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    • May 14, 2018 10:18 PM EDT
    • And the Fs wore those stripes well. Without going to look in books or Google, I want to remember Monon had 2 different liveries each based on colors of a college the line served; black/gold and red/grey.

      And want to remember that in a past decade Model Railroader magazine had an article series about modeling what they called "Pike sized passenger trains".
      And an illustration was an HO F unit with cars in the red-white-grey, and it was by an interesting brick freight station at town named Gosport.

      Now, off to play in Google to see whether there is any validity to those recollections.

      Edit: there is the model photo, except I remember it in color.

    • May 14, 2018 8:49 PM EDT
    • Guess its from being around a real F7 for several years when I was right out of high school.  Local shortline leased two Ex Milw-Rd units from the local museum, both painted in Monon passenger colors and pulled freight with them till funds allowed purchase of more units.  Was going to have my NYC redone to be one of those units, but the cost to add the second headlight, winterization hatch and paint was not in the budget.  So going to leave her in that classy lighting stripe scheme.    Mike the Aspie

    • May 14, 2018 8:41 PM EDT
    • It is interesting how what would seem to be minor dimensions have such an impact on the visual appeal of things.

    • May 13, 2018 9:33 PM EDT
    • Mike,

      Good job. It looks terrific.

    • May 13, 2018 1:59 PM EDT
    •  Nice job Mike , its little projects like these that make the hobby fun. Congrat's !

    • May 13, 2018 10:04 AM EDT
    • Side shot sitting on my little railway this morning.  


    • May 13, 2018 9:18 AM EDT
    • I had not yet removed the centering spring for the original swinging coupler, you can see it in the front truck if you look closely, this just pulls out of the truck body.  I put this and all the electrical track power pickups in a zip lock bag as I converted to onboard battery at the same time.  This way I can convert the engine back to "as built" configuration should I wish to sell or trade the engine off.  Mike the Aspie

    • May 13, 2018 9:14 AM EDT
    • I, like many, love the LGB F7 diesels, but the front truck position really bothers me, its to far forward and throws off the balanced look of the prototype.I wanted to document this modification here for beginners that might be considering the LGB F7 but like me, are bothered that the front truck sits to close to the pilot skirt and needs moved rearward toward the fuel tank to "look" more correct. When you look at the pics, the folks at LGB knew this might be an issue as there are 2 unused factory screw holes to move the truck bolster rearward. But when you do this, you have to body mount the front coupler. I reuse the coupler mount but remove the linkage plate and centering spring from the front truck. I then drill a small hole thru it and the pilot frame and put a single LGB philips head screw thru it to hold the mount to the frame. I use LGB knuckles as they behave the best on my tight radius curves. I then remount the front truck using the rear most holes for the two bolster mounting screws. A simple, easy peasy, modification that really improves the look of a fine model. 

      Here is a pic with the front truck hanging off to one side, you can see the original coupler mount in its position, but screwed to the frame of the engine. You can also see the two pairs of bolster mounting holes in the frame, front set is the stock position, the rear pair is where I move the bolster to once I mount the coupler to the locomotive's frame. I will take a nice side shot here in a little bit on my layout. 


    • May 14, 2018 7:11 PM EDT
    • Korm,

      I acquired both of them used (the one in the picture from a LSC member). They were reasonable I thought and I always like them even knowing their short comings.

      The Mogul is a Bachmann Big Hauler so 1:22.5 scale. They were rather small locos. The green Southern Railways Crescent Limited Pacific next to it is actually a smaller scale 1:29th Aristocraft loco. It is huge for my railroad, but was given to me as a box of parts from my good friend Bud Harriss. With the help of Nico Corbo who supplied new axle gears to me, It is now resurrected. Anyone care to trade for a USA Trains GP30?

    • May 14, 2018 4:12 PM EDT
    • nice.

      did they cost an arm and a leg, or just a leg?

      what is the other loco in the pic? are they the same scale?

    • May 14, 2018 2:47 PM EDT
    • A few weeks ago my railroad acquired 2 Bachmann Industrial Moguls. After a stint in the shops adding weight and sorting out traction problems, they have become my favorite locos. With 14 wheels picking up power from the rails, they run remarkably well even on marginally clean track. Now they can pull 5-6 car trains with no wheel slip on my level tracks.

    • May 13, 2018 11:02 PM EDT
    • A two-car rail bus that needs a custom paint job for the Sprite City Transit Authority. It's a Hartland Locomotive Works Doozie, and a Bachmann Big Hauler combine. It'll be the street car for the "city" line of the layout. 

    • May 12, 2018 2:55 PM EDT
    • One other thing,

      Because the Annies have finer details, you have three options for the pilot and braces.

         1) use the standard pilot and braces.

         2) purchase pilot rails and screws and use them with the Annie pilot. These are sold out, but what I did was to order them individually and also the screws.

         3) use the Annie pilot and your old rails (braces). I drilled a hole the same diameter as the rail exactly between the two small holes in the Annie pilot where the Annie rails would mount.





    • May 12, 2018 2:26 PM EDT
    • Danial,

      I have replaced four of my Big Haulers with the Annie chassis. What I did with the air tanks is remove the two screws from the rear of the tanks that hold them onto the running boards, moved the tank rearward, and reassembled. You'll have to drill a new hole for the front mounting screw, lengthen the notch in the tank to fit. Basically your just moving the air tank back about 1/4 inch on the bottom of the floorboard.

      One other area of concern is the Annie chassis have a second plug on the Engineer's side of the switch at the rear. It's for the back light. You'll either have to notch the rear of the cab or remove the plug.


      You'll definitely like the Annie chassis better then the standard ones.



    • May 11, 2018 9:05 PM EDT
    • The saddle is part of the smoke box/boiler and the steam chest is part of the cylinder assembly on the chassis. It fits either smoke box saddle.

    • May 11, 2018 8:40 PM EDT
    • Back with pictures. Green is Big Hauler and Red is Annie. Now I'm not sure how much of saddle on Annie is part of frame and how much is molded to boiler shell.

      Do kindly overlook the several years worth of dust and cat hair.



    • May 11, 2018 8:23 PM EDT
    • Daniel

      NMGRR has done the very mod you are speaking of many many times with no problems. The only thing is exactly what Joe said. Shorten the air tanks to fit and you are in business.

      Make sure you are ordering the ones with the all metal linkage and mains. They cost more than the plastic but are well worth it.

      You are going to be very pleased with the annie drives.

    • May 11, 2018 8:09 PM EDT
    • Yea, the air tanks are the gotcha.

    • May 11, 2018 4:19 PM EDT
    • Daniel,

      The latest chassis will fit the earliest track powered boilers (gen2). I did just that several years ago. The only mod I had to do was shorten the air tanks because the Annie cylinders are larger. I have since converted that loco to battery/RC using the Revolution system (everything in the tender).


    • May 11, 2018 1:48 PM EDT
    • The key word is 'major'. It will take some modifications. Right now, the details of what they are escapes me. But I want to say, not sure though, that somewhere out there on the wild wide web there is a web page detailing the process, though for which years' versions I do not know.

      Okay, have a Big Hauler and an Annie up on a shelf about eye level. Are rather dusty from residing there a couple years.

      Main difference visible from exterior appears to be in smokebox saddle; is narrower on Annie chassis and therefore smokebox part of shell is fuller at bottom.

      Screw points under air tanks, under walkways, under cab, all look same.