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MTL Runner Pack Suggestion
« on: September 27, 2015, 01:09:50 AM »
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Joe, had a thought...  The Bachmann K4 seems to be a stump-puller.  I have all of my Micro Trains heavyweights behind her plus some Hell Gate and Kato head-end cars and still she won't break a sweat.

So...  Got to thinking.  In the last years of Pennsy, the K4s spend most of their time in New Jersey doing commuter work.  They generally had standard PRR P70 coaches behind them.  Your heavyweight paired-window coach is not an exact match for a P70, but it's actually not that far off.  Probably the biggest challenge to overcome is the trucks...  Standard P70s had PRR 2D-P5 4-wheel trucks.

Nevertheless, with K4s jumping off the shelves, might it be worth considering a runner-pack of four PRR paired-window coaches?

With Kato GG1s everywhere you look and Bachmann GG1s coming, a 4-pack of PRR coaches would also be a perfect way to simulate the hourly "Clocker" service between Philadelphia Broad Street (later 30th Street Station) and New York Penn Station.

Just a thought.
« Last Edit: September 27, 2015, 10:20:26 AM by Dave Vollmer »
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Re: MTL Runner Pack Suggestion
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2015, 03:16:13 AM »
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I have no use for them, but it sounds like good idea.  Certainly a common enough model, in its region, and a popular road.

Not being familiar with either Philadelphia or the PRR, was it "Board Street" or "Broad Street"?  Board would be an unusual name for a street, but certainly possible.  Sounds like a street in a sawmill town.
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Re: MTL Runner Pack Suggestion
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2015, 05:56:03 AM »
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Yes please! I'll take two packs' worth.
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Re: MTL Runner Pack Suggestion
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2015, 09:49:57 AM »
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I would prefer mine undecorated.  But given the apparent popularity of the K4 (I must be the only Railwire member without one), it would seem good business sense for any of the passenger car manufacturers to roll out some Pennsy cars to go with it.
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Re: MTL Runner Pack Suggestion
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2015, 10:27:25 AM »
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I'm  in, darn the budget full steam ahead.

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Re: MTL Runner Pack Suggestion
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2015, 12:11:18 PM »
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Dave,

I agree with your suggestion.  This seems like a "no brainer".

I grew up on the Jersey Shore (not the town in PA) a little south of Bay Head, which was the southern terminus of the NY&LB ( New York & Long Branch).  From pictures I've seem in books, K4's were common here.  They also had passenger Sharks (appropriate for crossing the Shark River Inlet) and PA units.

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Re: MTL Runner Pack Suggestion
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2015, 01:35:09 PM »
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It just so happens ...   :D

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@Shipsure

Joe, had a thought...  The Bachmann K4 seems to be a stump-puller.  I have all of my Micro Trains heavyweights behind her plus some Hell Gate and Kato head-end cars and still she won't break a sweat.

So...  Got to thinking.  In the last years of Pennsy, the K4s spend most of their time in New Jersey doing commuter work.  They generally had standard PRR P70 coaches behind them.  Your heavyweight paired-window coach is not an exact match for a P70, but it's actually not that far off.  Probably the biggest challenge to overcome is the trucks...  Standard P70s had PRR 2D-P5 4-wheel trucks.

Nevertheless, with K4s jumping off the shelves, might it be worth considering a runner-pack of four PRR paired-window coaches?

With Kato GG1s everywhere you look and Bachmann GG1s coming, a 4-pack of PRR coaches would also be a perfect way to simulate the hourly "Clocker" service between Philadelphia Broad Street (later 30th Street Station) and New York Penn Station.

Just a thought.

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Re: MTL Runner Pack Suggestion
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2015, 01:47:01 PM »
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It just so happens ...   :D

Joe

Excellent, I'm a buyer. Well played all around guys. Does this mean there will be new 2D-P5 trucks as well? Please, please, please....Thanks
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Re: MTL Runner Pack Suggestion
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2015, 01:51:28 PM »
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I would certainly be in for 2 sets

thanks Dave Vollmer for the thought
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Re: MTL Runner Pack Suggestion
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2015, 02:49:21 PM »
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thomasjmdavis:  Nope, not the only one without a K4.  I don't have one either, as they were a very rare sight on the 1970s BN.

If I modeled the GN in the steam era I might be able to justify one.  They tested at least one PRR electric, so why not a steamer?
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Re: MTL Runner Pack Suggestion
« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2015, 05:38:24 PM »
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It just so happens ...   :D

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Well then...!   :D
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Re: MTL Runner Pack Suggestion
« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2015, 06:02:37 PM »
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Rumor is that it will be weathered with graffiti! :trollface:

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Re: MTL Runner Pack Suggestion
« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2015, 06:07:28 PM »
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It's "Broad Street"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broad_Street_(Philadelphia)

At thirteen miles, it's one of the longest straight streets in the US

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I have no use for them, but it sounds like good idea.  Certainly a common enough model, in its region, and a popular road.

Not being familiar with either Philadelphia or the PRR, was it "Board Street" or "Broad Street"?  Board would be an unusual name for a street, but certainly possible.  Sounds like a street in a sawmill town.

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Re: MTL Runner Pack Suggestion
« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2015, 06:20:42 PM »
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I would prefer mine undecorated.  But given the apparent popularity of the K4 (I must be the only Railwire member without one), it would seem good business sense for any of the passenger car manufacturers to roll out some Pennsy cars to go with it.

I dont have one either. When the prices go down I will.

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Re: MTL Runner Pack Suggestion
« Reply #14 on: September 27, 2015, 06:34:55 PM »
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It's "Broad Street"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broad_Street_(Philadelphia)

At thirteen miles, it's one of the longest straight streets in the US

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Guys, it was a typo....  sheesh...  I know what the station was called...   :facepalm:
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