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    Default Too good of a deal

    Labor Day weekend, the campground I go to (A mass of trailers people own for weekend getaways), had the annual yard sale. I sold some stuff and had some cash. At the end of the trailer row, there were maybee 3 families together selling things. Well, one was selling some train stuff. I got a Walthers Dash-8 in BNSF colors, a Grand Trunk coil car and some other good looking cars. They all looked in good shape, so I bought them. Sunday when I got home, I was eager to try out my new Dash unit. I put it on the track and turned on the power pack but the loco didn't move. I cleaned my track quickly and the wheels. On closer inspection of the unit, both black wires that were supposed to connect with the truck were disconnected. I soldered them back on and then the fuel tank/ counterweight came off. It was glued on with modeling cement. So I repaired it and got it going around the track. Then the back coupler fell out. I inspected the coupler hole where the screw goes and it was split right up the side, meaning a large screw was there at one time. So I was mad about that. And there is a trace amount of grey paint dribble on the back. Well, the only origonal thing I saw wrong with the unit was there was no back handrail. That I thought was fixable, just order a set from Walthers. But it turns out I wasted money on this haulk. I swear, there must have been kids (younger than me. I'm 16 and my BNSF Dash-8 looks like it did when I bought it. Not even weathered yet) playing with this poor unit. I was going to re-decal it so it wasn't identical to the one I got a few years ago. I don't know if I even want to use this one. So the moral of the story, don't buy trains at yard sales unless you inspect them very well.

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    Default RE: Too good of a deal

    >So the moral of the story, don't buy trains at yard
    >sales unless you inspect them very well.

    Good advice. Sorry to hear the unit was a dog. :(

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    Default RE: Too good of a deal

    I have a small layout with 18 inch radius curves .. tight yes

    i bought 3 cars at a train show some ways from where i live ... after being assured they would be ok on this track ... got em going ... and then scrape, derail ... yes to tight ... no way to take em back ... sooo have to make bigger table ... with the lil space HOW and upgrade to wider 20 or 22 inch track .... i wasnt happy

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    Default RE: Too good of a deal

    Well,lesson learned.I hope you didn't spend too much on it.
    Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.- Winston Churchill

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    Default RE: Too good of a deal

    Only $20. I bet the freight cars (All OK) are worth that much.

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    Default RE: Too good of a deal

    I wouldn't buy any train unless they provide a test track to test it before I buy it at a garage or yard sale. But, the frieght are in good or running shape.

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    Default RE: Too good of a deal

    Well, good news. I added a wooden dowell in the broken coupler mount, drilled a hole in it, and it works fine. The replacement handrails are in the mail. I scrounged for hours and found 2 screws for the fuel tank. And a little rubbing alcohol took care of the dark grey paint dribble and the dupicate number. Man, both of them hauling my Athearn well cars looks so cool.

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