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196  Discussion Boards / N / Crane boom car seems excessively high on: November 21, 2014, 10:42:04 PM
I recently purchased a Bachmann crane and boom care combination, and have a couple of concerns. 

First, the boom car looks like a flat car that was jacked-up to make its deck level with the deck of the crane.  Was the prototype raised like that?  It looks strange to me.

Second, the little tool that comes in the set to adjust the crane hook and boom positions does not seem to want to engage the pins in side the crane body.  Are there any hints to help with that?
197  Discussion Boards / N / Re: 0-6-0 DCC spectrum grade request on: October 26, 2014, 11:17:48 PM
I would buy one.  All-wheel-live-pick-up tender and back-up headlight on a sloped-back tender, please.
198  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Shoulder screw from "65' Shorty" passenger cars? on: September 04, 2014, 12:55:11 PM
OK, so you are using axle bearing pickups instead of axle wipers.  That is what I was not understanding.  Thanks.
199  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Shoulder screw from "65' Shorty" passenger cars? on: September 03, 2014, 07:35:19 PM
gatrhumpy, thank you for the offer.  But, I was about to post an alternative that I worked-out. 

I can fabricate the equivalent of these shoulder screws, but in a standard thread, by the following method:  I use standard 0-80 machine screws and washers with 2mm thin wall brass tubing.  The tube is cut to whatever length I want the shoulder to be and put over the screw with a washer between the tube and screw head.  A light soldering makes the whole thing solid, it that is needed.  The advantage is that I can get taps for the standard 0-80 thread, as well as nuts.  So, I can put a brass partial floor inside the car and tap it for the screw, making the electrical connection.  The brass paal floor can go to a brass partial wall around, say, the water closet or some other compartment, and that takes the electricity up to the roof area where the LED strips are located.

I am curious about your method.  It is not clear to me if you are using wipers or some other way to connect the wires to the axels.  It seems to me that you need to get rid of the wipers to reduce friction. 

On a side note, I found that the axle lengths in some of my old Shorties were WAY out of spec.  Investigating some that did not roll freely revealed some grossly over-long axels.  One was 0.584" compared to the usual 0.563"  Some were undersized as well, as little as 0.543" in one case.  These trucks typically roll pretty easily with the standard wheels so long as the axles are the correct length, so the wipers make a noticeable difference.  But, I am in the process of replacing all of them with semi-fine scale metal wheels from Fox Valley and BLMA, so standard axles will not be a problem in my future.  But I am still interested in how you are getting electricty from your axles to the wires that you are running through the floors.
200  Discussion Boards / N / Shoulder screw from "65' Shorty" passenger cars? on: August 22, 2014, 04:33:02 PM
The old "65' Shorty" passenger cars that Bachmannn produced in lighted version as the "Plus" line used a slotted-head brass screw with a shoulder to mount the trucks and serve as the electical connection through the car floor to the light inside.  Previous owners have messed-up some of those screws and nuts by applying some sort of hard glue, apparently to keep them from vibrating loose.  (Maybe in a vain attempt to combat flicker of the lights?)  SO, I am trying to find some replacements.

The problem is that the screw thead seems HIGHLY non-standard.  The best I could figure, it looks like an English 0-60 (yes "sixty" not "eighty) or a metric 1.5 x 0.40 or 0.45 (computes to 0.42 thread pitch).  And, then there is the shoulder.

Has anybody found a source for these?  (Not on the parts website.)

201  Discussion Boards / N / Re: kicking the pacific around again on: May 15, 2014, 09:23:00 PM
I would like to have a K4, because I am modelling a passenger train from that era.  But, I think a USRA light pacific would sell better.  Anyway, please Mr. B., make one or the other in DCC Spectrum SOON.
202  Discussion Boards / N / Re: How to buy dummy coupler part on Spectrum 2-8-0? on: May 14, 2014, 07:50:46 PM
Well, that didn't work!

I called service/parts, and they said that the part was not in the computer.  The guy on the phone said that they had received some parts that were not in the computer, and spend some time checking stock.  Apparently, that part is just not available from Bachmann US.

Anybody have any other ideas how to get this part?

203  Discussion Boards / N / How to buy dummy coupler part on Spectrum 2-8-0? on: May 04, 2014, 08:14:32 PM
I looked at the exploded drawing for my Spectrum 2-8-0 and fund the part # for the dummy scale coupler on the front of the engine, then searched the Bachmann on-line parts store for that number with no luck.  Eventally, I looket at ALL 3832 parts in the on-line catalog, and it is not there (although just about every other coupler is there).

So, how can I get one of those?

204  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: 15" curves on: April 01, 2014, 07:49:49 PM
I'm new here and have a question.  Since this thread is under "General Discussion" rather than "HO", how did everybody know he was talking about HO scale?  Is there something in his profile that I should look at, or did everybody just assume that it must be HO because 15" wouldn't be a problemm for a 2-8-0 in N-Scale and there is no question that it would not work in S-Scale?  Shouldn't this thread have been in the "HO" secton?  When I was opening this thread, I was thinking "Heck, I run my 2-8-0 on 13.75" radius curves with no trouble IN N-SCALE.
205  Discussion Boards / N / Re: What NON-engine models should Bachmann make next? on: March 21, 2014, 11:47:36 AM

Thanks for the links.

But what I was hoping for was a set of drawings with dimensions for the exterior and interior, like the drawings in the links that I provided in m original post.  That would show me an interior layout that fits the windows.  The links that I posted indicate that the windows on the Bachmann "65-foot" cars would result in a seat spacing of only 32", which seems awfully tight.
206  Discussion Boards / N / Re: What NON-engine models should Bachmann make next? on: March 19, 2014, 09:30:28 PM

Do you have a link to any pictures or drawings for the prototypes for the the Bachmann shorty passenger cars.  I would especially like to see how they fitted-out the interiors.
207  Discussion Boards / N / What NON-engine models should Bachmann make next? on: March 05, 2014, 09:31:00 PM
Since the similar thread has focused on engines, I thought I should start a new one to address non-engine wants.

What I think is lacking through-out the N-scale industry is short steel passenger cars.  Bachmann used to make its "65' passenger cars" with and without incandescent internal lighting.  But, they were really not proper scale models and are not "interior friendly."  There ARE short 60' and 65' passenger cars with 4 wheel trucks that are the size of these old Bachmann models.  For example here: and here .  These are 62' and 67' cars respectively.  The old Bachmann cars are about 62', but have paired windows that really belong on the 67' cars.  So, the interior seat spacing ends-up as only 32" to make an interior. And the end windows are not right for the toilet compartments.  Plus the old models have non-model walls between the coach compartments and the vestibules that are hard to make look realistic.

A proper model of the Pennsylvania 62' cars with electic pickup wheels for adding a good lighting package should sell like hotcakes to the many N-scale modelers who run minimum radius curves in the 14' range but still want passenger trains.  There is really nothing else on the market to compete.  The Wheels of Time limited run models of the 67' Harriman coaches and 70' cars are not produced in sufficient number to fill the demand, nor in sufficient road names.

Anybody else have cars they would like to see?
208  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Funny Site Behaviour on: February 28, 2014, 10:50:10 PM
I had the same problem with a redirect to the same site. And it was preceded by a couple of JavaScript updates.  Even a Google search and a click on the Bachmann site result took me to the redirect for several days.  Finally, another Google search today got an additional result, which go me back here when I clicked on it.  MAYBE it is a virus, but it is only affecting my access to this site.  Maybe McAffe and Norton are being out-foxed?
209  Discussion Boards / N / Re: EZ-Command track voltage too high? on: February 18, 2014, 01:04:53 PM
I bought a RRampmeter and properly measured the DCC voltage from my Bachmann EZ-Command on my track near the feed point.  It is 17.9 volts. 

I understand that I should install some diodes in series to provide a voltage drop that is independend to current.  Any suggestions on specific diodes from Radio shack or elsewhere to get the voltage down to something closer to 12 volts?
210  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Help with used 65' Passengr Coaches and Combine on: February 03, 2014, 11:07:19 PM
Brokemoto, Thanks for the MT coupler info.  I will definitely be doing that on at least one end of one car.

But I am thinking of just swapping most of the rapidos for some of the short shank Bachmann dummy knuckle couplers because I will be running these cars together all of the time.  But I am having trouble finding those dummies in-stock.  The link at the top of this forum says "Sold Out."  Any suggestions for sources for them besides E-Bay?
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