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Large / Large Scale Side dump mine cars
January 12, 2021, 11:04:15 AM
Anyone know the trick to getting the newer ones with the metal sideframes apart to change the axles?

Matthew (OV)
Large / Lil Big Hauler Hopper Body
July 19, 2020, 10:27:01 AM
Has anyone got a top-down photo of a Lil Big Hauler hopper, any flavor, that they can post?  Would also love to see a bottom up photo of the body removed from the car if anyone has one.

Thanks ...

Matthew (OV)
(The rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated....)
Large / Orders ...
October 19, 2008, 06:12:35 PM
Hi, Bach-Man.

I have just ordered my Davenport, which I'm told is IN STOCK and shipping on Monday.  It will become Slate Creek #2.

I have also just pre-ordered my 2-6-6-2 from the same major dealer.   I hope to have good things to report next month, as I have a very sharp saw awaiting its arrival!  (Think:  Frankenstein, a month late.)  The result will most likely become Slate Creek #6.

Here's anticipating! (hopefully no major problems, delays or issues ... )

Matthew (OV)
Large / Introducing SCRy #45: The K-Rex!
February 13, 2008, 01:03:00 AM
This is too good not to share... regardless.

The Slate Creek is about to take delivery of some new motive power .... much larger than anything found on our rails to date.  Here's a photo of #45 on test runs on the Colorado Consolidated after a complete rebuild and refit by Chief Mechanical Officer Dave Goodson.

This locomotive features Radio Control/Onboard Battery Power by RCS, Phoenix 2K2 sound, and a completely custom electrical system including a magnetic chuff timer, incandescent headlights and class lamps, and a reworked suspension.

For the full size picture see:

The "K-Rex" is HUGELY anticipated in North Carolina!  We'll have more photos, and video after it arrives and the local shop crew puts the finishing touches on.

Matthew (OV)
Slate Creek Railway
Large / K-27 Details/Ihobby photo
October 23, 2007, 09:56:56 PM
On MLS, this thread has a somewhat blurred photo of the Bachmann table with several versions of the K-27....

The one furthest to the right appears to have a snowplow mounted.

What does the pilot look like UNDER the snowplow on models that come with it in place?  Is it the road pilot or the switcher pilot? Have you seen how the plow is removed?

Matthew (OV)

Large / Well, since no one else has asked ... iHobby?
October 20, 2007, 05:24:47 PM
Anything interesting happen in Chicago?

Matthew (OV)
Large / Prototype K-27 questions
September 01, 2007, 08:37:12 AM
Hopefully just posting this will summon Charlie.....

1.) On the post wreck #455, it says something under the "455" on the cab, and appears to say the same thing on the tender.  Anyone know what it says?

2.)  Is the "post wreck" plow on the 455 a replacement for the pilot, or was it just left on all the time to cover up a damaged pilot?  In other words, if one was to remove the plow in the "off season" would there be a regular road pilot underneath, prototypically speaking?

3.) There are several types of "back up" headlights on the K-27 models ... one high and large, one low and small, and one missing altogether, depending on the locomotive.  Were some of these ever run "tender first" in train service (thereby requiring the larger headlight) as a regular thing?

4.) Most of the K class locomotives were originally, or were made to be, relatively unique to the D&RGW and associated lines (a la RGS.) But, as with the K-28, other lines saw what worked, and ordered similar units, like OR&L's 2-8-2's that were, in essence, K-28's.  While all of the K-27's were D&RGW, is there an example of a similar locomotive (weight, tractive effort, outside frame 2-8-2, etc) bought by another 3' gauge outfit after seeing what the D&RGW had come up with?

Matthew (OV)
Large / 1:20.3 rolling stock couplers
May 26, 2007, 07:04:35 PM
In anticipation of quite a few of the new 1:20.3 hoppers on the SCRY (the captain of the car float tells me maybe as soon as next week?) I'm wondering ... has anyone tried running these "as is" (presumably with the "scale height" couplers) with AMS and/or Kadee coupler equipped rolling stock? 

If so, how well does it work?  I'm trying to determine if I'm going to need to convert them or if they'll be OK as-is.

Matthew (OV)

Large / Toy Fair? No Fair!
February 08, 2007, 08:13:16 AM
There are some posters on various Yahoo lists that seem to have got hold of some information from the future....

Rail-going De Loreans notwithstanding, it's always interesting how stuff seems to leak in the week or so before the announcement.

While the fellows in question were primarily concerned with what was (and wasn't) coming in On30, they did mention one of the large scale announcements inadvertently, when someone confused it with an On30 release ....  interestingly enough, the same information had popped up, apparently accidentally, on an obscure internet hobby source about a week ago ....

So ... when do we real people get to find out about this, and what ELSE was on the list?  I hate getting scooped....

Matthew (OV)