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31  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Kadee for the Baldwin 2-6-6-2 Saddle Tank on: June 28, 2010, 12:57:05 AM
Be interesting to see what conversion they suggest - my 2-6-6-2T is the only loco I'm currently running that is NOT Kadee equipped (even my live-steamers have Kadees mounted), been scratching my head a bit about exactly how to go about it.  Wink  Peter, if they do get back to you, please post their suggested conversion here.   Smiley    Tom
32  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / If the Bachmann Large-Scale 45 ton diesel wan't big enough for you... on: April 08, 2010, 03:18:45 AM
--Then here's a REALLY "Large-Scale" one available!  Shocked

                                                                                              Cool  Tom
33  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Industry Ideas for West Virginia Layout on: February 09, 2010, 01:04:32 AM
You didn't mention what time period you were modeling, but especially with your other industries listed, logging would be a natural choice for West VA.  Cool  (Especially with Cass Scenic RR  Grin virtually in your "back yard"!).   Wink  Bachmann makes some beautiful Shay models of the Cass locos (including, I believe, under some of the road names of Cass's predecessor RR's), so that would be a logical choice if you're modelling say 1920's ~ early 1960's.  If you're modeling present day, have Cass as a connecting tourist railroad.  Cheesy     Tom
34  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: What is the best way to install a speaker to get the most sound out of it? on: February 08, 2010, 10:32:08 PM
I just noticed that you did give the speaker size at least (3/4" in), so I'm going to guess you're talking an HO loco.  The more of the speaker cone area you can expose, the greater your sound output will be.  For mounting, if the loco does not have built-in speaker mounting provisions, hot glue or silicone rubber applied carefully around the speaker perimeter should hold it in place.  Wink    I'll also second a lot of Jim's comments - but again, telling us what type of loco it's going in may also get you better info.  Cool Tom
35  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: What is the best way to install a speaker to get the most sound out of it? on: February 08, 2010, 10:24:58 PM
A few more details would help with recommendations - for starters, what scale Huh?  N, HO, O, Large Scale Huh?  - & what type of loco are you installing it in (small early steam loco, large modern (late 1920's ~ 1940 era) steam loco, diesel) Huh?  MUCH easier  to install a speaker in a Large Scale loco  Cheesy (in fact, most Bachmann large-scale locos have speaker mounting provisions built-in) than an N-scale model.  Wink     

36  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Met the B-Man at the Great Train Expo on: January 28, 2010, 05:36:00 AM
The Bachmann booth also had one of those large scale, articulated, saddle-tank locos on display.  What a beautiful beast!  Made me start searching my pockets for a spare $1200.  Wow!



Jonathan, if you shop around a bit, you'll find it for considerably less than $1200.   Wink

I picked one up at the York TCA meet last fall (along with the new finescale caboose - a real work of art! Shocked ).

Here they both are in action - I installed a QSI sound decoder in the Mallet for both sound and DCC operation Cool :

                                                                                         Wink  Tom
37  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Met the B-Man at the Great Train Expo on: January 24, 2010, 10:41:19 PM
Looking forward to seeing Mr. B. at the Amhearst Railway Society show in Springfield, MA.  next weekend.  Wink    Tom
38  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: A "shocking" problem (or "static" display?) on: December 01, 2009, 12:10:19 AM
I'll second ND's comment  about a wrist strap, Kevin.  I work in electronic manufacturing (VERY "high-end" computer equipment), & the use of wrist & heel straps (they slip over the heel of your shoes, with a band that goes around your ankle or in your sock) are a company requirement.  The wrist & heel straps also have to be tested on a daily basis (they do eventually wear out or go bad).  Modern semiconductors (transistors, IC's, LED's) operate on very low voltages and can be damaged by voltages as low as 20 volts.  When you walk across a carpeted floor, slide across a car seat, pick up a styrofoam coffee cup, or even pet your cat or dog, it is easy (especially in a dry climate) to generate static electric charges of 2000 ~ 3000 volts! Shocked  When I first started working in the electronic manufacturing field (for a totally different company than the one I currently work for), it took some time to get use to the heel / wrist strap bit; since I date back to working on vacuum tube equipment  (where normal operating voltages were typically 150 ~250 volts, (or higher!), I remembered joking to my supervisor, "You know, I can remember when I used to worry about getting shocks OUT of electronic equipment, rather than putting shocks INTO it!" Cheesy                                                                                                   

                                                                                                Wink Tom
39  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: lost manual, where to put smoke fluid on: November 30, 2009, 11:09:06 PM
Just put around 6 ~ 12 drops of smoke fluid down the stack (Do NOT overfill the smoke unit!).  There's also an on/off switch for the smoke unit behind the smokebox door on the front of the loco; there is a small latch at about the 10 o'clock position on the door (looking at it from the front of the loco), swing it aside to allow you to open the door.  Turn the smoke unit OFF if you run out of fluid (or don't want to run with smoke), the smoke unit may burn out otherwise.   Wink  Tom
40  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: My Personal "Review" of the Large-Scale Mallet (with Video!) on: November 10, 2009, 07:33:04 PM
Thanks for the nice comments, guys! Smiley

- & Chuck, in answer to your question - the 2 hopper cars, boxcar, & long caboose are all Bachmann 1:20.3 finescale models. Cool  The other 3 cars in the train (the 2 Rio Grande long gondolas & the flatcar) are Accucraft / AMS 1:20.3 models.  The detail levels on the Bachmann models are stunning - ESPECIALLY on the caboose!  Shocked  I've also found the Bachmann models to track a bit better (although that may partially be a wheel profile issue - the AMS cars have somewhat more finescale wheel flanges) & roll easier.  The Bachmann freight cars will take large-scale Kadee's as direct "drop-in" replacements to the draft gear boxes.  A side note - I haven't yet converted either the Mallet or the long caboose to Kadees - the Mallet mainly because I haven't decided exactly what Kadees to use on it - & the caboose because the stock Bachmann couplers have improved dramatically over the years  Smiley (& the working cut levers are nice, too!   Wink                 Tom
41  Discussion Boards / Large / My Personal "Review" of the Large-Scale Mallet (with Video!) on: November 09, 2009, 03:23:33 AM
Just posted my own "review"  Wink of the Large-Scale Mallet on; here's the direcrtlink to it:

Here's a few pictures of it lettered for my "Watuppa Railway"  Cool

& the direct link to my YouTube video of it in operation (with a QSI Large-Scale sound decoder installed):

Enjoy!  Wink        Tom                                                                                               
42  Discussion Boards / Large / Large Scale at the York TCA Meet? on: October 09, 2009, 02:47:05 AM
Hi, Mr. Bach-man! Wink

-For the first time in about 20 years (!) Shocked , I hope to make it down to the York TCA Meet next week (even managed to get myself a seller's table, Silver Hall, C-33  Smiley ).  I noticed by the event calendar that Bachmann's going to be displaying down there; will you be displaying items besides the Williams O-gauge tinplate line?  I'm also curious to know if there are likely to be many Bachmann Large-Scale dealers there as well.  (One of the 82899 2-6-6-2T Logging Mallets  Cool is at the top of my shopping list  Grin - with one of the 88799 Long Cabooses in 2nd place, the new 1:20.3 log skidder in 3rd....  (you get my drift!).  Cheesy  Look forward to seeing you down there! Wink

                                                                                        Tom Lapointe

43  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: New Bachamnn 1:20.3 flat car with log skidder and crates on: July 28, 2009, 09:37:33 PM
My mistake, (on them being made in On30) Erik; now that I think about it, the ones I saw at the Bachmann display at the Amherst Ry. Show last January were the HO ones.

Price sounds VERY reasonable!  Grin  Mr. B., any idea when these will be available Huh?  (Now I really have a reason to get that logging branch on the garden railway completed this summer!   Wink              Tom

44  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: New Bachamnn 1:20.3 flat car with log skidder and crates on: July 25, 2009, 03:01:30 AM
GREAT  Cool to see the 0n30 skidder being produced in 1:20.3!  Grin  I'll also probably buy 1 or 2 of the skidders - have an Accucraft 1:20.3 flat that needs a load.  Considering the number of Shays & skeleton log cars Bachmann has sold over the years, these should sell terrifically.  Any idea what the price will be yet?  Huh?                                                                   Tom                                               
45  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Worst derailment ever on: July 17, 2009, 12:30:21 AM
The first of my 2 large-scale 4-4-0's collided with the rear end of it's own train when the last coach of the 3 car passenger train it was pulling split a switch on a siding where my Accucraft live-steam Shay happened to be parked; as far as the coach as concerned, the live-steam Shay was an "immovable object"  Wink ;it stopped the coach dead, causing it to uncouple from the rest of the train.  At the time, my garden railroad was in the early stages of construction, with only a small loop operational.  The 4-4-0 quickly made it around the loop (naturally, just as I had stepped back in the house for a minute!) & collided with the rear coach, which was derailed 45 degrees across the mainline; the long pilot of the 4-4-0, plus the derailed angle of the coach, sent the 4-4-0 off the rails & off the side of my elevated trackwork (@ 2 feet off the ground).  I stepped back out of the house just in time to hear the crash  Shocked ; it looked like a real train wreck, with the stack & smokebox front off the 4-4-0, & 1 wheelset out of the tender.  Cry  Happily, it looked a lot worse than it actually was  Smiley ; most of the loose parts snapped back in place, & the loco survived the wreck with no mechanical damage.  Grin     Tom
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