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31  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.
32  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.
33  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.
34  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Your dream loco for Bachmann to produce on: September 29, 2010, 12:24:47 AM
As far as road diesels go, my first vote is for something like the Oahu Railway & Land Co/Cumbres & Toltec/Georgetown Loop center-cab GE's. My second would be the 90 class, since GE built similar locos (admittedly meter-gauge) for Argentina and other countries.

I confess that I do wonder what the 90 class would look like in D&RGW passenger-F colors.
35  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: 2010 National Narrow Gauge Convention....any news? on: September 05, 2010, 09:04:20 AM
The latest from Lee Riley is that the Porters are being reissued in DCC versions, but you may find that to be old news.
36  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Model Railroader Announces New Products! on: August 01, 2010, 10:54:11 AM
I'm one of those oddballs who hopes that Bachmann will offer a banana car, but I suspect that the number of On3/On30 modelers who model Central American narrow gauge can be counted on one man's fingers and toes. A typical Latin American narrow-gauge outside braced wooden boxcar with corrugated roof and metal underframe would also be nice.

As far as passenger cars go, what I'd really like to see is a combination baggage/RPO car for those of us who are wondering how our little people get mail from the outside world. After all, it's the head-end stuff that kept so many passenger trains running for as long as they did.

Well nice for all those guys out there in demand of a tiny little Lokie... Smiley Smiley Smiley
Not for me, as I don´t have a use for a Porter here.
So, we´re dreaming on for something geared...
So, we´re continuing to sing the Heisler Song...

But after all, Bach-man: Your Freight cars and Passenger cars fleet could use a good addition too. Doing nothing in this section can mean that another big manufacturer could hop in here too... We have seen this with BLI´s C-16, if they´re wise, they can do much more in plastic. A C&S No74!

Cheers, Tom Wink Wink Wink
37  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Wish list for 2010 on: May 17, 2010, 02:11:42 PM
One good idea: ALCO PA's in Cotton Belt or New Haven (Hunter Green & yellow as well as the McGinnis).

For the sun-belters (Even if they have to put up deposits 1st) ACL purple scheme or the ACL black and yellow striped scheme for the E-7s.

Another bad idea: An H-15-44 4-axle Fairbanks Morse roadswitcher (NOT the one currently made by Bachmann in other scales, but the earlier Loewy-design. I'd probably buy an undec version, but I might be tempted by the New Haven version.
38  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: So, What's Next? on: April 29, 2010, 09:00:40 AM
I'm hoping for a tank engine that's larger than the Porters, a modest 2-6-2, or something about the size of Argentina's Patagonian 2-8-2s, but I can wait.
39  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: On30 2-8-2 on: February 09, 2010, 03:31:43 PM
An Americanized version of Argentina's Old Patagonian Express 2-8-2s would be nice.

Also, I hope that Bachmann would find it worth its while to produce one of the little Beyer-Garretts formerly used in South Africa and now on the Welash Highland Railway.
40  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Steel cars on: September 29, 2009, 09:48:53 AM
With all due respect to ebt nut, there were a fair number of non-US three foot gauge railroads that ran both steel as well as composite boxcars into the 1960's and beyond. The Mexicans ran a number of steel boxcars on the National Railways of Mexico, the Coahuila y Zacatecas, and the Unidos de Yucatan (Both the CyZ and the UdeY have contributed locomotives to US tourist railroads). The famous (Or infamous) International Railways of Central America had its own fleet of steel outside braced boxcars which looked very US. The Mexican and IRCA cars were reminiscent of the EBT's steel cars, except that they had corrugated roofs.

Need I mention the composite wood and steel bracing boxcars that ran on Oahu?
41  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: 4-6-0 cab on: August 10, 2009, 02:17:23 PM
Had a look at some video footage a railfan made of the Tweetsie copies built for a Cuban sugar plantation in the early 1920s. The best description I can make is that they had steel cabs, the cabs looked much like the "big window" steel cabs made for Bachmann's Big Hauler, except that there was a window post app 1/3 the way down the front. There was no wooden window framing visible.

FYI, I am sad to report that these locomotives were scrapped shortly after the video was made.
42  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Wish list for 2010 on: March 23, 2009, 09:39:56 AM
Bad ideas: part two

Scale-proportioned CF-7 diesel (They're shorter than most road diesels and they use two-axle Blomberg-type trucks). While the CF-7 was originally a Santa Fe-only engine, they've since showed up on a lot of short lines in the US (And also in Amtrak service in the Northeast) and some are still in use.

43  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Wish list for 2010 on: March 10, 2009, 12:09:21 PM
Here are some of my bad ideas:

(A) GE U-18B, of the sort used by SCL, Maine Central, et al. Most 3 railers have to put up with tight curves, so why not a relatively short-wheelbase locomotive.

(B) GP-15. OK, OK, so the NJ tool company makes one. Just a suggestion.

(C) Maybe an MP-15? I'm trying to think of a short locomotive that could go out beyond yard limits and use the pre-existing EMD Blomburg trucks already used for other Williams by Bachmann products.

(D) Shorty-version  Pullman--Standard Osgood Bradley cars. The New Haven wasn't the only road that operated those passenger cars; so did the Boston and Maine, the Seaboard Air Line, the Cotton Belt and, briefly, the Southern Pacific. They needn't be scale length; rivet-counters would likely shop somewhere else, anyway.

44  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: 2-6-0's on: February 14, 2009, 10:38:54 PM
Despite my increasing mogul fleet  Shocked (My latest one came with the Wonderland Express combine and Wonderland Express observation car), I do hope that Bachmann does put out a DCC version soon.
45  Discussion Boards / On30 / Backdating the Mogul's Domes on: February 14, 2009, 10:15:39 PM
I am interested in backdating one of my Bachmann 2-6-0s to a late 1880s-1890s appearance (Yes, I have seen that article in the On30 Annual). Does anyone know who makes replacement flanged steam and sand domes that fit the 2-6-0?

I'm looking forward to reading the answer on the boards.

Thank you.
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