N Scale ATSF Class 3000 (2-10-10-2) Placeholder

alister Dec 4, 2020

  1. alister

    alister TrainBoard Member

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    The 2-10-2 shown above or below has been stripped and the parts carefully stowed. At the moment the chances of getting another reasonably priced 2-10-2 is slim. It'll be another 6 months I think until I can get one. However while I was pondering things I started measuring my steam locomotives drivers with digital calipers. I found something interesting, the drivers of a Minitrix 2-10-0 decapod are only .2mm out. So I will make 2 2-10-10-2's, one with Bachmann drivers etc (the correct way) and one with Minitrix drivers. The Mintrix 2-10-0s are widely available and fairly cheap. Luckily Minitrix also made a British 9F version with the same mechanism so I have a wide choice. Yes I have to grind down the drivers but that's a small consideration. It also gives me some practice with the mechanism. I don't want to stuff up the Bachmann and if I make a mistake with the Minitrix mechanism I know I can get another one fairly quickly. time will tell if I succeed or not.
     
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  2. Charlie Vlk

    Charlie Vlk TrainBoard Member

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    If you got the parts from Atlas they might be from the Samhongsa USRA 2-8-8-2. If they are indeed ex-LifeLike it is a miracle because when Walters had them they were unobtainium!
    Charlie Vlk
     
  3. alister

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    Hi Charlie, I did indeed get them from Atlas. The parts they have for the 2-8-8-2 aren't many and they don't have a lot of stock. I had a brief chat with someone from Atlas and he said parts were limited as they didn't get much from Walthers. So until Atlas rerun the 2-8-8-2 parts will be in limited supply,
     
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  4. CSX Robert

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    Interesting... I suppose it doesn't really matter as long as the parts will work, but the 2-8-8-2 parts on the website, at least some of them, are not from the Life-Like 2-8-8-2, unless they have the wrong pictures. For example, the motor is clearly not the correct motor (the pictured one is single ended with no flywheel, the Life-Like one is double ended with two flywheels) and the tender floor actually has ATLAS-KOREA molded into it.
     
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