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1  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: New Caboose on: May 16, 2017, 12:44:43 AM
Many thanks Bachmann

I missed out on getting a non-cupola caboose when they were previously made, its just what I need.

2  Discussion Boards / On30 / New On30 Excursion car on: July 08, 2016, 06:41:25 PM
At last an On30 excursion car! Just what I have been waiting for for years! Thanks Bachmann.

Apologies to those whe saw my earlier post, I was too hasty in reading the announcements. Thank to Max for pointing out my error.

3  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Steam wish list. on: May 12, 2016, 10:08:22 PM
There is some market for On30 in Australia, a couple of ready to run locomotives have been made by small makers for Australia. I doubt that it is large enough by itself for Bachmann to produce a locomotive - but the Fairymead loco is a Baldwin catalogue locomotive and similar locos ran elsewhere. An ex Japanese example is preserved in California. Others probably ran in the USA. Choosing a loco type that ran in many parts of the world as well as the USA could increase its sales.

The US army 2-8-2 mentioned did run in Australia, on the 3 foot 6 inch gauge in Queensland, and a couple are preserved in Australia. It really comes down to size  of model desired-  these 3 foot/metre/3 foot 6 inch gauge locos are large, larger than anything that ran on 2 foot or 2 foot six inch gauges in Australia, so they wouldn't suit those modelling those gauges. 42 inch gauge modelling in Australia is usually Sn42 (1/64 scale on HO track, or HOn42 (HO scale on 12 mm gauge track, also used for metre gauge.)

4  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Steam wish list. on: May 11, 2016, 06:28:46 PM
The question is whether Bachmann will produce another new locomotive and what they will do with ON30 now that it's  glory days seem to be well over. I hope they continue with a small but rotating range of locomotives and a basic collection of rolling stock. Rotating models increases modellers choices over time. A small tank engine would seem to be an obvious model to produce, replacing the Porters with an alternative would be a good idea, I would  buy at least one, but I have enough Porters! Your choice Royce would be good, I know similar locomotives ran in Japan and probably many other places including the USA..


5  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Royal Scot locomotive parts on: May 10, 2016, 12:07:06 AM
These sets came out in the late 1980s so original parts are unlikely to be around. Bachmann Branchlines  (Bachmann's UK brand) do still  make Royal Scot class locomotives  - but I have no idea whether parts for modern models  would work with yours. Note that Bachmann Branchlines are British OO i.e. 1/76 scale on 16.5mm (HO) track. Although marked as HO I suspect that yours might also be British OO. They run on the same track.

6  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: 009 Compatible with N and HOe Scale? on: April 28, 2016, 07:58:30 PM
Note that Bachmann (UK) has announced a ready to run 009 range although these are yet to appear. Other companies have also announced some ready to run items, some rolling stock is currently available. Of course the Thomas narrow gauge items can be converted to represent their prototypes. In terms of mixing 009 and HOe purists don't because of the scale diffence but many do, noting that narrow gauge equipment varied in side a lot anyway. It's up to you.

7  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Return Of The Round Roof Caboose? on: March 28, 2016, 07:14:17 PM
I too would like to see this, they are wonderfully generic and are similar to vehicles that ran, not only in the US, but also in many other parts of the world.

8  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Official 2015 Announcements on: September 10, 2015, 09:16:19 PM
Any new items are better than nothing like last year. At least it shows that Bachmann intend to continue to support On30.

9  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow gauge engines on: February 20, 2015, 07:00:42 PM
To clear up any confusion, HOe is the European term for HOn30, both are HO scale (1:87),running on 9mm (N) gauge track.  OO9 is the British version, however the scale is different. It is British OO scale or 1:76 . ILike HOe and HOn30 OO9 also uses 9mm (N) gauge track.

I suspect  the Bachmann Thomas range will in fact be OO9. BacHmann is introducing a prototype OO9 range in Britain.

Bachmans Thomas range is not really scale in any case, being representations of the TV characters, not scale models of the original prototype engines. The scale difference, if there is one, shouldn't matter.

10  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: WW I 60 cm Motive Power and Cars on: December 12, 2014, 10:51:09 PM
This link has been posted on this board before, but it shows American WW1 narrow gauge equipment  in action during WW1.  Baldwin 2-6-2 tank locomotives and gas mechanicals feature.

11  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Youtube videos Romania narrow gauge and a neat French standard gauge on: November 27, 2014, 11:20:44 PM
True, long grass is probably not doable, but low weeds over the sleepers could be possible, provided that it was well glued down.

12  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Youtube videos Romania narrow gauge and a neat French standard gauge on: November 27, 2014, 07:09:50 PM
Fascinating videos.

I love the overgrown track on the NG. Perfect for hiding that your using HO standard gauge track and not true narrow gauge track.

13  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: WW I 60 cm Motive Power and Cars on: November 14, 2014, 06:29:36 PM
I have long thought that the 2-6-2 WW1 tank locomotive would make an excellent Bachmann On30 model. The centenary of WW1 has sparked interest  in the trench railways in Britain and Europe, as well as the Bachmann OO9 locomotive another maker has introduced in HOe (the same as HOn30) a German WW1 ready to run locomotive and some rolling stock. With the centenary of the USA's participation coming up, the time would seem to be right for Bachmann to make a WW1 On30 locomotive.

After the war they were used in many countries on narrow gauge industrial, and sometimes common carrier, lines. A few were in industrial service in the USA.

Yes, there are kits, but some of us prefer ready-to-run.

Here's hoping.


14  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Fodder for a new loco on: October 09, 2014, 07:05:59 PM
I would love any small or smallish Garratt. The original Garratt K1, would be my first choice, others are the Puffing Billy G 42 and the SAR NG16 posted by ebtnut. All are well known and preserved, K1 at the Welsh Highland (should be in Australia where it operated) G42 at Puffing Billy Australia and NG 16s at various places including in South Africa and the Welsh Highland. There is one being restored at Puffing Billy.

Much as I would like one I can't see Bachmann doing it - there is no guarantee that they will ever produce another On30 locomotive, and if they do it is likely to be a prototype from an American maker.


15  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Down under steam railroading on: August 16, 2014, 11:01:03 AM
I've always understood that it was horses for courses. The Garratt;s advantages are the ability to go round tight curves (tighter than a Mallet)  and the ability to have a larger diameter boiler for a given loading gauge as well as having a light axle load for its power. Its disadvantages were length (too long for many turntables, many NSWGR 60 class locos,including 6029 were converted to dual control so they didn't have to be turned), and that the coal and water are over the drivers thus lessening the tractive ability as these are consumed.  In places with light trackwork, tight curves and small loading gauges they are unequalled. However if loading gauges are generous and curves not so tight other  designs, such as Mallets, will be preferable. Few places in the USA would have justified Garratts. Perhaps some narrow gauge lines, but probably few of these needed the power that Garratts would have provided.


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