Looking to Replace My J Class Engine

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Fri Jul 6 17:13:47 EDT 2018

Bowser once made  a replacement mechanism (probably for the early version with the pancake motor) that can sometimes be found on E-bay. It would surely add weight.

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On Friday, July 6, 2018 NW Modeling List via NW-Modeling-List <nw-modeling-list at nwhs.org> wrote:

I am looking for a new J class engine.  I currently have a Bachmann J Class but it just does not want to stay on the rails.  It does fine in straight runs, but in curves (22” radius to 36” radius) it keeps derailing.  It also will not go up a 3% grade with a string of passenger cars.  All of my other steam engines and diesels do fine on my rails and grades.  It appears that any place the rails are not absolutely perfect, it will derail.  Perhaps it is too light.  I am not too bummed as I only paid $124 for the DCC ready engine on eBay.  I added my own decoder and sound, which I can always use in other steam engines.  (I guess you get what you pay for).


Any suggestions on a good brand of J Class I can buy that, hopefully, will stay on my rails and pull up a 3% grade?  I have noticed that MTH offers J Class engines (more than I would like to pay) and they offer a flat tender or a rounded tender.  When was the switch from flat to round?  Any other good brands of J Class other than MTH?


Thanks for your opinions.


Jack Fletcher​

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