Yeh, it might work okay....but at THAT price I'd be wanting it to also provide me with a spare motor and drive shafts etc too....LOL
Do those dummy locos come with fully working bogies? (ie: all the gears inside). I'm guessing they wouldn't have the worm gear, but would need to have the clip on cover that holds the bogie in place on the chassis.
PS: I hope I haven't insulted you....if it was you who is/was bidding on that model....
No it wasn't me, so no insult.
Yes the bogies have all the gears in place, except the worm drive (gear). All you need to power up is the motor, shafts and the worm drive gear.
I have been lucky so far with my 44's, only one has the click click. Was properly brought on due to running for three days straight with 60 weighted bogie wagons behind her three years ago at the Perth exhibition. Also if you have a derail on a frog, I have experienced the wheel set heating up enough for the muff getting soft and starting to melt. I replaced the wheel set with one out of the dummy 49.
The old 44 wheel set after some surgery was then re-fitted into the 49, however it has a slight wobble, so slow running is required.