I have had more than a dozen original LGB locos since 1978, but my all-time favorite is the 2085D 0-6-6-0 mallet. I was fortunate to recently acquire a mint, unused 2085D in a pristine box and it is a pure delight to run. Mine is the later version without the slanted stack but also with the added catenary warning markings. The 5 volt smoke unit pours out volumes of Seuthe smoke and the four sets of running gear are literally "poetry in motion"! The lighted cab has both a fireman and engineer, and the boiler detailing has much piping! Truly, a colorful and nicely detailed loco, with excellent pulling power. Always a favorite with my train room guests, whether pulling a set of 3062 OBB passenger cars or a train of PIKO bier reefers. My second all-time favorite LGB loco  would be the brown 2040 RhB "baby" crocodile.

vita sine litteris mors est  (Seneca)

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NOTE: LGB also later produced a black DR version of the 2085D with analog actuated digital sounds and with synchronized puffing smoke. The bell and whistle (glock und pfeife) could be activated by track magnets. The sound of a fireman's shovel scraping the deck as he fired the loco was a nice bonus! This was also one of my favorites, but alas, I no longer have this version.

vita sine litteris mors est  (Seneca)

I have 4 LGB locomotives, but my favorite is Uintah #50. The Uintah Railway is my favorite railroad.

I had sound added and NiMH batteries installed to operate by LocoLinc. And added a large speaker to a custom made water car #021 for more sound. And it has plenty of volume.

TERRY: The LGB Unitah is a VERY impressive engine indeed! If I did not have a main interest in the Austrian, German and Swiss narrow gauge models, I would have a Unitah for certain! GVDOBLER: Those Stainz 0-4-0 starter locos (the LGB icon) are sturdy indeed and are good pullers for sure. I currently have two: The Dortmunder Bier Set loco and the 30th Anniversary Stainz, which was only available to guests at the factory birthday celebration in 1998. LGB made a quality product with good longevity!

vita sine litteris mors est  (Seneca)

I thought it might be interesting if I added a couple pics of the customized freight I found to accompany Uintah Railway #50. (I did purchase a LGB Uintah boxcar, not shown due to available space on shelf.)

Uintah water car #21:

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After the water car are 3 custom made flat cars with gilsonite loads. The end is a fictional Uintah caboose #4. They only had 3 cabooses, all of which were 2-axle. The caboose was a USA 4-axle steel caboose that was shortened to bobber length, which I applied Uintah decals.

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I have had more than a dozen original LGB locos since 1978, but my all-time favorite is the 2085D 0-6-6-0 mallet. I was fortunate to recently acquire a mint, unused 2085D in a pristine box and it is a pure delight to run. Mine is the later version without the slanted stack but also with the added catenary warning markings. The 5 volt smoke unit pours out volumes of Seuthe smoke and the four sets of running gear are literally "poetry in motion"! The lighted cab has both a fireman and engineer, and the boiler detailing has much piping! Truly, a colorful and nicely detailed loco, with excellent pulling power. Always a favorite with my train room guests, whether pulling a set of 3062 OBB passenger cars or a train of PIKO bier reefers. My second all-time favorite LGB loco  would be the brown 2040 RhB "baby" crocodile.

very nice Art, how bout a few pictures.

I have only one LGB/Aster engine, a Garratt (new, not run)

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I have only one LGB/Aster engine, a Garratt (new, not run)

I have a severe case of locomotive envy!

I procrastinated long enough to totally miss out on getting one at a reasonable price and have regretted it more than any other train opportunity.

Any chance of a few pics. And did you find any appropriate freight cars to accompany your Beyer Garratt NGG13?

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