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@zhubl posted:

You mean something like this…

I'm not going to admit that I never read through the instructions but yes! Haha something like that!! I don't use FasTrack though. I would have made that feature run off a tachometer or something. Maybe tie it to the sensor for the chuffs. Unless the sensortrack is just relaying the info back to CAB2. I'm not particularly knowledgeable on how the CAB2 communicates. I just know I need a ground. Sensortrack or not though, I still think this is a minor feature that adds loads of depth to operating a model railroad. Particularly if the train stops for a minute when water/fuel is depleted.

Boiler explosions aren't a joke or anything but I would have high expectations for the entertainment value of the boiler explosion. The sound effects for the guy having a bad day in the cattle car were top notch for me in terms of making me chuckle.

@Burl posted:

Does anyone know how/when/where we can pre-order one?

Lionel is still working on the new feature for the A’s and they still don’t have a price for these yet, so It sounds like we’ll have to wait until the new catalog comes out around January 22 for preorders. The images for all the other versions won’t be available until the new catalog’s release either, so a bit of a wait unfortunately… 😩

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my biggest question is will the fantasy version which is number 1201 be a prewar or postwar version or a mix of both like a prewar engine with the postwar y6b style tender which would be very interesting. i am most excited for this fantasy version even if i can't afford or run one. my hope is lionel will also release the lionmaster version with the same fantasy scheme so us tight budget traditional guys can have a class A too.

Hey Dave:  in the background of some of those pictures is a SP Daylight loco, on a display shelf.

Is that just the VL GS-4 on display....or is it something else?

Thanks for the great reporting, BTW!!

Oh, I did get an answer from Ryan, yes the GS-4 is the VL version. I had actually thought I did answer this instead of my speculation that it was. I guess I was fired yesterday and didn't remember that bit. Ryan had said when I asked him that "yeah, it is not new, but we figured we should have some VL representation."

@paigetrain posted:

my biggest question is will the fantasy version which is number 1201 be a prewar or postwar version or a mix of both like a prewar engine with the postwar y6b style tender which would be very interesting. i am most excited for this fantasy version even if i can't afford or run one. my hope is lionel will also release the lionmaster version with the same fantasy scheme so us tight budget traditional guys can have a class A too.

IDK about mixing a prewar and postwar version, but someone who is more educated on what the differences between the two could explain all that. I do know that Ryan had said the fantasy passenger version would have a stripe like the J's did, but he didn't say exactly how that I recall. One of the guys I know who is a big N&W fan/expert, said that the stripe would probably be more on the tender than the rest of the locomotive.

As far as Lionmaster, they did release a 1218 version in 2016 but that was like the prototype. Only other way to get one on a tight budget is to get some layway from a good dealer if you can even afford the whole price in however many months(or short few months) you can put money to it. Only advice I can offer is that. Good luck.

Prewar and postwar A’s had a few big differences…

The prewar N&W A’s had a boiler tube front pilot and a smaller tender. I’d hope this is the version Lionel is doing for the fantasy Passenger Scheme 1201 version since it’s what the A’s looked like when they ran passenger trains.

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The biggest difference with the postwar N&W A’s was a solid front pilot and a rebuilt larger coal/water capacity tender. This is the version that saw nearly only freight service apart from a few excursions by the #1239 and #1240 on different occasions. The #1218 is a version of a postwar A.

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Another difference if you look closely is the cross head guides on both sets of drivers!

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@BillYo414 posted:

I'm not going to admit that I never read through the instructions but yes! Haha something like that!! I don't use FasTrack though. I would have made that feature run off a tachometer or something. Maybe tie it to the sensor for the chuffs. Unless the sensortrack is just relaying the info back to CAB2. I'm not particularly knowledgeable on how the CAB2 communicates. I just know I need a ground. Sensortrack or not though, I still think this is a minor feature that adds loads of depth to operating a model railroad. Particularly if the train stops for a minute when water/fuel is depleted.

Boiler explosions aren't a joke or anything but I would have high expectations for the entertainment value of the boiler explosion. The sound effects for the guy having a bad day in the cattle car were top notch for me in terms of making me chuckle.

I don’t always read them either 😉

I actually haven’t been able to play with sensor tacks much. I just recently got these installed on the clubs new layout with GarGraves/Ross track

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Either way I’m very interested to see what new feature they came up with. Happy to see another return of safety valve steam, I think that’s definitely a cool addition. The swinging bell when appropriate is also very cool too see. I’ve never seen the new GS cylinder steam but I’m sure that was another home run

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@zhubl posted:

I don’t always read them either 😉

I actually haven’t been able to play with sensor tacks much. I just recently got these installed on the clubs new layout with GarGraves/Ross track

Is that like a sensor converter for people not using Lionel Fastrak??? I would be very interested in that if it meant I could use this fuel/water level feature.

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