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16  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Semi-Modern Diesel, I'd Love to see in On30!!! ;) on: September 22, 2013, 10:50:24 AM
LGB's six-axle WP&Y diesel was shamelessly condensed. A lot of the long hood was trimmed so that an LGB 2056 could make it around LGB's tight curves. A scale-length model would prove quite a surprise to many modelers expecting it to navigate curves of 22 inches or less.

I admit that I'm waving a flag for a GM GA-8 like the ones used in Mexico and Central America. However, I'm not sure they could make it around a 22 inch curve either.

--Lee DeGolyer

LGB Trains did a G Scale version in the late 80's, that sold well!! Wink
17  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Bachmann's 2013 New Products Announcement on: September 22, 2013, 10:41:29 AM
All valid points.

My two cents is that On30 is a fine gauge and scale for people who want a certain level of realism and detail, whose eyesight perhaps isn't the best, but who know they lack the wide-open spaces needed for full-dress O or HO standard gauge or even On3.

I like the idea of big engines myself, but after seeing MMI's impressive K-28s and K-36s, I've been forced to conclude that those engines are too big for many On30 guys' layouts. Even many of the Mexican and Central American 36 inch gauge prototype engines are too large for many of our curves. I'm hopeful about the Unidos de Yucatan's 4-6-0s or a T-12 but I'm not that optimistic (I do like the idea of #74).

The trouble with US-outline narrow gauge rolling stock is that it isn't as varied as the stuff on the broad gauge, and some of the interesting stuff that hasn't been made yet might not appeal to American and European modelers. I might be interested in banana cars and double-truck sugar cane cars like the Cubans were running up to a couple of years ago, but I don't know how many other folks are.

I don't have any magic nostrums. I do know that Bachmann tries harder than the folks who made and marketed the "magic trains." I do hope that Bachmann's On30 line stays profitable and stays in production.

--E. Lee DeGolyer

Yard Master - How can the On30 demographic grow if Bachmann doesn't drive the demand?  Who else is producing On30 trains?  If Bachmann doesn't produce it, where does that leave the On30 community?  You guys started strong and created the "On30 phenomenon" for all intents and purposes.  And then you all but abandon us who converted to On30 and began buying your products.  So where does that leave us now?

When did Bachmann abandon the On30 market...did I miss something. Bachmann has produced many new On30 items over the last few years.There is plenty of product available out there for folks who are just starting out. All of the items that you guys consider old are brand new to the novice. Unfortunately the model railroad industry tends to be "New Product" driven. In other words we are not seeing new modelers just the demand for new items every year from a core group of enthusiasts that is getting smaller. We all need to make an effort to introduce the scale to new potential enthusiasts so that Bachmann can justify the investment in new items.

18  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.
19  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.

20  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.
21  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.

22  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.
23  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
24  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.
25  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
26  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

 http://youtube.com/watch?v=drquakTIPNw


If bachmann did these or DRGW K-36's or K-37's I may take a dive into the On30 market
27  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.
28  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
29  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.
30  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.
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