Ever hear the expression 60 is the new 40, meaning that older people are living longer and feeling better than they did in the past?
Could the same be said for certain modern trains that have some of the charm and other good qualities of treasured trains of the past?
I submit that a case can be made that LC+ has some of the desirable characteristics of Postwar. These include user friendly, ease and simplicity of operation, affordability, ruggedness to the extent they are not too delicate, durability (so far so good after 6 months).
There are also differences. So far, I think the positive differences outweigh the negative ones. Being able to set the track voltage at 17 or 18 volts and controlling the speed with the remote is a huge technological breakthrough IMO.
Even though this video was taken long before I added feeder wires and there was a 4 volt drop in power as the LC+ Pacific approaches the switch on the far side of the layout, the train runs with the same steady speed with prodigious smoke output.
Postwar is still king when it comes to available parts and repairability. Also, Postwar has stood the test of time. The verdict is still out for LC+ on that score.
I am now enamoured with LC+ steamers. Keep in mind, I have never before run anything modern with a remote unit where the track power is set at 18 volts. I know that the Niagra Vision Line locomotive and many other advanced modern engines have other amazing features.
I guess I love it all when it comes to O Gauge. Arnold