I am working on a smallish switching layout (11.5' x 6.5') set in
1963 where I plan to mainly be moving around cuts of up to seven or
eight 40/50 foot cars at at a time in a yard using a yard switcher.
I plan to save money by buying fairly cheap road engines,which mainly
will be pulling trains into or out of the arrival/departure tracks.
But the yard switcher will do most of the work and should be of decent
For the period I am modelling, appropriate models for yard work on the
RR I am modelling (Minnesota Transfer RR) would be Alco diesels - S1,
S4 or RS3. I will be using DCC.
I've been looking around at various places - ebay, walthers, atlas,
various online shops, Model Railroader Magazine ads etc.
What brands and what stores would you guys recommend for getting a
decent S1, S4 or RS3 - preferably DCC-ready (just plug in a decoder) ?
Anything in particular I should look for, or be careful not to buy ?
16 years ago