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31  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: 2017 ON30 annual magazine on: March 17, 2017, 07:54:50 PM
I just called the Gazette to inquire about my late Jan/Feb issue and found out the 2017 On30 mag will mail in April.
Seeing that the editor hasn't cleared many of the articles with the authors yet, I wouldn't bet my life on that timeframe.
I hope they're right, as I want to see the finished version as much as the rest of you. More so, probably.
32  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: 2017 ON30 annual magazine on: March 16, 2017, 06:32:59 PM
Heard from Chris today. He's still editing, I should get the proof of my article soon.
He said that there were three ET&WNC-themed articles in this annual, which I'm very happy to hear mine is one! The others are a guide on modeling ET&WNC coaches (no idea who write that) and another on passenger service by ET&WNC guru Johnny Graybeal.
33  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Excursion car on: March 16, 2017, 02:59:04 PM
I see that Trainworld has them on pre-order, but no timeframe for them yet for retail purchase.
I'll for sure buy at least one, paint it grey and put pre-WW2 Army markings on it.
34  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: 2017 ON30 annual magazine on: February 28, 2017, 12:33:12 PM
I just emailed Chris last night. He said the proof of my article should be emailed to me next week. So, that clearly means he's still putting the thing together. But in this digital age, once he's done, he only has to transmit the annual to the printer, however he does that.
But seeing that we're talking about the first week in March now, I wouldn't bet on people getting them until the very end of the coming month, at the absolute earliest.
I assume when I get my author copy, it should go out with the first batch. If people aren't already posting by then that they've gotten theirs, I'll post that I got mine, so the rest can assume they'll be getting them soon after.
35  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: 2017 ON30 annual magazine on: February 27, 2017, 08:50:21 PM
I wouldn't hold my breath. I haven't even heard any info on proofs or how far along in editing they are right now...
You'll see them soon, but I wouldn't think very soon.
36  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Excursion car on: February 15, 2017, 04:48:07 PM
I've never done a craftsman kit like that. I don't know that I would attempt something like that. They look kind of fragile, too.
I started a Bachmann passenger car from the top of my layout and let it roll down hill just to see what would happen if a car came uncoupled on the way up. By the time it got to the last loop, it went flying off the track. It didn't sustain any damage but I imagine the wooden one would be in pieces.
Nah, they’re not nearly THAT fragile. Sure, you wouldn’t want to step on a wood kit or throw it across the room, but a box shape is a box shape and handled correctly, they’re just fine. Someone sideswiped my Deerfield River Laser caboose kit with a ten-wheeler and there wasn’t so much as a mark on it (other than the weathering I built it with, that it).

That’s the first such kit I ever built as I HAD to have that caboose to go with my Bachmann ET&WNC ten-wheelers. It was a learning experience and if I had another one to build, it’d look way better now that I’ve built one, but it looks, tracks and endures just like it should on my layout.
37  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Passenger cars uncoupling themselves on 18" radius curves. on: February 01, 2017, 07:17:32 PM
HOW are they uncoupling? Are the knuckles being pried apart by the stresses of going through the curves? Is one coupler popping up over the other?
Is it just the couplers are one end, or both?
The tender of a 2-6-0 is pretty short and the coach is much longer, it might be a case where the centerlines of the rolling stock in question just don't line up on such a tight curve, though I sort of doubt it.
38  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: US Civil war. On30 Bachmann 4-4-0s? on: January 30, 2017, 12:33:38 PM
Nice layout!  Smiley
Balloon stacks would be more correct for the timeframe, though.
The real W&A was a 5-foot gauge railroad until the 1880s, but it does look good as a 30" line, doesn't it?
The only thing I have on my layout to recall the "War of Northern Aggression" is a memorial, as my layout takes place in 1943:

My Father made the barrel on a lathe for this, and is an accurate rendition of a M1857 12-pounder "Napoleon" barrel. In the 1940s, this is the only type of Civil War memorial you'd likely find, other than a statue of a soldier. Battlefields didn't have replica cannon carriages on them until the late 1950s and an original carriage would have rotted away after 70 years. So a pedestal is historically accurate.
I'm looking into ways to chemically speed up the oxidation as it looks way too polished for what it is...
39  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Headlight in Climax Question on: January 27, 2017, 05:19:54 PM
They are LED's .....
Are all Bachmann On30 locos equipped with LEDs?
40  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Running DCC engine on DC transformer? on: January 26, 2017, 07:53:52 PM
It will run them in analog mode, but not with the advanced functions of DCC.
Yep. All my Bachmann On30 ten-wheelers were of course DCC and they ran just fine from a DC throttle. Even the sound ones worked (they automatically sounded a whistle when going forward and three blasts when backing up). I test-ran each one on a piece of flex-track when I got them to make sure they ran at all but didn't have my DCC system (or even a layout) at the time...
41  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: New gears Railtruck On30 bad result. on: January 26, 2017, 01:33:10 PM
I've long heard about the gearing problem on the rail buses and rail trucks (and seen first hand on another guy's layout the way Bachmann On30 shays come apart over time), and it's sad to see.
Bachmann stuff, in many cases, is 'bullet proof' in it's design and function.
But a few of their designs seriously fell through the cracks.
I'm just glad my beloved On30 ten-wheelers didn't have this issue generally like the others have...
42  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Excursion car on: January 26, 2017, 12:29:43 PM
But 60 bucks for a lot off enclosed air is a bit steep in my humble opinion.
Mail order will be much cheaper, I'm sure, when they come out.
Are these the last 0n30 twitches from Mr. B.?
I can't tell. I've talked with the Bachmann people at the "World's Greatest Hobby" tour and the Portland NMRA convention and while I think on an individual level they still strongly support On30, I think the passing of Lee Riley might makes things difficult as I understand he was the strongest proponent of On30 within the company.
43  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Excursion car on: January 25, 2017, 08:18:07 PM
Why are they listed as freight cars?
You're guess is as good as mine...  Undecided
I wouldn't mind showing my respects by getting Mr. Riley's car as well, but I really want the yellow version with silver roof; should go well with my D&RGW set.
Fair enough.
If I get one, I'd probably paint it grey and put some Army markings on it, as a lot of stateside rolling stock during WW1 and WW2 was actually grey more often than not until late in WW2, into the Korean war era.
This shows you similar cars being used by the military:
44  Discussion Boards / On30 / Excursion car on: January 25, 2017, 05:45:55 PM
I was at the WGH show in Puyallup WA this past weekend and saw the prototypes for the On30 excursion cars.
Man, they look great.
If these had been for sale at the Bachmann booth, I'd for sure would have bought one as I think I could justify one for a troop transport car (which were common on stateside RRs around Army bases in WW1 and WW2).

I talked with one of the Bachman guys I'd remembered talking On30 with at the Portland NMRA convention. Real nice guy and I think he said he's also going to have an article in the On30 annual this year.
The cars aren't out yet, according to this link:
Though I only want to run stuff that makes sense for my layout (and nothing that isn't appropriately weathered), I'm tempted to get one of the Lee Riley ones, as-is, out of respect for what he did for Bachmann and On30 in general...
45  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: 2017 ON30 annual magazine on: January 23, 2017, 02:31:53 PM
Orders are now being taken for the new 2017 edition.  I just ordered mine at
Cool, my layout is the "Tweetsie-Inspired On30 Layout" mentioned in the highlights!  Smiley
I just wish it came out more than once a year................
Yeah, a quarterly would be great for folks like us, but in all fairness I doubt there'd be that big a market for it. On30 is, like it or not, a fringe element among the hobby itself.
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