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casey

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« on: October 21, 2012, 11:46:25 AM »

Hi, I have just purchased a new Thomas the tank green Southern coach thinking it would look nice behind the Spectrum L&B LYN loco. Having tried this I am disappointed to find the following:-  1) the coach with flangeless centre wheels does not like R3 track and pointwork. 2) has no interior detail.  3) Is not to the same scale as the LYN.
As it turns out I will have to sell the coach as this is not acceptable to me. The question is:- Do Bachmann intend to produce a nice coach to go with the LYN?

It is a shame that such a nice looking coach as the Green one is not to the same scale as the two complement each other very nicely.
Could I also venture a suggestion? If the centre axle and one end axle were mounted on a clemenson truck principle then taking tighter curves would not be a problem.
I think there could be a market for this type of coach as there are many narrow gauge modelers out there that could also use the coach for kitbashing if it was the same standard that we have come to know and love from Bachmann trains. 
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Chuck N

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« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2012, 01:35:24 PM »

In my opinion, the cars and engines in the Thomas series are a scale unto them selves.  They are based upon British Standard gauge, so they should be 1:32, but they look too big for that.  Removing the center axle might help traversing your curves and switches.

Chuck
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tac

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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2012, 12:03:42 PM »

Hi, I have just purchased a new Thomas the tank green Southern coach thinking it would look nice behind the Spectrum L&B LYN loco. Having tried this I am disappointed to find the following:-  1) the coach with flangeless centre wheels does not like R3 track and pointwork. 2) has no interior detail.  3) Is not to the same scale as the LYN.
As it turns out I will have to sell the coach as this is not acceptable to me. The question is:- Do Bachmann intend to produce a nice coach to go with the LYN?

It is a shame that such a nice looking coach as the Green one is not to the same scale as the two complement each other very nicely.
Could I also venture a suggestion? If the centre axle and one end axle were mounted on a clemenson truck principle then taking tighter curves would not be a problem.
I think there could be a market for this type of coach as there are many narrow gauge modelers out there that could also use the coach for kitbashing if it was the same standard that we have come to know and love from Bachmann trains. 

The suitable passenger cars for the 'Lyn' are marketed by AccuCraft UK.  They are over two feet long, and are very accurate models of the original Lynton & Barnstaple coaches.  Just coming onto the market here in UK, they retail for about $220 each.

They can be bought here in UK from Track Shack on the Isle of Man - tax free.  If you email them, tell John that I sent you.

Best

tac
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