Porter Hustler?

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by Ravensfan, Dec 31, 2002.

  1. Ravensfan

    Ravensfan Member

    What is it? I did a google search and I turned up links to hobby shops selling them, but no explanation what it does, what it is used for?
  2. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    It's an industrial switcher. These would be used for large grain elevators and industries to move a few cars around, not by the larger lines. There is much discussion in the HO section.
  3. Ravensfan

    Ravensfan Member

  4. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Here You go!

    Marx Hustler

    Athern Hustler (rubber band - yeeeha!)

    Who DIDN'T make a hustler?

    Good readin'!

    I believe Model Power is the only manufacturer curenty offering one of these rascals. e-bay frequently has model power, Lionel, Marx and atherns available. They are fun little rascals, probably not following a particular prototype. If you want something more accurate, go for a e-bay tyco plymouth MDT!
  5. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    BTW: If you get a model power hustler, please let me know how well it runs. I might get one too. I've seen them go as low as $10...
  6. Ravensfan

    Ravensfan Member

    I plan on ordering one from hobbysurplus.com, but I must first check my LHS. If I do order online, I need to get something else 'cause their minimum purchase is $20 and that little guy is only $9.99. I will let you know, though.
  7. t. alexander

    t. alexander Member

    Hi R., here's a link to a site that has more info on the Porter loco's than you prolly care to know. just scroll down the home page till you see Porter locomotives.


  8. Ravensfan

    Ravensfan Member

    Thanks t.

    Interesting read. The only problem with that site is that it doesn't get into the diesel Porter Hustler that I'm trying to find out about.
  9. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    R. we were discussing the origins of this rascal on one of the threads I linked and I suspected the hustler is in fact a porter. This guy thinks it's not based on a prototype, and some of the good folks here side with him. The fact that it says Porter in the name given by the model manufacturer, kinda indicates it might be aporter, sez me. :D :D :D If it looks like a duck... Many model manufacturers have made hustlers over the years with slight variations. It may well be just a typical switcher style and model power may have thought it looked like a Port too and maybe altered it some.

    BTW: I know by "diesel" you are referring to it not being steam, but this rascal is as likely a gas mechanical as a diesel electric. You can get over the $20 minimum by buying two :D :D :D They also have a Plymouth DDT at hobby surp., which if it's what I think it is, it's not a very good representative of a DDT.

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