1. My brother lives in Alna. 30 degrees and currently snowing. He has zero interest in model trains.
2. So you used an HO scale #5 on that pilot: I suppose an Scale Kadee would have been a bit too large.
3. That is a beautiful paint job; noticed it straight away.
Mark in (currently 43 degrees) Oregon
Alna??? He’s our next-door neighbor! Not to hi-jack this thread, my email address is in my profile.
Yes, I only use #5s and family. I have many complaints against the, what is it, the 802? The lack of close coupling is one, probably the cost is my biggest. Also by comparison, it is complex to assemble. The #5 family has various shank lengths and coupler placement, on the shank, options. When it comes to Flyer conversions, I have used many of the variations. As far as I know, there is only one shank with the 802s.
And speaking of cheap, check out my explorations for delayed magnetic uncoupling
in Dresden/Wiscasset, Maine