54065Re: enough of the locktite, geeze! any what HOn3 brass is good?
- Jul 1, 2008
> I think that in the seventies Brass turned from good layout-grade models toGlenn,
> collectors'/museum models.
No, I do not think that is true. I have a mix of PFM, Custom Brass, Westside, PSC, Balboa,
and Division point locos (and a few others which aged memory doesn't give me access to at
this moment) which pretty well cpvers the 70's to the present day and I think it's either
simply down to luck as to whether you get a good running loco (the classic monday
morning, Friday afternoon loco) or there are inherent design faults that affects the whole
range to a greater or lessor degree. i have some great running locos and some that were
pretty bad but could be fixed.
I agree with the concept of try before you buy BUT most of the test tracks I have seen are
straight with no turnouts or curves which is usually where any problem manifests itself.
Also don't assume that a loco that runs OK of Dc with do the same on DCC where the
short circuit tolerance is much much smaller.
Apart from the very worst of cases, given time, skill, patience and good help, I believe that
locos from whatever vintage can be made to work well, perhaps not perfectly, but well
One thing i would say about Division point locos, despite their claims, they do NOT have
all wheel pickup. My K-28 has pickup on only two of the drivers on the insulated side.
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