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 Posted: Tue Jul 4th, 2017 03:21 am
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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.

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The Bachmann 4-6-0 is a nice looking loco, for a sensible price.


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Being a Brit. ;) I can't help but like the odd green loco now & again, like this nice 4-4-0


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The SR is nice, but this ORANGE plug!

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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.
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Adorable little lokies pull cute shorty trains...

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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.


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" 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.



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I model a short line set in the transition era and prefer smaller steamers. A mike is the largest locomotive that I run, but I like consolidations. I have a couple of brass consolidations, but years ago, Bachmann came out with their consolidation. I still operate DC, but they do offer it in DCC. Mine has been an excellent running locomotive for years. Their mogul is another smooth running locomotive. I do have one in DCC and it runs just fine for me using DC.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7zO8kdjGGA&list=UUpe539gp80GddF84WMrSNzw&index=62

My only complaint with the mogul is that it is quite a wimp on grades. I have a two and a half percent grade on my layout and these two passenger cars are about the limit for it.

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Si. wrote: Being a Brit. ;) I can't help but like the odd green loco now & again, like this nice 4-4-0


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One of the things I learned in my researches on the Little River 2-4-4-2 is that Baldwin was delivering logging locomotives with a dark green boiler jacket, unless specified otherwise by the purchaser.

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