Contemplating Live Steam
A bit new here, even though my profile says I've been a member since 2008. Some of you may know me as Mike Flea over on mylargescale .com, and as I've said on that same thread there, I'm looking forward to learning the ropes of live steam, and have some funds saved for one of the beginner locos.
I've been researching the Regners, Roundhouse Sammie, and a couple of the Accucraft, and unfortunately I can't get on to that forum anymore to retrieve my notes. The page comes up for a second or 2, and then goes blank. I even tried accessing the site through my ipad and iphone, and I can get on the site as a guest, but I can't log in, possibly because it shows I'm already logged in from my desktop. If anyone here can contact an Admin over there, maybe he can log me out, and I'll try to get back on in a couple days. Anyway, enough of that, and sorry to stray.
On my layout, it's fairly flat, with 4 sidings at one end of the lazy dog bone, so it would be nice to have a loco with the ability to reverse.
On the Regner Easy Line, the Lumberjack shows it as a kit, are all of the Regner's in kit form, or only as specified? The Vincent and Chaloner don't have the word kit next to their title. The Vincent, with the flywheel, may not work for my application, and I'm still looking for an answer on the Lumberjack, and although I have excellent brazing skills, I'm not sure I want to build my first loco.
I've watched some youtube videos of the Sammie, and heard lots of good about it, but unless it can be changed or rigged to run in reverse by radio, it's not much good to me.
On the Accucraft, I thought about the Dora, and the Plantation engine. I'm leaning towards the Plantation engine, but I'm wondering if I should pick up the Dora for now. Learn to run it, start up, and cool down. Then when I've mastered it, I can step up to the Plantation. One question I have on the Accucraft. I went to their website, and it shows all the Ruby's, and the Forney's. Do they still produce them, and are they still available?