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oldline1

Posted - 2005 April 21 :  6:17:57 PM  Show Profile
Who's got one? What do you think of it? Is it a good runner? Better than the Spectrum gas electric?

Roger

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scotchtrain

Posted - 2005 April 21 :  6:57:02 PM  Show Profile
It's ok. Slow running and really no pulling power to take 2-3-cars up a grade. Doesn't pull my track cleaning car. Is ok on level track with 2-3 cars or up grades by it self. Don't have the Spectrum gas electric,so I can not make any comparlson.

Modeling the WP or NP, SP, UP or something.

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charlief

Posted - 2005 April 21 :  7:07:52 PM  Show Profile
My experience is identical to that of Scotchtrain except I have never tried it with a track cleaning car. Even just one car behind it on a 3% grade causes its wheels to spin, so I give it a "running start" before the grade. You may wonder why bother to pull another car with it, but it all has to do with prototype. In 1944 I rode a doodlebug [us kids called it "the dinky"] on the LV between Geneva and Ithaca, NY that pulled a milk car and hence stopped very frequently to pick up milk cans.


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Bob Elliott

Posted - 2005 April 21 :  7:36:23 PM  Show Profile
And truth be known, most of those cars in real life couldn't pull much more than themselves on a good day. The ones on the CNW were powered with engines rated in the low hundreds of horse power, so it's no wonder they didn't have pulling power.

Bob Elliott



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Don Gibson

Posted - 2005 April 21 :  7:59:58 PM  Show Profile
REAL 'Doodlebugs' rarely pulled anything more than 1 car - if that -and then, on the so-called flatland's. 3% grade? You've got to be kidding.

It was the Greyhound bus of it's day, carrying packages and passengers on a combine body, powered (?) by a gasolene or kerosene truck engine.

A Gas-Electric going up Raton with 3 car's Suuuure!

Most ALL Except ATSF M-190 patrolled the 'sticks'.


Don Gibson
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k9wrangler

Posted - 2005 April 21 :  8:04:21 PM  Show Profile
Don't have Walthers, but my Spectrum is a D-O-G especially for the hassle involved in making it DCC. I think it would stall on a fleck of dandruff on the track, if'n I wasn't bald.

Karl Scribner
H.M.F.W.B.I.C.

Sunfield Twp. Michigan

Just a grumpy old man playing with my toy trains!
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