I left the train sitting there so I could look at it a few times. I chose the Big Boy rather than the UP Challenger for the steam picture, both look great and smoke a lot through the double stacks. The Challenger is made to a precise 1/64 scale, while the Big Boy is about 1/60 in height and width. The Big Boy is exactly 1/64 in length at 25". Of the two engines the Big Boy is by far the better sounding and running engine.
Putting these pictures here rather than in new purchases. Decided to add the REA car to the Lionel AF PRR passenger set to make a 7 car train. It looks good. There are two upgrades since the PRR passenger set was made. The interior lighting is now LED and FINALLY the wheel gauge is correct right out of the box, no adjustment is necessary. The engine pulling the train is a B&O Light Pacific. It is the 2006 TMCC version of the Legacy Pacifics Lionel just cataloged. Unfortunately neither run included a PRR Pacific, only a PRR Mikado. The Mikado looks good but is not quite right pulling a passenger train.
Here are some nose to nose pictures of the PRR Mikado (2-8-2) on the right and the B&O Light Pacific (4-6-2) on the left. The two engines are the identical length and look very similar. The PRR has a red oxide cab roof and tender deck, and if you look really close it is PRR dark, dark green. I does not have a Belpaire Firebox. That is the NPR 765 Legacy Berkshire behind them in the second two pictures.
Time to bring this thread back to life. Here are three pictures taken today of the PRR Y3 at the head of a 17 car freight train. The first two are startup/idling, the third is underway crossing the diamond running on line 1, crossing the freight yard lead from the roundhouse.
Thanks. I ended up buying a Santa Fe Y3 in addition to the PRR. The Santa Fe is in the roundhouse because the fan motor is squealing. It needs to be lubricated. I run it with the smoke off to stop the squealing but that is no fun.
I finally bought a pair of AM locomotives. 2 red PRR E8s. I will get a pic when they get here. They might have to pull freight till I find some PRR passenger cars. Might have to get those 2 PRR cars from Tom. I have not bought any rolling stock for over a month. So no new pics. Almost all passenger engines pulled freight after their passenger career. I know PAs did.
Congratulations! Are both powered or is one a dummy? I only have single E8's but they pull surprising well. The PRR E8 handles a 9 car set of AM passenger cars up a 2.4% grade. Two powered units would be awesome.
Ron is still proud of the red E8s. I could not get a deal. He starts crying not many of the red ones left. I said what you saving them. He talked like he might give a deal on a green set. I could tell it would not be much of a deal so I told him to get me a red set to me. He is 72 and getting tired of running the business. Still a nice guy though.
I have an extra add on set for the Lionel AF PRR passenger cars. It is still in its sealed original shipping box. The add on is two cars as pictured below. The boxes shown are for the cars on my layout.
Mopac, to help with your decision process here are four more pictures. The first two are the PRR E8 with an AM PRR passenger car. Note the colors are very close and the paint sheen is identical. The second two are the E8 with a Lionel PRR passenger car. Note the paint colors are very different and the sheen is different.
I do not use the AM E8 with these cars, I use either a steam engine or the Lionel Legacy Green PA’s. I will post a separate picture of how that works with the green REA car in the set.
Here are some pictures of the Lionel PRR passenger set (6 cars plus the REA car) behind the Lionel Legacy PA's. These PA's look like toys compared to the scale details on the AM E8. I think having the newly released Lionel REA car would work well to separate the Lionel cars from the Tuscan AM engines. It tricks the eye into perceiving all the Tuscan cars as the same paint color.