For a long time now I have been considering purchasing a Walthers Trainline F40PH for my HO layout, but I've found that Walthers Trainline locomotives in general are fairly hit-or-miss in terms of quality (I've previously owned three GP9Ms, one GP15-1, an FA1, a B32-8PWH, and a B40-8W; only the B40-8W is still running on my layout, while the GP15-1 has been gutted and converted to a dummy)... Would anyone who owns a Walthers F40 be able to tell me what they think of it, and how it performs? I'm in need of some more Amtrak power for my 1990s Conrail layout, and the relatively low price tag of the Trainline F40 caught my attention...
Thanks very much in advance!
My little 4x10' HO layout may be small, and I may not have enough money to make it a masterpiece, but that doesn't make me any less of a modeler!
My FA is a great runner. Super slow starting speed right out of the box. The detail is lacking, but that's nothing a set of grab irons and assorted details won't fix up. They all seem to have pretty much the same mechanism but skimp on the separately applied details. It seems they used older aquired tooling for the body shells and updated them from the simple train set mechanisms they originally had. Dunno why any of the others would be different.
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I have about 8 Trainline engines including the f40PH. Need some added detail but they all run fine. I have picked up most of them on Ebay for less than $25.00. The Bachmann engines usualy sell for more but i don't think they run any better. The Trainline f40ph should come with handrails and plow.
Up until the KATO F40PH, the Walthers was the best example of the diesel available and even though it is "Trainline", it still isn't bad looking. I the past we had what? Lifelikes toy version, Bachmann Spectrum's version with the flat nose and dimensional flaws (sits too low, bad looking pilot and trucks too far apart - nearly impossible to get realistic coupling distances (close coupling).
The Trainline F40's paint job is so so, but as a model the shell isn't bad and the pilot decent, plow too. I've got 3 Trainman and 3 KATO and I'm keeping them all. The KATO reportedly aren't perfect either. The nose is too short supposedly and the pilot doesn't have the steps in them that the prototype does. To date, no one has produced an "ideal" F40PH yet.
I am not a real Model Railroader with a layout so I can't comment on how well they run, unfortunately.
Thanks everyone for their input...