I've taken the plunge

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by frenchtoast, May 28, 2005.

  1. frenchtoast

    frenchtoast New Member

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    So today i took the plunge and bought a bunch of gear for my set up.
    I went to Rail 'n' Thusiast in Surrey Hills ( Melbourne, Australia ) on friday night as it seemed to be one of the few of the model train suppliers in Melbourne that stocked alot in N scale. After a while discussing what i was going to need i came back in the next day and bought up on whole bunch of stuff. I havent made a layout yet but it shouldnt be too long.

    Heres what im starting off with:

    Controller:
    Digitrax Zephyr Basic Set

    Track:
    7 x Peco Code 80 1m Flex Track
    2 x Peco Code 80 Streamline Electrofrog Medium Radius Right Hand
    1 x Peco Code 80 Streamline Electrofrog Medium Radius Left Hand
    Metal Rail Joiners
    Nylon Rail Joiners
    Large Sheet of Cork

    Loco:
    Atlas DCC GP-40 Rio Grande

    Rolling Stock:
    Atlas Caboose Southern
    Atlas Beer Can Hooker Chemical
    Micro-Trains 50' Composite Gondola Central New Jersey

    Book:
    N Scale Model Railroading - Getting Started in the Hobby

    I got all of this brand new for AUS$485 (approx US$370)

    So i cant wait till i get all this up and running.
  2. Dan Vincent

    Dan Vincent Member

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    Sounds like you're off and running.

    Just curious, if you bought a Rio Grande diesel....why did you get a Southern caboose?
  3. frenchtoast

    frenchtoast New Member

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    In regards to the Southern caboose. I'm not currently going for a prototypical look.

    Plus i don't thnk there was a Rio Grande caboose in stock with the black/orange paint scheme (as thats what my loco has).
  4. Dan Vincent

    Dan Vincent Member

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    Atlas has a couple of Rio Grande wide vision orange cabooses with black lettering and they have a black cupola type with orange lettering.

    My local dealers never have anything in stock that I want. Everything seems to be Santa Fe or UP.

    Try finding a caboose for ERIE.
  5. Livesteam

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    The Rio Grande is one of my favorite looking paint schemes, have fun, update us once you start building.
  6. 2slim

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    Frenchtoast,
    You're off to a good start. I would consider returning the Southern caboose and seeing if they have either of these in stock, or could order one of these for you.

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    Atlas 35963
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    Atlas 30618 or 19

    Either of these would look much better bringing up the rear of your trains.

    2slim
    (Rabid Rio Grande Fan)
  7. Sir_Prize

    Sir_Prize Member

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    ...or you could repaint yours as a practice in painting rolling stock.

    Best to you in your journey.
  8. frenchtoast

    frenchtoast New Member

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    I was considering as Sir_Prize suggested to practice painting some rolling stock.

    I saw the Atlas 35963 but it looked cheap looking and not very nice.

    The Atlas 30618 or 19 looks nice though
  9. Dorcas

    Dorcas New Member

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    :wave: :Good evening Frenchtoast I like your name and I wish you enjoy the hobby as much as I do.
    Age 76 live in Warragul from Melbourne in 1990 N gauge and I have a Zephyr very nice easy to use. Better make your way to Jcar for your electronic bits and pieces. I have gain tremendous assistance from this forum like wise Atlas, the American fellows are very helpful and a good bunch of chaps.
    Tom. Straughair. :sleeping: it is now 11.30pm and I am tried.