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ShareThisLast week I had promised to show photos of my old N-Scale diesels from various manufacturers.
The above came with an MPC N-Scale Train set which I bought shortly after coming to the conclusion that sharing an HO layout built on a 4 x 8 wheet of plywood and the small apartment I shared with my wife and son didn't work. This is a Life Like SD-45 and hasn't been looked at since I came back to the hobby so I do not know if it runs.
There is one more item that I haven't shown you and won't since I don't know where it is at the moment. Save yourself a lot of headaches and put those old loco's in a box and put it some place you won't mind never finding.
The 9 I listed and showed pictures of were bought back in the earky 1980s when there few if any choices of the locomotives. I find newer Atlas N scale locos (last 10 years when I've gotten back in) are pretty good runners. I still have my doubts about Atlas and Athearn but I have one p[roduct from each of those lines and since neither has been conberted to DCC yet, I have nothing to compare them with and my previous experience HO Atlas and Athearn wasn't bad, I don't regret getting either at this point. In 1972, in my neck of the woods (then San Fernando Valley), N scale was introduced in some of the hobby shops. If I could find the locos (left them behind when my first wife and I parted company), I will take pictures of them to share.
All of the locomotives I took pictures of have been retired as I realize it would be waste of time and money to put them back into service. Then the trains were gone,and there was nothing but rails, the earth, the moon, the river and strong silence-  And the Haunting and Immortal visage of America by night. Update: You can now make an even more detailed model with parts from Jeff Faulkner's PRR-Parts including ice chests, water tanks, and a new roof. During a four-day pass from training on the way to participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom I had a chance to visit the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. As mentioned above in Jim's article, the P70 was pretty much the standard coach of "the standard railroad of the world" and should be well represented on anyone's layout.
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These should be looked at while you think of the CommeNtary article in the September issue of MRH which happens to be quite good.
Initially I set that train set up on the kitchen table and ran this locomotive, 3 cars and a caboose on an oval of track. It didn't run so well back in the old days so guess that is why I haven't even planned to do anything with it.
I don't know who the manufacturer was as it doesn't say it nor can I find my inventory card for this one. I have two of these and both run thanks to one of my friend at Brooklyn N-Trak who restored them.
There are some great looking coaches out in N scale now so my effort to create a representative P70 seven years ago may be somewhat dated by now, but they still run on my downsized layout and still look good to me. Once the painting was done, it was time to add the rest of the details that included: Microscale 60-891 and 60-892 decals (stripes were put on by Brian Wolfs of Mainline Hobby Supply), Micro-Trains body-mounted 1023 couplers, American Limited heavyweight diaphragms and the East Wind 2D-P5 trucks.
If you compare this shot with an N scale Model Power car you will clearly see that the model shouldn't have the large square windows it has on its ends.


This was an Aztec modification that produced a Burlington Northern GP40 that not only ran well but once I converted it to Kadee N-Scale knuckle couplers, had great pulling power.
It doesn't look as good as the BN version and must have been moulded earlier as the BN version is a crisper mould. When I first decided I wanted to run Amtrak trains back in the early 1980s, I looked through the Walthers catalogue to see what was availble in N-Scale. I would never volutarily go back to DC as it is more fun running my trains and not the tracks. Even the Three Miitrix hardly ever get used as they've been replaced by the Katos and others listed in the blog entry. I have had to no such luck with any of my old stuff except for the Minitrix which not only have th coffee grinders working but they get hot as well if I let them run to long. I soon bought another model, I cannot recall who manufactured it, that was painted black with PRR markings.
Once you try DCC you'll never want to go back ro DC as it is more fun and realistic to run the locomotive rather than the track it's on.
I wrote him back and told him I had saved this information a few years ago when it was on his old website! I started with a Lima base coach, which has a little finer detail than the Model Power version, and proceeded to make some changes and additions which included; stripping the old paint, relocating the truck mounting locations inboard so the trucks would clear the new steps, adding Gold Metal Model vestibule steps, blocking off the end vestibule windows with scrape styrene, changing a few of the under carriage details just for a little variation, replacing the molded on roof vents with pinheads and adding a small piece of styrene to represent the body pads above each truck. One of these days I may do a little with the interior such as seat painting, adding shades, adding some people, etc.
Keep in mind that these locomotives reflect late 1970s to early 1980s plastic moulding technology which is nowhere near what it is today.
I don't know who made this GP-40 (or at least that's what it looks vaguely like to me) but it certainly wasn't great runner. It was my favorite engine for a while but after being stored for 21 years didn't run and wasn't worth rebuilding. There is a possibilty of that since the only other Life Like product I own is a GP38 in Long Island Railroad markings that runs nicely in DC. One of them seems to have lost the bearings that hold the motor to the frame and is thus noisier and slower than the other. I understand that many of the Bachman Metroliners suffered the same fate and that also seems to have been carried forward to the N-Scale Acelas made by Bachmann in recent years.
When I was into HO in the late 1970s, both Athearn and Atlas were good locomotives and my experience back then confirmed it. This also makes wiring your layout a lot simpler since you don't need to control blocks to keep your locomotives in different control blocks. I had never seen an E7 before and it was easy to get pictures of the P70, both inside and chassis-mounted details. It did the job back then and so when I decided I liked this hobby I did several things to it. I used ro have turm the Tech II up to 50 before the wheels would turn and they turned at drag race speed unless I put it in front of a number of freight cars to slow it down.
Although the Jewel Case that GP38 came in says its DCC ready, it needs surgery to make it DCC since the cicuit board is hard wired. Keep playing with those old loco's and you may find one melting like a scene from the Wizard of Oz.


But my experience later with Atlas in N-Scale was not good as you'll see if you read what I wrote in my blog at the time of this thread.
These conversion kits first became available around the early 1980s and that is when I probably converted most of my stuff to them.
The prototype pictures I took in June 2008 at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg, PA, while on a four-day pass enroute to a year in Iraq.
Except for the most famous named trains, heavyweight cars such as the P70 would often be found mixed in with newer streamliners - regardless of how unattractive that may be! One other note, please realize that DCC was not a reality when I bought and used them. These included changing the couplers to what were then called Kadee N-Scale knuckle couplers and repsinting it in Conrail blue. I was going to rebuild it and see what I could do to improve its performance but never got around to it before leaving the hobby in 1987.
It doesn't run now and it isn't worth a rebuild sincethere is no possibility of affordably converting it to DCC. So I had to decide how close I wanted to be to the prototype and I decided to go with this one since the cars it was going to pull (4 passenger cars made by Minitrix) where also not accurate. Athearn had entered the N-Scale market back then so there was no experienced to tell me anything.
In the early to mid 1980s I used a Tech II 2500 power pack which did little if anything to improve their running capabilities. Obviously I didn't do such great job as teh Sante Fe colors are still visible over the cab window. When I came back to the hobby in 2008 I brought it to one of Brooklyn N-Trak's train repairers who told me it wasn't worth fixing. I may some day soon graduate from DC to DCC (except the Bachmann MDT Plymouth I recently bought may go into the museum for obvious reasons).
As you can see the body moulding isn't good and this would have to be replaced pricing this effort out of the range of affordability. I enjoy the hobby (I had set it aside two years ago, but recently got back into it), even though it is still DC. The layout (pike) I built in '72 had terrain built pretty much with corrugated card board lattice for a framework with PoP soaked paper towels (the paper towels that, at that time, had strengthening fibers running through it). I had a mountain, wooden trestle built from a kit, a tunnel, wooden portal on the trestle side and concrete portal (similar to Woodland Scenics pre-casts) at the other end and a deep gully.
The main was a tear-drop shaped loop with a #6 turnout at the narrow end of the tear-drop, leading to a 90 degree turn, a short straight leading to a removable span across a window and another loop.
Essentially, a long run with reversing loops at each end, the first loop included the trestle and tunnel.



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