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Emric66

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« on: November 14, 2017, 08:50:49 PM »

Good evening,

   I am in the market for a steam locomotive to propel me back into the hobby.

My local merchant has graciously let me borrow your catalog so I can check out the steam locomotives and the following desired traits found in one to order through him:

-DCC on board/ready
-smoke
-light
-sound (not a deal breaker)
-$200.00 or under

I am seeing a LOT of attractive offerings, but only one meets all of these traits...your new Baldwin model that is not out yet.

I am not running DCC yet but will likely switch before too long.  Can you recommend a model that perhaps I am overlooking?

Thanks!
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Joe323

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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2017, 11:36:56 AM »

If you skip the smoke (which looks unrealistic and tends to make an oily mess on your track you’ll have lots of choices
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West Bound

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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2017, 12:52:23 PM »

I agree with Joe. I have had several steam  engines over the years that smoked. None of them looked real even one with smoke synchronized with the chuff sounds. All of them maked a mess on the engine and the layout. I recently purchased a new loco that has synchronized smoke and have never turned the smoke option on. Waste of money.
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Trainman203

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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2017, 04:00:06 PM »

Yardmaster, what “new Baldwin Model” is “not out yet?”
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Emric66

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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2017, 07:18:22 PM »

Thank you, fellow engineers, for the thoughtful responses.  I purchased # 51602 from my retailer, the Santa Fe 0-6-0 to hold me over while I make the switch to DCC, then plan to purchase a higher end model next year.  The retailer had made similar comments about the smoke prior to the echoes from your responses, so I tend to hold consistent opinions in high regard !

The Baldwin model I mentioned that is not available yet is one that the same retailer showed me in the Bachmann Catalog and then called about; he was told it was not available yet, with no timetable offered.  I don't have the catalog in front of me to give you the item #, but it was an illustration in the catalog instead of an actual photo.
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RAM

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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2017, 08:29:33 PM »

Well think small, like 2-8-0, 4-6-0, no bigger than 2-8-2, or 4-6-2
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Trainman203

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« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2017, 08:58:40 AM »

And less than 200, think eBay
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