Train Tsar Fun

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October 2015

Passenger Trains in Austell Georgia

In Austell, GA October 30, 2015. Very close to where I grew up. I knew the Amtrak would be going through here after 9:15 AM because it has for as long as I can remember. But I didn’t know about the Norfolk Southern Passenger train coming. Wish I could have been a better spot

Thomas won! But…

So Thomas has won this round of the Great Race and is champion – for now. I honestly thing both Gordon and Henry are the real fastest. I did not realize it until later but the transformers made by Bachmann are acting very inconsistent. Sometimes the engines would not even move! I am going to make a more reliable and fair course. But who wouldn’t be happy that Thomas won!

The Great Race Down to the Final 2!

I did not address it in the video, but we have run into a problem electrically with the Great Race. Gordon and Thomas will be the final 2, but in reality, Henry should have beat Thomas. After experimenting a bit after the race, I found that I had a defective outlet on my power strip. This in turn affected the transformers. So now some do not perform the same even when moved to a good outlet. In fact, at one point it would not even move a locomotive and then would shut off – like there is some kind of short. I did another test and Henry blew past Thomas, but if I switched it, I could get Thomas to beat Henry. The first several races were fine – it only start in Round 3.

I do not think I will address this on YouTube because it might bore the kids. But if anybody thinks I should please let me know. Thanks.

Flying Scotsman – Plus Hornby Models Don’t Work Well on Atlas Track

Picked up this very nice Flying Sctosman Train set on eBay. Everything looks nice and operates well with one exception – the Hornby passenger cars do not work on Atlas track at the switch machine frogs. I do not think they were designed for that. The wheel flanges are apparently deeper than on other models. It looks so nice though. I will see if a can find away to fix it without having to switch to Hornby track.

James the BIG Red Engine

We just got the James the Red Engine G Scale or Large Scale train set made by Lionel from 1994! It is a really neat set. From the “Shining Time Station” era of Thomas & Friends. Has moving eyes and swappable faces. Despite its age it performed great! This is our second Large Scale train. The first was made by Bachmann:

Will have to get them out together to compare.

Chuggington Brewster’s Cargo Caper Freight Train Set

Got another Chuggington Bachmann HO Scale set. They did not make very many Chuggington train sets. We only need a couple of more to have them all. I wish they made an Emery set or more than just the one passenger car (which is one of the two we do not have). These Bachmann locomotives are faster than the THomas & Friends Engines. They are very simple and seem to be able to withstand play from children a little better than traditional model trains. Not a lot of small parts to break off. Enjoyed adding these to the collection!

Gordon vs Percy

We so wanted Percy to win. Tried 6 times. This is my favorite clip:

There has been some controversy as who has the advantage – Tank Engines or Tender Engines. Some think a tank engine has the advantage because of no tender and less weight. Others think locomotives with tenders have an advantage. The final round consisted of 5 tank engines and 3 tender engines.

Chuggungton Stack Tracks – Trains and roller coasters

These TOMY Chuggington Stack Tracks are really neat – and especially at $5 a piece at Toys R Us (regular price was $40). We may pick up a few more if there are still any left. These are fun and we tried some slow motion filming with it as well. We now have Wilson, Brewster, and Emery in Die-Cast form.

Great Race Round 2 is Over – On to the Round 3

We have finished round 2. Getting ready for Round 3 – 8 locomotives left – Douglas, Duck, Bill, Ben, Henry, Thomas, Percy, & Gordon.

The next round should be closer races. We will try to include trackside interviews and color commentary. Maybe some trash talk? We will see

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