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16  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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qwpg1PWDwUM&feature=youtu.be
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!
Andrew
17  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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paxOZsAuGTE
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!
Andrew
18  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
19  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!
Andrew
20  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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uevbWlP12-E&t=1s
Thank all of you for your kind advise!
Andrew
21  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!
Andrew
22  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!
Andrew
23  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!
Andrew
24  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 !
Later,
Andrew.
25  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!
Andrew
26  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: C-19 Troubles on: April 18, 2017, 03:53:59 AM
It sounds like there are some crossed wires in there. That's the only reason I can think of for it getting so hot and smelly. I would definitely contact service and not try taking it apart yourself as it could invalidate the warranty. You said in your op that it's new and a new item shouldn't have these issues from the get go. Did you buy it on Ebay by any chance? If you bought it on Ebay it could have been messed with by the seller who failed to mention it when he sold it to you. I had a kind of similar issue with another seller on Ebay (trainz) when I bought my Bachmann Spectrum South Pacific Coast 4-4-0 Centennial loco and tender. They said it was  "functional" in the item description,but the main drive gear was broken when it arrived . They knocked off $40.00 from the price I paid for it so that made me very happy. I fixed it myself for less than $20.00, so it was all good. They made an honest mistake ,and I did buy a bunch of other things from them for my Lionel G Scale 0-6-0 locos later on. But there are a lot of sellers on Ebay who say items are new but then it turns out that they are used and have issues. Anakramer (Al Kramer) on Ebay is one of the very best Ebay sellers, and I've bought a lot of Bachmann train cars and accessories from him over the last 5 or 6 years  without a problem . He is a straight shooter ,and I recommend him above all others as most items he sells are brand new, unless otherwise stated, and you can rely on him to get it right the first time.
Let us know how it goes with you baby!
Have fun!
Andrew
27  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: C-19 Troubles on: April 17, 2017, 11:09:43 PM
H. I would try calling the Bachmann service department and talking to one of the techs. If you bought this new from a dealer, then it should be covered by their warranty.  800-356-3910. They can give you the best info and instruct you on how to obtain service for your loco should it prove necessary.
Good luck!
Andrew
28  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann Ez-Track Compatibility on: April 06, 2017, 03:49:12 AM
Thank you for the tips, Jonathan. I put an order together on NWSL to see how much it will cost and it wiil cost me about $70.00 for the parts and tool needed to do this project. I'm not in a hurry and it will probably be done within the next month or three. My G Scales are the priority right now ,and I'm currently working on building up my South Pacific Coast G Scale line. Cars lettered for this railroad are rare, hard to find, and some are quite pricey. I just picked up a new  Aristocraft SPC box car on Ebay for $45.00 with shipping. Not too bad for a brand new G Scale car considering the last one of these I saw would have cost me $80.00 if I had bought that one!There's also another one from Bachmann for around $30.00 (starting bid/shipping) and even though I already have one just like it, I'm considering buying it and changing the number. We'll see.
Anyway, thanks for your help.
Take care.
Andrew
29  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Need help in identifying the Bachmann set that I was given on: April 05, 2017, 01:28:56 PM
Hi Robert. That type of track connection is all that I use now. It's reliable and doesn't pop off the rails like your set connector will. It is an overall excellent choice and the Bachmann made one is just as good as anything available. I have 2 of them and they're great!
Andrew
30  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann Ez-Track Compatibility on: April 04, 2017, 08:43:35 PM
Hi guys! I was just checking out how to accomplish this remotoring process. The new kit comes with a new drive gear. So, do you think that it would be necessary to change out the factory gearfrom the axle shaft and install the new gear on it? If so, what tool would I need ? NWSL offers a puller kit for the gear shaft, but I couldn't find a tool to press the replacement gear on to the shaft. Someone on the Bachmann G Scale forum suggested using a small socket with a hammer to gently tap the new gear on to the shaft for a broken 4-4-0 G Scale Spectrum  loco that I bought on Ebay a few months ago. It proved to be unnecessary advise as Bachmann still offers the complete drive shaft for sale on their website. Is this doable ,and safe for the gear, or is there a better way-ie proper tool- for doing that ?
Thanks again !
Andrew
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