Vintage Atlas Locos
If you've ever thought of buying older atlas N scale locomotives here is something I've noticed about them. If you look at bottom side you can see exposed gears on some trucks and not on others. On these particular ones it means NO GEARS = NO DRIVE. At least some, if not all, of these non-driven wheels do have electrical pickup though. Only the trucks with gears showing have driven wheels. (Other older or newer locos may or may not have trucks with gears inside that are not exposed).
The santa fe war-bonnet E8 (made in Italy) and the fairbanks morse C-liner (yugoslavia) with only one driven truck each, do not run. I have not yet tried to see if they can be coaxed into working with some lubrication, tweaking, and TLC. I got these for $10 each thinking might get them running or use parts from one to make the other run....or just start a RR salvage yard on the layout.
The southern pacific E7 (austria) runs really nice and smooth (but noisy), fast and slow, though not as perfect at slowest speeds like the newest of todays. The war bonnet E8 body will also fit on this one with minor trimming above the rear truck.
Last edited by railfan; 04-28-2012 at 10:01 AM.
:: Mike :: :: N scale collector ::