does anyone make these modern switchers in N scale?

txronharris Aug 4, 2013

  1. txronharris

    txronharris TrainBoard Member

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  2. Spookshow

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    Is that a Genset? I think there's a Mexican standoff on that one.

    Cheers,
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  3. u18b

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    Spook,
    Yes, that's a Genset.

    Atlas has made one in HO (I think) but nothing in N.

    We have hope Atlas will do it in the Trainman line.

    The problem is that there is not a lot of uniformity in them Way too much variation in this day of concern for prototypical accuracy.

    I would be satisfied with a Trainman Genset wich did not match CSX exactly. I would either leave it or kitbash it.
     
  4. txronharris

    txronharris TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks for the replies. I agree there's alot of variation so that could be the hold up. Have any of you seen anyone making shells for available mechanisms?
     
  5. Ike the BN Freak

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    The biggest issue with these is the mechanisms, when they make a Genset, the chop the hoods way down. The RS series could work, being they have lower height hoods, however they are shorter than the Gensets by quite a lot. As most Gensets seem to be built from GP38/40 locos.
     
  6. Backshop

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    No problem! Kato can just put the motors in the trucks like they did in HO and you can make as sleek a frame as you want!
     
  7. bigford

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    how about putting the motor down in the fuel tank space
     
  8. Ike the BN Freak

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    Kato has the powered frames, however from what I gather, the pulling power of them is lacking.
     
  9. Kevin M

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    They other big problem with Gensets is there are so many differance ones. Many of these are kits that the RR or loco rebuilders put together on what ever platform they had, such as a GP9, SD40, B23-7 and so on. I think this would be a good canadit for a Kit that came with lots of different parts you could piece together your self.
    Kevin
     
  10. WPZephyrFan

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    There are some Japanese prototype models that have the motor buried in the frame. Both of my Kato Shinkansen have the motor down low, under the passenger seat area. I think the RDCs are the same way. I know that they are too long for a Gen Set, but there are other models that might work.
     
  11. Kenneth L. Anthony

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    I don't keep up with modern diesels, since cutoff date for my layout is 1958 or by a stretch, 1960. So I don't know what model you call this thing. The UP engineer called it a "green goat," a switcher either designed or modified to meet stricter anti-pollution air quality standards.

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    Photo on Thanksgiving Day 2007 at Magnolia Junction, Houston, Texas. Unit turned on wye, waiting for signal permission to return to East Belt line.
     
  12. Ike the BN Freak

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    However these are also full width. I got a Kato Japanese commuter train, haven't taken it apart, but aren't these motors the same as the others, just sideways?
     
  13. WPZephyrFan

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    I haven't taken mine apart, either. I do know that the shop in Japan that I buy stuff from has different power chassis and powered trucks. That might be an option.
     

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