|Joined: ||Wed Jul 18th, 2012|
|Location: ||California USA|
|Hi All, I just found this site and especially this thread. I'm helping a friend build his H.O. layout. This guy is really good at bashing locos and rolling stock. We were talking some time ago about wanting a 2-4-4-2 and he finally decided to try it. We each bought a Bachmann 2-6-0 with DCC and sound and another 2-6-0 without sound for about $185.00 total, and he got to work. He removed the rear drivers from each loke, added a trailing truck from the junk box to the rear engine, spliced the boilers together, made numerous other mods and ended up with a very nice looking, rare locomotive with DCC and sound for less than $200.00. Another of his specialties is powering up tenders and some rolling stock to provide extra pulling power. His layout has 2% to 2 1/2% grades and if any given loke can not handle the grade, we just add a powered box or passenger car as appropriate to the consist and away we go. Even when you know the car is powered, you can't see it as it passes by. Now he will get started on my engine. I can't wait for it to get finished. I will try to post some photos later.