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1  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Random steam pics thread on: October 21, 2018, 12:22:35 PM
Those low lying weird ducks are certainly meant to go into mines with those low profiles.

And I appreciated the tank engine sequence.  They can be weird ducks too, but some have attractive characteristics, particularly around the smokebox with visored headlights and polished paint jobs.  Most of the engines belonged to private non railroad companies to switch within their facility, and as one can see in the photos , upkeep of these little teakettles could vary widely from proud polish to pure neglect.
2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Banta Silver Bull Saloon. An HO scale build thread. on: October 19, 2018, 10:42:51 PM
Going back and diverging a little bit- Benjamin Franklin was a US founding father who not only invented the lightning rod, he invented the US five dollar bill for a nation so grateful they put his picture on it!  😂😂😂
3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann driver wheel diameter on: October 19, 2018, 06:36:00 PM
Right. New glasses needed
4  Discussion Boards / HO / Bachmann Richmond 4-4-0 tender screw question on: October 19, 2018, 01:28:09 PM
Which screw holds each corner of the Richmond 4-4-0 tender shell to the chassis? And which screw holds the drawbar on? Building tenders from parts, need to know. Canít figure out from exploded drawing, donít refer me there.
5  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: My Bradford Exchange questions answered. on: October 17, 2018, 11:45:18 PM
The Bach Man once offered the most beautiful On30 outside framed 2-8-0 you ever saw.  I thought very hard about doing On30 last year and didnít just because Iím already so heavily invested in HO.  I wanted that 2-8-0 but apparently everyone else did too, never could find one. Bachmannís  4-4-0 and 4-6-0 are beautiful  too, I might get them just to have them.  The Bach Man may be the only guy making On30 engines but heís also the only one making small HO steam.  Hereís to the Bach Man!
6  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: My Bradford Exchange questions answered. on: October 17, 2018, 03:43:59 PM
Beware used trains , Terry.💥🔥💩💩🤡😱🤬😭😂😂😂
7  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann driver wheel diameter on: October 17, 2018, 09:47:40 AM
I donít think the traction tires go over the flanges. 😮😂😂😂
8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Banta Silver Bull Saloon. An HO scale build thread. on: October 17, 2018, 07:53:04 AM
I had never heard of Banta and checked them out.  Those are beautiful kits and most are sized well for small model railroads.  I really like Claraís cabinets front.  Itís just what I need to make into a rice mill. And the Oakboro country store too.  I remember wooden buildings like these all around 60 years ago that are all gone now.
9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Headlight dont work on the Chessie 2-6-6-2 item 82602 on: October 15, 2018, 03:25:29 PM
Look at the 2-6-6-2 drawings on the website.  The headlight LED looks like it has a little flange at the back that holds it in, if you can believe the drawing.  That may be why you canít get it out.  A good backward push may get it out.  There may be a ring of cement around it that needs cutting with a no. 11 blade.
10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Headlight dont work on the Chessie 2-6-6-2 item 82602 on: October 15, 2018, 09:37:03 AM
Some people need the headlight, some donít.  If the poster wants it, get it fixed.  If he wants to run in the daytime, or nighttime, with it on, get it fixed.

Different people have different thresholds of difficulty they want to deal with.  For me personally, totally dissecting a large complicated steam engine just to fix a bulb I never use anyway just isnít worth it.  I recall long ago steam engines in revenue service with the headlight off during the day.  Only once do I recall a headlight being on.

I have a couple of engines now with headlights that donít work.  I wouldnít have even known it except once I operated at dusk and they didnít work.  So I just put another engine into service, and made a note to fix the headlight the next time the engine needed other large repairs, which it eventually did.
11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Spectrum SD45 horn on: October 12, 2018, 08:11:00 PM
Lucky
12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Lionel knuckle coupler change to horn hook. on: October 12, 2018, 09:49:18 AM
The worse the track, the more the problems.
13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Headlight dont work on the Chessie 2-6-6-2 item 82602 on: October 11, 2018, 02:42:21 PM
I wouldnít worry about the light much.  In the US steam era, headlights werenít used much during the day .  Unless you are planning night operations, you donít need it.
14  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 0-6-0 smoke ?? on: October 10, 2018, 08:07:32 AM
Iíve said this before but Iíll say it again. 

Model railroader A:  ďDoes your engine have a smoke unit?Ē
Model railroader B: ďNo, why?Ē

😳😲😱😱😱😂😂😂
15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Lionel knuckle coupler change to horn hook. on: October 08, 2018, 01:19:12 PM
Kadee or knuckle couplers parting are usually caused by poor track leveling or a poor coupler height installation.  Once in a while that happens and I fix the issue.  Itís not the fault of the coupler.
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