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  1. *Updated 02/04/19* To help eliminate shipping damage on your G scale steam engines I wanted to create a dedicated post to shipping precautions and suggestions. (These recommendations are for steam only, as diesels don't seem to have issues with shipping) There is a number of suggestions for various steam locomotives below. Suggestions: Ship via FedEx, NOT UPS! UPS has a long history of destroying G scale models (particularly steam) and some time ago MTH switched from UPS to FedEx for all the shipping because of the frequency and extent of damage to their One Gauge Triplexes. Label the box neatly with Fragile stickers, apply "Do not stand on end" (to protect from pilot damage from severe nose down impacts), and "this side up" labels. Lastly, and most important enclose the main box in another that is completely surrounded by 4-6" soft packing material at a minimum. Some engines from USA Trains and Accucraft/AMYL are shipped this way and reduces the instant high G force shock of impacts. MTH started double boxing with later Triplex shipments. For all MTH engines in factory pre-formed styrafoam packaging, be sure both engine and tender are in the correct direction and both with wheels DOWN into the thinner bottom half of the packaging. Thicker part of packaging is the top. Here is how I recommend boxes be labeled for shipping: Example: MTH Big Boy (Picture 1 of 2) Example: MTH Big Boy (Picture 1 of 2) Special notes for specific models: - MTH Big Boy: (One gauge) (**Applies only to model made in 2006**) (**2015/2017/2018 production doesn't have this risk due to new packaging**) - Risk: Broken die cast metal frames (front & rear) (This risk applies to first production run Big Boys only. Newer engines 70-3026-1 & 70-3027-1 from 2015 Catalog and later have updated stronger frame castings and packaging.) - Recommend using a 20.5"x20.5"x40+" outer box (Office supply stores have telescoping boxes of this size) (Keep the overall length under 46" or FedEx will charge $67.50 oversize charge) - 4-6" of soft packing material on each side of the box minimum. - If double boxing isn't possible I strongly recommend removing the front and rear engine sets from the boiler and shipping them in a separate box wrapped with 6-8" of bubble wrap into a large barrel/ball. (Remove the steam feeder pipes that runs from the rear engine set to the front before shipping. Remove this with two screws on top and between the cylinders) - MTH Challenger: (One Gauge) - This engine doesn't normally have issues with shipping damage, but if you are looking to be extra careful you can ship in the same larger double box like the MTH Big Boy. - Avoid adding additional padding in front of the cowcatcher. - MTH GS-2/GS-4: (One gauge) - Risk: Broken cow-catcher - Remove the front cow catcher before shipping. Screw the 2 screws back in the holes on the engine so they dont get lost. Include the cowcatcher in one of the isolated open cut-outs in the Styrofoam box if it will fit. If not ship separately. - MTH Hudson: (One gauge) - Risk: 1) Broken cowcatcher w/Engine & Tender side by side type box 2)Broken front main boiler post 3) Broken front pilot 4 wheel truck post - Broken cowcatcher: If you have box where engine and tender are boxed side by side (not end to end) there is a risk of cowcatcher being damaged. Option 1: Remove the front cow catcher before shipping. Screw the 2 screws back in the holes on the engine so they don't get lost. - Either keep the cowcatcher or ship the cowcatcher separately if you cant fit it in an isolated open cut-out. - Remove the front pilot truck from the engine and either keep or ship separately. Do not ship with just rear connection bolted to the frame. Option 2: Cut-out additional Styrofoam from in-front and under cowcatcher to ensure it does not make contact. **In either case DO NOT add padding or anything in-front of the cowcatcher where pressure would be put against it** The boiler front is what holds the engine in place. - Broken front pilot 4 wheel truck post (rear post) Recommend removing the 4 wheel truck completely from the engine and either shipping separately or keeping with you if sending engine for repair. - Also, consider double boxing. If you have box where tender is behind engine, obtain a U-Haul 15"x15"x48" box and fill with packing peanuts or other good padding. MTH factory Box: (Tender behind engine [end-to-end] version) U-haul 15"x15"x48 (Larger U-Haul box for factory engine behind tender version of MTH Hudson box) - MTH Triplex: (One gauge) - Risk: Broken smokebox door/headlight / Boiler tabs that connect to frame - Follow all packing instructions as noted in the special packaging guide provided by MTH: 2-8-8-2_Triplex_Packing_Instructions.pdf - For all engines (New in the box or already unpackaged), cut-out/remove additional foam from around the front headlight. (Cut-out from above, in front and below the headlight). Make sure you have plenty of space. This ensures the headlight will not be broken off in a severe impact. - Consider using a 20.5"x20.5"x40+" outer box (Office supply stores have telescoping boxes of this size) - 4-6" of soft packing material on each side of the box. - USA Trains Hudson / Big Boy: (1:29 G scale) - Risk: Die cast metal hold down posts for the main bolts can break off. (Post off USA Trains Hudson pictured) - Use This End Up stickers all the way around - Use additional packing material around the wooden box inside the shipping box if there isn't any. (USA Trains supplies it with original box but sometimes they get removed later by owners) - USA Trains is currently out of stock on the replacement die cast frames for the Hudson (when I checked on 11/22/2016) likely due to this very issue. Additional replacements will be pending future production run. - USA Trains Big Boy: Be careful in handling the engine when on the earlier production run platforms as they can split down the middle requiring significant work to repair. Most current production Big Boys have updated thicker platform made out of stronger material to avoid this issue. Example: USA Trains Big Boy wooden platform with bolts and brackets to repair split down the middle in one of the wheel grooves: New version: (thicker and different material that shouldn't split) Final Comments: My suggestion is if you have ANY G scale or One gauge steam engine (MTH or otherwise) that does not normally have a secondary outer foam packing, to make sure you double box your engine with a secondary box completely surrounded by packing peanuts, soft sheet foam(soft foam NOT Styrofoam), etc. (I would suggest 4-6" of soft packing material on all sides at a minimum!) Engines that don't have die cast metal frames may be less subject to shipping damage but they are not immune. I've seen shipping damage on other G scale models (not just the Big Boy, not just MTH models) so this suggestion applies to ALL G scale steam! Also DO NOT put additional padding in front of the cowcatcher, they are not designed to take the full weight of the engine, it is the main boiler itself that does. The biggest reason this is so important is because of the current state of model production in this scale (Accucraft, USA Trains, MTH, etc) once a production run of engines is made it could be some time before the next run is made of that particular model and the number of replacement parts is finite. We really need to do all we can to ensure that our engines are not lost because of needless shipping damage and unavailability of parts. Trust me it's worth the time and extra cost & effort. Raymond
  2. itsanewlife

    G Scale Sets For Sale

    "inherited" these pieces from my father. Everything is as is. Please contact me if you have more questions. Craig Green Bay, WI 920-676-3165 dazedandconfused1948@gmail.com Train Sets Item List.docx
  3. Suncoasttrains

    Switching to G scale

    So I run O scale Mth now but am thinking of going to G scale. I know mth and dcs with one guage but what is out there that works well system wise and what is interchangeable as far as locos and systems i know some G scale will work with mrc prodigy. Advice please.
  4. Just completed this install of MTH Protosound 3 in a Bachmann G scale Thomas the Tank engine. Added timed Smoke, speaker, front and reverse lights.
  5. Gaugemaster will be hosting its fourth G Scale show located at the Engine Shed next to Ford railway station. The event will have layouts and dioramas on display showing products from our garden railway suppliers including Piko, LGB, Preiser and Pola. Free parking is available and expert help is on hand throughout the day. The show will be on Saturday 16th July at our HQ located just outside Arundel in West Sussex. http://www.gaugemaster.com/howto.html
  6. Did a test video of the GS-4 with the new PS3 upgrade and PS3 sound. (Engine has the GS-2 nose from my GS-2 engine) Items to note with this sound file: Standard steam whistle sound Playable whistle with three levels of whistle Crossing sound with Air Horn (unique to the GS class engines) Crossing sound with steam whistle
  7. Test video of the MTH Hudson (One Gauge) with new Protosound 3 upgrade with PS3 sound. Items to note with this sound file: Standard steam whistle sound Playable whistle with three levels of whistle
  8. Wanted to share this install with everyone since this one is so unique, one of the few One Gauge Burlington Zephyrs under Protosound 3.0. Quite a privilege to get to work on such a rare and unique engine.
  9. Looking for G scale Aristocraft union pacific heavy weight observation car or MTH union pacific observation car. Or any brand G scale union pacific heavy weight observation Car. Bappu.
  10. markoles

    Flat car decking

    Hi guys, Just a simple little project on a Saturday afternoon. I painted up my B&O flatcar deck using art store acrylic paints. White and brown sort of mixed on the brush gives a worn and sun drenched look to the wood. The first image is the deck as I was painting it, showing the red deck, standard on the Aristo freight cars. Here's a shot of it when I was done. I may end up going over some of the darker spots to soften the weathering a bit. Maybe not. My New Haven flat car is similarly enhanced.
  11. Guys, I've been quietly watching the Piko G scale offerings improve over the last 2-3 years. Granted, their initial starter sets seemed chinsy and I've not been over excited about their apparent re-issue of old MDC stock. The mogul/switcher with sound and improved wheels was a nod in the right direction, while keeping the price point reasonable. (I view the new Piko 2-6-0 / 0-6-0 as a step up from the LGB 2-4-0s of 10 years ago, but targeting that same demographic). In the past year, however, I have to admit that Piko appears to be serious about G-scale. Their huge Crocodile is just a beastly looking machine. The HSB diesel reminds me of an elephant, but it is reasonably like what I saw at the HSB last September. The TEE is an impressive train, too. Despite all of the above, I've not really been overly excited about Piko. Until I saw this: a video of their newest steam engine: Now, besides the fact that Drew Carey has apparently quit his job as a comedian and has moved to Germany to head up a model train company, this looks like a really nicely made, well detailed, and smooth running steam locomotive. There was another video posted showing this engine running with two coaches and a goods wagon. Watch this: When the locomotive is in the tunnel, you can see that there are lights under the running boards at time 2:40. All I can say is 'wow'. Watching the video to the end, it appears our fellow modeler has some full size switch throws in his operating room, or at least some good video editing skills. I also note that the 3 axle passenger cars look to be well done as well. I wonder if they will utilize this chassis to create a similar locomotive for the north american market. While the Prairie type did not see widespread use, there are specific examples who did, ATSF comes to mind. The valve gear and drive rod detail appears to be very well made. In my opinion, that's what makes or breaks a steam engine model. In any case, the initial offering price from any number of our favorite retailers appears to be less than $600. Not bad, considering that altertnative locomotives like this are either Maerklin or Aster or huge $$$. Anyone else excited to see well made steam returning to G-scale?
  12. Auction - June 13th, 2013 @ 6:00 pm central standard time. www.blockauction.com We will be hold an auction for an estate out of NW Arkansas. Large collection of G scale Lionel engines, cars, track and controllers. We have also added another collection to this auction with several HO pieces. For more information go to www.blockauction.com. Most of the items in this auction have never been removed from the boxes. Very clean collections. The auction will be live and webcast on Proxibid.com. You can go to www.blockauction.com for the link to Proxibid.com. We have posted a few images on this site for you to view. This is just a sample.
  13. Well, it is that time of year again. Seems like it came too soon this year. But, I guess that's one of the 'perks' of getting older, right? There are a lot of local displays of model trains being set up. Since most of us are spread out all over the place, I won't list them all here. But, it gets me thinking about setting up trains around our Christmas tree. I've set up a variety of layouts under our trees over the last 9 years. None are even remotely like what I used to do when I was 9 and had a lot of space to run tracks (and accomodating parents and siblings..). Most tend to be just simple ovals under the tree. Part of the problem is too much furniture and not enough space and the general layout of the house. I have an unfinished basement, and thought it might be fun to build a giant train layout in the basement, so perhaps that's what we'll do. Here's a pic of Mary Kate running the 2055 Lionel hudson last year.