View Poll Results: Highest quality locomotives (multiple selections ok)

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  • Broadway (BLI)

    36 23.08%
  • Athearn

    51 32.69%
  • Bachmann & Spectrum

    22 14.10%
  • Trixx

    7 4.49%
  • Atlas

    85 54.49%
  • Kato

    84 53.85%
  • Mantua

    6 3.85%
  • Walthers Trainline

    7 4.49%
  • Proto (1000, 2000, Heritage etc)

    53 33.97%
  • Other (poll limit is 10 choices)

    21 13.46%
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Thread: HO locomotive quality ranking

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    HO locomotive quality ranking

    Please select the locomotives that provide the best quality and performance on your layout.

    The names of voters is marked as hidden, so lets vote and see who we choose as the best loco manufacturers. HO please
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    Shouldn't this be in the HO-scale forum???
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    My engines rate from the top:

    1) Spectrum Shay
    2)Life-Like SD-7
    3)Atlas RS-1

    Other engines on the layout-not mine
    1)BLW Pennsy M1
    2)Atlas Trainmaster
    3)PS Y6B
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    Talking

    Could be an interesting topic! This would probably be best viewed in the HO Forum. So will move it over there.

    :D

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    This type of poll is at best subjective, since it depends upon models that the responders own. Even among the same brand, locomotive "quality" (which in itself is debateable, depending upon the tastes and expectations of each individual modeler) can vary; for instance, while I'm not overly wild about Athearn's ex-RPP offerings in their RTR line, I've got nothing but praise for their newer RTR offerings, in particular their SD50/60 and SD45T-2. How is one supposed to vote on such a far-reaching subject?

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    I made my choices based on what I have now. Haven't bought a BLI locomotive as yet, so have no knowledge of their product. I haven't owned a Mantua/Tyco since my first days in HO (1964-1969), so am not up to date on them either.

    Since I mostly run diesel (got to have at least one 2-10-0), it is so good that units from the different manufacturers run together so well. Am a big fan of multiple unit lash ups so this is important to me.

    Have just purchased my first InterMountain units and am happy that they fit right in with the Kato, Stewart, Life Like, Atlas, and Athearn "Genesis" units.

    Have also bought Athearn's new GP-35's and while they are smooth runners, they're a little "quicker" to start than my other units. But in m.u. with two or more of the other units, the slipping is not so noticeable.

    I'm certain that if I found the right rated resistor this wouldn't even be a problem - any of you Tesla/Edison types have a suggestion?

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    SP8289,

    Putting all the different possiblities in a poll like this is not possible due to technical limitations. But I do think you are making it too hard. Either you have had excellent, reliable performance out of Athearn or you have not. By what you have said, the answer is no, and yes. Well, you will have to pick which way you want to vote on that one.

    I am a once burned dude, the only good Ford has a Chevrolet engine in it. See my proof on off topic RailImages. :shade:

    Please know I am not intent on being mean spirited or personal here. Your point is well taken, but yes and no are the only choices we have with the polls.

    Best reagrds,

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    My Stewart F3 runs better than my Atlas engines. Atlas is good, tho- just a step down from Stewart. For cost, reliability, and durability, you can't be an Athearn BB. My GP38-2 is going strong after 12 years. I've got a GP35 thats pry 20 years old and still runs fine- but I picked it up one time and the shell fell off- as a result, it broke one of the truck mounts. One I get new trucks it'll be "back in the game".

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    I have Atlas with the Roco drives (three GP38s), Atlas with Kato drives (four RS3s and an RS1), and Atlas/China drives. All run really well, with the Kato chassis number one, China second, and the old ROco last (but the field is really bunched together).

    The "bottom-drawer" diesels on my roster are my Walthers Trainline GP15-1s and GP9, and they still work quite well. The GP9 uses the recycled Cox wide-shell GP9 which dates back a few decades, and the GP15-1s are scale-width. Their details are a bit clunky, which is why I've got 'em stripped to bare palstic for new details and a better paint job (their Frisco red is too red). However, the drives are OK, and since I'm not a bigtime remotoring type, I'll run 'em together on locals or with branchline jobs with my Front Range GP7s or Athearn GP38-2s.

    I'm grateful for Walthers' intro of the baby Tunnel Motor, so I won't kick 'em too hard. However, with some work and better details, I should have a kick-a** locomotive when I'm done.

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    For my money I have found Athearn and Atlas locomotives are hard to beat for years of trouble free operation with routine maintenance..My 2 Genesis NS Spartan cab SD70s are real jewels but,the headlight bulbs blew but,still I like 'em.

    I have 3 Walther's GP15s as well and think they are ok but,not among my favorite units.
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