Well I have been happily running trains all day trying to sort out what will end up being the motive power for the Turtle Creek and end up proudly wearing the Dashing Turtle. Tested 31 diesel locos and several doodlebugs. Only one of the doodlebugs will run worth a crap even after all the work and replacement parts. I think they are going the way of the Bmann 4-4-0s. I had previously tested my FA sets on this layout and they had passed with flying colors. The surprise was getting a piece of 6 axle power to run flawlessly on the layout and it was a RSC unit. So now it comes down to sorting out the absolutely best running pairs and the rest become parts donors. I had previously determined that I would only need 14 locos of either steam or diesel, or a mix to operate the layout satisfactorily. My scratch built NW-5 may just be one of the diesel survivors. Since most of my power will be running double headed I need to sort out which ones play together well. 100_4658-10 by John Moore posted Aug 23, 2015 at 7:54 PM Notice in the background the loaded ore cars sitting part way down the grade from the mine and not moving. That is the holding action of the Cat Whisker Retaining System yet it allows cars to be rolled over them even when empty.