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1  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 2-4-2 Lynn wiring diagram ? on: May 04, 2018, 02:31:47 PM  Roll Eyes
2  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Dimensions??? on: April 13, 2018, 05:27:05 PM
You could take some air out of the tires. Roll Eyes
3  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 2-4-2 Lyn needing batteries. on: March 19, 2018, 07:20:40 AM
I don't own a Lyn but I do have a 1:20 Porter that I converted to battery. They seem to be the same size, and I used a NiMH 9.6v battery pack in each side tank (connected in series). The can be had for about 15 dollars each from
4  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Middle Drive Shaft for Large Scale 38/55 Ton Shay on: February 28, 2018, 08:20:48 PM
I'm confused here. The drive shafts on a Bachmann Shay do not turn the wheels. The front drive shaft turns the simulated three cylinder steam engine, and the engine turns the other drive shafts, that in turn rotate the FREE WHEELING gears on the second and third trucks. They do not turn the wheels. Electric motors in the trucks drive the locomotive. The drive shafts are there for show. I hardly think your Shay is useless.  Huh?
5  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Express Car Wheel Size on: February 22, 2018, 09:35:11 AM
You will need the 31mm Big Hauler wheels. The 36mm wheels are for Spectrum cars.
6  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Pros and Cons> 2-6-0 Indy Mogul on: February 19, 2018, 06:22:38 PM
Hey fellow G scalers

The HDRR (my railroad) is now the proud owner of 2 Bachmann Industrial moguls. After some time in the shops they both emerged ready for service. Both were modified the same way. Gutted, rewired, and two pounds of weight added in the boilers. I am very satisfied with them now and run them often for both passenger service (three Jackson and Sharp cars) or freight (5-6 freight cars) with no slipping even on wet rails. It's a big improvement in performance!
7  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Stock is in Short Supply on: February 15, 2018, 11:16:02 PM
We're all just lucky that Bachmann is still in business and able to honor the lifetime warranty on what they sell. Most L.S. manufacturers such as Aristocraft,Kalamazoo,and Delton are gone leaving only Bachmann, LGB, Piko ,and Hartland still making new product.

Charles Ro is going to be very surprised that USA Trains has gone out of business (according to you).  Roll Eyes
8  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Pros and Cons> 2-6-0 Indy Mogul on: January 31, 2018, 09:54:17 AM
A problem was detected during yesterday's running of the Mogul. If the track undulated up or down even slightly (as outdoor railroads always do) the cowcatcher was contacting the rails and slightly lifting the front drivers causing a slight lose of traction (slipping). I decided I could remove the cowcatcher from the pilot beam with a razor saw. Now all is well.

Now it's doing great...
9  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Pros and Cons> 2-6-0 Indy Mogul on: January 28, 2018, 10:22:59 PM
I spent today on the bench with the mogul. I gutted it and fitted a 1 pound ingot where the PCB used to be (along with the weight I added in other areas yesterday). I rewired all functions and added a resistor for each light. I weighed my other untouched mogul at 2 pounds 5 ounces. My reworked mogul now weighs 4 pounds 5 ounces. I can't test it on the rails tonight (it's pouring here in north Florida). I also removed the smoke switch and and polarity switch. I used the smoke switch as an on off switch under the smoke box door.
Tomorrow I will get it out there  (if it's not pouring) and see what it will do now. I will eventually rework the second on too. I loved the looks but hated the performance.  Wink

Here is a video of it out on the rails today 1/29/2018
10  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Pros and Cons> 2-6-0 Indy Mogul on: January 27, 2018, 09:42:58 PM
I now have two 2-6-0 Industrial moguls.

What terrible pullers they are! They are WAY too light. They only weight about 2 pounds. They have enough trouble pulling their own tender. Hardly any traction. I read that they can't pull the skin off rice pudding. I find that all too true.

I spent today adding weight to the first one. Since I am also a bullet caster I have 1 pound lead ingots. I removed the smoke unit and cut an ingot in half and stacked it in the front of the boiler. I filled all three domes with lead shot and sealed them with epoxy. Then I added about 3/4 of a pound of lead behind the motor. I also found that the pilot truck was lifting the front drivers, so I removed the spring and plunger. It still tracks perfectly. Now at least it will pull a 5 car log train without slipping on my 10 and 8 foot curves.
Bachmann decided that a PCB in the middle of the boiler was more important then a weight. I  gutted this loco and rewired it and put another 1 pound ingot where the PCB was. It now pulls to my expectations. It now weighs 4 pounds 5 ounces

I noticed that the cow catcher was too low and pointing down so much that it was touching the rails at certain small undulations in the track. I cut the cow catcher off the pilot.
11  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Cab Removal on: January 27, 2018, 08:45:51 PM
It's also easier if you pull the red cover off the switch.


Correct!  Grin
12  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Pros and Cons> 2-6-0 Indy Mogul on: January 14, 2018, 04:44:11 PM
Hi Bill,

I have one on the way from a fellow forum member on LCS.. It's due here next Thursday. I let you know how it is after it's shakedown on my railroad.
13  Discussion Boards / Large / Pros and Cons> 2-6-0 Indy Mogul on: January 12, 2018, 11:02:33 PM
How about some reviews on the 2-6-0 Industrial Mogul?
14  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Heisler Power Issues on: January 08, 2018, 05:53:07 PM
When you remove power from the rear truck is the front truck moving in the same direction as the rear one did? Huh?
15  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 4 6 0 to MTH DCS conversion on: January 02, 2018, 10:23:33 AM
Ah! You are learning about Annies grasshopper.
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