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Old 10-07-2013, 08:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Test run of the long awaited production sample from the completed project as per Aster Japan video:
The locomotive is a cylinder compound mountain type (4-8-2) locomotives fired either coal or alcohol

SNCF 241P

Here shown as completed pilot model on an outstanding indoor layout:

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What a beautiful model. I love all the pipe detailing on it and that built in faucet in the layout is very cool.
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Does this mean that is now orderable? If this has anything like the power of the 232U1, it will be an awesome machine.

I have two beautiful rakes of Wagon Lit coaches (Nord Express and Train Bleu) ready to go with new couplers to replace the rather feeble, if prototypically correct, ones that came with the originals. Significance here that the 232U1 became my most accident prone engine - it would set off pulling a full set, then one of the couplers would break and then the engine woulld accelerate like a scalded cat to fly into the air at the next bend.

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Hopefully, the U1 has another date for track time...it is an outstanding locomotive along with your rake an impressive train!
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Posted By Charles on 07 Oct 2013 08:29 AM
The locomotive is a cylinder compound mountain type ...



Depending on how many parts are left after completing assembly?
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Posted By BigRedOne on 07 Oct 2013 04:51 PM
Posted By Charles on 07 Oct 2013 08:29 AM
The locomotive is a cylinder compound mountain type ...



Depending on how many parts are left after completing assembly? Four cylinder compound...
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Anyone planning on getting one?
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Posted By zephyra on 07 Oct 2013 04:25 PM
Does this mean that is now orderable?

Yes Robert. If you haven't already placed a reservation with your dealer or distributor then you need to do so now! This is a very short production run. Availability for kits is expected around end November. Pricing, you should expect it to be similar to the recent Aster UP Challenger.

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Robert,
Sorry about not warning you about that when you received the cars. That happened to me a couple of times. I replaced the trucks (Leech's were a lot better) but didn't get back to the real operating problem. I'm glad you brought that up again here. I have since corrected my error in letting that engine and cars go to you. However, I will likely need to still correct the coupler issue. What did you do there?

As far as the new French beauty, very nice engine but at 2x a U1 current price (of course, harder to find these days), perhaps a bit too pricey for me right now. I've had a lot of Aster engines over the years but the U1 to me is the finest engine Aster has made.

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Posted By boilingwater on 08 Oct 2013 07:29 AM
Robert,
Sorry about not warning you about that when you received the cars. That happened to me a couple of times. I replaced the trucks (Leech's were a lot better) but didn't get back to the real operating problem. I'm glad you brought that up again here. I have since corrected my error in letting that engine and cars go to you. However, I will likely need to still correct the coupler issue. What did you do there?

As far as the new French beauty, very nice engine but at 2x a U1 current price (of course, harder to find these days), perhaps a bit too pricey for me right now. I've had a lot of Aster engines over the years but the U1 to me is the finest engine Aster has made.

Sam I completely agree that the U1 is the finest machine from Aster!

I replaced the hook/chain couplers with 1:32 Kadee knuckle couplers. I'm still nervous and contemplating adding safety chains. The problem is that while the 1:32 couplers are the right scale, most tracks have out of scale bumps and dips and with long cars like these, this can lead to lot of movement for the couplers to absorb.

I had planned that my new track would be completely flat but... well that is another story completely.
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