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31  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.
32  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!
33  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!
34  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!
35  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!
36  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!
37  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: South Pacific Coast Freight Cars on: February 13, 2017, 05:19:57 PM
Ok. I bought the one on Ebay for $45.00 with the shipping included. I did also find a boxcar made by Delton for $78.00 but I passed on that in favor of the one from Bachmann!!
38  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: South Pacific Coast Freight Cars on: February 12, 2017, 03:59:59 PM
Very good info. Thank you Bill! I still hope we'll get lucky and Bachmann will re-release the SPC cars you listed. That would be cool!
39  Discussion Boards / Large / South Pacific Coast Freight Cars on: February 12, 2017, 01:49:03 AM
Hey Mr. Yardmaster! I was wondering if it would be possible for you to turn out some South Pacific Coast freight cars. I saw a Bachmann SPC boxcar for sale on Ebay tonight and it got me to wondering if it would be possible for you to make similar cars in G scale for all us SPC fans out here. You are still making the SPC Annie 4-6-0 in G scale (I have the Spectrum SPC 4-4-0 in G scale and am thinking about adding the 4-6-0 SPC Annie to my collection)and all we have for it is a couple of Jackson Sharpe passenger cars.
Some SPC freight cars would add a little variety and would also be a nice addition to your lineup of G scale offerings! All you'd have to do is to make some decals and slap them on already existing rolling stock that matches the colors of the SPC!
Thank you.
40  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: The CP Jupiter and UP 119 in Large Scale on: January 28, 2017, 01:25:05 PM
Hi. I love your idea,but the truth is Bachmann is unlikely to produce these models anytime soon due to the market being "soft" for these kind of things. Bachmann would have to re-tool to make an authentic 4-4-0  American as  the drive wheel spacing on the 4-4-0 Centenial they made is quite a bit wider than that of the 4-4-0 American.
Have you ever considered the 4-4-0's made by the manufacturer who's name starts with an  H,includes an L and concludes with a W ? They do make a beautiful Jupiter model.
Sorry I can't be of further help!
41  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Spectrum DCC Ready? on: January 20, 2017, 02:04:38 AM
Hey guys! Figured out how to get the bell and whistle to sound more often. The answer was 4 round magnets hot glued to the ties and set at irregular intervals on the tracks. Seems to be working great to keep the bell going almost constantly, while  the whistle sounds only once ion each revolution.Which is fine.  Earlier,  I determined that the whistle will also sound if the track voltage reaches 10 volts. This makes the loco "cannonball" as it is nearly full throttle. I can slow the loco down immediately while the whistle is sounding and then crank the power back up if I want to hear it sound again. There is also a steam blowing off and a braking sound. Pretty cool.
I also checked the battery for the sound card and ,after several hours of running, it was still flat. I don't know if it's really worth spending the $21.00 on or a replacement battery as the card works fine without it and the battery is only to backup the volume settings, which ,while it would be nice, is not really necessary.
You can check it out on my youtube channel here:
Thanks again for all of your help in identifying this sound card. These Phoenix sound cards are a real blast!
42  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Spectrum DCC Ready? on: January 18, 2017, 05:59:53 AM
Hi Bill. I did some checking on the Phoenix website and I'm pretty sure that my card is a Phoenix BigSound 96/97. That's the only one they show that resembles the card that's in my tender. The 2k2 is almost totally dissimilar. I'm still waiting for Thursday to run her on my layout for the first time.
Can't wait!
Thanks for the reply!
43  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Spectrum DCC Ready? on: January 17, 2017, 09:08:42 PM
 No. I didn't get that far yet. I did peruse their FAQ's section. Lots of good info there. I also took a quick look at their download section.I may just have to change the sound on this...LOL! Thank you for the link to the manual. That will definitely help me out a lot and save some time.
44  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Spectrum DCC Ready? on: January 17, 2017, 08:28:26 PM
Thanks for the info Stan and Steve! I've been in this hobby for over 12 years now and I've never obtained a loco with a user installed sound system before.  This whole loco and tender is so cool. The detailing is just awesome. Much better than even the Anniversary Edition 4-6-0. I've been looking at the Phoenix website and I have to agree with both of you. Next step is to test the old battery and see if it's still holding a charge and if not, ordering a replacement. I found a similar battery on Ebay for $20.95 including shipping. I assume that the battery is a backup for the volume control? I'll look into this  more thoroughly on my next day off,which is Thursday and see what the people at Phoenix Sound have to say.
Looks like I got a better bargain than I initially thought!LOL!
Thanks again guys!!

45  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Spectrum DCC Ready? on: January 17, 2017, 06:02:13 PM
Hi, Stan. I opened the tender and it it looks like it's probably stock to me. There is a little "Mickey Mouse " style soldering on a couple of the wires and a 6 volt rechargeable battery ( I'm wondering if it may need to be replaced if it's a factory installed battery- especially  when one considers the probable age of this loco and tender to be somewhere between 11 and 17 years based upon a previous post that states that these were only manufactured between 2000 and 2006. Here's a link to a possible replacement battery that I found on Ebay: but I don't think that it's an add-on sound system.
Here's a link to a youtube video I just posted that shows the sound system. I'm sorry that it's not the best quality!

Let me know what you think.
Thanks again, Stan!
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