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Author Topic: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N  (Read 76981 times)

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #720 on: July 15, 2020, 09:29:11 PM »
Very sharp Donald, sits well with the B&O freight  :thumbsup:

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #721 on: July 18, 2020, 02:21:49 AM »
I've got a lot of Kato products... probably 70-80 locomotives, 10-12 coal porter sets and passenger sets and a bunch of other cars. I decided to pick up one of their intermodal well car sets.



I like Kato, I really do. But these things are awfully designed. I couldn't get the cars coupled without the plastic "connectors" coming loose from the cars, and then one of the air compressor tanks on one of the cars came loose and I have no idea how to re-connect it. I don't think I'll be picking any more of these up.

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #722 on: July 18, 2020, 12:44:22 PM »
I totally agree the coupling method is :censored: terrible I have one set and do not intend buying more.
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #723 on: July 18, 2020, 01:03:38 PM »
A Minitrix 0-6-0 old-timer:



A cute loco which runs very well, but I bought it for its chassis.

In 1899 British loco builders were maxed out and couldn't supply the Barry Railway with the 0-6-2 tank engines they needed. Barry advertised in the US and a contract was awarded to Cooke Locomotive and Machine Works of Paterson, New Jersey.

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #724 on: July 22, 2020, 01:57:36 PM »
The Postie delivered the latest additions to my UP Fleet today 3 Dash 9s from Scale Trains DCC fitted I effectively got a 3 for 2 offer and could not refuse.
It is nice to see a American Railroad Model that uses standard chips in this case Next 18.


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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #725 on: July 23, 2020, 09:43:27 PM »
More Monon ALCO C420s!


I now have eight on the roster... wondering if Atlas has any earlier runs.


The Monon only had about 18 of these in real life, so there's nearly 50% of the roster covered!

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #726 on: August 03, 2020, 11:10:19 PM »
A new Atlas model of an EMD GP-35 in Conrail paint. It is shown fresh out of the box so I haven't even painted the couplers or trucks, let alone weathered it.
Purchased through Trainworld. This will be used on Conrail interchange trains on my layout. Cheers! Maurice
The caboose is also an Atlas model, but one that I have had several years.


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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #727 on: September 13, 2020, 04:46:16 PM »
Ah … finally, the wonderfully weird New York Central jet-powered RDC M-497 by Kato Kobo. Released about ten years ago, this has always been too expensive for me as most are sold on US ebay for $400–500 to which I would have to add $150+ for shipping and import tax.
This one was listed on ebay Germany – so no additional tax, and chances were good that there would not be that much interest but €124.50 was really much less than I anticipated. :laugh2:
The model seems new and unused, however, there is some rubbing from the box inlay on the right-hand skirt near the bogies. But for the price I won’t complain. :no:



This is DCC with sound but I don’t have DCC and have not tested it on DC in case this may damage the sound chip. I don’t know which sound chip Kobo has used and if a ten year old chip will be DC compatible. And, to be honest, the jet howl was already getting on my nerves after a few minutes of watching a youtube video. :worried:


In 1966, the real M-497 was cheaply converted within four weeks from a thirteen year old Budd RDC-3 and the booster engines from a retired Convair B-36 bomber (which used six props and four jet boosters), topped off with a streamlined front (the windscreens were number boards from an F-unit), to test whether high-speed rail traffic would be possible with existing stock and track. It’s unlikely that much useful data was gathered during the four test runs, and the whole episode was more a PR stunt than serious research. At least, the top speed of 183.68 mph (295.6 km/h) meant a U.S. speed record for the NYC, a last hurrah before the Penn Central merger in 1968.



One thing learned from the test runs was already observed by the Reichsbahn in 1930 with the Rail Zeppelin: When using aero propulsion on existing track a much stronger glue for the ballast would be needed. :D


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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #728 on: September 13, 2020, 05:27:50 PM »
That is one fabulous looking locomotive - I want one!
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« Reply #729 on: September 13, 2020, 08:25:37 PM »
it was also important not to stand too close to the platform edge - in Germany, spectators were blown off their feet!
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #730 on: September 13, 2020, 09:22:37 PM »
“Keep back from the platform edge – passing trains cause air turbulence” :D


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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #731 on: September 13, 2020, 09:47:33 PM »
Awesome  :D

I just wanna see it do a 'Keystone Kops' and go through a tunnel thwacking the gear off the roof.

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I should think that was quite a sight to see!
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #732 on: September 14, 2020, 06:45:16 AM »
That is one fabulous looking locomotive - I want one!

You could always model the Russian version.....
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #733 on: September 14, 2020, 05:57:44 PM »
needs Wile E. Coyote sat on top  ;)
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #734 on: September 16, 2020, 04:10:41 PM »


In 1966, the real M-497 was cheaply converted within four weeks from a thirteen year old Budd RDC-3 and the booster engines from a retired Convair B-36 bomber (which used six props and four jet boosters), topped off with a streamlined front (the windscreens were number boards from an F-unit), to test whether high-speed rail traffic would be possible with existing stock and track. It’s unlikely that much useful data was gathered during the four test runs, and the whole episode was more a PR stunt than serious research. At least, the top speed of 183.68 mph (295.6 km/h) meant a U.S. speed record for the NYC, a last hurrah before the Penn Central merger in 1968.


Hi Peter, Yes this was a last ditch PR effort to try and attract passengers. The railroads were seeing massive financial loss in the passenger business and it was reported on some trains employees out numbered passengers. Because of government regulations, a railroad could not just stop running passenger trains, but instead had to get government permission to stop running the passenger train. Things became so dire, that just 5 years after the attached video was made, all but a few US railroads handed their passenger operations over to Amtrak, a newly created government corporation created to handle the US passenger rail business. Basically the deal was, Amtrak would take over the passenger rail business and the railroads had to allow Amtrak to operate their trains over the various rail lines. I remember the early days of Amtrak, we called those early Amtrak trains, "Rainbow Trains" because of all the locomotives and passenger cars just thrown together to try and keep the passenger trains running.

That is a very neat model by Kato, thanks for sharing the photos.

Cheers,
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