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'2K' workhorse
'Green goat' muscle.


This will be used to assemble and break down trains at 2K sessions (along with some "refurbished" SW's).

It's very nicely detailed, and runs extremely well.
DCC ready, it'll be fitted with ESU & Loksound.
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The Genset locomotive is here to stay...
I'm a bit surprised I haven't seen more of them produced in HO scale.
Seems ScaleTrains or BLI would've been on it by now.
 

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BTW, this is the Genset II model, which is far better detailed than the original Atlas Genset I.
This loco weighs a full 1lb, and will pull over 30 sixty-foot high cubes. A monster 4-axle!
 

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You can't go wrong with an ESU Loksound card. Awesome sounds and features.
 

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You can't go wrong with an ESU Loksound card. Awesome sounds and features.
I agree.
Loksound also has a perfect rendition of the Genset Cummins diesel sound. Goosebumps.
 

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They record the actual locomotive on start-up, shutdown, idling, under load, etc It's about as life life as you can get.
 

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I could be wrong, but I think Atlas, Athearn, Bowser and ScaleTrains employ Loksound cards.
 

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That loco is beautiful! :thumbsup:

However thank the lord it's too new/modern for what I am going for, or I'd be more broke than I already am.....:)
 

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I would've gotten the Norfolk Southern paint, but it was a Genset I model... very poor detail, thick toy-like handrails, etc.
Nowhere near as nice as this Genset II.
 

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Also BTW, I immediately changed couplers to Kadees (just about all Atlas stuff takes #5's or 148's).
The rear Accumate was warped so badly, it wouldn't function.
 

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Genset II.


There are discrepancies, most notably the fuel tanks, and the model has a bolder cab number.
But otherwise, the Atlas version is fairly accurate.
CSX ordered 16 units to begin with. They're utilized in almost every capacity, from yard switching to road service. I've seen them pulling strings of hoppers through the Carolinas.
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The major (spotter's) difference between Genset I & II is, Genset I has three very tall exhaust stacks... very noticeable from a distance. Also, the Genset I cab is taller.
 

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This really is a superb model...
Although I'm fully aware that there might be examples out there that were made the first thing Monday morning, or the last thing on Friday, this one runs extremely well, and is a brute at pulling power.
They're also very affordable in 'DCC Ready' config... I got this one for $89 LHS price.
 

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FWIW, this is model is boxed under the 'Trainman PLUS' label, which to me is an enigma.
I've thought for years that Trainman models were the ugly stepsisters of the Atlas line.
I suppose the sub-moniker 'plus' is their way of upgrading the bottom shelf.

The original Genset I model was pure Trainman, and very toy-like in detail... more or less a trainset model.

This model (NRE Genset II) has fine scale handrails, separate wire grabs, lift bars, crisp lettering, and well defined panels & screens.
It's about as good as an Atlas Classic or Silver issue, or more aptly -- Athearn RTR.
AccuMate couplers are the only inherited Trainman deficiency.
I haven't seen any versions other than 'DCC Ready', which is consistent with the Atlas Classic line.
It's a very affordable line of models. After purchasing this one for $89, I found another at a different LHS for $69.
 

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BTW, "DCC Ready" isn't printed anywhere on the box. Removing the shell reveals the plug for it.
A pure Atlas marketing foul-up.
I suspect they're being flooded with emails.
 

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I would love to see the Genset get some Master love but there might just not be enough detail to warrant that line. Funny enough though they do use the silver and gold names for DCC ready vs DCC and Sound so maybe they just didn't bother to move it to the category it belongs.

Unfortunately the Genset IIs don't have the road names I want, Modesto and Empire is close but I wish they had some BNSF or UP. It appears they are adding road names to these units that never actually bought them, but I may also not be seeing the full list.
 

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I saw that, however it wasn't listed on their site or any of the normal sites I go to, but I did find it on a few sites I forget about like Spring Creek. Sadly they only have the Genset 1s in stock but it looks like they are using the Genset 2 photos.

The BNSF versions may have only been from the 2012 run and are likely long gone, they don't look like they got done in the 2017 run which is what is currently for sale in most places.

I did find this thing though. http://www.nicholassmithtrains.com/...-LOCOMOTIVES/AT&SF-GENSET-SWITCHER/LIO638547/

You do you Lionel, don't change.
 

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Genset technology is astounding.
Green, economical, smart, versatile, and definitely trend-worthy.
Yes, there are bugs to work out.
But I predict it will go exponentially viral, and find its way into the mainstream locomotive industry in the very near future.
 

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The BNSF versions may have only been from the 2012 run and are likely long gone, they don't look like they got done in the 2017 run which is what is currently for sale in most places.
FWIW, there are BNSF units everywhere... including eBay.
But the ones I've seen are all Genset I versions, (tall exhaust stacks) and they're pure Trainman models with very poor detailing.
They run good though, if fitted with DCC.
 
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