Sorry, this is a long one but it contains a lot of info
First let me clear up one item, Tom refers to the loco that he used as the basis for Iris as a Fleischmann Stainz 2, this is incorrect. The Fleischmann "Magic Train" Stainz 2 is Mod. No.2200, whereas the loco that Tom has used is the Fleischmann "Magic Train" Smokey Mod. No. 2210. Making the distinction between the two is important unless you have money to burn.
For those who may not know, the Fleischmann Magic Train "Oe" scale locos come in two types, a small industrial diesel and an 0-4-0 steam loco. All of the loco models manufactured for the Magic Train Oe line are built from these two basic models. The Diesel is a replica of a 4 wheeled diesel loco with outside flycranks and side rods by Deutz.
The 0-4-0 Steamer is a classic Krauss 0-4-0 well tank industrial loco that has now found popularity on tourist lines, the most notable of which is the familiar green cab Stainz 2.
Fleischmann offers both locos in a number of paint schemes and levels of detail beginning with a line intended for use by children. Like LGB, Magic Trains were originally intended to be toys for younger children. These have minimal detail, brightly coloured paint schemes, and cute names. These are the least costly versions and excellent for kitbashing since the chassis are mechanically identical to their highly detailed, correctly painted, and lettered more expensive brothers. One significant difference exists with the steamers that does not with the diesels. The Mod. No. 2210 named Smokey, has drive rods and side rods. The higher priced Mod No. 2200 Stainz 2 and Mod. No. 2202 Steiermark Ry, Krauss K3, and others have complete and highly detailed rods and working Walschaerts valve gear.
I have created an album in the "Photos" section labeled "MAGIC TRAIN" and in there is a photo showing the difference in the side rods that are used on the less expensive, "SMOKEY", used by Tom for IRIS, and the more expensive, "STAINZ 2", locomotives so you can decide if you want to pay the higher price for the full side rods.
There is currently, roughly about $35.00 US Dollar difference between the steam loco "Smokey" which is used for "Iris" and the higher priced "Stainz 2" and the other high detail models. These higher priced models fit Iris just like Smokey does.
In about two weeks I am going to be placing a Special Order for Fleischmann Magic Train steamers and diesels. They will take roughly a month to arrive which should be just in time for IRIS to hit the market. Because the Euro and the U.S. dollar do not seem to want to stay in one place, the best price estimates I can give at this time are that the Mod. No. 2210 "Smokey" should cost between $90.00 and $100.00us and the Mod No. 2200 "Stainz 2" should cost between $125.00 and $135.00us. Because the Fleischmann Magic Train line is not a big seller in the US the US distributor does not stock a lot of them. I called last week just to check the lead time for a Special Order and they had only 3 locos in stock, a "Smokey", a Steiermark Railway K3, and a DRG Class 99. The K3 looks just like a Stainz 2 but the coal bunkers are slightly shorter and the cab is black, the Class 99 looks just like a K3 but also has a tender. These two locos are the "Fancy" ones.
IMPORTANT NOTICE - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
Anyone wishing to order one of these locos MUST drop me a note at the e-mail address listed below sometime during the next week so I can get a count.
In your note, please include your PayPay account e-mail address and your shipping address. I am sorry but, I am a small business. These are not inexpensive locos and there is very little mark up on Fleischmann. I simply will not have the money to cover a large order up front so payment will be required with your firm order.
About 4 days before I send in the order you will get a PayPal invoice with a FIRM price for the loco you want and the shipping. PayPal invoices for locos not paid by the time I order will not be ordered
I have a commercial PayPal account so the invoice is payable by any major credit card or via standard PayPal deduction from whatever source backs your PayPal account.
For those who do not know.....
I run a small, very specialized, narrow gauge only, model railroad shop called, THE NARROW GAUGE MODELER. The focus is exclusively on NON-U.S. prototype narrow gauge model railroading in HOe, 009, 09, Oe, Gn15, Hn15, and G scales. This business licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Federal Government with all of the appropriate permits and tax numbers. I do not do "walk in" sales because I am in the middle of nowhere and personally, I am the only narrow gauge modeler that I know of in about a 45 mile radius.
All business is currently conducted via e-mail but, a website will be coming in the not too distant future which will have secure credit card ordering.
I do not stock or stock very few of the items I can order quickly. The "in stock" inventory which is quite extensive is restricted to the unique, long lead time, or difficult to find narrow gauge model railroading items. I carry the stuff others do not, such as vintage Egger-Bahn, Liliput, Jouef VE, Roco, and Minitrains HOe locos and rolling stock, out of production and discontinued chassis popular for narrow gauge conversions, and imported kits. I normally stock a few pieces of LGB and Fleischmann Magic Train but with Tom's creation of Gnute and now Iris, I have been cleaned out of diesels and steamers and all I have left is one K3. I normally do not stock the less expensive LOLO diesel or SMOKEY steamer. I also offer custom machining and custom built models.
THIS PART IS IMPORTANT....I ONLY DO BUSINESS VIA PAYPAL. For those who do not know, I am handicapped and running to the bank with personal checks and cash is too difficult when one cannot drive. Using PayPal I can do everything on-line plus with a commercial PayPal account I can accept all major credit cards without the hassle of having separate and costly contracts with each credit card company.
THE GOOD NEWS FOR MY CUSTOMERS.....My prices are very low, sometimes at break even levels, I do this simply to give me something to do and to keep me busy. Because of my disability I could not handle a large business anyway. All I really care about is that my accountant doesn't tell me I lost money.
I can also suggest you check Euro Rail Hobbies in BC, Canada. Nice folks to do business with they also carry the complete Fleischmann line including Magic Train. Nice website, secure ordering. However they tend to not stock a lot so they might be cleaned out as well.
Here's the URL: http://www.eurorailhobbies.com/
In the U.S., Reynaulds Euro Imports also carries Fleischmann but it looks like they have been picked clean because I just checked the website and none are listed.
Here's the URL: http://www.reynaulds.com/
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