Locomotive aesthetics

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Triplex, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

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    I regard the 2-10-0s as a bit homely...but nothing to puke over. The CP 2-8-2 is probably my next least favorite...the feedwater heater does it...but it is by no means ugly. (I generally find CP locomotives to be nice...but CN to be run of the mill)

    I like that Lima built 2-8-8-4...
  2. ZeldaTheSwordsman

    ZeldaTheSwordsman Thomas Modeler

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    One of my absolute faves is a certain LBSCR E2
  3. nkp174

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    I've got to go with the Terriers over the E2s. The B1s were pretty awesome as well. Anything in Stroudley's Improved Engine Green is a keeper.

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  4. ZeldaTheSwordsman

    ZeldaTheSwordsman Thomas Modeler

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    I was referring to a specific E2.
  5. Triplex

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    That's exactly it... they have some nice features, but the proportions ruin it.

    My weaknesses in the field of steam are Elescos, Vanderbilts, all-weather cabs, skyline casings and Scullins.

    As for diesels (this should get some responses from a different set)...

    Again, too many preferences to list. My old standby is the SD80/9043MAC, which I believe to be a popular engine. Among modern power, it's definitely the best. I don't like the more angular nose on the SD90MAC-H II. Interestingly, both GE's and EMD's current products produce the same reaction: nice body, butterface.

    Speaking of widenoses, I prefer them without a window in the nose door.

    Like most people, I also like the GP60M and standard-nose B40-8, among "modern" power. A surprise was finding I liked the standard-nose C40-9.

    Going into second-generation power, I find I like the 20-645 EMDs: SD45 but more so the others: F45, FP45, SDP45 (I like the SD80MAC, how can I not like this?), SD45-2. And I suppose the more esoteric "flares": DDA40X, GP40P-2, GP40X, SD45X...

    Just as much as those, the big Alcos: C630, C636, M630, M636, M640. Also C430.

    Among switchers, the Flexicoil-truck SW1200/1500.

    First generation: Yes, there are locomotives better-looking than Alco PAs. FM C-Liners and Erie-Builts. Even among Alcos, I find the FAs more proportionate... favorite is the FPA-4.

    FP7/9s look too long, preferred Fs are the first two phases of the F3 as well as the FT. Among Es, however, I prefer the E8/9 over the earlier models except the E2. I guess I have a weakness for portholes. :D

    Best-looking first-gen hoods are Alcos: RS-2/3, RS-11, RSD-7/15. But also the SD7/9.

    First-gen EMDs look bad with chopnoses... but worse with original (sloped) low noses.

    Favorite first-gen switcher: S-2 (specifically prefer it over the smaller-radiator S-1 and S-3, and prefer Blunt trucks). Or maybe Alco HH-series.

    The DL-109 is NOT ugly.
  6. nkp174

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    I generally agree...although all-weather cabs don't bother me. Scullins are bad. Very bad. Vanderbilts are a net negative too.

    Aesthetically, PA-1s, especially NKP Bluebirds, are the only ones which I regard as acceptable. I have no problem with Bluebirds being on my layout...although my only one rarely has been.

    If I had to go with dievils, most 1st generation switchers, RS-3s, and some F units are the best.
  7. Triplex

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    By "weaknesses", I meant that I liked all of those!
  8. Mountain Man

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    This looks like a giant motorized custard.
  9. ZeldaTheSwordsman

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    That yellow colour is Stroudley's Improved Engine Green. Bit of a misnomer isn't it? XD
  10. Mountain Man

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    I'll say...
  11. ZeldaTheSwordsman

    ZeldaTheSwordsman Thomas Modeler

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    Anyone guessed which E2 I was referring to yet?
  12. Mountain Man

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    Were we supposed to? :rolleyes:
  13. ZeldaTheSwordsman

    ZeldaTheSwordsman Thomas Modeler

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    Yes, actually. So there. ;)
  14. steamhead

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    Would it be "R2E2"...??? :roll1:
  15. Mountain Man

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    Well, I didn't...so there. :cool: