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 Posted: Sat Nov 26th, 2016 03:23 am
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I gave my daughter and son-in-law an O27 set for under their Christmas tree. Today, they were here and he showed a huge amount of interest in the HO stuff I have. So much so that he is getting HO trains for Christmas this year.

That said, I have, almost literally, a ton of HO stuff I will probably never use. What would you suggest as a good stable of locomotives and rolling stock to give to a beginner?

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 Posted: Sat Nov 26th, 2016 05:58 am
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For your daughter and son-in-law, right?  Not little nieces or nephews?

I'd say, good details, crisp paint scheme, and a rugged, reliable motor are the keys to a good starter engine, not to mention DCC friendly.  Kato, Athearn, Atlas, the good manufacturers that have a good reputation.  If you have Mantua, I bet those would work too with some cleaning and lubricating.

Can't get into specifics though without knowing what your collection consists of.

I would make this recommendation, regardless of the equipment, make sure that all the cars you give them have metal wheels and knuckle couplers, that way they are good to go for adding new equipment.

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 Posted: Sat Nov 26th, 2016 11:43 pm
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As James suggested, Athearn, Kato, & Atlas are good ones! Start them off right with nice new stuff...no old flea market cars and NO old flea market track! I don't do DCC but from what I read, MRC's Prodigy system is a good starter. And you might tell them about Model Railroad Hobbiest on the net, it seems to cater to newbies as well as more experienced types. Of course FREERAILS can't be beat for proper and sincere information.



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 Posted: Sun Nov 27th, 2016 12:39 am
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A good 2 axle diesel and good track can't be beat for starters. Also a good controller (dc or DCC).
Nothing will send the newbie away faster than unreliable and poor running trains....they are the model railway equivalent of the plastic .049 control line offerings that scared so many away from model flying years ago.

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Just bought a Walthers SW1 switcher, DCC ready, and I can attest that it would be an excellent locomotive for a beginner!  Small, durable, runs well, pulls a lot of weight for it's size, and costs about $70-100 new depending on where you look. Many railroads owned at least one EMD SW1 so there are plenty of paint schemes to choose from.   Want to add a decoder?  Just pop in an 8 pin basic decoder and you're good to go!

  As Woodie mentioned, MRC makes a good DCC system, but they also make excellent power packs. I personally prefer NCE, which has a similar DCC starter system.  Digitrax makes a great DCC system as well.

For track, if you do sectional I suppose Kato Unitrack would be the way to go.  It's a bit more expensive, but if the HO track line is anything like Kato's N scale track system, it will be quite reliable.

Just a follow-up of more suggestions for you.

--James

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 Posted: Sun Nov 27th, 2016 06:16 pm
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Thanks for the guidance and recommendations. I am limited to stock on hand, all of which is fairly old and not DCC compatible. I do have some good-running locomotives to choose from, and I don't want to spend a lot of money on a DCC-ready locomotive. I have a pair of Mantua Santa Fe F3s which are the leading candidates at the moment.

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