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1  Discussion Boards / Large / North Pole Express Caboose Lighting Suggestions on: December 11, 2017, 09:32:32 PM
Hi everybody. I am thinking about lighting my Bachmann North Star Express center cupola caboose. I'm going with 4 warm white 5mm diffused LED's in the main body and one in the center of the cupola of the caboose. I think that these should be enough to light it up nice and bright. I'm also thinking about buying these 30mm Piko wheel sets on Ebay:
I was thinking oce axle in the North Star Caboose and then installing one axle in my LGB bobber caboose and lighting it up as well in a similar manner. I will also be installing one bridge rectifier and 2 condensers in each car.
I'm just wondering if 5 LED's will be enough in the North Star Express caboose and if these Piko wheel sets are a good deal.Do you guys have any suggestions or am I on the right "track" with this?
Thanks guys!
2  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: To: The Yardmaster Subject:Large Scale Parts Availibility on: November 28, 2017, 07:23:16 PM
My thing is that I own several large scale loco's from 3 different manufacturers. 3 are from Lionel. One is from Hartland Locomotive Works, and 6 are from Bachmann. All have their strong points. Some need more maintenance than others. Some less. All 3 of my Lionel locos turned 30 years old this past year. All still run like champs and look great. They are all original     with the exception of a couple of minor cosmetic plastic parts that I found on Ebay. Other than that, they're 3 decades old and still just fine,even though the parent company , Lionel, while still in business, doesn't offer parts or service for them. My Hartland is a 4-4-0 made back in 1996. It,too, is mostly original and is a great runner. The parent company is still in business. Parts and services are still available directly from them. For now.
Now we arrive at Bachmann. Bachmann is ,obviously, still in business. They still offer parts and warranty services directly. Which is good considering how easily their locomotives are damaged since the Anniversary Edition 4-6-0 has a lot of fragile, easily damaged parts. They are beautiful and I love them, but should parts and or services become unavailable, they are in danger of becoming shelf queens or being disposed of either in the trash or on Ebay (craigslist is out of the question due to the large amount of scammers operating on it). I have recently gone through  2  Anniversary chassis's that I bought directly from the Bachmann parts department. One was about a year old and the other less than 6 months! I just bought another Anniversary chassis that I purchased as a replacement for my Virginia & Truckee #26 (A Standard Big Hauler that I customized to look more like the real V&T #26 with paint and custom decals from Stan Cedarleaf. Bachmann's V&T #26,while very pretty,looks absolutely nothing like the real #26 did!! Not even close!)since part of the wheel well broke off on it for some unknown reason! So, as of last night, it's running again and I'm very happy to have it back "in service" ! I'm just hoping that Bachmann/Kador will remain in business and continue to offer parts and services for these large scale trains into the foreseeable future as I don't want to either junk them or resort to buying used,possible damaged/non-working parts on Ebay for these trains. Cars and other cosmetic parts on Ebay are fine, but the working parts/complete locos are sometimes iffy at best unless you know who the seller that you're buying from is reputable and can be trusted. I know a few sellers on Ebay who I trust and you can pm me if you want to know who they are.
Thanks for your feedback so far guys! Still waiting for a response on this from the Yardmaster.,to whom this was originally addressed.
So, how about it,Mr. Yardmaster? Any thoughts on the matter or information?
3  Discussion Boards / Large / To: The Yardmaster Subject:Large Scale Parts Availibility on: November 22, 2017, 10:11:37 PM
Hi Mr. Yardmaster. While browsing the Bachmann online parts catalog recently, I noticed that some parts have been out of stock for a long time. Replacement chassis such as the version 6 and the new swing arm assembly sold out quite a while ago and have not been restocked. In fact, quite a large number of parts are also currently unavailable and have been that way for a very long time as well. A recent phone call to the parts department proved to be unsatisfactory as to answering my question, and the service rep suggested trying to ask you. So, are more replacement parts on the way? Or will you no longer sell them after they run out? Not restocking replacement parts would be a disservice to all of us loyal do it yourselfers who enjoy working on our trains as much as we enjoy running them.Not to also mention that it's cheaper, faster, and easier to repair them ourselves then to have to send them back to you for repairs.
Thank you!
4  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Battling the tarry build up. The fight is real.. on: November 18, 2017, 04:19:10 PM
You're right, Joe. I corrected my post in that regard.Many people refer to the Bachmann metal wheels as steel, and they are not. The tender wheels on my Hartland 4-4-0 contain some type ferrous of metal (I put a magnet on one of them), but the Bachmann wheels do not. I would posit that the Bachmann metal wheels  are made of the same type of metal used in the receivers of some modern, low grade shotguns. These receivers (the Mossberg 500 among others) are made of cast aluminum. Strong, but not strong enough in my opinion as I prefer my shotguns to be made with a steel receiver. Still, whatever they are made of is hard enough to grind away both aluminum and brass track. so they're pretty strong. Maybe the Yardmaster would like to fill in the blanks and tell us what type of metals  the Bachmann wheels are derived from?
5  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Battling the tarry build up. The fight is real.. on: November 17, 2017, 03:50:20 PM
We had a discussion about this substance  back about 2 years ago in another post that I started on here. I think your problem is the same thing . This stuff begins to build up immediately on the tracks and causes conductivity issues between the loco and the rails. It is a black,greasy substance, but yet is is not grease! Nor is it tar. It is finely ground up brass particles that are caused by running harder metal wheels over softer brass track. Plastic wheels also contribute to this  but apparently don't erode the brass rails like metal wheels do. Read the post by Chuck N. I believe that his insights are correct and what is going on with your train.Here is a link to that post:,30072.0.html
6  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Battling the tarry build up. The fight is real.. on: November 13, 2017, 11:52:16 PM
I use 91%  rubbing alcohol soaked into a paper towel for my modest indoor layout. While I realize that your layout is much larger, there are other things that you could try. Like using a Swiffer with a pad soaked in the rubbing alcohol and pushing it along the tracks, changing it when necessary. You could also try the same idea ,but using a dry Scotch Brite pad in place of the alcohol soaked pad on either a Swiffer or modified broom head. I like using the rubbing alcohol as it strips that stuff off and my train will run for hours on the track without my having to clean it over and over again.
Hope this helped !
7  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: My North Star Express Has its' Tender But My Track Powered JS Cars Squeak on: November 10, 2017, 11:00:10 PM
I use plastic compatible Labelle 106 gear grease for all moving parts that require grease and not oil. I only use Labelle lubrication products on my trains for all moving parts ,and I lubricate them according to the Bachmann recommended lubrication schedule. The Labelle 106 gear grease doesn't appear to be inhibiting the electrical conductivity on my track powered car lighting. It just doesn't last very long. Longer than light oil does,but not as long as I would hope for. Hence my question.
8  Discussion Boards / Large / My North Star Express Has its' Tender But My Track Powered JS Cars Squeak on: November 10, 2017, 07:19:56 PM
Hi everybody! I received the matching tender for my North Star Express locomotive and they look great together. I've decided to just use my 3 Santa Fe JS cars with this loco/tender without going and buying the matching North Star Express cars as they are very similar in appearance to one another. I just posted a video of this loco with the Santa Fe cars in tow to youtube.You can check it out here :
On another note: I've had some minor problems with the wheels squeaking on all of my JS cars that I have converted over to track power. I use the plunger type brushes that go into the housings on the Bachmann JS passenger trucks. I've tried placing a light coat of oil on the wheels. That works up to a point and then the squeak returns. I just tried using a light coat of Labelle 106 grease. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this product, it contains a Teflon additive ,and is excellent for all  general uses where grease is required for moving parts. So,what do you recommend? Is there something better that last longer or am I stuck with the squeaking?
Thanks guys!
9  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: New Christmas Train Reefer Part Request on: November 09, 2017, 01:49:04 PM
10  Discussion Boards / Large / New Christmas Train Reefer Part Request on: November 07, 2017, 05:31:13 AM
Hi guys! Been a little busy lately building up my little railroad.I recently acquired a used North Star Express Anniversary loco and tender on Ebay for a total cost of $105.00. I originally bought the loco by itself for $60.00 as a chassis donor for one of my V&T locos that suffered a broken chassis part a few months ago. I was then planning on parting the rest of it back out on Ebay. That obviously didn't happen! Instead,I fixed the small problem of a slipped center wheel set, oiled it ,greased it, and after running it and seeing how pretty this loco is( I'm really drawn to the red and green Christmas color combo!), I decided not to part it out and ordered the matching tender from the same Ebay seller! It will be here on Wednesday. I'm such a sucker for a pretty face and I still have to shell out the money to replace the chassis on my V&T loco! Oh,well. C'est La Vie,eh?
You can see it here on youtube:
Now for the part request:
I recently bought a Bachmann D&RGW reefer car on Ebay. I saw that it was minus one of the doors(the one with the drop bar on it) on one side. Other than that,it is in nearly new condition and came equipped with blackened steel wheels. I can't find a replacement door on the Bachmann website. They only appear to have the drop bar and that's it for this car. Does anyone know where I might find a replacement door for this car(other than on Ebay of course!).
Any help will be greatly appreciated!
Thanks guys!
11  Discussion Boards / Large / New SPC Flatcar and Bachmann Brass Track!\ on: October 20, 2017, 07:47:29 PM
Hi guys. I just got a very nice set of 12 Bachmann brass straight tracks for  the low price of $67.00 from a third party seller on Amazon.  The track was supposed to be used in an open box, but it turned out to be brand new in an open box. A real score of a deal!I also bought a brand new,still sealed in the box South Pacific Coast flatcar from a seller on Ebay. Unfortunately,it took 11 days to arrive due to him delaying shipment and when it finally arrived,it was only wrapped in brown packing paper with a piece of cardboard over the plastic window! He then essentially mummified the whole thing with Ebay logo packing tape. He's darn lucky that it didn't arrive damaged due to what I consider to be his inadequate packing methods!
Anyway, I just posted a video showcasing the flatcar on my youtube account:
Now, all that's really left to finish off my SPC is to find a caboose. There is a manufacturer who makes one and I've found a dealer with a supply, however ,the cost is slightly over $100.00 and I'm waiting to see if one will show up on Ebay(hopefully from a better seller!)instead of ordering it from an online dealer.
We'll see.
Have a great one!
12  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: BACHMANN 20% OFF PARTS SALE on: October 20, 2017, 07:14:39 PM
Unfortunately,this discount coupon is not usable for parts that are on sale. Sad Sad Sad Sad Sad Sad
13  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Bachmann Brass Track on: September 13, 2017, 03:14:09 AM
Thanks for the heads up,Joe! I've never seen that video in my life and I haven't a clue as to how this  occurred ! Oh well ! I fixed it with an updated and correct link.
Thanks again!
14  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Bachmann Brass Track on: September 11, 2017, 07:35:06 PM
Hey guys. Received the new track today and set it up for the first time. I like the way it joins together and find it to be well made and the train runs very quietly on it as opposed to my older Lionel track that clacks at every joint. I am running my 4-6-0 Annie customized D&RG loco with real wood in the tender on it for the first run.
See it here on youtube if you're interested:
Thank all of you for your kind advise!
15  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Bachmann Brass Track on: September 09, 2017, 02:33:41 PM
Thanks! I currently have 1 Bachmann Spectrum  South Pacific 4-4-0 Centennial loco,5 Bachmann 4-6-0 Annies, 2 Lionel 0-6-0 locos, 1 Lionel 0-4-0 loco,and a Hartland Locomotive Works 4-4-0 along with over 20 freight and passenger cars of various descriptions/brand names. All seem to do very well on my current 5 foot diameter Lionel track. This new track is 5 foot diameter as well, so I can't imagine there being any problems with it. I'm going to try to make the Bachmann 5 foot curves interface with the Lionel straights by removing track pins from the Lionel rails and using joiners for a while until I can afford to buy the Bachmann straight tracks, but other than that I don't think that there will be any major problems. I'm only running my trains indoors in a room with limited space and the 5 foot rails are a perfect fit for what I'm doing. So I should be finer for now.
Thanks for the advice!
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