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Author Topic: Cheap and Available Diesel Switching Engine for 28mm.  (Read 1702 times)

Offline eilif

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Cheap and Available Diesel Switching Engine for 28mm.
« on: June 24, 2018, 05:50:22 PM »
So, I've been getting into HO scale railroading lately and I've come across a charming, but grossly oversized (for HO) engine that could have use for 28mm gamers.  It's a "Plymouth" Industrial switching engine.  It's fairly bulky and has a fairly large door.   

Though it evolved over time, this kind of engine was invented in 1910 and was in production for around 100 years and many are still in use today, so the range of eras in which it can be used is pretty wide.

Currently it's produced and sold by Model Power as "DDT Plymouth" and can be found for less than $30 in a regular DC version and for $70-85 as a version that can run either on DCC or can be run on regular DC with a provided remote control!  Also, it's a model that has been made for a few decades under other names including AHM, IHC and Mehano and these older versions can be found on ebay or at train shows for much less. I bought a couple a while back fo 7 bucks each ! If matched with some gondolas or flat cars (possibly with the grab irons filled off) you could have a little 1/56 industrial train that would fit on a wargame table much easier than a larger O scale train.

One other thing to note.  There are other similar Plymouths (some with the same frame and motor) that aren't as usefull for 28mm because they have smaller (slightly more HO appropriate) doors.  They can still be used, but I think the version above is the best of the batch for 28mm.

If there is interest I'll get one out and take a comparison shot with a 28mm figure.
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