Am not sure if I shared this video before. First up are MTH Erie steamers; and at the end are Lionel Erie steamers. Lashing up steamers is simply awesome - both visually and sound-wise. I can't get enough of this, however, I won't be able to do the triple MTH Erie's anymore...despite all being PS3 the Angus is a bit slower...resulting in about a 4-foot gap over 50 feet of running which puts tremendous strain on the couplers. But, I will still do the double-headed Triplexes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2oGEObb1SE&t=8s

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My grandfather fired a Triplex back in the day ( I have  pictures of him on the engine when it visited the Wyoming Division) and yet I can't bring myself to picking up a model of one. They were rarely seen on the point of a train and they represent a era older than what I model. But they sure neat and someday I might break down and purchase one.  I'll have to check the cab number before I do though.  Thanks for sharing the clip.  

Earl 

I have the first runs of both the triplex and the Angus and have the same difference in speed as Paul does. If I double head them or use the Angus as a pusher, I can’t do it for too long. I did send both to MTH many years ago, hoping they would get the speeds in sync, but they could not.

Conductor Earl posted:

My grandfather fired a Triplex back in the day ( I have  pictures of him on the engine when it visited the Wyoming Division) and yet I can't bring myself to picking up a model of one. They were rarely seen on the point of a train and they represent a era older than what I model. But they sure neat and someday I might break down and purchase one.  I'll have to check the cab number before I do though.  Thanks for sharing the clip.  

Earl 

Earl, I would love to see the picture of your grandfather and the Triplex he fired...I would potentially enlarge it and frame it. I don't know if you have it digitized, but if you don't want to share it here, my e-mail is: Paulefudd@hotmail.com

I have an old, old picture of the Triplex as it was being commissioned in Delaware County outside the old Baldwin Locomotive Works, just south of Philly. I enlarged and framed it. If anyone is interested I'll snap a photo of it and post.

MTH's triplex is the only articulated engine I have and likely will ever have. It is a well-designed and engineered model train, and fascinating to watch the mechanics of it as it steams by.

Thanks.

Paul Kallus posted:

Am not sure if I shared this video before. First up are MTH Erie steamers; and at the end are Lionel Erie steamers. Lashing up steamers is simply awesome - both visually and sound-wise. I can't get enough of this, however, I won't be able to do the triple MTH Erie's anymore...despite all being PS3 the Angus is a bit slower...resulting in about a 4-foot gap over 50 feet of running which puts tremendous strain on the couplers. But, I will still do the double-headed Triplexes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2oGEObb1SE&t=8s

Paul,

Rather than making a lash up with the DCS remote could you map out a chart of the speed differences for the range you wish to operate in and then run them double headed using two DCS remotes where you can then speed up the Angus at a faster rate? You'll truly be running two steam engines just like the old days!

Great video!

-Greg

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Bobby, operating multiple units like that could be a lot of fun...assuming the operators know what they're doing...and haven't had a libation I don't think I am skilled enough to do it by myself, however. But, you're right, having independent "engineers" each running their own engine in a consist is how it should be done...and of course without speed control enabled

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