3rd Rail to do GP7/9s

I think I read here that 400-450 is the minimum number for most 3rd Rail models in the $650-$750 range and that is combined 2-rail and 3-rail reservations. Twenty units is required for a specific road name to be done.

It seems as if 3-railers are OK with the inferior SD40-2's from Lionel and MTH and that is one reason why reservations are moving along at such a slow pace. It's too bad that companies like 3rd Rail and Atlas have to rely so heavily on 3-rail preorders in order for a 2-rail version to be offered.

Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.

Hot Water posted:
Mister_Lee posted:

GP-7s? I could go with a pair of dynamo brake equipped Zebra-striped Santa Fe machines or a red and black Rock Island machine or two.

OK, now there is a new one!  Just what is "dynamo brake equipped"?

Kind of like Fred Flinstone - engineer sticks both legs out of the cab and plants them against the ground.

Hot Water posted:
Mister_Lee posted:

GP-7s? I could go with a pair of dynamo brake equipped Zebra-striped Santa Fe machines or a red and black Rock Island machine or two.

OK, now there is a new one!  Just what is "dynamo brake equipped"?

Dynamo braking occurs when an I phone thinks it spells better than you do.

Byrdie posted:
Hot Water posted:
Mister_Lee posted:

GP-7s? I could go with a pair of dynamo brake equipped Zebra-striped Santa Fe machines or a red and black Rock Island machine or two.

OK, now there is a new one!  Just what is "dynamo brake equipped"?

Kind of like Fred Flinstone - engineer sticks both legs out of the cab and plants them against the ground.

The Atlas GP7/9   had either/or available.  Note the center hood in the plastic bag, lower right.  The dynamic brake blister, hood center, was a way of dissipating heat, when the traction motors were used in a braking mode. Braking energy (heat) has to be dissipated in some manner.    Minor error   

Interesting to note that my Prius has regenerative braking. Brake energy is put back in the battery, until the battery is full.  51 miles per gallon all the time.     

I'd probably be in for a GP7 or GP9 in CNW passenger configuration -- torpedo tubes, split fuel/water tank, and the boiler bubble at the end of the long hood.

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