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« on: September 16, 2009, 08:41:02 PM »

is the bachman 4-4-0 a good locomotive. i wasnt something that will last and something that will look good. is the disneyland set a good set? it is expensive in the catolog, but at target. om it is only 99 dollars.
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what is the point of going fast. you are just going in circles!
simkon
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« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2009, 11:01:08 PM »

I don't think it runs especially well. And the Disney train set isn't especially good either.
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« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2009, 07:07:03 AM »

I think the 4-4-0 runs fine considering it's low price and simple electronics.  I have two.  You can get them at train shows for considerably less than retail.  It is a little noisy and not as smooth running as a spectrum model, but it is a strong puller, considering its small size and price.  I pull up to nine old time cars (Mantua & Roundhouse).  I have made the old cars free rolling with good trucks and metal wheels.

Make sure the wheels are clean and all the mechanics are well lubricated.  The drive rods need a little conducta-lube on the crank pins.  This is not done at the factory for some reason. The track must be clean as well.  The headlight will flicker more than most locos as pick up for the headlight comes from only the pony truck (if I understand the diagram correctly).

These locos are not my everyday runners, but I enjoy running an old-timey train around the loop every once-in-a-while.

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Jonathan
I don't run mine all the time, but they are great for
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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2009, 07:59:01 AM »

If you are talking about the 'regular' (DC) American 4-4-0, I would have to say they are poor runners. These locomotives feature an electrical motor in the tender - which powers the gear train located in the boiler via a driveshaft. My personal recommendation is to avoid these engines.

The Spectrum American 4-4-0 (Richmond) is definitely from a different galaxy. I own two of these excellent runners...and find them to be of the highest quality. The Spectrum units can be had with, or without, sound (all are equipped with DCC). As with all Bachmann products, it is important that you do not confuse their Spectrum line with their earlier toylike offerings. Naturally there is a considerable difference in price...which is well worth paying.

Ray
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simkon
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« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2009, 10:05:55 AM »

I am pretty sure he was referring to the "old-time" American 4-4-0 with standard DC, which does not run very well. Because technically the spectrum 4-4-0 is a Richmond.
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« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2009, 01:54:01 PM »

That's what I figured as the 'Richmond' 4-4-0s are wonderful. Oddly, the older Bachmann Americans sell very well at train shows...go figure.

Ray
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ebtnut

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« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2009, 01:56:20 PM »

Just to be clear on the terminology, folks - American is the generic nick-name for any 4-4-0 locomotive, just as is Mogul for a 2-6-0, Consolidation for a 2-8-0, etc.  The Spectrum 4-4-0 is an American type locomotive built by the Richmond Locomotive Works for the Ma and Pa.  Richmond became a part of the American Locomotive Co. (Alco) along with about 6 or 7 other smaller builders.  
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ebtnut

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« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2009, 01:58:19 PM »

I suspect they sell well because, one, they can be had for a reasonable price and two, a lot of folks are attracted to these "old-timey" looking models. 
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Johnson Bar Jeff

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« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2009, 02:42:06 PM »

I suspect they sell well because, one, they can be had for a reasonable price and two, a lot of folks are attracted to these "old-timey" looking models. 

Add to that, if you want a balloon-stacked, wood-burning 4-4-0, there isn't that much out there these days, other than what might be had on eBay.
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« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2009, 04:26:10 PM »

Jeff - You're right.  And also be careful; the old AHM Reno/Genoa models are about 30% oversize for HO scale. 
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lexon

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« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2009, 04:44:40 PM »

one time i saw a page by someone named harold. he had ways to make the bachmann old timer run really well. i guess the place is gone
lex
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Johnson Bar Jeff

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« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2009, 01:39:54 PM »

Jeff - You're right.  And also be careful; the old AHM Reno/Genoa models are about 30% oversize for HO scale. 

Sure enough, but, frankly, that doesn't bother me. They are still the best-looking models of 1870s Baldwins that I've ever seen. And the latest versions that I've found, sold in red boxes with the Rivarossi name, are wonderful runners. I've had some bad luck with the engines sold by IHC, but I'm in love with late-model Rivarossis.

(For the "Genoa," you can recognize what I consider "late model" by the pilot being red and the presence of an an actuating lever connecting the whistle to the roof of the cab.)
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« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2009, 12:27:13 AM »

From a previous post refarding the 4-4-0 -
My mistake. It was 29 cars. Here's a pic of a plain old Bachmann old time 4-4-0 pulling the string of cars. The front half is headed up a 2% grade.

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Terry Toenges


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« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2009, 11:36:10 AM »

To add to that - The 29 cars it is pulling are stock Bachmann, Mantua, and Roundhouse old time cars. No special couplers or wheels.
The loco is stock with the motor in the tender from one of the Civil War sets.
I could even stop it and start it on the 2% grade part.
If anyone has any doubts - try it.
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« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2009, 02:26:08 PM »

With or without major slippage?
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