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Old 07-13-2019, 06:27 PM   #11
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If I can make a suggestion: can't you get an EMD E or F A-unit and put your PB-1 behind it? I don't know how well it worked in actual practice between an EMD and an Alco, but mixing of E's and F's did happen.
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Old 07-13-2019, 06:38 PM   #12
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AM also made PA-1's. I would just buy the AC Highrail version to pull the PB.
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Old 07-13-2019, 07:25 PM   #13
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Love your E8s Tom.
And I agree!
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Thanks all for the most excellent advice! I truly appreciate all of my friends here on this forum. I was able to cancel my purchase of the unit and I have decided to stay with steamers. The seller was most generous and refunded my money. Thanks again!
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Old 07-13-2019, 08:49 PM   #15
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The Gilbert steam engines seem to last forever and are simple to repair. Too bad the diesels are not like that.
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Old 07-13-2019, 10:56 PM   #16
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Reliability of those units is exactly why I sold all of mine including the passenger cars. Not worth the trouble. I did keep one set of the 660 chrome series cars which look just fine behind my 326 or 322 steamers. I don't care about prototypical correctness. The black color of the engine pulling the chrome passenger cars looks nice. My railroad, my rules.
The only diesels I have left are 2 versions of the 370 GM/American Flyer and both versions of the 372 Union Pacific. Being Gilbert manufactured, none have given me any problems after servicing them after buying. I am sticking to the steamers of which I have 21 different ones. I did duplicate the 312 when I found out there were 2 versions of it. I also have various versions of the 302. Love that little engine.

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