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Micro Trains Civil War Sets..
« on: February 16, 2013, 04:31:56 PM »
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Some of the dealers are showing these in stock..   

I have to admit.. when I saw the stock photo.. my first thought was.. Finally Micro Trains found an era/prototype with a prototypical ride height. :).. Joking.. the recent offerings have been great!..

All kidding aside, I'm very curious to see what these look like.. (in more detail than the stock photos)..  Including how the couplers work.

Does anyone have these in hand with pictures?

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Re: Micro Trains Civil War Sets..
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2013, 04:39:09 PM »
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A World War II Armored/Artillery Train would be interesting.

Civil War, not so much. 
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Re: Micro Trains Civil War Sets..
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2013, 05:52:24 PM »
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I ordered some CW freight cars to add to my Beaver Logging roster . A logging railroad needs more than log hauling cars .

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Re: Micro Trains Civil War Sets..
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2013, 05:56:26 PM »
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We have them at the shop. The cars look very good. The "Link & Pin" coupler is a dogbone with open clip ends, sort of like the connection between Intermountain FT's. It's amazing how good the Bachmann 4-4-0 looks with a good paint job on it. I'm waiting on the individual cars myself so I haven't opened the box and had one in hand.
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Re: Micro Trains Civil War Sets..
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2013, 06:42:24 PM »
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I have the B&O version on order.  I suspect that I will have railroad museum for it, but will run from time to time.

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Re: Micro Trains Civil War Sets..
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2013, 01:55:36 AM »
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In other words, the Link and Pin couplers hold the cars together, but neither couple or uncouple automatically?  Basically a new form of dummy coupler?

Of course, the real ones weren't much better...
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Re: Micro Trains Civil War Sets..
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2013, 03:25:43 AM »
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Pics or it didn't happen!


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Re: Micro Trains Civil War Sets..
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2013, 07:39:04 AM »
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Civil war cars. Two small items in the foreground are the couplers.





The couplers, such as they are, snap into pockets on the cars. The fit is very tight; the cars can barely swivel. I suspect it wasn't supposed to be that way, and I fear it can lead to derailments.



One car came with a mis-installed brakewheel.



IMO, the trucks just don't look right to these eyes. Maybe it's the ride height... Also, the wheels tend to pop out of the trucks if you so much as look at them funny.
« Last Edit: February 17, 2013, 08:40:49 AM by David K. Smith »
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Re: Micro Trains Civil War Sets..
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2013, 08:19:21 AM »
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The idea of Civil War period and earlier railroad models seems to have motivated others to create n-scale models of passenger and freight cars, some from mid-1850s.   
This is all very tempting in view of my interest in Baltimore and Ohio rr'ing and the role of that railroad in history and the war during that period.
 As I said, I have the MTL B&O set on order.
I am interested to learn if any one has any pictures to share of the n-scale models of B&O 1856 passenger cars I found while pursuing a link on this forum to interior DPM kit details. 
« Last Edit: February 17, 2013, 08:20:56 AM by rogergperkins »

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Re: Micro Trains Civil War Sets..
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2013, 08:32:04 AM »
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I am interested to learn if any one has any pictures to share of the n-scale models of B&O 1856 passenger cars I found while pursuing a link on this forum to interior DPM kit details.





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Re: Micro Trains Civil War Sets..
« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2013, 08:53:34 AM »
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Well I intend to put archbars and Z couplers on them anyway so getting them to look like this after the repaint should be fairly easy . I will re purpose the trucks as winch sideframes , rusted scrap , etc . Not sure if the OEM couplers could be used as drawbars or be better used as snap on inside wheel axle frames after some surgery . As they say , it's all good .

http://www.old-picture.com/civil-war/pictures/Chattanooga-Train.jpg


http://lcweb2.loc.gov/service/pnp/ppmsca/08200/08275v.jpg
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Re: Micro Trains Civil War Sets..
« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2013, 09:23:10 AM »
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David, thanks for the pictures...
Who created and made these cars?
I have a set of MDC B&O cars that are white and much shorter....
Not like the 1856 B&O passenger cars I saw available online.
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Re: Micro Trains Civil War Sets..
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2013, 09:28:47 AM »
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David, thanks for the pictures...
Who created and made these cars?

This is a Bachmann set. It comes with their 4-4-0 dolled up in blue as well.
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Re: Micro Trains Civil War Sets..
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2013, 10:35:47 AM »
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Sad to hear (& see) about the MT wood beam trucks.
They do look rather high and, if they were sacrificing detail for reliablity that would be one thing, but if the wheels pop out easily...
I've tried the Panamint woodbeam and Owens archbar trucks:





And, while fragile, look good and run well (probably better with metal wheels but I ain't got none).
You can also get them with different bolster holes: screw, MT pin, etc.
http://www.shapeways.com/shops/panamintmodels?s=36

His link & pin set up looks better, too, though not quite "operational" like MT's.

Well, I'll still probably get a couple of the MT single cars to see how they compare with the Republic Loco Works kits.
I was really looking forward to the MT woodbeam truck bulk pack, though.
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