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Norton posted:

Nice Alex. Who needs Legacy? 

 

Pete

Hey Pete, I suspect you’re being rhetorical, but I would love to have one in Legacy!  I been hoping for one at each catalog release for quite some time. Maybe I’ll have to find an older one and send it to Alex after seeing his video. I always get caught up in the cost comparison trap of debating what it would take to find one and then upgrade it versus waiting for one to show up in the catalog. 

Back to the subject, great job Alex and I always appreciate the videos you share of your work. 

Pete, I have to admit that I chose Legacy over DCS because of whistle steam. Having said that, I’m convinced there will never be a Legacy Dreyfus, so maybe I should get an older one and have it converted. Which one would you recommend and what all would you do to it?

The only MTH engine I own is a PS-2 Dreyfus. I bought it years ago and used to run it conventionally before I installed Legacy command on my layout.  Now it just sits on the shelf. I thought about having it converted with ERR, but I would still be stuck with a tether (right?) and wouldn’t it kill the sounds?

You can straighten the tether and add a deck plate to make it almost disappear. I do that to all my older MTH engines. I would cost a bit more because you would have to get a full blown Cruise Commander and Railsounds but still a fraction of the cost of a Legacy engine and MTH Premier steam is every bit as rugged as this Dreyfuss and will smoke even better.

I don't want to hijack Alex's thread but you can see examples here.

https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/...ting-older-mth-steam

Pete

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Rider Sandman posted:
Norton posted:

Nice Alex. Who needs Legacy? 

 

Pete

Hey Pete, I suspect you’re being rhetorical, but I would love to have one in Legacy!  I been hoping for one at each catalog release for quite some time. Maybe I’ll have to find an older one and send it to Alex after seeing his video. I always get caught up in the cost comparison trap of debating what it would take to find one and then upgrade it versus waiting for one to show up in the catalog. 

Back to the subject, great job Alex and I always appreciate the videos you share of your work. 

Rule #1, if you can't get something great from the manufacturers, get something that is going to be way better. I know I am one of those guys holding my breath for a Legacy version, but if things continue not showing up over the next year, this will be my option and solution to that problem.

We can all wait till the end of time, but it is far better to get something that we know won't have a boiler leak halfway down the tracks.

Dave NYC Hudson PRR K4 posted:
Rider Sandman posted:
Norton posted:

Nice Alex. Who needs Legacy? 

 

Pete

Hey Pete, I suspect you’re being rhetorical, but I would love to have one in Legacy!  I been hoping for one at each catalog release for quite some time. Maybe I’ll have to find an older one and send it to Alex after seeing his video. I always get caught up in the cost comparison trap of debating what it would take to find one and then upgrade it versus waiting for one to show up in the catalog. 

Back to the subject, great job Alex and I always appreciate the videos you share of your work. 

Rule #1, if you can't get something great from the manufacturers, get something that is going to be way better. I know I am one of those guys holding my breath for a Legacy version, but if things continue not showing up over the next year, this will be my option and solution to that problem.

We can all wait till the end of time, but it is far better to get something that we know won't have a boiler leak halfway down the tracks.

You’d probably be happier in the long run with the Korean built Dreyfus and some goodies installed.....this particular family of Hudsons from Korea are beasts ....as others have mentioned, Pittman powered and robust drive lines....hard to beat!....they can keep whistle smoke to themselves, I’ll take longevity and brute strength any day and twice on Sunday....😉......Pat

BTW....great work Alex.....way to go to bring that thing up to snuff.....

harmonyards posted:
Dave NYC Hudson PRR K4 posted:
Rider Sandman posted:
Norton posted:

Nice Alex. Who needs Legacy? 

 

Pete

Hey Pete, I suspect you’re being rhetorical, but I would love to have one in Legacy!  I been hoping for one at each catalog release for quite some time. Maybe I’ll have to find an older one and send it to Alex after seeing his video. I always get caught up in the cost comparison trap of debating what it would take to find one and then upgrade it versus waiting for one to show up in the catalog. 

Back to the subject, great job Alex and I always appreciate the videos you share of your work. 

Rule #1, if you can't get something great from the manufacturers, get something that is going to be way better. I know I am one of those guys holding my breath for a Legacy version, but if things continue not showing up over the next year, this will be my option and solution to that problem.

We can all wait till the end of time, but it is far better to get something that we know won't have a boiler leak halfway down the tracks.

You’d probably be happier in the long run with the Korean built Dreyfus and some goodies installed.....this particular family of Hudsons from Korea are beasts ....as others have mentioned, Pittman powered and robust drive lines....hard to beat!....they can keep whistle smoke to themselves, I’ll take longevity and brute strength any day and twice on Sunday....😉......Pat

BTW....great work Alex.....way to go to bring that thing up to snuff.....

Whistle smoke isn't everything. Some of the engines I really enjoy don't have it.

@Norton posted:

You can take my comment quite literally. To me the only thing Legacy adds to what Alex has produced is the ability to double head engines.

Pre Legacy TMCC engines were well made and are easily repaired. They work for me. I don't need the added smoke effects though I understand why many do.

Pete

Yes.

I have maybe 3 Legacy locos out of, oh, way-too-many locos. TMCC and a CAB-1 will do any function that this boy wants a loco to do. When the CAB-2 came out, a friend handed me his and I looked at it and all I said was "way too many buttons", and I handed it back.

One of my Legacy locos -  a steamer -  has a sound drop-out problem that only a power-down will reset. I have heard about this. My TMCC/RS locos do not have this problem.

@Jedderbob posted:

Did you make sure to properly secure the smoke unit brackets this time? Bought one of these you worked on second hand from another forum member and thanks to the smoke unit coming off in the locomotive, I now have a very expensive paper weight.

Do you offer warranties for your work?

So you bought it second hand, and expect a warranty??.....it doesn’t work that way!...any number of things could have happened to it before you owned it!!....including being dropped.........Lionel themselves don’t offer a lifetime warranty,......you need to get a grip!..

Pat

Alex does excellent work. He did my Niagara and my 3005 Mohawk. No complaints here. There's other factors to consider that happened to the locomotive in question. Maybe the prior owner did some maintenance and accidentally fudged something? Don't go blaming Alex. When he works on something he makes dang(and I mean the other D-word) that everything is in tip top shape. Runs it through a series of test before closing everything back up and calling it a job well done. UGH!

Jedderbob,

I find it odd that you would comment on a thread that was last responded to over three months ago just to attack Alex and complain about his work.  Alex has been a friend of mine for several years, and he has done many repairs for me. I have never had an issue with his work as it s top notch, and if I did, am confident that Alex would make it right, because thats the kind of guy he is.

You state you bought the engine second hand from another forum member. How do you know that Alex had worked on it previously? You don't state how you know this, so I doubt the if your information/statement is correct. Moreover, you don't state that you have attempted to contact Alex to see if the issue could be resolved before criticizing his work  on this forum. Assuming Alex did not repair your engine corrrectly (which I doubt), don't you think that you owe him the opportunity to first  potentially resolve the issue and make you happy, rather than criticize him here?

Repair guys like Alex and GunRunner John (who has also done many repairs and upgrades for me) are top notch repair people AND are assets to our hobby, in that they both provide free information to many of us on this forum.

Next time, please thhink before you leap.

Erol



 

First ,i would like to thank the guys who backed me up! Thank you all.

Second, what's odd to me is why Jeederbob would call me out like this in public forum !  wouldn't it  have been much easier to email me privately,  everyone who knows me understands that i will always come to their aid. No matter what the situation is. The way  he's gone about it , it will now STAY as a paper weight. For my future upgrades and repairs, maybe i'll start installing GPS devices so i can keep track on ALL of my work LMAO !!!!

Third, This upgraded engine has been in other hands for who knows how long, and who with,  and also where it's been. Why he would  only hold me liable is odd to me, maybe it's something personal. Who's knows !!

Jeederbob, since it's all public now , would like to hear your response to my questions !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ALEX !!!

@romiller49 posted:

Alex, what is a custom fan driven smoke unit. Is it a complete custom unit sold by someone?

It's "custom" to that locomotive, I'm sure that Alex uses either Lionel or MTH smoke units for such upgrades.   I use a lot of MTH smoke units in upgrades, thought that may change if I can no longer get them.

No further comment required on the bashing of Alex's work.

Last edited by gunrunnerjohn

Hey guys,

I’ve had Alex upgrade over a dozen TMCC loco’s over at least 4 or 5 years.  I can personally say he does a great job.  Alex puts his heart into all his work and always backs it up.  He also gets back to you quickly if you have any questions.

I’ve never been disappointed with any of his work!

It's "custom" to that locomotive, I'm sure that Alex uses either Lionel or MTH smoke units for such upgrades.   I use a lot of MTH smoke units in upgrades, thought that may change if I can no longer get them.

Yes exactly what John said above. I used a newer style Lionel 1 by 1 16 ohm smoke unit, which is then customized with the proper size resistor and wiring.

Alex

Alex has given so much to this forum and it's membership.  His work has always been boasted about by his customers.  I have yet to use his services but he is one of the few I'd trust with my trains.  I've met and talked with Alex at York whenever we bump into each other and he is always great to talk with.  That post has me shaking my head.

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