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1  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: G scale Spectrum headlight LED voltage on: September 18, 2018, 05:23:41 PM
Dennis, you are Welcome, have fun with the project!  As for the shay can't help, since I am not on the in at Bachmann.

Recent similar queries have generally been that they are not now planning for a rerun, but who knows!!  Perhaps the Bach-man or Yardmaster might comment?Huh?

Take care,

2  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: G scale Spectrum headlight LED voltage on: September 17, 2018, 12:31:10 PM
Hi,  greevesqub,

I find that all you need to do is use a 1000 Ohm resistor in the circuit and that should protect the LeD's up to 22 volts.   That is what I do anyway.

some of our electronics experts can be more definitive I am sure!!

3  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Night before Christmas power supply on: August 31, 2018, 04:30:26 PM
Hi Delbert,

You best bet is to settle on one size of track height, go with brass(for price) and then shop around for the best deal( even used track if you can find it).  As for the power supply it was designed for use only with the set.  Adding load by adding more cars or a second locomotive will definitely require a better power supply.  The power supply might work if you use several leads, but it may well be inadequate.  Laying the track is critical, if you have any grades they will definitely be a problem.  Even if you have no grades, you will need to be sure the track is very level, and connected firmly.  If you have loose joints in your track, it will cause power loss or failure to carry power over some sections of track resulting in poor performance.

I  would suggest a power pack with at least 5 amp rating and carefully laid track to insure good operation.

It might be a good idea to contact Robby at RLD Hobbies, since you will speak to him directly and he will steer you straight at a discount price.  1- 618-446-2970

Loco Bill
4  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Fixing an RC Atchison Topeka Big Hauler on: August 31, 2018, 11:01:57 AM

You are welcome, we have a very helpful bunch of forum members who are ready to help you have fun with your trains.

Good luck with your search.  Here are some set numbers I know to have a version 5 chassis:90033 to 90039,90041,90044,90047 to 90050,90054 to 90061,90063&64,90067,90076,90078,90082&83,and 90088.

Not sure I got them all, but this list should make your search a little easier!!

Have fun,

5  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Fixing an RC Atchison Topeka Big Hauler on: August 30, 2018, 10:24:44 PM
Hi Mike, 

Your locomotive is from 1989, and never had parts available for it.  You could purchase a replacement chassis, but it would run using track power rather than the Radio Control.  You would need a power supply/controller to power the track. The track in your set is most likely plastic and would need to be replaced with metal track.

The long and short of it is that it would most likely be best to junk the set or resell it on Ebay.  There are no repairable parts in the transmitter or receiver on your locomotive, so when a function does not work it is not repairable.  You can also use the cars that came with the set and use the locomotive as a static display on yur layout

If you are interested in Large scale, you might want to buy a Bachmann Set which is track powered and comes with what you need to get to get rolling right out of the box.    Be sure to get a set built after 2000, because they will have the latest Version 5 chassis.  Check out the version descriptions, and when on ebay make sure the seller shows a picture of the bottom of the locomotive, so you can identify the Chassis version.  If not stated ask if it is in proper running condition.

Hope this  helps somewhat.

Loco Bill

No questions here are silly, so ask away any time you need  to.
6  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: B&O Blue Line Conversion to DCC on: August 28, 2018, 01:24:46 PM

The Bach-man is right. Chassis replacement is a great way to go.  I would recommend an /anniversary edition 4-6-0 chassis.  You will get a reliable version 5 chassis in either the Big Hauler 4-6-0 or the Anniversary 4-6-0.

For complete info go to this link and scroll down to repair tips for chassis identification info and replacement tips:,18832.0.html

Good luck with your project!

Loco Bill

7  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Blue Steam 1332 BO rear wheel axle drive gear on: August 20, 2018, 10:38:47 PM
Hi JIm, 

It is hard to advise you without knowing which version Chassis your B&0 Royal Blue Locomotive has.  It will have either a version 2, 3, 4, or 5.   To learn more about chassis versions and some repair tips for your locomotive click on this link and go to repair tips:,18832.0.html

After carefully checking out the repair tips and finding out which chassis version you have, let me know and I will be glad to answer any questions you may have and recommend some options.

Loco Bill

8  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 2019 4-6-0 on: August 14, 2018, 08:28:32 AM
Thanks Bach-man.

9  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 2019 4-6-0 on: August 13, 2018, 05:26:49 PM
Hi Mark,

I am hoping that the Yardmaster or the Bach-man will give a a more complete description or even a real photo of these 4-6-0's.

The drawings shown in color are just that drawings, They show some features of Annies, but others are similar to the Big Haulers 4-6-0. 

The drawings show the solid base under the boiler, rather than the see through on an Annie.  The drawings are also showing the Big Hauler style Walchearts valve gear which are different from the Annie version.  The drawing does show all the drivers with flanges, but again it is a drawing.  Same for the tender, looks much like the old style Tender.  It would be great to get some photos of the new tender.  Bachmann does say that it is a new addition to the Big Hauler line, so I am guessing the new 4-6-0 will be some kind of cross between the Annie and the Big Hauler version.   I am guessing that the tender does not have and operating rear headlight because the description says headlight (singular).  I am also guessing that the gearbox is the same as on the Version 5 & 6 chassis that has been so trouble free.   I have long thought that Bachmann might come out with a metal geared Big Hauler, but it seems we will be getting more than that considering there will be a new tender and metal valve gears and the PnP board.  Looks like it will be a nice surprise for all of us.     

Until we get photos of the real thing along with a more detailed description we will just have to keep guessing.   if I can get one for testing I will report here.

We might have to even come up with a new nickname for it!!!   

Please Yardmaster or Bachmann post some photos of the new unit and maybe a better description.

Thanks and Anticipating,

Loco Bill
10  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 2019 4-6-0 on: August 11, 2018, 01:47:31 PM
Hi All,

Ted does deserve to have his name on the cab Grin Shocked Roll Eyes!!!!!!!

Thanks Ted from all who wanted a flying Rio Grande!!!

11  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 2019 4-6-0 on: August 10, 2018, 01:07:55 PM
Hi all, 

Looks like we will get a version of the 4-6-0 with metal gears, side rods, and separate piping with a new tender as well as the plug and play socket.  DCC & Sound ready.   They are not calling it an Annie, but rather a new addition to the "Big Hauler" line.

Here is the link:

Page over to the large Scale page.  The items on the page do not seem to be of the actual model but rather a colored drawing.

It will be very interesting to get a hold of a real one to check out!

Coming in 2019.   Also a circus horse car is coming.

Loco Bill
12  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Annie 4-6-0 new gen pilot on: August 05, 2018, 08:26:46 AM
Hi Yo,

The replacement chassis available in the online store for the Anniversary 4-6-0 does not come with the metal gears or the new style pilot truck.

It does come with the reliable Version 5 chassis and gearbox.

Check this out for more info:,18832.0.html

Loco Bill
13  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 4 6 0 boiler shell on: July 20, 2018, 08:47:07 AM
Hi Tony,

Yes it will fit, there may be some minor pressure points. It has benn awhile since I did one, but I don't remember any major problems.

Loco Bill
14  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: BINGO on: July 17, 2018, 09:00:34 AM
Hi Tac

I can't find my photo of this car, so can't come up with the meaning of each letter.  You can see the lettering under each large letter in Joe's pic, but I haven't been able to enlarge itenough to read them.

Joe if you can take another pic with a side view, or relate the letter's meanings that would be great.


15  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Annie 4-6-0 new gen pilot on: July 10, 2018, 07:48:00 PM
Hi All,

So far all the annie replacement chassis I have seen come with the old style pilot truck, not the Annie version six swing type pilot truck.  All the Annie replacement chassis I have seen do include a pilot truck.

Maybe the Bach-man or Yardmaster can give us a hint as to when the new style pilot truck will be back in stock.

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