Subscriber & Member Login

Login, or register today to interact in our online community, comment on articles, receive our newsletter, manage your account online and more!

Locomotives

3358 views
54 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    January, 2009
  • From: Maryland
  • 8,167 posts
Posted by ATLANTIC CENTRAL on Friday, August 23, 2019 9:04 PM

BRAKIE

 

 
ATLANTIC CENTRAL
Going by brand does not insure satisfaction.

 

Sheldon,I can't complain about my Atlas/Classic,Atlas/Kato or my four Atlas/Roco S-4s since they are smoth runners as is my lone Kato GP35.

A 40 year old Atlas/Roco S4 runs as smooth as my Atlas/China S2. That alone speaks well for Atlas locomotives.

Of course my 50 plus year old United Models Santa Fe 2-8-0 with its Pittman DC70 motor still runs good.

 

That may be, Atlas generally makes great stuff, I was selling train back when they first came out.

But I don't own any. They have made very little in my pre 1955 era, and what they have made can be pricey and hard to find.

By comparison, most of my diesels are pre Walthers Proto2000, where a big selection of 1st generation diesels have been offered over the years with lots of different detail options, great undec versions with a wealth of detail parts, and they all run great, at leat after replacing a gear or two. And mostly at half the price of an Atlas loco. 

In my fleet, multiple copies of: GP7, SD9, BL2, Alco FA1/FB1, Alco FA1/FB2, Alco PA/PB, Alco S1, Walthers Proto F7, and more.

I also have multiple versions/roadnames of Genesis F units, and Intermountain F and FP units.

Atlas has made very few of the locos on my roster, so for me it of little concern how good they are, they don't fit my theme.

But the point of my comment would be someone pre judging an Athearn Genesis F unit because of the problems with the Athearn Genesis Mikado - what a big mistake that would be.

Sheldon

    

  • Member since
    October, 2009
  • From: Seabeck, WA
  • 40 posts
Posted by blackpowder1956 on Friday, August 23, 2019 9:11 PM

My collection spans 40 years. I model the Union Pacific transition from steam to diesel. The older Atlas and Kato have always been very reliable. I have a number of re-engineered Athearn Blue Box diesel locomotives. The Athearn Genesis series have generally been pretty good. BLI steam locomotives are decent but prohibitively expensive. Over the last 40 years I have picked up several brass engines: a PFM 0-6-0 switcher, a Samshongsa 4-6-0, a Key 2-10-2, an Ajin 4-8-4, and an Overland cow/ calf TR5 switcher set. I have installed decoders in my Athearn, Atlas, and Kato engines. The brass is another story. For custom painting and sound/ decoder installs I have entrusted Derrell Poole of 7th Street Shops in Hamilton, MT. Derrell does a superb job. I usually supply my own photographs of the prototype as well as supporting information from the Union Pacific Historical Society. 

  • Member since
    May, 2014
  • From: Berwyn, PA
  • 484 posts
Posted by Trainman440 on Saturday, August 24, 2019 12:19 AM

I tend to buy used, to save money. I have mostly steam engines, so I cant say for diesels. Assuming all manufacturers made the SAME model, this would be who I'd buy from:

SUMMARY (from best to worst): Trix, Proto 2000/Athearn, BLI, MTH, Rivarossi new, Bachmann, IHC, Bowser, Mantua, TYCO, Rivarossi old, Bachmann old

Bachmann's steam engines are great, as long as you arent aiming for prototypicality. They are super cheap and run well. 

BLI is generally my go to, since they have a nice balance between price and models. Runs well, and very detailed, though not as good as Proto 2000/Athearn genesis.

Proto 2000/Athearn genesis is top notch, but costs a lot. I like to buy broken ones cheap and fix them up. 

MTH is overpriced, but their engines have the best sound(imo) and smoke. Runs as good as Proto 2000 and Athearn Genesis. They also retain their value the most. (besides brass)

I only get brass when the above manufacturers dont make a model I want. As I model the santa fe, quite a few of my engines are brass. 

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Charles L.

Modeling the Santa Fe & Pennsylvania in HO!

Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLb3FRqukolAtnD1khrb6lQ

  • Member since
    June, 2018
  • From: Chicago, IL
  • 149 posts
Posted by Eilif on Saturday, August 24, 2019 6:35 PM

I like cheap-and-reliable and usually buy used. In order of amount I own, my favorites are:

-Athearn, mostly used Blue Box.   Simple to service and strong pullers though not as generally as quiet as others.

-Bachman, Used Spectrum and new and used examples of the current base level which is about the same drive and detail as Spectrum was.  These tend to have better details compared to my other favorites.  

-Base level Walthers. Really smooth runners with good pull.

-Model Power/Mantua/MPC (Mostly 8wd models) Very simple drives but as easy to service as Athearn BB and can run pretty quiet if you tune them right.

I have some others including AHM, IHC, Lima etc, but not as many as they don't tend to run quite as well or be as easy to repair. I also have a couple of lovely higher-end locos from Kato and Athearn, but they are the exception.

Visit the Chicago Valley Railroad for Chicago Trainspotting and Budget Model Railroading. 

  • Member since
    May, 2017
  • 255 posts
Posted by xboxtravis7992 on Sunday, August 25, 2019 12:25 AM

To sort of toss my opinion on the Bachmann stuff out there, my first engines were their low end stuff. Not something I ever plan on buying again those low end Bachmann models, detailing and tooling looks pretty dated and I'd rather save up to spend more on an Athearn/Walthers/Rapido/ScaleTrains type model than on a lower end Bachmann.

But Bachmann's Spectrum line is excellent, and I have heard good things about their On30 line. From what I have seen online if you ever dabble in British OO stuff Bachmann Europe is also a strong contender for high quality and good detail in that market. Those upcoming Siemmens products for Bachmann look great too, the Charger prototype for example looks as good as any product on the shelf these days.

Why the disparity between the different products? As previously mentioned some brands have different 'tiers' of detailing. Bachmann and to an extent Athearn's Ready to Run line, a lot of lower priced Atlas stuff, and Scale Trains 'Operator Series'; all exist to fill the demand in the market for lower detail models at budget pricing for entry level modelers. Bachmann's just look cruder because the tooling and designs they use for their entry level stuff just so happens to be several decades old, showing the limitations of a pre-CAD era in the hobby. But their higher end brands, Spectrum and their European stuff are all modern post-CAD era stuff; and really show the increase in detail digital modeling has brought to our hobby. 

Frankly, while its not my cup of tea anymore I am glad Bachmann is covering the entry level pricing for the hobby. Its probably the closest to an affordable entry point our hobby has for teenagers and kids, and for a more experienced modeler can offer a cheap body to practice their super detailing skills on. Besides its much more affordable to build up a Bachmann fleet of GP40's than it is to say buy one DCC/Sound equiped 'Museum Quality Gas Turbine' from ScaleTrains! 


  • Member since
    March, 2016
  • 866 posts
Posted by PRR8259 on Sunday, August 25, 2019 10:58 AM

First I preface my comments by stating very clearly that I do not expect others to do what I do.  Nothing below should be construed to imply that anyone should buy what I buy.

My purchase decisions are based upon what I want on my layout--which is currently big Alco/MLW diesels.  That limits my choices a great deal.  I love Kato engines, or those engines produced in the past that had Kato or Kato-clone drives, even the current Kato Dash 9's can be great engines.  That in itself is limiting because few were Alcos.

Because I need big six alxe Alco/MLW's on the layout, I am pretty much left with:

Overland Models/Ajin Precision brass imports

Oriental Limited/Challenger Models (Samhongsa built) brass imports or

Older Alco Models brass imports (which are not as nicely detailed as today's Bowser)

Bowser current generation plastic models (many brass details).

I have both Overland and Bowser engines in service.  There are pros and cons to both.  There are plenty of road specific details on both product lines.  The Overlands have more "see-through" screens, and, depending on the production run, can more accurately represent specific individual units.  Both are capable of running very well indeed.  Both can be found with dcc, though the Bowser's now offer working class lights and of course sound, which was not offered when the Overlands were made.

So, liking one particular prototype engine or family of engines can dictate the purchase choices.

John

  • Member since
    June, 2005
  • 4,022 posts
Posted by Darth Santa Fe on Sunday, August 25, 2019 2:23 PM

countryman
I'm just curious. What ho scale locomotive brands do you use.

I personally use Bachmann, Athearn, Hobbytown, Kato, Atlas, Roco, Tyco, Samhongsa, Mantua, Bowser, MDC, Proto, KMT, Penn Line, Tenshodo, IHC, Rivarossi, DJH, and a few others.  I know, it's a small list, but I like to stick with what I don't know.Big Smile

_________________________________________________________________

  • Member since
    February, 2012
  • 339 posts
Posted by thomas81z on Sunday, August 25, 2019 2:40 PM

i have 27 big boys mostly rivarossi but have 5 bli & 3 athearn & 2 MTH

various diesel all first gen then of course most of those are PROTO2K

i have athearn turbine & 2 u-50s 

bachmann EM1 with full tsunami even thou i model union pacific lol

all the manufactures have stepped up thier game so you really cant go wrong

RR_Mel

Well remember this is Weirdo Mel here. 
 
My favorite steam locomotives are Rivarossi Articulateds.  I have 19 restored and remotored Rivarossis, all run great!!!   All with added weight and they will pull your socks off.
 
My favorite diesels are Athearn SD40 frames with Cary E7 diesel shells, close to 2lbs per locomotive for super drawbar.
 
 
Mel
 
 
My Model Railroad   
 
Bakersfield, California
 
I'm beginning to realize that aging is not for wimps.
 

  • Member since
    November, 2015
  • 1,180 posts
Posted by ATSFGuy on Monday, August 26, 2019 1:05 PM

Athearn RTR, Athearn Genesis, Atlas, Atlas Master Series, Broadway Limited Imports, and perhaps some Scaletrains Rivet Counter models.

Still looking into SRC......

  • Member since
    February, 2002
  • From: Reading, PA
  • 26,331 posts
Posted by rrinker on Monday, August 26, 2019 2:02 PM

 I buy what fits me era. SO mostly P2K, Stewart/Bowser (all of them run well for me), Atlas. Pretty much covers it for diesels. One Mantua steamer because it;s a reasonable stand in, a couple of PCM ones, and if I want any other potential maybe just slightly still operating in my time frame steam locos I'd have to go to brass, or craft my own frame for the old Bachmann train set class 2-8-0, since the Bowser replacements are long gone. Or build my own on an existing mechanism ala RDG Casey.

                                --Randy

 


Modeling the Reading Railroad in the 1950's

 

Visit my web site at www.readingeastpenn.com for construction updates, DCC Info, and more.

  • Member since
    February, 2002
  • From: Reading, PA
  • 26,331 posts
Posted by rrinker on Monday, August 26, 2019 2:42 PM

 (duplicate message)


Modeling the Reading Railroad in the 1950's

 

Visit my web site at www.readingeastpenn.com for construction updates, DCC Info, and more.

  • Member since
    November, 2012
  • 822 posts
Posted by emdmike on Saturday, August 31, 2019 5:07 PM

In HO scale I run locomotives from Overland Models(brass).   In gauge 0 and 1, I have engines from Bassett Lowke, Lionel, USA Trains, Bachmann and LGB.  

Silly NT's, I have Asperger's Syndrome

  • Member since
    July, 2019
  • 12 posts
Posted by nwsisu on Saturday, August 31, 2019 6:50 PM

Due to space- and time limitations, my HO scale layout is only 9x6 feet, with 18" curves, which limits me to shorter engines and stock.

I'm freelancing, with imaginary railroads, so it doesn't matter what railroad name units I purchase since I plan on repainting them anyway.

Current goal is to have two diesels and one steam, for mining activity, local excursions, and freight.

I am doing all DCC.

I bought 2 Bachmann SoundValue diesels a while back, on clearance, and finally bought a BLI steam, also on clearance. I have been buying used stock cars at train shows.

So, based on my goals, and budget, I buy units on clearance, regardless of brand, as long as the units are good quality (decent reviews), and are compatible with my layout and theme.

  • Member since
    January, 2017
  • From: Southern Florida Gulf Coast
  • 5,143 posts
Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, August 31, 2019 10:43 PM

nwsisu
I have been buying used stock cars at train shows.

.

Interesting... stock cars lettered for freelanced railroads you say?

.

HO scale? I just might have something along those lines that you can have...

.

-Kevin

.

Wink Happily modeling my STRATTON & GILLETTE RAILROAD. A Class A line located in a personal fantasy world of semi-plausible nonsense on Tuesday, August 3rd, 1954.

  • Member since
    April, 2019
  • From: Pacific Northwest
  • 570 posts
Posted by SPSOT fan on Sunday, September 01, 2019 12:20 AM

countryman

I'm just curious. What ho scale locomotive brands do you use.

Well that's a broad question!

I don't do much in HO (switch mostly to N) but I have a nice P2K SW7 with a great motor. I got it used and damaged, but the motor is intact and it runs super reliably. I'd if your going used go for P2K.

I also like Athearn Genesis, Bowser and Atlas models if your buying new. I don't own any though because I find buying new locos to be a bit expensive for me at the moment. My only experience with these brands comes from other people's models.

I'd say if you want advice about buying loco's, select loco for the railroad you need, and look at reviews for the individual loco, not the brand.

Regards, Isaac

I model my railroad and you model yours! I model my way and you model yours!

  • Member since
    January, 2017
  • From: Southern Florida Gulf Coast
  • 5,143 posts
Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, September 01, 2019 12:26 AM

emdmike
In HO scale I run locomotives from Overland Models(brass)

.

Hi Mike. I did not realize that was you since you changed your avatar.

.

-Kevin

.

Wink Happily modeling my STRATTON & GILLETTE RAILROAD. A Class A line located in a personal fantasy world of semi-plausible nonsense on Tuesday, August 3rd, 1954.

  • Member since
    November, 2012
  • 822 posts
Posted by emdmike on Sunday, September 01, 2019 9:35 AM

I do that from time to time, keeps people on their toes!  lmao!   But back to the topic, in my early teens my motive power was Athearn Blue Box and Atlas/Kato yellow box diesels.  But in my late teens, thanks to my lucrative lawn mowing business, I started buying brass.  I gradually shifted all my motive power to brass models, PFM/United Shays and Overland diesels for the most part.  I did rehab a few Alco Models and Hallmark diesels to run better with can motors and rebuilt/replaced trucks.   The fragility of the new super detailed diesels was a huge turn off for me as I took my models to and from the local club every week.  My brass steam and diesels held up just fine.  That is why I chose what I did.  Not saying its better or worse, just what worked best for me.    Mike the Aspie

 

Silly NT's, I have Asperger's Syndrome

  • Member since
    July, 2019
  • 12 posts
Posted by nwsisu on Sunday, September 01, 2019 10:05 AM

SeeYou190

 Sorry, I used wrong terminology. I don't have, or plan to have, any stock cars.

What I meant is that I have been buying miscellaneous cars at train shows, for cheap,  just to get started. Some of them are good quality, and fit my theme, and others don't quite fit in and will eventually be replaced. Just basic freight cars, hoppers, excursion, caboose, etc...

 
nwsisu
I have been buying used stock cars at train shows.

 

.

Interesting... stock cars lettered for freelanced railroads you say?

.

HO scale? I just might have something along those lines that you can have...

.

-Kevin

.

 

  • Member since
    July, 2006
  • From: North Dakota
  • 8,331 posts
Posted by BroadwayLion on Sunday, September 01, 2019 1:52 PM

LION worries not about who makes them.

 

Whoever makes HO scale subway cars in my price range is my friend.

 

ROAR

The Route of the Broadway Lion The Largest Subway Layout in North Dakota.

Here there be cats.                                LIONS with CAMERAS

  • Member since
    March, 2012
  • 211 posts
Posted by PC101 on Thursday, September 05, 2019 1:31 AM

Smile

countryman

I'm just curious. What ho scale locomotive brands do you use.

 

This is something to think about. Which Loco's. I did use and which Loco's I do use. I have had no less then 12 layouts in my Model Rail Roading life. The first being taped down to the tile floor using shoeboxs for buildings and Athearn Blue Box's for tunnels. Oh and slot car throttles for train controls with twist ties to hold the triggers. The leads switched on some of the motors so the loco's would run opposit then normal. 

I will list the HO Loco's in alphabetical order, noted as mothballed (MB), switched on and off layouts (SO&O), never out of the box to touch rail head (NOB), currently running (CR), excellent runner (ER), master series (MS), repair shop (RS), super gearing (SG), DCC (DCC), Sound (S) and (PITB). The ones with smiliesSmile  are my favorite at this time.

AHM By Rivarossi.

(1) 0-8-0 Switcher (MB) 

(1) 2-8-2 Heavy Mikado (MB, ER)

ATHEARN

(2) F7B (SG, MB)

(2) GP9 (MB, ER)

(4) F7A (SG, MB, ER)

(1) PA-1 (MB, ER)

(1) PB-1 (MB, ER)

(2) U30C (NOB)

(1) S-12 (NOB)

(1) SD9 (MB, ER)

(2) SW1500 (SG, ER, CR)Smile

(1) SDP40 (NOB)

(1) SD45 (MB, ER)

(2) SW7 (ER, SO&O)

(1) GP35 (MB, ER)

(1) EMD DD40 (MB, ER)

(1) FM TRAIN MASTER (MB, ER)

ATHEARN GENEISIS

(2) F7A (CR, DCC, S, ER)Smile

(2) F7B (CR, DCC, S, ER)Smile

ATLAS

(2) SD24 (MB, ER)

(4) RS3 (SO&O, DCC, S, ER)Smile

(1) RSD4/5 (SO&O, ER)

(2) RS11 (SO&O, ER)

(3) ALCO C-425 (SO&O, ER)

(4) ALCO C-424 (NOB)

(7) GP7 (CR, DCC, ER)Smile

(2) U33C (SO&O, ER)

(1) U23B (CR, ER)

(5) RS1 (SO&O, ER)

(2) FM TRAIN MASTER (RS, DCC, S, ER)Smile

(1) GP40 (NOB)

(3) GP38 (MS, CR, DCC, S, ER)Smile

(1) DASH 8-40B (MS, NOB)

(2) GP40 (MS, CR, ER)Smile

(11) SD35 (MS, CR, DCC, S, ER)Smile

 

 

BROADWAY LIMITED IMPORTS 

(1) M1b (SO&O, DCC, S, ER)

(1) M1a (SO&O, DCC, S, ER)

(2) EMD SW7 (CR, DCC, S, ER)Smile

(1) I1 2-10-0 (CR, DCC, S, ER)

(1) H10 2-8-0 (CR, DCC, S, ER)

(1) ALCO RSD15 (CR, DCC, S, ER)Smile

(1) SW1500 (CR, DCC, S, PITB)

BACHMANN & SPECTRUM

(1) GP30 (MB)

(3) GE 44 Ton (MB)

(1) GE 70 Ton (MB)

(1) K4 #1361 (NOB)

(1) 0-6-0 Saddle Tank (MB, PITB)

(1) 80 Ton 3 Truck Shay (MB)

BOWSER / PENNLINES 

(1) H9

(1) E6

(3) ALCO C628 (CR, DCC, S, ER)Smile

(2) ALCO C630 (CR, DCC, S, ER)Smile

CON-COR

(1) FA2 (MB, ER, DCC)

(1) FB2 (MB, ER, DCC)

HOBBY TOWN OF BOSTON

(1) GP-38-9-20 Chassie only (MB)

KATO

(1) EMD NW2 (NOB)

(1) EMD SD45 (NOB)

(1) EMD GP35 (MB)

LIFE LIKE / PROTO 2000 ALL WITH AXEL GEAR REPLACMENT

(1) FA1 (DCC, CR, ER)

(1) FB1 (DCC, CR, ER)

(1) BL2 (MB)

(1) FA2 9MB)

(1) SD7 (MB)

(3) GP9 (CR, DCC, ER)Smile

(2) SW9-1200 (MB)

(1) GP7 (SO&O, ER)

(1) SD9 (MB)

(4) GP30 (DCC, SO&O, ER)Smile

(1) ALCO S1 (MB)

(1) ALCO S3 (MB)

(1) EMD SD45 (DCC, CR, ER)

MANTUA

(1) Cherry Valley Lumber co. #25 Logger w/tender (NOB)

(1) 4-6-4 Hudson (NOB)

MODEL DIE CAST

(3) Climax

(2) Boxcab

(1) RS3

(1) 2 Truck Shay

MODEL POWER

(1) Boxcab (shop built, PITB)

RAIL POWER PRODUCTS

(2) EMD CF7 (MB)

RIVAROSSI

(1) 2 Truck Heisler (NOB)

STEWART

(1) Baldwin AS16

(1) Baldwin RS12

(2) F3 (DCC, S, CR, ER)Smile

(1) F7A (DCC, S, CR, ER)Smile

(1) F7B (DCC, S, CR,ER)Smile

TYCO

(1) F7A (SF #4015 Blue and yellow, my first loco.)(MB)

WALTHERS

(2) EMD SW1 (NOB)

(1) GP16/GP9M (MB)

(1) GP15 (NOB)

WALTHERS PROTO 2000

(1) FM H10-44 (NOB)

THE BRASS LOCO'S.

(1) AKANE 4-8-4 Heavy USRA (MB)

(1) SEIKO 4-8-2 M1b (MB)

(1) PRESCALE Class A 20 Ton Shay (MB)

(1) PFM UNITED 2-8-2 L1 (MB)

(1) PFM UNITED 2-10-0 I1 (MB) 

(2) PFM UNITED 4-6-2 K4 (MB)

  • Member since
    December, 2018
  • From: Rochert.MN
  • 46 posts
Posted by Midwest Northern R.R on Monday, September 09, 2019 3:20 PM

I use mostly Bachmann, Older Athearn loco's. Alot of my older locos run just as smooth as the IHC Lehigh Valley in my profile Pic. 

  • Bachmann ATSF FT Unit
  • Bachmann UP SD-45 #977
  • Bachmann UP GP-35 #866
  • Bachmann Mikado #2528
  • Athearn S-12 #25
  • Athearn GP-35 #1347
  • IHC Cons. #707<(My profile Pic)

Moving Into O Scale ('Cause I Wan't To)

  • Lionel Scout #1130
  • Lionel Scout #295(?)
  • Lionel Pennsy Columbia #8602
  • Louis Marx & Co. UP 100003

That's pretty much all I have to brag about. I can never complain about any of my engines, exept for my (partially) restored Marx loco. She runs a bit jumpy, and the reversing unit is faulty. However, my Lionel locos all run as if they were bought yesterday. All of my HO locos (with the exeption of #2528) Run as if brand new. I always make sure of smooth operation in my locos, and if repair is needed, I, being the good person I am (don't worry, I'm not saying you aren't bad people), shall preform all neccesary repairs.

countryman-Thank you for starting this forum feed! :)

  • Member since
    January, 2017
  • From: Southern Florida Gulf Coast
  • 5,143 posts
Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, September 09, 2019 5:42 PM

PC101
The ones with smilies are my favorite at this time.

.

Not a single one of your smileys would have matched mine.

.

Right now, my Kato NW2 is my absolute favorite. I noticed yours did not have a smiley.

.

-Kevin

.

Wink Happily modeling my STRATTON & GILLETTE RAILROAD. A Class A line located in a personal fantasy world of semi-plausible nonsense on Tuesday, August 3rd, 1954.

  • Member since
    March, 2012
  • 211 posts
Posted by PC101 on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 12:48 AM

SeeYou190
 
PC101
The ones with smilies are my favorite at this time.
 

 

.

Not a single one of your smileys would have matched mine.

.

Right now, my Kato NW2 is my absolute favorite. I noticed yours did not have a smiley.

.

-Kevin

.

 

(NOB) Never out of the box.

Looks like my most liked are DCC with and without sound.

Now if I'd been asked which were my favorite 25 to 30 years ago, things would be marked different.

  • Member since
    January, 2017
  • From: Southern Florida Gulf Coast
  • 5,143 posts
Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 8:45 AM

PC101
Looks like my most liked are DCC with and without sound.

.

I'll bet it would be a job to put a decoder in the Kato NW2.

.

If I ran DCC I would need to try. That, and my Atlas S2 are extremely smooth running engines that make switching and car movements a joy.

.

-Kevin

.

Wink Happily modeling my STRATTON & GILLETTE RAILROAD. A Class A line located in a personal fantasy world of semi-plausible nonsense on Tuesday, August 3rd, 1954.

  • Member since
    March, 2012
  • 211 posts
Posted by PC101 on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 6:13 PM

SeeYou190
 
PC101
Looks like my most liked are DCC with and without sound.

 

.

I'll bet it would be a job to put a decoder in the Kato NW2.

.

If I ran DCC I would need to try. That, and my Atlas S2 are extremely smooth running engines that make switching and car movements a joy.

.

-Kevin

.

 

I'm sure that there are way more DCC decoders now then back when I aquired that Kato NW2. DCC only or DCC with sound, that would be my question.

EDIT: Oh, now I see why it never polished rail or never got modified, it's in Con-Rail blue livery. 

Subscriber & Member Login

Login, or register today to interact in our online community, comment on articles, receive our newsletter, manage your account online and more!

Search the Community

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
Model Railroader Newsletter See all
Sign up for our FREE e-newsletter and get model railroad news in your inbox!