Atlas Trainman?

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Evan, Jul 5, 2006.

  1. Evan

    Evan Member

    Hi everyone,

    I've recently been told about the Atlas Trainman items coming out in N scale later this year. I've also been told by someone that they're of an inferior quality / detail looks clunky etc etc. Does anyone have a review of them yet?

    I saw a picture on nscalesupply, and I personally think they look fine. I also think they're a great idea, considering how much it costs to get things to South Africa.

    See ya.
    (from a COLD Cape Town)
  2. 3railguy

    3railguy Member

    There hasn't been any review since the cars aren't out yet. They will use the Accumate coupler truck assemblies like their regular stuff. Much of the detail, however will be cast in and they won't have as much detail, if any, on the underbody. I'm sure there are some rivet counters who have a problem with this.
  3. jimk

    jimk New Member

    The Trainman line is supposed to be geared toward entry level model railroaders making it more affordable to accumulate equipment. So obviously, the level of detail with not be up to par with their standard line. I have seen pics of them and think they look good, and having accumate couplers is a definite plus. For the non rivet counters, like myself, if I can buy two Trainman boxcars for the price of one in the standard line, I'm happy. With three model railroaders in my family (my two sons and myself) price is definitely a factor in our purchases. And Atlas' standard line isn't as expensive as some other manufacturers anyway. What will bother me are those who will gripe about it's lack of detail. If you don't like it, don't buy it. I like the detail on the Red Caboose autoracks, but at that pricetag, I won't buy one. I'll stick with the Con Cor ones.
  4. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Guys,The TM cars and engines will be as good as their regular line only a few dollars cheaper and less details.
  5. dwc13

    dwc13 New Member

    Say what you want about the quality, detailing, etc. (or perceived / actual lack thereof) of many entry level items, but there's a reason why Bachmann is, I believe, one of the largest (if not the largest) sellers of model railroad items. Entry level products might not offer the realism, performance, or functionality of higher-end products, but as far as getting new people introduced to the hobby, Bachmann is way ahead of Marklin, Kato, BL, et. al.

    I applaud Atlas for coming out with a more affordable line of model railroad items. There is definitely a large market for quality items at more affordable pricepoints. Hopefully others in the hobby industry (and specfically model railroading) will take note that they are not just competing against each other, but there are others (i.e., Sony, Microsoft, Apple, Brunswick, etc.) fighting to win the discretionary income of consumers.

    Tough choice...water cooled, next-generation SLI motherboard or DCC system.
  6. 3railguy

    3railguy Member

    When all the rivets are there, they gripe about the price. There is a thread on another N scale forum written by an N tracker protesting the price of building 100 car trains is killing him. He goes on griping he can't get enough different car numbers that are correct for the cars. Good Greif! If your're gonna build 100 car trains that are prototypically correct down to the car number, it costs money.
  7. umtrr-author

    umtrr-author Member

    The negative buzz you are hearing and reading is just the usual cry of the Eternally Unsatisfied.

    Atlas Trainman is not even out yet and it's already being picked apart and declared DOA.

    My advice: Ignore all that, and enjoy the hobby.
  8. Catt

    Catt Guest

    I don't have any of the N scale Trainman cars yet,but I've seen pics of some of them and I own three of the HO cars.I will have no trouble spending my money on the N scale versions.:D (I subscribe to the 3 foot rule)
  9. ozzy

    ozzy Active Member

    100 car train in N scale,,, my god, what kind of power them little engines put out!?!?

  10. pennman

    pennman Member


    You know it would be nice to have an affordable rolling stock especially for any kind of bashing or experimental type work. Besides the three foot rule applies and its my worls and I'm god if someone wants to count rivets the main line is 1/2 mile north.
  11. ozzy

    ozzy Active Member

    ok , heres a dumb question, but what is the 3 foot rule?
  12. pennman

    pennman Member

    3 foot rule

    If you can't see it from arms length or 3 foot away it works!:thumb:
  13. 3railguy

    3railguy Member

    Four or Five Kato SD's.

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