but they'll have their branding changed.
I know Kato produces RDCs as well but they were a bargain and know a British source which sells Con-Cor's unpowered RDCs.
Moreover having a pair of powered models will ensure that at least one of them will continue running if the other fails, with a good reserve of spares.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dannyboy on September 28, 2019, 06:19:32 PM
Kato SD70ACe 'George Bush'

I took delivery of this locomotive today -

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/82/4209-280919180748.jpeg)

In typical Kato fashion, it is an excellent runner and very quiet, (possibly the quietest loco' I have) and is beautifully finished. The photograph does not do it justice. It will be a stable mate for my Burlington Northern 'Bicentennial' - next stop Union Pacific 'The Spirit'?  :hmmm: Thank goodness for 'Rule 1'  :).
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on September 28, 2019, 06:43:03 PM
Kato SD70ACe 'George Bush'

I took delivery of this locomotive today -

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/82/4209-280919180748.jpeg)

In typical Kato fashion, it is an excellent runner and very quiet, (possibly the quietest loco' I have) and is beautifully finished. The photograph does not do it justice. It will be a stable mate for my Burlington Northern 'Bicentennial' - next stop Union Pacific 'The Spirit'?  :hmmm: Thank goodness for 'Rule 1'  :).

It's a nice looking unit! I've got the 4141 and the 1943.... I recently passed the 100 loco mark for my US stuff (about 107 locos when you add in my UK items), thought about a "group" photo, and have a variety in my collection.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dannyboy on September 28, 2019, 06:55:06 PM
I have just had a quick look at my stock list and I have, (I think), 92 locomotives, mostly diesel, including about 15 US loco's - must get round to doing a proper break down of stock.  (I had to do it quick in case SWMBO happened to look my way  ;))
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on October 07, 2019, 10:38:59 PM
After a bit of issue with the local post office, this came today:
(https://i.imgur.com/tfjsA6S.jpg)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dannyboy on October 08, 2019, 09:05:54 AM
This is the latest addition to my American stable - a new SCD70ACe 'Spirit' by Kato. The printing is nice and crisp and, being Kato, it runs beautifully, in fact, when running it round the test track slowly, I had to keep checking that it was actually moving, it is so quiet! The loco' is fitted with a DCC chip and cost me £114 which I thought was a decent price.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/82/4209-081019085445.jpeg)
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/82/4209-081019085701.jpeg)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Bealman on October 08, 2019, 09:21:56 AM
Thank you all for the above posts.

Did I tell you, I'm interested in anything that runs on rails?  ;)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Webbo on October 08, 2019, 10:17:49 AM
This is a spectacular locomotive David.

What I like about Kato is the quality of their manufacture. They run beautifully, have perfect paint jobs, and have a level of detail that suits the scale. Kato does not add wire grab irons and other bits that are prone to getting damaged and not really needed at this scale.

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dannyboy on October 08, 2019, 10:43:39 AM
I agree with everything you say @Webbo (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=4229) I know Kato are bringing out the new Class 800 ?, but if they were to enter the UK RTR market with a vengeance - watch out GF/Dapol!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on October 09, 2019, 11:32:27 PM
I'm a big fan of Kato's stuff... I think I have 75 Kato locos at last count? I keep a spreadsheet of them. The ES44AC is the only model I've been really active at trying to collect. I think I'm at around 10 of the 34-35 they've produced.

Another set of their hoppers arrived today... I like them too. This is my 18th set of the 24 they've made (2 runs of 12 2 car sets)
(https://i.imgur.com/lLbROT1.jpg?1)

They have an 8 car pack of them coming out this month I believe.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Bealman on October 09, 2019, 11:52:54 PM
I too share yours and Webbo's enthusiasm for Kato products.  I only have one locomotive, unfortunately - this Japanese beastie, but I love it!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/255-250618092614.jpeg)

Almost enough to make me consider moving the location of the Beal and Castle Eden across the Atlantic!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dannyboy on October 11, 2019, 06:03:02 PM
I have no idea how it happened, but I have just taken delivery of another locomotive - I must have bought it last week :hmmm:.

It is the Kato SD70MAC in 'BNSF' livery. It is DCC fitted and I paid the princely sum of £60   :). It was described as Used, but looks and runs like new. What I am even more pleased about is that I have seen another, non DCC fitted on sale at £56.  It is a typical Kato locomotive - nuff said.   :thumbsup:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/82/4209-111019175012.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/82/4209-111019175104.jpeg)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on October 14, 2019, 04:59:09 PM
Seventy Five Dollars US is a very good price for a Kato locomotive that is DCC fitted. Most of the time I see them listed for that price as DCC ready. A very common price I've seen for DCC fitted Kato locomotives is $130 or £103 with some folks asking $250 or £198.48 for certain Kato SD70Mac's in the "executive" paint scheme.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dats475 on October 17, 2019, 06:57:34 AM
I received $5 ebay coupon and bought an used Roundhouse car.
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/82/5197-171019063735.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=82849)

It came with Rapido couplers.
Buying new knuckle coupler replacements would cost me more than the car itself.
So I stole them from a car that not on my layout.
I also painted the hand brake wheel.
It looks like wearing wrong type of trucks but I'm  conveniently ignoring it.  :whistle:
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/82/5197-171019064402.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=82850)
The victim was a tankcar. It has no trucks now. Sad.  :'(

Dats
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on October 17, 2019, 05:03:28 PM

It came with Rapido couplers.
Buying new knuckle coupler replacements would cost me more than the car itself.
So I stole them from a car that's not on my layout.

Dats

Very nice Dats and it was not stealing, it was repurposing the trucks and couplers  :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Tom Edwards on October 18, 2019, 05:19:19 PM
And that tank car can now become part of an industry or maybe your locomotive service area. Just put it up on blocks. That has happened for years in the prototype world.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on October 19, 2019, 01:03:22 AM
Atlas items arrived today:
(https://i.imgur.com/YTljhQ6.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Lawrence on October 19, 2019, 05:33:20 AM
That looks like a fine haul to haul Jeff, was this an ebay bargain?
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on October 19, 2019, 01:09:53 PM
That looks like a fine haul to haul Jeff, was this an ebay bargain?

Thanks, not an ebay bargain, all new stuff. I've learned if I want something I shouldn't hesitate, as stuff seems to fly out of some of these online shops. ModelTrainStuff doesn't seem to keep much on hand (though I bought these from Lombard.)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on October 21, 2019, 10:35:04 PM
Found a site online posted these for sale for about $20 than what they normally go for. Of course after I buy them I find another site that had them for $5 cheaper than that...oh well.
(https://i.imgur.com/aINfblP.jpg?1)

Gives me something to run with the BNSF locos I bought not long ago.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: grumbeast on October 25, 2019, 04:27:11 PM
Love the steel coil cars Jeff, cant wait to see all these purchases on a layout :) *hint*
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on October 26, 2019, 07:49:24 PM
I bought an Atlas Trainman set because I was curious about TrueTrack, plus it was probably about half of what they normally go for. I paid $95 (almost £75) for it including shipping, which really isn't bad if you consider the loco probably goes for about $70 and the five cars for about $15 each at least.
(https://i.imgur.com/oVAx7QL.jpg?1)

Also picked up these ICG cars for about $38 shipping included, so less than $10 a car.
(https://i.imgur.com/PKYvwOR.jpg?2)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: gc4946 on October 31, 2019, 06:46:05 PM
Two items to add to my collection, both new:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/83/2573-311019184355.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=83401)

Con-Cor dummy #0001-004488 RDC-1 in Great Northern livery. I now own 3 RDC-1s which will form the backbone of off-peak travel on the layout.
Intermountain 67044-08 3-bay Cotton Belt hopper
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on November 02, 2019, 04:28:53 PM
The new Bluford Shops P&LE cabooses arrived in the mail today and they look fantastic.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/83/6318-021119162508.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=83474)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/83/6318-021119162734.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=83475)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/83/6318-021119162819.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=83476)


Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: gc4946 on November 08, 2019, 05:38:25 PM
My Kato 156-0818 SP business car "SSW Cottonland" arrived from Hobby Search in Japan.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/83/2573-081119173123.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=83698)

I'm unconcerned about Rapido couplings fitted to the model because two of my locos and a RDC-1 railcar are fitted with them.

I wasn't hit by Royal Mail's customs charges and it arrived well packed and safe. However their service was excellent, but it'll be rare that I order from overseas suppliers unless it's an item I'm interested in and is otherwise unavailable in the UK.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on November 08, 2019, 10:50:41 PM
New Kato covered hopper set came yesterday:
(https://i.imgur.com/2ZQEaUR.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on November 21, 2019, 11:41:02 PM
ATSF Yellowbonnet arrived today. Kato item. Just need two B units and another A for the consist one of the Kato passenger sets suggests.
(https://i.imgur.com/JHeBhTw.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Ditape on November 22, 2019, 01:52:07 PM
The latest in a long line of eBay bargains £87 normally £164


(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/84/3799-221119135137.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=84238)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: mr magnolia on November 22, 2019, 09:35:49 PM
very nice.

I've got one of those F7 blue bonnets on order from Intermountain, and have had it on order since around mid 2015....

Donald
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Ditape on November 22, 2019, 11:59:12 PM
very nice.

I've got one of those F7 blue bonnets on order from Intermountain, and have had it on order since around mid 2015....

Donald

if you really want one https://www.traintrax.co.uk/1066273dcc-atampsf-bluebonnet-freight-train-dccfitt-p-1698.html (https://www.traintrax.co.uk/1066273dcc-atampsf-bluebonnet-freight-train-dccfitt-p-1698.html)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dannyboy on November 23, 2019, 01:00:19 PM
That is a good price for a DCC fitted engine and wagons - STOP IT!  ;)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on November 27, 2019, 05:49:12 AM
Went to the LHS in Louisville today to get a few things for the Ratio kit I'm working on (paint and glue for the metal parts) and ended up leaving with 9 more freight cars.
First, a set of three Atlas N&W hoppers. I bought a bunch of these when they came out a month or so ago, but didn't get the N&W ones at the time.
(https://i.imgur.com/oZ8kmxz.jpg?1)
Second, I bought two three car sets of R.J. Corman hoppers(this is one set). Six different roadnumbers total. Kinda neat to have something from my hometown railroad even though these cars don't run on any of the three Corman lines here in Kentucky. Finding a RJC caboose and loco to run with them will be quite the challenge.
(https://i.imgur.com/PaRebiL.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on November 27, 2019, 09:17:51 PM
Another car arrived in the mail today.
(https://i.imgur.com/DqHVb2u.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Doltic on November 29, 2019, 01:31:39 PM
Latest Ebay bargain - a new and unused (still in original wrapper) F40PH and 4 Phase III superliners.

Running just fine, compared to the old Deltic, even with my dodgy digitrax decoder. Will get a Zimo and new LEDs next week (after I blew out hte ones I had)

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/525282651880554507/649964446512447508/IMG_20191129_142556374.jpg)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dannyboy on November 29, 2019, 07:18:41 PM
This is my latest Kato purchase. It is the 106-2016 'North Pole' set. As per usual with any Kato rolling stock, it looks beautiful and it runs very smoothly and quietly at all speeds. The locomotive has directional lights, the carriages are quite closely coupled and the last carriage has directional lights as well, (switched from underneath), red lights when being pulled and white lights when being pushed. Did I mention that it is a beautiful set?

I did not really want to buy the set, but the 2015 North Pole set was looking lonely and 'Train Trax' did have a discount .............  :claphappy:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/84/4209-291119191049-84519413.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/84/4209-291119191108-845201279.jpeg)

I did do a short video of the set, but when I upload to 'YouTube', it only plays the audio - no video. More experimenting required methinks.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dannyboy on November 29, 2019, 09:26:13 PM
Not sure why, but by creating a new video without additional audio and then uploading to YouTube has worked.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oda_T5_bT-M (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oda_T5_bT-M)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on November 30, 2019, 02:18:18 AM
Not sure why, but by creating a new video without additional audio and then uploading to YouTube has worked.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oda_T5_bT-M (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oda_T5_bT-M)

Hi David, Yes that is a very nice model of the Operation North Pole Train set from Kato.  A few years ago I purchased the 2016 edition for use under my Christmas tree, along with the Kato M5 expansion set.
 
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/84/6318-301119021156.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=84531)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/84/6318-301119021508.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=84532)

I believe the last passenger car is called a Cab car and the train can be run from the locomotive cab, or the Cab car for a out and back type operation in the Chicago, IL. area.

Thanks for sharing the photos and the video of your new Kato train set.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: gc4946 on November 30, 2019, 08:24:25 AM
I imagine quite a few have collected all of Kato's Operation North Pole sets.

You're right about the role of the cab car in the consist. It'll be interesting to see if anyone has modelled a wintry Chicagoland scene to best show those trains off!
 
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: gc4946 on November 30, 2019, 11:18:54 AM
I collected a job lot of Atlas freight cars this morning in the post.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/84/2573-301119111718.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=84541)

A 40' Cotton Belt "Blue Streak" boxcar is my prime addition.
Welcome to a new friend, a 50' Katy (Missouri, Kansas & Texas) boxcar - I knew a few females with differently spelled names eg Katie, Kate.
As the Katy was a rival to the Cotton Belt in Texas I felt that wasn't out of place in my collection.
The Southern branded freight cars will be stored in the meantime for possible repainting.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on November 30, 2019, 02:25:05 PM

The Southern branded freight cars will be stored in the meantime for possible repainting.


Hi gc4946, unless the Southern Railway plug door boxcar is too new for your era, there is no doubt you would have seen those Southern Railway cars on the MKT aka "Miss Katy".
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on December 01, 2019, 10:02:12 AM
Don't normally pick up non-prototypical cars, but this is one I don't mind getting, Lincoln's Birthplace and Boyhood Home parks are just 25 miles down the road from where I live.
(https://i.imgur.com/WPzlqL7.jpg?1)
(https://i.imgur.com/aiTBIkr.jpg?1)
(https://i.imgur.com/z3IELOE.jpg?1)
(https://i.imgur.com/8bheCF9.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on December 01, 2019, 04:48:52 PM
Don't normally pick up non-prototypical cars, but this is one I don't mind getting, Lincoln's Birthplace and Boyhood Home parks are just 25 miles down the road from where I live.
([url]https://i.imgur.com/WPzlqL7.jpg?1[/url])



HI Jeff, I normally don't collect the Micro-Trains collector cars as well, but every once in awhile they will produce a car that has a special meaning to me, like the Lincoln car has for you.

Here's one that has a special meaning for me.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/84/6318-011219163243.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=84610)

Rege Cordic was a morning show radio DJ in Pittsburgh, PA, during the 1960's and early 1970's. He was also the host of the Sunday matinee on a local TV station, before moving to the West Coast. And most importantly, Rege was a model railroader and rail fan. If you have any WB Videos (William Brown Railroad videos) chances are you've heard Rege as he was the narrator on many of Bills videos.  Getting back to the Micro-Trains car, Rege created a comedy skit advertisement for his Pittsburgh radio morning show, the name of the made up company was "Ole Frothingslosh" and the product was "Pale Stale Ale", it was the beer with the foam on the bottom.

http://www.regecordic.com/Cordic/archive03/000377_Olde_Frothingsloth_It's_Midnight_Comm'l.mp3 (http://www.regecordic.com/Cordic/archive03/000377_Olde_Frothingsloth_It's_Midnight_Comm'l.mp3)

Having grown up listening to Rege on the radio and watching him on TV, when Micro-Trains released this car, I had to add one to my collection. So if you've seen this car, now you know the story behind this odd car offered by Micro-Trains.


Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: gc4946 on December 07, 2019, 02:45:19 PM
I've expanded my freight car fleet by buying two more job lots in order to get hold of the models I was interested in.

Batch produced by Atlas:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/84/2573-071219143829.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=84871)

Batch produced by Bachmann (caboose by Atlas):

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/84/2573-071219143916.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=84872)

I was most interested in the SP caboose and the NYC box car.
However other freight cars provided spares for my collection, e.g. the ATSF El Capitan reefers' Rapido-fitted bogies were swapped round with the Kadee-fitted versions on my identical white Miller reefers.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on December 07, 2019, 09:45:57 PM
Picked up a Monon caboose by Atlas (fourth Monon caboose I have now). Also bought a NKP caboose by Bluford Shops but turns out it was the # I already have...found the other and managed to order the one I need. Still have an extra though.
(https://i.imgur.com/7uYaIOi.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on December 09, 2019, 08:23:42 PM
An all Kato order arrived today.
(https://i.imgur.com/qvXPZuf.jpg?1)
(https://i.imgur.com/duNhkwX.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/i0WkZ4D.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/WTniwgf.jpg)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dannyboy on December 11, 2019, 02:18:42 PM
This is the Kato locomotive I purchased, second hand, at the Festival of Railway Modelling last Saturday. It is the 176-3307 Chicago Northwestern 'Operation Lifesaver'. Having looked at some of the prices on line, I am quite pleased with the £46.00p I paid. In typical Kato fashion, it looks good and runs extremely well, especially when you consider it was initially released 22 years ago!  :thumbsup:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/85/4209-111219140647.jpeg)

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on December 12, 2019, 12:15:36 AM
The next part of my N scale purchases...
(https://i.imgur.com/hW1OCul.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/EAu3DJP.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/jH6lihj.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/qOadw7k.jpg)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on December 14, 2019, 10:18:51 PM
NKP caboose #5:
(https://i.imgur.com/Fy94VJt.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: grumbeast on December 19, 2019, 10:37:23 PM
Hey Jeff is that an NP C424?

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on December 20, 2019, 12:39:37 AM
Hey Jeff is that an NP C424?

Hi Grumbeast, If you're referring to the NKP 578, that's a ALCO C420.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: grumbeast on December 20, 2019, 02:53:08 PM
Y
Hey Jeff is that an NP C424?

Hi Grumbeast, If you're referring to the NKP 578, that's a ALCO C420.

Yep I was.. thanks for that. I'm most familiar with CP 424s and they look pretty similar
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on December 20, 2019, 03:06:11 PM
Yep I was.. thanks for that. I'm most familiar with CP 424s and they look pretty similar

Your welcome. I think the biggest spotting difference between the ALCO / MLW C420 and other Century series locomotives is the low short hood. The C420 low short hood is longer than all the other Century series low short hoods.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on December 22, 2019, 08:43:45 PM
Hey Jeff is that an NP C424?

ALCO's C420. My hometown railroad (Louisville & Nashville) ended up with the largest collection of them. They had a good number of them to start with, then picked up some from a merger with the Monon, including some high hood C420s, then got even more from the SCL when they were power short. I want to say they had at least 80 of them. The NKP 578 was the only C420 that the Nickel Plate Road ever owned...guess it wasn't a locomotive model they liked.

Few more freight cars:

Atlas TrainMan hoppers (found at $10 a piece)
(https://i.imgur.com/aHtdryI.jpg?1)
(https://i.imgur.com/loqHZnc.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on December 26, 2019, 12:01:33 AM
Christmas 2019:
(https://i.imgur.com/jKwlC3y.jpg)

Not really my purchases, but figured this is the best place to post them.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: gc4946 on January 04, 2020, 12:08:41 PM
Following on from my first Atlas Cotton Belt Dash 8-40B purchase last year

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/81/2573-050919160932.jpeg)

I bought a second loco of the same type (Atlas #48723) off British eBay

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/85/2573-040120120554.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=85739)

However it'll be my last duplicate loco because I now own sufficient Cotton Belt traction for my layout's needs. It runs OK too on DC.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Rich_S on January 04, 2020, 03:43:14 PM

However it'll be my last duplicate loco because I now own sufficient Cotton Belt traction for my layout's needs. It runs OK too on DC.

Hi gc4946, Very nice locomotives but what do you mean by "it'll be my last duplicate loco"?
The two B40-8's have different road numbers. It is very common to see the same locomotive model type in multiple unit lashup's.


Note (Not my photo, credit given to original author)
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/85/6318-040120153958.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=85743)

It is also very common for two unit sets to be run back to back as in the above photograph.


Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: gc4946 on January 04, 2020, 05:36:50 PM
The Dash 8-40Bs are my only Cotton Belt loco type which I own two examples. My layout isn't large so double heading will be rare. Nevertheless at least I'll be able to run a lashup  if I feel like it.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on January 11, 2020, 08:02:03 PM
Louisville Train Show purchases:
(https://i.imgur.com/PPcmRlQ.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: dats475 on January 11, 2020, 09:24:06 PM
 :o Jeff  :goggleeyes:
Fantastic. Acquisition!
How was the show?
Did they sell used models too?
Nevertheless, You're Danzel Washington of N gauge forum.
You're "Unstoppable".  :thumbsup:

 :beers: Dats
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on January 12, 2020, 02:24:23 AM
:o Jeff  :goggleeyes:
Fantastic. Acquisition!
How was the show?
Did they sell used models too?
Nevertheless, You're Danzel Washington of N gauge forum.
You're "Unstoppable".  :thumbsup:

 :beers: Dats

The show is decent, not as big as it used to be. Indy was the same way. I heard someone say that the Columbus show (which was last weekend) was about five times the size of the Louisville show, all the manufacturers go to that one.

There's all kinds of stuff, used and new, N, HO, Z and O mostly. There are two dealers that show up every year with huge tables of stuff. Funny thing is I drove 40 miles to buy most of my stuff from the guy whose shop is 30 miles from my house!  ;D
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Merrylee on January 12, 2020, 10:42:29 AM
Just in case it helps, KJB models have a lot of American Locos for sale pre owned.

They advertise on here at the top of the page.

Ron
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Railwaygun on January 12, 2020, 10:51:22 PM
Just in case it helps, KJB models have a lot of American Locos for sale pre owned.

They advertise on here at the top of the page.

Ron


Plus daughters had a vast amount of mint American N ( deceased customer) at Stevenage today ( locos/waggons/coaches)

worth a call / email?

http://www.plusdaughters.co.uk/ (http://www.plusdaughters.co.uk/)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Jeff_W on January 18, 2020, 01:39:03 PM
Found a complete A-B-B-A set of the hard-to-find Kato Santa Fe Yellowbonnets on ebay.
(https://i.imgur.com/zYTS8Gw.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: Ditape on January 18, 2020, 07:36:07 PM
My haul of goodies from Calne 2020 all bought for £60  :)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/86/3799-180120193546.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=86337)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
Post by: gc4946 on January 26, 2020, 06:18:24 PM
Today I attended the Pontefract model railway show and my only model purchase there was a Microtrains 32140 Louisville & Nashville 50' boxcar.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/86/2573-260120181601.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=86631)

A former schoolmate has a hyphenated surname including the name "Nash"; I found a model for sale on the Contikits trade stand which had the railroad's name spelt out as opposed to simply bearing "L & N".
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