Diesel, Steam, or Electric? (or Other???)

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Diesel, Steam, Electric, or Other?

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  1. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

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    Forgive me if this has been done before but I'm curious to see how things spread out in here as far as Diesel, Steam, and Electric goes. I already know HO and N are the dominant gauges just by looking through the forum and it seems like diesels are the dominant engines but it isn't quite as obvious.
  2. jetrock

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    Diesel now, but the idea is to end up electric.
  3. LongIslandTom

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    All three for me. :D

    I model railroading in the Tri-State Area of NY, NJ and CT.. For earlier-era operating sessions I got my NYC steam locomotives such as the J1e Hudson 4-6-4. For more modern operating sessions I got a real unique locomotive in the works being kitbashed right now-- The dual-mode GE P32AC-DM. It's a passenger diesel locomotive that can also run on 3rd-rail electric power, used by Amtrak and Metro North/ConnDOT. In the future I'm thinking of kitbashing more third-rail dual-mode-capable locomotives, such as the FL9 used by New Haven/Amtrak/MNRR/ConnDOT, and the DM30AC used by the Long Island Railroad.
  4. railohio

    railohio Active Member

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    And if we happen to model the transition era or have multiple layouts with different prototypes?
  5. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

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    sign1

    I'm currently with the big Ds but plan a samll N scale layout for next year!


    Rick
  6. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

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    Steam is all I have, which ain't saying much...I only have 1 engine (0-8-0)
    But recently I've been eyeing some F-units
  7. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Don't give in to the Dark Side...!

    I have all steam. Well, all except one oil-electric doodlebug, and a Mack Railbus with one of them thar infernal combustion engines... ;).

    Andrew
  8. LongIslandTom

    LongIslandTom Member

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    You sure you only have one engine? I think there are also two 0-5-0's on your roster. sign1
  9. 2-8-2

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    Steam is by far my favorite, but I do have a soft spot for early diesels.
  10. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

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    you can grab one of IHP's FL9s.
  11. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

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    electrics are far superior.

    maybe its because i grew up with the NEC , but i still think the electrics are awesome. i have enough electric locomotives to more than justify catenary for my layout when i get to that stage.
  12. LoudMusic

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    Depends on if you're asking "What do you have most of?" or "What do you enjoy more?"

    ;)
  13. LongIslandTom

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    I was tempted, but knowing IHP they will probably charge an arm and a leg plus your first-born! :eek: I think I'll go with the kitbashing route for now, since I do have lots of junk parts available appropriate for the project.

    Sometimes I wonder if it might be easier to just look for a brass model (which would only cost a bit more than the IHP model).

    Speaking of IHP, when can we see a GP40FH-2 running on your layout? :D
  14. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

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    nah, the last time i looked, the IHP FL9 was still kinda costly ( i think it said $259 or similar), but it wasn't THAT much more. I did find a conrail (yellow nosed) Brass FL9 (there were some others as well), but i can't remember exactly how much it was. the first number that comes to mind is $400 something, but i still think that may have been lower than the actual price.

    i'm fairly positive IHP is still cheaper.

    as far as the GP40FH-2 goes, its kinda tough. I probably should grab the shell now (or atleast wait until after christmas) paint it and decal it then play with it later.

    The main problem i have is that i'd need to buy GP style locomotive to power it, and i don't feel justified buying a brand new locomotive to take it apart and switch it around. I might use my current athearn GP38-2's chassis, but that would just make me short of my only good GP switcher. not to mention i am quickly running out of shelf space for any more equipment.

    I'm kinda surprised you don't have their F10... or do you? the shell is only $75 ( yeah, i know, ONLY, lol) I have a spare F-unit drive. I was almost thinking about it just for soemthign fun to do.
  15. Alan Bickley

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    Diesel: It's the only form of traction I can relate to both historically and geographically!
  16. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

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    My question is really based on what you enjoy running the most and/or what you run most often. If you've got 3 dozen diesels in your collection but enjoy running your one or two steamers the most, you're obviously hooked on those for a reason.
  17. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    ----all the above, if it rode the rails, I likely have a model of one form or another of it (or a kit in waiting):thumb:
  18. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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    Diesel for me too, I just love seeing those huge locos all linned up pulling a LONG train, I also like steam to but don;t model it. My grandfather loves steam and has tons of steam engines.

    I onlt have 6 diesel engines so far but plan on getting many many more in the future.
    1. BNSF Dash 8-40B
    2. UP AC4400
    3. CNW C44-9W (Dash 9) x 3
    4. SP C44-9W (Dash 9)
  19. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

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    Diesel, HANDS DOWN for me, 53 of 'em:thumb:. though i DO like steam too!;), but only have 5 of 'em:D. :D -Deano
  20. nachoman

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    well, i am a narrow gauger. And while the prospect of kitbashing sone narrow gauge diesels intrigues me, right now I stand at 3 steam, 2 diesel (boxcabs).

    kevin