I am wondering what your opinions are on various available Chessie Steam Special #2101 locos? Kind of considering the Lionel 6-18011 with Railsounds. Looking for a loco under $500. Any experiences with various units? Recommendations?
I would say go the the 6-18011 one from the early 90's if you want to stay under 500.00. You can get them at a good price now. I have the Reading 2100 and really enjoy it. You will need 72 inch curves if you want to run it nicely however.
You can find people to put in TMCC or DCS into it too if you want later on.
Thanks. Definately the one I have been looking at. All 072 here so will be fine. Just bought Williams 72" madison cars and hoping they look good with the 6-18011 loco.
Lionel version from the early 90’s is a good choice. I believe I saw one within the last week in the high 300-400 range On eBay. I have seen some mth versions sell as low as high 600 and low 700’s on eBay as well. I had one one of the early lionels years ago and it was very nice engine for it’s time. You would have to really stretch your budget but the most recent Lionel legacy version of the t1 is IMHO one of the finer scale engines to be released of late. Good luck with whatever you choose.
Thanks for the info! Based on the good advice here, I bought a 6-18011 on ebay!
I have both Lionel versions (6-18011 and the Legacy Version) as well as the MTH Proto 2.0 version (which I am going to be selling as I prefer TMCC). 18011 is a good buy, but is missing a lot of detail (drive rods are not complete, eagle is missing, no marker lights, no number boards, etc). I super-detailed my version and had it converted to a DC Motor (Frank Timko did the conversion) and upgraded it to TMCC. If you want pictures of my upgrades, just let me know.
I would like to see pictures of what you did with this one.
Here you go. I've attached a pdf of all the changes I made. Here are the pics that show them installed:
Thanks for the kind words. To help on your Aux Tender, here are the decals I used for both my second and third versions (the first was using a Hudson Tender and not a Mohawk Tender) along with pics of the two (Version 3 first):
Yes, 2101 pulled the American Freedom Train before pulling The Chessie Steam Special.