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Messages - Stokerman

Large / Re: Bachmann Parts Sale
April 17, 2024, 09:58:30 PM
Anyone know if the sale is still going now?

I'm not seeing anything in the parts catalog that suggests that it is, so perhaps it has already expired?!?!
Large / Re: Your new parts interface
February 20, 2024, 03:15:49 PM
Hello Bachmann

I'm one of those old guys who does not like change, but looking over your new parts catalog, I'd have to say that it is A-Okay!

Thanks for sticking with us on these discontinued product lines!!!
Large / Re: What's (Really) Old is New Again
February 02, 2024, 07:18:15 PM
Wow Kevin ..... you certainly have taken that one to the next level!

Large / Re: Coupler
December 17, 2023, 07:15:06 PM
If it works for you .... then it works and that's great!

I've occasionally had problems with the vertical lock pin not dropping all the way down, and releasing, or the bottom of it getting bumped up which also initiates a release situation. Other than those issues, I've found the Bachmann couplers to be pretty darn good!!!
Large / Re: 2 Truck Shays
October 22, 2023, 05:18:31 PM
Don't forget that even some of the ones with the "crumbling trucks" may yet be good for extended service. Don't know how much longer mine may last, but I have definitely already gotten my money's worth out of them!

Of course, this is nothing that you can tell from eBay photos and descriptions, nor even be relied upon from the seller's responses to questions you may ask, but it is worth knowing that at least some of the old ones can still run!!!
Large / Re: 2 Truck Shays
October 20, 2023, 06:59:45 PM
I have a couple of the first version, though one is still boxed as a backup. The one that I run regularly must have something like a hundred actual miles on it by now. I do have a set of the new version replacement trucks for it, and the motor block body does have some cracks and a broken-out corner where a screw split it, but so far they are still working for me, so I'll not replace them until I actually have to do so to keep running!

Love these engines, even with their early production flaws!!!
Large / Re: 1991 Big Hauler Commercial
August 08, 2023, 01:41:21 PM
I liked it!!!
Large / NGRC 2023
August 01, 2023, 02:21:56 PM
Don't know how many of you may have attended this years convention in the SF Bay Area, but the concentration of truly superb and spectacular layouts was mind boggling to say the least!

Perhaps my main takeaway however, was that there were more Bachmann Shay locomotives, in both the two and three truck versions, being run on more of the layouts, than perhaps all other types and brands of locomotives combined!!!
Large / Re: Do you run steam and diesel?
August 01, 2023, 02:15:37 PM
Steam only here, though that does include a little live steam as well, all narrow gauge 1/20.3 - 1/22.5 scale.

I am amazed and eternally grateful for all that Bachmann has produced over the years, while of course saddened that so little of these great items are produced nowadays, but at least I was able to get what I got back when!!!

Should probably add that I doubt the diesel bug will ever bite me in large scale, but I do understand the attraction for many if not most of those in the hobby.
Large / Re: 38 Ton Axle Gears
March 29, 2023, 09:43:06 PM
Agreed, and I've not seen a better price in a long time!

Seller doesn't have a perfect feedback score though, so you may want to consider that factor before you purchase?!?!
Large / Re: 38 Ton Axle Gears
March 29, 2023, 05:27:20 PM
Sure sounds like you are dealing with the older 36 ton Shay, and while Bachmann does currently have in stock and for sale one of the combo gears for inside the truck gear box, I'm certain it is intended for the 38 ton Shay, and thus will probably not work for the 36 ton model.
Large / Re: 38 Ton Axle Gears
March 28, 2023, 05:13:03 PM
Best bet I think is to buy the replacement trucks if you can find them. I don't think that Bachmann sells the individual gears or truck parts, but only the whole replacement sets. Just curious, are you actually talking about the 38 ton Shay that did come with the upgraded trucks, or are you really referring to the 36 ton Shay that has the earlier failure prone trucks. If you really are talking about the 38 ton model, that is rather concerning that the upgraded trucks are now failing as well?!?!
Large / Re: Different #s for same item?
March 18, 2023, 01:56:41 PM
Yep, I think you're right about that full baggage lack of lighting.
Large / Re: Different #s for same item?
March 18, 2023, 11:34:29 AM
I don't know this for a fact, but suspect the difference might be between battery powered lighting and plastic handrails and track powered lighting and metal handrails?
Large / Re: Climax rear truck slip joint drive
March 14, 2023, 02:03:25 PM
Thanks Greg and Bill for this seminal information. Just exactly why I for one am soooooo glad this Forum is back up and running!

.... and Bill, I'd have to say that Ol' Loco Bill's wise saying is spot on in my personal experience!!!

I'll still dig them out of storage to be certain sure of the driveline properties by giving them each a quick test. I'll get back with you all with what I find .... eventually.