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1  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 hard steel wheels over softer brass track. Plastic wheels also contribute to this  but apparently don't erode the brass rails like steel 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
2  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 !
3  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.
4  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!
5  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: New Christmas Train Reefer Part Request on: November 09, 2017, 01:49:04 PM
6  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!
7  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!
8  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
9  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!
10  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!
11  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!
12  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Bachmann Brass Track on: September 08, 2017, 09:19:45 PM
Hi guys. Thanks for the replies and advice. The track arrived today. It is brand new and very pretty. Can't wait to add to it with some Bachmann brass straights! I found a box for a little less than $90.00 on Ebay, so I'll be ordering that before too much longer. It costs about the same for other manufacturers' similar brass track anyway, so I'll most likely be sticking to the Bachmann track for any future expansions of my modest layout.
Thanks again!
13  Discussion Boards / Large / Bachmann Brass Track on: September 04, 2017, 11:47:56 PM
Hey guys! I just got lucky and picked up a box of brand new Bachmann 5 ft. solid brass track on Ebay for $50.00! I plan on using this as a replacement for my older Lionel G Scale track. My question for you guys is if this track is similar and compatible with all other brands of like track available? I'm looking at straight track from LGB, REA, Aristocraft, and Kalamazoo on Ebay right now. Bachmann as well. I'm looking for the best price/deal and it would be nice to know your thoughts before I proceed with the purchase of any straight track for this circle of Bachmann brass track.
Thank you in advance!
14  Discussion Boards / HO / $-4-0 #119 Union Pacific on: July 05, 2017, 01:41:18 AM
Hi guys. I recently bought a Bachmann #119 4-4-0 Union Pacific locomotive.The first problem is that, while it runs quite well, the front pilot will not stay on the track. I've tried to correct it but no go. The second issue with it is that the headlight doesn't work. I took the locomotive apart and decided to remove the headlight wire as it was causing some problems when I tried to reassemble the loco as it didn't seem to be going back together correctly. The final issue that I'm having is that a small, funny shaped copper spring fell out and I don't have a clue as to where it goes and the diagrams on the Bachmann website do not show where it goes.
Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated !
15  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: TV ad with Bachmann train on: May 28, 2017, 02:35:41 AM
I've seen this commercial several times. I never realized that the train is a Bachmann product. Nice catch!
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