Discussion in 'Strictly Inglenooks' started by Dr Tony, Jul 11, 2020.
Looks great Tony and again I admire your patience!
and happy modelling
Almost finished my lockdown layout that I started last year. Now my attention is turning to rolling stock. One of the best locomotives for this layout is the Powerline 48. They are robust, with not too many details to get lost, important as this is a traveling layout. Not having a flywheel they have a rather direct control feeling, which is good for inexperienced drivers, and there will be many of them. They have a small scalelectrix type motor mounted on one bogie, which drives 2 axles with traction tyres. Electric pickup is from the side of the axles without the tyres. The other bogie has no driven wheels and has electric pickup for the other rail. Despite this, as I am using electro-frog points, there are no issues on the points with this arrangement.
Added kadees instead of the hook and loop couplers supplied, and done a light detail job, blackened the wheels and found some flushglaze in the details box. Probably not going to weather it, as this loco will be handled a lot. Now onto a Tuscan one, then maybe a blue one. Can't believe the prices of these old things on eBay at the moment, they seem to get almost to the price of the much more detailed and better running modern ones, glad I have had these for a while.
I now have the Tuscan one fully serviced, new traction tyres, glazing, blackened wheels and Kadee couplers installed.
One more to go now, the blue 4807 in the picture above. This unit appears to have never been used, its wheels were totally unmarked. Pulled it out of the box and was greeted by a loco that performed faultlessly for what it is, which was a bit of a suprise, as it would have been in that box for years.
I have a couple of these locos which were put into retirement some years ago when I converted to DCC. By the time I got around to thinking about their conversion, well, the Auscision models were released and I have six of them in my stable. However, looking at the results you have achieved and with the time available arising from Covid lock downs, I think I will review their future. I have a couple of decoders in my parts box (sound decoders failed by operator error!) but they still work without sound. I will let you know how it turns out with a post on my Dargan thread.
and happy modeiling