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16  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: How about adding a 2-6-0. an 8-18d 2-6-0 on: September 28, 2016, 06:43:28 PM
I'd by one and then follow your suggestion and promptly convert it to a 4-4-0.
17  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: New On30 Excursion car on: July 21, 2016, 04:38:00 PM
By chance has anyone seen a pre-production model?

The engineering drawings look very promising.

The Kentwood & Southern will be obtaining several for spring excursions.
18  Discussion Boards / On30 / New On30! on: May 21, 2016, 08:56:22 PM
There is a link to the 2016 Catalog and there is some new On30 stuff - sort of.

18 foot Murphy roof box car in grey with data.
two new paint schemes for passenger coaches.

lots of Porters - don't recall if these went out of production but they are in the new catalog

18 ft. black flat car data only

Most of the locomotives are still in stock.
19  Discussion Boards / On30 / Little Giants - 30 inch 2-10-2s on: September 26, 2015, 07:37:37 PM
Here is a link to video of some of the Rio Turbio 2-10-2s in operation.

I would love to see Bachmann manufacture one of these.  Cool locomotives and a very modern steam operation. Used the Porta modifications.

These little giants pulled some incredibly long trains without double heading.
20  Discussion Boards / On30 / Locomotive Fleet Saturation and slower On30 sales on: July 27, 2015, 08:19:24 PM
There has been considerable speculation of the past couple of years about the slowing of sales in On30.

I am probably wrong, but I think there are two contributing factors:

a) finite number of modelers who use On30
b) locomotive fleet saturation.

I have:

1 BLI C-16
2 2-6-0
1 OF 4-4-0
1 Heisler
1 2-6-6-2
1 OF 2-8-0
1 0-4-2T Porter

3 diesel kitbashes

The prize of the fleet - 1 brass Backwoods Miniatures NG-16 Garratt 2-6-2+2-6-2

That is a lot of motive power for a medium/small layout.

The only reason I bought a Heisler is because its my favorite geared locomotive type. Promptly bashed it with the Backwoods Miniatures kit. Big improvement IMHO.

I would not be surprised if others have fleets like mine. At some point and time, enough motive power is enough. So, you just stop buying more locomotives.

Somehow Bachmann needs to increase the size of the On30 market - tough when you look at the demographics of the hobby, or focus on rolling stock with fewer locomotive pieces being introduced.

21  Discussion Boards / On30 / On30 Market? on: January 14, 2015, 02:09:35 PM
I am curious. Where is the On30 market the largest?

Europe or the United States or another region?

22  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Fodder for a new loco on: October 03, 2014, 11:40:50 PM
I have one of these - a Backwoods Miniatures import. It is my showcase locomotive! It was featured in the On30 Annual a couple of years ago.

Beautiful machine.

Would gladly get another if Bachmann would just do one.

The PBR G-42, an actual 30 inch gauge Garratt would make another great model.
23  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: FMW Extended Knuckles for Forney uncoupling problems on: October 03, 2014, 11:38:46 PM
I have used the longest version, don't recall which part number it is. Works like a charm.

Takes a little effort to install ON the coupler, but once on, just put your coupler back.

No more uncoupling issues.

Much needed part AND best of all it is a prototypical solution to the problem of couplers parting on rough track or with too heavy loads compressing truck springs.
24  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: On30 on 15' radius track on: September 03, 2014, 12:18:01 PM
If you visit the Yahoo On30 Conspiracy group there is a document in the files section that lists the known radius requirements of all the Bachmann produced locomotives.

Suggested, practical and extreme radius are listed as well, I think, as possible modifications or limitations to achieve the radius in question.

Worth looking at.
25  Discussion Boards / On30 / Yet another cool prototype that the basher's would love on: August 01, 2014, 07:18:01 PM
The link below will take you to an online history of the 2 ft. SAR railways.

The famous NG-16 Garratts ran there. These were the largest 2 ft. gauge locomotives ever built and had almost the same tractive effort as a Rio Grande K-27.

The next largest/most powerful locomotives used on this line were NG-15's which could hit 40 mph! These were/are 2-8-2s and that were designed to take really tight curves - the lead driver was tied to the pony truck. These were essentially 4-6-2's with the first wheel of the pony truck being powered.

These could be "Americanized" or serve as the source for unlimited bashes into 2-8-2s in On30!

Just a thought. Neat locomotive.
26  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Some questions for Bachmann re On30. on: July 27, 2014, 07:17:53 PM
None of my Bachmann locomotives are in original condition. All have been modified in some way.

I would love to see another locomotive like the 2-6-0. It was the easiest to modify, except for the DCC installation.

I would also think more generic locomotives that would fit either a two foot or a three foot prototype might lead to more sales with cross scalers buying to convert.

I know of quite a few modelers whose 2-6-0s are now On3. While cool, many of the locomotives that follow specific 30 inch prototypes don't lend themselves to converting to other gauges.

My 2-6-6-2 wound up looking great, to my way of thinking, after its modifications, but is still a small, but long, locomotive. I doubt there are many 3 ft.versions and while it would make a good sized 2 ft. loco, I doubt many were converted.
27  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: This Years New Announcements on: July 25, 2014, 03:51:56 PM
I believe several were used for training purposes for the U.S. Army's Railway Operating Battalions. I also believe one or two went to a southern logging line.

I have seen photos of these in the United States post-WW I but cannot recall where.

28  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: This Years New Announcements on: July 20, 2014, 07:02:17 PM
Those would make great industrial locomotives sold as surplus post-war.

They would also make great kit-bash fodder.

I would pick some up.
29  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: New Locomotives? on: May 02, 2014, 04:08:13 PM
Given the fact I use On30 for poor man's On3, I spend time on the On3 boards.

There seems to be a universal interest among the non-Rio Grande guys and the pre-1900 modelers in a the stock Baldwin 4-4-0 and 2-6-0 locomotives.

These would be great starting points to build most of the NCNG fleet. A BLI C-16 with whaleback tender kit would provide you with NCNG #8.

These locomotives were rebuilt till they were worn completely out by the small, cash strapped narrow gauges that purchased them, so they could be modeled as wood or coal burners pre-1900 and as modernized, steel cabbed, air-brake equipped oil burners operating till the Great Depression.

If designed like the locomotive that started it all, the Brooks 2-6-0, it would be an easy conversion to On3, increasing the size of the market.

A slick, fancy paint job with lots of colors, might (not enough knowledge to know for sure here marketingwise) make for a great train set for people who want an "old timey" train to run for fun or with the grandkids.

These locomotives wound up all over the place, starting as the main power for the common carriers and finishing their days on logging and industrial railroads.

Yes, the PCS/Wiseman brass parts might add up, but for me at least, that is a big part of the fun, making it a unique model. None of my Bachmann locomotives are in their original form.

I am pretty sure the On3 guys would be interested in converting them because these Bachmann's rod locomotives operate very reliably, unlike many brass imports.

Well, at least that's my two cents worth.
30  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: New Locomotives? on: April 25, 2014, 12:31:37 PM
More than anything, I think a low cost locomotive might be a big boon to On30.

I got into On30 as a way to do "poor man's On3."

Namely, I bought two of the Brooks 2-6-0s.  I really enjoyed bashing them and detailing them into a pair of very unique locomotives.

While I have one of the OF 4-4-0s, and yes, I like it, but it has been modified, a 2-6-6-2, OF 2-8-0, 0-4-2 and a Heisler, I don't think I will be buying anymore steam locomotives. They have simply become too expensive for me.

I understand fully why the cost has gone up. They are much more detailed, etc, than the entry level 2-6-0s introduced oh so long ago, come with DCC, etc.

I have two girls in college, so funds are really tight.

A simple, lower cost locomotive inserted into the production schedule might pay dividends in attracting new blood to On30 and allowing us to add to our fleet in a more affordable manner.

The old NWSL On3 and HOn3 Spartan series locomotives come to mind. Low cost, low level of detail, but a good starting point for countless possible variations of narrow gauge motive power. I would imagine the On3 guys would buy quite a few as well!

Bachmann has a difficult task of deciding what models to produce so they can both make a profit and make us, the picky niche group of modelers, happy.
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