I just got my new Chessie SW7 w/Bluetooth from the Lionel 2018 Vol. I catalog. It is very well detailed and the colors are crisp. IMG_20190102_171059IMG_20190102_171045IMG_20190102_182426IMG_20190102_183121It runs smoothly and it has a pretty good smoke unit. I had a hard time deciding which road name to pick back during the pre-order. I can't wait to see the others as they start to roll in.

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Trainlover9943 posted:
NS1975 posted:
Trainlover9943 posted:

Nice! Is the horn the same as the NW2? 

 

Well that answers that. 

So is it a yes or a no?  Very nice engine and layout, enjoy!

Pondering an ACL since it appears they are never gonna do F's in Purple.

BobbyD posted:
Trainlover9943 posted:
NS1975 posted:
Trainlover9943 posted:

Nice! Is the horn the same as the NW2? 

 

Well that answers that. 

So is it a yes or a no?  Very nice engine and layout, enjoy!

Pondering an ACL since it appears they are never gonna do F's in Purple.

I don't have one of the NW2s, so that is why I put up the video of the demo. 

My Maine Central #331 has arrived.   Runs fine.  I didn't test the smoke.  I only ran it on a temp 20ft piece of track on the floor.   I ran it using the Lionchief app.    I prefer my Cab1L.   But Bluetooth operation was the easiest at this time without a layout.   No broken parts found during the unboxing.  👍  I was nervous about this after recently reading about Lionel QC issues.   I'm not sure if the maroon color is correct.  Looks a bit too red/pink.   I've never seen factory fresh MEC or Boston and Maine maroon.  MEC was mostly Harvest yellow in my youth.   Maroon engines were faded and dirty or repainted green or yellow.

IMG_20190105_115022373IMG_20190105_121045036IMG_20190105_121218054IMG_20190105_122030507IMG_20190105_122239459no speed control switch.

271MEC-071img385-copyCI would've preferred this scheme.

  Maine3Railers 

  TCA 15-71227

  1970-1986 Lionel General Mills Era.

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Mike McCutcheon posted:

My Maine Central #331 has arrived.   Runs fine.  I didn't test the smoke.  I only ran it on a temp 20ft piece of track on the floor.   I ran it using the Lionchief app.    I prefer my Cab1L.   But Bluetooth operation was the easiest at this time without a layout.   No broken parts found during the unboxing.  👍  I was nervous about this after recently reading about Lionel QC issues.   I'm not sure if the maroon color is correct.  Looks a bit too red/pink.   I've never seen factory fresh MEC or Boston and Maine maroon.  MEC was mostly Harvest yellow in my youth.   Maroon engines were faded and dirty or repainted green or yellow.

IMG_20190105_115022373IMG_20190105_121045036IMG_20190105_121218054IMG_20190105_122030507IMG_20190105_122239459no speed control switch.

271MEC-071img385-copyCI would've preferred this scheme.

Very nice paint scheme!!!

Mike McCutcheon posted:

My Maine Central #331 has arrived.   Runs fine.  I didn't test the smoke.  I only ran it on a temp 20ft piece of track on the floor.   I ran it using the Lionchief app.    I prefer my Cab1L.   But Bluetooth operation was the easiest at this time without a layout.   No broken parts found during the unboxing.  👍  I was nervous about this after recently reading about Lionel QC issues.   I'm not sure if the maroon color is correct.  Looks a bit too red/pink.   I've never seen factory fresh MEC or Boston and Maine maroon.  MEC was mostly Harvest yellow in my youth.   Maroon engines were faded and dirty or repainted green or yellow.

IMG_20190105_115022373IMG_20190105_121045036IMG_20190105_121218054IMG_20190105_122030507IMG_20190105_122239459no speed control switch.

271MEC-071img385-copyCI would've preferred this scheme.

Very nice paint scheme!!!

 "I'm not sure if the maroon color is correct.  Looks a bit too red/pink.   I've never seen factory fresh MEC or Boston and Maine maroon."

Based on my impression and the prototype maroon photos, the color is indeed off. The maroon would not darken with age. "Red/pink" would be my call, too. 

Another downside to BTO pre-ordering.    I might've passed on this engine if seen in person.   However, the color seems to match what was shown in the catalog.   I'm a toy train operator anyways.   I wanted a smaller diesel to go with my colorful MPC boxcars.685023-01

  Maine3Railers 

  TCA 15-71227

  1970-1986 Lionel General Mills Era.

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DaveP posted:

Just got my NYC SW today from Charles Ro. Video to come tomorrow when I unbox it. Sad that it has that 'cow horn'. I was hoping for a more shrill horn like on the original TMCC GP9 from 1996.

Many early switchers, like the SW7, had single-note “cow” horns.  Might very well be prototypical for NYC.

-Mike

I live in Chessie country so would probably go with that one, however, since Lionel put railing all the way around on the Maine Central, I would go with that one. If you look in the Catalog picturing the CSXT NW2, it was pictured with railing all the way around. All in all, color is not an issue with me, I like them with glossy bright colored paint. It looks like Lionel did a fine job on this run.97A5EA32-CA8C-4943-A0DE-E12934970A90199F7CEA-7EBB-42FF-81EB-FE57739D0D3DA5B960B4-D665-40B0-9054-A889003984F6

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Mike McCutcheon posted:

My Maine Central #331 has arrived.   Runs fine.  I didn't test the smoke.  I only ran it on a temp 20ft piece of track on the floor.   I ran it using the Lionchief app.    I prefer my Cab1L.   But Bluetooth operation was the easiest at this time without a layout.   No broken parts found during the unboxing.  👍  I was nervous about this after recently reading about Lionel QC issues.   I'm not sure if the maroon color is correct.  Looks a bit too red/pink.   I've never seen factory fresh MEC or Boston and Maine maroon.  MEC was mostly Harvest yellow in my youth.   Maroon engines were faded and dirty or repainted green or yellow.

IMG_20190105_115022373IMG_20190105_121045036IMG_20190105_121218054IMG_20190105_122030507IMG_20190105_122239459no speed control switch.

271MEC-071img385-copyCI would've preferred this scheme.

nice looking engine. is the cab back the red color as well. On the Lionel model, the cab front over the hood probably should be red/maroon  to match the prototype.

LIRR Steamer

Very nice switcher. 

A thought to ponder....

Why is it that when a new engine comes out we can Google dozens of photos of a particular engine in two seconds and spend pages here on the forum commenting on the color variations, and the mfr's STILL can't get the colors right?????

😠

Three Rails Are Better Than None 

LIRR Steamer posted:

nice looking engine. is the cab back the red color as well. On the Lionel model, the cab front over the hood probably should be red/maroon  to match the prototype.

The cab back on the Lionel  is red/maroon matching the prototype.   Good catch on the Lionel cab front being painted back.  I hadn't noticed that mistake.

  Maine3Railers 

  TCA 15-71227

  1970-1986 Lionel General Mills Era.

Glad to hear the MEC New Lionel SW is a good engine from reports here.No offense, but  I think the Porsche arrestmered body color plus pine tree arrestmered logo are a bit distracting though. I have painted a number of these MEC engines in the past. There are many different MEC heralds available. I guess the Lionel corporation is not that fussy about stuff like that. Oh well.

Mike McCutcheon posted:
LIRR Steamer posted:

nice looking engine. is the cab back the red color as well. On the Lionel model, the cab front over the hood probably should be red/maroon  to match the prototype.

The cab back on the Lionel  is red/maroon matching the prototype.   Good catch on the Lionel cab front being painted back.  I hadn't noticed that mistake.

Hi Mike

Thanksfor checking on the cab color. I have mine coming soon and looking forward to it. 

LIRR Steamer

NBGT posted:

I got the Southern version of the Lionel SW7.  There are spark arresters on top of the smokestacks that prevent you from refilling the smoke units.  Has anyone figure out how to refill the smoke units on this version.

I have the same thing on my ATSF NW. They gently pull out - sometimes with a twist - to fill the fluid in the usual way. 

Mine create interesting wisping patterns when the smoke gets going. I like them. 

 

My ACL SW7 has the same problem and was unable to remove either arrestor. So will run it with smoke off until calling Charles Ro and asking them what to do. Also have the Legacy B&O GP9 torpedo version that has so much piping detail on top it is difficult to remove the hatch on top to lower the master volume.

Well I just opened my new Chessie SW7 I received yesterday to set up to run. The Lionel gremlins strike again. The front electro coupler was swinging in the breeze. All the parts were there except the screw that holds the coupler. I lightly rolled the engine 360 degrees a few times and can’t hear the screw rattling in side, not in the box or the wrapping or shipping box. Everything was sealed in a plastic cover on the orange and blue box. No screw to be found. Took some pictures though for your enjoyment . If I had the screw I think I could fix it myself. Does H-10s come to mind? The wires aren’t stripped like Gunnerjohns was. Like most of us I’m very frustrated. One picture shows the screw hole may be striped, however I see yellow paint halfway through the hole (screw too short?) 

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