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1  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: LED headlight on: January 16, 2018, 11:26:30 PM
DW12,

The resistor is probably there it is often hidden because the shrink wrap has shrunk around it.  feel all along the wires looking for a little bump.  That will most likely be the resistor. 

If there is no resistor you will definitely need to add one.

Bill
2  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Pros and Cons> 2-6-0 Indy Mogul on: January 15, 2018, 10:13:51 AM
Joe,

Most guys I know really like their Indys.  They are pretty light, but then the prototypes were as well.  Some have added weight, but I do not know how that worked out.  They do seem to be pretty dependable though.  When I think about it I don't recall hearing much about problems with them here on the forum.

Have fun with it, we will look forward to your report.

Bill
3  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Pros and Cons> 2-6-0 Indy Mogul on: January 14, 2018, 12:31:32 PM
Hi Joe,

Check this out!

https://www.gscalecentral.net/threads/bachmann-2-6-0-industrial-mogul.140944/

Bill
4  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Blue Comet set on: January 13, 2018, 11:51:25 PM
Hi Jason,

If you looked at the repair options link( http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/board/index.php/topic,30394.msg224039.html#msg224039 ) you will see the options available. You will get the lifetime warranty, but will have to pay the service fee and the shipping cost to Bachamnn and they will pay the shipping costs back to you.  They will install the new Chassis.  It is best to contact them and fully check out your options.  Since you bought the set used and not new from an authorized dealer you do not get 100% free repairs, in the first year of ownership. 

If you have reasonable skills you can take the chassis off your existing body shell photographing each step as you go and also bagging the parts and labeling them as you remove them, you can follow them in reverse order.  If you are absolutely afraid to do it them the best option is to send it in and let Bachmann do it.

Here are some disassembly tips courtesy of George Scheyer's Website:
If you want to work on the inside of the chassis use the bottom side steps.  If doing a chassis  replacement follow the top side steps.

The Bottom Side

    Prop the engine on two scraps of wood under the cab roof so that it also rests on its smokestack. This prevents the whistle and dynamo exhaust from being damaged.
    The bottom cover comes off with four screws down the center line of the bottom cover. Remove all four screws
    Pry out the pilot support rods from the sides of the smoke box.
    Carefully lift off the bottom cover and place it sideways in front of the cylinder saddle.
    Put the long screw back in the middle of the cylinder saddle so that it helps hold the saddle in place.
    Do your work inside
    Reassemble in the reverse order. Be very careful not to pinch the wires to the lead truck when you reinstall the cover. Also watch for the hook at the rear as it tends to flop to the side and when in that position it makes getting the cover back on difficult.

The Top Side

    Pry the pilot support rods from the sides of the smoke box
    Remove two screws under the cab
    Remove two screws from the sides of the boiler near the lower center of the boiler
    Remove the long screw under the cylinder saddle
    Remove four screws from under the air tanks. The tanks will fall off.
    Carefully lift the shell off. Be careful about the wires to the smoke unit and headlight.
    Do your stuff
    Reassemble in reverse order.

A big thanks to George for the above info!!

As for a diagnosis it is hard to tell from your description but most likely it is a gear box failure.  If you hear the motor running and the loco does not move it is definitely the gearbox, even what you have described leads me to believe it is a gearbox problem although I cannot be sure.  If you do the chassis replacement you will get the latest Version 5 gearbox in the new chassis.  The version 5 chassis has a proven track record for reliability when properly maintained.

I definitely recommend chassis replacement over trying to repair the older style gearbox on your loco.

Hope this helps.

Loco Bill
5  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Great Northern Green on your Jackson Sharp Passenger Cars.. on: January 12, 2018, 06:29:52 PM
True Color now make Empire Builder Green & Orange. http://trucolorpaint.com/

Here is a link to their color list:
http://trucolorpaint.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/ColorChart.pdf

These should work for you.

Loco Bill
6  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas large scale upgrade to DCC on: January 08, 2018, 02:34:28 PM
Sparks is correct I asked the moderators to move it here from the Large Scale forum and I hope someone can help out.

Loco Bill
7  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas large scale upgrade to DCC on: January 08, 2018, 10:53:41 AM
Questions about Thomas Items are best asked on that forum, and you chances for a solution are much better.

Loco Bill
8  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 2018 on: January 01, 2018, 11:50:16 AM
Amen, Joe!

My good wishes to all of you as well

Loco Bill
9  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Blue Comet set on: December 30, 2017, 10:01:04 PM
GO,

They should be quartered, with one side going in while the other goes out. It may be because of the problem in the gear box and the gears slipped causing the 180 degree situation which is not correct.  Hard to diagnose without seeing everything.    Your new chassis will be ready to run.

Forgot to mention in my last post, but brass or stainless steel track is needed for outdoors, and I would suggest 10 foot diameter curves as a minimum.  That way if you get more locomotives you can be sure they will run OK.  Same thing with any switches you get.

Bill
10  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Differnet shades of green between Pennsy and NP&S 4-6-0s? on: December 30, 2017, 11:55:06 AM
Hi KT,

Here is a list of PRR items made by Bachmann in large scale:

81092   PRR   9660   2002   ~ Loco   4-6-0, 10th aniv, Pennsylvania Ver 5   P         W   $300.00
89591   PRR   15   2003   P-Coach   PRR, Tuscan   p         Track Power Lights   $77.00
89592   PRR   14   2003   P Combine   PRR, Tuscan   P         Track Power Lights   $77.00
89593   PRR   4   2003   P Baggage   PRR, Tuscan Red   P         Not Lighted   $77.00
89594   PRR   none   2003   P-Obs   Pennsylvania Railroad            Track Power Lights   $88.00
90024   PRR   Set   1995   ^ Set   PRR Liberty Bell Limited   P             $300.00
90082   PRR   Set   2004   ^ Set   Pennsylvanian   P            $355.00
90097   PRR   Set   1992   ^ Set   Pennsylvania   P            $200.00
91114   PRR   3   1989   ~ Loco   2-4-2, with tender, PRR   P         coal load   $120.00
93114   PRR   1000   1994   Caboose4   4 whl, PRR   P         Ltd Edition 1200   $40.00
93314   PRR   556   1989   Box Car   Pennsylvania   P             $35.00
93368   PRR   6699   1996   Box Car   PRR Union Line   P             $50.00
93814   PRR   1001   1996   Caboose   8 whl, PRR   P             $70.00
95368   PRR   6699   1998   Box Car   20 ft, Pensylvania Union Line   P   1          $49.00
96251   PRR      2017   Speeder   PRR Maintenance of way            Yellow   $139.00
97197   PRR   14   1995   P Combine   PRR, Tuscan            Battery Lights   $68.00
97290   PRR   "Gladious"   1995   P-Coach   PRR, Liberty Bell Limited Green   Pullman   P         Battery Lights   $68.00
97490   PRR   None   1995   P Baggage   PRR, Liberty Bell Limited Green The PRR Ltd   P         Not Lighted   $68.00
97497   PRR   4   1995   P Baggage   PRR, Tuscan Red   P         Not Lighted   $68.00
98114   PRR   642   1991   Stock Car   PRR   P             $35.00
98214   PRR   675345   1991   Hopper   3 bay, PRR Reissue has vulcan trucks   P             $40.00
98314   PRR   475407   1996   Flat Car   Piggy Back, PRR   P             $85.00
98514   PRR   417   1996   Ore Car   Ore Car, PRR   P             $50.00

There are also some B&O items.
Enjoy,

Loco Bill
11  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Blue Comet set on: December 30, 2017, 11:37:02 AM
Grey Owl,

Jay Nailed it!

90028*   CNJ   Blue Comet Atlantic City Express   1997   1999   Pass    833   Ver3&4   Combine "Halley"    Observation "Temple"
90028   Notes:   In catalog 1997 to 1999 The passenger car letterboards are lettered "The Blue Comet"                     

Chassis replacement is your best option since the blue Comet has either the version 3 or 4 chassis neither of which were very robust.  Your set is a great buy and a very nice set, worth a chassis replacement for sure.

Check out this link for more info:

http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/board/index.php/topic,30394.msg224039.html#msg224039

Welcome to G Scale and don't hesitate to ask us questions.  great bunch of guys here always willing to help!

Loco Bill
12  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Newbie need help on: December 14, 2017, 06:49:01 PM
Hi,

Glad you got things running well! Two bags! That is a lot of split peas Cool.  Have a great Christmas!

Bill
13  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: tiny screws that hold in the smoke switch and directional switches on: December 14, 2017, 01:50:32 PM
Hobo1,

Thanks for the tip, it is always great sharing solutions!

Happy Holidays!

Bill
14  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Newbie need help on: December 14, 2017, 01:48:12 PM
Hi predfam,

In 99% of the cases when the problem occurs at the same spot, it is the track which is the problem in one way or another.

Very hard to tell the problem from your description, but I would start by making sure the wheels on the cars that derail are properly spaced.   Take each car and roll them manually thru the crossing and see if they bump thru it. If they do then I would suggest adding metal wheels.  If there is a curve directly before the crossing this can cause a problem when the wheels transition onto the crossing. There should be at least on straight track before hitting the crossing.  If there is a change in elevation on the approach to the crossing you must also be sure there is no dip at the joint where the tracks connect to the crossing.  Any dip at that joint can cause problems. Many early Bachmann freight cars with the plastic wheels are very light and might need some added weight.  This is especially true for the flat cars and gondolas.  If you run light cars behind the locomotive and heaver cars behind them this can cause lateral pressure on the trucks on the light cars and cause derailments.  There are other potential problems but check these first and get bac to us if you need more help.  

Since the steel track is tight radius longer trains can also cause the lateral problems mentioned above.  Trains on sharp curves like yours seem to run better with the hook and loop as reported by many on this site.  If you are having trouble with the knuckle couplers coming apart go ahead and thy the hook and Loops!

Good luck finding the problem and have fun with the train!!

Loco Bill
15  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Brass Gears on: December 13, 2017, 11:54:37 PM
Glad to help out Joe, I also forgot to mention the Version 6 Annies are sold out at Bachmann and about gone at Trainworld.  The only version 6 Trainworld has  left is the 91603 and the price is pretty good.  I would hope Bachmann would re run them, but you never know. 

Bill
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