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 Posted: Sun Sep 10th, 2017 02:45 am
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Having started in N gauge (British) I bought several Diesel locos. However, they all developed gear problems.
My Cl 37 split gears just sitting in it's box, while I got the layout built.
This also happened with Cl 47 and Cl 57.
Eventually, I bought Tomix chassis from Wellington Models, who were very helpful. I got the diesels running beautifully, but of course, the wheel arrangement is wrong _ all Bo-Bo instead of Co-Co.

I have a several Dapol diesels, which are stunning but their steam locos look wonderful, but the valve gear is too delicate. Any derailment damages the valve gear - disappointing.
Now all my steam locos are Union Mills products and are a delight to run.

I am using Kato track, and had endless trouble with their points, which failed after quite short usage.
My new layout is a "Preservation" line, so I can run anything, and enjoy my stuff.

The price increases over the last year are inevitable, but I am glad that I have all the rolling stock needed.

Roy Low :new




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Hi Roy
Welcome.  :cheers

An interesting post, as I'm about to build yet another layout and I was contemplating using another brand for the track work.  Maybe Kato.

I've tried their turnouts before and been disappointed.

I think that I'll stick with Peco.   :cool:



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Hi Roy, from sunny Essex.

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Hello Roy,

Welcome to the club.

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hi Roy,

Welcome to the club.

I've used North American diesel chassis' in the past as substitutes for GF ones in OOn9 models - Co-Co truck models are readily available from Atlas (usually with a Kato chassis) Life Like, Con-Cor, Kato, and Intermountain. SD7 and SD9 have the shortest wheelbase, later SD series are longer, as are the GE diesels. Kato have SD40-2 (longer chassis than the SD40), SD45, SD70 and SD90 in N scale. You normally have to buy the locomotive and part out the running chassis, but with the exception of the really old Life Like they're all much better than a Tomix chassis. Make sure the dimensions are correct though. There is a website that has all the protoype chassis lengths, most manufacturers are usually spot on. https://www.thedieselshop.us/

The other manufacturer that came to mind is Bandai, but they're normally shorty ones for trams,switchers, etc. I order Kato chassis' direct from Japan, takes a week or so and about half the price of UK (or US) suppliers even with the postage.

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Hi Nigel,

I used to model American stuff, but I have found that the Tomix stuff runs really well, plus it is easier to obtain.

Modelling in South Africa is difficult, as American firms won't deal with us, because of the unreliable postal service, and the theft prevalent,caused by amoral people here.
Kato N gauge locos are really good.
Thanks,
Roy

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Hello Roy welcome to the club. ;-)



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