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    Thxs, nice to have that history straight! The new gp-38-2 arrived today. Think I skipped a breath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwwojcik View Post
    There's also Arnold/Hornby, which released a couple of supposedly quite nice models a few years ago and never followed up. I wonder if we'll hear from them again.
    I had a couple of the Arnold SW1s. They were fantastic. For such a tiny engine they performed very well. With a Zimo decoder they were rock stars!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rook View Post
    Thxs, nice to have that history straight! The new gp-38-2 arrived today. Think I skipped a breath
    And where's the photo, huh? No photo means an @Moose2013 stampede, regardless of I-5 traffic. Those be the rules!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rook View Post
    Think I skipped a breath.
    You'll be skipping more than one breath if you get caught not having posted that photo pronto
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    I just received my Atlas dash 8-40b. It's a good 4 axle for smaller curves, switching & industry work. I use my dash 8-40c's for mainline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    And where's the photo, huh? No photo means an @Moose2013 stampede, regardless of I-5 traffic. Those be the rules!
    ah? how is a photo of a diseasel gunna save 'im?!?

    need smile emoticon.... hunt hunt hunt...


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    Quote Originally Posted by victor miranda View Post
    ah? how is a photo of a diseasel gunna save 'im?!?
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    I've learned the hard & expensive way to buy quality first. I prefer Atlas locos with MTL couplers. I go for DCC ready so that I can run trains on DC, but I know I will want to have more than 1 train running eventually.

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    @Rook

    Bit late to the party sorry but - not sure what the N Scale DCC ready/friendly equivalent of a Toyota Camry is BUT if you want the Rolls Royce of N Scale Engines then you have to go with Kato

    As NSNYSWFAN74 (he's gotta get a shorter user name )said - quality FIRST when it comes to engines
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    I wish I could afford Kato. Have had good luck with my Atlas locos. Those dreaded "B" named locos are either constantly found in the shops. Really thinking of selling them cheap just to get rid of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NSNYSWFAN74 View Post
    I wish I could afford Kato.

    But, one very, very good running loco, is better than 10 so-so or poor running loco. It will give you a lot more pleasure than to 10 others would.

    BTW, some of the Bachmann loco's are good too, just not the cheap, throw away ones, as you have found out.

    I really like the 8, S-4's that I have, and they were only $50 each at Trainworld. I did have to strip them, and then paint and decal for WP. That was pretty easy too.
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    My Atlas engines have only needed a wheel cleaning for one & a coupler adjustment for the other. My 2 Bachmann Dash 8-40c's have had some issues. More intensive cleaning & relube. One may need a re motor. My GP60 has been great thou, only needing coupler swap.

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    @NSNYSWFAN74

    You might want to take a look at MB Kleins site. Kato engines there aren't much more than an Atlas, and in some cases, less than. I have bought Kato DC (DCC ready) from them for $75 and ones with DCC installed for around $150 in the past.

    As Rodney said though, even though Kato's may be a tad more expensive initially, they usually end up being cheaper in the long run due to their quality.
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    The only Atlas locomotive I've ever had an issue with since 1979 is the most recent SD-9 I acquired factory equipped with an NCE decoder. The decoder does not have the slots for the motor brush tabs to be inserted through; it's pressure only on the decoder's motor pads. This is not a fault with the Atlas chassis or Atlas quality. NCE needs to redesign the decoder board.

    A Digitrax decoder will solve the issue.

    I've mentioned this before, but just how many serious "Problems with Atlas locomotive" topics have you ever encountered? Typically, any issue is "operator error."

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    I agree on Atlas quality (it's good). For me, the question of "Atlas vs Kato" is much less relevant than than the question of which one of them makes the particular type of locomotive I'm after? Both brands have been very reliable for me, and as @Paul Schmidt said, the problems I've had with both brands were either decoder related or came from a mistake on my part. I will say my Katos tend to be a little quieter running, but Atlas locos I have aren't noisy enough to complain about.

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    Okay guys ... want to make one thing clear - the OP said he wished he could afford Kato and that was the point of my post, to show that Kato engines were not that much more expensive than Atlas and in some cases cheaper, if he wanted them, and nothing more than that.
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    @Wombat Yes I found a couple Katos...MP36,Centram,Pocket Line. The Centram is a noisy lil bugger that locked up. Otherwise Very happy. Very happy with 2 Atlas loco's also.

    I've got a couple dcc and a couple dc. I need more track lol. This is enough of a fleet for a little roundy round. Future expenses should be directed toward landscape supplies.

    Does anyone make a cab-forward in n scale? Just for fun i searched the 2 sites mentioned and the selection for steam is abysmal. Finding what you like among the many offerings that are available is the compromise. I like the power that gets repainted to an authentic scheme that fits the layout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat457 View Post
    Okay guys ... want to make one thing clear - the OP said he wished he could afford Kato and that was the point of my post, to show that Kato engines were not that much more expensive than Atlas and in some cases cheaper, if he wanted them, and nothing more than that.
    I think we're taking the original intent and your thoughts in the best light, Tony. You make a good point. The topic may have strayed a little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat457 View Post
    the OP said he wished he could afford Kato
    No... that was the guy with the long username. I asked about the Camry.

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    @Rook

    Oops, in that case, I stand corrected - sorry Rook and others
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