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 31 
 on: August 14, 2018, 05:02:24 PM 
Started by NKline - Last post by Trackbump
Any chance Sound Value will expand a little with more sounds or functions, like it did with the Heritage diesels having ditch lights that operate compaired to the first run that did not? That was a fast and impressive upgrade.

Adam

 32 
 on: August 14, 2018, 04:21:12 PM 
Started by Bannerman - Last post by dutchbuilder
This one?
http://service.bachmann.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/ez_man.pdf

Btw you should have asked this question in the general section and not in 0n30.

Ton

 33 
 on: August 14, 2018, 03:58:50 PM 
Started by barlojo1 - Last post by ACY
Hi:
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?

 34 
 on: August 14, 2018, 02:18:15 PM 
Started by barlojo1 - Last post by ElectricFan
Hi:

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.

I have a few E60s -- an outfit called GK came out with the first E60s, but I believe Walthers bought their dies.  Their locomotive used a modified Athearn U-boat chassis.  I have one of those.

Bachmann came out with a unit that had a self-contained six wheel power truck (with tired trucks) on one end and a dummy truck on the other.  They were painted for Amtrak but also has a blue and white Rock Island version.  It had a good looking plastic pantograph that was chrome plated.  I had about three .  The self-contained power truck was kind of hit or miss -- they were either very good or tended to burn out early -- when I had one burn out, I used the body over a modified Athearn UBoat chassis -- you have to file the sides of the fuel tank flat so that the skirts on the E-60 fit.

The best E-60 in my opinion was Bachmann's last issue that was a DC/DCC locomotive.  It had a beautiful pantograph, 12 wheel drive and ran very well.   I only have one of those, but it's a very nice locomotive.

From what I've read, the prototype E-60 got a bum rap because of the problems Amtrak was having with the six wheel trucks on the SDP40.  The E60s wound up pulling the heavy New York-Florida trains to Washington and supposedly were better at this task than the AEM-7.

At any rate, I'm babbling.

Hope this helps.

Electric Fan
P.S.  For the BachMann -- you/Bachmann have two Electric locomotive chasses (the E60 and the E33) that are easy fits for 6 wheel U Boats (U23C, U25C, U28C, U30C, U33C, U34C, and U36C).  Besides Rivarossi, no one is manufacturing General Electric U-Boats in HO.  It might be an opportunity for you.  I certainly would buy any you painted PRR, PC or Conrail. EF                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

 35 
 on: August 14, 2018, 01:57:30 PM 
Started by barlojo1 - Last post by ACY
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.

 36 
 on: August 14, 2018, 12:30:32 PM 
Started by Tuolumne - Last post by Tuolumne
The motor in this older Shay died. A new motor was purchased from Bachmann, wires connected, and installed in the boiler cavity. Reassembly of the two-cylinder unit to the motor/gearbox failed because I cannot get the gear in the cylinder unit to mesh with the gear box. Suggestion, please.

 37 
 on: August 14, 2018, 10:54:11 AM 
Started by barlojo1 - Last post by barlojo1
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.

 38 
 on: August 14, 2018, 09:26:28 AM 
Started by dragonbusa - Last post by dragonbusa
I agree with Jeff. Because of the tighter curves that have to be dealt with, most HO freight cars use 33" wheels, whether the prototype did or not, to clear the underframe. Most HO passenger cars use 36" wheels, with the notable exception of IHC & Rivarossi, which used 31" wheels. They can be replaced with 36" wheels if you carve off the brake shoes, or you can get 31" metal wheels from these guys: http://www.ihc-hobby.com/product/4355-H36
Thats the attitude that keeps a lot of people from getting into this hobby. Model railroad snobbery at its finest.
Len

36" minimum visible radius and 30" in staging.  Wheel sizes are no problem unless you are using toy train track radii.  24" or less.

Cheers

Roger T.



 39 
 on: August 14, 2018, 08:48:35 AM 
Started by Bannerman - Last post by Bannerman
Hi there,
I need a User Manual for a Bachmann EZ Command 36-553.

I have searched the Bachmann website without success.

Please would anybody send me a link to download it ?

Many thanks for your help,
All the best to you,
Frank.

 40 
 on: August 14, 2018, 08:28:32 AM 
Started by Chastity - Last post by Loco Bill Canelos
Thanks Bach-man.


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