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Author Topic: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N  (Read 54243 times)

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #495 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.

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #496 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.







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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #497 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.

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #498 on: July 03, 2019, 01:35:42 PM »
Who was that then?   :-X
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #499 on: July 03, 2019, 02:21:02 PM »
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Yes, I wonder who...?
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #500 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.

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #501 on: July 03, 2019, 04:00:21 PM »
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Yes, I wonder who...?

Dunno m'lud. (But they are nice and worth the money - go on, admit it  ;)).
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #502 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!

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #503 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.
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #504 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.....
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #505 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.



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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #506 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.




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. 

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #507 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.



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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #508 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.
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #509 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.



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