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Old 07-01-2018, 04:52 PM   #11
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The two "Atlantic" types of locos are a nice feature and will please many, I'm sure. Its rather nice to see such locomotives in model form.
The ROD is impressive though its been done before. Nevertheless it is good.
The 159 makes sense as they already make 158's. Have they done a 159 before? Not been keeping up with today's models. The key difference between the two classes are not visual at all. The 158's have a 350hp engine per coach and the 159's have a 400hp engine per coach. I can't see why the extra 50 HP was useful as after a good few years of working 158's, they had enough "Go" to them. The chief issue was climbing hills on damp rails due to wheelslipping, so an extra 50hp would be of no practical use except when used on dry days. The wheels had an interesting profile designed to reduce drag, and the body shape was made originally so the unit could tilt at high speed, though after the APT issues, B.R. at the time decided not to make further use of this feature.
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Old 07-01-2018, 07:04 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Mountain Goat View Post
and the [158] body shape was made originally so the unit could tilt at high speed
It was categorically never the case that they considered tilt on the 158. That was confirmed to me by someone who co-wrote the tendering document for BREL's bid. The slope on the sides is apparently so it will stay within gauge if the airbags on one side deflate.

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Old 07-01-2018, 07:05 PM   #13
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Has anyone noticed that the Whiskey Galore train set includes wagons (BRT Grainflow) not presently listed by Bachmann. Are these new tooling?

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