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16  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann 4-6-2 driver contact wiper information requested on: May 14, 2018, 08:09:48 AM
I should have been more clear.  Iím interested in an underneath photo of the USRA Pacific, not the K4.
17  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann 4-6-2 driver contact wiper information requested on: May 13, 2018, 12:07:57 PM
Mr.  Bach Man, please note the lack of interest in the 4-6-2.  I heard that the Bachmann Spectrum Russian Decapod was produced as a result of a a popularity survey.  Maybe another run of them?  Re engineered with slightly wider cylinder spacing and a decoder with better presets like the Sound Value 2-8-2?  Iím good for 5. Right now.

Iím not buying a Pacific until I get a good look at the engine pickup system.
18  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann 4-6-2 driver contact wiper information requested on: May 12, 2018, 07:45:34 PM
No one has a 4-6-2?
19  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Movie train production on: May 12, 2018, 07:44:43 PM
Could be.  Just like the way the too modern engine did .
20  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Sound Value Class J BAC 53201 on: May 11, 2018, 07:38:58 AM
On the L&N Eastern Kentucky division, a coal road if there ever was one,  until WW II, the biggest motive power was USRA light 2-8-2ís ........ not big engines by any estimation.  I have 5 of them, 2 from the Bach Man, and they donít look out of place at all on 22Ē R curves and No. 4 switches in one yard. I just got a Sound Value one and it is a fine engine especially performance wise. 
21  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Movie train production on: May 10, 2018, 12:02:05 PM
If itís set in Louisiana, maybe itís SEC ďLSU TigersĒ 😂😂😂
22  Discussion Boards / HO / Bachmann 4-6-2 driver contact wiper information requested on: May 10, 2018, 09:35:06 AM
Someone who has a 4-6-2. ........

Please put it upside down in a cradle .  Photograph the underside of engine frame and copy it here. 

Some people have said that the driver contact wipers extend exposed down to the railhead.  I want to see this before I buy one of these beautiful engines that might come with an operational flaw.
23  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Movie train production on: May 10, 2018, 07:54:00 AM
Yes, correct, I missed the stack.  The clips are very, very short, attuned to an attention deficit disorder age.  Easy to miss details.  The engine has a late 1800ís capped stack, very cool, not many of those left.  But if this is supposed to be the mid to late 1860ís,  the stack and the entire engine are 40 years too modern.

Plus, I have to wonder, what is a tiger doing in the movie.
24  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Movie train production on: May 09, 2018, 03:22:18 PM
Thatís an auxiliary dome dedicated to pop valves and whistle, a more modern way to install those appliances.

That engine might be a 4-6-2 but with those low, low drivers she was never meant for mainline passenger runs.  The only reason there is a trailing truck is to keep her on the track when running in reverse for long distances pullling a train which was very common on short lines and logging lines.  Itís in effect a ďloggingĒ Pacific, although ďloggingĒ prairies were a lot more common.
25  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Movie train production on: May 09, 2018, 09:50:07 AM
Good call.  I looked at pictures of that engine and I agree that is probably her in those scenes.

What a cool little engine.  I knew of her before but had no idea she had been preserved , much less in operating condition , what a find, thanks.

She also has a fake square oil lantern headlight in the clips. 

Again and again you see the same thing all the time- balloon or diamond stack, big goofy cowcatcher, and square headlight make any engine instantly  1800ís in the publicís eye.

Remember the engine in Breakheart Pass?  I talked to the now deceased owner over 30 years ago, a retired UP old steam head. He bought that engine from the Great Western in Colorado when he retired, along with enough vintage freight and passenger cars to make a creditable vintage train, with the purpose of servicing Hollywoodís vintage railroad needs, and he did. He said he picked that engine because with a variety of stacks and cowcatchers he could make that engine reasonably be anything from 1880 to 1950.

Where are guys like this when you need them.  The old heads are all gone now.  I miss talking to them.
26  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Sound Value Class J BAC 53201 on: May 09, 2018, 08:50:33 AM
Big engines need big radius.  Period.  The smaller the layout, the bigger the engine wanted, it always seems, this kind of inquiry appears almost  weekly.

Big engines on little radius look like toys.  I went to branchline modeling a very long time ago not only because I love branch lines but because little engines look good on small layouts and sharply curves, not like elephants riding bicycles in a circus.  I too wanted big engines until I realized that.
27  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: sound value consolidaton on: May 09, 2018, 08:42:20 AM
I have a couple of econami installs from back when the approaching TSU2 was classified.  Itís got everything I miss in the Sound Value like dynamo, coupler crash, and cv 113 time out.  Econami is TSU 2 on a diet but not the starvation diet of the sound value decoder.  The biggest thing missing as compared to TSU 2 is reverb , which makes the chuff in particular really sing.  But I can do without that with all the other cool stuff there.

Econami as a stock bachmann decoder would be a wonderful thing.

28  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Movie train production on: May 08, 2018, 11:58:18 PM
Itís definitely too modern.  Canít get a good fix from the little snips but could that be one of the WP&Y 2-8-2ís from Dollywood?  Definitely a fake stack on an engine that never burned wood.  And the pilot is a modern steel strap one, surprised they didnít put a big silly red ďcowcatcherĒ on it.  Is that 3í gauge track?  The rail is way too heavy for the times and the track is too straight and too ballasted.  And in one scene the corner of the vestibule of a riveted steel passenger car is seen, which didnít come till after 1900 more or less.

Man.  Doesnít anyone pay attention anymore to, or care about, detail accuracy when it come to railroads?
29  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Your worst model railroad tragedy on: May 07, 2018, 11:00:37 AM
My depression era mother didnít believe in keeping anything not acutely essential .  I was just getting into serious Model railroading when I was 12.  One day I found that my Lionel stuff had been given away to some drive.
30  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Your worst model railroad tragedy on: May 07, 2018, 07:52:04 AM
That is the French engine I mentioned earlier
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