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MTH locomotives and.....

3935 Views 17 Replies 12 Participants Last post by  Rayman4449
First, a BIG THANKYOU for all your replies to my past questions.  You all have been very helpful.  I am new to G scale and have taken your advice. So........
1.  In your replies to my past posts you mentioned that USA Turnouts are really good.  Well, I got some of them and I am very impressed!  The #6 is a beautiful turnout!  Question: what diameter of rail do I need to parallel the tracks?  I assume a 20 diameter. Correct?
2.  More importantly, I am interested in purchasing a locomotive from the manufacturer of MTH.  In particular the  
    4-8-4 Gs-4 Steam Engine with Proto-Sound 2.0 - SP (Daylight) Cab No. 4449.
    It is a beautiful locomotive but what is the quality like and detail?  They have a beautiful Challenger too.  Anyone out there who has one of these or knows anything about MTH?   One thing that concerns me is that their track has a center rail.  What's up with that?

Anyway, thanks for your responses! 

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Unclehans, I'd wait until the next production run of MTH loco's come in..say like 6 months as the newer versions will be a bit better in quality than the ones available now..except the Big Boy..:) 
Greg..You hit that nail right on the head. The newest MTH One Gauge catalog says that all the new run of steamers will have steel centered drivers. The plastic ones that are out now aren't a really good design..infact all of my steamers with plastic centered drivers have a wobble in them. The Big Boys have steel centers and they run nice & smooth.

MTH is also adding more memory into the DCS boards so maybe the next production run will have that also.

And just maybe the next bunch of steamers will have the smoke emitting whistle & a swinging bell..:) 
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