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  1. #1
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    Atlas old-timer 4-4-0

    Just got announced/vendors now taking pre orders. Interesting little loco, motor's in the tender (cab looks more scale than the 2-6-0). No dcc. I will have at least one, anyway. Your thoughts, guys?
    -Trains, Cigars, & Classic Cars-
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    (Always on the lookout for N scale Northern Pacific stuff....)

  2. #2
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    I might talk the wife into a Disney one

    Modeling Casa Grande in the mid 1980's...before the BORG

  3. #3
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    The Disney version looks like it has a taller cab than the Atlas version.

    From http://www.lowellsmith.net/



    I'm getting a few.



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    I hope it runs better then the Bachmann model! If it does, I would be in for one or two.

    Ship and travel Santa Fe.....all the way!
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    This just made my day infinitely better. If it does run well, I may be easily tempted to buy two as well. Then I can finally model the San Diego, Cuyamaca & Eastern with (hopefully) smooth-running 4-4-0's with no work required other than a repaint!
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    The Lowell Smith one is only available at Disneyland. Anyone got one, actually ran it and wants to make a report?

    And Mark Watson's (improved) ventilated box cars are a great match for them. How did he know? :D

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    I have been doing a little research since the Atlas annoucement of the impending release and have still been coming up short on some information, even looking on the other board. I'm going to assume that this loco has both pick-up from the drivers and tender unlike the Bmann version which has only tender pick-up but I have not been able to confirm this. The other thing of interest is the design of the pilot. Originally these little tea kettles had link and pin on the front and later most got knuckle couplers. Quite a few of these little fellas had long lives steaming in light branchline freight and passenger service into the early 1950s. The few Bmann versions I have have all been converted to a new pilot with MTs reflecting that later service and I would do the same with this model if the pilot is a separate piece. Converting the Bmann locos were a bear. So if I can find the answers to those questions I'll probably get in line for at least two undecs to do up in basic black. And the older Bmann 4-4-0s that actually run good and pull reasonably well will probably have a few retired to have the tenders gutted and converted auxiallary water cars for electrical pick-up to improve their running. The limited tender pick-up being thier only shortfall. The Bmann engines left will either get pushed to the back of a weed overgrown storage track, or I'll attempt a Nn3 conversion with one, or maybe even bash two together for another 4-6-0

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    "...or maybe even bash two together for another 4-6-0"

    Oooh, oooh, oooh... I know! I know!!!

    Clinchfield's "One Spot!!!"

    http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPic...spx?id=2440377

    Splice the chassis and the siderods similar to what was done to turn a Kato Mikado into a USRA heavy 2-10-2...

    Dang it... I might yet have to buy one and parts... B (
    jerry

    PROUD FATHER OF A MILITARY MAN!!!

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  9. #9
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    Jerry, couldn't you use some old-timer shell parts and an Athearn 2-6-0 chassis? My 2-6-0 is one of the best running steamers I own (swiss watch!). That kicked-out driving wheel is so dang cool.... I'd never seen the #1 before.
    -Trains, Cigars, & Classic Cars-
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    (Always on the lookout for N scale Northern Pacific stuff....)

  10. #10
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    well you can still wire dcc even if it isnt dcc, it just takes a little finesse, you can always wire a lenz in the cab and run the wires between the engine and tender, you can fit a lenz in almost anything.

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