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@Alex M posted:

Pat, WOW Beautiful work going on here. Larry is going to be one happy customer !

I'm actually building two older Hudson's that were originally Pullmor motors and old electronics. They were already fitted with Timko can motor's and i took over from there. They will eventually have newer electronics with fan driven smoke units, super chuffer's, and chuff generator's.

Thanks, Alex

Thanks to you too Alex!...you, Pete & John, ( I’m sure there’s others) have pushed me to do better & cleaner work.....not trying to one up anybody buddy, but I want my work to be as clean & neat as y’all do....some day, I hope to be as good as Pete ( Norton) that guy can fabricate stuff that still blows my mind.....you guys are not just fabricators or installers, y’all are true artisans...and that’s the level I want to be at....

Pat

@leapinlarry posted:

One thing evident in the picture above showing the motor install, the motor is well positioned. Great workmanship, looks like this 773 will be a great pulling performer. Although I’ve always been a fan of Lionels 773, (having owned a 1950 version) I’ve been blown away with the TMCC K-Line Hudson body and the add on detailing. These Hudson’s, revamped with quality installed Pittman motors are sure to be excellent pullers and with the new smoke units, sound boards, Chuffer units, ERR sound and 4 chuffs per revolution, simply awesome locomotives. Instead of shelf queens, they will be layout kings.  Thank You Harmonyards, wonderful craftsmanship. Larry Mullen, we are very blessed to see our steamers ready for duty. Please place some pictures of your layout on this thread so we can see where your Hudson’s going to run. Happy Railroading Everyone.

As mentioned, Larry, guys like Pat, Alex, Gunrunner John, Pete (and others) - we are so fortunate to have them!  I grew up running my dad's postwar trains around the Christmas tree and I was into that and MPC until about 2004/2005 when the scale engines started to catch my eye.  My dad was very fond of the Hudson (PW 773s) when I was growing up and I remember seeing my first one in 1982.  His reaction was similar to mine!  Anyway, when Lionel came out with this postwar celebration series version, I really wanted it, but I was a bit disappointed as to how it ran.  I love can motors!  I'm into classic cars but I'm not a huge fan of restomods but I get why they do it.  In this case, I wanted a restomod...keep the charm of yesteryear but have all of the bells and whistles under the hood.

Pat's work looks factory...better than factory.  Customer service leaves a lot to be desired these days unless Pat, Alex or GRJ is doing this work.  I was even asking Pat about some wiring issues I have on my MG that I  got back from the garage recently...it worked going in but not coming out.  The guy is a walking encyclopedia on things!

If I get it back before the Christmas train running season, I will most certainly take a video or two of it going around the Christmas tree. 

Hey Pat,

About 1 1/2 months ago, your L&HRRR 4-8-2 Mountain R1 caught my eye. I believe that you used a NYC Mohawk steamer. If that's the case, I( saw a mohawk on e-bay really inexpensive. Could you advise me on what you used to build yours? The Mohawk that I saw was an L3 Class. I already have a centipede tender that I picked up at York some time ago.

Steam Forever

        John

Hey Pat,

About 1 1/2 months ago, your L&HRRR 4-8-2 Mountain R1 caught my eye. I believe that you used a NYC Mohawk steamer. If that's the case, I( saw a mohawk on e-bay really inexpensive. Could you advise me on what you used to build yours? The Mohawk that I saw was an L3 Class. I already have a centipede tender that I picked up at York some time ago.

Steam Forever

        John

Yep,..I used an 18009 Mohawk as the base model for the L&HR  R1,...either one of the L3’s will do...either 18009 or 18064 will be a suitable platform....it’s not 100% accurate, but it’s darn close to an R1...you will need to swap out the alligator type cross heads for multiple bearing ( Laird) type...and of course, I added valve detail like the stems and guides that aren’t found at all on either L3 ....if you decide to build one, I did write down the recipe...😉

Pat

@harmonyards posted:

Thanks to you too Alex!...you, Pete & John, ( I’m sure there’s others) have pushed me to do better & cleaner work.....not trying to one up anybody buddy, but I want my work to be as clean & neat as y’all do....some day, I hope to be as good as Pete ( Norton) that guy can fabricate stuff that still blows my mind.....you guys are not just fabricators or installers, y’all are true artisans...and that’s the level I want to be at....

Pat

Pat, I love your work and i feel the same way.I learned so much from,

Mike Reagan, Marty Fitzhenry, Pete, GRJ,Bruk, so many more ,and now you! never too old to learn something new. That's what's so great about this forum!!!

Thanks, Alex

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