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  1. Brakeman Hal

    DISGUSTED WITH EBAY

    I have asked EBAY many times to send me O-Scale TWO RAIL steam locomotives only, but everything they send me is 3-Rail. Hal
  2. Brakeman Hal

    DISGUSTED WITH EBAY

    Every notice I get from ebay saying they have an O-Scale 2-Rail steam loco turns out to be an O-Scale 3-Rail from the MTH model number or a picture of the underside of the loco showing the center rail pickup rollers. The Dash-1 at the end of the MTH model number indicates 3-Rail, and a Dash-2...
  3. Brakeman Hal

    Has Atlas Acquired all of MTH Tooling Since they Stopped Production?

    I talked to ATLAS today, and they said they will be manufacturing O-Scale 3-Rail only in Steam and Diesel. No 2-Rail production. So long, ATLAS! Hal
  4. Brakeman Hal

    Has Atlas Acquired all of MTH Tooling Since they Stopped Production?

    I'm looking for an O-Scale 2-Rail Steam Loco with DCC and Sound, preferably a 2-8-0 Consolidation or a 2-6-0 Mogul with Western road names, like SF, UP, or SP. Is Atlas in production again with former MTH engines? Thanks, Brakeman Hal
  5. Brakeman Hal

    MTH 0-Scale 2-Rail 2-8-0 Consolidations.

    Hey Iron Horseman: Thanks for the update on Atlas starting production on MTH designed equipment! All my rolling stock and one of my diesels are Atlas, and I would certainly like to see an O-Scale 2-Rail Consolidation become available! I've been getting many notices from EBAY that used O-Scale...
  6. Brakeman Hal

    Will I Be Forced Into 3-Rail?

    If I could find a repair shop that would make my MTH 4-6-2 Pacific O-scale 2-Rail loco serviceable again, my troubles would be over! The engine has a DCS decoder with Full Sound effects. When setting it on the track and applying power, it moves only 1/16 inch or less, then stalls. Hal
  7. Brakeman Hal

    Will I Be Forced Into 3-Rail?

    I have an MTH 4-6-2 Pacific that has wonderful sound system with 20 effects, including changing the volume while running. The problem is it doesn't run! I paid $800 for this engine, which has the PRR road name, but I could put Santa Fe decals on the tender to make it right. All I have to do is...
  8. Brakeman Hal

    Will I Be Forced Into 3-Rail?

    The code of my present 130 feet of Atlas 7056 flex track is 148, but it measures .150" to .160" in rail height. I would not want to go to the trouble of laying a 3rd rail, because much of my layout is inaccessible, and I am now cursed with arthritis in my hands and shoulders, so the best thing...
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    Will I Be Forced Into 3-Rail?

    With my choice in O-Scale 2-Rail locomotives drying up, I might have to consider 3-Rail, but only if flex track were available, because I have large curves, up to 50", which is 100" diameter. I see that 3-Rail O-Scale (gauge) engines and rolling stock have just as much detail and realism as my...
  10. Brakeman Hal

    How many power packs?

    I use these: The DCS for MTH locos with DCS decoders, the Digitrax for all locos with DCC decoders, and the MRC Analog DC unit for all locos which will run on straight DC. And I DON'T use bus bars and feeders, because the rails on my Atlas O Scale 2-Rail track are heavier in cross-section than...
  11. Brakeman Hal

    MTH 0-Scale 2-Rail 2-8-0 Consolidations.

    Thanks, Iron Horseman and Rico...I'll keep lookin'. Hal
  12. Brakeman Hal

    MTH 0-Scale 2-Rail 2-8-0 Consolidations.

    If I wait 2 years, I'll be 86, so I'd like to get a steamer soon. If I change my choice to a 2-6-0 or a 4-6-0 with DCC & Sound, maybe there will be more available. Hal
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    MTH 0-Scale 2-Rail 2-8-0 Consolidations.

    Friends, I tried that on all 10 of the contenders from my list, and they're just not there! Maybe I should regroup my thoughts on wanting a 2-8-0 Consolidation....my train is a light freight of only 8 cars, and runs across flat desert terrain. Do I really need 8 drivers for this? Maybe there...
  14. Brakeman Hal

    MTH 0-Scale 2-Rail 2-8-0 Consolidations.

    Iron Horseman, Here's a list of MTH 0-Scale 2-Rail 2-8-0 Consolidations with DCC, Proto2 or Proto3 Sound, and Walschearts valve gear, which will run on 31", 36", and 42" curves. These are no longer in the MTH catalog, and could only be found used. 20-3162-2 SF My top choice...Santa Fe...




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