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@Dave Olson posted:

I'm gonna do another Demos w/ Dave episode this coming Monday. Thinking of reviewing some recent diesels. If you guys would be interested, I can go over the TrainMaster. I think I'll touch on the E8s and ES44 as well.

Dave that would be great.  I would even like to see and hear the Halloween LC+2.0 Berk.  It might be a nice, smaller engine to use at Halloween.

It certainly doesn't hurt to show recent releases to get folks into the hobby shops to buy them.

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@PH1975 posted:

WinstonB - As has been discussed earlier in this thread, is this FM equipped with a MARS light and, if so, have you figured out how to activate it yet? Just wondering.

In the extended lighting menu (push and hold AUX 2) there are MARS Light On/ Off buttons. I would assume that would do the trick only if equipped.

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I picked the Pennsylvania version from Grzyboski’s this morning... nice looking engine, but I’ll have to be careful of the very delicate railings and antenna!!! Interestingly, it looks like the Pennsy ran the Trainmasters long hood forward (my CC II demonstrators were marked for short hood forward). I’ll do a short video of it running when I get some time tomorrow. Here is another short video of the horn/bell options (I chose to mute the other engine sounds) - definitely an interesting feature!!!

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@Apples55 posted:

I picked the Pennsylvania version from Grzyboski’s this morning... nice looking engine, but I’ll have to be careful of the very delicate railings and antenna!!! Interestingly, it looks like the Pennsy ran the Trainmasters long hood forward (my CC II demonstrators were marked for short hood forward). I’ll do a short video of it running when I get some time tomorrow. Here is another short video of the horn/bell options (I chose to mute the other engine sounds) - definitely an interesting feature!!!

A beauty and a Beast !

Just got the Pennsy version.  I noticed that when I turn on Rule 17, if affects the headlight on the short hood only.  Since the Pennsy is setup to run long hood forward, the Rule 17 is affecting its rear headlight.  Would it not have made sense to have Rule 17 affect both headlights?  Does anyone else who has the Pennsy version see the same thing?

Another thing I noticed is that the numbers underneath the cab window, and the word Pennsylvania are done in yellow paint.  When I compare it to the TMCC Pennsy FM from the TCA 50th anniversary set, that lettering was done in gold paint.  I liked the gold paint better.  Shouldn't it have been done in gold?  All my Lionel TMCC PRR engines have their lettering done in gold.

Other than these two small issues, the engine is really nice and super detailed.  It is a great addition to my fleet.  I like the various cab chatter and the emergency stop sequences.  Nice touch!

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My METCA EL version arrived today.  Clean, crisp paint, and really smooth running make this a good value. The slow speed operation is very good. Ran well on 0-45 Atlas curves. The horn quilling is the best I've heard. The soft half tones are good when working the yard; poor conductor is half deaf already. This engine will join my Atlas C424s in the same early  EL freight livery. Thanks for making this available to us.

So METCA, what's next in EL freight paint?  An F3 or 7 AB  or AA unit?  FA's?

Earl

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