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Discussion Boards => Large => Topic started by: tomplatten on July 07, 2010, 11:55:06 AM

Title: Big Hauler parts
Post by: tomplatten on July 07, 2010, 11:55:06 AM
My Big Hauler freight cars are mostly over 10 years old--hard to believe are starting to show their age. I use some of then outdoor. I find the foot stirrups are starting to break and I cannot seem to find replacements. Hopefully (I hate that word) Bachman will make those kind of parts available soon!

Title: Re: Big Hauler parts
Post by: Doneldon on July 07, 2010, 01:30:49 PM

I wouldn't expect that occasional use outdoors would affect the plastic very much.  Leaving them out probably would.

Do you have separate stirrup steps or the kind which are molded on?  If molded, it would be easiest to clean off the broken stubs, purchase metal steps and CA them on.  If separate Bachmann probably does sell them.  Be aware that the on-line catalog doesn't list all parts.  Why not?  Beats me, but that's how they do it.  You might want to try calling Bachmann about these.  Call 800-356-3510.  Good luck!
                                                                                                                  -- D

Title: Re: Big Hauler parts
Post by: Loco Bill on July 07, 2010, 01:57:58 PM
If you call Bachmann don't use the 800 number as it is often overused, and overloaded.  You will get better results using 215-533-1600 and asking for Irv.  As far as I know they observe lunch (Eastern time) and that is a bad time to call.  Bachamnn has lots of parts(not necessarily every part) still not listed, so it pays to call and ask. 

I have had good luck calling, and recommend at least trying it before using some other aftermarket solution.  It also pays to call back 4 to eight weeks later to check again if they don't have everything you want on the first call.  The stirrups are seperate press fit items on Stock, Box, Reefer, and Gondola cars, for sure and possibly on flat cars as well.

These cars are actually as many as 20 years old!!   I have also bought some cheap basket cases at swap meets just for parts.  In the spring show at York, some dealers were selling old stock Bachmann Freight cars withour the metal wheels as low as $15 each, and some with metal wheels for as low as $20. 

Title: Re: Big Hauler parts
Post by: Loco Bill on July 07, 2010, 02:00:11 PM
For Tom only, if you try Bachmann and don't find what you need send me an email or private message.

Title: Re: Big Hauler parts
Post by: grayfitz on July 07, 2010, 07:33:33 PM
Hi TOM,Try ,ana kramer on ebay site toys & hobbies, model trains,G scale,,they have a lot of detail parts for Bachmann,, GRAYFITZ (australia)

Title: Re: Big Hauler parts
Post by: tony@skippystrains on July 18, 2010, 10:12:29 AM
Tom, all of the suggestions you received are good ones.  Start with Bachmann first.  Yes they do observe lunch between 12:00 and 1:00 pm EST.  Additionally you should make it a routine habit to be on the lookout at train shows for folks selling cars for parts, set yourself a purchase budget for "used parts only material" and go for it.  You will have a spare parts inventory in no time.  Last, when I am out of a particular part such as this, I fabricate the replacement out of metal for my trains and for my customers.  Take your time and try a small piece, you can do it too!