proto 2k reviews needed

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by RaiderCTE, Jan 17, 2003.

  1. RaiderCTE

    RaiderCTE Member

    I have had to sell off a couple athearn sd-40's because they were to hard to keep on some of my tight curves. I am looking at the Proto 2000, gp 30's. How do proto 2k's run compared to an athearn? motor noise, and reliablity are what i am looking to improve if possible without breaking the bank. thanks ahead of time.
  2. Ben H

    Ben H Member

    GP30 -- I have a couple -- one equiped with DCC and they have both been excellant. Quiet runners more so than the older Atherns. Good puller and can handle my one 18 radius curve fine.

    Durning layout construction I had them running on some temp curves and if they didn't handle 17 " radius at all.

    In HO scale even 18" is pushing the limits in my view, but I had to do that in one area.

    With regular maintence they are a fine engine.
  3. DanRaitz

    DanRaitz Member

    How tight are your curves? The Athearn SD40-2's should run fine on 18" radius, won't look good doing it, but will do it.

  4. RaiderCTE

    RaiderCTE Member


    that's were my problem is. I have a couple tight 18" turns on inclines. After laying the track and roadbed, I tested, then tweaked. Everything was ok. I then did some work to filling in between tracks for the base of scenery. Went back and had to adjust again because of either the roadbed or incline was not constant, had a half a millimeter dip. I went back adjusted again and tested. I ran the trains for more than couple hours with out any problems. Next I did the ballasting. Now back to the same problem same places. I made sure the rails were clean but it is the same as before. I have a couple GP 50's that do fine the way it is and I am just don't want to rip up that track and ballasting just for it to happen down the road. So I'm selling my sd's on ebay and I have my eye on a proto 2k gp 30. I have a couple GP 50's that don't have a problem. One Athearn and one Atlas.
  5. Hey Raider; I like those P2K GP30's... They run nice & quiet and the detail is phenomenal - scale handrail diameters! Plus, you can probably get a pretty good deal on em...

  6. Rusted

    Rusted Member

    No advice on the 30's but I run 3 2K SD60s - I have a couple of really tight curves on the back 40 of a yard - they handle them great.

    How do they run? I continually find myself picking them for "fun" runs over some more expensive power. I love them.
  7. clumber

    clumber New Member

    I would generally avoid any six axle diesels on curves this tight, especially on an incline. I have a P2K E6A and that will negotiate 18" radius curves but the B unit will not!
    Generally P2K units are just fine and the GP7 / 9 / 30 are good for changing over to DCC (I have 15 of them on an extended 4' x 8' layout!).
  8. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    raider,Those GP30s are fine runners and good lookers to boot.I will hit on one thing very lightly,these engines are slow runners so please don't expect a rocket on rails as some modelers do.

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