Uniquely individual, handmade, fine scale models for around the same price as those mass produced, pre-built, all look alike, Chinese toys. We will sell nothing until it looks so good we want to keep it.
Can your locomotives do this? Bad track, dead switch points or throws, this locomotive just keeps on running. Custom Hornby International Rivarossi Bachmann On30 Scale 0-6-0 Switcher Locomotive #18 with coal tender, DCC, Train Control Systems (TCS) Wow Sound Version 4 with Keep Alive, and working direction controlled LED headlight. Don't like our whistle sound? That's okay, there's loads of others available along with other chuff sounds/rates, 2 or 3 cylinder and/or articulated for you to tinker with all using the easily accessible TCS audio assistant - NO MORE CV CODE programming. Audio assist has easy menu driven choices just like voice mail.
It took parts from several locomotives to build this little beauty. The chassis was taken from a brand new super smooth running Hornby/Rivarossi HO scale 0-6-0 S100 DCC ready steam locomotive. We removed all the extraneous digital electronic junk from the motor all the way back to and including the factory DCC ready board, and installed a new Train Control Systems (TCS) Wow Sound Version 4 with Keep Alive, Now, it runs like a Swiss watch, fast or slow, forward or backwards, uphill or downhill, through the 15" radius S-track coupled to a freight train. All the electronics are in the locomotive except for a 28 mm 2 watt peak TCS Wow Speaker in the tender. Now, it blows away any Tsunami system on the market. We ran the speaker wiring through a single micro plug so the tender can still be disconnected from the locomotive.
Most of the locomotive body & tender was taken from a Bachmann On30 2-6-0. The tender was shortened 3 scale feet (from 20' to 17'). The locomotive body was shortened a little over 8 scale feet (from about 25.5' to 17'). A brand new custom built LED headlight system was installed into the original 2-6-0 housing and new sand lines were made from styrene rod.
We added fully painted and weathered Engineer and Fireman figures on stool chairs, a new front switcher pilot with working knuckle coupler, cab roof vent, whistle pull cable, bell pull cable, tender tool box and a real coal load in the tender, then painted, weathered, and lettered the locomotive. We left the cab side windows wide open so you can see inside and so the crew could wave out the windows and get some fresh air. The finished model has several coats of acrylic weathering with a final light coat of dust, so it will look good (or would that be bad) for many years to come.
After all that work, we couldn't resist running it around the test track a few times so it probably has ten minutes or less of run time on it before we cleaned the wheels and packed it up. Not only does it look great with Bachmann 18' cars (not included), but it ran great on our 15" radius test track with no problems even with 18' On30 freight cars coupled to it. All the original Rivarossi and TCS paperwork is included, so you can play with the audio assistant menus all you like. You will receive the actual model shown in the photos. Items combined if possible and include professional packing and insurance. Background scenery, track and On30 freight cars are NOT included.
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