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« on: January 04, 2009, 10:45:18 PM »

What can anyone tell me about the quality of the Clementine 0-4-0 tank engines. I have the opportunity to pick up three or four of them. Are they a sturdy engine? If not, are they a good base for building up a better engine? Any input welcomed. Thanks- Mike
Loco Bill Canelos

Model railroading since 1947

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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2009, 12:22:10 AM »

The Clemintine Mining 0-4-0 was only sold in set 90030 and The set was in the catalog in 1997 &1998.  The locomotives were never sold as a seperate item.  Since I have never owned one I cannot comment on them personally.   I have bee told that they were fair runners, but that the electrical contacts and wheels had to be kept very clean.  I was also told that they have a tendancy to stall on switches with a dead frog at slow speeds. 

That is all I have, but maybe someone with direct experience will chime in.

Loco Bill,  Roundhouse Foreman
Colorado & Kansas Railway Missouri Western Railway
Semi Official Historian; Bachmann Large Scale
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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2009, 12:22:31 PM »

I bought a used one that runs fine although the pickup can be a problem running slow over turnouts.  A simple solution is adding pickups from the first car back.  I only wish the LGB wheel sets could be had for less money.  Of the ones I've tried the LGBs are the best.

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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2009, 04:18:32 PM »

Thanks, guys. I guess I'll try them.- Mike
Paul W.

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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2009, 09:25:12 PM »

They are great little runners. I have several that I picked up over the last couple years. With only having 4 pick up wheels, dirty track can be an issue, but nothing to the point where I would not run them. They are fun to weather into different stages of use. They show up from time to time on ebay as well as the cars from the set. It came with a red ore car and a yellow caboose.
I took one of mine to several open house's this past summer and ran with my kitbash MOW set. It got lots of compliments on how it looked and ran.
If you can get them, you won't be sorry.

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Peter O

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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2009, 01:15:52 PM »

I have to agree. I sold my old Porter, planning to get the newer 1:20 version for an easier DCC conversion. But then I heard about the pickup issues associated with the non-equalized chassis on the new Porter and abandoned the idea of getting one.

If you take reasonable care and don't overload it, you should be happy with the results.

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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2009, 12:07:09 AM »

I love these little guys they pull strong for their size. the three I have have not failed me I have not had the stalling at the frog problem but my layout is inside. if you decide you want to get rid of one  or all of them let me know.

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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2009, 09:02:43 AM »

My Dad and I have had good luck with the old 0-4-0's.  I had one of the new style and do not think they are worth the price.  I would like to see the Big Hauler 0-4-0's back in production.

We put DCC in ours, it takes a little work, and I added a rear light to mine.  It is an LED inside a small plastic tube mounted under the roof overhang.
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