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31  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Movie train production on: May 10, 2018, 07:54:00 AM
Yes, correct, I missed the stack.  The clips are very, very short, attuned to an attention deficit disorder age.  Easy to miss details.  The engine has a late 1800ís capped stack, very cool, not many of those left.  But if this is supposed to be the mid to late 1860ís,  the stack and the entire engine are 40 years too modern.

Plus, I have to wonder, what is a tiger doing in the movie.
32  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Movie train production on: May 09, 2018, 03:22:18 PM
Thatís an auxiliary dome dedicated to pop valves and whistle, a more modern way to install those appliances.

That engine might be a 4-6-2 but with those low, low drivers she was never meant for mainline passenger runs.  The only reason there is a trailing truck is to keep her on the track when running in reverse for long distances pullling a train which was very common on short lines and logging lines.  Itís in effect a ďloggingĒ Pacific, although ďloggingĒ prairies were a lot more common.
33  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Movie train production on: May 09, 2018, 09:50:07 AM
Good call.  I looked at pictures of that engine and I agree that is probably her in those scenes.

What a cool little engine.  I knew of her before but had no idea she had been preserved , much less in operating condition , what a find, thanks.

She also has a fake square oil lantern headlight in the clips. 

Again and again you see the same thing all the time- balloon or diamond stack, big goofy cowcatcher, and square headlight make any engine instantly  1800ís in the publicís eye.

Remember the engine in Breakheart Pass?  I talked to the now deceased owner over 30 years ago, a retired UP old steam head. He bought that engine from the Great Western in Colorado when he retired, along with enough vintage freight and passenger cars to make a creditable vintage train, with the purpose of servicing Hollywoodís vintage railroad needs, and he did. He said he picked that engine because with a variety of stacks and cowcatchers he could make that engine reasonably be anything from 1880 to 1950.

Where are guys like this when you need them.  The old heads are all gone now.  I miss talking to them.
34  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Sound Value Class J BAC 53201 on: May 09, 2018, 08:50:33 AM
Big engines need big radius.  Period.  The smaller the layout, the bigger the engine wanted, it always seems, this kind of inquiry appears almost  weekly.

Big engines on little radius look like toys.  I went to branchline modeling a very long time ago not only because I love branch lines but because little engines look good on small layouts and sharply curves, not like elephants riding bicycles in a circus.  I too wanted big engines until I realized that.
35  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: sound value consolidaton on: May 09, 2018, 08:42:20 AM
I have a couple of econami installs from back when the approaching TSU2 was classified.  Itís got everything I miss in the Sound Value like dynamo, coupler crash, and cv 113 time out.  Econami is TSU 2 on a diet but not the starvation diet of the sound value decoder.  The biggest thing missing as compared to TSU 2 is reverb , which makes the chuff in particular really sing.  But I can do without that with all the other cool stuff there.

Econami as a stock bachmann decoder would be a wonderful thing.

36  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Movie train production on: May 08, 2018, 11:58:18 PM
Itís definitely too modern.  Canít get a good fix from the little snips but could that be one of the WP&Y 2-8-2ís from Dollywood?  Definitely a fake stack on an engine that never burned wood.  And the pilot is a modern steel strap one, surprised they didnít put a big silly red ďcowcatcherĒ on it.  Is that 3í gauge track?  The rail is way too heavy for the times and the track is too straight and too ballasted.  And in one scene the corner of the vestibule of a riveted steel passenger car is seen, which didnít come till after 1900 more or less.

Man.  Doesnít anyone pay attention anymore to, or care about, detail accuracy when it come to railroads?
37  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Your worst model railroad tragedy on: May 07, 2018, 11:00:37 AM
My depression era mother didnít believe in keeping anything not acutely essential .  I was just getting into serious Model railroading when I was 12.  One day I found that my Lionel stuff had been given away to some drive.
38  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Your worst model railroad tragedy on: May 07, 2018, 07:52:04 AM
That is the French engine I mentioned earlier
39  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Your worst model railroad tragedy on: May 06, 2018, 02:59:45 PM
Common theme emerging-  the difference between toys and serious models not understood.
40  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Your worst model railroad tragedy on: May 04, 2018, 11:06:33 AM
Hahaha😂😂😂.  The Santa Fe did that at LAUPT in the 40s, and thereís a famous picture of a French steam engine like that plowed through the terminal and down to the street below.
41  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Metal wheel swap? on: May 04, 2018, 11:03:10 AM
Intermountain axle points are thin in comparison , sometimes makes the trucks sit lower and can cause coupler issues.
42  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Sound for Niagara's? on: May 04, 2018, 09:50:34 AM
Boy I donít know about the steam engines.... every one Iíve seen, when they are working hard, you can really hear them coming a long way off. (We used to say that about my command-tone type-A old boss 😂😂). 

Especially the whistle.  I can say that as a kid, when both the T&NO and MP back home were still under steam, you could hear those screaming whistles really well at least a mile or more away where we lived.
43  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: sound value consolidaton on: May 04, 2018, 08:34:29 AM
Econami is a lot fuller featured than Sound Value.  I wish it would be in the HO engines as well.
44  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Your worst model railroad tragedy on: May 03, 2018, 12:30:29 PM
What was your worst model tragedy?  Letís leave off house destruction like fire or flood.

50 years ago I had an entire 10 car train go to the floor  because the horn hook couplers held very well.  Later on, my mother let my 2 year old nephew play with a brass steam engine on the floor.  That engine actually survived only to be destroyed along with others later while in storage and the box it was not packed very well in fell 8í to the floor.
45  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: sound value consolidaton on: May 03, 2018, 09:13:07 AM
Itís probably the same great engine thatís been around for well over 20 years.  It looks like the separately applied pipes are still there, very good,

The detail level of the USRA mountains and 2-10-2 was the same as the 2-8-0.  Maybe one day those beautiful engines will come back as Sound Value.  I miss several features that Sound Value left out but the one I miss the most is cv 113 which leaves the engine silent at layout power up until you move it, and turns the sound off after a programmable interval, all great when you have a bunch of sound engines on the track.
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