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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: GP38-2 on: July 15, 2018, 03:00:04 PM
The gp 38 is of the latest tooling like the sd40-2. They share the same cab and window glazing. The gp 40 and 50 are 1970's tooling with a couple improvements to the gp 40 along the way . The gp 40 looks like old Atlas Roco shell with a few changes ,or upgrades since acquired by Bachmann. That was in the area of how the shell mounted to the frame .Nothing more as in detail.Even less they cut the molded grab irons off and left it without any for the latest and greatest new run of them for the clean look so you can add your own.

Jon
2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: BEMF problems with Mountain 4-8-2 on: July 12, 2018, 09:24:47 PM
So true the motors are pretty good. I had a few diesel motors that turned into meltdown from the older heavy split frame design withe the lack of ventilation issues they had where the side vent holes were half covered by the frame half's and the back of the motor that was covered by that plastic rubber isolate cover that covered up the large openings at the back of the motors top and bottom  .And they were heavy beasts. So glad they got away from most of those split frames and went with more traditional style of frames.

Jon
3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: BEMF problems with Mountain 4-8-2 on: July 12, 2018, 07:23:24 AM
Never. Find a good motor for it NWSL,Sagami or something comparable and you will never have to deal with a motor issue again and it will run better then it ever has. Stock motors are just generic at cost of production el-cheepos ! The stock motor in the older Spectrums are not even equal to old Athearn blue box motors. I tried using them for re-powering them and the performance wasn't any better.

Jon
4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: BEMF problems with Mountain 4-8-2 on: July 11, 2018, 09:39:14 AM
Generic can motor yes older Spectrum if they been working hard ,usually the motor bearings with Bachmann.They are 5 pole skewed wound can motors that makes them run smooth,but the trade off for skew wound is torque/power. Over time it starts to wear in and then wear out in either the wingdings ,or the magnets start to lose their magnetism. Therefore The silky smooth motor becomes gutless in layman terms,but still smooth. Time to shp for a motor if the current draw outweighs the torque.

Jon
5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Conrail GP30. GP38-2, and GG-1 on: July 08, 2018, 01:01:05 PM
IHC has a bicentennial version of the GG1 has good detail 2 motors with flywheel and 2 gear cases and runs very well. I do not see Bachmann doing one themselves with the first run of them still out there on the shelves. Be nice ,but unlikely.


Jon
6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Quick Start Guide on: July 04, 2018, 05:12:09 PM
So is there any announcements if Bachmann is going to replace the Sound value sound decoder with Economi?


Jon
7  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Workable coupler on front of 0-6-0? on: July 04, 2018, 03:47:46 PM
This is Bachmanns version of a Switcher that only switches in reverse.  Grin

Jon
8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Split Gear Syndrome on: June 25, 2018, 07:09:35 AM
Just ran across another split gear syndrome with a old AHM ALCO 424 with the Euro pizza cutter flanges that use a 2mm metal axle and all the gears were split when attempting to make it all wheel drive. Found Bachmann Alco s4 wheel sets fit the axles rummaging through my spare parts that solved the wheel issue with those nice wheels. NWSL has the gears for 8 bucks a piece plus shipping that adds up to more then I paid for 2 AHM's. Cannot believe their price for plastic gears ,but they have a lifetime warranty. So I guess you pay for a few extra up front... I super glued the gears off the axles and then pressed them on. 1 was completely broken in 2. I used some hemo clamps to hold the pieces together wile the glue set up then reamed the hole with a drill bit to clear out the excess glue then gave it a try pressing it on the axle and it held tight so far. Too bad the Bachmann gears would not work being a 12 tooth and the AHM uses a 11 tooth. Bachmann axle is also knurled where the gear presses on the axle that is off set to center that almost worked with the AHM gear to keep it from slipping on the axle if expansion happened. As good as it gets there. Nice Work Bachmann.   Seems the proper glue that has the potential to give the plastic a weld rather then just a stick may be the answer to the split gear issues also. Sleaving the gear shoulder works also of you get lucky and find the right tight fit with the brass tube.

Jon
9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Steam Locos have no pulling power on: June 14, 2018, 03:06:42 PM
Jon, Iím here to tell you.  My decapods had virtually no pulling power until I adjusted the motor control CVs.  Now they have a lot more.  What else can I say except it worked for me.

I may add weight yet.  One available location is inside the cab under the roof but above the top of the windows.    Paint it black and it wonít be seen easily.
A rare instance for cv's to make it pull better is if cv 5 is almost down to nothing . Otherwise has nothing to do with raw traction at the rail. Iuse the smallest fishing sinkers and glue them in to any hollow spot possible. Be nice if the made more shells from die cast metal . Even though they use a metal frame most Bachmanns are a alloy of aluminum . A sealed leaded frame would be much better pulling power.
10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Spectrum Russian "Decapod" 2-10-0 shorts tracks! on: June 14, 2018, 12:38:56 PM
Used locomotives..... 🌪😱😮🤬😭
They are most of the time better since they get fixed and QCed more frequently then it seems new out of the box. 100% nobody checked any of my 10 new sound value locos right out of the box they had to be fixed or needed a part that was graciously covered under warranty by Bachmann. Point,  Made in China . Rebuilt properly in the USA. Most of the problems were just carelessness at the factory ,not the designee or part quality.So the used comment is pretty much like no help to the OP just an annoyance as intended right.

Jon
11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: I wish Bachmann would make............How about you?? on: June 11, 2018, 11:00:54 AM
EMD SD40 and sd45.Since  Bachmann already stock the complete drive for it ,but no shell to put on it currently complete. With a little modification to the frame . It can then be used for the sd40,sd45 and sd38. Time to tool up some nice shells for some great standard line locos. Then you can do a nice SD38 in DTI or some GT for Henry Fords RR. Lots of RR history there.

Jon
12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: S 4 Shell Removal on: June 11, 2018, 10:52:37 AM
Don't have to remove any handrails unless your removing the cab from the shell. Just remove the coupler pocket screws and the couplers then lift the shell straight up.

Jon
13  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Automotive vehicle stacked frames flat car load Anybody? on: June 08, 2018, 11:49:12 AM
Years ago I had seen stacked car or truck frames for flat car loads that was a perfect match t how they do it here in the outskirts of Detroit Michigan. At the time I had the opportunity to purchase,but for some lame reason didn't. Now of course I cannot remember who made them and have not seen any with a strong effort online and in some of my old Walthers catalogs from the early and mid 2000 era. Nothing. There was in the past plenty of train shows in the area ,but this area was hit so hard economically that they do not show up any more for years now. Anybody know if these frames for car loads are still available and who might of made them I assume they were a kit,but it has been a long time??? Huh? Huh?

Jon


14  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 2-10-0s. Again. on: June 06, 2018, 03:42:58 PM
IHC has a good one .Not as accurate ,but the drive mechanism is very good sprung bearing-ed drive axles,gear reduction and a flywheel. I just overhauled one  that was used and abused by carpet complete tear down. Have to say when it was done impressive. Just simple and solid with no rod issues binds or anything like that.Ran great even at slow speed. Wonder if the Bachmann shell would fit on one for custom build heavy puller. No smoke unit ,but already wired for it if needed.I would recommend them if the price is right.

Jon
15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Spectrum SD40 light board on: June 03, 2018, 08:52:49 AM
Never knew Bachmann made a Spectrum sd40. I am aware of a standard line sd40-2 and then a Sound Value sd40-2. They are not Spectrums or has Spectrum awaken again to make fine diesels in the 21st century?

Jon
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