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ques about aster live steam locos

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im new to the hobby and looking at differnt locos first accucraft and now aster.i was wondering if aster produced any butane fired locos except achol
can you switch them to coal/or add a butane burner.


casey wilmunder
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Yes, the: Big Boy- Gas & Coal,   K.B.St.B. S 2/6- Gas,   C & N Climax- Gas,   NYC Hudson- Gas,   Western Maryland / G.C. & E. Shays- Gas,   PRR K-4- Gas,   Frank S- Gas,   C&S Mogul- Gas,   JNR B20- Gas,   JNR C62/2- Gas & Coal,   B20 (2nd.)- Gas.

I have seen the NYC Hudsons and PRR K-4's converted to coal firing.

You might want to consider alcohol firing.  You still get the realism of using a blower without all the mess and time it takes to run a coal  burning engine.  I hope that the coal crowd does not take offense to this last statement...................I love coal fired engines, but sometimes you just dont have the time to devote to running one. Alcohol is then the next best alternative. :)
Hey Dave, sure was fun steaming today.  You had your "alkie" running as good as your coal fired engines today.  Who ever said Asters can't run slow?? /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/hehe.gif

Charles, I think that we can all agree that in most cases coal firing takes longer then gas or alcohol.  There are exceptions..............I have seen Dave fire up his coal fired Sandy River almost as fast as a alkie burner, but gas is lite and go.  :)
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Hello Charles, believe me, I love coal fired engines.  I am not trying to knock em'.  I am trying to decide if I want to run the BB on coal.  Caleb is looking forward to running his on the "real stuff".  I guess Im a little lazy. /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/blush.gif Seems like lots of clean up after the fun. Those glowing embers sure look cool though. :)
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