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1  Discussion Boards / Large / What happened to cause the downturn of the large scale market sales? on: November 18, 2017, 10:11:09 PM
Folks:

General question.

What happened to cause the downturn of the large scale market sales? Did too many hobbyists simply grow old and die off ?

Norman
2  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: New Bachmann Indy 2-6-0 product design of a narrow gauge style 2-6-0. on: November 11, 2017, 10:10:40 PM
Hi Mr. Bachmann:

If Bachmann Trains decides to produce this locomotive, I hope that this narrow gauge style 2-6-0 locomotive will be built at the same scaled size as the present Indy is at. It would be great to have a new locomotive product that would fit in well with your J&S wood coaches.

Norman
3  Discussion Boards / Large / New Bachmann Indy 2-6-0 product design of a narrow gauge style 2-6-0. on: November 11, 2017, 04:34:05 PM

Dear Mr. Bachmann:

Here is a line drawing of an Allen Models 2-6-0 design to modify the existing Bachmann Indy 2-6-0 as a new product release of a narrow gauge style 2-6-0 . Use the existing unmodified Indy tender. Remove the sand dome adjacent to the smoke stack.


Bachmann Indy photo:
https://thumbs.worthpoint.com/zoom/images1/360/1213/14/bachmann-indy-mogul-6-tender-loco_360_da25f89a3f36c94c134ca99b15afbede.jpg


Allen Models 2-6-0 line drawing
https://allenmodels.com/media/wysiwyg/fitchburg_700x.jpg


Allen Models 2-6-0 photograph
https://allenmodels.com/media/catalog/category/17-01-20_russ-3651_1.jpg


Mr. Bachmann and others, what are your thoughts?


Norman


4  Discussion Boards / On30 / Tokyo Disneyland 30 inch gauge locos on: December 22, 2016, 12:31:02 AM
Hi Mr. Bachmann:

Is there any chance of Bachmann producing models of the Tokyo Disneyland 30 inch gauge locos?

http://o-colle.seesaa.net/article/191313952.html

This would be a perfect fit for track gauge.


Norman
5  Discussion Boards / Large / Is there any chance that the 1/20.3 Forney will be released again in SM32 ? on: December 08, 2016, 10:16:04 PM
Dear Mr. Bachmann:

O scale track gauge 32 mm

2 foot gauge track at 1/20.3 scale = 24/20.3 in. = 30 mm = O scale track = SM32 O gauge track

2 foot gauge track at 1/19 scale = 24/19 in. = 1.263 in. = 32 mm  =  SM32  O gauge track

Is there any chance that the 1/20.3 Forney will be released again in 32 mm track gauge?

Thanks,
Norman
6  Discussion Boards / Large / Possible sugar plantation locomotives on: December 03, 2016, 06:42:48 PM
Hi Mr. Bachmann:

Here are two sugar plantation style locos that would be a neat follow up to the Indy:

1) Baldwin ‘LIZARD’ was built for the Lower Lafourche Planting and Manufacturing Company operators of a sugar cane plantation near Houma in Louisiana and numbered 29102 with a build date of June 1906.

http://narrowmind.railfan.net/BLW/042T-llpmfg-lizard.jpg


2) http://pre12.deviantart.net/3945/th/pre/i/2010/322/7/1/the_real_casey_jones_jr__by_gunslinger87-d333dnf.jpg


Norman
7  Discussion Boards / Large / shipping weight of the Spectrum 4-4-0 on: November 24, 2016, 05:06:42 PM
Dear Mr. Bachmann:

Would find out for me what is the shipping weight of the Spectrum 4-4-0 and Spectrum 2-6-0 locos ?

Thank you.
8  Discussion Boards / Large / Shipping weight of Spectrum 4-4-0 and 2-6-0 locos ? on: November 16, 2016, 05:48:03 PM
Hi:

Would anyone know what is the shipping weight of the Spectrum 4-4-0 and Spectrum 2-6-0 locos ?


Thanks

9  Discussion Boards / Large / Bachmann Spectrum 4-4-0 and 2-6-0 box dimensions? on: November 05, 2016, 04:44:59 PM
Hi:

Could someone please provide me with the Spectrum 4-4-0 and 2-6-0

red box

dimensions?

Thank you,
Norman
10  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Will the heavyweight coaches make a return? on: January 06, 2016, 09:22:09 PM
Dear Mr. Bachmann:

Will the Williams heavyweight cars be produced again? Are the heavyweight cars being upgraded with interior detail?

Thank you,
Norman
11  Discussion Boards / Large / Bachmann Street car, minimum track radius on: December 03, 2015, 01:26:22 AM
Dear Mr. Bachmann:

What is the minimum track radius that the street car can run on? Thinking of building a tabe top layout with very tight radius curves.

Norman
12  Discussion Boards / Large / Annie loco, latest version box number? on: May 09, 2015, 03:04:41 PM
Dear Mr. Bachmann:

I have been informed that the Annie loco now has brass gears and a new front pilot truck.

How does the consumer know if they are purchasing the latest version with the brass gears?

Is there a different part number on the end of the box to show that the loco has brass gears?

Thank you,
Norman
13  Discussion Boards / Large / Spectrum 4-4-0 actual true minimum radius on: January 19, 2015, 06:26:11 PM
Hi Guys:

What is the actually real world minimum track radius for the 4-4-0 to run on?

Will the 4-4-0 run OK on three foot radius ( six foot diameter track ) ?

Has anyone modified the front truck to reduce the minimum radius ? How did you modify  the front truck?


Thanks!

Norman

14  Discussion Boards / Large / Bachmann Indy upgrade suggestion on: September 07, 2014, 09:05:37 PM
Dear Mr. Bachmann:

Here is a Allen Models Fitchburg Northern model on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUFJPgSe0xY

The Bachmann Indy could model an actual prototype by:

- changing the dome arrangement on the boiler ( bell, one sand dome, steam dome )
- smaller diameter drivers ( already existing Bachmann components )
- larger steam cylinder and steam chest ( already existing Bachmann component from the Little Hauler )

Hopefully to be retailed at the same market pricing as the current Indy model.

This would make a nice 2-6-0 logging Mogul for the 1:22.5 customer which can also be marketed as 1:20.3 by mounting the 1:20.3 headlamp. At least the 1:22.5 customer could purchase this model and simply replace the headlamp with a 1:22.5 sized headlamp.


Hoping that those in charge will take up my suggestion to introduce a new product model at a very minimal new mold cost,

Norman
15  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: What's the future of Bachmann 1:20.3 scale? on: August 17, 2014, 10:16:05 PM
Hi Jerry:

" Norman, I really do appreciate your interest in no-scale, toy trains. That in itself is a hobby. "

For myself as long as the model is a scale model ( with an incorrect track gauge ) I am happy. So my interest is in 1:24 scale models with the compromise of an incorrect track gauge enabling the model to turn on  R1 curves.

I do not like compressed models as per the Lionel 0-27 locomotives. But this compression served a purpose of enabling Lionel to sell locomotives which would run on 0-27 track in a confined space. Exact scale Lionel locomotive models were of greater length and hence required greater track radius thereby reducing total customer sales. It is all a marketing compromise.

Even the track gauge of HO scale ( half of O scale ) is not exact.  

All of these model railroad products are toys regardless of scale and regardless of price. The model railroad products offered differ in their approximation to the prototype but all of these products are toys.

Only the non powered engineering prototype models originally built as a " one of " by the locomotive manufacturers to present to the end customer to generate sales of the prototype are not toys as these models are static.

We are all playing with toys regardless of scale, price and if the model is electric powered or live steam powered. This is just a hobby to relieve stress through the distraction of playing with toy trains.



Norman

  

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