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I bought an old Varney ACL engine at my train shop, and wanted a more reliable power source, so I hit ebay a few weeks ago and acquired an older Blue box with an open frame motor, and another local train shop had a newer F7 chassis with a CN shell. Pretty neat comparison side by side. The older one doesn't run as fast as the newer can motor version. But still quiet and smooth. Thought I'd post them to show the differences.
I just Decoder'ed the newer version, and had to delete the weight as the Varney shell roof was rounder, and would not fit down on the chassis all the way. It's heavy enough to pull a few ACL passenger cars, though, which is all I really want it to do. Should work fine. Fired the decoder up at the shop tonight, and reprogrammed the address for 7 ( as in F7 ). Varney shell fits like a glove, and it runs great. I did have to grind some of the front rounded corners away, as the front of the Varney shell was again too tight in this area to fit without some mods. But a little Dremel grinding and it fits nicely. Can't wait to try it out.

Jerry


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