Introduction - plus see my Marx 666

Discussion in 'G / O / S Scale Model Trains' started by simmonds, Feb 22, 2007.

  1. simmonds

    simmonds Member

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    Hello this is my first post here on this forum. My name is Chris Simmonds and I live in beautiful Fall Creek, Oregon. I was raised around HO scale model railroading but lost interest in my late teens when girls and cars came into the picture. About ten years ago I started to regain interest in trains and railroading but after visiting a few local train shows my interest shifted to prewar and postwar O gauge locomotives and rolling stock. I love to operate trains more than I like to do scale modeling and I love the toy like appearance of O gauge trains. I am not bothered at all by motors that jerk slightly, o27 curves, sparking center rails and flickering interior lighting...in fact that is what appeals to me most. There is a great sense of nostalgia and excitement at the sight and sound of toy trains running in a somewhat chaotic fashion on a layout strewn with a web of track and switches. Anyway, enough about myself.

    I primarily own Lionel trains but my have become interested in Marx trains too after reading some post on this forum. I decided to buy my first Marx train and after seeing a video on youtube from forum member Cannonball and his Marx 666. I bid on and won a similar Marx 666 loco and am hooked on Marx trains now too! This little beast runs like a champ and can smoke any of my Lionel trains right out of the room. I posted a little video on YouTube also and you can see it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDdYiebpL1c

    As you can see I don't have a permanent layout yet so I run and test my trains on a temporary loop of Lionel Fastrack on the floor of what will be my train room. I am not a big fan of Fastrack and my permanent layout will use primarily standard Lionel O gauge track.

    Anyway, thanks for this great forum and I have enjoyed reading all of your posts. And thanks for turning me on to Marx trains also. Chris
  2. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

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    Welcome to The Gauge Chris
  3. simmonds

    simmonds Member

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    Thank you very much MadHatter
  4. Renovo PPR

    Renovo PPR Just a Farmer

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    So your a CB convert that is cool. Nice video but my Lionel will still out smoke the Marx by a mile. I will note it just had a new modern replacement smoke unit to work with the liquid stuff. :)

    However the true winner was setting on the sidelines, I suspect it is a girls Williams in the background. Now that I would love to see running.

    It is great to have another 0 gauge 3R aboard. ;)
  5. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

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    WooHoo! I'm a trendsetter! :D

    Welcome to the board, Chris. :wave:
    That's a great looking 666 and you've got her really smokin'! :cool:
    What are you using for smoke?
  6. Dave Farquhar

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    It's always good to see someone discovering the magic of Marx. Welcome, Chris!
  7. simmonds

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    Renovo PPR - Yes that is a Williams Girls GG1 set laying off to the side in that video. I will set her on the tracks for a run soon and will take some video of it and post it here. BTW, I would love to see a lionel train that can smoke like that Marx does. My postwar 2026 doesnt create half that much smoke. I would be interested to learn more about the conversion you did.

    Cannonball - Thanks for the welcome and the inspiration :thumb: As for the fluid I am using...I have tried everything I have so far including Lionel fluid, MTH smoke fluid, Some original American Flyer fluid and a copy by Anormal1 and they all worked equally well. In the video however I used some Magiic Somke which is a six ounce bottle made by Department 56 for one of thier smokeing ceramic buildings. A local hardware store that sells Dept 56 recently closed and had a good sale on everything. I bought six bottles of the fluid for 50 cents each :D

    Dave Farquhar - Thanks for the welcome. Looks like I found a great forum.

    Sorry for the delayed response everyone. I work a swing shift so I will mainly be on this forum after midnight and during the day until 2:00 pm pacific time. So some of my replies might be delayed. I gotta get off this darn swing shift :curse:
  8. Marxed

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    HELLO! I'm always glad to see another Marx enthusiast, as you can tell by my name and avatar, I'm addicted! the 666 is one terrific engine!


    nice train btw ;)
  9. simmonds

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    Hello Marxed! I think I am becoming addictted too. I love that engine. I want more of them.
  10. jefelectric

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    Welcome Chris,

    That engine smokes like my MTH engines! :)

    I'm into modern stuff, but 50s style trains. I like everything that runs on rails from N to full size. There seems to be a growing interest in Marx trains. I see you have found Williams products. For conventionaly controlled trains they are hard to beat for quallity.

    Enjoy your trains,
  11. simmonds

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    John, I am into modern stuff too. But I am also into prewar and postwar items as well. So far in modern production items I like Williams the best. The quality and durablily seems first rate...like lionel used to be. I must say though, with some of the older postwar trains from Marx and Lionel selling as cheap as you can get them on eBay these days, I simply cannot resist adding these great AMERICAN made trains to my fleet. Chris