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Jim La Baugh'S Porter on his layout
Jim La Baugh's Porter runs on his layout. Jim met Paul Ingraham and me at the Denver Narrow Gauge Convention in 2017 and we asked him to supply us photos of his SEARAILS Porter.
Any Porter owner may provide us photos to display and we will be privileged to do so.
Many thanks, Jim
David Kazmaier, running his Porter on one of his micro layouts (under construction)
6" x 9" grade 12% minimum radius 1.5 " porter runs beautiful on this layout will pull 2 v tippers up the 12% grade and handles the small curves just fine.
The Porter runs great, will run nice and slow and pull two (2) 30' cars. I love the driver rods, they run smooth and look great The Porter is a beautiful loco.
SEARAILS has been trying to increase its delviery performance. We're pleased to acknowledge Jim Stueber's critical review comments following.
"... Yes, the order arrived very quickly and safe and sound. I have been running both locos for over a week now with no problems. Performance is as expected, although the Model 40 does seem fresher and tighter.
I really enjoy running the Model 40. I think that by the time you replenish your stocks around the time of the NMRA, I just might order another Model 40.
Bottom line, they're working out very well and it's great to have such locomotive options available in Z Scale. They run very well, and I think they run without stuttering as well as AZL's flywheel equipped locos.
Thanks for the fast turnaround on those orders, and I will keep tabs on your website to see when the stocks have been replenished and the locomotives are ready for ordering again.
John Stueber ..."
Jim Stubbe's PowerMAX! Nn3 Steam Trollies.
TONI HELM'S BIG HENSCHEL W/ PowerMAX! V.2
TONI HELM's Big Henschel: 3-12-16
Toni's Big Henschel project is finished. He is also working on matching freight and passenger cars and he plans on making a second locomotive and motor car when these projects are completed.
He uses the PowerMAX! v.2 for motive power.
Paul Lipiarski comments on SEARAILS repair service;
The Red EMD Loc arrived today 12/7/15 in excellent shape.
I ran it on my Rohuhan test track for a half hour in both directions and all speeds. Excellent lighting and smooth performance as promised. Thank you so much for the excellent fix. Again you have my sincere appreciation for your ability to work with the customer and resolve problems.
Another milestone accomplishment for Z Scale!
Paul Lipiarski Jr.
Wood Side Box Cab
Mark has assembled and painted a Tom Knapp designed Wood Side Box Cab, viewed here. Notice the weathering of the wood siding and the cast details.
He has complimented the PowerMAX! on ... "how very nice it runs; Smooth and slow. No skipping or loss of electrical contact.” He also had a problem with the alternating directional lighting system. Tom Knapp recommended using a Veripulse throttle, and to set the throttle with a maximum output to the track at 6 volts DC so that the PowerMAX would be protected even at full throttle
Mark says ... “It worked just as expected with the head light on going in forward motion, and completely off in reverse, with the rear light illuminating when moving in reverse. “In this little critter I put both an incandescent white and a red "Nano" LED in the rear light fixture with the red coming on when going forward and off with the incandescent white on going in reverse. Now, It does not have the problem of the LED in the non "in use" direction glowing slightly when it should be completely off. It also has very precise control and a nice adjustable "momentum" feature. Because the SEARAILS PowerMAX! units are 6 volt motors it is a very good power source choice. ..."
MATT CURNOW'S EMD MODEL 40 ON HIS LAYOUT. The models in these images represent the unpainted AND the Special Order painted with decals.
Tom Knapp's painted & weathered EMD Model 40 Mine Switcher
Roger Shimada's ATSF EMD Model 40.
"The EMD40 is a Superb model locomotive. A treasure in my collection. Only a whisper of current is all it needs to do it's job. " and the "Soft Black color soaks up the light. A beauty of a machine."
My little RedHed has arrived today. Looks beautiful. terrific paint work and logo. You have a very satisfied Z scale customer. Thanks for all the continuous refinements that you folks and Tom Knapp sweated through to produce what I believe is an award winning loco. Can't wait to show it to my bigger scale brothers from the lodge at our Wednesday night "Sit,Sip, Salon" where we discuss serious issues but who am I kidding, just shoot the breeze and enjoy our Rail based camaraderie.
PAUL LIPIARSKI'S EMD DEMO UNIT OF THE MODEL 40
describes his use of the PowerMAX! in building his Nn3 Trams;
For my 1905 modelrailway I built 2 trams using the SEARAILS PowerMAX! (tram1). Each unit is operated with the selectrix digital system. The D&H decoder I use is multiple protocol capable. I developed my own etched board . The first step of assemblage is to fold the body (tram2). The body is fixed to the SEARAILS chassis at two points. On the picture the position of the screw is marked that holds the body at the one end (tram3). The screw replaces one of the two screws that hold the engine. On the other end a holder replaces the original part. (tram3a). The next picture shows the assembled tram without roof. (tram4) with the decoder fixed on the engine. Last, the 3 parts are put together with screws after grounding (tram5). This is a short description. A more detailed description with many more pictures is in German available at: http://www.malm1.de/straba-bau/anl-straba-c.html