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 on: Today at 09:19:47 AM 
Started by Space Mouse - Last post by Space Mouse
I have fixed more Shays than I can count, using both Bachmann parts and the NWSL gears when they were available.

The Bachmann parts are fairly easy to install....some minor dismantling of the trucks is involved.


Are you happy with the results using the Bachmann parts?

 on: Today at 09:15:46 AM 
Started by Space Mouse - Last post by WoundedBear
I have fixed more Shays than I can count, using both Bachmann parts and the NWSL gears when they were available.

The Bachmann parts are fairly easy to install....some minor dismantling of the trucks is involved.


 on: Today at 08:36:52 AM 
Started by Space Mouse - Last post by Space Mouse
Thanks for the reply.

I looked at the Bachmann Driveline assemblies and I was surprized to see how reasonably priced they were.

Also, they are considerably easier to install than the NWSL gears. (See YouTube viideo below.)

I have only seen one customer review of the replacement driveline assemblies, but it was favorable stating they had no issues since.

Has anyone else used this replacement kit?

 on: Today at 05:59:31 AM 
Started by InsideTrack - Last post by DrNickRiviera995
Intresting announcements.

Really glad to see coaches for Narrow Guage, but really dissapointed about no engines.

At this rate it will be late 2020 before we have a 4th engine in the range.  I wonder if there's any chance of 2 being announced next year?  Hopefully at least Peter Sam, and hopefully a 2nd either Sir Handel or Duncan.

 on: Today at 03:16:22 AM 
Started by InsideTrack - Last post by AJW98Productions
I must say, I agree with Chaz about Daisy, even though she's perhaps not the engine I'd like to see most (on a personal level), she's the one I'd like to see second, but I want to see Daisy the most in a "big picture" sense, as she clearly has the most demand, and therefore I believe, she'd be the most financially sound decision for Bachmann to make. As I have previously openly vouched for Brakevans for the Narrow Gauge range before, I can get behind the idea of those too. I also think Peter Sam is the best candidate for the next NG Engine, for reasons many have stated previously.

Now, onto TerencetheTractor525's earlier post; I wouldn't mind the blue of the coaches being like the one on the van - as that is more like the blue that those coaches held in the Railway Series, but I wouldn't mind them being the colour of their counterparts in the classic seasons - between the two options, I probably slightly prefer the idea of these coaches appearing as they did in classic seasons, but I won't mind either way. As long as they get made - correctly scaled, mind you (but more on this later), I'll be over the moon.

As for the Red Coaches? Bachmann's catalogue (on page 21), the Red Coaches in question, appear to be the fan-dubbed "Talyllyn Coaches" (gaining this name from having their liveries inspired by the Talyllyn Coaches) from the CGI Series. This isn't a problem in itself, but the red van in question that would suit the classic red coaches, won't match the CGI ones, the red of these current coaches is much darker than that of the older model series one.

Also a concern of mine that I've just that the Blue and Red Coaches may end up sharing a the Red NG Coaches in the CGI series are also based off the Talyllyn Railway Coach No. 4, it just so happens that they're far too wide, and are also too tall. If both these coaches are to share the same tooling, I'd like them to be in scale with either the real life coach, or the model series variant, the CGI coaches are just far too out of proportion for my tastes. That might just be me though. Plus I feel like the Talyllyn paint scheme would sell better on a coach that had the proper scaling for the real coach, as that would appeal to Thomas fans and Talyllyn modelers everywhere! I see no downside to going with the proper scaling, instead of the dreadful CGI scaling. I sincerely hope they aren't Peco recolours either.

That's just my take on things though.

Add red and blue brake vans behind the respective vans and 2-4 coaches and you would have a really nice passenger train in narrow gauge too. Smiley
Honestly, that's been something I've liked the idea of for a long time now, glad to see I'm not the only one who has thought of it Smiley

 on: Today at 03:15:49 AM 
Started by bob kaplan - Last post by Len
ELO is available on Amazon and from Walthers (Item#: 704-F542143). For whatever reason, it actually appears cheaper on Walthers than on Amazon.


 on: Today at 02:47:54 AM 
Started by Space Mouse - Last post by Flare
I just looked at NWSL's catalog and it appears they only sell a single gear for the HO Bachmann Shay.  Not a set of them.

I used a NWSL regearing kit for my On30 Railtruck and it was just 3 bevel gears and a small tube of industrial adhesive;  You need to remove the existing gear from its axle and anything in the way (like the wheels) before putting the new gear on, and pray it's on there straight.

I see Bachmann appears to sell most of the driveline in their online store, so you can use that to repair your model.

(And yes there's a search function, it's the middle of five buttons near the top of the forum pages.)

PS:  I wonder if the lube in the shay's trucks dried out over the years and caused too much resistance?

 on: Today at 02:40:38 AM 
Started by InsideTrack - Last post by Chaz
I think Bachmann learned their lesson with narrow gauge rolling stock and decided not to go with the Peco recolors due to high price cost and how sales were so minimal for those compared to Skarloey or the slate wagons which is why I have no doubt they will both have new toolings.  Considering the track record for that range I could honestly see them going for different coach toolings for both of them due to the measurements from Talyllyn that were taken.

As for the shade of blue, I think they will go with the brighter shade to match what was in the model series of the show as shown in the catalog.  If they went with a darker shade of blue like what was in the Railway Series then that would be pretty nice as well and would go well with the blue van.  Either would be totally acceptable in my opinion.  Add red and blue brake vans behind the respective vans and 2-4 coaches and you would have a really nice passenger train in narrow gauge too. Smiley

 on: Today at 02:33:14 AM 
Started by Terry Toenges - Last post by Terry Toenges
I went through my railroad books dealing old steam and found very little. The only ones that looked like they had it all around were Virginia and Truckee's #11 and #18. Some had the side rails. A Winan's Camel appeared to have it on the sides and back.
Theses are my books that I checked:
Narrow Gauge In The Rockies by Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg
Hear The Train Blow by Lucius Beebe and Charle Clegg
Early American Steam Locomotives by Reed Kinert
Pacific Slope Railroads by George Abdill
A Locomotive Engineer's Album by George Abdill
Civil War Railroads - A Pictorial Story of the War Between the States,1861-1865 by  George Abdill
Rails West by George Abdill   P64 - #815 Union Pacific - side rails.  P97 - #8 St Louis, Hannibal, & Keokuk - side rails.  P100 -   #72 Katy side rails.  P101 - # 124 Kansas City & Pacific - side rails.  P102 - #75 and #14 Missouri, Kansas &Texas side rails.  P113 -  #1 Kansas City,  Pittsburg  & Gulf - side rails.  #2 Kansas City, Fort Smith & Southern - side rails.   P115 - #140 and #11 Kansas City, Pittsburg & Gulf - side rails.  P156 - #380 Southern Pacific - side rails.     
The Movie Railroads   by Larry Jensen  P156  & 158   #11 & #18  Virginia & Truckee rails all around.
Iron Horses - American Locomotives 1829-1900 by E.P. Alexander
Early American Locomotives by John H. White Jr. P39 - #242 Boston & Albany - side rails
Railways by C. Hamilton Ellis   
Portraits of the Iron Horse by Otto & Robert S. Henry 
Pioneer Railroads by Hank Wiend Bowman P74 - #65 B & O Winans Camel -  3 edges.   
The Baldwin Locomotive Works 1831-1915 by John K. Brown   
Nevada State Railroad Museum Equipment Guidebook  Prepared by Staff & Friends
California State Railroad Musem  Railroading In California And The West  Richard Steinheimer
Railroads In The Early Days Of Steam by American Heritage Society

 on: Today at 02:24:22 AM 
Started by InsideTrack - Last post by TerencetheTractor525
I concur Chaz and I look forward to seeing your thorough posts on Peter Sam, the narrow gauge brake van, and resin buildings. It seems that the narrow gauge range is taking baby steps in terms of the quantity of products getting announced. However, as long as the end product is satisfying, that's really all that matters at the end of the day. Speaking of narrow gauge, Chaz, Sparks, Alex, Plow Bender, or anyone for that matter, what are your thoughts on the two points I made in the post above regarding the narrow gauge carriages?

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