Steam Switcher of the 1950s

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Wed Nov 28 00:41:47 EST 2018

Maybe the later Korean built S-1a had gear problems (I never encountered one), but the Japanese made Tenshodo S-1 models were very solid, reliable, if noisy, runners. Unfortunately poorly attached parts were all too common on early Korean brass models :(

The big issue for me with the PFM/Tenshodo C&O/N&W 0-8-0’s was that the model engine model was correct for the N&W rebuild (C&O had 1 air pump, N&W added a 2nd). But the tender was correct for C&O usage, but not for N&W replacement (or rebuilt ?) tender. So the model is not correct for either owner; neither fish not fowl  :(

Even with those serious problems, I still love the model, and have corrected 2 of them to correct C&O configuration and better detail (not that difficult!). A 3rd one is ‘in progress’ (someday ?)

Dave A

On Nov 27, 2018, at 10:23 PM, NW Modeling List <nw-modeling-list at> wrote:

The PFM are know for their cracked gears and many have missing parts that have fallen of over time.
Stephen Rineair
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Subject: Re: Steam Switcher of the 1950s
The S-1 model by PFM-Tenshodo shows up frequently on feebay and brass sites. Price varies quite a bit and can run from $185-395. The very correct S-1a by PFM many years later also shows up frequently at the same places. The S-1a tends to be very expensive ($495-895) but is a great model and runs well. The older S-1 is a typical Japanese import of the era and is bullet proof and smooth running.
The Life Like P2K USRA 0-8-0 is a really fine locomotive. They are regulars on feebay in new condition from about $139-240. While it's a great model it needs many details changed or added to make it an S-1 or S-1a. That all depends on how particular you are. Unless you're a true rivet counter this is a good way to go.
Good hunting!
Roger Huber
Deer Creek Locomotive Works
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