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Mike



Joined: 25 May 2008
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 3:22 pm    Post subject: My Dark Side - One for Jordan Reply with quote

A couple of old Athearns with a little reworking - sun shades, wire grab handles, ploughs and MU hoses etc.



I might even build a small layout just for fun.
Mike
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Jordan



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice, Mike... slippery slope, matey, slippery slope....

P.S. Can we book you for Nick Pallette's Trent Valley Show, now...?? Laughing Wink
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Blackcloud Railways



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sure you'll be welcome as "leased motive power" at TVNAM if you've not got a home for those MoPac units yet Mike!
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alastairq



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi......and if really old Athearns, expect the room lights to dim when they run too....

I love 'em.....can't be doing with these namby-pamby modern lightweight efficient motors...give me an old Athearn...and a 20 amp power supply any day!


You know..the sort where a short circuit welds all the point blades together.....?


I just knew there was a reason for using code 100 rail....
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Blackcloud Railways



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't tar them all with the same brush.

There's an old Athearn mechanism used on the Ferrocarril Internacional that does, admittedly, draw a lot of current but I've others that run as smooth as a sowing machine with no problems at all. Arundale will be using some at TVNAM. Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got an old-style Athearn SW switcher, with Ernst gearing , for heavens sake....


so it draws a goodly number of amps, and is slow with it!


I like 'em!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Considering how old the Athearn drive system is, it stands up very well compared to recent models such as Atlas & Kato.
By comparison, it's contemporary UK drive systems, such as Hornby X04 and Lima Pancake motors, are well & truly outclassed and out of date these days....
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