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16  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.
17  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
18  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
19  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
20  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
21  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
22  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
23  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann Ez-Track Compatibility on: April 04, 2017, 05:44:01 PM
Hi all. Thanks for the replies! I checked with NWSL and they have a remotoring kit for my loco. It's priced at $42.95 plus shipping, which is more than I spent on this loco in the first place, but I'll probably go ahead and order the parts.
Thanks you for all of your help!
Andrew
24  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Need help in identifying the Bachmann set that I was given on: April 04, 2017, 03:10:45 PM
Hi. Don't buy that little transformer unless you only intend to run your trains for short periods of time. These particular transformers have a tendency to overheat and shut off after a short period of operation. Try this one instead:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/4060-Lionel-Transformer-/122415389328?hash=item1c80869a90:g:hpoAAOSwol5Y1sjI
I have 2 (two) of these particular transformers and have used them for over 12 years to run all of my various G Scale trains for long periods of time  with no problems. They are compatible with all brands of G Scale track.
Take my advise and avoid the little Bachmann transformers as they have proven inadequate for G Scale trains!
Andrew
25  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann Ez-Track Compatibility on: April 04, 2017, 01:25:23 AM
Hi , Len. Your suggestion hit the nail on the head. The motor, while it starts off starts off strong and runs great during static tests, quickly over heats and dies when put under even a slight load. It takes about 2-3 revolutions around the track and then it's done. This caused jerky operation and caused it to derail on top of dying.Thanks for the link to the parts diagrams, by the way. You mentioned re-motoring this unit with a modern can motor. How is that done ,and where can I find the motor and other parts necessary to accomplish this? What kind of expense are we talking about if I have to have someone else do the necessary work?0
This is a really nice looking loco and tender, and I'm making a project of it. It needs decals and perhaps repainting first to turn it into Sierra #3 as someone already lettered it as Virginia & Truckee #25, which while a 4-6-0, is a Baldwin loco and not Rodgers! LOL! I have the Bachmann V&T #25 4-6-0 as a custom Anniversary Edition loco and tender and a customized Bachmann Standard 4-6-0 #26 that I customized with paint and decals ( decals courtesy of Stan Cedarleaf  ) and added an Anniversary chassis to. I also have made 3 customized V&T flat cars (not made by Bachmann) and one V&T boxcar(made by Bachmann), road  #1015 . I always have some kind of rail road project going on whether it be G , HO, or O scale!
Anyway, thanks for the help. You were spot on!
Looking forward to hearing from you regarding the remotoring project for the Sierra #3!
Later!
Andrew
26  Discussion Boards / HO / Bachmann Ez-Track Compatibility on: April 03, 2017, 05:44:30 PM
Hi all. I am normally a G Scale railroader, but I have recently started buying and running HO Scale as well. A couple of years ago, I bought a used Bachmann DeWitt Clinton set in good condition at a thrift store for the incredible price of $9.99. It was complete with a little damage to the tender cage, but it otherwise runs like a little  champ. So, after finding and buying this set, I also added an additional 6 straight tracks and now I have a small HO Scale track. Here's my problem:
I have been buying vintage HO Scale locomotives and rolling stock on Ebay. All of which has been from other manufacturers. All have ran well with no problems until this latest purchase. I recently bought a 4-6-0 Rogers HO Scale (Sierra Railway #3) locomotive from the manufacturer who's' name starts with a T and ends with an O. While it runs extremely well under static test with lots of power (and a blindingly bright headlight!),it doesn't seem to make good contact with the rails has a tendency to jump the track on the wide curves. Is this an issue caused by the locomotive or is it a compatibility issue between the size of the curves/rail thickness? Do you think that it would run better on an older,more vintage track ? I have some older "T__"track in storage ,which is currently some 200 miles away, so I can't check on this myself at the moment.
Any ideas guys?
Thank you in advance!
Andrew
Here's a link to a video I posted of the DeWitt Clinton if you'd like to have a look at it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAUw7gH_YCE
27  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: New video of My V&T #26 on: March 17, 2017, 02:04:38 PM
That's the way I like it! LOL!
28  Discussion Boards / Large / New video of My V&T #26 on: March 16, 2017, 07:28:52 PM
Hey guys. I just got a brand new Bachmann Gramps tank car the other day. I've also added a used Pennsylvania box car form another maker. I've got my #26 hooked up to a string of 9 various cars. If you want you can check it out here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdWUke2Cq0o&feature=youtu.be
Thanks!
Andrew
29  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: CONNE-10145 on: March 15, 2017, 08:00:02 PM
I've had a lot of experience with those connections. They are weak and break easily. I have talked to the reps at Bachmann about this issue and they said that they don't have those connections available. I've broken a few at the top wire and have always been able to solder the wire  back on. Yours' is broken off at the base ,and I've also repaired that exact issue on one of my locos as well .  I did that by removing the chassis and then soldering a longer wire to the switch on the boiler plate and then pulling it through the chassis frame and soldering the wire directly to the brass contact. It can be a little tricky, but with a little patience, it can be done.
Good luck!
Andrew
30  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Sound & smoke on: March 14, 2017, 05:03:02 PM
Hi Cary. You didn't mention if the tender wire is present and if you connected it to the socket on the back of the locomotive. Also,some tenders have a volume control knob on the bottom of the tender frame. Make sure that it's turned on.If you have done all of that,  and there is still no sound , then you may have a defective switch on the locomotive or a broken wire inside the tender itself. Taking the tender apart is easy as there are only 4 Phillips head screws to remove to pull the tender body up and off of the frame. Inspect all the wiring as best as you can. If everything looks ok and there is still no sound, then it's probably a bad switch on the locomotive or a bad PCB(sound) board inside the tender.  I'd call the service department and ask them if you can't see anything physically wrong with it.
Hope this was helpful!
Andrew
Also check the battery and if you are installing it correctly!
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