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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann ho dcc 4-8-4 and 2-10-4 on: August 04, 2017, 10:47:10 PM
The self-adhesive lead weights I'm familiar with are made by A-Line. I think the people that make kits for Pinewood Derby cars also make them. Or you could scrounge some old tire balancing weights from a local tire dealer, flatten them out, cut them up, and attach with some low temp hot glue.

Len


As the self adhesive weights I use have a large "A" on the front, I'm guessing they are 'A-Line'.

Cheers.

Roger T>
2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann ho dcc 4-8-4 and 2-10-4 on: August 02, 2017, 09:23:09 PM
I just bought a dcc equipped ho scale 4-8-4 and 2-10-4 and how the wires from the tender attach to the locomotive are a pain to connect and on the tender the wires cause the front truck of the tender to come off the track, I liked the 4-8-4's before Bachmann added dcc to the locos that came in the blue and white box that did not have the wires. Bachmann should have made the plug like Athearn did on their steam locomotives that plug in to the tender without having to turn the loco upside down. That way is much easier and I do not have to worry about breaking off the little detail parts on the locomotive.

The cause pf the front truck lifting on the teders is caused by the wire that Bachmann use, both the length of the wire and its lack of flexibility.  The fix iis to tuck as much wire as possible back into the tender or into the locomotive (Depends on the tender type) and to use self adhesive lead weights under the coal load at the front of the tender or up inside the water space either side of the coal load.  Again, depends on what type of tender.  I have 30 Bachmann steam and have had to do that on every single one of them.  Sorry, I've run out of lead weights so can't tell you the brand name but Google may help.

Roger T.

3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Front trucks on tender jump the track on: July 28, 2017, 09:43:39 PM
The usual cause of the front truck derailing is the lack of flexibility in the wires Bachmann use to connect the loco to the tender.  The wiring tends to slightly lift the front of the tender thus allowing the front truck to derail.

I fix this in two ways and do this to all my Bachmann steam locos as a matter of course.

1)  Make sure as much of the wiring as possible is tucked back either into the tender or the locomotive as possible.

2)  I use two self adhesive weights, available at a hobby store,  to the front of the tender either under the coal load of up in the water spaces either side of the coal load, depending on the tender.

Using both these methods has always fixed the problem for me.  I have something like 30 steam and have no problems with tenders derailing.  Unfortunately, I do not have any weights left so I cannot provide the name of the manufacturer.

Cheers.

Roger T.

4  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Super elevated curves for open rainge fast freight on: July 24, 2017, 10:46:47 PM
Superelevated curves are not really needed in HO model railroading.  Even with toy train 18" curves, you can trains at full throttle with no ill effects.

However, superelevation does look good on scale model railroads.  I super elevated all my main track visible curve but do not elevate any siding curves.  This is very prototypical as sidings (passing tracks) are usually slow speed.  I elevate my main track, 36" minimum radius on visible track, by raising the out side edge of the subroadbed.  I use Donnacona fibre board as my subroadbed.  To raise the outside edge I use 1/16", 0625", balsa wood glued down starting about a foot into the curve at both ends.  For single track, I use four inch wide plywood  going to six inch wide for sidings..

The reason I leave a foot at each end is for the transition from level track to superelevation.  I then glue and temporary screw down the Donnacona, when the glue is glue, overnight, I then remove the temporary screw and lay track.  Simple system and it works well.

Cheers

Roger T.
5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Picture time again............. on: July 16, 2017, 10:16:10 PM
Sid.

Excellent work as usually buddy.   Smiley

Cheers

Roger T.

6  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Photobucket on: July 04, 2017, 12:04:02 AM
For more info: -

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/06/30/photobucket-now-charges-399-for-third-party-hosted-images/
7  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Photobucket on: July 03, 2017, 06:16:47 PM
Now that Photobucket as decided to be difficult and charge all users a fee and if you do not pay the fee it seems you cannot upload files from Photobucket, what do people here plan on doing here to post photos?

Roger T.
8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Cutting track? on: July 01, 2017, 03:36:41 PM
I found the cutting of EZ track cleanly to be a bit of an ordeal, using a razor saw.  I got it cut, but the cut didn't line up cleanly with the unaltered track.

EZ track was great for doing my first layout, which is really its intended use.  I found that its fixed geometry doesnt match free lowing prototype practice very well,  especially on a branch line setting like mine.  Next layout will be code 70 flex track.

EZ Track is, like all set track makes, designed for train set use.  It is not a scale modellers track, that's not what it's market is.  It is designed for dad and the kids to easily set up a train set on a 4x8 sheet of plywood and to get trains running as easily as possible.  That's its intended market.  You do not see any set track in featured model railroads in any of the magazines.  Where they do use set track is in articles, usually around Christmas, for beginners which is what EZ Track and all the others are deigned for.  My first model railway, in the UK, was OO Hornby Dublo three rail, all built with Horby three rail track.  Track disappeared into the garbage many, many years ago but I still have the two locos and all the rolling stock stored away in boxes that haven't been opened in 55 years.  That's when I switched to two rail and flex track.

Cheers

Roger T.
9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Plus series Ho scale 2-8-0 on: June 27, 2017, 10:26:04 PM
Google gave me this: -

http://tycotrain.tripod.com/bachmannhoscalelocomotives/id69.html

Google "Bachmann Plus Consolidation" turns up quite a few hits on E-Bay.

Cheers

Roger T.



10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Plus series Ho scale 2-8-0 on: June 27, 2017, 04:03:00 PM
Does he mean the Spectrum series.  The best  steam locos ever produced by Bachmann, that now sadly seems to have been discontinued in favour of lesser detailed models.   Embarrassed

Cheers

Roger T.
11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 2-6-0 Valve gear motion. on: June 22, 2017, 09:45:33 PM
I can't believe my luck.

Ran my fingers around the 80 feet of existing main track and found the missing crank pin.  Loco back in service!   Smiley

cheers

Roger T.

12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 2-6-0 Valve gear motion. on: June 19, 2017, 06:43:27 PM
Dear Roger,
Call the service department and ask for Bob Cromwell.
He will make sure it's taken care of correctly.
Thaks!
the Bach-man

Thank you Mr. B.

I'll give that a try.

Cheers

Roger T.

13  Discussion Boards / HO / 2-6-0 Valve gear motion. on: June 18, 2017, 09:00:04 PM
For the second time in around three years, the motion locking nut that holds the crank drive rod and the motion crank on one of my 2-6-0s has gone missing.

Last time this happened, I sent a fully detailed and custom painted and weather loco back to Bachmann for repair clearly stating I wanted my locomotive back and not simply a replacement from stock.

I got back a stock locomotive!  I asked what happened to my detailed loco and could I have it returned so I could swap bodies but never heard back.

Mr. B.  Is it possible to get a custom detailed and painted loco back from your service department or is it standard procedure just to take a model from inventory and send that back?   I am really reluctant to send my loco in for repairs.


Cheers.

Roger T.
14  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: "Like" button. on: May 30, 2017, 01:11:00 AM
Thanks for taking the time to reply guys.

Guess I'll withdraw my suggestion. 

Cheers.

Roger T.
15  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / "Like" button. on: May 29, 2017, 03:01:43 PM
Mr. B.

There are many posts on this board that offer good advice and help.

It would be nice if there was a "Like" button, as Facebook has, so you can click the like button rather than cluttering up the board with "good idea" posts or, as in most cases, doing nothing.

Cheers

Roger T.

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