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Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by jr switch, Jan 31, 2007.

  1. jr switch

    jr switch Member

    I'm considering sending for a 2-6-6-2 by Mantua/ Model Power. I'm hoping some of you have some experience with this manufacturer and can give me some feedback. Iv'e owned engines by Bachmann, Broadway Limited and IHC, and I know from the forum that Athearn and Proto are a good bet, but I'd appreciate some info on this one--Thanks-John R
  2. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Me to, I was thinking of getting one.

  3. CCT70

    CCT70 Member

    They are great little engines and are now DCC ready. The slow speed operation is pretty decent and the pulling power was better than I expected. Great little engine for the money.
  4. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

    my father had one and it worked great,the model power engines have gotten better over the years.personally ive never ownd one but i hear there good locos.and good luck on that buy!:thumb:
  5. jr switch

    jr switch Member

    Loren, Tom and Josh, thanks for the replys. I was hoping to get positive feedback cause I really want this engine. I like how it looks and can't wait to watch the articulation around the curves. The 18" will be too sharp, but it should be alright on the 22".
    I'll put something on the forum after I check it out-----John
  6. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Jr switch, are you getting the logger on the one with the tender? I don't have a logging railroad, but I was thinking of getting the logger. I think not having a tender would look better on my small layout.

  7. jr switch

    jr switch Member

    Loren, the first ones I saw were the tank engines or logger engines, a couple months ago, and knew I would have to have one eventually. Then, not too long ago, I was checking out the steam engines on Hobbylinc.com and saw the ones with the tenders and that was it. Had to have one. Trouble is, the detail on the tank engines is awesome, but I really like them with tenders.
    I'm 64 and pretty much old school in my thinking. I have a hard time with "cab forwards" also. I guess to me, the cab is in the back and it pulls a tender. Go for the logger, they got great colors and they look like something from South America or Africa or somewhere exotic.-------John
  8. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    John, I am 54 and old school when it comes to model railroading to. Heck, I nail cork roadbed right on the plywood. If you want a river, cut the plywood. None of this new fangled foam and glue. But, I like the oddball loco's, like the cab ahead or tankers. I even had one of Mantua's original tankers with the cast boiler(wish I still had it), and I really like the detail on the tanker. A new paint job someday, and it would look great !
    Thanks for starting this thread, it really helped me make up my mind on buying one.

  9. CCT70

    CCT70 Member

    I want one (my brother has one and it is NICE) without tender (2-6-6-2T) but I have an IHC 2-8-0 Coal tender that I am building an oil bunker for and putting behind the new 2-6-6-2T. I took the tanks off of Timmy's engine and put a tender behind it and it looked cool, but I am going to keep the tanks on mine on the conversion, you know, "for the added tractive effort". :D :thumb:
  10. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    If I remember correctly (which doesn't happen very often) the mechanisms are the same on both the tank and tender loco's.
  11. CCT70

    CCT70 Member

    They are, but when California Western converted their 2-6-6-2T to a tender engine, they removed the tanks and after that, the engine could barely pull itself around due to the loss of weight for adhesion. That's why I am leaving the tanks on mine. (well, ok, it just *looks* cooler *I* think) :thumb:
  12. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Hey everybody:wave: , if you left the tanks on and added a tender, would that now be considered a long haul loco, since it would have to make less stops for water? Just curious, never thought of adding a tender to a tanker before.

  13. jr switch

    jr switch Member

    Seems to me that the reason for the side tanks was to eliminate the need for a tender. I have no idea if any of them ran with both or not.
    Another one that is really interesting is the Garret, great big monsters used a lot in Africa that have a pretty much normal looking engine section in the middle, but an extension out the front and back so that they become a 2-8-4+4-8-2. or 2-6-2+2-6-2 or seemingly a number of different combinations. I think some of them were built in England. That would be a scratchbuild!!
    Anyway, back to the 2-6-6-2's. Both with and without the tender, they are cool looking engines. Do any of you know what road systems might have used these engines? I know Yellowstones and Challengers were used out west, along with the big boys, but how about back here in the east?-----John
  14. pgandw

    pgandw Active Member

    The Mantua logging 2-6-6-2 is actually a model of a pair of engines built for the narrow gauge Unitah Ry in Utah. Mantua made it a standard gauge model, not unlike some of the other Mallets used on other standard gauge logging railroads. The Unitah needed some flexible, powerful engines for their extremely steep grades and very sharp curves.

    When the Unitah sold the engines, they were converted to tank engines (I could have this reversed) to gain extra traction due to weight of the water over the drivers and the distances run not being as far.

    hope this helps
  15. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I got a book from the local library once titled "Railroads Of The Cour D'Alines" (spelling?) about railroads serving small mining towns in the mountains in the Idaho Panhandle. It had a pic of a 2-6-6-2 mallet on the Northern Pacific c.1910, if I remember correctly, that looked like a dead ringer for the Mantua 2-6-6-2 mallet with tender. It was pulling a train 10 cars long with a caboose and was identified as pulling maximum tonnage that it could handle with the steep grades and tight curves it had to follow.
  16. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Wer'e gettig some great information here:thumb: Thanks !


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