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    • October 10, 2018 5:29 PM EDT
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      yep, "Dan at Piko" stated it was a "highly accurate" 1:24 model of the real thing... which is a small loco to begin with...  that's probably why the cab looks a bit out of proportion when I look at it compared to my 1:29 locos.

       

      Yeah, the traction tires were a surprised, never mentioned by anyone... but could help a lot, we still don't know the weight of this little beast, and like our cleaning blocks weighted by lead, perhaps there was more friction than they realized.

       

      Greg

      This post was edited by Greg Elmassian at October 10, 2018 5:34 PM EDT
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    • October 10, 2018 6:13 PM EDT
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      Alan Lott said:It does look a small loco - almost 1:32 if the comparison with the Stainz is anything to go by.  I  wonder what consist it is capable of hauling? although it appears to be a switcher in the first instance. I guess when someone has one they might post some photos.  

      The 25 tonners are little bitty things, cab roof isn't even as high a bottom of windshield on say an Amtrak F40, or an old ALCO FA, for example, http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=173949

      Just barely as tall as roof eaves on a heavyweight passenger car, for example, http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=4842988

      Compare this one to size of a person, http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=4474554

      Compare this one to size of woodchip hopper, http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=2328233

      And the ones with low clearance cabs look even smaller, http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=854336

      Maybe 3 or 4 cars is what they would pull, depending on whether loads or empties.

      Definitely on-site switchers/shunters, totally not an inter-city locomotive.

      This post was edited by Forrest Scott Wood at October 11, 2018 11:41 AM EDT
    • October 11, 2018 5:54 AM EDT
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      Many thanks for your constructive post Forrest.  I liked the photographs by the way.  The one with the loco featured by the wood chop car certainly puts it into perspective.

      I have a couple of Aristo Centre Cabs, I guess it might look smallish when set by one of those.  However, being principally a battery ops guy I have not need of track cleaning locos, but I do have a very efficient track cleaner pole which uses green kitchen pan cleaners.  Fine for the occasions I run track power. 

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    • October 12, 2018 10:57 AM EDT
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      Are they for sale yet ? ( USA ) I mean are they in stores ?

      This post was edited by Sean at October 12, 2018 11:20 AM EDT
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    • October 12, 2018 1:11 PM EDT
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      Sean said:

      Are they for sale yet ? ( USA ) I mean are they in stores ?

      Yes.

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