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    Default Broadway Limited #3073 PRR M1a 4-8-2, #6720, Paragon2 Sound/DC/DCC

    Looking at this loco/tender for my door layout but,,, itís over 10Ē total length. Is that kinda long for an n scale loco? It would just start to roll and be at my first curve. What do you think?

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    The M1 has a tender about the same size as the engine. This was to allow for a large coal and water load.

    It is a bit long for a steamer but it's TRUE to the prototype
    Modeling the Pennsylvania Railroad Middle Divison in 1954

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    Yeah its tender length puts it up near the length of a Challenger or Bigboy. I will post of shot of that when I can.

    I am happy with my M1. It is a little sensitive to dirty track compared to my other steam but otherwise is my second best runner. Only the Kato FEF is a better runner than it. It tracks well on the 15 inch radius curves of my branch line and has only a minor wobble with the #5 Atlas turnouts as well.

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    I have a M1a too and absolutely love the engine. It is long...but the details, sound and how it drives are just fantastic IMO. I personally will say to go for it.
    Similar to what Digital says...IMO the only engine I have that is equal to it's performance would be my Kato FEF. You cant go wrong with this engine.
    Seanifer

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    I was wrong about the length of an M1 compared to a Challenger or Big Boy. It really isn't close to the same length.

    IMG_1839-small.jpg

    Going from top to bottom is a Challenger, M1, Big Boy and FEF. The M1 is shorter than the FEF and noticeably shorter than Challenger and Big Boy.

    IMG_1841-small.jpg

    This does come as a benefit to the M1. Here is the M1 and Big Boy on a 15 inch radius curve. The Big Boy overhangs a lot and the M1 only a little. Operationally both run just fine on this curve. Visually the Big Boy looks over sized for the curve but that M1 doesn't.

    IMG_1842-small.jpg

    Here is the side view of the same curve. The M1 doesn't feel out of place on this radius of curve. Hope this helps give a feel for its size.

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