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ek2000

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Big boys
« on: April 20, 2021, 04:05:02 PM »
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Looks like the newest run of the Athearn N scale big boys are here ! Trainworld charged my preorder for the promontory edition and I see them in stock as well.

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Re: Big boys
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2021, 04:40:27 PM »
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I worked my part time gig on Sunday, had 2 in stock

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Re: Big boys
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2021, 02:53:12 AM »
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Is Kato still planning to produce a Big Boy?

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Re: Big boys
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2021, 10:24:46 AM »
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Is Kato still planning to produce a Big Boy?

During the WGH virtual show, I thought I heard one of the Kato guys during the second session made an off hand comment about the big boys. He said they were still developing it and that they were trying to make it with a dual motor mechanism so it will pull more and act like the real thing. Now how accurate this is and what their timeline is for it is unknown.

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Re: Big boys
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2021, 10:41:44 AM »
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During the WGH virtual show, I thought I heard one of the Kato guys during the second session made an off hand comment about the big boys. He said they were still developing it and that they were trying to make it with a dual motor mechanism so it will pull more and act like the real thing. Now how accurate this is and what their timeline is for it is unknown.

Kato has been working on a Big Boy for what, 20 years now?

Don't delay your enjoyment of something currently out.

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Re: Big boys
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2021, 12:27:53 PM »
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During the WGH virtual show, I thought I heard one of the Kato guys during the second session made an off hand comment about the big boys. He said they were still developing it and that they were trying to make it with a dual motor mechanism so it will pull more and act like the real thing. Now how accurate this is and what their timeline is for it is unknown.

Strange about two motors - I wonder what is the implication for DCC in that scenario? I know that the HO scale P42 with dual truck mounted motors presented "challenges" for DCC.

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Re: Big boys
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2021, 04:49:10 PM »
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Buy the Athearn Big Boy, and then get the Kato Big Boy when that comes out.
You can never have too many Big Boys.  :)

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Re: Big boys
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2021, 06:43:00 PM »
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Buy the Athearn Big Boy, and then get the Kato Big Boy when that comes out.
You can never have too many Big Boys.  :)

Do it like UP. Scavenge parts from a working Challenger to get your Big Boy running again.
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Re: Big boys
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2021, 06:59:23 PM »
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Big Boy Big Boys everywhere but not a Yellowstone to drink...  :D
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Re: Big boys
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2021, 07:44:36 PM »
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You can never have too many Big Boys.  :)

You guys are making me hungry! :lol:

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Re: Big boys
« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2021, 08:01:18 PM »
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You guys are making me hungry! :lol:


Mmmm... When I was younger there was a Big Boy restaurant down here. After a long night of drinking and chasing women we'd go there and have the breakfast buffet at 2 in the morning. We used to call it the "Black Metal Breakfast". But that was long ago and the restaurant's been closed for over 30 years. Sigh.

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Re: Big boys
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2021, 09:03:05 PM »
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Mmmm... When I was younger there was a Big Boy restaurant down here. After a long night of drinking and chasing women we'd go there and have the breakfast buffet at 2 in the morning...Sigh.


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Re: Big boys
« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2021, 10:22:36 PM »
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... Hmm... If 'dual motor drive' means they are putting a motor in the Loco and Tender.. (effectively making it 13 axle drive).....

That'd be interesting..
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Re: Big boys
« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2021, 11:49:39 PM »
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... Hmm... If 'dual motor drive' means they are putting a motor in the Loco and Tender.. (effectively making it 13 axle drive).....

That'd be interesting..

Tender?  Why would they put a motor in the tender?  To me it means that each of the loco's engines will be powered by its own motor (both motors in the boiler).  Just like the real loco.

While a nice gimmick, I really don't see the point (at least in N scale).  All the N scale locos I have ever dealt with are light enough that they can slip their wheels even when powered by a single motor. Adding another motor will not make any difference in the pulling ability. Instead of adding another motor, fill that space with lead (or tungsten, like Dapol does in some of their locos).
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Re: Big boys
« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2021, 04:28:12 AM »
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Big Boy Big Boys everywhere but not a Yellowstone to drink...  :D

This!
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