Lionel Milwaukee Mikado showed up today!

Lionel Milwaukee Mikado 6-81038 showed up today - Friday.  Ordered it Thursday from Discount Trains of Ft. Lauderdale; Rick B. knows how to pack a locomotive for shipment and then gets it onto a truck quickly - see photos below.  Conducted our business via emails - he responded quickly.  First rate packing and customer service!
Had some quirks at startup; loco and tender would shut down after a few feet.  Now what.  Took a swipe at the track with my fingers - came up black - Duh!!  Cleaned track and roller pickups and now no further issues.  Checked the brake shoes per D500's experience - clearances are tight but no contact to wheels.  No renegade parts; no blemishes; everything works.  Lubed it.  Been running in quiet mode for 2 hours.  Have a good runner - Happy Camper!

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RickM46

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Dan986 posted:

Ridiculous paint scheme. The Milwaukee Road never had silver painted boilers.

I would rather have no gray; the gray on this one is at least not a light and shiny silver - a bit on the dull side; good little runner especially when you look at the rear side rods.

RickM46

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