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16  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
17  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!!!

18  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
19  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
20  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
21  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.


22  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.

23  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Starting A New Outdoor Layout on: July 06, 2018, 02:20:36 PM

Dont know why it would not work, I have seen it done.   Be sure uprights are solid and fastened to the base stones, and be sure the treated wood is dry(seasoned) so it will not warp or twist after you install it.  also be sure you install the 2x8's  with the warp(tree rings) facing down at the edges so they will not cup and hold water.

Have fun,

Loco Bill
24  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Airbrushing Trains on: May 23, 2018, 09:09:24 AM

I have no experience with the paint you are using, but I have successfully used Testors paints in the past.  It is critical to make sure the surface of the car is clean and dry. I use either warm  soapy water to clean the surfaces or rubbing alcohol.  I also usually use a primer coat as well.  I usually clear coat the project, definitely if I have used a matte finish paint.  After applying decals, I then complete the job using Dullcote or Krylon matte finish.

IN my old age I have become lazy and no longer use my airbrush, but use rattle cans instead.  I have found colors that perfectly match my custom Colorado & Kansas Ry paint job. 

Most importantly,  be sure to be safe and use a paint booth or some way to avoid breathing vapors or paint particles.

Have fun,

25  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: G Scale Knuckle Couplers on: May 21, 2018, 09:05:31 AM
Hi Randy,

My favorite fix is to spray paint my Bachmann Couplers with either Rustoleum Primer or Krylon Primer.  Seems to give enough tooth to keep them from separating under load.  It also gives the couplers that nice rusty look.   

Loco Bill
26  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: G scale Climax locomotives on: May 19, 2018, 09:03:09 AM

You are correct that the 85096 does not come with sound, and yes it can be equipped with aftermarket sound.  It is DCC ready so that means you would have to add a decoder if you wanted to operate with DCC.  In any case it will function just like your other DC operated locomotives right out of the box.

Loco Bill
27  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 2018 NGRC preconvention tours on: May 15, 2018, 08:58:26 AM
Hi Gerald,

NGRC =  National Garden Railway Convention

Loco Bill
28  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Looking for Train Shows for Large Scale Trains on: May 07, 2018, 05:54:39 PM
Garden Railways magazine has a list of trainshows, might find something there.  Also check out this link:

Loco Bill
29  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: history of large scale heavy lifters that have been made as spectrum models? on: May 06, 2018, 10:21:20 AM

Bachmann Industries does not as far as I know have such a list.

I can probably compile the list you are seeking, but it would involve a lot of work. Is there some reason you need the entire list??

Is there some specific item you are looking for?  If so let me know and I will try to help.

Loco Bill
30  Discussion Boards / Large / 2-4-2s with metal gears are going cheap on: April 30, 2018, 10:20:08 AM
Hi All,

If you are looking for a great deal on the 2-4-2 with metal gearbox check out this deal from Al Kramer on Ebay, great price and free shipping.  I have never seen them priced so low.  They seem to be in short supply and will probably disappear from the catalog next year.

91197   None   None   2011   ~ Loco   2-4-2 Unlettered Black            metal gearbox
91198   None   None   2011   ~ Loco   2-4-2 Unlettered Black Red roof & windows            metal gearbox

Disclaimer:  I am not affiliated in any with Al Kramer Hobbies, but I have purchased many items from him and his service is really great.

Loco Bill
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