The other day it was mentioned that the Peco Jubilee loco was "probably"
one of the "best" locos in N gauge ever produced. Well there's one up
for grabs on e-bay ( Item number: 6004176557 if the link below fails)
I'm not connected in any way with the auction, just thought that it
might be of interest given how rare these are ?
"Brian Seamens" wrote
Well in that case I hope the buyer is able to make it run smoothly in
forward direction. If it's one of the early ones where the loco driving
wheels are geared together, it's poor running is probably symptomatic of
Wasn't my intention, and I'm sure posting a link on this NG won't impact
the price that much ??
Just seemed strange that days after someone mentioned how rare these
were one pops up on e-bay !
Brian Seamens wrote:
Hmm, just looks like a typical day at the auctions to me! The seller has got
two for sale, one only runs in reverse, one doesn't run at all. Just like
the car auctions down by Wandsworth Bridge.
The market leader is from another seller at £36, and appears to run in both
directions - well, it is described as track-tested. Of course, that doesn't
mean it passed the test!
Another one is coming up at £19.99 boxed, and has never been run at all,
just tested! Just has no number transfers.
So, all in all, not what I would call particularly rare, just scarce.
Even if there are 4 for sale today, and 5 or more bidders just *have* to
have one *now*, then there will still be another one along later.
It is a nice model, even taking on board John's cautionary notes. I'm sorely
tempted, just for the hell of it...
Of the Jubilee's I've seen still on original chassis, the ones without
gear-linking are fine, though the tender drives do sometimes wear out.
There ought to be a suitable motor somewhere which would fit, though I've
not experimented with anything yet.
If you find one which is mechanically sound, but the body has been abused,
there are still spares from Peco.
Coincidentally, the subject of "decent N steam locos" came up on the 2mm
Scale mailing list the other day. The new Dapol 45xx got an honourable
mention for the body mouldings, but let down by having the chassis lifting
the footplate more than 1mm above correct height. The Jubilee still seemed
the best by common consent.