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1  Discussion Boards / N / Re: New Steam Locomotive Requests (2-10-4 Texas/Selkirk Type and 2-8-4 Berk variant) on: Today at 09:59:16 AM
"Going to Shapeways" isn't really an option for most of us at this point.  Why? because it takes some actual design effort to make a shell that is (1) realistic, and (2) fits the mechanism.  And that requires both prototype research and talent with a CAD program, as well as access to the mechanism.  Then, there is the need to sand and paint the 3D print, and add all sort of details that are not printed directly on the model.  And, by the time that is done, Bachmann will have discontinued making that mechanism, so most of us won't get one, anyway, even if we have the drive to do all of the above.

If some company wanted to actually support the hobby (as compared to make money on this hobby or whatever else their factory can do for money), they could make a steady supply of good mechanisms and detail parts for modelers to use in their hobby.  But, the whole marketing process is designed around selling expensive ready-to-use things.  That makes it less than a sure thing for some small entrepreneur to do the shell design and production, and maybe even model finishing, that the big companies don't see as being profitable for niche items that are so important to this hobby.

As I have repeatedly pointed out, Bachmann, Atlas and Kato are each in a position to change that.  Perhaps one of them will eventually do that by making mechanisms and parts available as basic products that are steadily available.  I am sure that would increase their sales, both by adding the parts sales and by enhancing the ready-to-run sales because it makes those products more attractive.  One of the things that hurts Bachmann sales right now is that their locomotives are basically not repairable under the "lifetime guarantee" because they have mostly been discontinued and parts are not available for repairs.  The large company that figures out the benefits (to them) for supporting the hobby will probably go on to dominate the others in this area.
2  Discussion Boards / N / Re: New Steam Locomotive Requests (2-10-4 Texas/Selkirk Type and 2-8-4 Berk variant) on: December 02, 2018, 07:49:45 PM
Still hoping for a 4-6-2 with sound and DCC:  USRA model or Streamlined Cincinnatian. The PRR looks great, but not much for the Belpaire firebox.

The Streamlined Cincinatian or any of the other other B&O Class P-7 locomotives would be nice new shells for the Pennsy K-4 mechanism, because the driver wheel size is identical and their spacing is nearly identical.  Also, the B&O used high headlights for all the P-7s before the P-7d and e versions, like the K-4 model.

The USRA Pacifics (B&O class P-5) had smaller drivers (74" instead of 80") and closer spacing (6'-6" instead of 6'-9" on the K-4 or 7'-0" on the P-7), so they might need a modified mechanism to look right.  But, 5" in N scale is only 1/32", and the flanges are over-scale anyway, so, with smaller drivers, the same mechanism might pass for not just the USRA Pacifics that so many roads had, but also the very plentiful B&O P-1s and most of the other Pacifics that B&O ran.  Probably a lot of other roads had locos that could also use the K-4 mechanism if appropriate shells could be produced, and maybe some smaller drivers provided.
3  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Removing snow from the snow plow on: November 20, 2018, 08:40:59 AM
... You get acculturated to the climate you grew up in.  ...

I guess I was lucky to grow up in piedmont Maryland, where the range of temperature and humidity is large, and I spent a lot of time out-of-doors or at least with open windows.  I notice that I rather quickly acclimate to whatever the weather is giving me.  While in Florida, I was out in the sun in August doing things while the "natives" were standing in the shade talking about getting back into the A/C.  While in Idaho in -20F scraping my windshield, a coworker offered me a spare hat. (Yeah, I took it, because my ears were cold.)  Of course, you do need to dress (or undress) for the conditions to be comfortable.
4  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Bach Man: Parts for new N-scale Soundvalue 2-8-0 (UP #619)? on: November 17, 2018, 09:59:20 AM
I also would like to hear an official Bachmann response to the question about when parts will be made available again for the models that they are continuing to produce.
5  Discussion Boards / N / Re: PCC streetcar on 117 mm? on: November 15, 2018, 10:37:38 AM
For a micro layout, the 0-4-0 steam engines are probably the best bet for really tight curve.  The prototypes were designed to do switching in tight street areas in Baltimore.  The real locomotives could run on curves that scale as small as 5" in N scale.  These are Saddle tank engines, with no tenders.  There were tenders made for 2 of them, and their saddle tanks were removed, making an 0-4-0 "Little Joe" switcher with a slope-backed tender.

The model Docksider has very limited electrical contact with the rails, so track work, especially switches, need to be done well to avoid, or at least minimize stalls.  The Little Joe version with the tender can have electrical pick-up through the tender wheels as well as the locomotive wheels.  I don't think Bachmann makes a "Little Joe" version; their closest thing is their similar-looking 0-6-0 with a slope-back tender.  Some modelers have converted other manufacturers 0-4-0 "Little Joe" switchers to use the slope-back tenders that Bachmann used to sell separately (not the ones that come with their train set 0-6-0s).  Those "Spectrum" tenders have all-wheel pick-up and can really improve performance.  Bachmann has stopped selling tenders separately, but they can still be found at some on-line hobby shops and on eBay.
6  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DCC decoder help on: November 15, 2018, 10:17:58 AM
M.B. Klein, AKA "Modeltrainstuff.com"
7  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Removing snow from the snow plow on: November 13, 2018, 01:22:00 PM
You can gloat now that you are out of hurricane season.  Here in Maryland, we can get both.  Rather have the snow.
8  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Really good looking diesel locomotive on: November 05, 2018, 02:47:05 PM
While we are participating in trivia, has anybody else noticed that the time stamp for these posts still seems to be on Daylight Savings Time?
9  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Problem with 4-4-0 - #52704 on: October 02, 2018, 07:27:38 PM
Watching the video makes me wonder if there is an out-of-gauge problem with the loco wheels or (and?) the turnout rails.  Because the loco can successfully navigate the turnout after it was "fixed", it seems that the loco was at least part of the problem.  For the future, you should get an NMRA gauge for your scale and learn how to use it to check both the wheels and rails for proper dimensions.  It isn't hard to do with the proper gauge and the instructions that come with it.
10  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Bachmann #51461 N Scale B&O Baldwin 4-6-0 on: September 27, 2018, 08:14:13 PM
I'm not talking about the plug that a decoder would plug into.  I am talking about the wires that run between the tender and locomotive on steam engine models.  Those are now typically 6 wires, and I can't see them going to more than that for a number of reasons, including no need for more and trouble getting more into a bundle that won't mess-up the way the loco and tender track.
11  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Bachmann #51461 N Scale B&O Baldwin 4-6-0 on: September 27, 2018, 09:49:48 AM
It sure would be nice if Bachmann (or even the whole industry) could decide on a standard 6-pin connector and wiring setup for connecting tenders to steam locomotives.  Bachmann, in particular, could profit from that because they could sell their superior tenders  to just about everybody who has bought somebody else's loco models.
12  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EZ Command Control + Non-Bachmann DCC Locomotives = Compatible? on: September 25, 2018, 07:57:28 PM
Another guy who started with an E-Z Command giving a vote to upgrade with an NCE Power Cab.  But, it is not necessary to use something other than the E-Z Command to run non-Bachmann locomotives.  Most locomotives will run on most DCC systems, because there is a DCCvstandard that most manufacturers try to comply with.  But, systems with more capabilities than the E-Z Command will make it easier and more fun, especially with sound and other functions.
13  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Bachmann #51461 N Scale B&O Baldwin 4-6-0 on: September 25, 2018, 10:41:51 AM
Mark,  Do you know if simply plugging one of the new tenders from the Bachmann 2-8-0 (with DCC + sound) onto one of the older Bachmann DCC without sound locomotives will work?  Or do the various wires not have the same positions in the plugs for the different versions?
14  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Removing snow from the snow plow on: September 18, 2018, 06:16:48 PM
Not trying to be a smart ass.  But, there is a huge difference between a wind storm with winds of 122 mph and a hurricane with higher winds plus storm surge from the ocean and torrential rains, both together in one event that can drown you in more than one way.  Yes, I know that torrential rains can also occur in other places for other reasons, too.

My point was really that most every place has its potential natural disasters, and we get to choose which ones we want to live with.  But, I can't think of any place that is immune to all natural disasters.

For instance, Trainman203 is comfortable with extreme heat, but not with extreme cold.  He says that he can "slow down or lay down" and endure in heat, but thinks that "extreme cold can kill."  Actually either can kill.  In extreme cold, you need more clothes, more shelter, more fuel and more food.  In extreme heat, you need shelter and continued cooling like A/C. 

My comment was made to respond to a guy who thinks he is going to a safer place by getting away from the cold, while he is actually going to a place that simply has other potentially deadly natural hazards.
15  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Removing snow from the snow plow on: September 18, 2018, 09:29:58 AM
Yeah, but they don't get hurricanes or tornadoes in Alberta.
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