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31  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Spectrum 1:20.3 scale rail truck on: March 23, 2018, 06:38:20 PM
Hi Otter,

Here is a link to the wiring diagram for the railtruck:

On the lower left of page 3 you will see the location of the switches including the ones for polarity. They are located inside the toolbox.

Have fun

Loco Bill
32  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Shay model 82494 on: March 20, 2018, 10:45:25 PM

You are welcome!  Glad your shop owner is taking good care of you!!

33  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Shay model 82494 on: March 20, 2018, 06:52:01 PM
Hi TG,

You did not say whether the shay was new or used, and if you tested it before buying.  If you bought it new from an authorized dealer you could return it to Bachmann for warranty repair at no cost.  If you got it on ebay or train show used then that is another story.
There are many possibilities, but try this first.  Apply power to the middle truck only, using jumper wires, if everything is dead then I would check to make sure the wheels are clean and the contacts and wires from the wheels up to the plate on the center pin of the truck are making good contact.  If when doing this the truck does not run , but the others do, then the problem is with the motor leads from the loco electronic board to the motor or with the springs in the contacts on the truck in the non running truck.  There are several tests but try these first and see if we can narrow it down.

Loco Bill
34  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: amperage draw for large scalle 2-8-0 outside frame on: March 16, 2018, 09:49:20 PM
Hi Locojohn,

This question has always been hard to answer because of all the variables involved.  Locomotives always draw more amps when starting than they do after starting when at the desired speed.  It also depends on lubrication and whether the loco is broken in or not.   After that it is what is the load the locomotive will be pulling, and then the grades involved.

On flat and level track a well broken in loco like yours might start at 3/4 Amp and level out at 1/2 amp while running at a constant moderate speed with no cars.   If you add say two passenger cars you might expect as much as 1/4 more in both start up and during moderate speeds.  Since you will have tight curves there will be a slight increase in amps pulling the train around the tight curves.  As you add more cars the amps required will increase as you add to the train length.   Amps will increase as you increase the grades your loco will have to pull its train up them.  You may not have grades, but you should plan as if you might in the future.

In cases like yours I would recommend a 5 Amp power pack, and perhaps more if you plan to use the same power supply to power a lot of accessories and lights.  Any good brand power pack with a 5 amp rating should be fine on your small size layout.   The above was based on some tests on my flat layout using the same locomotive some time ago with some sharp curves.  Keep the lubrication up to date with plastic compatible lubes. 

You have a great loco and enjoy constructing your layout!  Most in our scale build outside, and inside layouts are a bit rare.  As you get things going share your experience with us!!

Loco Bill
35  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Older Climax motor block cover. on: March 16, 2018, 12:31:53 PM
I was just going to post something along the lines of Chuck's great idea, but was going to suggest layering thinner pieces of plastic sheet with holes to provide clearances if necessary. But I feel Chuck's idea of using metal if possible is better.

Good luck and let us in on how things work out.

36  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: passinger car lights on: March 09, 2018, 03:48:06 PM
Hi Unk,

The bulbs in the passenger cars are 16 volts.  Many power packs will produce more than that.  Check your power supply to be sure.  You may want to add a resistor to protect the bulbs if you will be running at higher voltages.

Loco Bill
37  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 2-6-0 mogul Russian Iron on: March 05, 2018, 08:10:59 PM
The 2016/2017 Product Number 81488 as mentioned in my first response does have all metal gears and other improvements. 

The 2017 catalog has the info on page 238 :  here is the link:

38  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: poseable figures on: March 02, 2018, 12:19:17 PM
Here is a link to figures available at Trainworld.

Not much help I am sorry to say.

Loco Bill
39  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Bachmann Rail Truck on: February 23, 2018, 12:44:57 PM

The rail truck has been closed out for some time now and the drive train parts are out of stock and in my opinion will never come back in stock unless they are re run.   They are long in the tooth now about 12 years old, and if run a lot are breaking down.  It would be great if bachmann would run some drivetrain parts especially the rear end gearbox, but I would not bet on it any time soon if ever.

You could try the NWSL site and see if they have a gear that might work, you never know

Unfortunately the best bet is Ebay.  The opportunists are asking big bucks for them lately.  can't hurt to set up a saved search with email alerts, you may get lucky.

Keep Trying!

Loco Bill
40  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Shay on: February 23, 2018, 09:59:17 AM
Hello Gerald,

You are welcome here and don't worry about your english. Perhaps your fingers were a little oily when you removed it from the box. Undecided  I have successfully used cotton swabs dipped in a simple solution of water and just a little mild soap such as dish soap or hand soap Cool.

Enjoy those locomotives.

Loco Bill
41  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 2-6-0 mogul Russian Iron on: February 20, 2018, 10:24:16 PM

As to the date produced, I can only guess. Yours first came out in late 2000 and was no longer in the catalog after 2006.  I do not know if there was a second run during that time period, most likely not.  So I would say it was probably manufactured in 2000.
2-6-0 Moguls were rerun for sure in late 2016, and the 2016 models are upgraded and have different product numbers!

Either gear  should be fine I have used both with no problems.  I did not reinforce my replacement gear, but I supose if you feel it would help it couldn't hurt.

42  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 2-6-0 mogul Russian Iron on: February 19, 2018, 08:57:37 PM

Something is not right, are you sure of the product number???

Could be you got this one??

81499   None   None   2000   ~ Loco   2-6-0, painted, unlettered Russian Iron   P   1      Spectrum

If so the correct replacement axle is:

this axle is still in stock, and the replacement is not terribly difficult.   Your 2-6-0 is likely to eventually need the gear replacement so I recommend getting one while they are still in stock.

I did an article on how to do the replacement, and the article was done before the Bachmann replacement gear became available, so in the article I refer to another brand of gear.  I like the Bachmann replacement because it is already mounted on the axle making the replacement even easier.  Bachmann folks put the article in the Large Scale FAQ's.

Here is the link:,19904.0.html

So check it out.  The pictures mentioned in the article are still available but still not sorted.

I am not aware of the other post you mentioned, and I assure you if your loco is 81499 from 2000 the replacement from Bachmann and or as mentioned in the FAQ  the other company either is correct and will work.


43  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Tie down chain for Skeleton Log car 98490 Large Scale on: February 19, 2018, 11:48:08 AM
HI All,

For those in the US, the Michaels chain works just fine and is very cheap when using the weekly 40% off coupon.  I discovered it on one of those trips with my wife which happens when I least expect it!!! Grin.   I like to paint it a rust color, before using it.  I have used it for chain on caboose and passenger car railings and on the end railings of locomotives and it works great.  For locos and passenger cars etc I usually paint it black or silver.  I have since found other goodies there as well.

44  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Bachmann Spectrum 1/20.3 scale K-27 counter weights on: February 19, 2018, 11:19:45 AM

Glad you are good to go!  As for the rollers, only the ones for the non drivers are in stock:

Unfortunately the ball bearing style for the drivers are not in stock.   

As for functionality I can only say they work fine for me. I do not have the other brands, but have heard form other that they are ok as well.

Aside from Ebay you could try checking with Trainworld to see if they still have any, if you call them be sure to have the Bachmann product numbers or the phone order folks may not be able to help.   

Other than that happy hunting on Ebay.

45  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 2-6-0 mogul Russian Iron on: February 17, 2018, 11:24:51 PM
Hi DW,

81488   D&RG   15   2016   ~ Loco   2-6-0 Denver & Rio Grande ”Raton”            Spectrum

New in late 2016!!
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