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Large / Forney
March 10, 2020, 11:45:34 AM
After getting a very large and wonderful dose of the Maine two-foot Forneys on the Narrow Gauge Discussion Forum yesterday I ordered a Bachmann Spectrum Forney from a large vendor on the East coast. They called to let me know that it was the last one they had in stock and the box was scuffed, but the engine was fine - did I still want it? Of course, the answer I gave was a resounding yes. Now that weather is improving in northwest Nevada I will soon start rebuilding my garden railway [it used to be in the front courtyard of our house, but after some involved negotiations with my wife I have been granted a new and larger location in the back yard].

A few weeks ago Loco Bill made a comment about the increase in the prices for replacement parts for the Big Haulers, wondering if the increases were an indication of decreasing supplies. In watching the web sites of various vendors it would seem that their inventories of locos and cars overall are decreasing.

Speaking of Big Haulers, has anyone removed the factory paint from the Tweetsie 4-6-0? If so, what did you use to remove it? I am thinking of repainting my locomotive into a non-tourist road livery.



Large / Scale Rulers
March 04, 2018, 10:37:28 AM
I am having difficulty in finding a current source for 1:22.5 and 1:24 rulers. Does anyone have a suggestion.

Sorry for being a bit off a direct Bachmann topic!


Large / 1:20.3 Forney and Clmax
January 15, 2017, 04:18:45 PM
Recognizing there are differences of scale between the Big Hauler and 1:20.3 locos, I have a question: Do either the Bachmann Forney or the Climax look out of proportion to the Big Hauler 4-6-0. At the same time I am running Big Hauler rolling stock with the 4-6-0. I understand this is a judgement call, but I would appreciate any opinions that might be offered.

Thanks for your thoughts!

Large / "North Woods" 2-6-0
October 10, 2016, 10:10:10 AM
I keep getting ads from Amazon for a Bachmann "North Woods Logger" set with a 2-6-0 loco. I have not seen any comment as to the loco and I am wondering if someone could comment as to the nature and quality of the engine.

Thanks in advance!

Large / New to G
June 11, 2016, 12:07:32 PM
I am new to G-scale, as I was given a Big Hauler Tweetsie set [looks like it has the version 5 frame]. A couple of questions - As part of the package that was given was some Aristo Craft brass track and the Bachmann steel track was not included. It looks that the rail height of the brass track is 0.35 mm, so I assume that it is not code 250?

Secondly, what should I consider as a replacement power supply [I do have the one that came with the set]; I do not plan to run multiple locos with the layout I am planning to build?

Finally, as this is 1:22.5 I assume I will need to scratch-build structures [?] so is there a 1:22.5 scale rule?

Thanks for any help that might be offered!