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Bit of an up-date. Still a ways to go but she is starting to resemble the intended outcome.
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While doing some test runs I found that because of the roller spacing on the Train Master there is a dead spot when rolling through the diamond! I will have to make a tethered car to help it on the figure eight portion. I am concurrently working on a FM C-liner CPA-16-5. I am combining two systems here and it didn't really work out so I had to turn some wider wheels (from old Alco loco) for the front truck. Swapped out a PA truck for the rear. The scale wheels were set too wide apart and setting them closer did not leave much tire on the rail because they are much narrower. Without switches it would have been fine.
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I could make them work fine on Super O but only by narrowing the gap of the guard rails. Then normal wheels wouldn't run through. The best solution is just to re-wheel them. I just got some Atlas F7s and they have over-size wheels compared to the ones on the Rivarossi FM. I have to convert them to 3-rail before I can test them out though. The Atlas may not be as easy to convert but I have some Williams and Lionel F units just waiting for the knife!
 

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In case you are wondering, I like the fact that the pilots are fixed on the 2-rail bodies so I don't have mod them.
 

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In case you are wondering, I like the fact that the pilots are fixed on the 2-rail bodies so I don't have mod them.
But you have to yank wheels and the like, so it's sort of a Catch-22. ;)
 

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But you have to yank wheels and the like, so it's sort of a Catch-22. ;)
Yeah but there are the grills and other stuff as well, the Atlas shells are better detailed and tinkering with the trucks is relaxing by comparison!
 

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While mulling over the Train Master I took the CPA-16-5 as far as I am going to. Hauling some mixed freight while waiting for her passenger train to be completed.
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Great looking locomotive. Does that train get through that S curve without any trouble?
 
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