Handling Locomotives and General Service

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I have several locomotives in my fleet that I seem to run more than others and they are a mix of finely detailed locomotives to those lacking delicate features.

With several locomotives I have broken hand rails just by catching them on utility poles or right or way mishaps. I now been ordering spare hand rails shortly after purchasing a new locomotive to make sure they are still in stock and I'll have them if and when the need arises.

The same with lift rings. I forgot that some of the locomotive have these delicate creatures and they maybe be missing in areas on a couple of locos.

I try to be as careful as possible and handle locomotive only when necessary.

Is just me with this problem?


Iron Horseman

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Is just me with this problem?
No, I have yet to get out, use, and put away one of the supper detail models without some issue. Broken horn, hand rail, MU hose, lift ring, radio antenna, etc. I cannot wait until I get a real layout where I can just put the equipment on and leave it.

For operating sessions I intend to have a different fleet of less detailed models that can withstand the abuse. Roll the good stuff out for photo ops and public exhibitions only.

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