leaning Atlas locos

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by alcuin, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. alcuin

    alcuin Member

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    Just wondering if anyone else has noticed the tendency that some Atlas engines have to lean slightly to one side. If you look at them head on they're a bit cockeyed. Not all of them do this, for example, the ones in the "classic" series don't, nor do the old Atlas/Kato models, but in others it's quite noticeable (like my SD50 and Dash 8-40b). My guess is that it has to do with the way the gears are arranged, but whatever it is, it bugs me to no end.

    Chris
  2. MarcO

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    Yikes I hope not I just ordered a N ATLAS SD-50 SP LOCOMOTIVE rd # 5516 DCC. Ill let you know whats up when I get it.
  3. Herc Driver

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    I've noticed that the more recent Atlas diesels seem much lighter than the older ones (about three years older or so) and they seem to have a tendency to come apart a bit easier too (shell from the frame). I haven't noticed the lean though...are you sure it's sitting correctly on the frame with no pinched wires underneath the shell?
  4. Dave R.

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    I bought my first Atlas diesel a few days ago, an RS 11, I'll check it for that lean tomorrow. I have noticed that the front and back hand rails lean in, toward the cab. I can't decide whether to try to bend them out or just leave well enough alone. Other wise, it runs great.
    Dave
  5. alcuin

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    It might just be the curse of my neurotic perfectionism. :oops: I tend to notice even the slightest imperfections that normal folks either wouldn't notice at all or would shrug off as no big deal.