I had the recent fortune to have a Proto 1 version briefly running on my layout. Just as beautiful. Smooth operation in conventional mode. Whistle/ horn is funky though. Great smoke. Overhang on 072 is about the same as a Big Boy. A must for serious collectors.
Also the first generation would have to be upgraded to a ps2 to be able to operate on your layout. Since your layout is an all command control set up. I watched it this morning and all I can say is, well done on another great review.
Love these locos - though the real ones never had a single successful scheduled run, I've read. Turbines are fascinating. And these are just plain strange.
Considering the overhang (I have the 072, but I do not have the clearance - and we're talking some walls, not scenery), this would be a prime candidate for a sweet RK Imperial version, nice like their RK Triplex is nice.
I can't wait for the 49'er 4-6-6-4 review. I just want to paint it so much.
Really enjoyed your excellent review of the MTH C&O M-1 which resulted in one of them, along with the seven matching passenger cars, recently coming to live here. About 70 or so years ago, I came across a full page picture/drawing of Chessie & her kittens Nip & Tuck playing as C&O M-1 circled around them. I kept staring at that image & just could not get it out of my 8-12 year old kid head. Darn, I really wanted one of those engines. Now, thanks to your great review, MTH, & my depleted bank account - I have one. THANKS
BTW, this is not the first time one of your reviews has prompted a purchase - an MTH Veranda also lives here because of your review.
a little discussion on MTH's 1st generation of this model and the differences between them.
The PS3 is the third generation/offering of this engine. The first generation (PS-1) didn't have the black grills. Prototypically they turned black from getting dirty. Also, the PS-1 version was missing the builder plate. I was fortunate enough to get one from candoplates.com while they were still in business. There was also an issue with the spring on the front pilot. I assume that that was resolved on the second generation. JDS did the PS-2 conversion. Mine is now a great runner.
I really have to hand it to MTH for making this model. In today's environment, I can't imagine this as a new offering. As for size, it is a beast. There's serious overhang even on 0138 curves.
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