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31  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.
32  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.

33  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.
34  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.
35  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.
36  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Better Diesel for Bachmann to produce on: January 04, 2014, 02:37:43 PM
I plan to eventually obtain one of the Whitcombs - I just like the diesels I posted the links too as I have seen both in operation.

As was mentioned in an earlier post, Bachmann is probably watching how this locomotive does saleswise before producing another diesel.

Note, I said I plan to obtain one eventually. The family pocketbook has been hit hard by the economy, marrying off a daughter recently, burying my father and having my shoulder surgically reconstructed.

In other words, my financially situation is just like most modelers. Life happens and we don't always get to buy the goodies we want.

I'll get one eventually though. I just cannot do it the instant the locomotive hits the market like I normally would.
37  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: short coach and combine on: December 26, 2013, 12:06:28 PM
These might be better with the inside frame 4-4-0, and even the OF 4-4-0. I think they would be a really nice addition to the rolling stock line.
38  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Waiting for a Bachmann 2-6-2 Prairie on: December 26, 2013, 12:04:23 PM
Not exactly a SR&RL #24, but it sure does remind me of 2-6-2s build by Baldwin for the logging industry.  I would spring for one - even though the roster is at its limit! Smiley
39  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: short coach and combine on: December 23, 2013, 06:17:36 PM
I would spring for a pair immediately!

The famous John Allen combine would be a nice starting point!

I would bet the On3 guys would spring for quite a few for converting to On3 - at least the freelancers and short line modelers would.
40  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Another new loco idea. on: December 02, 2013, 10:17:41 AM
I agree. Eastern Europe had numerous 30 inch lines (750mm?) with fascinating locomotives. If you want to go BIG, the Hartz Mountain line has really cool 2-10-2s!
41  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: C&S 2-6-0 to 2-8-0! on: October 31, 2013, 05:16:10 PM
I wonder if anyone has tried the Bachmann 2-8-0 chassis? It is still in production and might be easier to obtain than the 2-10-0.
42  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: C&S 2-6-0 to 2-8-0! on: October 30, 2013, 10:55:55 PM
Hminky,

Thanks for responding so quickly.

I take it the finished locomotive used the Bowser 2-10-0 chassis with either the last, or first, set of drivers removed?

Also, am I correct you used drivers other than the ones that came with the 2-10-0 chassis?

I am willing to bet if you wrote up an article and submitted it to the On30 Annual it would get published. Several locomotive kitbashing articles have appeared in the On30 Annual.
43  Discussion Boards / On30 / C&S 2-6-0 to 2-8-0! on: October 30, 2013, 09:10:53 PM
Hminky,

That is a really nice 2-8-0! And being a fan of the C&S B-4D class I am curious how you did the conversion and what chasis you used for the conversion.

Thank you for sharing the photo.

44  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: 2-6-0 suggestion for Bachmann on: October 27, 2013, 08:20:45 PM
I also agree with this idea. The 2-6-0 was the entry level locomotive for most of us in On30 and it begs to be modified.

The low price point and plastic body really encourage the practice of kitbashing. I have a pair of 2-6-0s that have more money tied up in the PSC, Back Shop and Wiseman brass and white metal detail parts than the cost of the locomotive itself.

Then there are the aftermarket manufacturers like Backwoods Miniatures, who already offers a Camelback conversion kit for the 2-6-0.

Then there is the possibility of mixing tenders, like a whaleback from Wiseman or Backwoods.

I would like to see the locomotive come decoder ready with a plug for those of use who want DCC and sound but ready to go for those who don't.

45  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: On30 message board? on: October 17, 2013, 09:27:58 PM
I agree the new Yahoo "upgrade" is worse than a downgrade. It is unusable - which leads me to wonder if Yahoo wants the message boards to simply dry up and go away and this is their way of causing that to happen.

Then again, there have been a few, not many, but a few product rollouts that were just as stupid. Remember "New Coke?"
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