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1  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: HOn30 Scale Trains on: October 13, 2018, 10:03:46 PM
Liliput (Bachmannn,s Continental European branch) produces a small range of HOe. (HOe is the same as HO n30, HO scale running on 9mm gauge tracks). Prototype are Austrian and other European. Bachmann Branchlines (Bachmann's UK branch) has introduced a range of OO9 trains, OO9 is 1:76 scale running on 9mm gauge tracks, this similar t o, but slightly larger scale than HOn30 (1:87 scale on 9mm tracks). Prototypes include a Baldwin 4-6-0t tank locomotive that was used by the British army in ww1.

I have no idea whether Bachmann USA has ever consided such a range.(apart from  Thomas the Tank Engine that is). One issue might be the use of HOn3 in the USA, which could reduce the market for HOn30. Also there is a line of HOe made by by another European based producer that includes some USA prototypes, this could also affect the market, although there are many USA prototypes not produced.

Personally I would like to see Bachmann USA do this.

2  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Thoughts from a fossili on: August 31, 2018, 08:46:25 PM
I like small narrow gauge locos! If the Shay looks like an H0 model with 0 gauge fittings, it is because prototype small Shays looked like that. The model is realistic.

The US army loco you mention ran in Queensland, Australia on the 42 inch gauge, which is their mainline gauge  In Queensland narrow gauge is generally 24 or 30 inch gauge. In Australia 42 inch gauge is
 usually modelled in Sn42 or H0n42 (12mm gauge).

Each to his or her own,  but I have no use for such large locos in On30, preferring to model the smaller protypes typical  of narrow gauge , of less than 42 inch, in Australia.

3  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Thoughts from a fossil on: August 26, 2018, 08:35:35 PM
Bachmann Branchlines (British Bachmann) have introduced an OO9 range (1/76 scale on N gauge track). So far at least the Tallylyn loco shave not beenn released, although small scale suppliers have. replacement smoke box  doors to convert the Thomas locos. Note that Bachmann does not have the rights for Thomas in the UK. Given the OO9 range I doubt that Bachmann in the UK would do another narrow gauge scale, such as On30, and without the British market, would do British prototypes.

In general I think Bachmann needs to keep a moderate range of locos and rolling stock, with regular changes in what is available to increase the choices available to us. Re-introducing the Davenport, another Porter and shorty passenger cars are good ideas. I have thought that a small tender for the 0-4-0 Porter would provide variety, and be I prototypical. Another option is a class A Climax - although not a re-issue several existing tooling so could be used, the Shay boiler, Climax trucks and an HO diesel mechanism (the class A climax did not have visible cylinders). Sort of a factory kit bash. New versions, liveries (and numbers) for previously issued items.  In this way Bachmann can keep giving us variety without a great deal of expensive new tooling. Unfortunately the glory days of On30, when we could expect lots of brand new items are well and truly over, but I think the scale can be kept alive by the approach outlines above.

Just my thoughts

4  Discussion Boards / On30 / 2018 New Product Announcements on: August 10, 2018, 07:35:38 PM
As far as I can see from a quick look the only new On30 a nnouncements are the reefers in new colors. I have mixed feelings on this. While something brand new would have been nice, that Bachmann are continuing to re-release items in new versions shows that On30 has not been abandoned. Little brand new appears for any scale. The 0-6-0 is shown as a previously announced item.

5  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Timber Getting in NSW - 1924 on: July 05, 2018, 09:23:11 AM
Great video. The line in question was 42 inch gauge. Timber tramlines existed in many parts of Australia, with gauges ranging from 2 foot to Irish Gauge (5 foot 3 inches). Some were 30 inches. In relation to coasting, I don't know the practices of the line in question, but on the Powelltown tramway in Victoria (Australia), locos pushed logs to the top of a hill, and then they coasted down, without the loco, to the mill. A brakeman rode on the log cars to control them Not sure if OH&S would approve these days! The loco followed down later to bring back the empty log cars.

I too would like a class A Climax as they ran on timber lines here, as did Class B Climaxes and Shays.

6  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Forney and Shay on: February 27, 2018, 01:12:33 AM
My first pick for a re-issue would be the Shay, hopefully slightly modified to provide some variety for those of us who still have an operating Shay.

I also agree that a tender version of the Porter is a very good idea.

Another possibility is a class A Climax. Not a re-issue but it should be possible for Bachmann to make one using a number of existing parts - the shay T boiler would work, the previous Climax trucks could be used, and a  Bachmann diesel  mechanism should fit (the class  A climaxes did not have visible cylinders). A factory kit bash as it were, as is the new 0-6-0.

Lets hope for at least one of the above in the next year.


7  Discussion Boards / On30 / New 0-6-0 in 2018 catalogue on: February 20, 2018, 07:36:43 PM
Dear Bach Man

The new 0-6-0 has received some mention below in a thread rumours of a new 2-6-0. It has now been confirmed as an 0-6-0 and appears in the 2018 catalogue. It does appear to be modified from the 2-6-0, but for all that. makes a neat and plausible industrial locomotive.  I recall seeing  photos of broadly similar narrow gauge locomotives operating in Cuba and elsewhere. I welcome any new On30 item from Bachmann as it shows that they are still supporting us. I don't really expect a brand new On30 locomotive from Bachmann in the foreseeable future unless demand for On30 considerable increases.

As well as the 0-6-0 the 2018 catalogue shows as new (which means since last years catalogue), the derrick car, the 18 foot cabooses (cabeese?) and a handful of new liveries on other items. This , at a quick glance, appears to be about on a par with other scales. We have not been forgotten.

On the other hand quite a number of items have been deleted from the catalogue. That is OK, provided Bachmann rotates the locos and other items available,  i.e. brings back, modified or not, previously deleted items from time to time. Thus over a number of years, we would have a quite a choice of items.

Just my thoughts


8  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: New Caboose on: May 16, 2017, 12:44:43 AM
Many thanks Bachmann

I missed out on getting a non-cupola caboose when they were previously made, its just what I need.

9  Discussion Boards / On30 / New On30 Excursion car on: July 08, 2016, 06:41:25 PM
At last an On30 excursion car! Just what I have been waiting for for years! Thanks Bachmann.

Apologies to those whe saw my earlier post, I was too hasty in reading the announcements. Thank to Max for pointing out my error.

10  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Steam wish list. on: May 12, 2016, 10:08:22 PM
There is some market for On30 in Australia, a couple of ready to run locomotives have been made by small makers for Australia. I doubt that it is large enough by itself for Bachmann to produce a locomotive - but the Fairymead loco is a Baldwin catalogue locomotive and similar locos ran elsewhere. An ex Japanese example is preserved in California. Others probably ran in the USA. Choosing a loco type that ran in many parts of the world as well as the USA could increase its sales.

The US army 2-8-2 mentioned did run in Australia, on the 3 foot 6 inch gauge in Queensland, and a couple are preserved in Australia. It really comes down to size  of model desired-  these 3 foot/metre/3 foot 6 inch gauge locos are large, larger than anything that ran on 2 foot or 2 foot six inch gauges in Australia, so they wouldn't suit those modelling those gauges. 42 inch gauge modelling in Australia is usually Sn42 (1/64 scale on HO track, or HOn42 (HO scale on 12 mm gauge track, also used for metre gauge.)

11  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Steam wish list. on: May 11, 2016, 06:28:46 PM
The question is whether Bachmann will produce another new locomotive and what they will do with ON30 now that it's  glory days seem to be well over. I hope they continue with a small but rotating range of locomotives and a basic collection of rolling stock. Rotating models increases modellers choices over time. A small tank engine would seem to be an obvious model to produce, replacing the Porters with an alternative would be a good idea, I would  buy at least one, but I have enough Porters! Your choice Royce would be good, I know similar locomotives ran in Japan and probably many other places including the USA..


12  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Royal Scot locomotive parts on: May 10, 2016, 12:07:06 AM
These sets came out in the late 1980s so original parts are unlikely to be around. Bachmann Branchlines  (Bachmann's UK brand) do still  make Royal Scot class locomotives  - but I have no idea whether parts for modern models  would work with yours. Note that Bachmann Branchlines are British OO i.e. 1/76 scale on 16.5mm (HO) track. Although marked as HO I suspect that yours might also be British OO. They run on the same track.

13  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: 009 Compatible with N and HOe Scale? on: April 28, 2016, 07:58:30 PM
Note that Bachmann (UK) has announced a ready to run 009 range although these are yet to appear. Other companies have also announced some ready to run items, some rolling stock is currently available. Of course the Thomas narrow gauge items can be converted to represent their prototypes. In terms of mixing 009 and HOe purists don't because of the scale diffence but many do, noting that narrow gauge equipment varied in side a lot anyway. It's up to you.

14  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Return Of The Round Roof Caboose? on: March 28, 2016, 07:14:17 PM
I too would like to see this, they are wonderfully generic and are similar to vehicles that ran, not only in the US, but also in many other parts of the world.

15  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Official 2015 Announcements on: September 10, 2015, 09:16:19 PM
Any new items are better than nothing like last year. At least it shows that Bachmann intend to continue to support On30.

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