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Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Livesteam, Mar 5, 2005.

  1. Livesteam

    Livesteam Member

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    Do any deisle engines have a smoke unit in them? also do the HO scales smoke alot like G/O scales?
  2. shaygetz

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    You'd think at least the Alco models would...couch, cough, wheeze ;) :thumb: :p
  3. Russ Bellinis

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    Our modular club has discovered the hard way when being set up at shows next to Lionel and G scale clubs that smoke units and ho don't mix. The smoke is oil based and leaves oil residue all over any rails nearby.
  4. Livesteam

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    Do alot of engines have a smoke unit? in HO scale, i have O scale and i know what you mean by the oil it leaves behind.
  5. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    Bachmann and Mantua have had them in the past, Tyco has its Chattanooga Choo Choo as well. I've only seen it done on one layout, an N scale modular one that has an excellent paper mill module on it. I was too busy gawking at the beautifully etched brass railings and catwalks to notice if it impressed me any...
  6. XavierJ123

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    I have a Bachmann 0-6-0 with a smoke unit on a very small display unit. My grandson likes to see the locomotive smoke so I use the liquid smoke when he's around. Sooner or later, I have to clean the track with denatured alcohol on an old T-shirt as it will start running poorly because after the smoke goes up, it comes down on the track. I also have to clean the drive train on the 0-6-0. We use the same denatured alcohol to warm the fondue pots. Hmmmm, I wonder (since it is flammable) if it caused the sparks on the track when the train was running after a clean-up?
  7. Pitchwife

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    Better be careeful, or you might get more smoke than you bargained for. :D :D
  8. Livesteam

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    That would be a good experiment to try, put a little one the track and make it spark. or course do it on an old peice of track and away from everything
  9. LIRR

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    Most of the smoke produced by HO scale steamers is a very weak jerky puff. Maybe the new BLI cap forward has a more robust smoke unit but the steamers I've had and run (B-man 0-6-0's) we're weak sauce.
  10. Bachmann_I10sa

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    I have a B-mann 0-6-0 as well, only two months old, and mine doesn't work well either. It makes pathetic thin streams of smoke before the stupid unit floods itself and stops puffing altogether. I have an old B-mann 4-8-4 that I just purchased that smokes very well.....but after I read this post originally, I checked my tracks and found a messload of oil residue on them....so I don't think I'll be running any locomotives with smoke fluid in them anymore