What does your first locomotive look like?

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  1. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

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    Post a picture (If you Can), of your first locomotive here.

    This may include:

    1. Your First locomotive EVER.
    2. Your first New locomotive after you took a "break" from the hobby.
    3. Your first locomotive that you bought in a new scale (say that you switched from HO to N, show the N scale loco.)
    4. Finally if you have a ficticious road, show the first one to be adorned in your very own paint scheme.)

    ALL SCALES APPLY HERE.;)

    Can't wait to see 'em!
  2. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

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    Here's the first paint I ever did after switching to HO. Athearn "BB" Gp-35's in my own Central New England paint(The crews call these "Cheapie 35's", cause management at the time these were painted were to cheap for a nice paint job)

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  3. Marxed

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  4. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

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    Well, just over a year and a half ago, I got 2 trains sets as birthday gifts.
    So here are the two locos:

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  5. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    My first locomotive was from a Tyco trainset that I got circa 1970. It featured a GREEN Penn Central F9, an assortment of freight cars and a Burlington Road caboose! :) I still have it but I painted it black, gutted the motor and turned the unit into a dummy that now runs in front of a powered Athearn B unit. Its shown here meeting a freight which interestingly enough is led by my most RECENTLY purchased locomotive!

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  6. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    I'm not sure what would be my first locomotive. I think I had a number of clockwork sets (I seem to remember a Rheingold) then a Hornby clockwork, and a Hornby electric (an 0-4-0 tender loco -- think I still have it) at age 4, then a Lionel hudson (2055) about age 6.5. (That's downstairs somewhere).
  7. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

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    Clockwork locomotives... WOW, you are much older than me David :D

    Next you are going to tell us they were Hornby serial number 0002 and 0003 :D
  8. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    Sorry, Will, I'm purely postwar. Before age 5, they didn't trust me with electricity.
    But I still think coaches look best in lithographed tin.
  9. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    My first locomotive was a Union Pacific F7. It since has been repainted to tuscon green and awaiting a body. I don't have a picture yet.
  10. zedob

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    Barring the early Christmas trainsets, which are long gone and I couldn't tell you what locos were included, the most memorable loco is my first brass one. It is SP #9 with the whaleback oil tender. The motor is mounted in the tender and is coupled to the engine through a surgical tubing universal coupling. It wasn't the best runner, so I planned on installing a can motor, which ended up being put on hold for the last, mmm...20yrs:rolleyes: .

    I still have it, in pieces, so it won't make for an interesting pic, but one of these days...:thumb:

    Other than that, my newest aquisition is a RH RTR Old Timer I scarffed up on Ebay for $50. Runs nice, but one of the drivers is a little eccentric, so it sways as it runs. I can live with it. It's running now, but I've been SLOWLY detailing it, so it's not in a picture worthy state.
  11. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

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    hey Marxed, what happened to your picture?
  12. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

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    I have quite a lot of 'firsts': First loco ever was a clockwork Hornby 0-4-0 (must have been in 1949), later the first electric model train loco: A 'sort of a model' WESA electric loco - no specific proototype. (WESA was a Swiss manufacturer which brought out trains in 1:100 scale - but never had success internationally :( ).
    After marriage in 1969 I started model railroading in earnest, in N scale. First loco was a Minitrix 0-6-0 Prussian T3. Later I switched to American prototype. There are no pictures around of all those 'first' lokeys.
    When we got our daughter (1974) I had to dismantle my layout. I had to retire into a small room which became my office and recreation room. As I had started scratchbuilding I switched to H0n30" - so I could use up my N scale stuff and I had access to a lot of detailing parts in H0 scale. I went for the Maine two-footers!

    So here is my first more or less scratchbuilt engine for my 'Sandy River Northern', the #24 of the SR&RL. As a base I used the chassis, motor and wheels of an N scale ATLAS 0-8-0 (Indiana Harbor Belt loco). I removed the fourth driver axle and added a leading and trailing axle, making her a 2-6-2. The whole superstructure is scratchbuilt. Today she's still sitting on a shelf in my living room, serving sometimes as discussion starter. :D

    Ron

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  13. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

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    Thats cool Ron.
    Sounds like something a real railroad would do.
  14. lionelfan

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    My first locomotive is a Lionel #233 Scout 2-4-2 ( I still have it and it still runs on my Christmas layout)

    My second locomotive is a Lionel GP-7 in Rio Grande livery.
    I then began to model HO with my son, and the first loco is a Athern CSX GP-40 and a CSX SD40-2.

    I have recently gotten back into O guage and got a MTH Conrail SD45.

    So now we model 2 guages, me in Lionel and my son and I in HO.
  15. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    Easy one :)

    (1) My first locomotive I bought is one of the HO's shown here. The Amtrak or the Santa Fe

    (2) The Second one (N Gauge) I have no pics of :(

    (3)(4) But the third one (The G gauge when I changed scales) is below. Now it also answeres the question of a ficticious RR, because after I built the layout, i tore the top off the engine & re-built it as the one shown here :) :)

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  16. spankybird

    spankybird OTTS Founder

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    Here is my first engine. Lionel 671 from 1948. Still runs.

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    In fact, we have the whole set with boxes

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    :thumb: :wave:
  17. CN1

    CN1 Active Member

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    My first HO loco:

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    Bachman FT. The Bachman Train set :rolleyes: and DCC got me back in the hobby after "dabbling" in it for 2 years a decade ago.

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  18. CN1

    CN1 Active Member

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    Was repainted by a friend in NS. Needs details etc.. It's a long term project.
    I paid $45.00 for the Bachman train set 4 years ago. I kept the engine (great puller and good slow speed) and tossed away the rest..

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  19. yellowlynn

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    My first was a windup one, probably in 1936 or so, 2nd or 3rd grade. They were 98 cents. I wanted one that would go backward, too. They were electric and $3.99. Too much back then. First new HO was an Atlas RS?? my wife gave me at Christmas, 1986. Still original, and still smooooooth.

    Lynn
  20. shaygetz

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    The Tyco 4 wheel Birney trolley from the mid 60s followed by the AHM 4-4-0 Genoa ran around my Christmas tree all thru my childhood and would have to be credited with being the ones to intraduce to the hobby. Sadly, these aren't the originals, the trolley having succumbed to the rigors of playground fun :rolleyes: and the Genoa the victim of many of my hobby firsts including weathering and redetailing. I don't know its fate after 1978 as it was over a friend's house on his layout then.

    The Athearn Hustler was my first locomotive purchase when I stepped over from N to HO in 1992. Extensively redetailed, remotored and DCC equipped, it is the classic example of the 100 year old ax that's had it's head replaced 4 times and its handle 3 times.

    The juicejack was my first loco scratchbuild and, at the behest of my beloved, will never see a coat of paint.

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