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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Road numbers on E60s??? on: August 18, 2018, 10:43:31 AM
That's not to say they didn't exist as a fluke. Stranger things have happened when a railroad is in transition.
So perhaps the units in my photo were renumbered, and then after the fact they decided to use numbers in the 600 series after some were already renumbered and then at the next opportunity changed the numbers?
So then the question would be if these two units are at least 980 and 981, then does that mean for a short period of time some units were numbered 976-979?
2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Road numbers on E60s??? on: August 17, 2018, 01:53:51 PM
Looking through several on-line rosters, I can comfortably state that Amtrak E60 units' numbers ended at 975. Amtrak did have two locomotives in the 990 series (X995 & X996) which were foreign units on loan for testing ahead of the AEM7 design
I have seen those, those are neat units but those are not the ones in the photo.
If it helps the date on the photo is 1992.
3  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Is OO the same as HO? on: August 17, 2018, 01:50:50 PM
I'd hate to ahve to change out any decoders, etc but whatever.
Bachmann UK's products are all NMRA compliant as far as I know, but a major manufacturer of OO (Hornby) is often not NMRA compliant.
Sorry if I misled you.
4  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Photo hosting here on: August 16, 2018, 02:11:01 AM
PB still isn't free for Third Party Hosting. Go read their terms of service.
I have no idea what their terms of service says, but the photo I posted above is directly from photobucket, and formerly would not display and now does.
5  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Bachmann ever considered a buy back for locos on: August 15, 2018, 10:21:46 PM
It is not a bad idea in theory but it is not very practical and would be too hard, too expensive and too inconvenient to implement for a plethora of reasons.
6  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Photo hosting here on: August 14, 2018, 11:14:19 PM

The above photo is from photobucket so it appears it is true it is free again.
7  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Road numbers on E60s??? on: August 14, 2018, 03:58:50 PM
Unfortunately the numbers end at 975.
According to Volume 3 of "Amtrak Power In Color", E60s came in two batches. 950 - 955 were classified as E60CP and were steam generator equipped, and numbers 956 - 975 were classified as E60CH and were Head End Power (HEP) equipped.  
Eleven E60s were rebuilt into motor-alternator locomotives (not sure what that means) and were renumbered 600-610.  Their headlight and numberboard arrangements are completely different from the original E60s.
Locos 950 and 953 were renumbered iand used for work train service.
Here is my question for you:
I have a photo showing some variant of an E60 and the two units are definitely numbered higher than 975, as I said the first two digits are a 9 and an 8 respectively, the third number is occluded. What is in my picture if it is not some E60 variant, what else looks like an E60?
8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Road numbers on E60s??? on: August 14, 2018, 01:57:30 PM
Thanks for the input ACY. I am still looking for a picture to positively vet these numbers before I change them on the models. I saw a picture of 975 in phase III paint, one of a few supposedly.
Any help would be appreciated.
Sorry don't have any photos of those numbers in particular, what I said above is all I know unfortunately I have no other information.
All I can do is guess that #976 was probably never in Phase II livery as it would have been a renumbered unit, unless of course they were not repainted when they were rebuilt and renumbered in the late 80's. I have seen photos of 971, 972, 973, 974 & 975.
Update I just found a photo of two rebuilt/renumbered units and I can make out the first two numbers on each unit as 98X (the X is some other digit). However I can safely say the renumbered units are not Phase II, they are not Phase IV either, they look like a variant of Phase III.
9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Road numbers on E60s??? on: August 13, 2018, 03:20:18 PM
Hi All, yesterday I purchased a Bachmann Amtrak E60CP #976 item 65506 in PH II paint at a train show. Is 976 a valid number for this model?
My research indicates there were 26 E60's numbered 950 to 975, that's 26 units.
I also saw a Bachmann E60CP #978 item 65507 in the PH III paint at the same show.
Am I missing something or did Bachmann goof?
Between 86 and 88, all remaining Amtrak E60CPs were rebuilt and renumbered and they had their steam generators removed and a couple had HEP fitted. The locomotives were regeared for a maximum speed of 90. When the E60s returned to service, they were used on heavy, long-distance trains and in push–pull service in the late 80's.
#976 and #978 were probably actual numbers but not sure what phase livery they would be in.
10  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Is OO the same as HO? on: August 12, 2018, 03:20:01 PM
OO scale is primarily used in England. OO scale track is 16.5 mm which would scale out to 4 feet 1.5 inches; however, this is 7 inches under scale or approximately 2.33 mm too narrow.
OO scale came about because early motors would not fit inside 1:87th English models so they increased the size to 1:76th scale to have enough space for the motor but uses HO scale track because that was the closest size in mass production (in large part due to its popularity in the US).
Keep in mind that the locomotives and wagons/coaches will have English style couplers that will not mate with US couplers. Also keep in mind that English structures and scenery are often built to 1:76th scale to match the trains while US structures, people, cars et al would be undersized.
Also some OO scale locomotives have decoders that use a proprietary command system that does not meet NMRA standards that would require their control system to operate the locomotive.
11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: New PRR streamlined K4s on: August 11, 2018, 02:16:05 AM
In their product announcement it is listed as only available with DCC & TCS WOW Sound for $469.
So you will have to wait at least a few years if they decide to make an analog DC version.
12  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N scale EMD 70 and F7A diesel locomotives on: August 08, 2018, 04:20:08 PM
1. A bit more information would be helpful
2. If you are asking that question then it probably is not wise to try installing DCC

If the locomotives have soldering pads then you will need the ability to soldier multiple wires to the board and keep track of what each wire corresponds to with the locomotive.
If there are none then you will also need to isolate the motor as well, and things become even more difficult.
For some N scale locomotives it may be advisable to use a Z scale decoder instead of an N scale decoder depending on space constraints.

Without more specific information; however, I can't give you anymore assistance.
13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Wiper fix for 4-6-2 on: August 06, 2018, 07:27:19 PM
Boy I sure would like to see a picture of these Pacific wipers.  This issu [sic] is keeping me from buying an otherwise beautiful engine.
I have the new Soundvalue Pacific in NYC, I ran mine quite a bit without any problems. I have not looked at the wipers because mine ran around the club layout for 4 or 5 hours without any problems.
14  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: DCC chip for Bachmann Alco S4 DCC ready engine on: August 03, 2018, 03:39:46 PM
You can put a Bachmann decoder in if you don't need a more advanced decoder.
15  Discussion Boards / N / Re: f7 shell on: July 26, 2018, 01:11:37 PM
Not without modification
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