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Frequently Asked Questions

Combined Answers to the many FAQ:

4-4-0/2-6-0 Locos. 

Drive is a can motor coupled directly to their gear box (no joint) which only JUST fits into the wagon top boiler. So a fly wheel is out of the question.  We wanted to use our standard motor with a bit of "grunt". Anything smaller is useless. This was the reason for picking a Wagon Top boiler. A new smaller sound cam had to be fitted to the rear axle. Tight squeeze! And the "walk in"  tenders can be covered over easily if you want to install a speaker. They can be "wooded up".

Larger Tenders: We of course can supply larger tenders (C16, Uintah, PC, etc.) for modernized locos. Also oil tanks can be fitted to these. Its your choice.

Minimum radius: You can leave off the rear shunters foot board (switchman's pilot? in "Yank") as it may foul the rear truck. And file the edges of the cab/tender fall plate. Also the 2 tender trucks will need some filing as their brakes touch each other on anything sharper than 28". It's a very short tender. Having done this you can run them as sharp as you like. The 2-6-0 has a blind center driver to make life easier.

Slow speed: As good as your controller allows. Our stuff normally creeps along.

Pilots: We can supply the shorter "Intermediate" style wood staved pilot already recessed for a Kadee coupler. Just ask.

Headlamps: Also Modernized locos can have the big "Wabash" headlight or the smaller RGS etc. style Arc lamp - looks like Grandma's antique mantle clock. Capiche?

Stacks: You name it - we have about 10 different types now.

Decals: If you want an obscure name for your kit, then get a mate with an ALPS printer to do it for you.

Payment: Credit cards, transfers to a US bank a/c (on request). No cheques MO's. Send C.C. details split over 2 emails a few minutes apart for Security.

Catalogues: Still need those $5 bills if Doreen is going to make it right through to the next Convention? May have to leave her in Honolulu. Life's tough! (if Coronavirus allows it)

Any other questions just email us.