I just got one of these and I am very impressed by the appearance and detail. It runs smooth too... Unfortunately, it only runs good onlevel track without a load. Any grade, it starts slipping. I have not tried pulling anything with it yet. I noticed that the pilot truck is very stiffly sprung. Does anybody have any experience with these? Should I remove the pilot truck spring totally or just reduce the tension? Also, Micro-Trains lists no conversion for this loco yet. I'm inclined to go with a body mounted 1015 on the tender. I do wish that manufacturers would start supplying real coupler on their products. Even the Accumates Atlas puts on their locos are better than those stupid rapidos.. TIA, Franz T.