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HO / Re: Upgrade Passenger Equipment
June 23, 2024, 05:03:36 PM
That's what I would do.
HO / Re: short in USRA 0-6-0
June 23, 2024, 05:02:54 PM
Have you tried the locomotive on another layout?
HO / Re: short in USRA 0-6-0
June 22, 2024, 07:09:21 PM
Bachmann service dept
And go back to X2F?

HO / Re: Upgrade Passenger Equipment
June 21, 2024, 06:33:52 PM
What's wrong with the plastic trucks?
General Discussion / Re: Bachman ex command plus
June 21, 2024, 06:30:43 PM
Sounds like a warranty issue
The myth persists that all old toy trains are worth more than their weight in gold.
Yeh.  Now That it's on the internet all the taggers and scrap vultures will be showing up in droves.
Broken record:

Used model railroad locomotives are the ultimate "pig in a poke."

Verily, verily, I say unto thee. Bewarest thou of the used model railroad locomotive and train.  Knowest thou not of the indignities and sufferings it has suffered, be it having been run to the ground, or used as a weapon against a younger sibling. Knowest thou also not of any hidden terminal internal injuries that may. exist.  Spendeth thee wisely thy earthly treasure, on known quality, therefore avoiding weeping, wailing,  and gnashing of teeth.
I've seen people trim the old style couplers, commonly called horn Hook couplers, down to the bare minimum, removing all of the bottom trip pin and the horizontal piece to the side of the knuckle and get them to where they will mate manually with knuckle style couplers that are fairly standard across Model Railroading today.  They will still spring to one side, but you could put a piece of a toothpick in the pocket to stop that. 

It's not the ideal solution, But it's free because you already have the couplers and you don't have to worry about trying to install new items on the cars that may not readily accept them.
Change the railroad to DCC.  It's a big jump if a number of DC locomotives have already been purchased.  But if not, if you want the advantage of DCC in certain accessories only, I don't think it's really possible to do what you want right now.  We do have some electrical gurus on this forum who can probably answer this question better for you.
Yeh.  We talk about trains here.
Unbelievable how much is preserved there. Not in the best condition, but it looks very dry there which means little deterioration.  I really like the Baldwin 2-8-2's, They appear to basically be a catalog design meant for short lines and logging trains common in the early 1920s, there are multiple similar American examples.  I wonder what the track gauge is there, it looks very narrow.  Also incredible is the complete lack of gang type tagging graffiti, imagine what that stuff would look like if it was in the US somewhere.

Unfortunately, all it would take would be one wrong-minded Political revolution to swing things the wrong way for this collection and turn it into scrap. I wish that someone could get those American engines out of there and into the museum that they really belong in.  There certainly are numbers of people who would view all of this as representational of outside foreign big business and political intervention, as well as destructive of environments and native cultures.
HO / Re: Finding parts
June 16, 2024, 03:10:42 PM
I'm old school too, Been modeling since the 1950s. But times change.  You're probably going to need by another model. And instead of buying another broken one to get the part, I'd buy one that runs and keep the broken one you already have as a parts reservoir.

if you think times are tough now, look back to the 1940s and 1950s when you weren't a real Model Railroader unless you scratchbuilt a steam locomotive out of sheet brass.  Some guys back then wound their own motors. Back then, you pretty much needed a machine shop to be a Model Railroader. When Varney, Mantua, and Model Die Casting locomotive kits appeared, it was a shower of blessings from on high for modelers.