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That Kato EF 15 is kinda nice , But wondering what it would cost with shipping. ....Mike
I have a Sunset DD-1. It is actually a nice-running engine if you add some extra wiper contacts on the wheelsthat do not have pickup (otherwise, it's a stall-happy shelf queen, at least to me). But with the wipers, it runsvery well. I even left the original motors and gearing in it. I bought mine cheaply at a train showbecause it had short circuiting problems in it and wouldn't run (they were easy to fix).If you are a little handy with adding some strips of phosphor bronze to ride on the "dead" wheels andsolder some wires from those to the motors, I'd recommend it.Oh, and the plastic GG-1 was done by Arnold, not Trix.
The popular Kato Japan model that people like to bash to US electrics is the EF 15. I believe for PRR the most likely model is the FF-2?
Heh, I thought nobody would ever ask. He wanted $185. I got it for $125. The engine ran a little, spit a puff of white smoke out one end, and then wouldn't run. I asked if he would sell itto me as a problem child, and he agreed. I figured even if the problem was the motor, no big deal, sinceit's a big open cavity in there, and motor replacement would be easy (i.e. almost any motor could be made to fit.As it turns out, the problem was just the wiring. Those models were made in the early 1980s, with wire whose insulationgets very brittle with time. When I opened it up, I found that the insulation had completely fallen away in places,and the headlight wiring was shorting to the brass body. I replaced it all with nice new flexible wire, and it ran.Then, I made some extra phosphot bronze wipers for the other wheels that were electrically "dead", and itran VERY well indeed. A few little paint accents, and some whatchamacallit... that white liquid window glazing stuff...in all the windows, and that was that. (The windows are just open with no glass in them on the stock model... hence the glazing).