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Old 02-11-2020, 05:58 PM   #11 (permalink)
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There is a huge difference in real trains as Pete has shown.

Many make way toooo big a deal out of scale.
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Go with what you like and looks good to your eyes.
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Go with what you like and looks good to your eyes.
What has been surprisingly hard is finding a video or pic with with a piko engine pulling LGB cars so at the very least I can have a visual idea.
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For those interested in gauge and scale I have made an e-book that explains the lot. It can be read or downloaded for free here: http://sncf231e.nl/gauge-and-scale/
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"What has been surprisingly hard is finding a video or pic with with a piko engine pulling LGB cars so at the very least I can have a visual idea."


HI. I have a couple of videos to offer to you. The first one shows my Piko 0-6-0 Camelback locomotive hauling a mixed consist of Lionel, Bachmann, and LGB cars with a Piko SP Drovers' Caboose bringing up the rear:


Video 2 shows my LGB 2-6-0 locomotive with 2 USA Trains D&RGW shorty passenger cars, my LGB Queen Mary Series #4175 Drovers' Caboose,with the Piko Drovers' Caboose bringing up the rear once again:


Note that the Piko Drovers' Caboose is approximately 1.5 inches shorter than the LGB version is. But it is the same height.


Hope this helps!
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Thank you! From what I can tell there doesnt seem to be that much of a dif between the sizes. I thought it would be glaringly bad but it seems to work out just fine to my eye.
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You're welcome!
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Old 02-14-2020, 08:43 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Rich, you actually picked a great time to come back. A lot has changed. I started collecting and running LGB in the late 70's. You can't go wrong with that stuff. I like the newer MFX stuff that has come out in the last few years. Much better than the MTS stuff. This stuff has some great Electronics in them but make sure you get a DCC system so you can use all the cool features.
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For MTS I have found the onboard decoders with sound added are the best MTS units.
The older 55020 and 55021 decoders were limited as were the sound units.
Now I find there are great decoders available from several manufacturers and the capabilities are fantastic such as servo operations, more realistic smoke and cost for these is better.
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