Help with selecting an HO Allegheny scale model.

Hello,

I’d like to assemble in HO a C&O Allegheny coal hauling consist for running.

I’ve looked online and there have been several manufacturers over the years which have made an Allegheny in HO scale.

I do not have any real experience, in HO, to be able to discern which manufacturer and year of production would be the best of the lot.  

My personal preferences lean towards brass, but I’m basically interested in an accurate model and a good runner.  The model does not need to have DCC or sound.  

All suggestions are appreciated

Kazar

C&O H8 Allegheny: The heaviest & most powerful bad boy to ever traverse any rail.

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HotWater and DL&W Pete,

Thank you for your replies as I started looking at those models.

I had hoped that there would be others who could have offered some advice on a great model.  Online I've seen discussions regarding Akane models from the mid to late 60's as being the best runner with detail.

I also haven't heard anything about Rivarossi models from 2008 nor 2011 or the one from MTH in terms of their running capability.

Key Allegheny:

 

 

Akane Allegheny

MTH  Allegheny

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Kazar

C&O H8 Allegheny: The heaviest & most powerful bad boy to ever traverse any rail.

While I don't have am MTH Allegheny, I do have their 4-8-8-4  Denver and RioGrand Yellowstone with Proto 3.

it runs beautifully both forward and reverse, especially at low speeds.  Its loaded with detail and smokes like a champ.

You will also have a one year warranty with it

I would have no problem going for the MTH version.

 

Good luck

daylight posted:

While I don't have am MTH Allegheny, I do have their 4-8-8-4  Denver and RioGrand Yellowstone with Proto 3.

Do you mean a 2-8-8-4 D&RGW Yellowstone?  Only the UP had the 4-8-8-4 wheel arrangement, then again, I didn't realize that the D&RGW had any 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone locomotives anyway, except those that they borrowed from the DM&IR during WWII.

it runs beautifully both forward and reverse, especially at low speeds.  Its loaded with detail and smokes like a champ.

You will also have a one year warranty with it

I would have no problem going for the MTH version.

 

Good luck

 

Hot Water posted:
daylight posted:

While I don't have am MTH Allegheny, I do have their 4-8-8-4  Denver and RioGrand Yellowstone with Proto 3.

Do you mean a 2-8-8-4 D&RGW Yellowstone?  Only the UP had the 4-8-8-4 wheel arrangement, then again, I didn't realize that the D&RGW had any 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone locomotives anyway, except those that they borrowed from the DM&IR during WWII.

it runs beautifully both forward and reverse, especially at low speeds.  Its loaded with detail and smokes like a champ.

You will also have a one year warranty with it

I would have no problem going for the MTH version.

 

Good luck

 Wow, Hot Water, I knew I should have got the wheel arrangement right before I posted. Yes, I did mean 2-8-8-4.  I had a feeling that I had the wheel arrangement wrong but wasn't at home to check.

 

 

daylight posted:

While I don't have am MTH Allegheny, I do have their 4-8-8-4  Denver and RioGrand Yellowstone with Proto 3.

it runs beautifully both forward and reverse, especially at low speeds.  Its loaded with detail and smokes like a champ.

You will also have a one year warranty with it

I would have no problem going for the MTH version.

 

Good luck

I agree with Daylight; I have the MTH HO UP Challenger and have not had any problems with it.  The caveat:  I do not run it every day but when I do, it runs fine.  I've been wanting to get an MTH HO Allegheny, just other financial priorities at the moment. Daylight didn't mention it but they are diecast.

I wish MTH would produce some other HO loks; steam: PRR Turbine and PRR T1, UP GTEL turbines, the 3 unit bunker oil, two unit Propane and 3 unit Coal turbine.  (But don't do them all in one catalog, my pocket book couldn't handle it.  

Steve

 

daylight posted:
Hot Water posted:
daylight posted:

While I don't have am MTH Allegheny, I do have their 4-8-8-4  Denver and RioGrand Yellowstone with Proto 3.

Do you mean a 2-8-8-4 D&RGW Yellowstone?  Only the UP had the 4-8-8-4 wheel arrangement, then again, I didn't realize that the D&RGW had any 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone locomotives anyway, except those that they borrowed from the DM&IR during WWII.

it runs beautifully both forward and reverse, especially at low speeds.  Its loaded with detail and smokes like a champ.

You will also have a one year warranty with it

I would have no problem going for the MTH version.

 

Good luck

 Wow, Hot Water, I knew I should have got the wheel arrangement right before I posted. Yes, I did mean 2-8-8-4.  I had a feeling that I had the wheel arrangement wrong but wasn't at home to check.

You might want to re-check what wheel arrangement you really have, as upon further research, I found that the D&RGW did NOT own any 2-8-8-4 "Yellowstone" steam locomotives. Maybe you have a 2-8-8-2 or a 4-6-6-4? Not being familiar with MTH HO models, I have no idea. Maybe you can post a photo or two?

 

 

 

Hot Water posted:
daylight posted:
Hot Water posted:
daylight posted:

While I don't have am MTH Allegheny, I do have their 4-8-8-4  Denver and RioGrand Yellowstone with Proto 3.

Do you mean a 2-8-8-4 D&RGW Yellowstone?  Only the UP had the 4-8-8-4 wheel arrangement, then again, I didn't realize that the D&RGW had any 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone locomotives anyway, except those that they borrowed from the DM&IR during WWII.

it runs beautifully both forward and reverse, especially at low speeds.  Its loaded with detail and smokes like a champ.

You will also have a one year warranty with it

I would have no problem going for the MTH version.

Good luck

 Wow, Hot Water, I knew I should have got the wheel arrangement right before I posted. Yes, I did mean 2-8-8-4.  I had a feeling that I had the wheel arrangement wrong but wasn't at home to check.

You might want to re-check what wheel arrangement you really have, as upon further research, I found that the D&RGW did NOT own any 2-8-8-4 "Yellowstone" steam locomotives. Maybe you have a 2-8-8-2 or a 4-6-6-4? Not being familiar with MTH HO models, I have no idea. Maybe you can post a photo or two?

 looks like I got the road name wrong also.

Its a Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range (#225) 2-8-8-4

Hot Water than you for the follow up

 

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