Thinking of buying a set of Weaver AA NYC locos. Will they handle 0-36 Fast Track curves?
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Yes they most certainly will. back in the early 1990s I purchased 4 sets of Weaver E8 AAs. There were Amtrak, Santa Fe, Southern Pacific (daylight colors), and Canadian Pacific. I ran them on Super O (036) track. I still have all of them. They are basic units that came with 2 motors in each unit and head lights but nothing else. I would imagine some people could have added horn and bell sounds as well as engine sound. In the later 90s MTH purchased the E8 dies along with the SD 40-2 dies and the C630 dies from Weaver that were produced in the same factory as the MTH product. I have those as well in Chessie System for the SD40-2s and Delaware & Hudson for the C630s but these locomotives do have the sounds as they as they came out after the E8s.
Ed G. (Along The New Haven Line Of Metro-North and Amtrak in Westchester County, NY)
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Well looks like I have the green light to purchase them!
FWIW, Weaver's E8 tooling has a "big" detailing error - they actually left off the exhaust stacks. I noticed this one day some years ago when I was comparing the Weaver E8's with the K-Line versions. "Wait...what's missing here?"
I have the NYC versions. Well made. Like tanks. Samhongsa, I think. They deserve command/sound/cruise, but I have never upgraded them.
I know that the Weaver models were missing some details but being the first E unit models in 3 rail O gauge it was exciting just to have them. When MTH issued them a few years later they added the missing details and I purchased two sets of ABAs of them.
Cool !can you post pics?
There were, still are, detail parts that can be added to the Weaver models. Pennsy Radio-phone antenna. Wipers, lift rings.
Phone detail, rear light.
marker/class lights were also added.
With the detail work, these models were also upgraded to modern can motors with flywheels and speed control electronics.