Freerails Home 
Home Search search Menu menu Not logged in - Login | Register
Freerails > Model Railroad Forums > HO & OO Scale > Small Steamers in HO

Because of non-railroad abuse of the site, new members MUST use their first names (at least) to join NO EXCEPTIONS!

Small Steamers in HO
 Moderated by: Herb Kephart
New Topic Reply Printer Friendly
 Rate Topic 
AuthorPost
 Posted: Mon Jul 3rd, 2017 11:21 pm
  PMQuoteReply
1st Post
jtrain
Registered


Joined: Sun May 27th, 2012
Location: Bozeman, Montana USA
Posts: 912
Status: 
Offline
I was reading one of Iain Rice's books about small train layouts and he brought up a good point, while you can find Big Boys, Challengers, 2-10-4's, Yellowstones, Triplexes and the like in almost every scale by several manufacturers, there seems to be far fewer detailed, well running models of all the different workhorse steam engines you'd see prior to WWII.  I'm talking about the classic engines that were the backbone for hauling freight traffic on the branchlines.  2-6-0's, 2-6-2's, 4-6-0's, 4-6-2's, etc...

Not to mention all those engines dedicated to passenger service, 4-4-2's, and 4-6-4's.

A lot of people model the transition era or the steam era of railroading, and plenty of modelers also model shortlines, regionals, and branchlines.  But despite that, I'm having trouble finding a good variety of small steam engines.  Bachmann seems to be one of the few manufacturers with a decent steam roster for sale, and then there's brass engines.

Anyways, I didn't just come to complain, I'm wondering where I might find sources for excellent running, adaptable steamers in HO scale.  High quality, good details, DCC with Sound would be icing on the cake. I'm betting there's more than a few people who are looking for the same items.

Thanks!

--James

--James



____________________
James W.

See progress on the Crown Peak Logging Railroad

http://apartmentrailroad.blogspot.com

And:

http://rapidcityrr.blogspot.com

A blog with modeling ideas and prototype information about my favorite regional railroad, the Rapid City Pie
Back To Top

 Posted: Tue Jul 4th, 2017 02:01 pm
  PMQuoteReply
2nd Post
Si.
Super Moderator


Joined: Thu Feb 23rd, 2012
Location: London
Posts: 3388
Status: 
Offline
The Bachmann 4-6-0 is a nice looking loco, for a sensible price.


:bg:


Si.


Attachment: HO_4-6-0.jpg (Downloaded 45 times)



____________________

' Mysterious Moose Mountain ' - 1:35n2 - pt.II
http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=7318&forum_id=17&page=1

' M:R:W Motor Speedway !!! ' - 1:32 Slotcar Racing Layout
http://www.slotforum.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=59295&st=0&a
Back To Top

 Posted: Tue Jul 4th, 2017 02:03 pm
  PMQuoteReply
3rd Post
Si.
Super Moderator


Joined: Thu Feb 23rd, 2012
Location: London
Posts: 3388
Status: 
Offline
Being a Brit. ;) I can't help but like the odd green loco now & again, like this nice 4-4-0


:bg:


Si.


Attachment: BAC-80128-2.jpg (Downloaded 45 times)



____________________

' Mysterious Moose Mountain ' - 1:35n2 - pt.II
http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=7318&forum_id=17&page=1

' M:R:W Motor Speedway !!! ' - 1:32 Slotcar Racing Layout
http://www.slotforum.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=59295&st=0&a
Back To Top

 Posted: Tue Jul 4th, 2017 04:09 pm
  PMQuoteReply
4th Post
pipopak
Moderator


Joined: Wed Apr 13th, 2011
Location: Florida USA
Posts: 1662
Status: 
Offline
The SR is nice, but this ORANGE plug!

Jose.



____________________
As I have grown older, I've learned that pleasing everybody is impossible, but pissing everybody off is a piece of cake.
Back To Top

 Posted: Fri Jul 7th, 2017 02:36 am
  PMQuoteReply
5th Post
jtrain
Registered


Joined: Sun May 27th, 2012
Location: Bozeman, Montana USA
Posts: 912
Status: 
Offline
Thanks guys,
I have the Bachmann 4-6-0, but I'm not too impressed with it's pulling power.  Maybe I'm just being too picky.  I've been looking around at Brass trains for a while and almost everything has been made at some point in brass.  I guess I'll just have to be willing to swap out the open frame motor for a modern type and sometimes update the gearing mechanisms, add DCC and Sound, paint and letter.
Once again, Thanks!
--James



____________________
James W.

See progress on the Crown Peak Logging Railroad

http://apartmentrailroad.blogspot.com

And:

http://rapidcityrr.blogspot.com

A blog with modeling ideas and prototype information about my favorite regional railroad, the Rapid City Pie
Back To Top

 Posted: Fri Jul 7th, 2017 02:58 am
  PMQuoteReply
6th Post
pipopak
Moderator


Joined: Wed Apr 13th, 2011
Location: Florida USA
Posts: 1662
Status: 
Offline
Adorable little lokies pull cute shorty trains...

Jose.



____________________
As I have grown older, I've learned that pleasing everybody is impossible, but pissing everybody off is a piece of cake.
Back To Top

 Posted: Fri Jul 7th, 2017 03:36 am
  PMQuoteReply
7th Post
jtrain
Registered


Joined: Sun May 27th, 2012
Location: Bozeman, Montana USA
Posts: 912
Status: 
Offline
Up grades, sure.
But I've been looking through the Otto Perry photograph collection at the Denver Public Library Digital Archives and there's plenty of photographs from my home state of South Dakota.
One photograph showed a CNW atlantic pulling several passenger cars up a grade, another captured a mikado towing 50 cars, and then there was a little Hiesler towing an auxiliary water car and 10 freight cars on the Crouch Line.
Of course, I may never have the space for mainline operations,  But in the Midwest, you would have seen trains up to about 20 cars on the branchlines with a mogul or a ten wheeler at the head.
As I said though, I think looking into brass is the way to go.  Many different types of models, all the engines are heavy and can be modified for better mechanisms.


Thanks guys
--James



____________________
James W.

See progress on the Crown Peak Logging Railroad

http://apartmentrailroad.blogspot.com

And:

http://rapidcityrr.blogspot.com

A blog with modeling ideas and prototype information about my favorite regional railroad, the Rapid City Pie
Back To Top

 Posted: Fri Jul 7th, 2017 03:32 pm
  PMQuoteReply
8th Post
Si.
Super Moderator


Joined: Thu Feb 23rd, 2012
Location: London
Posts: 3388
Status: 
Offline
" Adorable little lokies pull cute shorty trains..."



Hi James :wave:



I would tend to agree with Freerails Professor of philosophy, Jose. ;)

Especially in the context of what most 'real world' layouts with small lokies can squeeze in.



I haven't seen how much spare space is inside one of the 4-6-0s ...

... but my strategy for increased traction & better running ...

... is simply to fill every available nook & cranny with LEAD ! :shocked:



Lead is way more affordable than brass ... ;)

... and you haven't got all the painting & electrical problems, dealing with brass models :f:

If you have the money for them in the first place that is.



:moose:



Si.



____________________

' Mysterious Moose Mountain ' - 1:35n2 - pt.II
http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=7318&forum_id=17&page=1

' M:R:W Motor Speedway !!! ' - 1:32 Slotcar Racing Layout
http://www.slotforum.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=59295&st=0&a
Back To Top


 Current time is 04:53 am

Freerails > Model Railroad Forums > HO & OO Scale > Small Steamers in HO
Top



UltraBB 1.172 Copyright © 2007-2016 Data 1 Systems