OK, so a month or so ago (or the other day in Covid speak) I purchased my first Brass freight car.  I have purchased 5 in total so far.  The heft and the detail is what I really enjoy on them.  Well, I bought my first Brass engine the other day.  I wasn't going to bid, but I did and low and behold I won with only 1 bid.  I bought a Rich Yoder Brass Baldwin S12.  It has no road name but is painted green.  I don't have it yet, but it is on the way.  Here are a couple of pictures from the seller.   Should be here Saturday!  I can't wait to get it! 

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The Yoder models have a very good representation for accuracy to prototype.   I don't know anything about how they run.

I did some research before I bought and everything I read said they were good runners...and with the decoder setup correctly can get good slow speed operation.  

@AGHRMatt  Thanks Matt...I have always wanted a brass engine back even to my HO days.

 

OK, so a month or so ago (or the other day in Covid speak) I purchased my first Brass freight car.  I have purchased 5 in total so far.  Well, I bought my first Brass engine the other day.  I wasn't going to bid, but I did and low and behold I won with only 1 bid.  I can't wait to get it! 

Welcome to the Brass Addiction Club. By the way, there is no remedy known to mankind. It is just getting worse and worse.... Be prepared.

Yves

Very nice.  It certainly is an addiction!  I don't think I'll buy another cast steam locomotive at this point.

I have had one of these since they were first imported several years ago. Nice engine for sure, however I and several friends who also own one have had problems with the original motor. This problem initially showed up by ruining decoders. They just suddenly quit. I used the NCE D408SR decoder and after blowing two of them I replaced the original Canon motor with a suitable Pittman on the advice of the late Bob Jones. He confirmed the Canon motors were junk based upon his having to replace several decoders for customers. NCE stands by their decoders, and replaced mine for a minimal charge, but it was frustrating to have them fail. New Pittman was the cure. Just be aware this original Canon has a history of causing DCC problems. Good Luck.

Bob

@flanger  Great information Bob, thanks.  I will keep that in mind if I have problems.  Was the Pittman motor a direct plug and play replacement for the Canon?  Do you remember which Pittman you used?  Thanks again!

I was surprised today when the mailman brought me the engine.  Was not expecting it until Saturday.

What a beautiful engine!  I tested on DC and it ran smoothly in both F/R and directional lighting worked.  The smoke stack came off in shipping, but should be an easy fix.

When I bought it the ad said it was dark green, but if it is dk green it is the darkest green I have ever seen.  I think it is black, which is what I wanted since I am going to paint it and the base coat was going to be black for the SAL or SCL can't decide yet.

I could not be happier with how it looks.  Here are a couple of pictures fresh out of the box.

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@flanger  Great information Bob, thanks.  I will keep that in mind if I have problems.  Was the Pittman motor a direct plug and play replacement for the Canon?  Do you remember which Pittman you used?  Thanks again!

These motors are typically simple having two poles for the electrical connections. The shaft size was the same. So plug and play applied to my situation. The motor number I used was Pittman 8424 J 181. I bought it from NWSL several years ago. Availability may be an issue now, but for what its worth that was the motor I used. Far superior to the original Canon. My Canon and NCE decoder worked fine until it just dropped dead. Had NCE service the decoder and reinstalled it. Again all went well until the decoder just dropped dead. It was at this point I began to hear what friends had told me about the Canon motor used in these. Not saying your going to have the same issue, but worth remembering if you do.

Bob

 

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