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Offline longbridge

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Latest Addition to the Fleet.
« on: September 03, 2011, 07:36:04 AM »
A Lifelike GP20, beautiful smooth runner and whisper quiet.

I have owned several of these locos by Lifelike over the years and found they need a little more servicing than Kato or Atlas but when maintained they give years of trouble free running.

« Last Edit: October 26, 2012, 08:59:01 PM by whiteswan »
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Re: Latest Addition to the Fleet.
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2011, 07:53:08 AM »
Local or overseas purchase?
« Last Edit: October 26, 2012, 08:59:14 PM by whiteswan »
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Re: Latest Addition to the Fleet.
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2011, 07:55:37 AM »
Hi Dave,

Very nice. All my US engines are Bachmann. I haven't tried any of the other makers yet.

Who would you consider to make the best engines?

Alex
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Re: Latest Addition to the Fleet.
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2011, 09:54:10 AM »
Local or overseas purchase?

Hi Kevin, I got this one locally for $50 and still have access to more :thumbsup:
« Last Edit: October 26, 2012, 08:59:37 PM by whiteswan »
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Re: Latest Addition to the Fleet.
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2011, 10:10:28 AM »
Hi Dave,

Very nice. All my US engines are Bachmann. I haven't tried any of the other makers yet.

Who would you consider to make the best engines?

Alex


G'Day Alex, most modellers think Kato or Atlas are the best and there is no doubt that they are great runners, Lifelike is a cheaper brand but as I said previous I have had plenty of different engines from them and never had any problems.

Bachmann was always considered to be a very cheap brand and up until a few years ago they left quite a bit to be desired by the serious modeller, I admire Bachmann and intend buying some of their cheaper diesels and trams in the near future, they have pretty much done away with the thick handrails and cheap paint jobs from the past and now have closer to scale handrails and some have directional lighting and DCC Ready.

One word of advice is never buy a Bachmann diesel in a carboard box as they are the old models, the new models are great little locos and come in a clear plastic box with the newest fitted with Knuckle Couplers but Rapido's in the box, good models are Plymouth Switcher, GP50, GP7, GP40, U36B, F7A & B, GE 44 Ton, and there are some new models that have been released. 

The little Prairie and 0-6-0 Switcher that used to stall over points have improved big  time, they now have multi wheel pickup and run as good as models costing much more.
« Last Edit: October 26, 2012, 08:59:48 PM by whiteswan »
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Re: Latest Addition to the Fleet.
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2011, 10:16:28 AM »
A Lifelike GP20, beautiful smooth runner and whisper quiet.

I have owned several of these locos by Lifelike over the years and found they need a little more servicing than Kato or Atlas but when maintained they give years of trouble free running.
Hi Dave,

Very nice. All my US engines are Bachmann. I haven't tried any of the other makers yet.

Who would you consider to make the best engines?

Alex


Hi Dave,   

Excellent locos  i  find they run  on  code 80 better with some code 55 pointwork   they have a habit of derailing.

** Alex  IMHO    the best locos are made  by Kato silk smoooth &  silent  with a good weight to them  i have yet to find  a Kato   loco   that  doesnt make the grade,  also  keep   an  eye open  for  engines  made  by Intermountain the detailing   can be delicate but  very accurate,   others include  Fox Valley  or life like made for Walthers
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Re: Latest Addition to the Fleet.
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2011, 10:24:40 AM »
Local or overseas purchase?

Hi Kevin, I got this one locally for $50 and still have access to more :thumbsup:

            Smashing looking loco Dave.....very striking livery :thumbsup:
            50 Aussie beer tokens........how much is that in English money......?
            Sounds like a bargain.........
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Re: Latest Addition to the Fleet.
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2011, 10:43:32 AM »
Local or overseas purchase?

Hi Kevin, I got this one locally for $50 and still have access to more :thumbsup:

            Smashing looking loco Dave.....very striking livery :thumbsup:
            50 Aussie beer tokens........how much is that in English money......?
            Sounds like a bargain.........

G'Day Dock thanks for that, I think its very close to 35 Quid UK, purchases like this are the reason why most Aussie modellers go for American layouts, most British and Australian locos and Rolling stock costs an arm and a leg ::)
« Last Edit: October 26, 2012, 09:00:26 PM by whiteswan »
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Re: Latest Addition to the Fleet.
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2011, 02:20:36 PM »
Don't forget Athearn. My Big Boy is very, very nice.
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Re: Latest Adition to the Fleet.
« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2011, 02:46:03 PM »
Don't forget Athearn. My Big Boy is very, very nice.

I forgot about  the Big Boy's Poliss  8)  ;)

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Re: Latest Addition to the Fleet.
« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2011, 11:40:52 AM »
I won a Life-Like Double Header set and Caboose from eBay at a good price.
One powered GP38 loco and one dummy GP38 loco.
I have never owned a Life-Like loco before so was curious to find out what they were like.
I ran the loco in both directions at different speeds and was immediately impressed with how quiet it was.
The powered loco has a lighted cab which is not directional - no big deal there.
After I had given it a run for an hour or so I loaded it up with some freight.
The GP38 ended up pulling the dummy GP38 and caboose with a combination of eighteen oil tankers and box cars, so twenty in all and will crawl round my track no problem at all, I will post a video of it pulling this lot tomorrow  ;)
I am very impressed with this Life-Like loco and in my opinion beats Bachmann into the ground but Kato is still king by a long way, especially for pulling power :thumbsup:












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Re: Latest Addition to the Fleet.
« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2011, 12:26:12 PM »
Nice locos and nice pics, John. :thumbsup: I'm curious about your fishplates as they don't look like the bog standard Peco ones - they look beefier and better??

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Re: Latest Addition to the Fleet.
« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2011, 12:32:39 PM »
Nice - I had a model of 3500 many moons ago but it was powered.

The answer to the fishplates is it is Kato Unitrack.
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Re: Latest Addition to the Fleet.
« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2011, 12:46:11 PM »
Hi Scotsoft,

Very nice engines. You do get some good bargains from Ebay now and then.

Alex
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Re: Latest Addition to the Fleet.
« Reply #14 on: October 11, 2011, 01:07:42 PM »
Thanks to all of you for your comments  :thumbsup:

I am so pleased Nobby's fishplate question was answered by Sithlord75, I had an idea what they were but would have had to ask for an explanation as I think I know them as rail joiners  ???

Anyway I have just finished doing the video now I need to stick some titles and music on it then upload it to You Tube and I can't do that till later on tonight as I have to go see a certain 8 y/o :evil: terrorist when he gets out of school and adds a few bruises to my weary carcass.
So I am off for a 35 minute Metro ride and won't be back till after his bedtime  ;)

cheers John.
« Last Edit: October 26, 2012, 09:01:36 PM by whiteswan »

 

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