I'd like to catch an AEM-7 locomotive.  No, I can't run that fast.....LOL.   There are two for sale on Evilbay.  One Atlas and one MTH.  Can anyone comment on the pros and cons of each ?

Dan Padova

 

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I have the Atlas one.  It has TMCC.  I like it and it runs well.  It has some very nice detail.  I'm sure that the MTH version does too since it is mostly a box.

This is probably not much  help,but  the Atlas model was done first and remains the engine that others are compared to.

Norm

The MTH is command, depending on which Atlas, it'll either be conventional or have TMCC.

Henning's Trains has one on eBay right now with an hour and 45 minutes left.  It is the one with LocoMatic, that is a remote control box, but it will also run plain conventional.  I just sold one of these with LocoMatic to a guy coming to the Allentown show, delivering it Saturday.

Both the Atlas and MTH are fairly feature rich, they have strobes, nice detailing, etc.  As Norm says, they're basically a box with wheels and pantographs.  A nice touch with the Atlas is that there are two sets of pantographs with it in different styles.

Oops, the Henning's one just bumped up to $200, I sold mine too cheap!

It's certainly possible, I got the one I had with that intention, but then I got the MTH version, so I decided to sell this one.  I also have too many projects on my plate!

I have both.  The main difference between the two is the motor.  The MTH has two can motors and the Atlas has a single horizontal motor similar to the Atlas HO engines.  There is not a lot of room under the shell for any type of conversions.    The Atlas locomatic  just did not impress me one bit.

The Atlas paint, in my opinion, is much closer to the Amtrak AEM7.

I love my conventional Atlas AEM-7, very nice paint and details, very realistic, runs great, big motor with coasting fly wheel, runs very smoothly around the layout, and it's a stump puller.

I bought it new 8 years ago with three new  21" Atlas Amtrak Horizon passenger cars from Nicholas Smith at York for $350, picked up a few more cars since at York, makes a fine looking, and running train.

i HAVE THE MTH proto-1 version and a member of my club has the Atlas , both nice, I prefer the MTH and the MTH passenger station sounds are just great. I have the MTH proto-3 version on order due to Arrive in April so my older version wil be for sale shortly-any interest??

L.I.TRAIN posted:

i HAVE THE MTH proto-1 version and a member of my club has the Atlas , both nice, I prefer the MTH and the MTH passenger station sounds are just great. I have the MTH proto-3 version on order due to Arrive in April so my older version wil be for sale shortly-any interest??

I might be interested how much money are we talking

We have the Atlas version with locomatic.  It looks nice but we almost NEVER run it.  It's not command and control.  We try to run it "conventionally" via DCS remote and the horn just constantly blows.  We can't figure out why.

I wish I had purchased the MTH version.  We would be looking for a NJT road name, but those are hard to find.

Good Luck... Have fun.

Ron

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They are both great.  The Atlas pans are sprung perfectly if you are thinking of Catenary.  

 

 

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Cpdaly posted:
L.I.TRAIN posted:

i HAVE THE MTH proto-1 version and a member of my club has the Atlas , both nice, I prefer the MTH and the MTH passenger station sounds are just great. I have the MTH proto-3 version on order due to Arrive in April so my older version wil be for sale shortly-any interest??

I might be interested how much money are we talking

CPDALY

$175 shipped. has BCR installed. There is no box as I have special container for transport to the club. Also in and out of the boxes would have been a bit too much on the catenary. Will keep you in mind when the new model comes in

Thanks for your reply

Steve

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