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31  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 !
32  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!
33  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:
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!
34  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!
35  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!
Here's a link to a video I posted of the DeWitt Clinton if you'd like to have a look at it.
36  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!
37  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:
38  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!
39  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!
Also check the battery and if you are installing it correctly!
40  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: SPC 4-4-0 Locomotive and Boxcar Plus Anniversary 4-6-0 with Improved Front Pilot on: February 28, 2017, 09:31:17 AM
Hi. LOL! I know. It doesn't have a back up battery installed right now and so turning down the volume is somewhat problematic. It can be done,but it's a pain to get with that little stitch under the tender frame. I wish that they had installed an off switch  for the sound.
41  Discussion Boards / Large / SPC 4-4-0 Locomotive and Boxcar Plus Anniversary 4-6-0 with Improved Front Pilot on: February 27, 2017, 10:38:31 PM
Hey guys. I thought that I'd share a video of my Spectrum SPC (South Pacific Coast)  4-4-0 with the #424 boxcar that I acquired last week on Ebay. Plus, I want to send my thanks to James in the service department for getting me a new lower chassis plate with improved front pilot already installed for my Anniversary 4-6-0 when I found that it's original lower chassis plate was broken where the pilot truck attaches to the plate. I will tell you guys that the new front pilot is very well made and I definitely like this new improvement to my favorite Annie!
Here are the links to the videos that I recently posted to youtube:
Improved front pilot:
4-6-0 Annie:
Hope you'll enjoy the videos!
42  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: South Pacific Coast Freight Cars on: February 22, 2017, 03:35:51 PM
My Bachmann SPC boxcar arrived today. It's a beauty!
43  Discussion Boards / Large / Bachmann4-6-0 Builder Plate Number Origin on: February 16, 2017, 06:41:12 PM
Hi everybody. Some interesting information has landed on my computer. I follow the Facebook page for the Nevada Northern Railroad out of Ely, Nevada. They have 2 operating steam locomotives (a 4-6-0 #40 built by Baldwin in 1910, and a 2-8-0 No. 93 which was built by Alco Pittsburgh works in 1909). Interestingly, the while Bachmann does not make a model replica of the #40, all of their 4-6-0 G Scale locomotives have the #40's builder plate number in them! It's true! All of my 5 Bachmann;s have the number 34942 on them. One of the guys posted a pic of the builder plate in response to my posting a pic of my Virginia & Truckee #25 and her tender. Have a look:
Scroll down to comments made by me, Andrew Williams, and you'll se the builder plat pic that they posted.
Have fun guys!
44  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: South Pacific Coast Freight Cars on: February 14, 2017, 03:23:17 AM
Thanks Yardmaster. Most dealers will price what ever they have out of my price range, so I'll just have to keep my eye on Ebay and hope more SPC rolling stock will appear for sale on that site.
Take care!
45  Discussion Boards / Large / New cars for my Santa Fe! on: February 13, 2017, 10:28:37 PM
Hey,guys! Just sharing a video of a couple of new cars I bought over the last couple of weeks. These include a brand new Bachmann J.S. baggage car that I bought on Ebay for $24.75!
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