Class J in ho scale

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Sat Oct 23 20:47:12 EDT 2021

Hi Jeff,

Out of the 3 commercially available HO Scale class J’s (Bachmann Spectrum, BLI and MTH), I’ve owned examples of the first two.  Between the Spectrum and the BLI, I prefer the BLI.  

My Spectrums were early runs and my BLI’s are Paragon 1’s (QSI).  My Spectrum engines did not pull well on the somewhat steep ruling grade on my layout.  I also felt that the paint and detail rendering on the BLI was better.  I have not had any mechanical problems on my BLI J’s.  A friend of mine had a gear meshing problem on one of his BLI J’s.  

My first Soectrum had the drawbars on the lead and trailing trucks mismatched.  Once that was corrected it ran much better.  I think the Spectrum J’s have also been improved since the early runs.  Hopefully someone else can offer some feedback on an MTH J.  I hope this is helpful.

Kind Regards,
Chris Dalton 
Bluefield, WV

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> On Oct 23, 2021, at 7:07 PM, NW Modeling List <nw-modeling-list at> wrote:
> Hi guys I was wondering if someone could please tell me who makes the best go scale class J model of 611? I habe had many and can’t seem to get one to last. I habe BLI one right now but it has spent more time in the shop than on my layout. If anyone can please give some advice it would be much appreciated. Thank you abd I look forward to talking with you guys?
> Sincerely,
> Jeff Mueller
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