Yesterday I made my first BIG purchase at my local hobby store. I bought 1 athearn Genisis SD70MAC and 1 athearn Mopac bay window caboose and my total was $118.24.
the loco is fabulous. heres the link to the one i bought.
P.S. it was a lower price at my hobby store because there a great source for trains, airplanes and cars, its all evened out...
Whoa, that's totally awsome man! love 'em Athearns!
CPR GP38-2 fan
sfrr wrote:well i traded it back for a BN executive scheme SD70MAC and its even better!
sfrr wrote: =)
I usually don't spend much on model trains. With the money I make from work any dime I have to spare goes into going out and seeing the real trains. The only money I spend on model trains comes from spare change I save througout the month. At the end of the month I can roll what I have saved up and use that at the hobby shop.
Hmmmmm, it's just the opposite for me: I spend my money on models, while I use the left over for like model trains shows and real trains fests.
Lackawanna Route of the Phoebe Snow
wait until you get your first BLI sound then you wount be able to stop,
IT WILL CONSUME YOUR SOUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have made 3 big purchases in the past 3 years. The 1st was a Lionel Polar Express Set, the second, and my biggest, a Postwar 2343 Santa Fe F3 A-A for $300 and another $100 to get it running properly, horn unit replaced, and battery acid damage scraped away and filled in with putty, and the 3rd was a Spectrum "Southern" 2-10-2 with DCC Sound.
I hope to make my next big purchase a Lionel Pennsy TMCC Mike set and re-paint the engine as Southern Railway Ms class 2-8-2 #4618. Why this number? The answer is simple.
I bought a copy of Curt Tillotson Jr.'s "Classic Steam Trains of the South" this past August and when choosing a number I flipped through and got the numbers of the Ms Mikes pictured, put them in a hat, and drew one, which turned out to be #4618, from the best Ms class picture in the book (The engine storming up Saluda with a freight and a big Ls2 2-8-8-2 pushing behind)
I will do the same when I buy Lionel's Southern 2-8-2 #4501 F.A.R.R. Set. 4501 is an Ms Mike, and the Lionel FARR 4501 is more the size of an Ms4 class mike. So I will re-paint that engine and give it a randomly selected number. Oh, I do plan on buying another Southern FARR set to keep as-is. (Its the collector in me).