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1  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Class J 4-8-4 Disappointment on: January 05, 2018, 02:40:38 PM
While having lunch with my wonderful Wife, she thought maybe my Class J could be repaired without sending it to Bachmann for five weeks.   With a large magnifying class in hand and some tiny tools, I attempted to replace the disc that holds the smaller drive rod in place.  The disc is part of the cylinder assembly.  From the factory, it comes with a tiny dot of solder to hold it in place.  I didn't want to risk damage to the plastic of the cylinder assembly since the space is very confined, so I tried Super Glue to secure the disc on it's mount.  At the moment, it's holding and the Class J is back on the track.  Hopefully, she'll keep pulling my N scale Powhatan Arrow!

Many thanks to all who offered your thoughts and advice!
2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Spectrum GP30 noise on: January 05, 2018, 02:27:31 PM
Greetings all -

I am truly impressed and grateful with everyone's input!

I used Labelle 106 on the wheel gears and the worm gear with no appreciable reduction in the noise.   I have tried to listen and identify if the noise is coming from the motor, flywheel, worm gear assembly or from the gears inside the trucks.  I see the split frame is pretty tight around the motor, so I would think any play in the drive assembly is coming from the flywheels on back to the worm gear.  Nothing looks abnormal, but... this little unit sounds like a locomotive from 40 years ago going around the track!

Thanks again for the wonderful input... I appreciate your time!
3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Spectrum GP30 noise on: December 27, 2017, 09:41:55 PM
Thanks much for sharing!  It would be wonderful if greasing the gears would eliminate the noise!
4  Discussion Boards / HO / Spectrum GP30 noise on: December 27, 2017, 01:01:37 AM
Greetings all...

I just unboxed a Spectrum GP30 (split frame, dual fly wheel, directional lighting) and I was surprised to hear what sounds like gear noise!  I was anticipating (and hoping) the unit would glide quietly over the rails.  This unit sounds like a locomotive from a generation ago or more, when diesel models used to "grind" around layouts.  The locomotive has excellent detailing... I just wish it ran as good as it looks!

Has anyone else had the same or similar experience with a Spectrum GP30?

Thanks much!
5  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Class J 4-8-4 Disappointment on: December 20, 2017, 10:24:54 PM
Thanks much for the input!

I am guesstimating at least 90 days out and back from Bachmann, $45 for the work plus shipping.

Having grown up around the N&W ( I used to go to sleep listening to coal drags) and getting to see the J on excursions and ferry trips, I'm fond of this model... I just don't want to get into diminishing returns!
6  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Class J 4-8-4 Disappointment on: December 20, 2017, 01:19:42 PM
Thanks for the encouragement!
I'm sure my expression was a social media moment when I saw my J off the track!
I think I was shocked that a locomotive that appears to be well designed and that well built would have a hardware failure like that!
7  Discussion Boards / N / Class J 4-8-4 Disappointment on: December 18, 2017, 01:52:27 PM
My amazing wife purchased the Spectrum N Scale Class J 4-8-4 for me.  The locomotive ran great out of the jewel box.  The other day, I am running the J, I turn my chair to look at something else and I hear a "thud".  I turn back to the layout to find my J on it's side.  The disc (part #MTB17) that holds the short drive rod (part MTD05) in place just popped off, jamming the drivers on the fireman side of the locomotive.

Even though the locomotive is just past the factory warranty, I am aware I can return it to Bachmann for repair, but I'm putting more money in what I thought was a nice locomotive... and... having sent other units back to Bachmann... I know the turn around time can be lengthy.

I'm at the point of thinking my N scale layout is going to be "diesel only" with these kind of issues.

Merry Christmas all!
8  Discussion Boards / N / Re: 2-8-0 Traction Tire Replacement on: February 01, 2017, 01:41:15 PM
Excellent point about the "push pin"!
I'll give that a try!

Thank you!
9  Discussion Boards / N / Re: 2-8-0 Traction Tire Replacement on: February 01, 2017, 12:34:28 AM
Yes...I am seeking help with removing the screw on the third driver of the Spectrum 2-8-0 N scale Consolidation.  I expected the screw to be "snug"... but this screw doesn't budge.  I don't want to spin the screw head off and I don't want to damage the rod assembly or any of the detailing on the locomotive.  Unfortunately, removing the screw and accessing the driver is the only way to replace the traction tire.

I truly appreciate the help!

Thank you!
10  Discussion Boards / N / 2-8-0 Traction Tire Replacement on: January 31, 2017, 12:10:14 PM
Greetings all...

My Spectrum 2-8-0 Consolidation threw a traction tire.  I purchased the replacement tires... and I am having some installation issues.

The traction tire for this locomotive is on the third drive wheel.  A screw holds the drive rod assembly in place on this wheel.   When I attempt to remove the screw... it doesn't budge.  I don't want apply too much torque because I don't want to damage the fragile components on the locomotive.  I was surprised to find this screw so tightly inserted.   What is the remedy?

Many thanks for your expertise in advance!
11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Class J 4-8-4 on: January 27, 2017, 01:08:04 PM
I'll be anxious to see if the Class J 4-8-4 is one of the "re-tooled" steamers in the HO line.

Thanks much for the replies!
12  Discussion Boards / HO / Class J 4-8-4 on: January 25, 2017, 09:45:48 AM
I noticed on the Bachmann "online store" page, the HO scale N&W Class J 4-8-4 has been discontinued.
I have one of the Bachmann Plus split frame Class J's manufactured prior to Bachmann moving that model to the Spectrum line.
Though I haven't operated the Spectrum model, my feeling was the new Class J was superior to the Plus model, and it had found a niche in the market.

I see Bachmann is "re-tooling" some of the locomotives in the steam line.  Is this the case with the Class J or will it now be available only in the N scale version?
I have one of the N scale Class J's and it is definitely a better performer than the HO Bachmann "Plus" unit.

Happy railroading!
13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Plastic gear lube on: December 07, 2016, 12:18:19 AM
Thanks for the excellent advice!  This is the kind of help I was looking for.
I really appreciate the recommendations!
14  Discussion Boards / HO / Plastic gear lube on: December 06, 2016, 02:34:45 PM
Greetings!

My wife purchased Bachmann's HO "White Christmas Express" train.   I suspect the train has been on a shelf or in storage for a while.  The locomotive is Bachmann's USRA 0-6-0 switcher.  I ran it a little and noticed it's somewhat noisy, what I believe is gear "whine".  I was considering putting some grease on the drive gear, but I see Labelle's 106 grease is a little pricey for an occasional use locomotive like this.  I know this is a "train set" locomotive and it has limitations.  Any recommendations from experienced modelers on how to "quiet" this little loco?

Many thanks!
15  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Spectrum 2-8-0 Traction Tire Replacement on: October 20, 2016, 10:06:29 AM
I really appreciate the excellent input and suggestions!   I'm glad I created this post!
I do agree it would be much more convenient if the traction tires of the 2-8-0 were on an axle not connected to the drive rods.
I have the Spectrum 4-8-4 Class J... and the traction tires are much easier to access with the drivers not connected to the rods.

Thank you all!
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