Thanks Tom. I went to the AM site this morning and looked at their E8s. Very nice.
Their suspension system sounds great. All wheel drive and a bigger motor in the
newer ones. Not priced that bad. They have got to be better than the Lionel junk
PAs I have. One problem, I did not see any that grabbed my attention. I did not look
at the passenger cars.
I just took a look at the AM site, there are only a few roadnames in stock. I also have the tuscan PRR and the Lackawanna E8's. I think they all are the newer style. Mine are all converted to run on the Legacy system, I run them in the 100 speed step mode. One engine has no problem pulling nine of the AM heavyweights or a similar number of Budd cars around the layout including 2.5% grades.
The PRR sets are kind of boring but that is my home road so I have them. AM has Lackawanna E8's with the matching heavyweights. I have that set, it looks pretty good. The other items they have are NYC heavyweights in the two tone gray and the NYC Budd sets. Either of these sets could be pulled with a 326 NYC Hudson. However that does not get you an E8.
I like the PA engine sets. I have S scale PAs and I have a beautiful O scale PA set in Union Pacific.
E8s are much better looking locomotives. In real life the E8s were far superior to the PAs. They
lasted much longer in service. There are still E8s running (on private roads).
Tried to buy a 332AC on ebay this morning. Got close but finished 2nd in bidding.
My max bet was 231.00 and it went for 233.00. If it was cleaned up and running,
it will bring 300.00 plus. I have at least 2 of these now. This one was just to bring a little profit.
Locomotive paint and cab numbers were nice. Tender needed redone. Some of the lettering
was rubbed off.
Mopac those are some nice cars you got there not to mention for the right price---again. I also have the Wabash 48305, 2, 923 IC reefers and a NIB REA 48806. Actually I have two of them. Just one is NIB. I have 6 different numbered IC reefers.
Thanks for the video of the City of New Orleans. I have mentioned this story before, but when I was a kid in Southern Ill we lived in one of 4 houses between the IC and the Wabash RR tracks. I got to see IC passenger trains and the Wabash Cannon Ball passenger train often. The IC track curved behind a row of buildings so it was kind of neat to watch as it rounded that curve north bound. First the lead engine would appear then the rest of the train one piece at a time. The south bound one of course was fully visible. The Cannon Ball stopped everyday, across the street and three houses down. What fun that was. I sure do miss those IC, Wabash, CB&Q Zephyr, (which I only saw 4 times), and GM&O passenger trains. Now we got boring Amtrak.
I was lucky enough to ride the IC and GM&O trains a few times. Then there was the NYC Broadway Limited out of Chicago to New York City I rode on my senior high school trip and back.
Nice pictures Tom. I do like the PRR engine colors but as you say the cars are rather boring. Speaking of which, it looks like the second car is tipped a little. Of course what's not to like about the UP set. When I listed the passenger trains I missed, I was referring to the ones I saw all the time. Never saw UP or Santa Fe passenger trains. Seeing yours, I wish I had seen the real ones back in the day.