Is there a market for US TT?

Is there a market for US TT?

Postby CFRiad » Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:01 am

j p wrote:Regarding the chassis question: only the trucks are relevant, not the length of the locomotive - because a new metal frame has to be made anyway.


This is an important bit of information.

Looking at MTB's product line, they only make three types of 6-axle locos: the CSD-T669, the PKP-SU46 and the CFR-060DA.

I know the technical details only for the latter: the truck wheelbase is 4.08m/13ft5in which is 34mm in TT. This is shockingly close to the SD40-2 wheelbase: 13ft7in/4.14m which in TT lingo makes 34.5mm. Take that, MTB.

Can somebody more informed than me do the same comparison for MTB's 4-axle machines with the GP38/38-2/40/40-2 measurements?
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Re: Is there a market for US TT?

Postby ConducTTor » Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:12 am

One more thought (the answer to this should come directly from MTB) is, what's more economically feasible - a four or six axle model? That would help narrow down the options.


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Re: Is there a market for US TT?

Postby CFRiad » Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:28 am

j p wrote:But the problem here is not the availability, but the price again, isn't it?

Yup, as always.
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Is there a market for US TT?

Postby CFRiad » Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:32 am

ConducTTor wrote:"Making yet another GP 38-2".
How many people actually have one?

Reading the answers here, maybe the right question would have been "how many people actually have a painted, decalled, running one?" :wink:
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Re: Is there a market for US TT?

Postby ConducTTor » Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:05 am

CFRiad wrote:
ConducTTor wrote:"Making yet another GP 38-2".
How many people actually have one?

Reading the answers here, maybe the right question would have been "how many people actually have a painted, decalled, running one?" :wink:


I certainly don't lol


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Re: Is there a market for US TT?

Postby AstroGoat760 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:06 am

CFRiad wrote:Reading the answers here, maybe the right question would have been "how many people actually have a painted, decalled, running one?" :wink:

I have a painted GP 38-2, but I have yet to decal it, and the motor failed in it (brush broke off after about 600 run hours).
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Re: Is there a market for US TT?

Postby areibel » Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:08 am

Yep, Guilty here too!
I have one assembled one that was built by Elmer McKay put together using the original etched chassis and Bull Ant trucks, but it needs everything else (fan grilles and handrails plus paint and decals. And I have an LnR chassis and another shell set for that but it isn't even that close! I should get at least one of mine sent out for paint and decals.

I think I've seen two or three actually assembled and finished, I think LnR had one and maybe MacG or Taxari? They're out there, just not common.
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Re: Is there a market for US TT?

Postby MacG » Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:43 am

I'm not sure, but I think only Taxari has assembled and finished one. Built by LnR. And Mike had done some more models. I need the roof for my C&NW without the dynamic brake.

The T669 trucks are really close to all SD trucks. I found only the truck wheelbase with 4.00 m (in TT 33.33 mm). The MTB-model has to be measured! :wink:
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Re: Is there a market for US TT?

Postby j p » Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:05 am

All MTBs TT-scale 6 axle locomotives have the same trucks.
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Re: Is there a market for US TT?

Postby krokodil » Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:09 am

The SD40 is about 5 m longer than the T669!!!
Mehano's Blue tiger is longer by about 2 meters than the SD40. The trucks on both machines are very close to SD40
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