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    • February 15, 2019 1:13 AM EST
    • Only the QSI decoder had it in it. The USAT Hudson's only option was a Phoenix sound system. I don't know of another decoder that has that capacity, but there may be, but there was no such option in stock ones.


      The real thing you want to look for  besides the tire wear and how it runs is if you have bad bearings in the gearbox, but you cannot determine this from the outside of the loco.



    • February 15, 2019 12:37 AM EST
    • Greg Elmassian said:

      You can buy a small digital one cheap:


      I think a true Hobbs meter is too big!

      Thanks, Greg!

    • February 15, 2019 12:36 AM EST
    • Guys - 

      Sorry to have caused confusion but, no, I am not looking for an actual "Hobbs meter" for a USAT Hudson, I'm only asking if there is a feature on USAT Hudsons that will tell the owner how many hours the engine has been operated.  I was on one of the G-scale forums in the last week or two (can't remember which one) and a poster mentioned a device that recorded running hours and, if I remember correctly, "scale" miles run.  The purpose of this device was simply to record how much the engine has been run.  Such a device would help determine how much life an engine has left in it when buying a used engine, especially when that loco, like the USAT Hudson, is rather expensive.

      So ultimately, my question is simply, does the USAT Hudson have such a device installed from the factory or not?  I have looked closely at the USAT Hudson features and I would think that answer is "no"? 

    • February 12, 2019 8:21 PM EST
    • Instead of a Hobbs meter, how about a meter that counts wheel revolutions. That would be more useful for our purposes.

    • February 11, 2019 6:49 PM EST
    • Greg


      I think Twister is looking for a Hobbs meter to use on a USA Trains J1e Hudson. I do not believe they have spark plugs!

    • February 11, 2019 5:28 PM EST
    • Twister said:
      how do you determine how much use the engine has received when you're buying a used one from a seller?


      I look at the wheel treads, and overall condition of the piece. If the treads show wear, then you know it wasn't a shelf queen. Equipment that is used, actually used, will quite often have some wear marks on the body from handling, or the occasional impact with a stationary object.

    • February 11, 2019 12:20 PM EST
    • You can buy a small digital one cheap:


      I think a true Hobbs meter is too big!

    • February 14, 2019 8:39 PM EST
    • Well, I'll be anxiously waiting on whatever project you decide to do.  You do great and inspiring work.

    • February 14, 2019 8:03 PM EST
    • Don't know Dan....still need to finish my OCS fleet and locos

      However I have modern dome car in mind for the OCS fleet.  Not to mention the "original"  or one of the old school sleeping cars I have researched but do not want ...

      Really enjoying the old school stuff as no one can tell me I'm incorrect on my decisions unless they have more proof than the pics I can find. Digging the historical aspect as well and learning a lot that no one cares about anyway except me.

      Btw ...Judge Watts founded what is now called Penn State University.



    • February 13, 2019 8:03 PM EST
    • " Rooster " said:
      Dan Hilyer said:  My only question is "What's next?" 

      Paint then Trigger

      No, Rooster, you don't get off that easy.  I mean what "project" will be next.  I want more 

    • February 13, 2019 7:45 PM EST
    • Dan Hilyer said:  My only question is "What's next?" 

      Paint then Trigger

    • February 12, 2019 6:46 PM EST
    • The naval shipyard here in Bremerton, WA has a similar 65 tonner. Its always hidden as well, but they have a newer one (rebuilt?) that sits outside the shop. For some odd reason, the Navy isn't so keen on letting railfans on base to take photos. 

    • February 12, 2019 4:42 PM EST
    • This little guy spends very little time outdoors.  The shipyard railroad is really cool.  It's 100% street running.  They have two GE switchers that live indoors when not in use.

    • February 12, 2019 4:04 PM EST
    • Boy, the Navy doesn't do ANY weathering on their motive power!

    • February 12, 2019 9:01 AM EST
    • I do believe Eric has that under control!

    • February 12, 2019 8:55 AM EST
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      Must be nice to be able to just print up what you need!

      First you have to be a good 3D modeler with a computer able to run a CAD program! (Eric is!)

    • February 12, 2019 8:22 AM EST
    • Must be nice to be able to just print up what you need!

    • February 12, 2019 8:04 AM EST
    • I'm embarking on my first modification and repaint project.  I'm mostly interested in the West in the 50s, but I have a soft spot for an engine that lives here in Kittery, ME at the shipyard.  It's a GE 65 tonner that is in regular service on the island.  I've acquired a USAT 44 tonner, which is pretty similar, and plan to modify a few things to make it more similar to the 65T.




      I have new gears from Jerry Yeramian for the trucks, and have moved on to stripping the paint.  

      The 44T has ladders at each corner, and the 65T has steps.  This engine also has plows.  Those are the biggest mods that I'll need to tackle.