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Colonel Mar 29, 2013

  1. dalebaker

    dalebaker TrainBoard Member

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    I don't know, the Dash 8 BW units I have rival Athearn. These are Atlas Gold and Silver series. Things have definitely improved since I was last active in HO.
     
  2. PEIR

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    What is was getting at was that bare roof on the Boat. Even the RTR line have plenty of details now while atlas seems to be falling behind.
     
  3. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    When I bought off ebay (at a very good price), no mention was made of sound. But when placed on the track and started it did indeed have sound!

    But - it had a Digitrax decoder with a generic diesel sound which is an SD38! Not quite right for a GE! So I decided to swap this into my GP38, but the sound is very poor and barely audible even when all the appropriate CV's were tweaked to full volume. So this decoder will remain in the parts box for now.

    Very happy with the B23-7 though, will be even better when the usual Santa Fe cab roof equipment is fitted. :)
     
  4. dalebaker

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    I've had a busy couple of weekends, the OKC Train Show was last weekend and I picked up a string of mixed cars.
    This weekend I was able to get a string of 2 Bay CSX and BNSF Hoppers.
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  5. GP30

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    I've been mainly buying track lately for the new layout, I did pick up an Atlas C425 w/ decoder for $53 and a Proto SW9 (DC) for $39 over the weekend... no pictures since they are going out in mail to me today.
     
  6. James Fitch

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    Just ordered a couple of Athearns new SP SD40R's that just recently came out from Athearn. In addition to Rio Grande, I grew up with the SP in northern California between 1969 and 1984, so I also have a collection of SD45's and tunnel motors, only major model left to add were SD40's. Athearns new SD40R are detailed for the rebuilts released from Sacramento's SP shops starting in 1980/81 time frame. Hopefully Athearn will offer the early SP SD40's sometime soon which were in the 8400 number series. The SD40R were in the 73xx series.
     
  7. James Fitch

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    SP SD40R's have arrived, ordered one with sound and one DCC ready:

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  8. Kevin Anderson

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    I picked up some containers and truck trailers to haul containers.


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  9. dalebaker

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    I just got in my newest power, an Athearn SD 60M DCC with sound. I will get it over at the club this weekend and get some pictures of it at work. BNSF #8177.
     
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  10. Paul Liddiard

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    The D&RGW purchased one Russel Snow Plow in 1950. It was painted MOW grey, and numbered X-67. In the 1970s it was painted Grande Gold, with simplified lettering, and retained the number X-67.
    Here is the latest Walthers run of the Russel Snow Plow, with Athearn GP40-2s 3116 and 3120 with an Atlas caboose, 01507. Gold Plow with GP40-2s.jpg Russel Plow Grande Gold.jpg
     
  11. James Fitch

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    I recall Walthers running those - shouldn't gotten one. IIRC, they were kinda pricey but looks like they are worth it! Treasure hunt time. Looks like you added the gyra light to those Athearn RTR GP40-2's!
     
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  12. Paul Liddiard

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    Yes. the kit was fairly cheap back in the day, but this new one, well, it wasn't. I did add nose lights to the GP40-2s...it's not too hard, just take patients.
     
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  13. Paul Liddiard

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    Making a brief possible history of the X-67 with various motive power through the years. The 1553 Mountain, the GP9s with GP7, the GP30s and the GP40-2s along with some SD45s.... 1553 with plow and 01449.jpg 1553 X-67 -1449.jpg 5924 5913 5102 01449 X-67.jpg Gold Plow with GP40-2s.jpg GP30s and Silver Plow.jpg Old X-67 GP9s.jpg Russel Plow Grande Gold.jpg SD45s with plow.jpg Silver Plow and SD45s 5317 5333.jpg
     
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  14. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Wow. Don't believe I have ever seen someone create such a photo display.
     
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  15. Kevin Anderson

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    These arrived Friday. My last two coaches.

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  16. Dee Das

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    In 1988, my then new bride took me to her hometown and we visited the DM&IR Yellowstone at Proctor, MN. I can still see her posing by the locomotive. The drive wheels were taller than her!
    Ever since then I've lusted after a model of the Yellowstone. I did acquire a brass one but the expense and hassle of getting it professionally painted and having a decoder installed always put me off.
    So when I heard MTH was releasing a DM&IR Yellowstone in HO, I signed up right away.

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    I must say that MTH has outdone themselves. This is an absolutely gorgeous locomotive and it runs like a dream.
    I couldn't be more thrilled.
    Now, I need to buy more ore cars. It never ends.... :)
     
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  17. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Agreed, a beautiful model, and prototype. But yes, it will pull a LOT of cars!
     
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  18. JimJ

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    That is a huge locomotive. Beautiful model you have there. I would like to see those side rods working.
     
  19. Dee Das

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    Alan,
    I was able to find 60 ore cars at our club and it pulled them with no problems. I think it will pull quite a few more.

    JimJ,
    I made a video of my brass Yellowstone pulling the above mentioned 60 cars and dubbed in sound from a recording of a real Yellowstone.
    You can see the side rods in action here:


    I haven't had a chance to make a video with the MTH Yellowstone yet but will post one when I do make it. The only difference between the two is that the brass Yellowstone has a Worthington feedwater heater and the MTH model has an Elesco feedwater heater. If you do a search on YouTube for "DM&IR Yellowstone #227", you can see the side rods working on the real locomotive.
    #227 now resides in the Depot Museum in Duluth, MN and is raised off the rails. Electric motors turn the drivers periodically during the day.
     
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  20. JimJ

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    Poetry in motion! That sure was a smooth running brass loco.
     

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