BLI Y-6 wishes

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Mon Apr 25 14:18:10 EDT 2022

For what it's worth, speaking from a retail perspective, if the
"correct" articulation requires curves greater than 24", then please
keep making them "wrong". I've had plenty of customers who want to run
a big articulated on their layout that, whether it is big or small,
uses tight curves of 24" or less. Even #6 turnouts seem to sometimes
be problematic for some articulateds. 
If the goal is to sell as many of a product as possible to the masses,
then some compromises will have to be made. Especially as I have been
completing more of my layout and running more models, the more I value
reliable running over detail. Sometimes you can have both, but if it
comes down to a choice, I want to see my models run.
Marty Flick

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Subject: Re: BLI Y-6 wishes

 To each their own. We all have our breaking point. I can remember the
early 90s, when the only way to have Norfolk and Western steam was to
purchase brass. Sure, there was Rivarossi, but that was definitely not
'fine scale'. 
 As a young twenties kid, I couldn't imagine owning more than one or
two articulateds. The articulation is assuredly so that the trains can
run on smaller layouts. Once you have the train on your layout,
especially in a situation where you have larger radii, I find it to be
practically unnoticeable.

  Then along came the proto 2000 Y3's. I couldn't believe how well
they ran and how good they looked. So much better than my Oriental
limited Y3, with its molded on boiler detail. 
 By the way, my Key and Precision Scake brass articulateds are not
hinged like the Oriental Limited Y3's either. They have a sort of
double hinge that holds the front engine to the rear. The Oriental
Limited models have a solid hinge with a screw holding it to the rear
set of drivers. 
 I guess you could call me a bit of a fan... 

 Mike Rector 

 On Sat, Apr 23, 2022, 8:25 PM NW Modeling List  wrote:
     I've watched this thread go on and on, and I finally can't stand
it anymore. I have not bought, and will never buy a BLI articulated,
of they can't/won't get the articulation right. The Rivarossi floating
rear engine isn't necessary and even it the driver and flange sizes
are better, it's still a glaring abomination. They will never get my
money if they can't make a proper engine. Perhaps if they offered an
M, since that is a solid frame engine, I would consider it. But I will
never buy a Y6a, or a Y6, or a Y5 from them if they insist on
perpetuating an incorrect drive mechanism.  
 Dr. J. Brent Greer  

_Dr. J. Brent Greer_     
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SUBJECT: Re: BLI Y-6 wishes    I’ll join the list of those having
suggested BLI do an Y-6/Y-6a. If I recall correctly, I emailed them
shortly after they announced their Y-6b. 
 I noted that the Y-6’s and Y-6a’s outnumbered the B’s by nearly
3-to-1 on the N&W. And living about 15 miles from the prototype 2156
at the time, I even volunteered to measure/photograph it for them. 
Their emailed answer to me was, boiled down, thanks but no thanks. I
took some solace in their at least getting the driver diameter
correct, unlike the ancient Rivarossi model. LOL. 
 Andre Jackson
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	On Wednesday, April 20, 2022, 3:31 PM, NW Modeling List  wrote:     
 Certainly Broadway LTD has not been hampered in producing
Pennsylvania RR locomotives. It seems like a new PRR release every
month or two. Many years ago at the NMRA National Train Show in
Philadelphia I spoke with a representative of Broadway. They had
already produced the Y6b and I suggested they could use the same
mechanism and do the Y-5, Y-6 and Y-6a boilers. I know Harold
Davenport also suggested this to them but obviously nothing has come
of it. 
 It is my understanding that the PRRT&HS Modeling committee gathers
together all the necessary documentation and travels to Florida to
meet with the folks at Broadway to promote a new locomotive. I have
even heard a representative of the factory in China is often in
attendance. Of course, it seems like anything with "PRR" on it sells
 Jim Brewer 

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