RE: Accucraft GP60
Shad - Nick's talking about the Accucraft Pennsylvania Railroad K-4 Pacific, not the Bachmann 2-8-2 K-27.
I think it is OK for Nick to voice his opinion and relay his experiences with the Accucraft model on this thread since there is no GP-60 yet. Based on Nick's experiences of bad wiring and poor assembly and QC (Nick - sounds like Accucraft should fire their engineers, too), it would lead me to believe that the GP-60 may suffer similar problems unless Accucraft steps up their QC.
Nick- what problems are you having with you aristo steamers? My mikado is the real workhorse of my line, hauling as many as 20 cars and being the primary snow fighting motive power. I am more gentle with my LGB mikado, which while larger, is more likely to have a drive train failure (we're on gearbox #2).
I'd think the real difference between the Aristo 4-6-2 and the Accucraft 4-6-2 is the detail. Where the Aristo is almost as old as the LGB mogul, in terms of mold age, the Accucraft came out what? 2 years ago? Totally different targeted markets. Before the Accucraft, if you wanted a K4, you had two choices, the Aster live steam or Aster electric. The Accucraft is a scale model of a K-4 paciifc. The Aristo pacific, on the other hand, is a pretty close approximation of the B&O P-7, but as B&O fans will point out, only really close to one of the series. It would have been better if Aristo had chosen a standard USRA design way back when, but that's in the past, and they have decided not to redo those molds.
From the sound of it, if you want a passenger steam engine as a runner, but don't have an extra $2000, go for the aristo pacific and a sound board. If you want a K4, what are you waiting for?
Back to the GP-60.....for me, I could really care less. How different is it really from a GP-38 or GP-40? I think there's a whole bunch of folks that really want older, six axle diesels, like a SD-7 or a SD-9 or maybe even a F-M Trainmaster. So why continue to produce models that look so similar? I'd be excited if it was a DL-109.... However, I do hope it does not have the electrical issues and other issues that seem to plauge some of the accraft offerings...