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Sun Apr 20 10:28:00 EDT 2008

Yeh, this is a great locomotive, I picked mine up on Thursday. It does seem to run very quiet compared to the older Athearns. By the way Jim, I still have that #1776 that you kitbashed for me some years back. It'll sit in a display case.
Dave Grigsby
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I've been told that the side frames included with this model are from Athearns's SD9 which are not completely correct for these units but can suffice from a distance. I've made reference to some photographs and will be relocating the cylinders to the centerline of the axles and removing the material in between the brakeshoes. All of mine run in a surprisingly quiet manner. I'm a happy camper nonetheless.

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It looks to me like they did redo this one. I have one of the old ones I was going to kitbash but the new one appears to have a Rail Power Products shell, but it looks like they made some improvements to that too. I picked up the new 1776. It runs great and even has the right truck frames. I think they did a nice job on this one.

Phil Miller
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Did Athearn ever rescale the width of the hoods on their SD45's? Is that what they mean by upgraded tooling? I always thought they looked a little out of scale and too wide, with narrow walkways.
Ben Blevins

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Well, I see we don't have to kitbash the 1776 anymore. Athearn has done it for us. Two listings on ebay - one bidding and one buy-it-now. Jim Nichols
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