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Messages - Loco Bill Canelos

Large / Re: Do you run steam and diesel?
September 06, 2023, 08:07:03 AM
Congratulations Al,  Nice going!  If you get a chance could you post pictures of the stock car?

All the best, Bill
Large / Re: Do you run steam and diesel?
September 02, 2023, 11:18:09 AM
Hi Al,  Nice job on that conversion!  Thanks for sharing the video.  Good Luck.  Bill
Large / Re: Do you run steam and diesel?
August 26, 2023, 11:22:21 AM

Thanks for the pictures, the layout looks great!  If you speed up the GG1 or put the Dash 9 to  work, post some pictures for us please!!!   Those eggliners are a hit everywhere I go. Years ago a good friend got sick prior to our club open house and could not get his layout in shape in time. He ended up running six eggliners all at once.  He had bought an eggliner for each of his grandkids and thought why not run something. It was a huge hit and the eggliners ran perfectly on his unprepared track, it was fun watching them chase each other around his beautiful layout.

All the Best, Bill

Large / Re: 1991 Big Hauler Commercial
August 11, 2023, 08:27:40 AM
Count me in as well, that was a great commercial! Thanks for sharing Mike.

Large / Re: Do you run steam and diesel?
August 03, 2023, 09:08:10 AM

My dark side dismal that I would love to see is the Alco RSD15  I love the brutish look of this monster for its day.

Keep on playing with Trains!

Cheers & Beers,


Large / Re: Do you run steam and diesel?
August 01, 2023, 10:00:05 AM
Good to hear from you Joe!  We model railroaders indeed can make our own rules. Sometimes I think the real railroads are jealous of us. 

You need more locos, I know I do ;D 8)

All the best!

Large / Re: Do you run steam and diesel?
July 23, 2023, 10:08:05 AM
Hi James,

I could not agree with you more about having more engines than you should, I certainly do especially in my wife's opinion.  I still like every one that I have and have a wife that supports me fully in spite of her opinion.  I am 83 years old now and still have engines I bought when I was 7 years old.  They are in HO scale tho. Bachmann hooked me when they first came out with the 4-6-0 Big Hauler, and USA Trains hooked me with their GP-7.

Cheers, Bill

Large / Re: Do you run steam and diesel?
July 23, 2023, 09:56:35 AM
Hi Ted,
Thanks for your post, I tend to agree with you with respect to Ebay, seems especially true with steam.  Swap meets and members of local clubs are the best source, but all too often have very little for sale in our scale. I have seen some nice layouts in the Las Vegas area!

Cheers, Bill
Hi Norman,

Please keep us informed as you do this kitbash!!  Very interesting Loco!!

Loco Bill
Large / Do you run steam and diesel?
July 20, 2023, 08:36:00 AM
With the production of Bachmann large scale Diesels I am wondering if any of you run diesel and steam  or just diesel or still steam only?

In my own case I do run both diesel and steam.  I keep them separated, since my steam is all narrow gauge.  The diesels I run are all 1st generation units GP-9, RS-3, FA, PA, and F3 units. 

So far I have not been into the all the late model GE and EMD units on the market.  My son also run a mix the same way I do except he is in the mid range of diesel like Sd40-2. 

The market seems to be changing and has become more diesel oriented.  What do you think Bachmann should produce more narrow gauge, modern steam, more early diesel, more mid range diesel, or more late model modern diesel?

Jump in and let the group know what you run and what you would like to see in the way of motive power.

Be Safe,

Loco Bill
Large / Re: Dash 9 parts availablity
June 22, 2023, 09:49:37 AM
My experience with parts is that they will try to help even with unlisted parts. They did for once. Many times they could not help and were honest about it.  I always thanked them even when I didn't like the answer. A little thanks goes a long way!

Large / Bachmann 35% off parts sale
June 14, 2023, 09:03:53 AM
Just saw this:

Save 35% on Parts Orders of $15 or More!
Time for some maintenance on your railroad or trains?

Starting today, June 14th through June 18th, use promo code 35NOW to take advantage of 35% off all orders of $15 or more placed through the Bachmann Parts Store, and get those long-awaited projects completed.
Make sure to use the coupon code:

Great time to get parts. 

If you want to represent older era ties you can use a razor saw and drag it over the ties you cut to distress them.  There are some good paints at the craft store that are close to a creosote color or you can paint them a lighter grey to represent older tie.

Check this out for premade display cases:

And this for premade RR ties:

Maybe when you get done you could post a picture.

Cheers & Beers

Large / Re: Large Scale Forney Headlight?
May 28, 2023, 07:36:03 AM

I was looking at the parts available for the 38 Ton Shay for a repair I am doing for a friend and noticed the headlight housing is available as is the LED. You might have to make a lens, but one can be made with clear styrene using a side cutter and filing it to shape.

Check it out, might work.

Large / Re: Climax gears
May 22, 2023, 08:16:56 AM
The first run of the Climax did not have gear problems.  As Mickey points out it did have a problem with the drive shaft if one truck was moving at a slightly different speed than the other.  When that happened the driveshaft would bind up and cause erratic operation. The slip driveshaft solved that problem.