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Hi Dave,

I own both brands. Both overall ,as ME 26-06 puts it ,has its goods & bads, however just a bit of advice:

Stay clearly away from Fleischmann old loco's, specially steams.

1) They are fitted with the vertical flywheel type old motors which are extremely noisy when running.Believe Br 64 is one of them. Only their recent steam engines are fitted with horizantal silent running motors.

2) If you are planning to upgrade to DCC in the future you might have problems in converting FLM locos unless you are a genius in hardwiring. There is a hectic isolation to be done to between the motor and the chassis of the loco.

3) The new loco's are, as FLM puts it DCC ready. IMHO they are not. They come with a 6 pole ready socket whereas all other brands use 8 pole ready sockets for decoders. 6 poles is for N scale locos with decoder current value of 0,5 max not suitable for HO. Take a look at post on this subject :
http://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index...?showtopic=2473

Apart from the above, FLM in general have superb detailing and brilliant running qualitiy.

However, my vote will always go towards ROCO.

Cheers
Baykal
 

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Hi Brian,

QUOTE (dbclass50 @ 17 Sep 2007, 19:57) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>- they are easy to convert to DCC if you obtain a replacement motor backplate. .

Seems I can't get thru you by PM. I am desperately in need of backplates FLM for BR 55 and lectric 1043.

cheers

Baykal
 
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