Union Pacific "Big Boy" Locomotive
Posted 24 October 2010 - 08:40 AM
@Scalper: I used to have a few N scale trains, too, but I've always seemed to go back to HO. I can't wait until I can get a larger house so I can finally have a nice layout. I have barely enough room for models, so the trains reside in their storage bins most of the time!
@gray07: Thanks for the info, and that sounds just like how Cass Railroad is. Cass started out as a logging town and now they use the right of way originally used for the logging railroad for the scenic route. As far as I know, all the Shays there are original to the old logging rairoad, too.
@whale392: It's funny you bring up the gas turbines, I picked up the new issue of Model Railroader this week and they have a review of a turbine in HO scale that is new from Athearn. I always wanted the Riverrossi unit, but just never had the money to get it, as is the story now. One of my LHSs is the only one of three to carry a very nice selection not only in kits, but has a very nice train selection as well. Not only (at least last I was there anyway) do they have another one of the Revell of Germany kits, they have the Athearn Genesis series Big Boy, too! At almost $400, though, it's a little out of my price range, and since I'd have to have the Union Pacific Challenger they have as well, I don't have the $800 for both!
@Ralifreak78: Yeah, for being older snap kits, they are very nice to build. Also, I wouldn't exactly say I got a good deal on the Shay, I paid over $200 for mine, but it had been one of my "Holy Grails" of my railroad part of the hobby. The only one I ever wanted was the Cass version, and I was lucky to find this on the shelf and I had the extra cash at the time, so I finally got it after all these years. At least one of my other "Holy Grails" wasn't as expensive! I had spent 10 years since I lost everything in a house fire in 1997 trying to replace my original train my father had bought for my first Christmas, a Lionel HO scale Burlington Northern diesel. Even though I knew nothing could replace the original, I had to have that engine just for sentimental value, and finally replaced it in 2007 after finding it new in the box for $10 at a local train show!
Posted 27 October 2010 - 02:52 PM
Posted 27 October 2010 - 07:00 PM
I think I paid $200.00 for the Con-Cor unit, and almost that in Sagami Can motors and heavy metal to add to the frame/inner locomotive body. I re-wired it as well. On flat-level grade, it can pull 145 NMRA sanctioned/ruled 60' Plate F Autoboxes. That equates to roughly 180 40' wooden reefers!
Wow thats a beast.
Posted 28 October 2010 - 11:14 AM
Posted 28 October 2010 - 04:52 PM
She does OK Brian. Haven't ran her since I moved to Ohio though (she is still in Florida). I do have an Athearn SD40-2 that I have canned and added a lot of weight to (and a LOT of aftermarket detailing to) that I pull with at the moment. She was a CSX unit, but I have added the SD50/60 series blower duct, the GP50/60 series Dynamic brake blister (2 GP units cut and spliced to form the SD40s proper lengthed housing)..............all sorts of mods. She pulls 110 NMRA wieghted 60' boxes.
Now that sounds nice! I can't wait to start doing stuff like that with my engines. I haven't touched them yet but with all I've learned here I'm going to!
Posted 29 October 2010 - 11:25 AM