|USRA 4-6-2 Pacific Steam Engine
At the HobbyVisions 2003 show
in Las Vegas Model Power was showing off the new Vandy Tender Unit. We are accepting
reservations at this time, see table below for complete list.
Scale Supply Note: I know that many of the internet lists have been talking about
the performance of this engine, and most are not flattering. After test running
several of these engines we feel these are very good running engines. Most of
the discussion I have seen is concerned with the noise. We have run one engine
that was exceptionally noisy, but all of the others are acceptable. Yes, they
are noisier than a Kato Mikado, but they are not objectionable (except at 160mph).
Slow speed performance is exceptional. Low speed throttle range is very good.
Considering the lack of a quality 4-6-2 on the market, I think this is a good
entry to the marketplace.
- Metal Boiler for added traction
pickup - two tender axles and all three driver axles
Pole skew-wound motor
- DCC Prepared
- Four wires have been run into the tender, two from the driver pickups and two
to the motor. Plenty of room exists for the installation of a decoder, very possibly
even a sound decoder.
- Made by Ajin
in Korea (makers of many brass engines)
|This view shows the tender shell removed.
The weight at the bottom slides over the plastic box inside the tender. With the
weight in place there should be plenty of room to install any of the small decoders
by Digitrax, TCS or NCE. I think there may even be room to put a sound decoder
in. The red & black wires are from the engine drivers. The orange and gray
wires are from the motor. The wires are soldered to brass contact strips which
pick up power from two tender axles. Removal of the shell was simple, two screws
from the bottom towards the engine, then pry the shell off the tabs in the back.
Notice the etched metal window frames in the cab.|
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