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Thread: What are Good N Scale Engine Brands?

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    Thanks everyone for your input. I was hoping Atlas and Kato would be in the list but I wasn't sure as I went to my local train store and he like only 2 CSX engines so I was worried that they weren't that popular.

    Upon looking at the possible track plans that I may build, I am thinking more and more that maybe I should go with DCC as they all seem to have reversing loops and 20 or more blocks. I have never used a layout with reversing loop but it sounds like a pain in the neck as I like to have trains running all by themselves without constant input from me. So now I am on a mission to learn all I can about DCC (I know almost nothing about it) and to find engines that have DCC already.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by jocatch View Post
    Thanks everyone for your input. I was hoping Atlas and Kato would be in the list but I wasn't sure as I went to my local train store and he like only 2 CSX engines so I was worried that they weren't that popular.
    Store inventory can be misleading. Kato has essentially been number one for the entire time they've been active in N scale.

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    Atlas and Kato make the best stuff I have. My Athearn Challenger is very good. My Athearn FP45 I would rate as very good, also. I have two LL SW 9/1200 switchers (I guess they didn't want to dictate to us which SW they modeled) and I think those are good switchers. I have a Bachmann Spectrum 44-tonner that I would rate as very good once you swap the stock coupler for something that actually couples and decouples.
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    Another thing I do in evaluating whether to buy a specific model is to check N Scale Locomotive Encyclopedia and also ask here on this board what people think of X brand's model of Y locomotive.
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    While Kato is a excellent brand they don't offer much in CSX.

    Your best choice for CSX is with Atlas.Now IMHO Atlas is equal to Kato..Walthers(former LL) is another good brand-stay away from the cheaper LL locos..
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    Is this some kind of sick joke or what ? 8-)

    I went to Walters and Trainworld.com looking for CSX N scale engines from Kato and Atlas and I found almost nothing! I saw a couple models available but most offerings were DISCONTINUED, OUT OF STOCK or due in 2010 (some as far as July 2010)!!

    What gives? Has there been a mad rush for CSX engines? Did a factory somewhere burn down? 8-)

    I guess I'll have to keep looking...

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    Model railroading has been moving toward this reservations system (topic of several other threads) that people love and hate. The problem with this for someone in your position is that everything seems to be out of stock when you're starting up. If you're looking for something that was released two years ago by Atlas, for example, the search can be quite difficult sometimes.

    Try some of the TrainBoard vendors here, and then there's always used stuff on that auction site and other places. Also, check out TrainStore here periodically as there are other CSX modelers who may be buying and selling. Sometimes it pays to check the inventories of shops nowhere near your roadname's area, as they may have bought a few for stock and they may still be sitting there. Sometimes, when looking for SP locos, for example, I will check shops on the East Coast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jocatch View Post
    Is this some kind of sick joke or what ? 8-)

    I went to Walters and Trainworld.com looking for CSX N scale engines from Kato and Atlas and I found almost nothing! I saw a couple models available but most offerings were DISCONTINUED, OUT OF STOCK or due in 2010 (some as far as July 2010)!!

    What gives? Has there been a mad rush for CSX engines? Did a factory somewhere burn down? 8-)

    I guess I'll have to keep looking...

    Joe
    Joe,I model CSX and they are easy to find on line..

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    Quote Originally Posted by brakie View Post
    While Kato is a excellent brand they don't offer much in CSX.
    Kato has or will make for CSX G38-2, C30-7, foobie CW44-9, SD40, SD40-2, SD70M, SD70mac, SD80mac, AC44CW, and coming soon SD70ace and ES44AC. KATO has made plenty for CSX, is the only eastern road they know, sorry NS guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jocatch View Post
    I am a transplant from HO where I built a layout back in the early 90's. I stopped back around 2000 when I had to leave the layout. Back then Proto 2000, Atlas and Stewart were well respected, quality brands.

    Today I am thinking about doing my first N scale. I am looking for CSX engines, non-DCC. What brand are around today that are of the same quality that I am use to?

    Joe
    I think Atlas is the best because of all the variety they offer form locos to rolling stock to track, Kato is good too but they make more or less the new era diesel locos. Intermountain is also great if you want any F units, Walther's purchased Life Like and I think they're locos Proto's came a long way also. These are all good manufacturers that I really recommend.

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