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    Quote Originally Posted by carlso View Post
    Here is one of my "Crown Jewels". No it's not a KATO, B'man, Athearn, KEY or any other brand of manufactured locomotive. It is not as well appointed and finished as one either. But I made it....

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    That looks incredible! Sure, the detail isn't as crisp as brass or something made by a manufacturer, but who cares! You captured the overall look so well, which is what really matters in my opinion. Calling that a 'crown jewel' is an understatement. It's like you have both the 'crown jewel' and the crown itself. Plus, the AC-9 is easily my favorite articulated steam locomotive of all time.

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    where can i get one if those 4-4-6-4?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shannon View Post
    where can i get one if those 4-4-6-4?
    Nowhere.

    At least that's what it seems like! They aren't made anymore, and I don't know how many were made in the first place, but I can't imagine many were made by how uncommon they are. As far as I know there was one production run back in 2004. Original price was around $1100.

    They were released by Key Imports, they're brass, and they are not cheap these days. I paid more that I thought I would ever pay for a model locomotive for this one. When they do pop up, they are scooped up almost instantly. I saw one pop up on Brasstrains.com a month or two ago and it sold within a few hours of being posted. To get this one I subscribed to Brasstrain's text notifications and picked it up within an hour of it being listed. I've yet to see one pop up on Ebay over the past 9 months or so.

    Modeling the PRR in N-scale feels like a very cut-throat thing when it comes to these brass models. Pennsy modelers seem to have deep pockets, and are very reluctant to part with these models once they get their hands on them. I can see why though, the Key Q2 is an incredibly intricate and detailed piece. Runs great too, though the tender pickup scheme is pretty awful like almost all Key Imports steam locomotives.

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    This Life-Like 2-8-8-2 mallett that has been highly modified, weight, details and Loksound . . . .



    But then I like all of these a lot also . . . .



    OK! Fine! Any steam locomotive is my favorite!
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    So hard to choose - they are all my jewels





    My GS collection


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    Quote Originally Posted by SP-Wolf View Post
    So hard to choose - they are all my jewels
    Very nice! Those flat front early cab forwards are really great looking. Too bad none were ever saved.

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    Here's my Atlas 2-truck Shay with LokSound Select DCC.


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