December 21st, 2011, 03:47 PM #1
atlas 2-6-0 Mogul looking for review
I am cosidering buying the Atlas 2-6-0 Mogul for my layout. the layout is modeled after the old NYC "Peanut Line" that ran through Akron NY in the late 1800's. I was thinking of the Bachman 4-4-0 but heard good and bad things about it. Has anybody ran the Atlas 2-6-0 and how is the train. I want to keep with the era and either of these trains fit perfectly. Looknig for anyones thoughts???
December 21st, 2011, 03:59 PM #2
I sure have no complaints with my Atlas Mogul. The Bachmann I can't speak about. The Model Power 4-4-0 is hit or mis. It runs okay at speed, but suffers at slow and doesn't pull as much as the Mogul. Jim
December 21st, 2011, 04:51 PM #3
Here's Spookshow's review.
It runs ok out of the box, better after some break-in time.
One of it's issues is electrical pickup, which I've heard gets better when you hardwire the tender to the engine frames, as the spottiness comes from the uneven contact the two rods on the drawbar have with the pickup post on the loco.
I haven't worked on mine yet (or added the details that come with it), so we'll see how it works.
There's no room in the tender for a decoder (unless you want to take out the weight, which will reduce the pickup from the tender truck), but this dude shows how you can put one in the cab.
Otherwise, Top Hobby offers an installation package that includes rear coupler (it comes with a Rapido) & wiring up the headlamp for DCC.
It does look cool, though: nice & small as earlier steam should.
A few tweeks and you're good to go.
Hope this helps.
December 21st, 2011, 05:37 PM #4
Yes, after doing more research and locating some other threads on the same topic everybody says the same. the contacts need to be adjusted and weight put in the tender, but for the most part a good engine. So i believe i will try and purchase one. Thanks
December 21st, 2011, 06:58 PM #5
Just got my 2nd Atlas Mogul, runs only marginally better than the first (which was already a swiss watch!). Only steamer in my fleet I love more would be my NP Roundhouse 2-8-0, fantastic model there but notably bigger and more "modern". Of course, I want to try bullfrog snot to help these tiny things pull a bit better but out of the box they'll do a good 8-10 MT or similar cars (quality trucks/wheels) on 0% grade. Would be a killer candidate for a golden-spike train or something equally nostalgic on any transition-era or later layout!
As far as comparing the Model Power 4-4-0? I'll tell ya- they look good at a steady speed, but without traction tires they're challenged by a couple heavyweights. I have two MP 440's that pull about 5-6 roundhouse overtons. Now my MP 2-6-0 with traction tires (and proper quartering) is a tenfold better loco, those I would buy again without hesitation..... but only mentioning those as a comparo. Cheers!
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December 21st, 2011, 07:40 PM #6
If you get the urge to kitbash, the chassis is great 'bones'. I've made an 0-6-4t out of one, and a modernized 2-6-0 with tender drive and a gearhead out of another. The 2-6-0 with tender drive is probably the finest performing small steam locomotive I've ever seen, hands down. So you start with a basically good locomotive that has the potential to become truly awesome if you want to take it there.
And I'm not the only one that's done that. Chris333 paved the way with his scratchbuilt 2-6-2 with tender drive, Jerry DeBene has that one now. Bluntly, I don't know of another base chassis that is that readily available and that well made for its size that is worth that kind of investment in time and money to improve.
December 21st, 2011, 09:58 PM #7
Here is a clip from the MR review when they came out in 2004:
All I can say is that the combination of all these characteristics have created an optimal level of performance for the Atlas 2-6-0. For a locomotive that weighs less than 2 ounces, it is an outstanding hauler. As I was performing the By the Numbers testing I thought something was wrong with my equipment when I found the locomotive pull weight to be .8 ounces. That had to be wrong, I thought, for such a small model and decided it was the time for some practical measures. Setting a consist up on the track, I started out with a train of twelve cars. The Mogul didnít falter, which I kind of expected. Adding another dozen cars didnít hinder the 2-6-0 either. OK. So then I added another dozen cars for a total of 36. Still no wheel slippage encountered and this was at a slight .5 percent grade and on 12.375-inch radius curves! Finally, after bringing the car count up to 40, I started to see the Atlas locomotive have a little traction trouble, but it still made it around the layout. Incredible. This has to be the best pulling locomotive I have tested in quite awhile.Tony Hines
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December 22nd, 2011, 05:41 PM #8
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