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PFM B2 shay, 6 log buggies, need a track plan now
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 Posted: Tue Feb 5th, 2013 11:52 pm
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My interest in DCC is suddenly piqued. You can have smoke with your Bachmann On30 locos with DCC?



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Okay, the smoke is standard on a lot of Bachmann locomotives. However, the point still stands that DCC is great for effects, if you happen to like those effects. The smoke alone is a great touch, but make it synchronized with the other lights and sounds, then it looks real.



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 Posted: Wed Feb 6th, 2013 03:07 am
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The syncro smoke is a feature on MTH brand HO trains, not on any Bachmann stuff yet. I have decided to keep the On30 Climax and have ordered the 3rd truck kit from Backwoods Miniatures. I will also order a spare rear truck from Bachmann and fake the drive shaft. No real easy way to make it driven, plus the added stress on the line shaft wouldnt be good. I will make a carrier bearing where the coupler goes now on the 2 truck set up. SO there will be a rotating shaft from the 3rd truck and on the layout, you wont notice its not actualy connected to the rear truck. I would look at driving it, IF someone comes out with all metal drive shafts and univeral joint colars to solve the splitting issues. With all these on the market, you would think someone would make them up in metal or brass, sales would be tremendous as it would solve the driveline issues once and for all. mike

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 Posted: Sat Feb 16th, 2013 02:49 am
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What about using a small rod engine? I swapped some excess O and G scale track to a small shop today for an old PFM/United 2-6-2 Prairie King. Doesnt run to bad after I requarted a driver that was causing a hitch in her get along. Has an actual Pittman motor istead of the usual Japanese clone of a Pittman. I would probably put a can motor in it eventualy so I can put my sound decoder in it. Still needs some time on the test look to run in the drive. Acts like a Mantua that needs some serious run in time! The end issue is my whole hobby is on a shoe string budget, swapping and bartering to get needed items or better items. The On30 is nice, but structures are expensive and the long term dependablity of the driveline in the Bachmann engines is questionable. The drive in a PFM/United engine, not so much. On hand I now have the PFM/United prairie, 6 Keystone log buggies, 1 Kaydee disconnect set and 1 Kaydee logging caboose. Other than some more track and a sawmill the rest is scenery work ect. I would like to find one more engine, question is geared or rod. Track radius will be 15" so it would be a small rod, probably another prairie, depends if I can find another and what its selling for. There is a PFM Climax for sale localy but its at the top limit that I can cover right now. Rather go a bit cheaper and put the rest of the money toward the layout. Hopefully this newest round of job apps yields something. Mike

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Howdy Mike. That old PFM Prairie King is a great lokie. I inherited one from Muj and she runs like a watch. Many, many years back...a fellow brought me 2 of them and wanted a "Garratt" built. I used one superstructure, cut the tenders up into small ones that covered the motors, and built a brass platform for the boiler & cab. The loco looked pretty cool and ran great. It took some mental strength to whack up 2 nice brass locos like that but it was fun and the old loco is still around and running.
The Prairie King would make a fine rod loco for a log show, there were many used over the years. I say get another one if possible. Have fun.

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You dont have any pics of the garrett do you? That would have been neat to see. There used to be many articles in Model Railroader on modfiying brass engines, which were more generic back then, to a specific prototype. So nothing wrong with that, but it does take some bravery! I havent seen another Prairie Kig around, would love to find an original box for mine. It came in a box for a LMB NYC 0-6-0. PFM also did a generic baldwin 2-6-2 with Walscherts valve gear instead of the slide valve Stephenson of the PK version. Untill I get some stuff that I have for sale sold, it will be a one lokie show. Mike

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Sorry, the Garratt was built about 40 years back and the guy who owns it now is not "photo friendly", I think he's hiding from the IRS. I do have the original box for the Prairie King loco. Muj (Bill) bought it and a beautiful little GEM 2-4-2 on fleabay for $100 for both since they had been "custom painted" with a house painting brush and were partially dis-assembled. If you want some cool loggers, look for old NWSL lokies, they are still around.

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Here she is.



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Nice lokie!! I like that one alot. I am working on the motor to gear box connection. Didnt like how the rubber tube wanted to push the gear box around and transmit noise. Try to work with what I have on hand in my goodie box of drive line parts. Mike

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The NWSL stuff is nice, but more expensive than the PFM/United engines. Thier logging mikadoes go for as much as a PFM geared engine! There is a 0-8-0 by NWSL on ebay right now, but with flanges on all drivers, its gonna need more than a 15"r curve. I think the PFM 2-6-2's are the perfect size for a rod logger. Cant seem to find any of the above style for sale at the moment, if you see one, give me the heads up. I sold my On30 Climax, she is headed to Aussie land. Mike

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Here is my little Prairie, no road name on her yet. Mike

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