@B rad posted:
Well I got the Big Boy up and running and WOW what a locomotive. It handles my o31 areas just fine. This is a nice machine and I am super happy with my purchase.
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised that the overhang wasn't as great as I expected. It really didnt overhang much more than some Railking 60" passenger cars I have except maybe at the back end of the locomotive. I guess the articulation of the drive wheels makes the difference. I thought when it crabs around the corners it would look ridiculous but it's like a smooth work of art. I'm an MTH guy a lot of the time but congratulations to Lionel on the design of this Big Boy. It's fantastic!
Not getting tons of smoke yet but it's good. I don't think I have got the wicking saturated enough yet. Scared to over fill. I have to remember even though the Big Boy is so big the smoke unit probably isnt any bigger than in the smaller LC+ 2.0 locos 😄 but I really don't think 15 to 20 drops is enough for these fan driven smoke units especially with bone dry battling inside.
Hi Brad, Just an FYI, my LionMaster Big Boy does not smoke at idle, and it isn't the most powerful smoker compared to other Lionel Steam Engines I own. Keep in mind though, and I forgot to mention this in earlier posts, that my LionMaster Big Boy from the 2008 catalog is a Legacy and I don't think the LC+ 2.0 as all the same features as Legacy.
Wanna compare, here's a link to YouTube video. There's some Santa Fe F3 Chief action in the video too.