Finally got some serious run time on this beast today. Ran flawless for about 4 hours. It was definitely the attention getter. Ran it as a passenger outfit with State Cars in tow and also as a freight consists with 200 series cars. Very impressed.

Challenger

https://youtu.be/xLdY-SUCDqQ

Steve

Steve "Papa" Eastman

Yorba Linda, CA

Left Coast, Home of the lunatics

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We need to get you guys to build Standard Gauge Module Association (SGMA) modules!  Show off some of your structures and accessories with your beautiful trains!  They're fun and easy to build, and make set-up a snap.  The Wisconsin group has a fantastic 16'x24' display that all fits into a little "tag-along" trailer.

Kirk Lindvig

www.sgma.us

Ted S posted:

What year was this loco made?  What kind of motors/drivetrain does it have?!

Here's a bit of history. The Challenger data is as of 2017. Not sure when Jim Waterman bought the tooling, but he has only made 3 so far. Jim is using MTH Build A Loco motors. Mine was made this year.

http://www.tcawestern.org/harmon.htm

Steve

Steve "Papa" Eastman

Yorba Linda, CA

Left Coast, Home of the lunatics

Steve "Papa" Eastman posted:
Ted S posted:

What year was this loco made?  What kind of motors/drivetrain does it have?!

Here's a bit of history. The Challenger data is as of 2017. Not sure when Jim Waterman bought the tooling, but he has only made 3 so far. Jim is using MTH Build A Loco motors. Mine was made this year.

http://www.tcawestern.org/harmon.htm

Steve

Steve,

I bought the Harmon tooling (and some parts) from Bob Thon in 2018, so about a year into build. So far, 3 Challengers and one Pacific delivered,  and one Hudson and another Challenger in work. Plus about 35 Harmon cars built in PRR, Southern, B&O and Milwaukee (bought 50 sets of castings, most are accounted for, but I can order more).  I have parts for another 6 Harmon engine. Getting harder to get new parts - a lot of Lionel 400E parts used (BAL motors, lead truck, valve gear, steam cylinders for example).

Jim

Jim Waterman

Lee Lines Limited

Custom Built Standard Gauge

 

Jim,

Love your engine!  However, The Milwaukee Road, i.e., CMStP&P, didn't own any Challengers, but it did own Mallets!  So if you can tweak your 4-6-6-4 Challenger design a little into a 2-6-6-2 Milwaukee Road Mallet, you have another sale!!

Milwaukee Road Mallet

Bob Nelson

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