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    Default Need advice on motive power for the Scenic Ridge

    Hi as you may have read I am building the scenic ridge. I am going to use dcc since I donít understand wiring well.
    What I would like is smaller diesel power from the mid 1940-1960. I want to be able to run them as both a consist and helper motive.
    Small layout 36x72 basically a figure 8
    i have sunk a ton into this and still have not run a train
    okay I own a Bachmann alco S4 Zebra Dcc engine
    Do I want to buy 1 engine with Dcc and sound or two one with sound (maybe cheaper)?
    I am not a real by the clock railman I do love med long trains maybe 10-15 cars but on this layout I think 40 foot box cars and small oil tankers.
    Thanks remember money is an issue well it is for a lot of us but we all have our own idea of expense. Sort of like the pain charts in hospitals. Say my pain level is 3 while the same is someone elseís 10.

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    In the same vein as the Alco, look at Bachmann's 70 tonner and 44 tonner. Both come with factory installed DCC.
    As for sound, I recently bought a Model Power 2-6-0 with sound and DCC, it's a great little loco.
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    I'd suggest starting your search with Atlas GP7 or GP9's. Small 4 axle diesel power and quite prominent in your era. Plus Atlas run well.
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    There aren't many small diesels with sound out there (not yet, anyway). The Atlas S-2 is the only one that comes to mind.

    Does roadname matter?

    -Mark

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    No road name bias. I finally put together a track to run a train I had recently purchased a bunch of n Kato track and a few? Locos both diesel and steam. I believe most had been in storage for the last 10 years. The steamers are all undecorated and the diesels are all The Pennsylvania. Mostly f7 and rs 4. I am using dc 2 wires to the joiners and most run well after a bit of wake up time. None of them have sound or Dcc which is what I want.
    Ill try and attach some pictures.

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    Well, you got something running. Hooray!

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    The Pennsylvania
    That's right! It's The Pennsylvania Railroad, Standard Railroad of the World!
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    Okay maybe this will work I use apple photos but I need to reduce the size? As I said I am in the Apple ecosystem.
    Nope. Guess I have call my friend Mr Google.

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    Ahh The late great Pennsylvania Railroad.

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    Okay I am going to try to post again https://share.icloud.com/photos/0XU9...FMGAWV9YQ#Home

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marksomebody View Post
    Okay I am going to try to post again https://share.icloud.com/photos/0XU9...FMGAWV9YQ#Home
    Mark, you might want to refer to the forum guidelines for posting photos directly here. I noticed that the photo on the site you linked to will expire in 30 days. And you only have a few more posts to reach 30 here, which I think is the magic number for being eligible to post photos!

    https://www.nscale.net/forums/faq.ph...q#faq_imgfaq04

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    Paul,
    thanks for your encouragement. Believe it or not The USPS delivered my track from Tony’s Trains today Memorial Day. Okay now I get go bother the track gurus again
    I’ll probably hit 40 by the weekend. Then it’s time to take a break for a few days. I am confused. Did the moderator review my pictures that I have previously posted? Maybe that’s why I can only post one at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marksomebody View Post
    Did the moderator review my pictures that I have previously posted? Maybe that’s why I can only post one at a time.
    @Bryan, can you help?
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