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1  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Big Hauler Royal Blue Set #90016 on: Today at 10:41:38 AM
Hi bj,

Yes, your Royal Blue locomotive and cars can be run outdoors, but the track that comes with the set is not suitable for outdoor use.  The steel alloy track will rust and cause problems very quickly.

I would suggest starting with a circle of Bachmann brass track which is designed for outdoor use.  If running outdoors be sure to use a ground fault outlet, and protect your power supply from moisture.

Have fun with your Royal Blue set outdoors!

Loco Bill
2  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Battling the tarry build up. The fight is real.. on: Today at 10:35:50 AM
I am  at a total loss as to why you are getting a tarry substance on your rails.  I was wondering what exactly you mean by tarry substance??   Is it thick like heavy grease?  Does it stick to your wheels?? 

All my track is brass, and from three different manufacturers, and some switches are stainless steel.  I run battery power, and some track power on my latest indoor railroad.  Interestingly even with battery power my rails get a black film on the rails, but I say film rather than "tarry".  In the section which is track power and battery power combined, I see the same black film which is no different than the battery only section.  In the 3 years I have operated the new layout I have never cleaned the rails, and just let the black film alone.  My indoor layout in Missouri was all track powered, and later battery powered. Even after over 24 years of operation I never cleaned that track either. Every once in a while, I would run a heavily weighted bobber caboose which I modified into a track cleaner by attaching a fine sponge style sandpaper block to the underside, but that was it.  I use all metal wheels and I have never cleaned the wheels on any of my cars.  I also never clean the wheels on most of my locomotives, unless I am having some erratic running.  On short wheel base locos (0-4-0) I do clean the wheels because of their tendency to stall on switch frogs.

Hopefully you will get to the bottom of the problem soon.


3  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Cant find drive gear for a 1990 G scale Big hauler on: November 15, 2017, 07:41:46 PM
The exact replacement is not available, you will have to use one of the others,

This one will work:

Or this:

Both have the Version 5 chassis and are an exact fit, but might have minor paint variations. I seem to remember that your 90015 RGS loco has the all black underframe, cylinders, and saddle, so probably the second one above.  The good news is that whichever one you choose they are both currently on sale.

Have fun with the repair!

4  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Coupler Change C19 from Bachmann to LBG? on: November 15, 2017, 10:08:46 AM
UNfortunately I cannot get to the box for my C19, but I seem to recall that it came with a high and low coupler so it can be run with either the 1:20.3 or the 1:22.5 equipment.  As I recall It would be a simple matter to substitute a Bachmann  hook and loop coupler for the Bachmann  knuckle coupler.   Can anyone with a C19 verify it, I do not trust my memory on this.

5  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Cant find drive gear for a 1990 G scale Big hauler on: November 14, 2017, 11:16:22 AM
Since you seem confidant about removing and replacing the gears, I would think changing out the chassis should not be all that difficult.  I always recommend doing the chassis replacement in one sitting and taking reference photos as you disassemble the old one.  As you go put all the parts and screws you take off and put them in plastic bags and label them, so you get the right screws in the right place when reassembling things.  All in all it is a fairly straight forward job. Just take your time.

As for sending it in, The current service fee is $55 and you pay the shipping to Bachmann and they pay the shipping back to you.  They will replace the chassis with the latest Version 5 chassis.

If you prefer to send it in then fill out the service request at the following link:

6  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Chassis for Bachmann 31499 on: November 13, 2017, 12:07:12 AM
Hi Stan,

Here is a chassis I recommend for your loco it will be an exact fit and does have the original style plastic drive rods.  It does have the latest Version 5 chassis:

If you want to use the Anniversary 4-6-0 chassis with the metal valve gear and drive rods there may be a spot or two where some trimming may be needed, but the chassis should fit OK.  If Your old 1992 Bachmann plus loco has the single switch boiler door, you may want to get a boiler door with two slots one for the smoke switch and one for the polarity switch.

Boiler Door:

Here is the one I like because it has the metal Walshearts valve gear:

Both of the above chassis are current on sale.  I always recommend doing the chassis replacement in one sitting and taking reference photos as you disassemble the old one.   All in all a fairly straight forward Job.


7  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Cant find drive gear for a 1990 G scale Big hauler on: November 12, 2017, 11:39:02 PM

Your Rocky Mountain Express Set 90015 locomotive road number #25 unfortunately has the original version 2 chassis which has been out of production  since 1994.  There are no replacement gears for it and it was not the best gearbox.

Your best bet would to get a complete replacement chassis for it which will have the latest reliable version 5 chassis. Check out the link below for more info:,30394.msg224039.html#msg224039

Your set is a very nice set and worth the cost of a new chassis, especially since it has sentimental value as well.

Loco Bill
8  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: LED headlight on: November 06, 2017, 06:13:28 PM
JB nailed it.   beofre final soldering do the quick check to make sure it comes on while going forward, and you should be good to go.

9  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: LED headlight on: October 31, 2017, 09:35:43 AM

Don't be worried, if wired wrong nothing will blow up! It is a good idea to test things before soldering in the leads.  temporarily connect the leads as shown in the diagram, then set the loco on the track and add power going forward.  If the led lights up make the permanent connection.  If not just reverse the leads.

Go for it.

10  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: aristocraft type motor block on: October 26, 2017, 11:17:57 PM
Thanks Bach-man & best regards.

Come out to Denver for the train show here!!

Love to see you and the Yardmaster get out here!

11  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: aristocraft type motor block on: October 26, 2017, 05:21:48 PM
So which Aristo diesels do these motor blocks fit??
12  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Polarity in Big Hauler on: October 25, 2017, 05:04:39 PM

Glad you found the polarity switch, set it and forget it!  Have a great time running it with your other locos.  Good lesson learned, I could not understand why your new chassis did not have the switch.  If you do not use smoke but want the polarity switch, it is a simple matter to replace the smoke switch with the polarity switch and mark it with a fine point sharpie.

13  Discussion Boards / Large / BACHMANN 20% OFF PARTS SALE on: October 20, 2017, 11:36:32 AM
Hi All,

If you are not signed up for emails, right now Bachmann is having a great 20% off parts sale.  Looks like a great time to buy a replacement chassis or other goodies on your want list. minimum purchase is $25.  Details below:

Now until midnight EDT October 31, 2017, ONLY, use the special code "SPOOKY" to enjoy 20% off any Bachmann Parts currently in stock when you place an order for a minimum of $25.00 (not including shipping, past sales, or web store products) directly from Bachmann's Parts Catalog on our website.

Loco Bill
14  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Polarity in Big Hauler on: October 19, 2017, 09:55:19 AM
some Big Hauler 4-6-0's have only one switch behind the smoke box door, if yours has only one switch it is for smoke, and your old Big Hauler does not have a polarity switch.  MY initial advice still holds. 

 Switch the wires at the motor.  Easiest way to be sure you get it right

 Or switch the wires that lead from the motor at what ever point they are connected to the chassis.

15  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Polarity in Big Hauler on: October 17, 2017, 07:56:07 PM
Hi JR,

Most, but not all Big Hauler 4-6-0's have a polarity switch behind the smoke box door on the front of the locomotive, but since yours apparently did not you will need to reverse the wires leading to the motor.  You can do this right at the motor or trace the motor wires back to a convenient spot and cut and swap the wires there.

Most of the replacement chassis I have seen have the long red and black leads from the motor which are meant to go up to the polarity switch behind the smoke box door.   if your body has the switch they should go to the center leads on the DPDT switch.

Hope this helps, but if not post a photo showing you connections and we can try to be of further help.

Good luck with the fix.

Loco Bill

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