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1  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Question for Yardmaster re 4-4-0 on: Today at 09:23:09 AM
Hmm, I'm still seeing the old image (the "larger image" on this page - http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=265_372_378&products_id=4858)

-Mark
2  Discussion Boards / N / Question for Yardmaster re 4-4-0 on: May 22, 2018, 09:56:10 AM
The picture on your website for the Santa Fe 4-4-0 (model 51152) looks very different from previous versions. Is that a new N scale model or is it just a picture of the HO model?

Thanks,
-Mark
3  Discussion Boards / N / Re: 2-8-8-4...my favorite! on: April 27, 2018, 07:50:21 PM
Hey Jeff, rock on with those table games!  Cheesy

In my experience, squeaking is usually axle-related. I'd start by lubricating the driver axles where they meet the bearing blocks (unscrewing and removing the driver bottom plate to access them is no big deal). And since they conduct current, I'd go with conductalube.



If that doesn't help, I'd move on to the tender axles.

Good luck!
-Mark
4  Discussion Boards / N / Re: BACHMANN 'BURLINGTON NORTHERN' SD40-2 DIESEL LOCO - 6836 - on: April 27, 2018, 07:44:56 PM
You could try contacting the Bachmann parts department directly, but I seriously doubt that they still have parts available. It's probably been 20 years since the last production run of that model.

-Mark
5  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Coupler compatibility on: April 17, 2018, 05:41:38 AM
In theory, all of the currently available knuckle-style couplers (Bachmann E-Z Mate, Atlas Accumate, Athearn McHenry, MTL, Kato, et al) should all be compatible with each other. That said, I too have had occasional problems with the Atlas couplers (my personal opinion is that they're too small compared to some of the others).

Before changing couplers, the first thing I would do is verify that the height of the coupler on the locomotive is correct (not too high or too low). That's usually the main culprit when there are coupling issues.

If problems persist, I would suggest swapping the Atlas couplers for MTL's. IMO, they are much more reliable.

-Mark
6  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N scale dcc frames on: April 09, 2018, 04:44:59 AM
A new version of the GP40 was released earlier this year. Unfortunately, it is not available with a decoder (although it's a bit more DCC-Friendly than previous versions) -



-Mark
7  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N scale #6 single crossover turnouts, both left & right on: March 22, 2018, 06:57:58 AM
8  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Dash 8 Widecab parts on: March 09, 2018, 09:43:22 AM
Looks like trucks and handrails are not listed. You might try calling the Bachmann parts department directly - they sometimes have access to parts that are no longer available from the website. Although, since it's been years since that model was last produced, the pickings may be slim.

-Mark
9  Discussion Boards / N / Re: DCC Decoder Install for N Scale 4-6-0 on: February 24, 2018, 12:45:12 PM
No, Bachmann hasn't released a DCC-Sound 4-6-0 yet. Shell removal instructions (and other handy info) here -

http://www.spookshow.net/loco/spec460.html

-Mark
10  Discussion Boards / N / Re: DCC Decoder Install for N Scale 4-6-0 on: February 24, 2018, 07:03:42 AM
I've never seen the insides of one of the trainset 4-6-0's, so I don't know what all is there as far as DCC-Readiness goes. FWIW, the non-trainset 4-6-0 comes with a factory-installed decoder in the tender -







-Mark
11  Discussion Boards / N / Re: New Steam Locomotive Requests (2-10-4 Texas/Selkirk Type and 2-8-4 Berk variant) on: February 16, 2018, 05:58:03 PM
That's humpy for ya, lol



-Mark
12  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N-Scale Atlantic Type (4-4-2) on: February 16, 2018, 05:54:49 PM
Unfortunately, the FVM model is based on a very specific Milwaukee Road prototype and not really practical for other uses.



A more generic 4-4-2 would fill a much needed hole in the N scale steam lineup - and something that would definitely be right in Bachmann's wheelhouse. I hope they do it someday!

-Mark
13  Discussion Boards / N / Re: the new gp-40 and pcc trolley both with can motors on: February 09, 2018, 10:45:01 AM
The GP40 was completely redesigned and both looks and runs great. The streetcar didn't change much (aside from the motor), but they've been good runners for a while now (since they improved the gearing).

-Mark
14  Discussion Boards / N / Re: One loco MUCH faster than the other on: February 08, 2018, 06:15:03 AM
Bachmann makes the only 4-6-0 in N scale. Bachmann's steamers of recent vintage all tend to run about the same as the 4-6-0, with the exception of their K4 4-6-2. That one has a noticeably high top-end speed (perhaps because it was designed for passenger service).

-Mark
15  Discussion Boards / N / Re: One loco MUCH faster than the other on: February 07, 2018, 07:13:07 AM
The Bachmann 4-6-0 has a very low top end speed, particularly as compared to some of Bachmann's diesels. I don't know how prototypical that may or may not be, but in any case, the only way to make a locomotive go faster is to increase the voltage at the rails (via settings in your DCC system). This will make all of your locomotives run faster, but as noted above, that can be dialed back as need be via CV settings in the individual locomotives.

-Mark
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