Atlas old-timer 4-4-0

Discussion in 'N Scale' started by EMD F7A, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. EMD F7A

    EMD F7A TrainBoard Member

    Just got announced/vendors now taking pre orders. Interesting little loco, motor's in the tender (cab looks more scale than the 2-6-0). No dcc. I will have at least one, anyway. Your thoughts, guys?
  2. bremner

    bremner Staff Staff Member

    I might talk the wife into a Disney one
  3. Curn

    Curn TrainBoard Member

  4. OC Engineer JD

    OC Engineer JD Staff Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    I hope it runs better then the Bachmann model! If it does, I would be in for one or two. :)
  5. Wings & Strings

    Wings & Strings TrainBoard Member

    This just made my day infinitely better. If it does run well, I may be easily tempted to buy two as well. Then I can finally model the San Diego, Cuyamaca & Eastern with (hopefully) smooth-running 4-4-0's with no work required other than a repaint!
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  6. steamghost

    steamghost TrainBoard Member

    The Lowell Smith one is only available at Disneyland. Anyone got one, actually ran it and wants to make a report?

    And Mark Watson's (improved) ventilated box cars are a great match for them. How did he know? :D
  7. John Moore

    John Moore TrainBoard Member TrainBoard Supporter

    I have been doing a little research since the Atlas annoucement of the impending release and have still been coming up short on some information, even looking on the other board. I'm going to assume that this loco has both pick-up from the drivers and tender unlike the Bmann version which has only tender pick-up but I have not been able to confirm this. The other thing of interest is the design of the pilot. Originally these little tea kettles had link and pin on the front and later most got knuckle couplers. Quite a few of these little fellas had long lives steaming in light branchline freight and passenger service into the early 1950s. The few Bmann versions I have have all been converted to a new pilot with MTs reflecting that later service and I would do the same with this model if the pilot is a separate piece. Converting the Bmann locos were a bear. So if I can find the answers to those questions I'll probably get in line for at least two undecs to do up in basic black. And the older Bmann 4-4-0s that actually run good and pull reasonably well will probably have a few retired to have the tenders gutted and converted auxiallary water cars for electrical pick-up to improve their running. The limited tender pick-up being thier only shortfall. The Bmann engines left will either get pushed to the back of a weed overgrown storage track, or I'll attempt a Nn3 conversion with one, or maybe even bash two together for another 4-6-0
  8. Jerry M. LaBoda

    Jerry M. LaBoda TrainBoard Member TrainBoard Supporter

    "...or maybe even bash two together for another 4-6-0"

    Oooh, oooh, oooh... I know! I know!!!

    Clinchfield's "One Spot!!!"

    Splice the chassis and the siderods similar to what was done to turn a Kato Mikado into a USRA heavy 2-10-2...

    Dang it... I might yet have to buy one and parts... B (
  9. EMD F7A

    EMD F7A TrainBoard Member

    Jerry, couldn't you use some old-timer shell parts and an Athearn 2-6-0 chassis? My 2-6-0 is one of the best running steamers I own (swiss watch!). That kicked-out driving wheel is so dang cool.... I'd never seen the #1 before.
  10. axle17921

    axle17921 TrainBoard Member

    well you can still wire dcc even if it isnt dcc, it just takes a little finesse, you can always wire a lenz in the cab and run the wires between the engine and tender, you can fit a lenz in almost anything.
  11. Jerry M. LaBoda

    Jerry M. LaBoda TrainBoard Member TrainBoard Supporter

    "Jerry, couldn't you use some old-timer shell parts and an Athearn 2-6-0 chassis?"

    I am not really sure but it appears to me that it would be difficult to do since the "One Spot" had such a small boiler. I really do not like the Athearn straight boiler steamers because the boiler is on the thick side.

    Here's another photo of the engine as Black Mountain 1, showing it at Erwin before she was ever rebuilt for use by the Clinchfield... don't remember who shot it or where I found it...

    Black Mountain RR 4-6-0 No.1 at CRR shops in ErwinTN Aug56 -unk..jpg
  12. EMD F7A

    EMD F7A TrainBoard Member

    Jerry I see exactly what you mean. Quite an undertaking, but boy would that be cool! Maybe you could get one of the forum guys to 3d-print it for you! :)
  13. Mark Watson

    Mark Watson TrainBoard Member

    Every new 4-4-0 need's a SOFC! (Stagecoach On Flat Car)



  14. Mark Watson

    Mark Watson TrainBoard Member

    ... Or a Ventilated Boxcar!


  15. EMD F7A

    EMD F7A TrainBoard Member

    Mark, best shameless plug of the year!! Those are FANTASTIC!! Looking sharp. I've not seen that level of detail before on that kind of N accessory.... Get one painted up, please, and post it behind one of your reworked old timers!
  16. daniel_leavitt2000

    daniel_leavitt2000 TrainBoard Member

    Ye olde intermodal!

    I'm not sure my Piggy Packer can handle that.
  17. sharriso

    sharriso TrainBoard Member

    Very nice! We are especially interested in the shorty flatcars. All they need is some trucks from Panamint Models (also on Shapeways).
  18. jp2005

    jp2005 TrainBoard Member

    Any idea if the Disney 4-4-0s are available and for how much? I have some friends going down there this weekend and they offered to pick one up for me while they're there. I know they're only being sold at the Uptown Jewelers shop in Magic Kingdom. If it's available, I'll be sure to post pictures and try to answer questions about it.

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