LionChief Plus Berkshire Locomotives, Any news ?

Galy posted:

Just got a email from FedEx my 726 LC+ Berk shipped by Charles Ro on 11/22 will be delivered Friday 11/24. Looking forward.

Pat

Pat,

Glad to here that the LC+ Berkshires are now available and being shipped. I ordered one last January, the LC+ app is on both my iPhone and iPad, so I have been waiting with great anticipation!!! Looks like Christmas will be a little early this year??? 

Be sure to add an update with your first impressions and photos or a short video would even be better! 

Paul

The Marshall & Michigan Southern Railroad

IMG_0130 It arrived,  Nice job Lionel                                                                                            Before you ask, The green jewel markers are there but very small almost invisible. No jewel side markers.                                                                                                                              

Pat                                                      

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SJC posted:

Just out of curiosity - is there any original 726/736 tooling in use here or is it all "new" tooling? 

Nice looking engine! Would be a nice match to my 1952 726RR......

Dave at Lionel answered a lot of the Berkshire tooling questions in a previous thread and kindly shared some of the CAD drawings. He does a great job with things like that.  Short answer is: The majority of the tooling is from the conventional classics 726 Berk, with the update to the LC+ features.    Here is the link: https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/...lc-berkshires?page=1

 

JD

 

Galy posted:

IMG_0130 It arrived,  Nice job Lionel                                                                                            Before you ask, The green jewel markers are there but very small almost invisible. No jewel side markers.                                                                                                                              

Pat                                                      

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Thanks for sharing the pictures, Pat.  It really looks nice!  I didn't notice the gray firebox in the catalog, I had to go back and look, and sure enough it's there.  I'd be tempted to paint it black on the Lionel Lines version.    

Any chance we can get a video with some sound and smoke?  Thanks!!!

JD

JD

 

Just opened my Pere Marquette #1223. Disappointed. Contrary to the Lionel description, there are no engineer or firemen figures! There is a nicely detailed cab interior with LED firebox which takes up all the space in the cab. Not even any room to add some figures. I'm sorry, but I don't want to run latest generation Lion Chief plus engines without cab figures. Why have all the cab and firebox detail if you are not going to have any figures in there?1223

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JerryB posted:

Just opened my Pere Marquette #1223. Disappointed. Contrary to the Lionel description, there are no engineer or firemen figures! There is a nicely detailed cab interior with LED firebox which takes up all the space in the cab. Not even any room to add some figures. I'm sorry, but I don't want to run latest generation Lion Chief plus engines without cab figures. Why have all the cab and firebox detail if you are not going to have any figures in there?1223

In the Signature catalog it specifically states "no cab figures".  Looks like it would be a tight squeeze.  I'm expecting mine tomorrow.

JD2035RR posted:
SJC posted:

Just out of curiosity - is there any original 726/736 tooling in use here or is it all "new" tooling? 

Nice looking engine! Would be a nice match to my 1952 726RR......

Dave at Lionel answered a lot of the Berkshire tooling questions in a previous thread and kindly shared some of the CAD drawings. He does a great job with things like that.  Short answer is: The majority of the tooling is from the conventional classics 726 Berk, with the update to the LC+ features.    Here is the link: https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/...lc-berkshires?page=1 

The original Postwar tooling for the Berk has been gone a long time. I recall there was information (years ago now) that the MPC era No. 8615 L&N Big Emma was the last Berk built with the original tooling (this was back in 1986), and the tooling broke during the run, which resulted in fewer engines made than planned. That used to be a high dollar engine, at least partly because of the reported shortage (plus the engine is very attractive). There may have been other stories about the demise of the orginal Berk tooling as well. In any case, it was a long time (quite a few years) after the Big Emma before the next Berk was produced by Lionel, because they had to make a completely new tool for the engine, which took a lot of time (and a lot of money back then).

I thought about picking up the new LC+ Berk but will pass. I’m a fan of the LC+ locos but I have the 726 Conventional Classics version that was released a number of years back. Great looking loco and what a sound on that whistle! I pull the three Tuscan Madison cars with it. Makes a great set.

Hope all who bought the LC+ version are happy with it.

 

TCA, LCCA

johnstrains posted:

I thought about picking up the new LC+ Berk but will pass. I’m a fan of the LC+ locos but I have the Conventional Classics version that was released a number of years back. Great looking loco and what a sound on that whistle!

I hope someone can comment about the whistle on this new LC+ Berk. I have a LC+ Mikado, and the whistle is nothing special at all. The whistle on my LC+ GP38 is also pretty flat, as is my LC+ RS-3. I wish Lionel would have put even the older TMCC RailSounds into these Plus engines; those sounds are far superior.

RoyBoy posted:

Does this loco have a can motor or a postwar style pullmore motor?

Can motor. 

Marty Eibeck

Legacy Users Group*** Meeting at York in the Orange Hall Meeting Room***Friday April 20th at 7:45AM

 

 

Below the Signature Line...

 "And they probably redesigned the whole sickbay, too!  I know engineers, they LOVE to change things."

 

breezinup posted:
johnstrains posted:

I thought about picking up the new LC+ Berk but will pass. I’m a fan of the LC+ locos but I have the Conventional Classics version that was released a number of years back. Great looking loco and what a sound on that whistle!

I hope someone can comment about the whistle on this new LC+ Berk. I have a LC+ Mikado, and the whistle is nothing special at all. The whistle on my LC+ GP38 is also pretty flat, as is my LC+ RS-3. I wish Lionel would have put even the older TMCC RailSounds into these Plus engines; those sounds are far superior.

The conventional classic 726 has a far superior whistle with random effects programmed into the RSM card by Lionel. Lionchief Plus PCBs all produce flat whistle and horn effects as a limitation of their hardware.

Saw some of these at Imperial Train Company.  I was impressed.  Very heavy compared to other LC+ locos I've handled.  Sounds, smoke, and finish were very good.  While they operated, everyone took notice.

Marty Eibeck

Legacy Users Group*** Meeting at York in the Orange Hall Meeting Room***Friday April 20th at 7:45AM

 

 

Below the Signature Line...

 "And they probably redesigned the whole sickbay, too!  I know engineers, they LOVE to change things."

 

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