How Many Locos?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by RobertInOntario, Jan 26, 2007.


How many locos do you have in your collection?

Poll closed Feb 9, 2007.
  1. 1-30

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  2. 31-60

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  3. 61-100

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  4. Over 100

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  1. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    This is kind of a silly question, but I'm curious! Just wondering how many locos you have in your collection?

    I realize that various factors can skew the results. For example, I have about 25, but 1/3 of these are poor quality, another 1/3 are "OK," while another third are excellent models that I use a lot. And some of us build and operate model railroads while others are mainly collectors.

    At any rate, I'm hoping that this will be an interesting poll. Thanks.

  2. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member


    4-8-8-4 Big Boy
    4-8-8-2 Cab-forward
    0-4-0 Docksider
    4-4-0 Genoa
    three GG1 electrics
    Santa Fe RS3


    FP45 Amtrak
    two Pennsy PA1s powered and dummy
    two Espee DD40s both twin motored
    N&W Trainmaster
    Espee GP7
    Espee SW1500
    two Hustlers
    two New Haven RDCs powered and dummy
    two CSX C44-9Ws
    L&N U30

    Tyco... yes, Tyco

    Spirit of '76 Alco Century 430
    Brill Trolley


    4-8-4 N&W Class "J"
    4-8-4 Santa Fe Northern
    Cass Scenic Railway 80 ton 3 truck Shay
    0-6-0 Thomas
    Birney Trolley


    0-4-0 Saddletanker
    two P2K ACL E8/9s powered


    SNCF B+B electric


    4-6-2 DNR Class O1


    HOn3 4-6-0 C&S Mogul




    4-6-2 Pennsy K4




    Pennsy 4-4-0 American

    Model Power---
    4-6-2 CP


    HOn30 0-6-0 Saddletanker
    " Galloping Goose
    HO B+B Boxcab electric

    N scale---

    Rivarossi Onion Specific 0-8-0 switcher
    Trix Beano 0-6-0 switcher
    Bachmann Santa Fe 4-8-4 Northern
    " Union Pacific 4-4-0 American
    Life-Like Amtrak F7A
    two Atlas Pennsy C Liners

    Errr...that is a rather eclectic mix... :thumb:
  3. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    Interesting! Of the ones that work (see my note above), I have 12 British (all steam); 4 North American Steam and; 4 North American Diesels.

    I also have 2 steam, 5 diesels and 1 electric (that I inherited from my Dad) that either do not work or run very poorly. These are all North American locos.

    BTW, I really like Spurgeon. He had a powerful influence & it's great that his books are still being used today.

  4. Renovo PPR

    Renovo PPR Just a Farmer

    At the average price of $300 for new ones I am very limited. Well counting the girls we have 4 steamers and 2 of those oil burning ones. :)
  5. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Obviously Global Warming is having an effect on posting...
  6. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    All mine work but not all are top runners. Of the fleet, the obvious, Rivarossi, Athearn, MDC/Roundhouse, the high end Bachmann and Life-Like and AHM are my most reliable, the others are sentimental favorites. They run, but usually after a good thump on the layout:thumb:

    We could use a Spurgeon or two today.
  7. LongIslandTom

    LongIslandTom Member

    I learned early on not to fall for the cheap locos... the hard way. My first loco was an HO-scale Bachmann E60CP with a pancake motor, and it was a piece of crap. My second and third locos were also piece-of-crap pancake motor Tycos and Life Likes. None of them lasted longer than a week. Considering that back then I was 15 and had to work 3 months to pay for each of those pieces of crap, it was a terrible loss.

    Then I discovered Athearn locos... Looked at an issue of model railroader and one had a photo of the mechanism, and I thought, " gee, that looked a lot more heavy-duty than the mechanisms in my pieces of crap locos." Bought an Athearn for my 4th-ever loco purchase, and I was sold. From then on I resolved to buy only good-quality locos.

    29 locos on my present roster, all high-quality stuff-- Atlases, Athearns, P2Ks, and Katos. No cheapie stuff. I think I saved myself quite a bit of grief.
  8. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    My top runners are either the new Hornby or Bachmann, or Proto 1000 (a CNR diesel), or the old Hornby Dublo from the early-1960s. These Hornby Dublo locos are diecast and, while their detailing isn't as good as today's models, their performance is often better (this is still true after some 45 years).

    I also have a few sentimental ones that either run poorly or not at all.

    And I certainly agree that we could do with a few Spurgeons today!

    Cheers, Rob
  9. Thoroughbreed

    Thoroughbreed Member

    About 60~70 Athearns, all powered and 6 dummies (1/2 converted to dcc now)
    27 Rivarossi's (1/2 converted to dcc)
    16 Atlas (4 dcc)
    2 Spectrum's dcc
    2 tower55 dcc & sound

    recent acquisitions:
    P2K E7B FEC, P2K IC E6A, P2K ACL E6A&B from Ebay
    BLI CNW E7A dcc & sound(thanks CRed:thumb: )
    2 PCM F3's dcc & sound(thanks again CRed:thumb: )
    1 Athearn Genesis NS SD70M (thanks CPR9100:thumb: )

    I'm more of a collector right this minute, till I get moved into my new house and can setup the layout.:D
  10. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    I agree about avoiding crap locos. On eBay and flea markets, etc., you can often buy locos that are 20-30 years old for only $30-$50 each. These might seem like deals at the time, but their quality is mediocre at best.

    I tell myself that it's far better to save up my money to buy only a few new, high quality locos for $150 to $200 (depending on the model), than to buy scores of cheap ones for $50 apiece.

  11. CRed

    CRed Member

    I have TWO locos,but at least they're decent models.

    1-Tower55 NP ES44

    1-BLI DM&IR RSD-15 Both with DCC/Sound. Chris
  12. CRed

    CRed Member

    Off topic,but is anyone else having problems with FireFox today?
  13. LoudMusic

    LoudMusic Member

    I think this kind of poll could use quite a few more options in the lower numbers. Like ...


    Just a thought ;)
  14. LoudMusic

    LoudMusic Member

    They're all powered? Even the six dummies? ;)

    DOUBLEJK Member

    I've only been at this for a bit over a year but have 10 Loco's ... But thier all DCC.:)
    5 Athearn Genesis SD70Mac's BNSF
    1 P2K GP38-2 BN
    1 Athearn GP35 Rio Grande
    1 Spectrum 4-8-2 Unlettered
    1 Spectrum 0-6-0 Colorado Mining
    1 Spectrum F40PH Amtrak
    So far they all run pretty well...:thumb:

  16. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Good...someone else has noticed, too.
  17. CRed

    CRed Member

    Yeah,nice to know it isn't just me.

    I just started so Knowing how I go overboard at times I'll certainly be adding to that total soon

    Damn I hate when I HAVE to use IE,but the-gauge isn't working for me using FF.
  18. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    Yeah, you're probably right. I was just trying to keep it simple but a few more options in the lower numbers may be more helpful (maybe someone could ask this poll again in a few months or so!) Rob
  19. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    I'm using Safari on my Mac and it's been a little slow at times, but nothing really unusual.

  20. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    I'm already surprised that six people say they have over 30!

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