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31  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Adding Keep Alive to Bachmann 0-4-2T Porter on: January 23, 2014, 08:41:52 PM
Interesting. Adding tenders to small tank locomotives is prototypical, it was done in quite a number of instances, There are some kits available for On30 tenders from small makers, at least one of which has provision for pick ups. None come with the electronic module as far as I know.

I think Bachmann missed an opportunity when they revised the Porters, provision could have been made for an optional tender with electronic connections to provide additional pick ups and a tender light. This would have increased the variety of small locos available (Porters with or without tender) as well as offering an option for those who wished to improve Porter performance. The tender could have been provided as an optional extra, provided the loco was fitted with the necessary  connections.

Still possible for future runs of the Porters?

Hamish
32  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: short coach and combine on: December 25, 2013, 07:28:23 PM
I would love to see Bachmann produce shorty passenger cars. I suggest that  they should be in the 20-24 foot range. While many american 3 foot gauge cars such as in Colorado and the Maine 2 foot cars gauge were considerably longer, there are prototypes for such cars. In Queensland, Australia the Buderim tramway, a 30 inch gauge line, had a 20 foot 6 inch long passenger car, and a number of 2 foot gauge lines had passenger cars around 24 foot 6 inches in length. I've no doubt there were many others around the world. In the USA the Gilpin tram had 21 foot excursion cars (they had no other passenger cars) and the Yosemite Short lines proposed passenger cars would have been short, their freight cars were 18 foot! There may have been others.

So shorty passenger cars are quite plausible, at least for a freelance layout.

Hamish
33  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Power Pack Problem? on: December 17, 2013, 09:38:27 AM
To return to the original post, I had a similar thing happen to a new Bachmann power pack. It worked fine for a short while, then the loco started behaving erratically , and then stopped altogether. I was able to run the loco on another layout, and it ran fine. I retuned the pack to the store I bought it from and received a replacement that has worked fine ever since. Mine was a separate pack, not one in a train set. They are however the same as I understand it.

Hamish
34  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: replacement gears on: December 16, 2013, 04:53:54 PM
I emailed the parts address at Bachmann (I live in Australia so ringing is difficult with the time difference and the expense) and have received a reply, so hopefully I will receive my gears soon. Thanks Bachmann.

Hamish






35  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: replacement gears on: December 15, 2013, 05:00:23 PM
No, I have not received any of the three sets I requested (Climax, Shay, and railbus). I sent a follow up email but I have not received a reply. Not happy, but it was a free offer, so I suppose I can't complain.

Hamish
36  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Another new loco idea. on: December 02, 2013, 04:17:14 AM
I too would love this, though i doubt that it will happen as, to date. Bachmann has not made an On30 item with a prototype from a non US manufacturer. Please Bachmann, prove me wrong.

Hamish

37  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: JP's Wishlist for 2014 on: November 07, 2013, 07:20:13 AM
Given the re-intriduction of the former super streets range as EZ Streets by WBB, a modest expansion in the streetcar, traction area would seem to be a good idea. The Peter Witt cars do go around the wider EZ street curves, another trolley for your roads appeals to me. The Birney  safety car, as made in HO, would seem a possible choice, the Peter Witt appeared in HO before it turned up in WBB. I would also like to see a steeple cab, add some freight to your trolley operations.

Just my thoughts

Hamish
38  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Undecorated 2-6-0 kit ? on: November 02, 2013, 07:40:35 AM
No.

Hamish
39  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: 2-6-0 suggestion for Bachmann on: October 31, 2013, 09:38:30 AM
I think I was the first to mention the new loco - and my post is still there. I deliberately refrained from mentioning the maker or the prototype as the rules for this forum specifically forbid posting other makers product announcements, and I didn't want to break them. Bachmann own the site and Bachmann set the rules. The point was that On30 is still getting some rtr support from makers other than Bachmann.

Hamish
40  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: 2-6-0 suggestion for Bachmann on: October 29, 2013, 10:26:50 PM
This thread seems to have turned into a future of On30 discussion rather than the original suggestion of a kit version of the 2-6-0.

I agree that On30 has plateaued. Bachmann will I think continue to support On30, but the range of different items available at any one time is likely to be less than it used to be. It is not the case that other manufacturers have entirely abandoned ready to run  On30 - in Australia a new ready to run  On30 loco has been announced by a company based in Taiwan. As this is the Bachmann board I will not give any details here.

In my view Bachmann should continue to make available one or more entry level and easily modifiable locmotive, both to attract newcomers to the scale and to provide an item for the many kit bashers in the scale.  The 2-6-0 has  fulfilled this role. Given it has been out for a long time a replacement. or a significantly modified version, could be considered. This would still fulfill the functions of the 2-6-0 as an entry level loco, and also be attractive to those who already have the earlier version.  I agree though that a kit version could probably not be produced cheaper than the ready-to-run version. 

Hamish
41  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Unproduced engine on: September 25, 2013, 01:34:14 AM
That is a very funky engine that would be right at home on a backwoods short line.

I remember seeing one similar to it on the Cripple Creek and Victor (2' gauge), but that was a long time ago.


Les

The Cripple Creek loco is a Meyer type loco made by the British firm, Bagnall. Meyer locomotives have two swivelling truck, both with cylinders attached, mounted under the boiler. They differ from Mallets, which have only one swivelling truck, and Garratts which have the boiler in between the trucks. Meyers were made by a number of European and British makers. The Vulcan duplexes were broadly similay to Meyers, but presumably did not use the Meyer patents. Only about 7 Vulcan duplexes were made.

Hamish
42  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: All the same loco's on: September 03, 2013, 12:28:25 AM
Rogertra

The ex GWR 101 0-4-0t  has been released in LSWR and Southern Railway liveries (as well as numerous fictious private owners, which I am not counting). The inside cylinder industrial 0-4-0t has bee released as LBSCR. The Caledonian Railway 0-4-0st has been released as Highland Railway. This list is probably not complete and only includes relatively recent releases. Nor does it include the wrong livery from the right company.

Hamish
43  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: All the same loco's on: September 02, 2013, 10:04:39 PM
Actually British makers have released locomotives in liveries they never had, currently Bachmann's main british competitor releases small tank locos in liveries of railways that never had that class, or in liveries the railway had, but did not apply to the locos concerned.

The difference is in the prototype situation, from 1923 Britain had 4 main railways, and  from 1948, one (British Railways.)  Thus it has been relatively easy for makers to provide a varied roster for each company.  In America there were many more railroads, making varied rosters for each railroad a lot more difficult unless the same loco is produced for several roads. Not surprisngly  makers cheat a bit to do this. In Britain makers do offer the same loco with different liveries, usually those worn at different stages of its life, e.g. the post 1923 company (GWR, LMS, LNER, SR), and British Railways. A class may have had more than one livery in the same ownership, adding to the variations possible. Occasionally a suitable locomotive is offered in pre 1923 livery, as well as later liveries. The aim is the same , increase sales by offering several different versions from the same tooling.

Hamish
44  Discussion Boards / On30 / Real life 30inch Gauge Climax back in service! on: August 11, 2013, 07:58:35 AM
The Climax at the 30 inch gauge Puffing Billy railway is to re-enter service, see http://www.puffingbilly.com.au/news-events/climax-locomotive-recommissioning/

This loco is probably the only 30 inch gauge Climax made, It is about the same size as the Bachmann model, but more modern. If Bachmann ever revises the Climax, perhaps.......

Hamish
45  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Bachmann's 2013 New Products Announcement on: July 29, 2013, 08:50:07 PM
As I have posted on other threads, in the current circumstances one new On30 locomotive a year is all that can be reasonably expected. This years offering is not to my taste, but that's life.  However in recent years there has usually also been an item or two of rolling stock, so I do consider the new items to be a bit light on.

I am still hoping for an excursion car!

Is the reason that there were no new rolling stock items announced this year that Bachmann are having trouble keeping up with the demand for the 18 foot cars announced last year, so have deferred further new items in order to meet the demand for the 18 foot cars?

Hamish
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