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31  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
32  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Idea for a new shay on: September 19, 2017, 10:46:04 PM
Hi All,

In my world, on the Missouri Western Ry and the Colorado & Kansas Ry, my Bachmann Locomotives although narrow gauge as manufactured represent "standard gauge".  In my world my Bachmann steamers run along side my standard gauge diesels.  I use 1/29, 1/32, and sometimes 1/24th figures as long as they fit the scene.  Any building that fits the scene works as well.  Some say I'm crazy and to them I remind them, I am Loco and having fun with my trains. 

If I wanted a WM three truck shay, I would just reletter a Bachmann Three truck Shay, maybe add or relocate a part or two like the prototype and call it OK.   The one thing I have learned about our large scale hobby is that we will never have everything we want.  My list of what I want is pretty long, too long to list here.  My solution is to look at my layout and see if something on my want list really fits with what I am doing.  If I see something on my list that I consider very important, I evaluate what I can do about it.  Awhile back I wanted a short caboose, but with four wheel trucks for my logging line.  After some thought, I realized that I could take the Bachmann eight wheel 4 window caboose and cut it down to a shorty four wheel truck one window caboose.   I fixed the hand rails and on some I made them with with steel wire. It turned out great and I made more, I still get great compliments on them.   I learned that it was fun to make things no one else had.

My son runs the large scale California Zephyr using the USA TRains passenger cars.  It bothered him for two years that there were no vista dome observation cars available.  Finally he bought the dome section parts from USA trains and added it to his California Zephyr.   He had never done a kitbash before, you could not tell the dome was added.  Ican tell you everyone wants to know who made it! After that He took and alco PB and made the Steam Generator version of it as used on the Rio Grande Zephyr.

It never hurts to ask Bachmann to produce something, after all we might get a surprise one of these days.

In the meantime maybe give a try to getting that item you really want by kit bashing!

Enough musings for now!

Crazy Loco Bill Cool Grin Roll Eyes Tongue

Have fun with your trains and stay cool!




33  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? on: September 18, 2017, 09:43:17 AM
Rusty,

Agree with Joe, length of track was not the problem, but glad things worked out.  I did not believe it was the locomotive from the start.  Since you do not know what you did to "fix" things, if it happens again, start with the track, controller, and power pack when troubleshooting.

Bill
34  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Bachmann Brass Track on: September 05, 2017, 09:25:17 AM
Andrew,

I have had no problems between the brands, but I have always believed in using rail clamps for all joints, or soldering them.  This is especially advised if used outdoors with track power.

Bill
35  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? on: September 02, 2017, 04:59:32 PM
Rusty,

Slow down and check the phone cable if you have one like Joe says, It is why I asked you if you had a power supply with a built in speed control or one separate from the power supply. 

As for Bachmann, the shipping to them you pay, but they do pay for shipping back.....  BUT before you send it to Bachmann or tear into it be sure the problem is really the locomotive, be advised that  Bachmann has told me that many times when folks send in the locomotive, they find nothing wrong with it.   Double check simple things in the instruction booklet, like being sure the pilot truck has the arrow facing forward, etc.

Also check out options like getting a new chassis from Bachmann, as noted in the following link.

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

If I understood what you said in your earlier post, that the loco ran fine using the other smaller power supply, then I feel pretty sure it is not the locomotive.

Bill

36  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? on: August 31, 2017, 10:29:01 PM
Rusty,

The railtruck issues are puzzling and I don't have any solutions which come to mind.  I may be possible that at some point it became overloaded and fried something on the electronics board.

As for the 4-6-0 it is actually a newer version with the latest chassis, and I am glad it is running fine on the other power supply, but I have no idea as to why it will not run OK on the 10 Amp supply.  Does the 10 Amp power supply have its own speed controller or is the speed controller separate from the power supply??  If separate it could be a speed controller issue.  Hard to say, but I am wondering what other locos are you have which run fine using the 10 Amp power supply??

Wish I could help more, but that is all I can think of for now,  Hopefully someone else reading this will have some better ideas than I do and jump in.

Bill
37  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? on: August 30, 2017, 10:08:31 PM
Hi

Which version 4-6-0 do you have??  Is it one of the older ones??  It could be a gear problem or even a binding problem rather than the motor??  In the Version 5 4-6-0 motor failures while not impossible, are extremely rare. Hard to diagnose from afar though.  Make sure the locos drivers are quartered.  Try the locomotive using a different power supply and see if it runs any different.  Same with the truck and see what happens. 

Bill
38  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Problems with PhotoBucket deleting my photos in many of my posts. on: August 25, 2017, 11:12:30 PM
What Bob says about "free" programs is correct.  Even the program I just switched to makes no promises about the future.   Even when you use a program that is a pay service, there is no guarantee they will stay in business.  Your own backup is critical no matter what you use!

As for my older posts using Photobucket, my policy going forward is that I will try to replace the images when a forum member tells me a post with the missing pictures is important to them, or of general overall interest. 

Bill
39  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Release of K-27 on: August 25, 2017, 11:05:45 PM
Hi All,

I have been thinking about all that has been said above, and it  comes to m ind that Bachmann is at least making some effort to provide parts, which can not be said for many other manufacturers.  I will not go into detail about specific companies because of the forum policy about not bashing other companies.  I do have two locomotives in need of parts from a manufacturer no longer in business and I will have to use one of them to fix the other unless I can find a parts locomotive that has what I need.

I also wonder just how long a manufacturer should provide parts support for a specific product.  In Bachmann's case we are able to get parts for some locomotives that are as much as 25 years old, but not for other short runs or that were not the best sellers.  Once a product is discontinued, and the parts supply is exhausted, what are the expectations??   Should the manufacturer make more parts at a loss and go out of business??  What is a reasonable time frame for parts availability??   I use a computer program that is no longer supported with updates after only 3 years. that company wants me to buy the new replacement program and toss the old one out.  I have other products which have failed where the manufacturer provides no parts at all.  People gripe even when a manufacturer provides a sub assembly when only one small part of it is needed to make a repair.   Then there are the problems with auto parts, many auto manufacturers support parts inventories for only 15 years.  With our trains it seems we want complete availability of all parts forever even though we are in a hobby where demand is often limited, production runs are low and profit margins are slim.   We wonder why our model train Large scale Manufacturers do not make  new locomotives for us when sales for previous locomotives are low due to the limited market demand.   What other manufacturers in Large Scale have produced a complex steam locomotive recently??  Some have been made, but the detail level is often poor to virtually non existent.  

I say all this, but have no real answers to many of the questions, and I do not walk in the shoes of a manufacturer, except to say that they must make a profit, or we will not get any product at all.   I can say that Bachmann is the only manufacturer which has a limited lifetime warranty.  I don't know how they do it!! Even then when the parts are no longer available, there is not much they can do which is why it is limited.

Like everyone if I have a problem with a 20 year old product which involves some small part, I would love to be able to get the part at a low cost with free shipping to boot.   Reality says this will not happen!!

The idea of having an alternate plan is not unreasonable.   I try to buy parts locomotives and  rolling stock, in order to make repairs by cannibalizing parts to keep others going.  I have definitely had to do this for products I have where the manufacturer has gone out of business.  In the case of broken parts, it is often possible to repair them yourself, or by asking for help at a local RR club.  Swap meets are a great source for broken down locomotives useful for parts.  While the above is not a perfect solution, I am constantly on the lookout for parts locomotives which are duplicates of the ones I own.  

Bashing Yardmaster for being "honest" in saying there are no plans to produce more K-27's seems to me to be a little hypocritical.  What can they say??   Maybe someday we will make more?? You can bet if the market was there and a profit possible, they would definitely make more of them.  

On a final note, there is always the possibility of changing scales to one of the more popular ones, where considerable new product is much more available.

Just a bunch of my thoughts, and no offense to anyone.

Bill

 
40  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Search for a LS wood rectangular water/tank-car on: August 20, 2017, 07:54:24 PM
Peter,

I am not aware of anything like that in Bachmann Large Scale, and have nothing in my database even close.  Perhaps what you saw was in a different scale or different Manufacturer.

Bill
41  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 4-6-0 start on: August 20, 2017, 11:12:01 AM
Actually the extra couplers were for replacing the ones on the caboose so it could run anywhere in the train with the 1:22.5 couplers.

Have fun!

Bill
42  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Problems with PhotoBucket deleting my photos in many of my posts. on: August 20, 2017, 11:09:14 AM
Hi J. S.,

A friend recommended IMGUR, so I tried it and it did everything Photobucket did and is free and relatively easy to you for an Old Fart Grin like me.  I tried Flicker but was not happy with it, and it did not seem intuitive to me.

Photo bucket did not delete my pictures from my account, just made them unlinkable like you said.  Rather than grandfathering my existing links, they went in and deleted the links almost without warning.  They wanted $399 per year to keep my links intact which was a non-starter.   I will soon delete my account with them in protest.

Anyway, just Google IMGUR and create a free account and give it a try!!

Bill
43  Discussion Boards / Large / Problems with PhotoBucket deleting my photos in many of my posts. on: August 18, 2017, 04:14:48 PM
Hi All,

As many of you may know "Photobucket"  has changed their rules and no longer allows adding pictures stored on their site to the web or to forum posts, unless you pay them $399.00 per year  to subscribe to them.  This was done with no meaningful warning, and I cannot afford their high price to allow you to access the photos.  It is almost like blackmail to me.

As a result I am sorry to inform you that "PhotoBucket"  has now deleted all my photos in the many posts I have made using their site.  This has finally hit my post at the top of the Large Scale Forum entitled: "Big Hauler Set instructions, plus Radio controlled sets. 4-6-0 Repair Tips"   The only part affected was the part on the Radio Controlled set instructions.

I found a new site, and will no  longer use "photobucket" to illustrate posts. The R/C instructions are now back up, but the photos in many of my other posts are not.   I will try to get to them when I can.

Thanks for your understanding on this situation.

Loco Bill

Edited to show R/C instructions are back up.
44  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Heisler motors on: August 15, 2017, 09:25:02 AM
HI Roy,

Strange situation.  It would be highly unusual if both motors were bad. My Heisler drew just over a half Amp while running light, and slightly higher when starting.  Are you running on battery power??  I was wondering if your Heisler ran OK while on track power?  Also wondering if you broke it in before the conversion?? and if the current draw was the same under track power??

You could try re-lubing the trucks and running them on straight track power to check if the current draw before the conversion was the same.  Also be sure to check if there is any binding in the mechanism.  If you are not on battery power try some conductive lube on all the electrical contact points.   If on track power recheck the track to see if there are any bad joints or other issues that might contribute to the problem.  I can't think of anything else right now.

I know this is not much help, but it can be hard to diagnose from afar.

Loco Bill
45  Discussion Boards / Large / 100th Anniversary of Tweetse 4-6-0 #12 Big Hauler Prototype on: August 14, 2017, 10:20:25 PM
Hi All,

This year is the 100th Anniversary of Tweetsie Railroad 4-6-0 #12 which is the prototype for the Bachmann Big Hauler Standard line 4-6-0, and the Anniversary 4-6-0.

Thank you Bachmann for producing this wonderful steam locomotive!!!

https://www.hcpress.com/featured-photos/tweetsie-railroad-celebrates-100th-birthday-locomotive-no-12-railroad-heritage-weekend-aug-26-27.html

Cheers & Beers!

Loco Bill
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