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16  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.


17  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Down under steam railroading on: August 12, 2014, 04:02:27 AM
I saw 6209 about  10 days ago. I live in Canberra, Australia and was walking to the Fyshwick markets when I heard a steam engine whistle. There running on a track visible from the road was 6029, obviously undergoing a further trial. (The Canberra station and railway museum are just across from the markets.) She's a wonderful locomotive. It's always great to see a loco come back to life. Looking forward to riding behind her when she goes into excursion service.

18  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: This Years New Announcements on: July 25, 2014, 05:45:37 PM
There was also a similar looking 2-6-2t that was originally produced by ALCO for the British Army. When the USA joined the war a slightly modified 2-6-2t was made by Baldwin and others for the American army. I think that it was these 2-6-2s that ran in America after Ww1. I am not sure that any 4-6-0t operated in the USA.

I have often thought that the 2-6-2t would be a good choice for Bachmann to make in On30 as it was used by the US army.

I live in Australia, both the 2-6-2t and 4-6-0t versions were imported after the war to run on sugar plantations.

19  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Some questions for Bachmann re On30. on: July 23, 2014, 10:07:16 PM
Thank you Yardmaster for your candid answer to my questions. I too appreciate what Bachmann has done for On30 in the past.

20  Discussion Boards / On30 / Some questions for Bachmann re On30. on: July 23, 2014, 12:18:24 AM
Given the lack of new announcements this year, and that some items seem to to be in short supply in hobby shops, can Bachmann indicate whether there are likely to be new models in future years? Also will rolling stock be rerun so as to always have a reasonable range available? I accept that all items can not be available all of the time.  Will locos be rerun, or will existing models be replaced by new models as they sell out?

I am not trying to criticise Bachmann, only to clarify the situation for my planning and budgetting purposes.

21  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: This Years New Announcements on: July 21, 2014, 02:50:48 AM

There is an issue with an On30 model in that British O scale is 1:43 (7mm=1ft) whereas US is of course 1:48. 

I am aware of the scale issue. There are 3 possible O scales for O narrow gauge, 1:48 (american), 1:45 ( european) and 1:43 (british). One possibility  would be to use 1:45 as a compromise - not too far out for anybody. Alternatively produce in the scale of origin and let people live with the difference, which is what Bachman europe seem to be doing, Liliput (Bachmann Germany) produces HOe, which is the same as HOn30, i.e. 1:87 on n gauge track.  Which would probably mean a 1:43 Baldwin 4-6-0t, as they were produced for the british  Army. I could live with that.

22  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Youtube narrow gauge tourist line on: July 21, 2014, 01:54:27 AM
Very nice.

For Skarloay Railway -  the gauge is 750mm or 29 and a half inches, not two foot. What a real 30 inch (almost)  gauge line looks like!

23  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: This Years New Announcements on: July 20, 2014, 06:25:30 PM
British Bachmann have just announced in OO9 (the British version of HOn30, 1/76 scale on N gauge track) a WW1 Baldwin built 4-6-0t  locomotive and some rolling stock. These were operated by the British Army in France .See the Bachmann Branchlines site.

Perhaps this  could also be produced in On30?


24  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: This Years New Announcements on: July 19, 2014, 12:55:56 AM
if it is true that there is nothing new this year this is disappointing but not a complete surprise. The Bach man did NOT tell us to anticipate and Yarmaster told us that "any new announcements would be at the train show". So it looks like nothing this year. Can Bachmann assure us that they remain committed to On30 and that there will be new items in future years as well as continued production of at least some of the existing range? I am not sure that I want to continue in On30 if it is not going to have at least some new items in the future.

25  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Wheel Size and Wheel Base for the On30 Shay on: June 21, 2014, 09:34:52 PM
Where is everybody?

Approximate measurements for Bachmann On30 Shay: wheel base (pivot point to pivot point) 4 1/4 inches or 108mm. Wheel diameter half an inch or 13 mm.

Measurements were done with a ruler without taking the wheels off, so are approximate only.

I don't have an HO Shay.

I would have replied earlier but I was away from my layout.

26  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: New Locomotives? on: April 02, 2014, 10:20:37 PM
In recent years Bachmann has announced one new loco a year, last year was the Whitcombe diesel which is due in a month or two. Presumably there will be another new loco announced this summer, what it will be is anybody's guess.

27  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: 2014 catalogue on: February 25, 2014, 07:24:52 PM

Thanks Bachmann.

28  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / 2014 catalogue on: February 23, 2014, 04:56:48 PM
Will the 2014 catalogue be available for downloading from this site, as has been the case for catalogues in recent years" I have much appreciated being able to download the catalogue. When might it be available?

Many thanks

29  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Layout without DCC ? on: February 16, 2014, 04:53:31 PM
Yes. Bachmann fit a dual mode decoder that will operate on DC or DCC.

30  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: New engines for Bachmann to make on: February 13, 2014, 05:20:38 PM
The reason I did not identify the model by another maker I mentioned was that this is the Bachmann board, paid for by Bachmann. They, understandably , do not like what might be seen as advertising for a competitors product on their board. I felt that it existed was relevant to the discussion, but refrained from identifying it as this is Bachmann's board.

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