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1  Discussion Boards / Large / Connie video question on: January 16, 2011, 05:46:14 PM
I admit, I actually watched it today. And I have a question. When they were going through the details did he actually call the sander D handle the throttle?  Huh? 'Cause it sure ain't got no throttle, just the sander and reverser. I had to make one when I had mine apart

We'll just forget the funny things that are supposed to be injectors but don't look like any I ever saw. You guys tried.
2  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: wabash cannonball on: January 12, 2011, 11:44:25 AM
Try the original Carters version Wink
3  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Connie on: January 11, 2011, 01:15:07 AM
I just bought a NOS Connie on Ebay......
PS also came with the broken gear as well!

Welcome to the 'club'... Best help I can offer you on that is a tutorial...

BTW, You could always toss the tender trucks an get Accucraft ones... bit spendy, but they won't break
4  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Rolling Stock not running well on: January 06, 2011, 06:16:52 PM
cYou might want to clean your wheels as well, they may have leftover production oils on them. Just use a bit of smoke fluid on a q-tip to clean the treads to start.

Also, if it is a transformer intended for smaller scales, the motor may be drawing enough to trip the overload. I had that problem with a B'mann transformer when I was testing Thomas (got the wrong one (HO/N) out of the drawer!)
5  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 4-6-0 locomotive on curves on: December 29, 2010, 08:22:49 PM
Is it all coming off or just the pony truck?

If it is the pony truck, that is a known problem. 1st Check that the little wires aren't binding and that it slides in the slot smoothly. 2nd  Adding a bit of weight on the truck frame right above the wheelsets can help as well.

If it is the whole thing, check your track joints, as mentioned. Also check your cross level and for high spots or dips.

If you're using the Aristo short radius turnouts, all bets are off...... I've never owned any Bachmann engine that liked them.
6  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Where is the smoke on off switch on: December 25, 2010, 07:38:22 AM
behind the smokebox door
7  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Help on: December 24, 2010, 12:04:04 PM
Sounds like a cracked gear hub on the axle. look for small cracks in the center part of the final gear.

If you're good with small drills you can pin it in place
8  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: How many of you are doing Christmas Layouts??? on: December 24, 2010, 12:29:40 AM
Not so much as in years past. Just Santa and Mrs Claus riding on the rear platform of the passenger train overhead. And Thomas, Annie and Claribel went to visit my fiancee's mom for the holidays.

The loco on the overhead loop is/was Bachmann - it just doesn't look much like one anymore.
9  Discussion Boards / Large / Changing the Connie axle gear - a pictorial on: December 22, 2010, 11:48:50 AM
Since it seems to be a recurring topic, and I had to do one on my second hand Connie anyway.........

Rather than repost it all, just follow the link:

Honestly, it isn't very difficult and doesn't take more than about 45 minutes -- as long as you're careful and don't have to play "hunt the screw" too much.
10  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Indy running in Maui on: December 21, 2010, 02:43:53 PM
Norman, tender light appears to be on the right (engineer's) side. A lot of NG locos had them there so they'd be out of the way of trainmen climbing the ladder. The NoS Delton guy on fleabay has most of the parts you'd need pretty reasonable (cab, roof, tender floor and shell). You'd just need to re-use the tender trucks and whatever electronics you wanted to transfer, then scrounge an air tank. Be cheaper than buying a whole new tender.

And I already did the cab swap years ago, so I know it's pretty easy. It fits right over the edges of the factory cab floor leaving just a small gap to fill. And I think lowering the walkways and removing the air tanks would probably help most of that 'boiler too high' look.

It's been on my 'to do' list ever since I found that pic about 2 years ago.
11  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: looking for a model derrick on: December 17, 2010, 11:38:46 AM

Nice crawler crane!!!

With a little work it can be even better.......

It was a lot of work, but not at all hard work... does that make sense? Like eating an elephant, you just take one bite at a time.
12  Discussion Boards / Large / Downsizing a Connie on: December 17, 2010, 07:29:33 AM
Since this was done primarily with Bachmann parts and products I thought I'd share it here.  Cheesy

For those wanting heavier motive power without changing their 1:22.5 layout over to 1:20 - Take one 1:20 Spectrum 2-8-0.....

Add the smaller Big Hauler 4-6-0 cab and tender shell in place of the factory one, shorten the domes, etc to match, and maybe move things around a bit......

Weather to taste.....

And call it a Baldwin 10-30E.....

13  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Indy running in Maui on: December 16, 2010, 03:07:40 AM
Speaking of Indy and Maui.....

All you'd really need is a Delton/Aristo c-16 cab and tender shell
14  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Xmas is almost over.....soooo...what did you get from Santa on: December 26, 2007, 01:02:01 PM
Ummm, a stress induced headache from people (who haven't been in the same room together for a year for a reason) bickering...and a big stack of bills?  Embarrassed
15  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: The favorite spot on Ebay on: December 17, 2007, 02:04:26 PM
Hate to be a downer, but I had a lil trouble with this dude...he took almost a month to ship an item I bought on ebay (and paid within minutes of the end using Paypal)..... I only got it when i complained and threatened to leave negative feedback. So in response to HIS mistake he blocked me from bidding on any future auctions. My money goes elsewhere.
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