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The J class by far is the fave locomotive for myself, son and grandson! I have taken excursions behind this massive loco twice. The first time in 1993 in Michigan with my son who was 6 yrs old at that time.It was billed as ‘The Cannonball Express’ Then again in 2023 in October in Virginia thru the Shenandoah Valley with son and my grandson, also 6 yrs old!A epic excursion and memorable road trip, what a blessing!

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My original Lionel 671 holds a lot of fond memories, but I’ve come to realize that just like my cars I like modern, not vintage stuff.  That being said, I consider ANY diesel to be ‘modern’. Any new purchases will be diesels, not steam. I like most diesels but they need to be highly detailed with figures in the cab. For some reason I’m not a fan of Alco diesels.

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My original Lionel 671 holds a lot of fond memories, but I’ve come to realize that just like my cars I like modern, not vintage stuff.  That being said, I consider ANY diesel to be ‘modern’. Any new purchases will be diesels, not steam. I like most diesels but they need to be highly detailed with figures in the cab. For some reason I’m not a fan of Alco diesels.

You realize this is the "Real Trains" forum, right?

Uh, nope.  Sorry.  The topic list I see doesn't indicate what the originating forum is, just the title of the thread.  I'll have to pay better attention next time..

Still, I'll go with modern diesels over old locos.  I have a large engineering/mechanical drawing behind me that I got from a client I had, Union Pacific Resources, that shows their 4002 Big Boy.  A really nice pic, but I still like the modern stuff.

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