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What is that conductive grease or coating that people were using on side rods and such on steam engines? Neo Lube?

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Huh. I have a bottle of it I never opened. Everyone used to rave about it…

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Did a modification on an Atlas scale Buffalo Creek flour car today. I removed the truck bolsters and reinforced the floor. I installed MTH friction bearing trucks. Basically it lowers the car down to a decent level for adding three rail trucks…

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I am also doing small detail additions to my MTH Erie E8. I swapped the pilot and installed a firecracker antenna. A few more bits coming…

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ATSF Northern is moving along. Locomotive is mostly done (I realized I forgot to blacken the axle ends on the pilot truck, I'll have to do that). Looks about 100% better than it came from the factory. Hard to tell it started as a PS1 version. I'll tackle the tender next, but that's basically just installing PS3 electronics. Easy stuff.

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Did a modification on an Atlas scale Buffalo Creek flour car today. I removed the truck bolsters and reinforced the floor. I installed MTH friction bearing trucks. Basically it lowers the car down to a decent level for adding three rail trucks…

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I am also doing small detail additions to my MTH Erie E8. I swapped the pilot and installed a firecracker antenna. A few more bits coming…

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E8 looks great. The pilot swap really makes a difference.
 

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Lou, that Northern looks like a museum piece! Simply beautiful. Great work.

And thank you guys. I would like to add the more detailed pilot to a few of my E8 locomotives, but MTH seems to be out of them at this time! I may try doing some detail work on the couple spare pilots I have, by adding air hoses and possibly cut levers…

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Lou, that Northern looks like a museum piece! Simply beautiful. Great work.

And thank you guys. I would like to add the more detailed pilot to a few of my E8 locomotives, but MTH seems to be out of them at this time! I may try doing some detail work on the couple spare pilots I have, by adding air hoses and possibly cut levers…

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Tom, Pretty sure the P&D pilots for the F3 will fit these E8s. They are perfect for the K-Line E8s. Coupler doors are optional. Air and MU lines can be added too.
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Tom, Pretty sure the P&D pilots for the F3 will fit these E8s. They are perfect for the K-Line E8s. Coupler doors are optional. Air and MU lines can be added too.
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Those are fixed pilots, right Pete? The look better than the regular MTH ones, with the added rivets along the top…

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Those are fixed pilots, right Pete? The look better than the regular MTH ones, with the added rivets along the top…

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Tom, you get just the pilot. You can mount them to the truck, to the body or to the frame. On the NYC engine they are mounted to the plastic body. I did another K-Line E8 and mounted it to the frame. Both are fixed but mounting to the frame I used screws vs glueing to the shell.
This is the same P&D pilot without the coupler doors.

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The frame mounted pilot looks great. I will check them out. P&D.

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Marklin produced an HO version - #37201
Really? I missed that. I have quite a bit of German two rail HO stuff, but I never jumped into the Marklin trains.

It must be quite the model!

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Well the ATSF Northern is done.
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I used a larger speaker than I normally do with this locomotive (giant tender allows for a larger speaker). It's very bassy. The issue is it has enough oomph to cause the front tender truck, mounted below the speaker, to rattle when the whistle is blown. I didn't have the same issue using the same speaker in my PS3 version. The trucks are held on with E-clips on this locomotive, where as the PS3 version has the trucks screwed on. Being that the tender trucks have more wiggle with the E-clip mount they rattle. I'll have to tighten them up a bit to eliminate the rattle.
 
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