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Old 01-02-2008, 02:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We had a discussion in the European forum and as usual, it was an education for me.¬* Now that I'm probably going to stay with this forum and presumably a different bunch of folks, I would be interested in hearing what brands you prefer and why.¬* I currently have my LGB starter set little green Stanz loco, a new (Santa brought) Aristo Rogers 2-4-2, and a Bachmann 4-6-0.¬* The little green LGB will out pull both of the others and the big Bachman seems to be the weakest and has traction issues(to be fair, it came out of a barn and was very dirty and not in the best condition).¬* What kind of load am I pulling you ask?¬* Approx 11 assorted cars on a flat layout.¬* I find the typical German quality in the LGB line appealing but their price seems a bit excessive and some of their stuff lacks in scale detail (they claim to build toys not models).¬* My Bachmann loco is a little "junky" (too much plastic), but I really like my Bachman passenger cars.¬* My Aristo Rogers is a nice new loco that looks good, plenty of scale detail at a very reasonable price.¬* On the other hand, the Aristo passenger cars are quite a bit more $$ than the Bachmanns and I'm wondering if they are worth it?¬* I don't know anything about USA or the other brands and would appreciate any and all enlightenment.


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I'm mainly an Aristo dud (that's not quite a dude), but I have a Bachmann 4-6-0 Annie and like it a lot. Aristo seems to me to be a nice balance of detail and price. The USA cars are more expensive and nicer while some of the Bachmann cars are not as nice but less expensive.

I have 4 Aristo "Sierra" coaches and like them a lot. I usually pull them with the Bachmann loco. They're quite a bit heavier than the Bachmann version and seem to stick to the track better. I love all the gingerbread on the Sierra coaches including the metal railings. The newer Sierra coaches with the new bearing pickups roll very easily. In fact, I have to be a little careful and put the loco on the track first, or the coaches will roll away while I'm fetching the next car.

The 4-6-0 is quite a puller and pulls all the cars I own except the Chevy without breaking a sweat.
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Old 01-02-2008, 03:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have a Rogers also...and an LGB SV Switcher,and a Few HLW Mack's...the rest of the stable is Bachmann....our rolling stock is a mix of Bachmann, LGB, USA and HLW.


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Old 01-02-2008, 03:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have one Bachmann 4-6-0 'Annie' and two Lionel 0-4-0 switchers at the current time. I have about fifteen cars, mostly Bachmann, with three or four Lionel specimens thrown in. Mostly boxcars, gondola's, and flat cars. Two combines, one passenger car, and two bobber cabooses.

Over the past few months, I've been collecting lots of cheapo sitting figurines off of EBAY. I stuffed six or eight of them into one of the combines and have plans to have the daughter help me cram another twelve or fifteen into the passenger car. Word of warning: Bachmann scale figures do not really fit into the seats in Bachmann passenger cars - I had to drop down to 1/25 and 1/29 scale figures.

All three locomotives are capable of pulling a good dozen cars on a flat surface. Before my current revampment, I was experimenting with a 4% grade in one part of the layout; the Annie could drag itself, the tender and three cars to the top with no problem, but started to spin something terrible with four cars (one of the reasons for my changing the track plan and going through the headache of the expansion). Both switchers could manage as many as four cars on that grade without serious problems. With the revised layout, I'm figuring traim lengths maxing out at about six or eight cars, depending on just how I revamp the one section.
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Old 01-02-2008, 03:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Over the past year I've become a USAT guy.¬* My F1A/B are gone along with my RS3 and of course my Pacific was the first to go.¬* My -9 sits on a shelf and I take it to shows because it's BIG.¬* Although the SD70 is bigger is it not?


Now I run all GP9's and a pair of SD40-2's and another pair of SW1200's (NW2's)


My rolling stock is a mix but no Bachmann and no LGB.


I think it's simply because USAT builds what I want and it has nothing to do with quality.


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Old 01-02-2008, 04:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Even though I always said it would never happen, I've turned into a LGB guy over the last year or so. I own 5 LGB 0-4-0's/2-4-0's, and 3 USAT locomotives. I think about 75% of my rolling stock is aristo though...... track, anything that works.... [[img]/DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/tongue.gif[/img]]
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Old 01-02-2008, 08:22 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Run and own are different things...


I run about 90% aristo... FAs, FBs, RS3s, 04-0... I have a USA GP38, and a GP7/9 they are great too...


I have a few pieces of USA rolling stock, 1 tank car and a caboose... but the bulk is Aristo... 9 Covered Hoppers, 4 open hoppers, 8 box cars, 1 reefer, 1 tank car, 1 flat car and 2 cabooses...


I also have one LGB 2-4-0 that I like... (custom Western Maryland)


a few Bachmann Passenger cars, 4 or 5 I think...


Most of my Bachmann stuff just sits on a shelf... the era is wrong for what I model... I bought it long ago...


I bought LGB starter sets for my 2 sons... we run them under the tree at Christmas...


looking forward to getting a few Aristo GP40s...


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All MTH operating under DCS and mostly MTH rolling stock with some MDC & Accucraft 1:32 mingled in...


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¬*I have 3 Bachman Annie's, a Bachmann Mogal, and an Aristocraft Mallet. One Annie has been converted to MTH DCS, and the rest will be converted eventualy.
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I run mostly USA Trains because I love their detail and quality and their price.¬* I also have some¬*Aristocraft as well.¬*¬* At Christmas, I add some Bachmann rolling stock¬*around the tree in the basement, but I only run 1:29 out of doors.
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