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16  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: New Williams Locos Wanted on: July 28, 2013, 10:04:18 AM
At the risk of annoying those hoping for yet another large six-axle road locomotive that requires O-72 curves, I'd like to put up my hand for a couple of smaller diesels that would appeal to high-rail modelers as well as those folks forced to make do with tight curves.

I would suggest a GE U-18B or a version of the Santa Fe (and subsequently many others) CF-7.
17  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Bachmann's 2013 New Products Announcement on: July 28, 2013, 09:57:33 AM
I may sound like a contrarian here, but I'm rather pleased with Bachmann's announcing a new 45-tonner. The 50-tonner is perfect for my model railroad's era (World War II).  It's also the right size--not too big, not too small, and breaks away from the Oh-dear-another-44-tonner trope that bothers our O scale brethren modeling a slightly-wider narrow gauge (I expect there'll be a flurry of articles about how to widen the wheel-spacings).

My quibble with the announcement is that I'd like mine unlettered and painted black with silver ends (a la Southern Pacific), but it's a minor one.

My sympathies to those hoping for a DB&W/C&S/RGS 2-8-0 or a three-axle Porter; maybe they'll luck out later.

18  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Bachmann On30 Future on: January 21, 2013, 01:10:43 PM
I expect that On30 does have a brighter future than some scales. The guys who thought up the line did come up with an agreeable size that does fit non-rail things like Department 56 Christmas villages and some dollhouse/miniaturist activities.

I suspect that a lot of future On30 activity might be more international than US or Canadian. IMO, British and European narrow-gaugers have not been well-served, and I wouldn't be surprised if Bachmann might come out with stuff for the German and Austrian narrow gauge markets, and also for the sorts of locomotives built for the former British and former French empires' colonies.

Maerklin and Fleischmann didn't do much for the potential German/Austrian/whatever narrow gauge market, and I suspect that the doors might still be open for a lower-cost line of locomotives and rolling stock by somebody else.
19  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: PW Streetcars in the DF on: December 03, 2012, 09:42:03 AM
A quick (and incomplete) Internet search reveals that not only did Mexico City have Peter Witt streetcars, but so did the Mexican coastal city of Veracruz.

Veracruz's streetcars were often second-hand, and it looks like they had a lot of single-truck Birneys over the year. Veracruz's Peter Witt cars were second-hand, too. They came from Mexico City.

20  Discussion Boards / Plasticville U.S.A. / Re: Dumb Idea: Hope It Doesn't Bust Copyrights on: November 28, 2012, 09:15:48 PM
There are indeed a number of manufacturers who offer scale-sized 1/4 inch scale doors, windows, chimneys, etc. Determined individuals could also cut and file LEGO brick sections to accept Grandt Line or Tichy doors or windows if they feel that way. However, it might be fun for LEGO (tm) enthusiasts, tinplaters, and Plasticville (tm)  fans alike to have Plasticville-label doors and bricks with windows, doors, and doorways inset into the bricks so that a LEGO fan or someone knocking together a temporary not-for-modeling-contest-awards building might "plug in" suitable near-scale doors and windows either for display or to flesh out ideas prior to building a mock-up or a serious model.
21  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: New Locomotives on: August 29, 2012, 11:13:12 AM
Alas, I think you're right. A pity; I'd like to see something like the Colorado & North Western/Colorado & Southern/Rio Grande Southern 2-8-0s produced in On30, an On30 tank engine somewhat larger than the Porters, or one of the small ex-SAR&H, now Welsh Highlands Beyer Garretts.

Unfortunately  although  there may be a perceived demand, given the  current   world  financial situation it is unlikely  that demand  would be anywhere near sufficient  to warrrant  the   massive  expense  of  new  tooling.

I feel that all  that  we will get  in the forseeable  future  will be  revamps of  existing locomotives  and  perhaps the only 'new' locomotives  will be  produced  from parts  of  existing ones
22  Discussion Boards / Plasticville U.S.A. / Dumb Idea: Hope It Doesn't Bust Copyrights on: August 01, 2012, 12:07:56 PM
I've got an interesting (dumb) idea. If the copyrights for Lego's basic block system have expired, how about some Bachmann/Plasticville scale-size doors and windows for those of us exasperated by the lack of variety for early 20th century-style stations and buildings but who lack the skill to build ab initio from plaster or styrene? I'd love to have a building made of Lego (tm)-style blocks with 1/48 scale doors, windows, and chimneys.
23  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Any one for new cars? on: July 29, 2012, 10:03:14 AM
Me, too. I'd like to see one with a corrugated metal roof like the ones once so prevalent on Mexican and Central American lines.

I model a common carrier narrow gauge railroad inspired by Iowa's Bellevue & Cascade, so can always use more house cars. I favor a steel boxcar and an outside-braced, single-sheathed wood boxcar, both with doors opening to the right.

Gil Hulin
24  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Future of ON30 on: July 29, 2012, 09:59:19 AM
A thought, but I fear those Brazilian Texans would never, ever make their way around the 24 inch radius curves used on several Texas and Florida modular groups.

In an ideal world, tight curves would be on sports cars and pretty young girls. Alas, we have to make certain compromises in real life. I don't think a 2-10-4 would clear club curves.

If bachmann were to consider making a large American built narrow gauge steam locomotive, the largest would be a 2-10-4 that ran on the Teresa Cristina in Brazil

Tons of videos on YouTube of them, surprised nobody has modelled them, they're truly magnificent monsters

If bachmann did these or DRGW K-36's or K-37's I may take a dive into the On30 market
25  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: On30 2-8-2 on: May 02, 2012, 11:29:45 AM
I hate to say this, but this thread illustrates the problems that Bachmann would have selling "Big Engine" 2-8-2s like the EBT mikes and the larger D&RGW K's (As well as the Oahu Railway and Land Co's four ALCO 2-8-2s). Most of us, especially those of us who belong to such modular clubs as the Texas Outlaws and the Florida Renegades, don't have the wide curves to run these models.

I think that an Americanized version of Argentina's Baldwin-built Patagonian 2-8-2s would be a better choice size-wise, but I don't know how many other On30 folks would buy them. I would, but then again, I'm not closely following prototype accuracy and I'm not that provincial about "foreign" power (Even power built in the US and Canada!) as many of the old-time steam-heads were and many modelers still are.
26  Discussion Boards / Plasticville U.S.A. / Re: Improving The 45975 Bridge on: October 28, 2011, 12:33:23 PM
Dear Bach-mann,

I do hope you give it some thought anyway, even if the numbers don't work out. The only other comparable models of steel truss bridges are MTH's, Lionel's, and Atlas'. Atlas's steel truss bridges are a whopping 40 inches long. MTH's are about 24 inches long (I think), and Brand Meow's frankly look toy-train like. Bachmann's Plasticville bridges not only look plausible for both O narrow gauge and O standard gauge, but are short enough to fit in on three to four foot-long  modules and a lot of O scale modeling (narrow-gauge as well as 2-rail and 3-rail) is going the modular route these days.

Thank you for letting me bend your ear on this subject.

Hear endeth the harangue.

Dear Mister Lee,
The deck sold by Micro-Mark is an excellent product.  It is unlikely that we'll do expensive new tooling to duplicate it in plastic.
Have fun!
the Bach-man
27  Discussion Boards / Plasticville U.S.A. / Improving The 45975 Bridge on: October 24, 2011, 02:40:16 PM
Hey, Bachmann, how about improving the Plasticville 45975 truss bridge with a realistic looking deck? The bridge is popular enough with both O 3-railers and with On30 modelers, but a deck would finish a model that still looks incomplete even after it's assembled and would make it even more popular.

Yes, I know that a certain manufacturer made an aftermarket deck, but a compatible deck made by Bachmann that could accommodate either O 3-rail, O 2-rail, or On30 made of the same sort of plastic would be very nice.

Thank you for letting me bend your ear.
28  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Williams PA Sideframes Broken on: April 21, 2011, 08:17:43 PM
A few months ago, I ordered a powered/unpowered set of Williams PA-1s painted in the McGinnis scheme. Much to my dismay, when they arrived, I discovered that the metal sideframes had broken off from the power trucks. No, this is not a repair that can be done with a dab of glue.

I am wondering if the PA's are repairable. Are the current PA's truck components essentially identical to what Williams offered back then? Are the carbodies still identical, or will I have to get new ones? Does Bachmann service Williams by Williams locomotives?

I await knowledgeable replies with interest and anticipation.
29  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: All-new 4-6-0 from WBB on: April 21, 2011, 08:10:38 PM
I might go for one lettered for the Great Undecorated Railroad with white trim. But first, I'd want to do an eyeballs-style examination of the smokebox number plate (I'd prefer something detachable like the G gauge Big Hauler).  I also hope that the pilot is removable and can be replaced by something that looks a bit more to scale.

Seriously, the tender does look a bit large for that class of engine.
30  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Height of the caboose waggon on: January 29, 2011, 09:01:44 PM
I'd highly recommend using something like the ET&WNC 4-6-0's height as a tool for planning vertical clearances. I'm a member of an On30 modular club here in South-Central Texas and we've just learned that a highway bridge/view block was too short to clear the ten-wheelers. Fortunately, the module in question was still in the track-laid and extruded foam stage, not where the module was fully scenicked and the highway bridge emplaced.
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