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1  Discussion Boards / N / Re: MTD Plymouth Parts List - Headlight on: October 27, 2017, 06:40:11 PM
That looks like the same cat-whisker lightbulb that's used in some of the older diesels (GP40, GP50, et al). Those parts listings all show it as being sold out, so I'd try contacting the parts department directly. They might be able to pull one from a returned loco or maybe just have one sitting around.

2  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N trucks and couplers on: October 27, 2017, 09:55:48 AM
That's correct.

3  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N trucks and couplers on: October 26, 2017, 07:15:12 AM
Everything you ever wanted to know about trucks (and then some) -

4  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Disassembling old 2-8-0 Spectrum Tenders on: October 12, 2017, 05:39:16 AM
5  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Spectrum Master Railroader Series 2-8-0 Consolidation Steam Loco (DC only) on: October 07, 2017, 10:07:30 AM
First thing I'd check is if the headlight comes on when track current is present. Whether it does or doesn't will drive what you start checking next.

6  Discussion Boards / N / Re: derailments on: October 03, 2017, 04:40:51 PM
They are readily available at hobbyshops and online. Google has many listings.

7  Discussion Boards / N / Re: derailments on: October 02, 2017, 08:09:04 PM
Sorry, it's very hard to say what the problem might be without being able to inspect things firsthand. Generally speaking, those locomotives and those turnouts should work just fine together. My best suggestion is that you acquire an NMRA gauge tool and use it to verify that the wheel gauging on the locomotives is correct and that the track gauging is similarly correct. Those are suspects #1 and #2 when it comes to derailments.

8  Discussion Boards / N / Re: derailments on: September 30, 2017, 06:16:42 AM
Do the turnouts have built-in switch machines? The Atlas turnouts that don't come with them are difficult to use until some sort of aftermarket switch controller is installed as they do not stay cleanly pointing in one direction or they other.

9  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Norfolk and Western J-Class 4-8-4 #611 in N-Scale on: September 22, 2017, 06:42:55 AM
Apart from a brass version made back in the 80's, Bachmann is the only game in town when it comes to a J in N scale.
10  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Norfolk and Western J-Class 4-8-4 #611 in N-Scale on: September 21, 2017, 05:17:31 PM
If one or both of the legs have popped out of their holes, it should be easy enough to push them back in. May require a mag-light and a decent set of tweezers. Just another day at the office when it comes to press-fit parts.

11  Discussion Boards / N / Re: wheel set on: September 21, 2017, 07:38:12 AM
Those metal-geared F9's date back to the 1970's. I'd be very surprised if any of the current parts would work with one.

12  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Norfolk and Western J-Class 4-8-4 #611 in N-Scale on: September 21, 2017, 07:35:52 AM
From what I can tell, those are plastic parts that press-fit into holes in the chassis. I don't know if they're supposed to be symmetrical with each other or not, but if they are maybe one of yours is bent?

13  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Bachmann Silver Series N 85' Streamline Fluted-Side Passenger Car DCC Compatible on: September 09, 2017, 07:27:03 PM
My Bachmann heavyweights work just fine running on DCC or analog. I assume the lighting in the streamlined cars is the same or similar.

14  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N Scale Steam on Code 55 track on: September 07, 2017, 07:05:21 AM
I don't think Bachmann has ever made a steamer that had problems with Atlas C55 track. Certainly all of their currently available ones handle it just fine.

15  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Minimum Radius on: August 23, 2017, 06:31:37 PM
If you mean 9.75" (does anyone make 9"?), yes.

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