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what it is snagging it. The sleeper cars seemed to be most prone to the snag- ging problem. Offending bits of under- body detail can be clipped off, allowing the truck to swing freely. On the sleep- ers just to the left of the truck bolster is a plastic pipe that passes over the car’s center sill under the tab on the truck bolster. It seems wise to remove it with clippers as well. With the tweaks completed and the


entire train on the layout the running tests were begun. The Canadian did not derail through curves, switches, crossovers, over level crossings or bridges. Even at full speed it handled No. 6 turnouts with elegance and grace. Backing up into the yard on the


club layout through curves, three-way switches and slip switches did not phase it. It stayed on the track, period. What then of the locomotives?


Again, Rapido’s level of detail is aston- ishing. The CPR equipped their FP9A units with icicle breakers on their roofs to protect the front windows of the dome cars during winter operation in tunnels. Rapido’s model has them. CPR added an oscillating searchlight to the locomotive roof as well. This was intended to entertain dome car passen- gers riding at night through the moun- tains. Not only do the model locomo- tives have the searchlights, on DCC-equipped layouts, they light up and appear to oscillate.





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