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 on: November 23, 2017, 05:43:44 PM 
Started by InsideTrack - Last post by Rickenbacker 325
Isn't this the same face?

 on: November 23, 2017, 02:38:30 PM 
Started by InsideTrack - Last post by Sparks
James was seen in the TV series with this same face, around season 8 if i remember correctly
James has never had a face like that in the show. Bachmann didn't start using the show for face references until Gordon and Henry.

 on: November 23, 2017, 01:53:23 PM 
Started by InsideTrack - Last post by Rickenbacker 325
I agree it is not that big of a change, but you can not disagree that it looks miles better than the original. Just with a change of black parts made it look unbelievably better. I will be getting this and replacing the James that I have had since 2005 when it was only like $50 MSRP.

BTW, I have seen people complaining about the face and how it has not been changed. James was seen in the TV series with this same face, around season 8 if i remember correctly. In my opinion it still looks better than Percy's, but then again you have to remember that the first 5 engines were based on cartoon drawings instead of the actual show. I'm sure Hit had something to do with that on characters that followed.

I'm sorry Bachmann, But I'll just have to sell all of my Thomas & friends stock made by you sometime next year because I have been losing faith in you ever since the beginning of this year. The same can be said for the actual show, But I digress. As for this image you just released....You barely changed anything! I'm sure you people did your best, But sadly it's not remotely good enough anymore & you just lost a loyal customer. To the rest of my fellow TTTE fans I should consider 3D printing my own models. So wish me luck.

Just because you have 'lost faith' in Bachmann doesnt mean you have to sell of what you already have. A lot of people have modified engines to have more detailed parts. I have even seen a modeler that has added handrails to all of his engines and it looks great! Hopefully you can keep what you have and not move on, but looks like none of us can stop you. Good luck on if you do make 3D printed models.

 on: November 23, 2017, 10:42:15 AM 
Started by indian_hills_r_r - Last post by Terry Toenges
2" per 100" is a 2% grade. Since there is only 4" difference between 8' and 100" it is real close to 2%. 2" per 8' (96") would be 2.08% grade,  3" = 3.125%,  4" = 4.1666%.

 on: November 23, 2017, 09:41:26 AM 
Started by tangocharles - Last post by jward
I will second what JOnathan says. I have several of the 0-6-0 locomotives. They pull well enough, but won't pull much on the upgrade portion  of my layout. My steepest incline is 4%, which limits pulling power to about 1/6 of what it will pull on the level. If you are using the ez track pier set for your incline, the grade is even steeper than 4%. If you want to pull your whole train around the track, you'll have tio make the hills less steep.

 on: November 23, 2017, 09:24:12 AM 
Started by indian_hills_r_r - Last post by jward
There is a simple way to set up an incline in real life. Since grade percent is usually calculated on a model railroad as inches of rise over a 100" section, you can reduce the amount of those dimensions.

Thus, each percent of grade would equal 1/4" of rise over a 25" run, a much more manageable distance. If you are building a layout from the ground up, you probably have a 24" carpenter's level. When building your incline, you can measure its steepness by slipping 1/4" pieces of moulding strip under the downhill end until the bead sits level.

 on: November 23, 2017, 09:10:12 AM 
Started by dhg - Last post by jward
The answer to your question will depend on how you want to control it. Will you be wanting to run more than one train at the same time? What form of control will you use, DC or DCC?

 on: November 23, 2017, 08:16:04 AM 
Started by tedyarbrough - Last post by tedyarbrough
Mr. Bachmann,
 See,339976 for photo of what might make a good paint scheme for the 'Annie'. This is sister locomotive to #168 that is currently being restored to operation by the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. Either of these road numbers, or both, would be a welcome addition, especially since the #168 is coming back into service and could prove a popular model.
Happy Rails To You,
P.S.-still waiting and eagerly anticipating 'Annie' repaints with the 'Flying Grande' and 'Moffit Tunnel' heralds!

 on: November 23, 2017, 08:01:21 AM 
Started by indian_hills_r_r - Last post by Len
Figuring the grade percentage is a rise to run calculation:

Grade (%) = (Rise/Run) x 100

Rise and run can be in inches, millimeters, miles, or kilometers. But they have to be the same unit of measure.

If you prefer a 'fill in the blanks' solution, you'll find it here:


 on: November 23, 2017, 02:34:34 AM 
Started by indian_hills_r_r - Last post by indian_hills_r_r
I am looking at making a incline but am trying to remember the formula.  is it 2" drop for every 8' of length  or 2" drop for every 100" ? where would I find it?

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