Hello Terry, it's amazing how all things steam can grow on ya. I remember when I thought Shays were ugly...............now they are some of my favorites. Im even starting to like the British outline engines /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/blush.gif. (I know, that sounded like a typical American snob)
i was going to buy one.but i decided on the tractor because i dont have my track in,when i talked to the guy
at accucraft he said the loco was a lot more detailed and had a good gear ratio to pull a string of log cars.
OT, but the funniest thing I ever saw on tracks was an older Aster Climax with half a dozen log cars overtaking a 'Duchess' and eight passenger car express....the mechanism on the Aster Climax was a complete blur of motion...
I have no doubt that when this Accucraft version ends up hitting the tracks it will look just fine, and be as affordable as most of their stuff is.
...and by the way, in this month's British magazine 'Garden Rail' a guy is 'letting' his thrice-steamed Accucraft Garratt go for the best offer over $6100....don't all rush now, eh?
Too late for me, I have one already in maroon. Done up to look like the Alfred County Railway version with nice and very expensive cab plates and stuff. It's been on YouTube for over a year...if you want to see it in action, even double-headed, e-mail me and I'll send you some little mpeg. movies.
Just put in the new gas tank, and so far it seems to be working just fine the way it came - I have had no problems with it in manual form, but I AM thinking about converting it to r/c like a couple of my other steamies. I have had no problems with my 2.4GHz Futaba kit either.
Looks real nice in dark green too, another one of mainline131's occasional guests has one in this scheme, he has one in maroon like mine with my spare set of ACR lettering, and Doug H has a r/c black version...looking forward to having a Garratt-up this spring!!
Although it's not the best angle to get a good sense of what the engine really looked like, it's clearly not as "funky" looking as the "hand-built sample" on the Accucraft site. Hopefully the prototype pic should give a better sense of what the production model will look like.