Diesel, Steam, or Electric? (or Other???)

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Cannonball, Dec 12, 2006.


Diesel, Steam, Electric, or Other?

  1. Diesel

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  2. Steam

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  3. Electic

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  4. Handcart

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  5. Other

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  1. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    Living in Switzerland means that I only see electrics (perhaps apart from very few diesel switchers).

    Perhaps that's why I prefer diesel and steam on my layout - about 1:1 on the standard gauge division. My H0n3 narrow gauge line obviously is running almost steam-only, apart from one single Galloping Goose (running on gas instead of diesel fuel).

  2. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    For me right now it is diesels. Only because I am modeling the Chessie System Railroad, now when I go to model the Pennsylvania Railroad I will be switching to steam engines.
  3. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    I use all 3 too, tho my electrics run crappy so are mostly decorations. Here's one sitting on the spur outside the shops. Modelling 1950 NYC, with modelers license!

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  4. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Awwww, Gary, me want, me want now...that is one sweet boxcab juice jack:thumb: I'm working on an ersatz one now made from a GG1 undercarriage...fired me all up anew with that pic.:thumb:
  5. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    ..... I need that. is that one of your projects, or did you buy them from somewhere?

    If its electric, i'll buy it. that has been the source of my buying problem.
  6. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    I do steam logging in the 1920-1930 era. I do work on and run club owned diesel loco's.
  7. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Thanks Shaygetz. Chris, it is a brass model of a NYC P motor. The only decal set available for it is the solid black scheme. I wanted lightning stripes, so worked with a custom decal maker. I sent him prototype photos, and supplied measurements of the model. He sent me a file of artwork which I printed on plain paper and taped to the unpainted model to check for fit. Some tweaking resulted, and I had my custom decals. The stripes were a bear to apply around the hand grabs!

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  8. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Here she is finished. Sorry, didn't mean to hijack the thread!

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  9. Coastie

    Coastie New Member

    I like the diesel the best but I also like the Steam. You can have a Diesel layout with steam as show engines, like the Southern RR had.
  10. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    That's gorgeous Gary!!
  11. LongIslandTom

    LongIslandTom Member


    That P-motor really brings alive a sense of history for me. I commute daily to and from Manhattan for work, and I drive by a lof of places where those NYC 3rd-rail electrics used to rule (Harlem river, Marble Hill, Spuyten Duyvil, etc.). These days we see stuff like Budd M-1s, Bombardier M-7s and GE P32AC-DMs running off that same 3rd rail (which are all beauties in their own right), but it's easy to imagine those NYC electrics in their place all those years ago.

    SWEET! :thumb:
  12. kf4jqd

    kf4jqd Active Member

    I do both deisel and steam. I love that time peroid!

  13. Relic

    Relic Member

    I was going to go sream, even bought one{PC Yard Bull}turned out it was my one ond probably only new engine. I somehow got it in my head{there's lots of room}that all those moving parts would end up causing me grief since I am somewhat ham-handed at times. SOOO now I have a "fleet"{eight} of first generation deisels. no regrets
  14. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    Thats amazing! I love those old electrics. they are so different from everything else out there.
  15. Spartalee

    Spartalee Member

    Steam lover here!
  16. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Wow! Steam just overtook diesel in the poll after a long commanding lead by the newer technology! :)
  17. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    Actually, I believe Steam and Diesel were running pretty much neck and neck for awhile. Diesel was ahead buy a little but I wouldn't call it comanding or anything. ;)

    I just want to know who voted handcart. :D
  18. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Steam is king on the LC&P although there are a couple of UP diesels skulking about (SD-7 & GP-20). The Jeep was a Christmas gift from way back when they ruled the rails so even if it is out of my era, it's not going anywhere!
  19. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    By the way...I cast the vote that broke a 24/24 tie...Steam rules!!!
  20. 65GASSER

    65GASSER Member

    Diesel for me.

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