Least favorite train item

The Dreyfuss Hudson has never appealed to me.  Something about the split down the center of the nose (not going to pretend I know what that feature is called) just doesn't look good to me.  I like most streamlined steamers, but that one doesn't do it for me.

-Dave

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Adriatic posted:

I love the castings themselves; but I don't like early cast 0-4-0 tinplate where the shell is " too small", sitting high enough to look like a monster truck.

Diesels without a rounded edge. 

Instability in play of derrick cars, and propensity to swing out centrifugally.

I don't like boxcouplers

I don't like Spam

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hmmmm....looks like they forgot to post their peanut butter & spam sammich.

bmoran4 posted:

The musty, rusted, tar covered, cat littered junk that comes with the treasures...

 

(Note: I thrive on regular junk as it can be salvaged, kit bashed, or used as parts to breath life in to things)

But wait, if it wasn't crud covered, it might look like new! Then what would somebody want to charge you for it?

Brian Liesberg posted:

Anything with this on it somewhere

Marx-logo

Not even a 333? Other die cast? What's next? Vanilla ice cream? (Just kidding)

I'm curious why? Are you brand or diesel exclusive? (I get most diesels &tin) Are you a "Shoeless Joe"? Bad experience?  I haven't had an AC powered Marx model die on me yet. I cannot say that about ANY other mfg.  Lionel PW falls behind 12:1 (?) if a Marx dies here tomorrow.

Is it the logo itself? That can be sidestepped see photo #2 (though any logo developed from crossbucks is golden in my book, tastes differ.)

(None are mine)

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Edited due to "spell-wreck" and "Vindictive text" having a mind of it own

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





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Lionel C & O Track Maintenance Car 6-16620..........

Lionel C & O Track Maintenance Flatcar 6-16620
Lionel C & O Track Maintenance Flatcar 6-16620

 

I raised the platform once and lowered it.  The second time I attempted to raise it, I found the plastic threads had been stripped.  Lionel made such a stupid decision to save on the cost of materials by not making the mechanism out of metal.

I don't think the PW version was any different per se , but the crank would get stuck and the handle broke often. The loose fit may have been a (failed?) attempt to loosen things up or just a bad part.  Metal railing was always my wish for these. My 16620 is fine and better than my two PW were.... except for the yellow.

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





I know I should say "stinking dismals" of any model, which are not real locomotives like steamers, but electric generator prime movers and are fine for tractors, sawmills, boats and such. However, in all honesty my  little 2010 unfinished attic layout's Village side , known by the Domestic CEO as "the mess", wins out (pictured) as least favorite train item!. The "Tennessean" streamlined Ps4  4-6-2 is staged in the photo to hopefully somewhat distract from the mess.

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A&Y RY[NC's Southern/N&W connector].

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Dewey Trogdon posted:

I know I should say "stinking dismals" of any model, which are not real locomotives like steamers, but electric generator prime movers and are fine for tractors, sawmills, boats and such. However, in all honesty my  little 2010 unfinished attic layout's Village side , known by the Domestic CEO as "the mess", wins out (pictured) as least favorite train item!. The "Tennessean" streamlined Ps4  4-6-2 is staged in the photo to hopefully somewhat distract from the mess.

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What's wrong? Tell her it's "prog-mess". When you make progress you make prog-mess. It's honorable; inspirational I bet it goes back on shelves in an hour.

....if you can actually get finished without inspiration dragging you back into working on one of the odds and ends you pick up, it could happen..  

 

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





Adriatic posted:

Not even a 333? Other die cast? What's next? Vanilla ice cream? (Just kidding)

I'm curious why? Are you brand or diesel exclusive? (I get most diesels &tin) Are you a "Shoeless Joe"? Bad experience?  I haven't had an AC powered Marx model die on me yet. I cannot say that about ANY other mfg.  Lionel PW falls behind 12:1 (?) if a Marx dies here tomorrow.

I started off in O gauge with Marx trains. I didn't like the way they felt, the way they ran, the way they looked... it is a very budget brand and it shows in my opinion.

I agree with you that they are almost impossible to kill, I found one in the middle of the desert, took it home and put some oil on it and it ran! But you probably won't get much of an improvement from a new locomotive from them, with their grindy motors and flimsy construction I'll pass on anything Marx. I do prefer Lionel, but I have some Flyer, Ives, Dorfan, and some Marklin as well. 

I've never seen the appeal of them, but I'm sure there are plenty of scale modelers that'll say the same thing about my tinplate collection though, so to each his own.  

 

If you can't buy it... restore it. If you can't restore it... make it. If you can't make it...dangit...

  Your tin & postwar are a large part of the curiosity over the blanket statement. The tin it an easy guess. IMO, the scale steam equals the competition. (I'm not found of Marx coupling outside of rivitet tabs)

  I also found one, digging. I brought one up out of a dirt floor & it still runs today. It slowly won my respect over 30 years. 

I didn't mind the target car falling apart. It didn't happen. Mine had trouble triggering when hit and was sturdy. IF you used the wheels to move them.  The large missles worked well enough on a direct hit and could be aimed well.  The small missles and launchers aim was useless.

  The space aged Army mobile launch engine was the single most disappointing item in performance vs my expectations. 

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





Larry Sr. posted:

I have kicked myself for buying this Legacy engine from day one.

What was I thinking Minneapolis & St Louis !!!!! It has set in the display cabinet for lots of time

Oh well,  sometimes ya just can't fix stupid

Larry

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How long has the MPC one had it's shell on backwards while in the case?

True they aren't a perfect match, but they could look OK heading up a train!

-Dave

 

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