I have always liked the Lionel RTR 0-8-0. My LHS had a conventional (no LC) PRR Flyer 0-8-0 laying around for a while and eventually I brought it home.
The engine is a very smooth and very good running little engine at 8-10 volts. I do not like to run it faster than that. However, the whistle and puffer smoke are very poor performers unless the engine is running at warp speed. Even at warp speed, it still is pretty lame! I also wonder if there is a resistor on the whistle and smoke. Anyone know?
Anyone out there "soup up" one of these? I'm thinking fan smoke, better sound and/or improvements to the air whistle. A working back up light would also be a plus.
I'm curious to learn what some have done with these engines.