Posted By Anthony Duarte on 22 Jan 2010 05:09 PM
Hm... does anyone else think $2,800 (€1,985) is a bit high?
It's a really cool idea, and I would like to buy one as an introduction to coal firing. That's just a lot of cash for such a small locomotive.
I guess it doesn't fit the idea that small = cheap in a little loco, but then the work involved in building a coal-fired live steamer is far greater than for a simple pot-boiler, or even most gas-fired models. Axle water pumps, by-pass valves and plumbng, not to say the compleixities of a coal-fired firebox and boiler, take it into the realms of true model engineering, rather then the usual [high-grade] toys that most of us have.
Ask David Bailey, or Torry, or John Shawe, Dave Hottmann, or any of our coal-fire mavens with which our hobby is thankfully blessed....