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Finally broke down and purchased my first locomotive...
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 Posted: Sat Sep 3rd, 2016 12:52 am
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I have been watching the Blackstone C-19 model B210314-S C-19 2-8-0 Consolidation, Painted and Unlettered (Diamond Stack) (DCC and Tsunami Sound) Locomotive on eBay and various online model shops. Not many left out of their last run it seems, the ones I do run across, seem to be pretty close to their retail price now that stock is so low. I found that H.B. Klein's modeltrainstuff.com had one left in their inventory and they were also offering an additional 5% off for Labor day sale on all orders, I bit the bullet and ordered it. My first HOn3 locomotive! Since I'm planning a model of a mining/logging area based in Colorado in 1880-1900 era, this should be a good start.

Now I need to get a NCE Power Cab so I can actually run it on some test track (I actually had one of those with the USB adapter in my shopping cart, but pulled them out at the last minute before I paid). I figure I can get one of those anytime, and best not to spend too much money all at once. I cant wait to get this model in my hands. Total on the Blackstone locomotive was a bargain at $374.99 I think. :glad:



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I'm a Colorado mining district afficianado. Planning a layout in HOn3 based on the Gilpin County area.
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Howdy Chriss, have you considered the Crystal River RR? That was a great narrow gauge line with mining, some logging, and used C-19's (I believe).

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 Posted: Mon Sep 5th, 2016 02:53 pm
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Time frame is good on the CRRR for me, I don't have a lot of info on it, will look at some photos, I grew up in Denver, and my parents had a condo in Frisco, CO (near Dillon Resivoir), not to close to that area, but I did a lot of hiking all over Colorado, and have been in the Carbondale/Aspen area many times. My best friend's Dad owned Aspen Airways, so we would get there occasionally, one of the hairiest airport runways I've ever seen!

I'll probably freelance my 1st module, as my area to set up in is rather small, about 24" x 74", and I'd like to include several mines. I probably won't be planning this for much other than photography, fun running and some light switching, alone of course not much to do in that little space with operations beyond a single operator..



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Crystal River Pictorial by Dell McCoy, published by Sundance. An excellent book with many fine photos and some nice verbage also. You might check Sundance or maybe some are available through Amazon or my favorite-Abe Booksellers.
You might need to get the checkbook out, it might be pricey these days...but well worth every nickel, etc.

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Thanks Woodie! Just found a copy for under $15.00 and ordered one. Should be here in a week or so.



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Chriss, sorry but the CR used C-21's but then what's another 2 tons...these locos look alike anyway! You will love the book, it might even inspire you to build an electric tramway...but you'll (Yule) see in the book.

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No worries Woodie! The book looked good and for the price I found it at, I can't go wrong. I'm sure there will be more than one loco in my future, though I'd love a Shay or Climax, too bad Bachmann isn't doing them in HOn3, they did just announce a 50 Ton class Climax in HO though.



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There are brass Shays around, probably for less than the C-19. Brass seems to be a depressed area now, I have friends who are buying nice locos for very low prices! You might still find one of the MDC/Roundhouse HOn3 Shays for a good price, the RTR models ran fine, the kits were fun to build but took lots of fiddling to get things right. A Climax might be a bit harder to find unless you would take one of the many old Class A jobs from NWSL. The truth is out there!

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Hi Chriss

How's things going there ?
Got any loco pics ?

I see you've been stocking up on research books.

:moose:

Si.

You run her a bit yet ?



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Si, I posted a photo of the newest acquisition over at the Gilpin Tram thread #2 pg.6

Picked up a nice looking HOn3 Brass Atlas/PFM 25-Ton Shay two nights ago, looking forward to getting it in hand, according to my Brown Book of Brass Trains, I think it was produced in 1967-1969 era. If it was ever run, it wasn't run much. I'll post more detailed photos once it arrives next week and I have it in hand. Really excited to have found an affordable one in this shape, even with a complete tune-up/over haul and DCC decoder install, I'm still in under what I normally see them sell for. :)

Always buying books, I quote Thomas Jefferson here "I cannot live without my books." That Gilpin Railroad Era book is amazing, a ton of knowledge in it, they even have the whistle blows layed out as to what the Gilpin used.

Still in the planning stage, since my only layout area is very small, I'm thinking of redesigning the layout I really want, then building a TOMA module for the best or most fun part to have now, that way I could always incorporate it into the main layout whenever I have the space to finally build it.



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