you can watch a video on the railking one gauge website. To me, the model
looks shiny and has a yellow stripe instead of a golden one.
Hopefully this was a preproduction model. I don´t like the shiny brown.
Marty, the dash 8's feel like the weight of my usa's. I want to be more exact for you so I threw one on the bathroom scale, roughly 10 lbs but the scale's not that accurate. They pull really well. I don't have a good test hill. They will each pull the cars I have up to speed no problem.
They (all of the mth G scale) comes ready to mount Kadee's right to the body. I'll be detailing more and weathering my dash 8s and my challenger soon. I have to practice more on something less critical. I'm looking at rusting techniques in this month's O Scale Trains article. Joe
Mark, they (MTH g gauge dash 8 diesels) also come with fixed pilots and they accept kadees with a spacer that you'll have to add. The spacer came with my challenger, and their rolling stock is kadee ready. Joe
Marty, I installed KD #820 on this engine that I bought stripped and turned it into a dummy. The KD is mounted on a small plywood spacer painted black.
All the dash 8s I own have the same opening. The challenger steam engine comes with a block ready to mount a KD #820. I prefer the protocoupler for it's automatic front or rear uncoupling with the push of a button. I may remount them to the body as I service them in the future. Sorry, I'm playing with the camera settings,Joe
I will note MTH always shows the front pilot detached from the frame. (for Largescale, I don't think it's the way they should be showcasing them as it makes them look toyish, but..) You can run the engine with either it separated to take much tighter curves or secure it in place so it looks like a proper model. (see this picture)
(Other photos of the Dash-8 is under the Misc section on my site.)
Not sure on the weight but if they have traction tires it would probably mean it can outpull their non-traction tire equivelants. But that's if they do... I can't tell from the photo above if that first axle has them or not.