I have 4 of the Atlas F-9s and 2 of the C-liners. I bought the F-9s years and years and years ago and the C-liners off eBay within the last year. I don't have a layout up only a loop of track. I don't run my trains very often and the ones that get run the least are the F-9s and the C-liners. Surprisingly, they all run very well for how old they are. I really like them a lot. F-9s pull pretty good but can't pull a lot of cars. Don't think I've ever pulled any cars with the C-Liners. Sorry, I...
I wouldn't pay more than $30 or so, the F9's can suffer from split gears, there not hard to fix or, you can replace the axles with NWSL replacements, the axle on the inside of the gear tower can brake away, this can be fixed with a 3mm piece of steel rod or a nail. They both suffer from being under powered. The thing is all these things can be relatively easily fixed if you don't mind fiddling, and kadee's 805's would be fine. cTr...( Choose the Right )
For the most part, I agree with the above. The nice thing about the Atlas F9 is how simple the mechanism is, so it's easy (and fun) to modify so it can become a good "puller". I put a large CLW open-framed motor in one, added a bunch of weight, and it pulls quite nicely. And yes, I've had to replace the gears/axles/wheels on all of 'em; which is also easy to do... Mark in Oregon
I sold a 8 of of the F9s in the last 2 years. 4 went for 50 apiece. 2 went as a pair for 125 I think, they had low end DCC decoders. These locos will run with HO size decoders. The last 2 I sold for 200. I had converted them to Pennsy. remved the pilots and added passenger pilots. I cut off all the cast grabs and replaced them with wire. I removed the steam generator exhaust on the hood and patched it. Then I added PRR antennas and painted them PRR Freight scheme - very dark green with...
Paul, You might want to keep an eye out for All Nation diesels also. Their motors and drive systems are quite a bit more robust, but are usually reasonably priced for the value. You will find them either single or dual powered, and either delrin chain or gear drive. All run well and are often seen right around the $100 price range. They are smooth, powerful runners. Jim
I also have 4 AHM c-liners. When I got them they were very common. They are only powered on one truck, but it is self contained. I got a bunch and double powered all of mine, it is a drop in job. They are still running after 25 or so years. I have two converted to DCC now and 2 on the shelf. As mentioned, the mechanisms are lightweight, but seem very well engineered to me. I filled ithe big holes in the pilots, shaved off the cast grabs and added wire ones, and put on PRR antennas. I also...
I have one of the Atlas F9's . Nice model for the price. Gonna buy another and a ton of P and D hobby parts and build them up. Overall not bad locos and they run pretty good for what they are. I got mine for 25 bucks.
For medium to heavy service I recommend modifying the Atlas F9 drive for "sure footing". As built the power trucks will rock up off the rail head under load due to it's high in the body truck mount. John Armstrong wrote an excellent article in a 1970's/80's Issue of MR on sure footing the F9. I don't have the reference but a search of this forum may reveal the issue with the article as it has been previously discussed here.
If you want to model an F3 or F7 instead of an F9, P&D still has kits for the bodies/units as an alternativer to kitbashing. I have an A_B set of the F3s with high fans and small number boards, and the they built up very nicely.
To tempt you with vintage 2 rail. He is a All Nation F7, beautifully assembled, painted and detailed for the GN, sporting a CLW power chassis(sprung brass trucks and huge open frame motor between them). I am just not a big GN fan, so not sure what I am going to do with the paint scheme yet. I am more of a down and out shortline fan. I have some ideas I am kicking around though. Mike
I was thinking about getting into vintage 2 rail trains. This will not effect my 3 rail endeavors. Is there anything I need to know about these trains? Are there any flaws with them? I'd like to convert them to kadees. Which kadees should I use? Also, how much should I pay for cars and engines? Engines I would like to run: -Atlas F-9 -Rivarossi C-liner Atlas & AHM Plymouth
Hello! I'm back after a brief hiatus (school) and I'm selling the following items given to me by my grandfather. These kits would make terrific gifts for the holidays!! I certainly always loved building these when I was younger, so I'm sure your family will love them too! Korber Models Kit No. 304 Steam Locomotive Roundhouse Never used Price: $200 (shipping not included) Korber Models Kit #969 General Light and Power Office Building New in plastic (plastic is torn) Price: $45 (shipping not...
So---I have worked up the courage (almost) to tackle the "keystone" or "hub" module for my 2 rail waterfront switching layout. I have a box of AHM turnouts that I plan to slather onto this yard module. But----BEFORE I start laying them down on a permanent basis, I am wondering how these turnouts perform. I may just operate them off "choke cables", I am thinking. Maybe NOT all of them. AND I am asking my fellow 2 railers---- *How do the AHM turnouts perform with the stock remote control...
Sorry, I know this is an O-ga forum, but I'm in need of some AHM Rivarossi ho hook-horn couplers for their GG1's. I purchased the "Black Jack" and a few more of the AHM Rivarossi GG1's. These engines are in need of the hook-horn couplers and the small plastic pins that hold them in place. I tried search the net and no luck, so I figured I'd try here. These hook-horn couplers and pins are different then the usual ones. I need (purchase) atleast 3 couplers and two pins, I'd purchase more if...
Working on an On30 Heisler using the AHM HO 2 truck engine as a starting point, making use of Wiseman's conversion kit, but adding bigger sand and steam domes, pop valves and a whistle, as well as a headlight and headlight mount on the smokebox front---more to come!
Are there sources of information about AHM and/or Rivarossi HO streamlined steam engines that you would recommend? Perhaps a summary of which ones were produced and when, or parts diagrams, photos, etc. Tips and tricks to maintain/repair them would be great. And good dealers or eBay sellers from whom to purchase engines and/or parts? Thank you! Dave
Items that have SOLD and are no longer for sale: Gauge Rail-Roading Ameri-Towne Building Kit Granato’s Grocery #874 AHM 7209-2498 Indiana Harbor Belt 080 Locomotive and Tender Kit Korber Models Kit No. 920 SoreGum Candy Company Korber Models Kit #969 General Light and Power Office Building Lionel 6-12904 Coaling Station Building Kit Lionel 6-62709 Rico Station Building Kit Items still available for sale: *LOT OF 3* Walthers Cornerstone Series Structure Kits Korber Models Kit No. 304 Steam...
Those were not of the highest quality. Atlas and Peco were the big deals then. They were alright, but I had almost exclusively Atlas. The few of the cheapies I put on spurs or in sidings...no main line application.
I saw some of the old Atlas 24" radius curves for sale a few years ago. I was thinking it would have been great for in-street old industrial district style trackage like they had near downtown Los Angeles when 40-foot box cars and small switchers ruled the roost.
I had a couple AHM I used in yard areas...maybe 35 years ago...and that was two layouts ago. I don't recall having any problems with derails, but it was slow speed with small engines and small strings of cars. I am pretty sure I used the switchmachines that came with them. I would double check what you are saying about radious. Seems to me they were only 36" radious but I am not certain.
I have two Rivarossi steam engines, NYC Hudson and PRR Y6b. I've owned both new since my childhood. I've replaced motors on both (found on Ebay). I've checked at a couple of my LHS's (Trainworld and Nassau Hobby), haven't had any luck at either. Seems that when Rivarossi went under much of the documentation was lost. Parts are on the second hand market gotta hunt around. Great loco's for sure.
I'd say very hard because of truck size appearence. It may have been done in O already? I'd consider using a 2 rail (diesel truck(s)?) NWSL or P&D drive, no sideframes, customized wheels for rods? 2r to 3r shouldn't be too hard except for hiding the rollers well.(some gear boxes sit very low to the center rail) A slide shoe would be easier. Mount rollers on a car and teather in power? Give me a heads up if you start one, please. I love bashes. (quietly following till now McMahon
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