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Hi guys,

A few weeks ago, I obtained a new, old stock Bachmann Centennial 4-4-0. All I can say is "WOW"! What a beautiful engine. Operationally, she runs very well. Cosmetically, I have no complaints!

I did a lot of reading on the old MLS archive, and I have to agree with the consensus from there, this is a smooth running, eye catching locomotive.

In the builder log, I have been talking about a repaint of this loco to the Olive and Russia Iron scheme that Bachmann has just made. Part of me wants to go for it, and repaint this engine. Part of me kind of likes it 'wrong' with a blue boiler, and black trim, etc.. In the end, though, I think the green is winning. Even though my wife and everyone who sees it can't believe I would repaint her.

I will post some pictures when I have some good ones.

Mark
 

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Kevin,

That's just about what I am planning, except with all the details as she would have looked rolling out of BLW when new.

Mark
 

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Cale,

I think he photoshopped it...no way a road like the TRR is shelling out big bucks for green paint. Not when black will do it..
 

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Cale,

Exactly how long is a 'cotton pickin' minute? All we have up here is corn, soybean, tobacco, etc.. And these Amish guys don't wait. Mules don't like to stop, you know.
 

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Ron,

You forget yourself in the process. By recreating the history, you are creating history. Where is the Ron Simpson train? Why not have a train for yourself? I also admired these engines from afar. But now that I have one, I realize that I could easily add more. They are not that big, but the detail is excellent. Also the general public reacts very positively to them, as they are icons, not just toys.

Where is the Copper River Depot train?

Mark
 

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Ron,

Don't overlook the impact of Ron Simpson in the story. I don't think any of us would be as aware of the Kennecott Alaskan mining project or the Copper River and North Western Ry or its people and history. Certainly, you could have a train for yourself in there somewhere. These Bachmann Americans (and I assume Centennial Moguls) are really nice engines that don't require huge curves or long trains to look 'right'. It is a very elegant locomotive, in both static and operating modes.

It is something worth considering!

Mark
 
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