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16  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Is Bachmann's green painted Southern Baldwin 2-8-0 fact or fiction? on: January 09, 2018, 04:20:47 PM
Hi, thanks for all above. One reason for my asking was that there are a lot of green SOU engines on discount at the moment - the big online retailers clearing their shelves I guess.

On the green Connie, it is clear from all the links that this is a heritage scheme for the 2-8-0. That would not rule it out for me, but Trainman’s revelation of a black Spectrum SOU Connie, which I had not known of previously, Spectrum 84503 on the Walthers website, led me, via a quick  google search hoping to find one, back here to the Bachmann parts store where the loco body shell is still in stock, though the tender top is sold out, as is the un-lettered tender top. By chance I have a Rock Island Connie with irreparable body damage, so it now has a new body on the way, and I will sort out the tender later. Anyway the USRA medium coal tender is not quite right, judging by #730. Many thanks for those links. BTW you-tube also yielded Spectrum 2-8-0 SOU #724 in black, which seems to have no sound and so is presumably the plain DC version. So I have left the green Connie on the shelf (at least for now).

On the 4-4-0s, the info about the Mobile - Selma run led via google to the HawkinsRails.net image of #3841 at Selma and on the same page  #3859 at Meridian. As stated by Trainman they are not dead ringers for the Spectrum models, but #3841 is definitely in the right paint scheme, and #3859 is in the right # range, the two Spectrum Baldwins being #3856 and #3858. Anyway I have bagged the pair for $89.99 + $149.99 respectively from my favorite Brooklyn emporium as at those prices I don't expect them to be around for long, and on current form when they are gone we will not see their like again. Spectrum's green Richmond #3863 "Selma" is also broadly in the right # range, but is long gone from the retail shops.

A nice idea for these green 4-4-0s would be as predecessors to the River Street Rambler in Savannah, a role performed by a specially painted SW1500 #1733 from 1966-97 for the SOU and then NS.

Thanks very much for all your help,
Bill.
17  Discussion Boards / HO / Is Bachmann's green painted Southern Baldwin 2-8-0 fact or fiction? on: January 08, 2018, 06:09:05 AM
Hi, I am wondering if this paint scheme represents a preserved engine? It seems unlikely that a 2-8-0 would get the passenger paint scheme. Does anyone know? And are the green Baldwin low-boiler 4-6-0 and Baldwin and Richmond 4-4-0s also based on historical fact or preserved locos? They are more credible passenger engines. I would be grateful for any views or evidence.

Thanks,
Bill.
18  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: HO Baldwin 2-8-0 Product Diagram ????? on: January 04, 2018, 04:19:49 AM
Hi Sid, thanks,
Bill.
19  Discussion Boards / HO / HO Baldwin 2-8-0 Product Diagram ????? on: January 03, 2018, 08:46:04 PM
Hey Mr B, maybe its me and late at night, but I just looked through the list of HO loco manuals / diagrams, both Spectrum and standard, in "Product Reference", but cannot find the Baldwin 2-8-0 in HO. Is it missing? or is it me? If it is missing, could you please add the link to the list??

Thanks,
Bill.

20  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Spectrum Low-Boiler 4-6-0 prototypes to model on: November 29, 2017, 02:45:07 PM
Hi Trainman, thanks for your reply. Your stock is greater than mine, in all categories. You probably know about this, but if not, may I recommend "Slow Trains Down South" vol 1 "Daily 'Cept Sunday" and vol 2 "Deep In Dixie" by Mallory Ferrell. As well as the atmospheric scenes, prototypes of all of the Spectrum small steam appear in the over 500 combined pages trundling through the weeds or gently simmering at obscure halts. It is organized by railroad, which is additionally helpful.

Best Regards,
Bill.
21  Discussion Boards / HO / Spectrum Low-Boiler 4-6-0 prototypes to model on: November 28, 2017, 06:52:33 PM
Hi, I found these web pages with some great photos of 4-6-0s that the Spectrum model could easily fit: http://www.carrtracks.com/wadley3.htm, http://www.carrtracks.com/wadley4.htm. They are all on the Louisville & Wadley (Georgia), showing L&W 4-6-0s #6 and #41, and two styles of L&W lettering, and also Wrightsville & Tennille #43 operating on the line. Some great shots of mixed trains, and the last pic on page 4 of #43 with a single coach / baggage. For me these are ideal scenes to try to capture in minimum space modelling, possibly fed from interchangable 3-ft or 4-ft casettes.

Also shown is W&T 2-8-0 #208, virtually a 2-8-0 version of the low-boiler 4-6-0. This is the sort of loco I have on these pages previously urged Bachmann to add to their small steam fleet before they simplified the 4-6-0. However, a model without the fussy and archaic detail would not be worthwhile, we already have one from Roundhouse. I have Ma & Pa Baldwin 2-8-0 #26 in brass by Aristocraft, and what I would have liked Bachmann to do was to have added that class, which was a Baldwin "off-the-shelf" design of wide application, to their Ma & Pa fleet, in the days before they decided to abandon high-end small steam models.

Fortunately I have a good stock of unlettered Spectrum Baldwin and Richmond 4-4-0s, low and high boiler 4-6-0s, and Russian Decapods, all great models full of character. Thank goodness for the Decapod, a truly characterful loco, only 10 inches long over couplers, that will fit on a small RR and be at home in a rural backwater. Let us hope that those molds never get "simplified" for the sake of shaving a few pennies off the price. Apart from loss of detail, one problem with moulding the pipework onto the boiler is that you cannot then move it to represent different locos more accurately. You can do that with a cleanly molded boiler and separate pipework.

Happy Modelling,
Bill.

22  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Spectrum 4-6-0: Putting the low-boiler superstructure on the high boiler drive on: November 26, 2017, 12:29:42 PM
Wow, you are a braver man than me! Useful photo.

Best Regards,
Bill.
23  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: HELP! DCC loco gone crazy! on: November 26, 2017, 12:19:41 PM
Hi, in extremis you can remove the decoder from the loco and re-program it on the bench, which is where it was programmed in the first place. Google to find out how.

Good luck,
Bill.
24  Discussion Boards / HO / Spectrum 4-6-0 question on: November 12, 2017, 03:20:13 PM
Hi, can anyone confirm whether the cabs for the "Low Boiler" and "High Boiler" 4-6-0 models are interchangable? I am wondering about fitting the spare "Wood" cab that comes with the undec low boiler model to the high boiler model.

Thanks,
Bill.
25  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Ex-Spectrum Baldwin 2-8-0 and Southern #630 Question? on: July 18, 2017, 11:02:26 AM
Thanks. I know about the green one, I was hoping there might be a black one. #630 seems to have spent its entire life on branchline service, as did many others, and is unlikely to have seen green paint!. I have a pair of SOU ALCo Modern 2-6-0s of the "Sound Value" variety, and a with sound 2-8-0 would be a nice companion for them. I do have the NC&StL Spectrum 2-8-0 to keep them company for the moment. I know the 4-4-0 came out in green and black, but i prefer the big #s on the tender to the gold lining of either of those. Perhaps unjustifiably, the green 2-8-0 shouts "Train Set" to me!

The Southern USRA light 2-8-2 and 2-10-2 are nice models too. The 2-10-2 is no longer in the catalogue and is described as "Discontinued" in the spares section of this website, and as there seems no reason to discontinue a good-looking loco I am guessing it is being re-tooled with all the detail cast in, so those original bodies in the parts store may be valuable commodities!

Best Regards,
Bill.
26  Discussion Boards / HO / Ex-Spectrum Baldwin 2-8-0 and Southern #630 Question? on: July 17, 2017, 06:04:44 PM
Hi, I have been looking at SOU 2-8-0 #630 on the Tennessee Valley Railroad. This loco was built by Richmond in 1904 but looks very like the old Spectrum, now standard line loco (except that #630's tender might be shorter and with higher raised coal sides). (see https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/3b/SOU630attvrmgj.jpg).

I am wondering, was the Spectrum Connie ever issued for the SOU, or even as #630? If not, might I suggest that it ought to be!!!!!

Thanks,
Bill.
27  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: my modern 4-4-0 steam runs fine on dc but stops frequently on dcc on: July 17, 2017, 05:52:39 PM
DCC is much more sensitive to interruptions of power or short circuits, e.g. when going through turnouts, than is DC. It may be a problem with your track, so checking your trackwork for dead-spots, etc., or fitting a "stay alive" element might help. I had a layout built with DC  but wired for conversion to DCC, i.e. all tracks live all the time. On DC there was a problem with two turnouts, one of which was a PECO small radius wye, and I think the other was a PECO small radius. Basically with my original DC controller GP7s and up ran through them fine even at slow speeds, but shorter switchers, e.g. EMD SWs and ALCo S-1-4 stalled unless run through really fast. But when I connected a DCC controller everything stalled on those turnouts.

Best of luck solving your issue,
Bill.
28  Discussion Boards / HO / Question re the Sound Value ALCo 2-6-0 on: April 28, 2017, 01:13:16 PM
I have a pair of these locos with sound value, Southern #7080 (from a set) and #7082 (BAC #51815). These are great little locos but I have one question. Stationary or moving, both of them make a curious constant sizzling sound, like cross between a kettle simmering or bacon frying. This is not the loco frying - it stops when I mute the sound. But I do not have this sound on any of my other Tsunami locos, though these are my only "Sound Value" models. Is this normal, and what is it supposed to be? I spend some time around real steam engines, and they don't make this sound. It is a background noise, quite separate from the chuffs, blowers, etc. I am running them on DCC with an MRC Prodigy Advance 2.

I would be grateful for any enlightenment!

Thanks,
Bill.
29  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: HO loco to tender cable in parts store question????? on: March 20, 2017, 07:55:47 PM
Hi, thanks for your reply. So far as I know this double-ended cable was only supplied with the Vandy tender when it was sold as a separate item, not when it came with, e.g., the Baldwin 2-8-0. Bachmann stopped selling the Vandy tender on its own some years ago.

The 2+4 socket is listed in the parts store under Universal HO Parts, but is sold out. 2+4 connector cables are also listed and are in stock, but they have a plug on one end only. If I cannot find what I need ready-made I can buy these and make it, but that is a waste.

Best Regards,
Bill.
30  Discussion Boards / HO / HO loco to tender cable in parts store question????? on: March 12, 2017, 03:55:33 PM
Hi, when sold on its own the medium Vanderbilt tender came with a loco to tender cable set with plugs on both ends, so it could connect the Vandy tender, which had sockets, to a loco which also had sockets like the Spectrum 4-6-0. I have been searching the parts store for this cable but cannot find it. The parts store is organised by loco, which does not help in this case. Does anyone know where that cable is or the parts number, please?

Thanks,
Bill.
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