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16  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: rc/battery powered 4-6-0 annie on: October 17, 2017, 07:31:42 PM
HI Hobo,

While Bachmann doesn't seem to have plans to reissue the old R/c battery locomotive, or an updated version,  converting an Anniversary 4-6-0 to Battery R/C is not all that difficult.  Look for the April 2104 issue of Garden Railways Magazine for the how to article on Page 34 and learn how in easy steps. Part two includes info on adding sound and is in the June issue.  There is no need to even disassemble the locomotive as all the work is done in the tender which is easily accessible and makes it easy to do the necessary work.   

I did a four part series on the old original Radio Controlled Battery Powered Big Hauler 4-6-0 sets in 2013,

Here is a link to Part One:,23193.msg183306.html#msg183306

Do a search and find the others if you are interested.

Have fun with your trains!

Loco Bill
17  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: bachmann g scale freight/passenger car kits on: October 07, 2017, 08:12:01 PM
Those flat car kits at 2 cars per box with metal wheels were so low I bought three boxes just to get the trucks, metal wheels and couplers. It was way cheaper than trying to buy them separately. I also used some of them to make shorty logging flat cars, and one as a base for my scratchbuilt fire service flatcar for my Quivre River Lumber Company.
I used one of the decks to make a ramp to a loading dock.  One of the best deals ever!!
4 months later I decided to buy three more boxes and every dealer was sold out, and Bachmann had no more in the warehouse.  If they came back i would be in the market again.

Nathan we definitely need more young folks in the hobby.  I am mentoring one 12 year old boy right now who seems quite interested, I am trying to get him away from his electronics and phone even if just for a little while. 

18  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: bachmann g scale freight/passenger car kits on: October 07, 2017, 04:15:18 PM
Top all readers looking for the kits, remember the first run had plastic wheels and the latest run had metal wheels. If buying on Ebay or by mail check first and get the ones below which had the metal wheels.

98911         2005   Box Car   Kit, Undecorated Reissue            metal wheels
98918   None   None   2005   Caboose   8 whl, Kit, Undecorated              metal wheels
98917   None   None   2005   Caboose4   4 whl, Kit, Undecorated  Brand New  2 in   box            metal wheels   2 flat roofs & 2 cupola roofs
98916   None   None   2005   Flat Car   Kit, Undecorated Brand New   2 in box   metal wheels
98915   None   N/A           2005     Gondola   Kit, Undecorated Brand New   metal wheels
98914         2005   Hopper   Kit, Undecorated Reissue 3 bay            metal wheels
98912   None   None   2005   Refrigerator   Kit, Undecorated Reissue            metal wheels
98913   None   None   2007   Tank Car   Kit, Undecorated Reissue            metal wheels

These are the only freight kits I know of with metal wheels, all others had plastic wheels

89491   None   None   2007   P-Coach   Kit metal wheels  metal railings   Track Power Lights
89494   None   None   2007   P-Obs   metal wheels,  metal railings           Track Power Lights

to my knowledge the above Passenger kit are the only ones reissued with metal wheels, they also had the metal handrails.   All the other passenger kits had battery power lights, plastic railings and plastic wheels.

I used them to custom decorate my Missouri Western RY and  Colorado & Kansas Ry cars.


19  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Fast Mail - New York Central Lines Matching Cars on: October 06, 2017, 11:51:49 AM

You are welcome.

I sent you a response to your email to me, and the receipt came thru fine.

Many thanks to you as well!!

20  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Fast Mail - New York Central Lines Matching Cars on: October 06, 2017, 05:04:07 AM

My modem is acting up, if you email me the receipt and I don't respond right away, that will be why.

21  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 0-4-0 porter loco on: October 05, 2017, 09:20:48 PM
Definitely grab one at that price!! Cool Cool Cool Cool
22  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: bachmann g scale freight/passenger car kits on: October 05, 2017, 09:19:52 PM
Last I heard there are no plans to reintroduce the kits,  I loved them as well, and would not mind seeing them come out again.

23  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Fast Mail - New York Central Lines Matching Cars on: October 05, 2017, 09:16:54 PM
How about that Wade, Thanks to Tony we have solved another mystery.  We now know the set date is 1995 thanks to that Price Club receipt.  When Tony sends me a copy of the receipt, I will email you a copy.  I too have 1998 for the add on cars, but never found confirmation. 

Tony if you find add on cars with receipt in them please keep Wade and I informed as it would add to our Historical base.

Tony, Thanks again for the receipt info.  Made my day, and Happy hunting!

24  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 0-4-0 porter loco on: October 05, 2017, 01:42:10 PM
Hi Again,

These beauties are great runners, my son has one and loves it and I love mine.

82596   CMC   1   2006   ~ Loco   0-4-0 Side Tank Porter Colorado Mining Co   N   1        Spectrum 1:20.3
82597   MQ&M   1   2006   ~ Loco   0-4-0 Side Tank Porter, Midwest Quarry & Mining Co.   N   1       Spectrum 1:20.3
82598   None   N/A   2006   ~ Loco   0-4-0 Side Tank Porter, Painted, Unlettered, Black   N   1       Spectrum 1:20.3  red & white trim
82599   None   N/A   2006   ~ Loco   0-4-0 Side Tank Porter, Painted, Unlettered, Black   N   1       Spectrum 1:20.3

They last showed up in the catalog in 2015, an are no longer available at the Bachmann online store or wholesale to dealers.   Get one while they are still available at dealers.  The only issue I know of is that when used on standard DC power they can stall on switch frogs because of the short wheelbase.  Important to keep the wheels and switches very clean.  I had mine running on an automated back an forth section of track about 40 feet long and it worked perfectly for many years pulling a water car two log cars and a short caboose.  When I turned my layout on the porter would start the back and forth operation until the layout was turned off.  I plan to add it to my new layout at some point in the future.

25  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Fast Mail - New York Central Lines Matching Cars on: October 05, 2017, 12:59:39 PM

Good luck on your effort to find the add on cars, I would definitely set up a search on Ebay for them.

That receipt is exactly what I need for my documentation.  Please email a photo of it to my personal email if you can.  I will be happy to pay for postage if all else fails.

I am very grateful for your offer, I have been looking for something like this for over 15 years.

Thanks so much,


Tony That receipt has actually been way more helpful than you may have thought.  In Past years Bachamnn has made special sets for large customers, like Boscov's Dept Stores, Sam,s Club, Bass Pro Shops, Orchard Supply Hardware and others.  they would make however many  the buyer wanted, but the minimum was 1200 sets.  They would also make the add on cars for the sets for the same customers.  These Items has the normal Bachmann Product numbers, but because they were fopr a special customer they were never in the Bachmann Catalog when first released if ever.  I am sure the sets were made for Price Club Warehouse as a limited edition.  Most likely 1200 to 2000 sets, but probably more like 1200.  Price Club Warehouse was started in California and later merged with  and became Costco.  That would also explain the under $100 price tag.  Sometime they made extra items to cover warranty repairs or other issues.   If not needed any extra sets or cars would be dumped at a special price to any retailer who wanted them just ot get rid of them which explains how Walthers got them to sell.   

Suffice to say your remains on the rare list as do the add on cars.  Eventually they do show up.  Adding on cars will put additional load on the version 3 chassis.  You may want to consider getting a version 5 replacement chassis to have on hand.   I keep two replacement version 5 chassis on hand for just that reason.
26  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: the pennslvanian 4-6-0 on: October 05, 2017, 12:30:09 PM

Glad I could help!


Mine is in storage right now but it worked fine on straight DC.  Yours should as well. You can try contacting Bachmann service as it may be a service issue. Recheck your instructions and switches first.  In the future it is best to start a new thread for something like this, because often there are smarter folks than I on many things.  In fact why not start a new post and see what happens.

27  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Fast Mail - New York Central Lines Matching Cars on: October 05, 2017, 10:22:27 AM
Hi Tony,

The Fast Mail Set 90086 was a very classy set, and I can tell you that the combine in the picture is correct for your set. It is Bachmann product 97157.  the add on coach was 97257  They were sold as an add on item.

97157   NYC&HR   703   1998?   P Combine   The Fast Mail     NYC&HR   P         Battery Lights   $65.00

97257   NYC&HR   542   1998?   P-Coach   The Fast Mail     NYC&HR "Malacca"         Battery Lights   $55.00

The set was never in the catalog, and neither were the add on cars.   The set and the cars do come up on Ebay but in general are very rare.   I am not absolutely sure when the set was introduced but around 1996-1998.  one source even says 1995.  Same for the add on cars that is why the ? mark by the intro date.  In order for me to list an exact date in the historic database, I must have definite documentation, but right now I do not have it. Same problem with the add on cars production dates. I have always wondered why this set was never in the catalog.  

Maybe Wade Colyer has better info than I do, I have always wanted to get with him to see what he has on this set.  
If he doesn't see this I will get with him on it separately.

In the meantime Happy hunting.

Loco Bill

Almost forgot, In my opinion the Boxcar would not go well added to the set, it just looks to cheesy when compared to the classy passenger cars in the set.  I would be cool to have a second full baggage, which would be very appropriate in a mail train.

Have fun,

28  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: the pennslvanian 4-6-0 on: October 03, 2017, 11:12:05 PM
Hi Hobo,
90082 PRR   The Pennsylvanian   2004   2012   Pass   863   Ver 5    Coach PRR #15 Tuscan   Obs PRR #21Tuscan

Your set was introduced in 2004 and remained in the catalog until 2012 but was available after that til supplies ran out at Hobby retailers and Boscov's Dept stores.

All production models of this set loco do have the latest version 5 chassis.  My recommendation is to leave it alone as long as it is running OK.   

All Annie chassis now available have the same exact Version 5 motor and gears, but of course do have the metal side rods.

There is no Annie chassis available with the same colors that are on your chassis.  Example yours has the gold painted spokes and none of the available chassis are painted that way.  You existing locomotive has Stephenson valve gears.   Your best bet would be to get one of the replacement Annie chassis with Stephenson valve gear and which is painted all black and the paint it to match your existing chassis.  DO NOT buy Chassis 81097 because it does not have a smoke switch.  The only other Stephenson valve gear loco chassis now available is 81095 which has the red painted wheels and gaudy steam chests which would all need painting. You would also have to use your old pilot (cowcatcher). If you don't mind painting this is fine.

If you were willing to go with the more complex Walshearts valve gear you could go with 81099 which is all black and could be used as is, unless you wanted to do the painting.

Hope this helps.

29  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Large scale Diesel on: September 29, 2017, 09:45:34 AM

Looks great.  Your usual masterful job of modifying things!!


30  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Large scale Diesel on: September 20, 2017, 10:34:40 AM
Yes Chuck is right Bachmann did make a 45 ton Center cab, Yardmaster probably forgot about it.

Here is a list, they came out in 2003:

MQ&M Co   None   2003   ~ Loco   GE 45 ton, Midwest Quarry & Mining Co.
AT&SF   None   2003   ~ Loco   GE 45 ton, Santa Fe
None   None   2003   ~ Loco   GE 45 ton, painted, unlettered
None   None   2003   ~ Loco   GE 45 ton, painted, unlettered

Here is one I converted into a box cab, it runs like a sewing machine and I added and alco sound board and burbles along very nicely.  The side rod motion is also a plus and the look great rolling along.

Here is one of the catalog pictures showing how they looked from the factory:

They were not a good seller and no new runs were produced which is not surprising since most Bachmann Large scale fans are steam diehards.   They only had one problem in that power from the trucks went thru springs to the main chassis electric board and sometimes in a derailment when a short occured the springs would overheat and burn up.  If this happened then the loco would not run or one of the trucks would not run.   I had it happen to one of mine and so bypassed the springs using wire and the unit has performed perfectly ever since.  I was and still am a fan of these nicely detailed Locos.

They do show up on Ebay from time to time.
Happy hunting!
Loco Bill
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