O Scale - Bad idea??

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by CCT70, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. CCT70

    CCT70 Member

    Occasionally I browse Ebay looking for an HO DD40AX to detail, repaint and add to my collection. Usually these got for $125-$150 for the Spectrum versions, sometimes even that much for the mediocre Bachmann standard HO versions with the crappy pancake motors. A couple weeks ago, I decided to look at all "Union Pacific" items under the Bachmann HO category hoping someone would have one that didn't exactly know what it was. I found one: "Bachmann HO Union Pacific #6922 engine". The item description said that the "rear wheels were off but probably fixable as something bound up in the rear wheels and I couldn't put it back together". Looking at the photos though, found that it was actually an MTH O Scale DD40 and that the rear truck was probably fixable afterall. I got into a bidding war with minuted left, but rarely do I ever lose one on ebay (Thanks Comcast!). I got it really cheap and it arrived yesterday. Alicia brought it with her when she came over to meet me at a friends house (She wanted to stay behind and shower and wait for the Fed-Ex guy). A quick glance at the truck revealed that it was simply missing a screw. Problem solved. Looks nice on my mantle too.

    You know me, I can't leave well enough alone. After watching Youtube videos of them in action, I HAD to see if I could rig up a test stand. (Did I mention I have absolutely NO O Scale trains other than an old Lionel General engine and a couple of cars on a shelf??)

    The first thing I did was to remove the body. So far, so good. Then, I hooked an MRC powerpack to each motors leads. Powerful little sucker! (Did I forget to mention, this thing weighs just shy of 9 pounds?). I looked around for something to put under the fuel tank to prop it up so when I put power to the wheels and pickup shoe that the wheels could freely spin. I ended up using a few stacked DVD cases. Now I had it up off the ground, and the power pack rigged up. I put one lead to the pickup shoe, one to the side of a wheel, and gleefully watched and listened as it lit up and the turboe'd engine wound up and started idling. Too cool.... (Did I mention I am easily amused [​IMG] ??) Hmmm... Wonder if the smoke units work?? (Here comes the bad idea part [​IMG] ). On the Youtube videos, the MTH O Scale Centennials I watched smoked pretty good. The guy also had a Turbine that REALLY Smoked! He mentioned that he used a little Lamp oil mixed with smoke fluid to make the extra smoke. (Did I mention I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed sometimes? (Shut Up David!!). Hey, I have some old oil lamps! I live by the redneck credo sometimes of a "little isn't enough, too much should be just right". [​IMG] ( Did I also mention I live in a tiny one bedroom apartment??) I kept hearing a voice in the back of my head going "Always got to mess with stuff, can't leave well enough alone can you??" (Dad). Yet, I STILL as an adult never listen... [​IMG]

    Well, I ended up having to open up the house and turn on fans, the cat evacuated to the bedroom closet, Alicia started choking, the neighbors downstairs were wondering what was burning, and there I stood at the front door waving my door frantically back and forth trying to force some air into the house.. in my underwear... and out steps my new neighbor (with baby) from her front door directly across from my door. "Kitchen fire??". "Nope, Toy Train!"

    I'm starting to worry about getting a "happy visit" tomorrow by the cookie truck. [​IMG]

    I think I had better just stick to HO... :twisted:


  2. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    That's one big piece of equipment. Someone donated an HO version to our club. We use it for static display and run it occasionally. It won't pull much without spinning its wheels. Kinda light.
  3. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

    Wow- almost as big as the real one!!! :mrgreen:
  4. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    Well, I've seen plenty of photos of O scale garden railways in the UK...so perhaps, someday, you can have a WP layout inside...and a garden railway to run that beast. Anymore, some of those gorgeous MTH locomotives aren't that much more expensive than HO locomotives.
  5. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Wow, what a beast...come on, videos, more smoke, sound....:thumb:

    A redneck's last words..."Hey guys, watch this...." :mrgreen:
  6. CCT70

    CCT70 Member

    If I had a dollar for everytime I or one of my family started off a bad idea with "Hey Y'all, watch this!", I'd have bought an O Scale, N Scale and HO scale Centennial. :mrgreen:
  7. CCT70

    CCT70 Member

    Glad made someones day, the UPS guy knocked on the door this morning, and I hid in the bathroom. The funniest thing though, is Alicia is so used to antics like this that it doesn't faze her. She just figures it's normal and lives accordingly.
  8. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Wow...That is a huge monster...!! If I had the room and the $$'s...I would fill it up with O scale beasts. They just convey that massive feel you get from the 1:1 version....Good buy..!!
  9. CCT70

    CCT70 Member

    Yeah, this engine weighs about as much as my cat "Lardo". Alicia picked it up and said "My God! This thing weighs more than my child when she was born". It's massive. Alicia found some smoke fluid on Ebay that is scented like Apples. I think she's eyeing the thing for a huge potpouri pot... :rolleyes:
  10. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    I have the N scale....Interested?
  11. CCT70

    CCT70 Member

    Not at this time, but appreciate the offer. I am looking for an HO version still though. I sold off my N Scale several years ago and decided to stick to HO. The O Scale I bought to display on my office desk.

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