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31  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
32  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.

33  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.


34  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.

35  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.

36  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!!
37  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Installing Metal Railings on Cars on: February 15, 2018, 11:41:58 PM

Any 5 minute Epoxy has worked well for me over the years.  I test fit first and if it goes in easy, I use a toothpick to put the epoxy (less than a pin head amount) into the holes then press the handrail or whatever in place.  Never had one come out after that.

38  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Stock is in Short Supply on: February 14, 2018, 10:49:43 PM
Replacement trucks and many shay parts are available in the estore:

Here is a link to the trucks:

Loco Bill
39  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Stock is in Short Supply on: February 13, 2018, 11:32:27 AM
Rusty, I see there has been no response to your post. I will try to shed some light.

Bachmann operates on a production run basis. Lets say a boxcar. They will run extra parts at the same time.  When the run ends, that is it, until the next run, if there is one. on slow  moving items there may never be another run.

As a result when parts in inventory are sold out, they may never be replaced.  Common high volume parts have a better chance of restocking.

In another post I suggested buying used items at swap meets or train shows as your own parts supply.  in the case of manufacturers who have gone out of business, this is the only way to protect your supply of parts.  If you have a damaged piece of rolling stock, you can use it as a parts supply.

Sometimes the only way to  get a needed part is to find a sub assembly which has more parts than you need just to get to get the one you want. 

I would not expect to get out of stock parts for long out of stock locomotives and rolling stock, restocked any time soon if ever.

Not what you want to hear, but just my opinion after following Bachmann Large Scale Products since they came out in 1989.

Loco Bill

40  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Bachmann Spectrum 1/20.3 scale K-27 counter weights on: February 07, 2018, 11:41:11 PM

Some of the first runs did have loose counterweights that wobbled.  Mine did not have the problem, or any other problems. You can try to wiggle them, if they are tight you should have no problem.

Here is a link to some of the discussion:,4068.0.html

If you were to have the problem, I would contact service and and find out your options.  If you bought it new from an authorized dealer keep your receipt.

Loco Bill
41  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 93939 trolly is very noisy on: February 07, 2018, 11:21:34 PM
Hi Voltron,

They were all a little noisy to me, the 93939's came out in 1990 and were in the catalog til 2012, so yours could be anywhere in between.  Without hearing it it is hard for me to tell if they are normal or not. They could possibly be 27 years old and they may have been sitting around for a long time.  If you did not clean out the old grease you might want to do that, then I would try plastic compatible white grease with teflon, or add powdered teflon or graphite to the existing grease.  Then run them in for a few hours in each direction.  This may help with the noise.

Anyone out there with good ideas please jump in.

Loco bill
42  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Spectrum 2-4-4 Forney minimum curve radius on: February 01, 2018, 11:32:34 PM

Bad news is the Forney, according to Bachmann " performs best on 8 foot diameter curves or greater"

43  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: installing sound system on: January 28, 2018, 02:12:20 PM
No problem Howard, glad to be of assistance.

44  Discussion Boards / Large / Added 4-6-0 Disassembly instructions to repair tips on: January 24, 2018, 06:50:51 PM
Hi all,

In the post at the top of the forum list titled "BIG HAULER SET & Radio Control set INSTRUCTIONS. Updated 4-6-0 REPAIR Tips", I have added disassembly instructions to the repair tips part of that post. These instructions are provided by George Scheyer and should be of great use to those of you wanting to do work on your Big Hauler 4-6-0 or your Annie.  Many thanks to George for his help.  As always I recommend photographing each step and bagging and labeling and numbering the bags as you remove the parts.  This will allow you to make sure you do not lose anything and re assemble in the proper order using the correct screws.

Have a great year.

Loco Bill
45  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: installing sound system on: January 24, 2018, 06:30:01 PM
Hi Howard,

I see no one has responded to your post.   I don't have one to look at, but if you don't have the exploded diagram here is a link to it:

Hope this helps.

Anyone out there who can help Howard please post.

Loco Bill
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