Steam Engine Help

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by M Gray, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. M Gray

    M Gray New Member

    In need of some experienced advice. I want to build a model train layout using the old west as the theme. Late 1800's, Carson City, Boot Hill, Gunfight at the OK Corrall, that type of thing.
    I would like to spend no more than $80 on the engine, could someone please advise me on not only what brand to buy, but also on what model to get. There are hundreds of different steam trains out there, and to me most of them look the same.

    Any help you could give me would be appreciated.

    Thank you, in advance
  2. LongIslandTom

    LongIslandTom Member


    You want to check out the offerings from MDC Roundhouse. These guys make old-timer stuff exclusively, and they got the proper engines and rolling stock for your chosen time period.

    Hope this helps!
  3. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    If you are going to run dcc with sound, the Roundhouse/MDC models that Tom posted a link to are great. If you want to run dc, the Roundhouse old timer 2-6-0 is great, but their 4-4-0 is aparently not available in dc only, but only with dcc & sound if I read the info on the web page correctly. If you want a nice 4-4-0 for dc use without sound IHC makes some nice steam engines including an old time 4-4-0.
  4. jr switch

    jr switch Member

    M Gray-------------Go to, page one, four or five different early american steam engines--prices are fair and Iv'e ordered from them in the past without any problems---------John R
  5. M Gray

    M Gray New Member

    Thank you for your responses
    I appreciate the help
  6. nachoman

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  7. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    Welcomne to The Gauge.
    Seems like we have similar interests and layouts in mind. I'm also loooking for a similar steam loco. I'm just running DC, but am told the new DCC Roundhouse 4-4-0 with sound will run fine on DC. I'm also looking at the new Bachman 4-4-0, (w/o sound). I've heard good things about both, but haven't heard from anyone in a head-to-head comparison. Both are quite a bit outside your preferred price range though. I've got a couple of the Bachman Old Time Steamers (within your price) and am not real impressed with their running ability or pulling capacity. Let us know what you get. I'd also like to see some pics of your layout. You acn check out my homepage to see the humble beginnings of the B.A.D. Western.

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