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    • February 22, 2019 7:25 PM EST
    • Lou Luczu said:

      Please display at the table in "The Alcove", then to the D&B.

      Possibly the Alcove if it's finished.

    • February 20, 2019 8:31 PM EST
    • Ric Golding said:


      Where is that picture taken in relationship to the location of your house?  Great history stuff!!!!!!



       My house is about 2 blocks away heading east from the station ( the motor car is unloading milk cans on the west side of the station). Where you guys parked out back had you driven straight up the alley following the RR tracks to the northside you would have run into it (1 block south of the town square). I'm a total sucker for history and historical stuff but I still love my modern day railroading and Amtrash!

    • February 22, 2019 10:17 AM EST
    • P.T. Tubifo lumber 2-4-0

      yep, these were all 2010,2020, or 2015 at 1 time or another   rosy2010 forneyGreat runners

    • February 22, 2019 8:29 AM EST
    • I know I was looking for an American engine, but I have heard that the old Stainz are stump pullers. Perhaps with some light kitbashing, it could be turned into a more American style loco.

      Take a look at how many cars this Stainz pulls!

      I am impressed to say the least!

    • February 22, 2019 7:42 AM EST
    • A great choice for pulling more than 6 cars is the LGB 2017 which is the American style Stainz plus a powered tender.

      This combo can pull over 6 of the  4 axle American cars or over 12 of the 2 axle cars!!  And use the power cable between the engine and tender for great power pickup from the track.

    • February 22, 2019 5:52 AM EST
    • Little big hauler is out...

      As is the Bachmann 2-4-2

      My Heartland locomotives are good pullers, and they are small locomotives that can handle small curves.

    • February 21, 2019 10:31 PM EST
    • OP's requirement is to pull at least 6 standard cars.


      Little big hauler is out...



    • February 21, 2019 7:48 PM EST
    • You need to get that gem of a Mogul running

    • February 21, 2019 5:11 PM EST
    • The Lil Big Haulers are a great little platform to start with in my opinion. Cheap enough to not feel too bad about cutting up and bashing. I have several and need to get back to making my little logger.

    • February 21, 2019 2:00 PM EST
    • That's the ones I have Vic and they are all dependable!

    • February 21, 2019 12:17 PM EST
    • Bachmann Annie, 0-4-0 sidetanker & saddletanker, 2-4-2 Lyn, the Lil Big Hauler 0-4-0s.


      HLW Mack is a great little engine


      LGB 0-4-0 Porter, the 2-4-0 mentioned above, the 2-6-0, they also have a 4 wheel and 6 wheel switcher.


      Piko 0-6-0, 2-6-0 & 25-ton switcher.


      All match your criteria. I'm not listening others like Aristocraft or other HLW engines as tho they are still available but are no longer in production.

    • February 21, 2019 6:59 AM EST
    • I would go with the LGB 2-4-0, (LGB 20230/20232) smaller than the Mogul, bigger than the porter.  Plenty of room in the tender for a good size speaker, runs on R1 curves, will pull 6 cars. 

      Some room in engine for electronics, mine has a digital decoder in the boiler, speaker in tender.

    • February 21, 2019 2:25 AM EST
    • You did say you wanted a "steam" loco ? A Roundhouse Sammie ? It should do R1's and can have R/C fitted (Regulator only, it's got slip eccentric valve gear). And, of course you can use it indoors.




    • February 20, 2019 11:33 PM EST
    • I'd go with LGB's 0-4-0 Porter. It'd look great with a string of 4-wheel flats behind it. Trainworld has them new for $250 (DCC-equipped version), but if you keep your eyes open, you can find the older analog versions pretty cheap. Of course, if you're looking to go battery R/C, you can use the DCC version and just add an Airwire Convertr receiver to drive it. I put a TCS WowSound decoder and Airwire Convertr receiver in the boiler of mine, with the battery in the cab, hidden in a coal bin along side the cab. You could also build a tender to go behind it to hold everything. That's a very common--and prototypical--"kitbash" for small Porters. 


      You could also look at Bachmann's 0-4-0, which would likewise look good with 4-wheel cars behind it. 


      Other suggestions would be LGB's Forney and Mogul, but they're a bit bigger and may not look "ideal" on 2' radius. 





    • February 20, 2019 4:36 PM EST
    • Greg, I had figured that might be the case. Scale is not a huge deal for me. The scale of the loco can change with the scale of the engineer I decide to stick in the cab. By the way, I am interested in a smaller loco not only out of functionality around my track at home, but also aesthetically to pull a train of 6 four wheel flatcars.  

    • February 20, 2019 2:20 PM EST
    • You are pretty much in LGB land with R1 curves... of course fidelity to scale goes out the window.

    • February 20, 2019 1:56 PM EST
    • The LGB Mogul comes to mind.

    • February 22, 2019 7:51 AM EST
    • Finally found the reed sensor at


      ML-Train 80501013


      Also the 65012  which is ML-Train 80501016


      Cable for reed is possibly this one:  DC board connector appears to be correct, not sure if the sensor ia a pc board connector or the 3 pin 100 mil type.

      ML-Train 80501017

    • February 21, 2019 10:33 PM EST
    • So was the chuff sensor a hall effect device Dan?



    • February 21, 2019 7:07 AM EST
    • The board with 2 reed sensors are bell and whistle which are activated by track magnets.  Left rail is bell, right rail is WHISTLE/HORN.

      Forney front axle had the 'magnet' rear of motor block contained the 2 reeds on the Forneys.

      LGB 65012 can be used in place of the 2 reed sensors, middle wire is common.

      Chuff sensor is hard to find.