NBGT posted:
rex desilets posted:

I like my JLC version so much that I've spent a small fortune on N&W brass 3-bay hoppers to go behind it...

Rex, what N&W brass hoppers are in your collection?  

I'd love to find some as well.

Rich Yoder N&W hoppers, I'm guessing.

Hi Jeff:  I purchased an MTH Premier Y6B in the year 2000.  I still have it and it runs great.  This was my first articulated engine and it has Protosounds on it.  I was amazed that when I took it out of the box, oiled it up carefully --- it ran perfectly.  MTH makes very good engines.  This engine had the out of sync sounds of the pistons and when it sat on the track for a while and was started up, it had about 15 seconds of steam blow-off from the cylinders.  Sincerely yours,  railbear601 

I have the TMCC version as well. I got it from one of the people I run into at most train shows who of course also is a TCA member. Unfortunately I have yet to run it(small space currently still) but I did marvel at it's details. It is still the largest locomotive I own. When things change I will be running it that's for sure. May need to get a smoke upgrade or such, see what the road brings in time.

If Lionel does another run in Legacy(I missed the first), I will definitely get one(or two depending on what else is in the catalog).

Hot Water posted:
NBGT posted:
rex desilets posted:

I like my JLC version so much that I've spent a small fortune on N&W brass 3-bay hoppers to go behind it...

Rex, what N&W brass hoppers are in your collection?  

I'd love to find some as well.

Rich Yoder N&W hoppers, I'm guessing.

One (1) Rich Yoder hopper. Beautiful car. Expensive. Yoder equipment is best for a one-off, not if you want a sizable consist. My cars are USH and Precision Scale.

All I have to do now, for several, is to find appropriate decals.

Before you buy any version of this engine check to see which drivers the traction tires are mounted on. If they are on the front drivers in each wheel set then changing the tires is a HUGE pain in the butt. If any version offers the traction tires on the rear drivers of each wheel set then changing the tires is a simple procedure. Most of us operators are not equipped to change the tires mounted on the front drivers. You have to remove the connecting rods and the crosshead. Not a job for the faint of heart.

Big Jim posted:
rex desilets posted:

All I have to do now, for several, is to find appropriate decals.

Rex,
Try Great Decals. You'll have to scroll down the page to find them. They are top quality, very sharp!

*sigh*

The decals are for the H-9 2-bay cars. I have similar decals; at a loss for dimensional and class lettering. Thanks anyway. I suppose I'll have to spring for custom work.

My 28085 has been and continues to be an awesome, trouble-free engine. The Railsounds amplifier in this engine puts out some massive volume and deep bass notes. The hooter whistle can't be beat if you're an N&W fan.....  For a Lionel ,it smoke real good to boot.

I owned the JLC version and ended up selling it because I wanted Legacy control. In doing so I lost a better sound system period. Every N&W scale engine I sold off to “upgrade” was a downgrade in sound. The newer Y6b sound is good but not Great like the JLC version. 


I also owned the N&W and Pennsylvania Y3 engines which had awesome specific sounds in the TMCC versions. The Legacy versions are lame and not specific. 

Enjoy this great JLC version!

N&W 1218 posted:

I owned the JLC version and ended up selling it because I wanted Legacy control. In doing so I lost a better sound system period. Every N&W scale engine I sold off to “upgrade” was a downgrade in sound. The newer Y6b sound is good but not Great like the JLC version. 


I also owned the N&W and Pennsylvania Y3 engines which had awesome specific sounds in the TMCC versions. The Legacy versions are lame and not specific. 

Enjoy this great JLC version!

The large steam engines that Lionel made from 2000 to the second run of Legacy are still some of my favorites.  Like you , I purchased legacy versions to replace my earlier TMCC versions.  For the most par, I have now gotten rid of the Legacy versions and gone back to the JLC Cab Forward, N&W Y6b and C&O H8.  The SF Northern was not a JLC engine but the sounds on the TMCC version put the Legacy version to shame.  The early Legacy steam such as the UP 4-8-4 FEF also had great sounds and to me still preferable to the latest Legacy model.  I also like the N&W Class A from and the B&O EM-1 form 2000 /2001.  Nest to their Vision line offerings, these may be some of the finest steam engines Lionel has ever offered.

Happy railroading,

Don

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