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« on: November 06, 2008, 07:02:32 PM »

I just purchased a dept 56 bachman village express train set 2-6-0 on 30 scale with a spectrum.  I bought it at a yard sale, it was brand new still wrapped in its box, very pretty and such a steal!. But when I put it together, it powers up lights up, but the engine refuses to move, I have tried everything over and over again, until I am threating to throw in the trash. The box appears to have been stored for a long while. Anyway, is there anything else anybody could reccomed as I really love this set it is gorgeous and wanted to use  it this year. Please any suggestions? Cry

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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2008, 07:57:16 PM »

Are the wheels and the track clean?
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2008, 08:04:49 PM »

Besides the light working, does the engine "hum"?  Check to see if there is grease gumming up the drive - especially if the engine has been stored for a long time.  You might also GENTLY push the engine on the live rails.  Good luck.  If worse comes to worse, you might be able to return it to Bachmann & have it fixed for a fee.  Call first though before returning anything to Phildelphia. 

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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2008, 10:45:40 PM »

See if you can turn the motor.
Yampa Bob


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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2008, 12:54:21 AM »

Unless you have experience working on these small locomotives, I suggest you take it to a local hobby shop, preferably one that sells trains.  Explain your problem and they will probably get the loco freed up and running in just a few minutes.

Buy a bottle of Labelle 108 light oil or equivalent for future lubrication and ask the store owner how to apply it.

I doubt if they will even charge unless it requires disassembly and repair, but ask for an estimate first. 

Good luck
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« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2008, 09:44:09 AM »

   If you decide to throw it in the trash, my address is: 166 AZALEA WAY HENDERSONVILLE, NC  28792!!   I'll gladly reimburse the postage!!


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« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2008, 01:02:20 PM »

Hi Yall!

Thanks for the advice, I do not know anything about trains, although I love them, and really wanted this set as I have a HUGE Victorian Christmas Village.
There is one man in town,  I have been trying to catch him when he is open, but he never seems to be open!. He is the only one we have here.

The motor does hum, and it does rev up, it actually tried to go in reverse yesterday it moved a little.

The tracks, look clean, everything was still wrapped up, and appears to be new and never removed from box. I just wonder if the storing up for years had any effect on it. Or maybe defective to start with and just not returned.

Many thanks for your suggestions,


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« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2008, 06:24:22 PM »

It can't be that old as On30 is fairly new, as is Spectrum.  I'll go with the other suggestions of gummed up engine.  Lights and hum says that power is getting to the motor.   OTOH, mine is three years old and is run only at Christmas time.  Hopefully, Mr. B will read this and offer some advice.  However, you will not get repair work on it for free as you are not the original buyer and it's over a year old.  However, I thinnk they will work on it for you for a fairly nominal fee if it comes to that.  Word of warning - do not try to take the locomotive apart.  You might want to find out if there is a local train club close by.  If so you may get some help from a member or two.
Good luck.

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the Bach-man

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« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2008, 11:50:44 PM »

Dear Rose,
Take the  loco and power pack to a local hobby shop. They will be able to tell where the trouble lies, and, if cleaning and lubing will solve the  problem, they'll do it  for a reasonable fee. If it's more involved, the service department will be able to help.
Have fun!
the Bach-man
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