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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:20 am 
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Williams manufactured a nice line of electric toy trains, most of them being updated reproductions of Lionel models. They included can-motors rather than the open-frame motors of Lionel's post-war period, so they were extremely reliable and smooth running, at least in my experience. The primary complaint was (1) weak smoke-units made by Seuthe, and (2) the generic sound board (True-Blast) was not the best. They were relatively inexpensive.

A few years ago Bachmann acquired the line from Williams and made a few changes. They've upgraded the sound, introduced a few new models and paint schemes...they've also upgraded the price. I haven't purchased any of the Williams-by-Bachmann trains (yet), so I can't opine on this new generation.

Here's a Williams GP-38 I acquired second-hand at a meet a number of years ago:

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Extremely powerful with its dual motors, I don't have enough freight cars on the shelf to slow this thing down. If I ever get around to trying my hand at weathering a piece, this might be the one.

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Always liked Williams, was sorry they shut down. At least Bachmann still makes trains.


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Williams manufactured a number of GG-1 reproductions, as well as scale-sized versions. Here's a pic of one of the reproductions of the Lionel GG-1 (manufactured fifteen or so years ago):

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Five-striped Brunswick green, it has dual can motors with traction-tires...it could probably pull twenty aluminum cars (at least). Just a lovely thing.

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As a PRR guy, the GG-1 was always one of my favorites. But the Large Scale versions of the thing were prohibitively expensive.


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VERY NICE!


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