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31  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Spectrum Southern 4-6-0 #1004, 1006 Prototype Question on: January 26, 2017, 08:44:18 AM
Hi, thanks very much for your comments and a treasure trove of pics. I am committed to retaining the large tender numerals as big numbers make life easy for DCC!

Regarding the Southern prototypes being larger than the small-driver Spectrum 4-6-0, the model is, however, virtually identical to small 4-6-0s owned by the Charlotte Harbor & Northern (http://taplines.net/0307/chn03.html) - see photos of #6, #26 + #28, and the Georgia, Florida & Alabama (http://www.taplines.net/gfa/gfa.html) - see photo of #128 halfway down the page, which were inherited by the SAL, and though the #s are wrong as the SAL renumbered these into the 600s, the livery of the Spectrum SOU models is identical to that of their SAL Baldwin and Richmond 4-4-0s except for "Southern" on the cab side instead of "SAL Ry Co", so on reflection I may use this pair to add to my SAL fleet.

ATTN WOUNDED BEAR - re the overlong tender chains - if you look at these pics of the Spectrum Ma & Pa 4-4-0 #6 you will see that the outer links of the chains attach to the hooks on the outer ends of the bogies, thus there are 5 attachment points, not just the three hooks on the tender frame (http://www.hattons.co.uk/28653/Bachmann_USA_85105_Maryland_Pennsylvania_6_with_steel_cab_DCC_Sound/StockDetail.aspx).

Best Regards,
Bill.
32  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Spectrum ACL Russian Decapod Question on: January 26, 2017, 07:19:16 AM
Hi Len, thanks for your reply. I have now also found that Champ did a set, EH-260 ATLANTIC COAST LINE Steam Loco WHITE, which includes both the roundel and the full-length "ATLANTIC COAST LINE". Maybe last issued in 1995!

Best Regards,
Bill.
33  Discussion Boards / E-Z App / Re: Will Bachmann #57804 L&N #549 Alco 2-6-0 work on a MRC Prodigy? on: January 22, 2017, 01:25:43 PM
Hi Bill, thanks very much for your reply. I am trying to avoid the situation where I have my MRC controller in one hand and a cellphone in the other. Apart from which I don't have a cell-phone and would have to buy one, and I assume pay a monthly subscription to a service provider. Us old folks just use land-lines, and are very happy when we cannot be reached! I also like the sound to come from the loco, not from my hand!!

Best Regards,
Bill.
34  Discussion Boards / HO / Spectrum Southern 4-6-0 #1004, 1006 Prototype Question on: January 22, 2017, 01:06:14 PM
Hi I have just added SOU #1004 (Spectrum 84904) to my pre-existing #1006 (Spectrum 82304). I am wondering if anyone knows which actual Southern locos these most closely match. The #s were allocated to SOU class F11, which comprised # 1001-4 built 1899 Schenectady, #1005-8 built 1900 Richmond, and # 1009-40 built 1901 Burnham, Williams & Co. But that class all had 70-inch drivers, so do not fit the models. I ask in particular because the models include a detail pack with tender chains to restrain excess truck-swing, alternate pilot detail, and there is always the question whether they should be coal, oil or wood burners. It would be nice to find a photo of a more exact prototype operating in SOU colors, and if anyone has already done the research and can provide a quick reference I would be very grateful.

Thanks,
Bill.
35  Discussion Boards / HO / Spectrum ACL Russian Decapod Question on: January 19, 2017, 09:34:55 AM
Hi, I have Spectrum 81703 ACL Russian Decapod #8003. It has "Atlantic Coast Line" in a straight line across the tender. I am wondering, did Bachmann ever issue this model with the ACL roundel herald? (see photo https://www.flickr.com/photos/alcomike/6523878995).

If not, does anyone make a decal set for this herald? It looks a bit too complicated to paint! and I have not found one online. Dry-print would be better than waterslide to avoid the need to disguise the film. I believe that the roundel was introduced circa 1938 with the 4-8-4s and on them at least was a separate embossed metal disk, so waterslide would not be fatal, but in the photo of #8007 it looks more like paint. It may be that it was polished metal on prestige locos but white paint on lesser beasts.

Also was it ever offered with DCC + sound for the ACL? Mine has the solid tender floor and the weight in the wrong place to fit a speaker.

Thanks,
Bill.
36  Discussion Boards / HO / Spectrum "High Boiler" 4-6-0 on: January 14, 2017, 11:05:49 AM
Thought someone might be interested to see this pic I found today. Looks pretty close to me.

http://www.railarchive.net/randomsteam/canw167.htm

Best Regards,
Bill.
37  Discussion Boards / E-Z App / Re: Will Bachmann #57804 L&N #549 Alco 2-6-0 work on a MRC Prodigy? on: January 10, 2017, 07:33:06 PM
Hi, thanks very much. I shall proceed!

Best Regards,
Bill.
38  Discussion Boards / E-Z App / Re: Will Bachmann #57804 L&N #549 Alco 2-6-0 work on a MRC Prodigy? on: January 10, 2017, 04:56:06 PM
Hi Mr B, thanks for your swift reply. I interpret "a Bluetooth chip mounted to the circuit board" as meaning part of, not plugged into, so am I right to assume that I need to replace the board entirely for DCC operation? If so I would fit an Econami, so can you confirm whether the tender is prepared for a speaker? Or am I barking up the wrong tree? It would be unfortunate to miss out on this L&N small loco entirely.

Thanks,
Bill.
39  Discussion Boards / E-Z App / Will Bachmann #57804 L&N #549 Alco 2-6-0 work on a MRC Prodigy? on: January 10, 2017, 10:09:19 AM
Hi, I am looking at an ad for “Bachmann #57804 L&N #549 Alco 2-6-0 Loco with EZ App Train Control”. It says a load of stuff, including “ready to launch and use instantly after downloading the FREE Bachmann E-Z App™ from the Google Play store or Apple App Store”.

I have no idea what this gobbledygook is about. I have no intention of buying a mobile phone and paying exorbitant monthly rental just so I can run one of my engines. And I dumped my Bachmann Dynamis because I got fed-up with a system where the batteries would run out at an inconvenient moment and it would go haywire from time to time for no obvious reason – I am now strictly cable.

Will this loco work on a plain old MRC Prodigy Advance controller? I read elsewhere on the EZ App board the general comment that “These locos do not have DCC or sound. The control comes from the phone and the sound plays from the phone not the locomotive. You can however modify things to how you desire depending on your abilities.”

Grateful for any advice.

Thanks,
Bill.
40  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: A confession and a question! on: December 02, 2016, 02:23:40 PM
Hi Jonathan, thanks. Wow - are those the Exactrail B&O Wagontops? They are on my wish-list!! And exactly the sort of cars I would not want to take a risk with until proficient.

The Bev-Bel does come with a representation of planking, if you consider a raised line between each plank as such - more like a health and safety trip-hazard for 1/87 feet!

Best Regards,
Bill.
41  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Spectrum 4-4-0 Modern American Richmond prototype - Wood and Oil Burners on: December 02, 2016, 02:08:03 PM
Hi, I did a note on this forum back in July 2012 about the Spectrum 4-4-0s for the SAL which might be of interest, as the Richmond 4-4-0 model includes a wood load for the tender, and the SAL model is a legitimate candidate to use this. A lot of SAL 4-4-0s migrated south to Florida branchlines later in their lives, and at least some were converted from coal to wood burners as wood was locally available. The conversions used smokebox spark arrestors, not smokestack arrestors, and so do not require a change of chimney. I have slightly modified my original note on the 4-4-0s and have pasted it below:

The real SAL #159 (the number used by Bachmann for the “Richmond”) was one of a pair (159 & 160) built 1898 by the Cooke Locomotive and Machine Works of Paterson, New Jersey for the Florida Central & Peninsula Railway.  These two seem well inside wood burning territory, and I have also found a photo of an FC&PRR 4-4-0 with a straight chimney and a tender loaded with wood, so I know I don’t need a smoke-stack spark arrestor for a wood burner, though most of the FC&PRR wood burners shown do have smoke-stack spark arrestors fitted.

The real SAL #106 and 108 (the numbers used by Bachmann for their “Baldwin”) were a pair built 1889 and 1890 by the Rhode Island Locomotive Works for the Seaboard. I don’t know where they operated. The info I have is that many SAL coal burning 4-4-0s which moved south when relegated to branch line work were converted for wood burning. The Bachmann wood load is designed to fit the "Richmond" tender, not the Baldwin.

I also know that by the mid-1920s the Charlotte Harbor & Northern, one of the smaller Florida lines that the SAL inherited, had converted a number of its locos from coal to to oil, e.g. Baldwin 4-4-0 #8 (very similar to the Spectrum model ), Baldwin 4-6-0 #28 (which was one of four off-the shelf small-driver Baldwin 4-6-0s very similar to the Spectrum model), and Baldwin 2-8-0 #18 (a small 2-8-0 not represented yet in the Spectrum range, very similar to the Ma & Pa small Baldwin 2-8-0s #23-26). The reason they did this is not known, but may have been related to it being easier to have oil delivered by sea to Charlotte Harbor than coal by rail.

My references on the SAL are Richard E Prince "Seaboard Air Line - Steamboats, Locomotives and History", and on the CH&N Donald R Hensley's Tap Lines website (for all things Florida) and book "Charlotte Harbor & Northern Railway - The Boca Grande Route"

Hope this helps,
Bill.
42  Discussion Boards / HO / A confession and a question! on: December 02, 2016, 12:43:07 PM
I am, for the very first time, about to dirty-up a boxcar. Why? Well I have a pile of old Athearn / Bev-Bel / Roundhouse kits unbuilt that I could either sell for not very much or do something with, that something being something I would not be bold enough to do to a modern, expensive, state of the art gem.

My first candidate is Bev-Bel 1094, Louisiana & Arkansas 40' Boxcar in boxcar brown with Southern Belle herald, built 11-47. I am going to model this with the door open on one side, with some guys handling the cargo, so that it can either be run apparently closed-up, or stand stationary being loaded / unloaded, simply by changing the side on view.

My questions are, would a car of this era have a plain wood-planked floor, linoleum, or what and what color? And would the interior walls / ceiling be painted white to maximise visibility?

I have found lots of guidance on how to weather the exterior / roof / underframe / trucks / wheels / etc., but not much detail on the interior.

Grateful for any advice / info,
Thanks,
Bill.
43  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Replacement axle gear for 1987 Flying Scot 4-6-0 on: November 06, 2016, 12:01:51 PM
Do you mean Royal Scot? The Flying Scotsman was a 4-6-2.

Bachmann dramatically improved the chassis for its Royal Scot / Patriot class 4-6-0s some years ago (maybe early 2000s) and the older parts may not be available, but they do, or did, sell replacement chassis. Bachmann Branchline 35-150 Complete replacement motorised chassis unit for Jubilee, Patriot & Royal Scot. See here (currently out of stock, but it is a lead): http://www.hattons.co.uk/9863/Bachmann_Branchline_35_150_Complete_replacement_motorised_chassis_unit_for_Jubilee_Patriot_Royal_Scot/StockDetail.aspx

Best Regards,
Bill.
44  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Woodpulp Cars on: October 13, 2016, 09:22:22 AM
I see this is an old thread, and WGL from Minnesota is probably long ago satisfied, and only wanted one car anyway. But if he wants more, Athearn re-issued their 40-ft car for the SOO in three road #s in 2015 and whilst sold out at Athearn they are still around in some places - I got all three on ebay recently. It is an old MDC Roundhouse model and has molded-on grabs, etc, and so needs detailing if that matters, and it comes without load, but Athearn have also produced a very nice cast resin, painted load with earlier releases. It suffers slightly in having some displaced logs on top which means that you cannot put two on adjacent cars without a bit of surgery. Athearn also sell the load separately, Athearn #90434 Pulpwood Load.

The Atlas Masterline GSC 40-ft pulp car is a much better model but the load is hopeless - a hollow plastic molding that looks toylike and the painting does not help, but see Chooch below.

Walthers do some Seico 52-ft and CC&F 50-ft bulkhead flatcars in their 920 (i.e. Proto) range that are very nice and have some schemes that would not be lost sheep in Minnesota, I am pretty sure that the Wisconsin Central is amongst them. They also make a good-looking resin load for their 50-ft cars (Walthers 949-3100 Pulpwood Load).

Finally, Chooch make some great looking cast resin painted pulpwood loads for all the cars mentioned above. I rate Chooch for all kinds of HO loads. They have their own website, easily found.

Hope this helps,
Bill.
45  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: atlas shell on a bachmann chasis on: June 14, 2016, 12:49:52 PM
Would an ho scale atlas classic gp7 shell fit on a bachmann sound equipped gp7 chasis?

Hmmm, your question prompts me to wonder if the shells from my Atlas and Athearn G of G RS-3s would fit the B'man sound chassis. The Atlas Classic RS-3 does have the walkway a separate plastic part and not cast into the metal chassis. The C of G blue/grey scheme is a great livery that the B'man has yet to reach and both Atlas and Athearn versions have a full set of wire grabs. Unfortunately I don't have a B'man RS-3 to test the possibilities.

Bill.
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