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brakie
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Posted - 09/17/2005 :  11:41:49 AM  Show Profile
bogp40,What you say has merit but,Atlas doesn't make a GP50 and may never make one..Kato doesn't seem to care that much about the HO market.P2K seems to have slowed down and favors the older locomotives..So,if one desires a well rounded locomotive roster then one will be buying locomotives from various manufacturers.. The same applies for freight cars.



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Peterpools
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Posted - 09/17/2005 :  12:16:17 PM  Show Profile  Visit Peterpools's Homepage
Hi All
It's hard to pick a favorite. Most of my DCC engines are Proto 2000, Bachmann Spectrum and Atlas. The detail on the Proto 2000 steam is fantastic and their QSI stuff is wonderful. All perform about the same and all are an excellent value. So for me, my number one pick: Life Like Proto 2000 with DCC and sound. After all, what to you like better, Chevy or Ford? It's all great stuff out there now. The pickings have never been better.



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Peterpools
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Posted - 09/17/2005 :  12:16:17 PM  Show Profile  Visit Peterpools's Homepage
Hi All
It's hard to pick a favorite. Most of my DCC engines are Proto 2000, Bachmann Spectrum and Atlas. The detail on the Proto 2000 steam is fantastic and their QSI stuff is wonderful. All perform about the same and all are an excellent value. So for me, my number one pick: Life Like Proto 2000 with DCC and sound. After all, what to you like better, Chevy or Ford? It's all great stuff out there now. The pickings have never been better.



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anbhurst
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Posted - 09/17/2005 :  2:44:11 PM  Show Profile
Believe it or not, . .I'm beginning to go with Atlas. I started out with Athearn, then moved to Life-Like's Proto 2K, but now I seem to be leaning towards Atlas. There are some other engines out there which I prize, namely, Revell and IHC. Actually, one can make a great engine out of any manufactured model.

Allen
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Allen
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anbhurst
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Posted - 09/17/2005 :  2:44:11 PM  Show Profile
Believe it or not, . .I'm beginning to go with Atlas. I started out with Athearn, then moved to Life-Like's Proto 2K, but now I seem to be leaning towards Atlas. There are some other engines out there which I prize, namely, Revell and IHC. Actually, one can make a great engine out of any manufactured model.

Allen
Modellin' the East in the West!

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Originally posted by Admin





Allen
Modeling the East in the West on the Northeastern Pacific RIM, Oregon, that is!

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brakie
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Posted - 09/17/2005 :  6:44:31 PM  Show Profile
[quote]Originally posted by anbhurst

Believe it or not, . .I'm beginning to go with Atlas. I started out with Athearn, then moved to Life-Like's Proto 2K, but now I seem to be leaning towards Atlas. There are some other engines out there which I prize, namely, Revell and IHC. Actually, one can make a great engine out of any manufactured model.

Allen
Modellin' the East in the West!

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Allen,I was buying locomotives from Athearn,Atlas and P2K.Well,thanks to P2K crack gear problem and after changing gears I sold all but four of my P2K locomotives..I had issues with some of my Atlas engines as well but,most was minor and easily fixed.

Now for me its Athearn and Atlas even though I have 3 Walthers GP15s,4 Kato GP35s 4 P2K GP9s and 1 Stewart Baldwin switcher..



Edited by - brakie on 09/17/2005 6:46:09 PM

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brakie
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Posted - 09/17/2005 :  6:44:31 PM  Show Profile
[quote]Originally posted by anbhurst

Believe it or not, . .I'm beginning to go with Atlas. I started out with Athearn, then moved to Life-Like's Proto 2K, but now I seem to be leaning towards Atlas. There are some other engines out there which I prize, namely, Revell and IHC. Actually, one can make a great engine out of any manufactured model.

Allen
Modellin' the East in the West!

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Allen,I was buying locomotives from Athearn,Atlas and P2K.Well,thanks to P2K crack gear problem and after changing gears I sold all but four of my P2K locomotives..I had issues with some of my Atlas engines as well but,most was minor and easily fixed.

Now for me its Athearn and Atlas even though I have 3 Walthers GP15s,4 Kato GP35s 4 P2K GP9s and 1 Stewart Baldwin switcher..



Edited by - brakie on 09/17/2005 6:46:09 PM

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anbhurst
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Posted - 09/18/2005 :  01:37:18 AM  Show Profile
Larry,

I wonder, . .without opening a can of worms, . .What the best all-around engine is for DCC operation. I understand that most of them can be converted, but some have fewer kinks in their armor and seem to run better than others.

Regarding my experience with P2K, their early engines drew far too much amperage, and apart from DCC, I found them difficult to run with other manufactured engines, including later P2K engines. There will always be some Athearn engines on my layout.

Allen
Modellin' the East in the West!

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Originally posted by brakie

. . .I was buying locomotives from Athearn,Atlas and P2K.Well,thanks to P2K crack gear problem and after changing gears I sold all but four of my P2K locomotives..I had issues with some of my Atlas engines as well but,most was minor and easily fixed. . .Now for me its Athearn and Atlas even though I have 3 Walthers GP15s,4 Kato GP35s 4 P2K GP9s and 1 Stewart Baldwin switcher..



Allen
Modeling the East in the West on the Northeastern Pacific RIM, Oregon, that is!

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anbhurst
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Posted - 09/18/2005 :  01:37:18 AM  Show Profile
Larry,

I wonder, . .without opening a can of worms, . .What the best all-around engine is for DCC operation. I understand that most of them can be converted, but some have fewer kinks in their armor and seem to run better than others.

Regarding my experience with P2K, their early engines drew far too much amperage, and apart from DCC, I found them difficult to run with other manufactured engines, including later P2K engines. There will always be some Athearn engines on my layout.

Allen
Modellin' the East in the West!

quote:
Originally posted by brakie

. . .I was buying locomotives from Athearn,Atlas and P2K.Well,thanks to P2K crack gear problem and after changing gears I sold all but four of my P2K locomotives..I had issues with some of my Atlas engines as well but,most was minor and easily fixed. . .Now for me its Athearn and Atlas even though I have 3 Walthers GP15s,4 Kato GP35s 4 P2K GP9s and 1 Stewart Baldwin switcher..



Allen
Modeling the East in the West on the Northeastern Pacific RIM, Oregon, that is!

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brakie
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Posted - 09/18/2005 :  12:13:45 PM  Show Profile
Allen,As far as the best all round engine for DCC operation and going by my limited first hand DCC operation I feel Atlas has to be the among the best..Again that is from my limited DCC operation..My 4 P2K DCC/Sound equipped GP9s isn't bad either..I haven't ran a newer Athearn RTR or Genesis engine equipped with DCC nor have I ran a DCC equipped Kato.


Edited by - brakie on 09/18/2005 12:15:42 PM

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brakie
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Posted - 09/18/2005 :  12:13:45 PM  Show Profile
Allen,As far as the best all round engine for DCC operation and going by my limited first hand DCC operation I feel Atlas has to be the among the best..Again that is from my limited DCC operation..My 4 P2K DCC/Sound equipped GP9s isn't bad either..I haven't ran a newer Athearn RTR or Genesis engine equipped with DCC nor have I ran a DCC equipped Kato.


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Jerry M
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Posted - 10/11/2005 :  6:11:25 PM  Show Profile
Allen, just got a couple of Atlas decoder equip. from the factory and I must say they are nice. One thing about the Atlas engines is there is no lack of wieght, these things are heavy, and they run smooth....Jerry



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Jerry M
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Posted - 10/11/2005 :  6:11:25 PM  Show Profile
Allen, just got a couple of Atlas decoder equip. from the factory and I must say they are nice. One thing about the Atlas engines is there is no lack of wieght, these things are heavy, and they run smooth....Jerry



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leeflan
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Posted - 10/12/2005 :  11:19:00 AM  Show Profile
Personally, I'll vote for Atlas and P2K for diesel and Spectrum for steam. I have several Atlas GP7's and a P2K SW9-1200, all of which run like a Swiss watch on DCC, as do the Spectrum 4-6-0's and 2-8-0.


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leeflan
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Posted - 10/12/2005 :  11:19:00 AM  Show Profile
Personally, I'll vote for Atlas and P2K for diesel and Spectrum for steam. I have several Atlas GP7's and a P2K SW9-1200, all of which run like a Swiss watch on DCC, as do the Spectrum 4-6-0's and 2-8-0.


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