Kato E-8 or PA-1

Patrickdelaney17 Apr 8, 2013

  1. Patrickdelaney17

    Patrickdelaney17 TrainBoard Member

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    I'm looking at buying a new locomotive to pull some of my heavyweights and the occasional freight. I know this question is all a matter of opinions but I just wanted to see what people thought.
     
  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    It boils down to doing whatever makes you happy.

    I don't recall the E-8 in straight freight use, but it probably did happen. We do know for certain the PA units did see some freight use in their later lives- A video I once viewed, showing Erie Lackawanna units, comes into mind.
     
  3. DCESharkman

    DCESharkman TrainBoard Member

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    Depending on the road it could have been either. Place your money and take your choice of locomotive.
     
  4. u18b

    u18b TrainBoard Supporter

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    Both excellent. E8 is heavier.

    Can't lose with either.
     
  5. SecretWeapon

    SecretWeapon TrainBoard Member

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    Either way, you can't miss. Both are excellent engines
     
  6. SecretWeapon

    SecretWeapon TrainBoard Member

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    Talk about great minds think alike! Same message, at the same time!:cool:
     
  7. Hytec

    Hytec TrainBoard Member

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    You might consider buying F-series locomotives in an A-B or A-B-B-A configuration. The F-series locomotives pulled more passenger trains than the E-series on Class-I railroads from the mid-1950s well into the 1970s. In fact the Santa Fe used nothing but F-series locomotives for the Super-Chief, El Capitan, and other named trains.
     
  8. Arctic Train

    Arctic Train TrainBoard Member

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    Too hard to choose. Just buy both of em' . (-;

    Brian
     
  9. Run8Racing

    Run8Racing TrainBoard Member

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    I like Arctic Train's idea !!! But that's probably why I have 160+ locomotives !!!
     
  10. bremner

    bremner Staff Member

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    it did on the SP, and was a failure....
    http://espee.railfan.net/nonindex/e-unit_photos/6050_sp-e9-cliff_west.jpg
    F Units would be the most likely locos to be used for freight and passenger use (for cab units).The Southern Pacific kept all of their E's (except for 2 for about 3 months) and their PA's in passenger service. They had F7A's with passenger controls and F7B's with steam generators that were primarly used in the freight pool
     
  11. Bob Morris

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    Pennsy used PA's for freight service at the end of their lives as did the LV if you're looking for more options.
     
  12. Patrickdelaney17

    Patrickdelaney17 TrainBoard Member

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    I'm sorry, I forgot to say that I'm doing sp and atsf in the 50s. I'm just torn between what would look better pulling five heavyweights.
     
  13. Point353

    Point353 TrainBoard Member

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  14. Run8Racing

    Run8Racing TrainBoard Member

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    COOL !!! That means you have another choice !!! ATSF had DL109s !!!
     

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