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N / Re: Why not, Bach-Man?
July 22, 2024, 10:35:15 AM
We haven't looked at putting N scale motors in HO locomotives, but we did look at the possibility of using Z scale motors in N scale. However, the Z scale motors have a much lower startup voltage and higher RPM, and will burn out and run too fast when run on a standard 12 volt power supply.
N / Re: Why not, Bach-Man?
July 17, 2024, 11:22:55 AM
Hi bbmiroku,

The 19th Century 4-6-0 in N scale is filling the place in the line that the 4-4-0 American used to be in. We moved away from the 4-4-0 because it was older, less detailed tooling, and because we wanted to upgrade from the existing tender-drive motor to one that is inside the boiler, and add DCC Sound. The 4-4-0 is too small for these upgrades, but we may be able to bring it back someday if the technology advances.

We don't have immediate plans for Durango and Silverton freight cars in N scale, or bringing back the early steam locomotives in HO scale. But it's something we can consider for a future introduction.
Thomas & Friends / Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
July 15, 2024, 08:55:22 AM

All of our model trains are made with either plastic injection moulding or with die casting. 3D printing is great for small batches or parts, but not well suited to mass production of a full ready-to-run train.
On30 / Re: 2-8-0 Disassembly and drawings
July 08, 2024, 09:04:01 AM
Hi Mark,

You can find the exploded parts diagram for the 2-8-0 here. This will give you the parts numbers for your missing details as well as an overview of how to assemble/disassemble the locomotive.
General Discussion / Re: Found Train Set
June 13, 2024, 01:09:12 PM
Hi LSBMan,

Checking our records, your set is one of Bachmann's very first HO train sets.

It was first shown in our catalog in 1970, the first year we catalogued HO scale trains, and stayed in the catalog for the next two years.

While we can't give an appraisal of its value, it's definitely a classic!
Hi WiriliBL,

I believe both headlights being on by default is specific to this prototype. You can adjust the behavior using Audio Assist or CV settings.
N / Re: Round House
June 07, 2024, 10:43:38 AM
Bachmann doesn't have a Roundhouse designed to fit our N scale turntable, but you may be able to adapt another manufacturer's building.
Donald and Douglas are currently out of stock, so we deactivated the web store listing. However, they are not discontinued and should be back later this year.

EDIT: We've reactivated the listing for reference (they are out of stock)
Hi Cessna,

Since this is a Bachmann Europe item, for best results, we recommend you contact Bachmann Europe customer support directly. Please note that this forum is administrated by Bachmann Trains USA. While there may be a member able to assist you, Bachmann Trains USA as a company does not provide support for Bachmann Europe products.
HO / Re: Steam engine boiler material and
May 28, 2024, 04:30:59 PM
Hi trainman,

Both of these locomotives have plastic boilers.
N / Re: N scale Siemens ALC-42 locomotives
April 15, 2024, 09:42:00 AM
Hi Ntrainfan6,

The N scale ALC-42 is wrapping up production and will be shipping from the factory very soon. Expect them to ship to dealers in a few weeks. And yes, it will be fully equipped with all the same sound and lighting features out of the box as the N scale SC-44. Thanks for your patience!
N / Re: Magnetic Uncoupler
April 15, 2024, 09:35:20 AM
Hi Dave,

Yes, the 78998 magnetic coupler is designed to be used with E-Z Track. All you have to do is place it under the roadbed on a straight section of track.
General Discussion / Re: EZ track over under
April 01, 2024, 09:28:11 AM
Hi Jim,

If you follow the track layout as shown with the pieces included, and place the piers where each piece of track connects, so that they support the pieces evenly, it should be able to stay standing.