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Bachmann Inc,

I will try to check some more posts and see what I can find. Having said that I now understand what happens when a part goes inactive. 

So can I now assume that a listed part which is shown as "Out of Stock" will likely be made available again in the future?

Thanks, Bill
Yes Len, you are 100% correct.  All users who used links to parts in posts in the past have the same problem.  One of my objectives in posting the subject was to get the word out!

Large / New Parts Interface Impacts on forum responses
February 19, 2024, 10:07:10 AM
Hi Forum Members, 

I love the new parts interface, but there is a "but" you should know about.   

As many of you know when I make responses to those needing help I like to put in links to the parts mentioned in as part of the response. 

With the implementation of the new interface all of my previous part recommendations links in those posts are no longer valid.  There is no way I have the time to go back and update those responses.

If you are looking at my old posts and run into this issue and feel it is a critical or important that I update one or more just ask in the forum and I will do my best to update that particular post.   

Please be aware this is in no way critical of the new interface.  It really needed the upgrade and I already love using it.  I will continue to use links in my posts when appropriate and they will be to the new parts interface.

Thanks for your understanding.

Keep having fun with your trains.

Loco Bill
Large / Re: Your new parts interface
February 14, 2024, 07:52:12 AM
HI, Bachmann Industries,

Thanks for the fast reply!  Looking at it a little closer, I see that I missed that point you make about hovering. 

All I can say is it works perfectly and I love the large format.  Definitely like the way prices clearly display now, under the old system sometimes I found it confusing. Very easy to use this new one. Old guys like me sometimes hate change, but this one is a welcome improvement.

Thanks for the tip!!

Loco Bill
Large / Re: Your new parts interface
February 12, 2024, 08:11:50 AM
All and admisistrators,

I had no trouble at all with the speed and I liked how the individual parts displayed immediately in a large size with the price clearly shown.  Unfortunately you do have to take the next step to find out if it is available or not.

Recommend that if at all possible to reprogram to see if the availability could show up on the first screen showing the part and the price.


Loco Bill

Large / Re: 38 ton Shay Axle Hardware
February 10, 2024, 06:25:43 AM

I was at a Tractor Supply Store yesterday looking for some stainless steel washers and I noticed that the smallest they had might work for you.

Loco Bill
Large / Re: large scale Northern Lights
February 07, 2024, 08:36:28 AM
Hi all I am helping this fan via private message, but if some of you have ideas please post them?

So far I feel it is the power supply, another possibility possibility is poorly connected track.

Hi Steve,

In order to help we will need to know which version of chassis your locomotive has and which gear you need.  The Ringmaster set was made over many years and as a result it went thru many chassis changes.

It will be one of the following:
Version 2  1990-1994  Smooth Bottom Cover  You can turn drivers by hand and motor will turn.                           
Version 3  1994-1998  Smooth Bottom Cover You cannot turn the drivers by hand.                             
Version 4  1998-1999  Large wide hump dead center between the rear drivers on bottom cover.                             
Version 5  2000-Pres  3/8th inch wide hump offset between the rear drivers and a plastic lubrication plug the size of a dime to the rear of the hump and has the old style slotted front truck.

Once identified let us know what gear you need and we will try to help!

Loco Bill
Large / Re: What's (Really) Old is New Again
January 10, 2024, 10:31:56 AM
Nice work Kevin!  Great to have you back on the forum.

Large / Re: 3-Truck Shay Firebox & Ashpan Circuits?
January 05, 2024, 09:28:45 AM
Hi David,

While I can't help with the decoder, I was thinking it might be best to determine if the Firebox and Ashpan circuits are really cooked using an external power supply and a 1000ohm resistor as the first step. If they do then you could experiment with the onboard wiring. If you have a multimeter you could check the decoder output circuit to the firebox and ashpan circuits and see what voltage it is putting out then use the resistor if necessary. Are there any resistors on the ashpan and and firebox circuits??

Wish I could be of more help but that is my best shot.  The electronics whizzes will have better ideas.  Best of luck with your project.


Large / Re: Season End, But Just The Beginning
December 29, 2023, 07:38:08 AM
Congratulations on catching the large scale bug!  Keep having fun with your trains!! I could smell the manure from here ;D

Cheers & Beers,
Large / Re: Annie runs briefly and stops
December 21, 2023, 08:11:00 AM
Power Supplies like the MRC 1400, and the small power supplies that come with Bachmann Large scale sets and many others have the thermal circuit breaker noted above.
In your case it would seem that the Annie is heating the breaker tripping it.  Then it resets when the overload is removed.  Then repeats. the more you try to use it the worse it gets because it cools down just enough to reset but is still warm enough to over heat more quickly and trips faster.  As the breaker gets tripped more and more the weaker it gets.  I can't remember when the MRC 1400 first came out but is pretty old and may have been used a lot before you tried using it with the Annie.

My recommendation is to get a power supply rated at 2 Amps or more, and preferably new or hardly used.  If you plan to use trains longer than 4 cars and the layout has grades your MRC 1400 is too weak for sure.

Christmas Cheers and Beers!

Loco Bill
Large / Re: Beginner issues
December 16, 2023, 09:00:56 AM
Dave told me he bought a new front truck and it was the new type with the single screw setup.  I thought I would post the reply here for everyone to see.

Dave,  The best thing you could do is drill one hole in your chassis and use it like it was meant to be. This type was first made by Barry of Barry's Big Trains as a replacement for the type of original front truck you have and worked so amazingly well that Bachmann copied his concept.  Barry is no longer with us, but his truck lives on thru Bachmann. I would use a good hot soldering iron with flux applied to the wires being sure to put the smallest size shrink wrap possible on the wire before you do the soldering. Some guys have also used a crimp type of connector to avoid soldering.  Some also removed the wiring to the front truck altogether. Here is a video which shows the new style truck installed so you get a better idea of what is involved.  Thanks Ricky!

I have been following your post and from what I would say your biggest problem is most likely with your track.  Doing it on a carpet is Ok unless it is a shag type of carpet.  There is no need to buy brass track if you only run the train at Christmas time, but if you run it year round I would consider the brass track.

With the track you have it is critical that it be connected very tightly and laid down perfectly with no kinks whatsoever. Sometimes the only problem with the original front truck is that the wires interfere with the movement of the truck, so be sure to push the wires up and out of the way. I also recommend you use a dry teflon type of lube and apply it to the slot the truck swings in. Can't remember who said the wheels with the metal axles are insulated is correct.

Having said all that You will never regret using the new truck as designed and it is worth the time and effort to do it. 

Take Care and impress those Grandkids!!!


Large / Re: Sound Box
December 11, 2023, 07:23:33 AM
Sorry for the late response, but yes the links worked perfectly, and your installation of the sound box looks great.  Bill.
Large / Re: Sound Box
December 06, 2023, 08:18:11 AM
HI again,

The idea may not be new, but it is great that you are having fun with it. As for pictures, you must use the link to the picture and post the link so we can see it here. 

If you have a chance to try it give it a go here.

Best, Bill