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@RJR posted:

One problem with the MTH Docksider is that it never was available with DCS.  AFter much study, I concluded that the PS3 unit that is in the 44-tonner would fit into it.  I often discussed with a now-departed MTH person that they ought to make one.  I was on the verge of converting mine, but the cost of buying a 44T just to obtain the Board and other parts (such as lights) parts turned me off.  The fact that its lack of traction tires rendered it incapable to hailing many cars also turned me away.

Seem my previous videos, pulling power really isn't a problem with the MTH 0-4-0, it's a heavy little brute and has no problem hauling a bunch of cars.  I'd love to have a full-feature one with sound, and I may yet put a small smoke unit in it and see if I could cram sound in as well.

"No love"?  Looks like a lot posted above ..was it Athearn? who offered a competing (square side tanks) kit that was my first power adventure when l strayed into HO from 3-rail.  The Great Western, that operated the #90 decapod now on the Strasburg, and offered by MTH, had a zoo of tank engines across NE Colorado and into western Nebraska, to do switching at their sugar beet plants. A drive up I-76 NE from Denver to I-80, will show you some beet towers.  Whip off the road there and several towns and factory sites have/had various GW tank engines displayed. GW's menagerie included some with home made tenders, and various modifications as well as 0-6-0 versions. I have read that steamers were used well into the diesel era, as beet plants used water pits to unload beets, not compatible with electric traction motors.  I have an 0-6-0T Lionel and MTH 0-4-0T mildly bashed and decaled for the GW.

I actually got to run one of the little 'steam dinkies' for about a half hour. Through the wash pit Like Hirailer mentioned above. It was in Loveland at the Great Western sugar mill and running beet hoppers through the pit. The sugar beets came in from the east plains from the Rock Island to Denver, then transferred to the C&S for their trip to Loveland or other refinery's in the area. It was on a Sunday and the only ones there was the crew operating the 0-4-0 that day. The engineer invited me in the cab and wanted to know if I wanted to try my hand at the throttle. ( with his supervision) This was in 1976 and still a teenager. I remember having a blast getting to run a real steam locomotive!

"No love"?  Looks like a lot posted above ..was it Athearn? who offered a competing (square side tanks) kit that was my first power adventure when l strayed into HO from 3-rail.  The Great Western, that operated the #90 decapod now on the Strasburg, and offered by MTH, had a zoo of tank engines across NE Colorado and into western Nebraska, to do switching at their sugar beet plants. A drive up I-76 NE from Denver to I-80, will show you some beet towers.  Whip off the road there and several towns and factory sites have/had various GW tank engines displayed. GW's menagerie included some with home made tenders, and various modifications as well as 0-6-0 versions. I have read that steamers were used well into the diesel era, as beet plants used water pits to unload beets, not compatible with electric traction motors.  I have an 0-6-0T Lionel and MTH 0-4-0T mildly bashed and decaled for the GW.

I believe you are referring to the Mantua sqaure tank 0-4-0.  It was nice little diecast locomotive and was also offered as an 0-6-0.  I think I have both, but it's been a while since I've been through my HO steam collection.

I actually got to run one of the little 'steam dinkies' for about a half hour. Through the wash pit Like Hirailer mentioned above. It was in Loveland at the Great Western sugar mill and running beet hoppers through the pit. The sugar beets came in from the east plains from the Rock Island to Denver, then transferred to the C&S for their trip to Loveland or other refinery's in the area. It was on a Sunday and the only ones there was the crew operating the 0-4-0 that day. The engineer invited me in the cab and wanted to know if I wanted to try my hand at the throttle. ( with his supervision) This was in 1976 and still a teenager. I remember having a blast getting to run a real steam locomotive!

@GG1 4877 posted:

I believe you are referring to the Mantua sqaure tank 0-4-0.  It was nice little diecast locomotive and was also offered as an 0-6-0.  I think I have both, but it's been a while since I've been through my HO steam collection.

Nope.  Great Western Sugar's 0-4-0T's and 0-6-0T's were saddle tanks, not square tanks. (although, the Mantua's are pretty neat.)

Rusty

Late to this party!
Had one many decades ago. Found an old photo sorry it’s not sharp. Transferred froman old PC to an email, to current photo site.

this one I was told was an early Labough? Not certain. I remember it’s gears were nicknamed the growler. Miss it but ran it on an early E2337832-A1B7-4ECB-AA21-A2FDF0CEDDB8switching layout for fun.

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My dockside was the very first item purchased  at my very first York. Many moons ago. The gentleman who sold it to me was about 100 years old. We had a good conversation about O scale and how he enjoyed the loco. I paid his asking price. He was happy. Cool brass locomotive came home with me.
It was remarkable how well this old loco performed being my only 2 rail steam loco. It appeared on my 8x2 basic switching layout then transferred to my 32x2 former two rail waterfront layout. I was going to send action photos/movie to the original owner but he did not have or do internet. I never saw him again at other six York attendances made.

a few years ago I sent the dockside to a friend in France where it is loved.

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