David Shapiro posted:
I'm having trouble finding S scale engines. Plenty of Hi-rail stuff around. Any suggestions?
David, as mentioned above American models is currently the go-to company for locomotives. You have to specify scale wheels when ordering.
River Raisin is definitely the high end of S Scale and priced accordingly. Good stuff, plus they also have some brass trade-ins.
The Lionel/American Flyer SD70ACe's and ES44's have Kadee mounting hardware included, but scale wheels have to be ordered separately from the Lionel Parts Department. These two locomotives are DCC and DC compatible right out of the box, but can be a little finicky on DC. It depends on the power pack. Lionel tried their best to compensate for all of the DC power packs.
The earlier Lionel/Flyer U33C's also can be converted to scale with wheels from the Parts Department, but the electronics are AC/TMCC/Legacy only.
We're still waiting on MTH.
The former S Helper Service was set up for Hi-rail/Flyer, with conversion wheels and a DCC shorting plug included. (With the exception of the 2-8-0, one specified wheels and AC/DC/DCC when ordering.) When buying on the secondary market, be sure the original owner didn't discard them.