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Question by Kylie: steam locomotives only model train layout?
If you were to build a model train layout,would it be steam only?I personally don't care for diesel locomotives.They don't have all the neat sounds a steamer has.All you hear is a steady drone of a diesel engine.Steam,they have all kinds of chuffs,chugs.I love the sound of a steamer taking off.It starts slow,then as it builds steam,it gets faster.I love steamers,and my layout will only have steam engines.That's the way railroads started,and that's the way they should be.
Answer by skidderback
Actually I do model. I have chosen the "transition era," so that I may enjoy the best of both worlds. I am modeling the ATSF, SP and Great Northern.
The nice thing is, in modeling the transition era, the scenes are appropriate for later eras as well. I have built one "modern" train comsist from 1976. At 89 cars, 60' 08" long and weighing over 23 lbs, it is the biggest train I operate. 1976 was the year I was promoted so I modeled a typical train of the day...
But, I share your sentiment. Out of about 75 locomotives only 24 or so are diesels.
And, as far as model sound goes, the steamers can't be beat. I love the Tsunami sound modules, especially those effects beyond the usual chuffs, whistles, bell, etc.. Blower, air pump, water doors, injectors, dynamo, air brakes, cylinder cocks, power reverse, etc. Its all there. Very nice.
Broadway Limited engines have nice sound as well. The German made Lok-Sound is supposed to be a nice sounding unit as well. I have two SP AC12's waiting for their Lok-Sound upgrade, as well as an AC4 and an AC5 awaiting Broadway Limited up-grade.
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