So, I gave up on the hope of a Legacy NKP Hudson. I bought this Weaver brass version. It’s stunning! My layout is Legacy. I’ll reach out to Bruk regarding a “Legacy upgrade.” If I don’t go that way, what upgrades does this vintage of Weaver models need?
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It has TMCC in it already. You could put a Cruise M in it for better low speed response.
Reading closer it may have TAS electronics in it already. Put it on the track and run it like your Legacy engines. It may already have 4 chuffs with fan smoke and cruise.
Thanks, Pete. Will do. I know it sounds crazy, but one of my biggest hang ups is the wire tether. Any options for it?
In this case I doubt it. Most all the electronics are in the tender. The wires in the tether drive the motor, smoke unit, tach sensor, maybe headlight. About as close as you could get is use a MTH PS2 “wireless” drawbar but they are harder to use than a common wire tether. Putting Legacy in that engine would likely cost as much as finding a Lionel engine plus you might have to give up some of the lead weight to fit it in there.
Run the engine for a while. See what you think.
Also, if it does have TAS electronics forget what I said about a Cruise M. Those are only for Lionel modular TMCC engines.
I know it sounds crazy, but one of my biggest hang ups is the wire tether. Any options for it?
The issue is weight. If you put the electronics in the locomotive, you have to lose the lead weight, and the engine has much less traction.
Thanks, fellas. I appreciate your quick and expert thoughts.
Pete, as to a Legacy upgrade costing as much as finding one in Legacy - Lionel has never made it which is why I finally gave up and snagged this one (this Weaver model doesn’t come around much from what I’ve noticed). This, of course, means a Legacy version will be in 2022v1!
This, of course, means a Legacy version will be in 2022v1!
That's what happened to me with the Strasburg #90, I bought the Nicholas Smith special Strasburg run 10-wheeler since I figured Lionel was never going to produce a real Strasburg locomotive, and a few months later, they announce the #90!