@0-Gauge CJ posted:
I have been thinking of doing something similar to what you are doing, geting a TMCC Mountain and re-detailing it as stand-in for a Norfolk & Western K2. The N&W used USRA Heavy Mountains for the K2 class, but I am not holding out hope that we will see Heavy Mountains in O scale, so the light Mountain would probably be the closest thing in O scale. Nice to see a similar, more-ambitious project getting done, gives me hope that I can get my humble idea done one day
I also love the creativity of using magnets for the streamlining, it's brilliant! Are you at all worried about a magnetic field impairing or damaging engine electronics?
Thank you! I've seen Lionel produce a heavy USRA 2-8-2, so maybe one day we will see a USRA 4-8-2, but a light mountain should be fine to use. The magnet idea I "borrowed" from Lionel, who used a similar method on two recent legacy sets (Valley Flyer & Asa Packer) as for the electronics I consulted a friend of mine who does electronic work and upgrades for trains, he said it shouldn't be a problem since the magnets are tiny.