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1  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Your childhood Christmas electric train on: December 15, 2017, 03:28:20 PM
Never acquired my "first childhood (Christmas) electric train", till I was  44yrs young !!

doug c   Grin
2  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Old Transformer on: December 06, 2017, 08:08:39 PM
Well I presume,  I  now know what this unit looks like  Grin

Or Greg is offering a 'new' one to you - 'gratis',   and is speechless with himself ?

doug c
3  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Old Transformer on: December 06, 2017, 02:27:06 PM
"...Because of its age, suggest having the transformer tested to determine it is working properly and still safe to use.  Any place that repairs electronics can test it. ..."

Also consider looking into the $ for a brand new replacement,   'cause unless you have a good repor'  with the repair shop to test the safety and usability of the unit, they will (understandably) have to charge you for the time.  

Unless they see the prospect of a happy return client .... usually in a smaller town/city locale .

Good Luck and happy/smooth rails

doug c
4  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Large Scale Thomas on: December 06, 2017, 02:30:58 AM
Amended: 20 hrs later;  okay now  ... found quite a few 'utube videos since original post,  doing the review or unboxing thing.  
Also called the vendor this a.m. to confirm p/n and doublechk the $.  
Today's clerk quoted a $, three hundred more than yesterdays' clerk quote  Roll Eyes     So that has killed any urgency to acquire.... leaving me wondering if i HAD known the street price and said I'll buy both,  would it have rang thru at three hundred each less than actual  Cheesy    LOL      But them being a locally owned biz I don't think I could ah have done it to them... maaybe let him process it thru and then tell him ya might want to chk this out and do refund/return,  so you can sell them to someone else,  for the 'real' retail price !     If it was a national/international store I would not be so "thoughtful" !!  IMHO

original post;
Stumbled onto a couple 'Thomas with Annie and Clarabelle' sets at a small retailer.  

I was in a hurry, could not spot the p/n number on it (obviously the one sidepanel i did not look at Wink  nor a price tag, so asked a clerk who chkd their database who quoted me a seemingly really great  p'point.
Lookin' at my (complimentary showbooth acquired) B'mann 2016 catalog, I'm pretty sure it was p/n90068.  
Anyone out there wish to share their experiences with this set ?

Thanks for your time and any feedback


p.s. now to chk my GR index to see if 'Kalmbach' did a review on it.
5  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Time to get that Big Hauler Set running around the Christmas Tree on: December 01, 2017, 02:51:33 PM
Great maintenance and safety tips !!

I've always wondered with a train running round the base of the Christmas tree where do the gifts go ...  but then I realized maybe in most households it is the moving entertainment at the tree till Christmas Eve  and after the gifts opening...

Obviously we never had this 'tradition',  although there were a couple yrs (-01'&02?), when parents came here for the season,   I had the tree set-up thru one of the cut-outs of our indoor G-gauge 'layout'  Smiley

doug c
6  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: To: The Yardmaster Subject:Large Scale Parts Availibility on: November 28, 2017, 08:42:49 PM
"...and you can for the most part quit worrying about spare parts.  Also lots of time junkers can be great for kitbashing projects, if you are into such things!!..."

I as you stated --- strongly recommend this practise also !   

Another positive (ie. a save )  is that those peoples (or their significant others?)  selling those junkers/odds'nends will some day just say the heck with it and send (heaven forbid) all of it to a landfill !   Cry

Personally got my eye on a 'collection' of odds'nends to hopefully acquire in about 3wks when in-person access feasible.

"..Kader makes part prices too high..."
All Manufacturers of consumer goods for a variety reasons do the same.
ex. domestic vehicle manufacturer asking $170 for just a OEM screw jack ! 
Auto salvage range $75-100cdn for the complete kit (just need the jack though).

doug c   Smiley
7  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: What happened to cause the downturn of the large scale market sales? on: November 22, 2017, 08:41:19 PM
Annnd a lot of peoples get involved in (different) things,  because to them it is trendy,  so seeing this new outdoor-flavoured  hobby they jumped into it !  When the trendy/new aspect of it wore off it and the economy went 'south',   they used that as an reason to bail out of one of their latest trendy past-times.

As mentioned on another forum, here in town a bricks 'n mortar has brought in the G-gauge line of Piko   to supplement their previous stock of small scales (n/ho - marklin, trix, piko +) .  
And added 'bonus' to consumers, (and kudos to this Cdn bricks'nmortar) .... their pricing of this g-gauge manufacturer product is cheaper than the regional-based "online" shop  !!

All consumer goods markets have/had  gone soft,  but as a recent media report stated the peoples in the top % level are making higher earnings,  although unsaid was not for the frontline staffers that those top %  laid off since '08 u.s generated crash, and the collapse of the O/G industry.

Oh yeah both these vendors (brick & online) up here in Canada, not selling msrp or higher,   as 3 other local HSs  used to do previous to  bailing-out (no re-stocking of G-gauge new prod. nor NOS) 8-10 yrs  ago.


doug c
8  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Battling the tarry build up. The fight is real.. on: November 15, 2017, 03:49:53 PM
"....i guess there could be some arcing going on.  .."

Turn the lights in the space off,  and see what ya see  !?

doug c
9  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: EGGLINERS HAVE ARRIVED! on: November 03, 2017, 03:39:16 PM
What would be terrific .... a early 2018 announcement of  Canada flag eggliners !

Missed a marketing moment last yr.  as mentioned in another thread posting (ref. Canada's 150yr...),  but still not too late, maybe even a small decal  lower panel "150+".  

IF Bachmann is again exhibiting (already registered ?) for ST'18,   they could dropship  1-2 dozen to sell thru a regional vendor (with show booth),   for  a special show/introductory pricepoint (saaay max. $151cdn)    Wink


doug c   Grin
10  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bachmann promotional or discount codes. on: October 21, 2017, 04:38:14 PM
the most recent one received within my inbox . . . .  "Spooky"  !

More details also within this thread;,34049.0.html

doug c
11  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Egg Liners on: April 08, 2017, 03:20:49 PM
I just realized early this a.m.  (no ! eggs are usually on Sunday),  that Kader/Bachmann  missed a sales opportunity not developing a Canadian flag Egg-Liner.

2017 =  Canada's 150th anni'  ,   Vimy Ridge 100th,   and they could ah rolled it out in the first quarter  at their booth {Field 2-46} within  Canada's Largest Train show !

Imho of course   Wink

doug c

12  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / SUPERTRAIN 2017 . . . . . on: April 08, 2017, 02:35:57 PM
 . . . a IASTS !

April 22-23 < Genesis Centre < Calgary < Alberta < CANADA !

General Info ~  Huh?

About the Host/Organizers ~  Cool

Exhibitors/Vendors ~ ehhhh !
{Bachmann Field 2-46 }

Parking ~

Plus there is another option --- CalgaryTransit LRT, to ride a train to THE train show. Less than 10 min. walk from Last station on the BlueLine !

All the best to you and yours.

doug c  Wink

* InternationalAllScalesTrainShow - IMHO !
{ and yes, the Aussies did make the journey last year   Smiley }

p.s. new vendor/exhibitor for 2018 ?
13  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: To the Bachmann -Development of engines on: January 24, 2017, 08:55:25 PM
"...if the prices were to increase by 45% I would clearly be unable to buy new products no matter how desirable they were even if produced..."

Will this tax be charged to the u.s.-based end user/consumer,   if purchase made of (Bachmann) product from retail 'off-shore'  ?

When we've had to purchase items from us-based sources (for decades) and import them (obviously) as retail purchases they came across the border (model railway/hobby) tariff/duty-free. 

Maybe companies will have to finally seriously talk to say  'off-shore' (Cdn.) retailers about selling more of the product (read --- offer more attractive wholesale pricing) so us-based end-users and manufacturers can avoid this forecast tax. 

doug c

p.s. of course we have money exchange rate (+/- ?), CC conversion rate (5%), fed. tax 5%,  customs handling fee per parcel ($10cdn),  and prov. sales tax when applicable  (AB presently has no pst Smiley ),  plus shpg.    Although when I attended the LS shows in the usa  4 times it was a time  when I could load a extra duffle with purchased product and only incur only any exchange rate  and CC conver. rate .... now it is the airlines that fee ya to death so this is no longer a option,  and one of the reasons why I haven't flown nor attended a LSTS since '04 !
14  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Passenger Car Population on: November 29, 2016, 07:43:29 PM
- Gum ?


- maybe one of these,

- Or just a drop from a hot glue gun on either the seat or butt.   I've found the 'glue' tends to rub off when release needed. 

doug c      Smiley

15  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Aristo replacement parts from Bachmann? on: November 23, 2016, 04:11:43 PM
The best thing to do is wordsmith a letter of interest and what has been expressed within this thread. 

Send it to Bachmann via email and/or hardcopy snailmail.   Also run-off a copy (or two) previous to attending any train shows that might be attended by B'mann representatives  to personally hand to them.   

IF i was able to attend ST'17 I would offer to pass on a hard copy to the B'mann reps that might attend our show again !     

Will anything come of it ? Possibly nothing will,  but way better chance  than if ya just expect (B'mann) principles  to be surfing the 'net reading these threads.

doug c

p.s. if you do wordsmith a letter of interest send me a 'copy',  I'll convey to others up here who may have similiar interests to sign,  and personally hand to any reps they encounter ...
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