Lionel Legacy vs MTH Reading & Northern Pacifics.

Nice review, Laz, much appreciated from a fellow Reading fan.

fwiw: I also have not figured out the MTH quillable whistle while the engine is moving. It's awkward.

One thing that is apparent when viewing both models head-on is the size discrepancy - are they both made to 1:48 scale or are they based on different Pacific types?

 

Paul Kallus posted:

Nice review, Laz, much appreciated from a fellow Reading fan.

fwiw: I also have not figured out the MTH quillable whistle while the engine is moving. It's awkward.

One thing that is apparent when viewing both models head-on is the size discrepancy - are they both made to 1:48 scale or are they based on different Pacific types?

 

Hi PAUL,

  I didn't measure the drivers, but it does look to me that the Lionels ones are just slightly bigger.  I'll take a measurement later.  Thanks for the comment.

 

Stay frosty my friends,

laz57

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I would have to give the edge in sound to Lionel. Deeper and fuller somehow, the fatboy speakers are just better IMO. But I like the MTH details a little better, and the darker blue just looks more realistic, at least to my eye. The whistle smoke on the Lionel is always a nice feature, at least when it works. From the front, and also in overall length, the Lionel is noticeably bigger, so that begs the question; which one is closer to scale size? Will they both negotiate tighter curves, like 042 or 031?

Thanks for the video, Rod

We are never too old to learn something stupid....

What a great comparison!

Looks like mth 20-3760-1 and Lionel 6-85172.

Interestingly mth had in 2017 made a similar model with the lighter paint scheme.  

If I identified the models right the Lionel msrp is 1399.99 and the mth is 1099.95.  Lionel says its model will do 036 but I am not sure I believe that, and mth says O42.

 I would also have to give it to Lionel on the whistle, it sounds like what I remember. The mth unit just looks better to me though.  

Both are fantastic.

May God Bless us all.

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