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16  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Steam wish list. on: May 12, 2016, 08:26:54 AM
Now that Lee Riley has so sadly passed, I wonder how much longer we will see Bachmann continue to produce any On30. As a modeler, Lee had a different perspective than most other corporate executive types, which was fortunate for all of us in the On30 community.

I had long hoped for an upgrade to the old 2-6-0 (as was announced last year, with metal gears!), and also an upgrade of the Davenport side rod gas-mechanical similar to what was done on the Porter 0-4-0's and 0-4-2's a couple of years ago. However, the loco I most want, but doubt I'll see, is really one of the SR&RL prairies (preferably #23 or #24), which would go so well with the already produced Bachmann On30 Forneys.

I agree that sugar cane equipment (both locos and cars) would be a welcome addition, as well as a banana transport boxcar, all of which could go well with the 18' shorty car series. One thing we haven't seen, which sort of puzzles me, is new paint & graphics on the already available rolling stock (more Maine 2 footers, for instance). Maybe the warehouses are just too full of the current roadnames that aren't moving.

Bill in FtL
17  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: chuggington flat car on: April 18, 2016, 07:17:45 PM
Hey,railtwister, thanks for the update on the chuggington cars.I want to buy three of them and add log bunks from DETAILS WEST,#235-171,metal,4 pcs.,$4.50.BUY them from

I'm thinking about a culvert load made from the plastic spindles adding machine paper tape comes on. Two or three will fit on a Bachmann container flat (now discontinued), using some black or green chart pack tape for strapping (looking for the tape now). If I get really energetic, I might try to turn the ends down so they fit together, but I just might get lazy and use them as-is...
Bill in FtL
18  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Sodor Mail Car on eBay... on: April 18, 2016, 11:36:54 AM
Today (Monday), I checked with Chicagoland Hobbies regarding the Sodor Mail car they had listed on eBay, and as I suspected, they had used a stock photo of the version with the older graphics in their eBay ad, the one actually for sale was the one with the winged envelope icons.

Bill in FtL
19  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: chuggington flat car on: April 18, 2016, 11:31:29 AM
So far, all I've managed to do is open the packages and test the coupler heights with one of the Thomas red open gondolas. The Chuggington flat cars fit in well with the Thomas cars, although they are a bit longer (and heavier). My LHS' distributor was sold out of stock on most of the other Chuggington items, but at least I was able to score two of the flats. I'm still waffling on changing the deck plank direction, and also whether to use them behind my On30 industrial diesel...

Bill in FtL
20  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Sodor Mail Car on eBay... on: April 17, 2016, 04:04:33 PM
In looking for the lost eBay item # link, I spotted two other mail cars also listed for sale, both using the "Sodor" version photograph, likely from the Bachmann catalog. One of them had pictures of both the Sodor and the current version with the winged envelope icon, so it's likely that the seller is just using artwork on the main photo that was lifted from a catalog, his other photo shows the current version in the blister pack, and it looks like a photo the seller may have taken himself. The other listing is from a major hobby retailer who is listing the item as new, so I suspect that the his may also be the newer version as well. Hopefully the bidders check with the seller before going too high on their bid, otherwise they may be disappointed.

Bill in FtL
21  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Sodor Mail Car on eBay... on: April 17, 2016, 03:08:15 PM
Strange, today I couldn't find it by the item number either. i wonder if the sale maybe fell through? Anyway, I went back to my emails from eBay and was able to access the page from there:


To save anyone the trouble of looking it up, the hammer price was $112.50 (I stopped bidding when someone else went up to $46, my own limit was $35). Actually, I thought it was a bit more and that the original winner had over 3500 transactions credited to his account, (it's likely he may have been a dealer), but now he doesn't seem to show up at all on the bidding record - very strange, guess my memory is going. In any event, the listed winner looks like he placed a high automatic bid early in the game, since he got in on the bidding when it was at less than $2.

Bill in FtL
22  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Bachmann Sodor Mail Car on eBay... on: April 14, 2016, 09:21:25 PM
Wow! A used Bachmann mail car with the original "Sodor Mail" graphics just sold on eBay for a rather staggering price! See eBay item #381591739848 for some serious sticker shock...

Looks like there are some pretty serious Thomas collectors out there.

Bill in FtL
23  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Styrene or ABS? on: April 04, 2016, 09:59:37 AM
What type of plastic does Bachmann use for the shells in its Thomas line? I have made some modifications to some of my Thomas items, and I have noticed that my solvent cement is not as effective with the Bachmann plastic as it is with other models, such as Athearn. This makes me think that they may not be made of styrene, but possibly ABS. Can anyone with Bachmann confirm the type of plastic?

Bill in FtL
24  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2017 on: April 01, 2016, 08:46:29 PM
My local shop says that their G scale railroading business has all but dried up, and they are stocking very little, because they can't afford to tie up inventory dollars if the product is not moving. O three rail has slowed down a lot, too, and it does seem to coincide with the slowed economy. I think this has a big bearing on the limited number of new items coming from Bacnmann as well, both in G and On30, which I also model in. G has a particular problem because of its large size, which makes tooling costs geometrically more expensive. At least Bachmann is bringing out new items in HO and N gauge, but the prices do seem to be getting out of control, I know I'm having to cut back on new stuff and also need to thin the present collection down, too.

Bill in FtL
25  Discussion Boards / E-Z App / Re: An update for E-Z APP™ is now available! on: March 30, 2016, 05:47:16 PM
Last night I updated my two locos (an FT & Rs3) along with a third loco belonging to a friend (a GP 35), and it went just as it was supposed to.  All locos are now quieter and seem smoother, too. I really like this system's simplicity a lot better than all the complications of DCC!

Bill in FtL
26  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Thread on: March 19, 2016, 05:40:29 PM
Those sheds look pretty generic, and look like they could be used on any HO or OO layout, Thomas themed or otherwise, but I'm afraid that they are a bit too much on the pricey side for my budget.

Bill in FtL
27  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: chuggington flat car on: March 19, 2016, 05:35:34 PM
I just picked up my Chuggington flat cars at the LHS today, and although it's a bit longer than I thought it looked in the photos, I think it's acceptable, so I ordered another, too. I'm not fond of the lengthways deck planking, but I think I can fix that with a scribed styrene overlay with the scribe lines going across the car. The Moore I think about it, the more tempted I am to order a low side gon and a hopper as well, just to see if they can look any better after a run through the paint shop. I'm afraid the boxcar might require too much work to make it look right, but I might be able to use its under frame with an entirely new body scratch-built out of styrene sheet. I also model in On30, so that's also another possibility, too.

Bill in FtL
28  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: chuggington flat car on: March 16, 2016, 12:28:35 PM
I think the Chuggington flat car would work quite well with the Thomas series locos & trucks. In fact, from the pictures, it looks to be very close to the flat used in the episode featuring the blue sedan being transported over the rails. From the same photos on the web, it even looked like it had a reasonable amount of detail, too. We'll see, I have ordered a couple, just to have a look. I agree that the hoppers don't look very appropriate, but the little mine gons might be ok with a proper paint job. A lot of the Thomas items could stand some paint enhancement (at least a dull coat to reduce their high gloss), as well.

Bill in FtL
29  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Need professional advice update on: March 16, 2016, 09:19:15 AM
James in Florida has the right idea.  shimming the surface of the guard rail that is facing the stock rail will tend to pull the wheelsets away from the frog, thus avoiding hitting both polarities at once.   Hint:  Nail polish, paint, etc., can/will eventually fail and you will be right back to the problem.  James has nailed it.

Rich C.

That could be true if the problem area was indicated to be at the frog, but the OP pointed out with his screwdriver that the problem area was where the rails come near each other as they approach the frog (coming from the points). In this case, shimming won't help (unless the short is actually occurring where the metal rails are close together behind the frog, as they lead away to the two divergent routes, not where the screwdriver indicates).

Bill in FL
30  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: 1A Controller Supplied With Train Sets on: March 15, 2016, 03:57:50 PM
Most Bachmann HO sets today come with E-Z Track, which uses molded plastic roadbed/ties and either steel or nickel silver rails. The nickel silver rails are much preferred by most modelers because it provides better electrical conductivity. Brass track was popular in the fifties and sixties, but fell out of favor because the oxides that forms on it's surface is a poor electrical conductor, so if you want the trains to run smoothly, you'll find your self cleaning the rails more frequently. The steel rails are plated to help prevent rusting, but abrasive rail cleaners like the Bright Boy pads will wear the plating off, allowing the steel to rust. Steel rails are also harder to solder feeder wires to, as well. Do yourself a favor and use nickel silver track on your layout, it's also less trouble to maintain.

Bill in FtL
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