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121  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Current vs new product for On30 on: July 31, 2015, 04:22:16 PM
That said, even though I have circled the globe to find the last of steam, the choice of obscure foreign locos for production has been misguided.  In my opinion, future releases  of  more basic domestic  locos of modest proportions would be more salable.
If you're talking about the stuff they make for other countries, I understand that Bachmann has a pretty large market in the UK and EU. As for the Chinese prototype HO stuff they make, I have no idea how those are selling...
122  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Current vs new product for On30 on: July 31, 2015, 10:48:17 AM
I don't see Bachmann products getting cheaper at all. In fact, I've watched them climb in price, so much so that I doubt I could justify the cost to re-create my rolling stock roster today if I'd had to start the project now instead of the days when you could easily find freight cars for less than $20 each.
I think the Baldwin 2-8-0 C-16 would have made a better choice than the 4-6-0.
I have talked with some Bachmann folks at a couple of shows and they've all told me that the ten-wheeler was actually a decent seller. If it wasn't for that locomotive, I never would have gotten back into model trains. A certain well-placed person at Bachmann is a big ET&WNC RR fan, and that's the ten-wheeler prototype. So that explains why they have it.
I'm thankful Bachmann made those as that's all I ever wanted in NG.
I've also seen a lot of great bash projects (in person and in magazines) done off of them.
123  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Recommended figures for On30 on: July 15, 2015, 11:11:52 AM
Artistta makes some really good figures, but they're not very cheap.
My problem is trying to shoehorn figures into the cabs of my Bachmann On30 ten-wheelers. Nothing will fit through those windows. So far, I have taken the Woodland Scenics engineer set and cut each off at the waists to get them through the cab windows, then ACCing them in place. You can't tell that they have no legs when they're wedged into the cabs. I have an Artistta engineer and fireman , will be cutting the engineer down then mounting the fireman on the front of the tender with a shovel.
I only use figures in static poses, as I can't stand to see figures frozen in an action pose.
124  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Youtube narrow gauge coal trains in the Pocohantas mine 1920s on: July 01, 2015, 04:55:25 PM
Back in those days, they'd tell the employees, "Now, don' y'all touch that thar wire, boy!" and anything you did after that was on you.
Good cooked? Same guy'd look over your charred corpse and say, "Dang gum it, that's th' fourth one we done lost this week!" and them go tell the hiring office they needed a new hand.
Settlement with the family, you ask? Not in those days! "He done knowed what he needed to do and e-lec-tro-cuted hisself anyway!"
Some mining outfits would even charge the family to remove the corpse.
125  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: locomotve speed control on: June 23, 2015, 07:03:36 PM
If they're both doing it, I'd look to whatever you're running them with. While it's possible for two locos to have the same problem at the same time, it isn't likely.
126  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: First op session on my layout over the weekend, with mostly Bachmann products... on: June 17, 2015, 01:41:28 PM
The layout is only in a 10X11' room, so there is a 'mainline' but not in a conventional sense. My original idea was to have each operator switching from their respective ends, then adding their consists together to take to the interchange. That simply didn't work out as one sat around for a while as the other end had far more sidings and cars.
Live and learn.
A pal of mine talked with one of the guys who came for the op session that night on the phone and I heard second hand that he'd enjoyed the session. To me, that's all that matters as he drove for over an hour to get to my house. Both the guys who came are very prolific operations types.
I still have some other ideas for future sessions, but at least I know for sure that I already have an operating concept that seems to work.
127  Discussion Boards / On30 / First op session on my layout over the weekend, with mostly Bachmann products... on: June 16, 2015, 02:18:32 PM
I had my first op session ever on my layout on June 14th (not bad considering all this was a stack of lumber and boxes of rolling stock and modeling supplies as late as the end of last July. Two guys showed up, one of which was the guy who did most of the DCC wiring for me.
You'll probably notice that the locomotives are all Bachmann ten-wheelers (I have 4 of them, all ET&WNC marked) and all but one coach and a caboose are Bachmann, as well.

The session lasted just shy of 3 hours.

I knew ahead of time I was out of my depth in regard to any schedule and concept for the movements and told them so, in that this was a work in progress and was mostly to determine the best course in operations.

They seemed to enjoy themselves, and gave me a lot of really good ideas, among them:

1.Running one mixed freight all the way to the end of the layout, dropping off cars in the center section. The other engineer does the switching there while the first messes around at the end of track. That seemed to keep both operators busy.
2.Painting the ends of the ties at the points near turnouts showing the furthest a car or locomotive can be and still clear the adjacent track.
3.Perhaps adding a siding near the end of track, and/or near the center for a locomotive to tie up out of the way.
The third might not come to pass, but the first two surely will.

I can't imagine anyone comes up with a good operating scheme on their own the first time, and with these guys I now have a much greater grasp of how to keep two people solidly busy even on a layout the size of mine.

We totally changed my initial idea of each working an end of the layout and passing one another in the middle, and I really liked where we went. I deleted passenger runs in favor of mixed trains. It worked pretty well. It was also odd to watch two other people run my layout, as before it's been pretty much me alone.

Even my pup, Charlie, was on the same page. Instead of bugging everyone for loves and treats, he actually curled up in the door of the layout room, something he's never done before.

A funny PS to the story, and I'm not kidding, I had the window open for the layout room and while we were talking about train flow, one of the guys pointed out the window and said, "Hey, there's a blimp!"

Seriously, the Goodyear blimp was heading North, not far from my back porch. The US Open starts next week just North of here, I can only assume they were heading up there for that...
I had a smile on my face for the rest of the day. This was something I'd waited more than 30 years for as this is the first layout I ever had you could do an op session on.
128  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Recent visit to the White Pass & Yukon RR... on: June 08, 2015, 01:40:34 AM

I would love to go there.

How was the ride? was it smooth? or is it like a boat ride?

About as smooth as, say, a ride on one of the old D&RGW lines in CO/NM states...
I put a write-up about the experience here:
129  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Why not a White Pass 4-6-0? on: June 02, 2015, 11:23:32 AM
You'd think that a White Pass coach might do reasonably well, also...
I took these last week on the RR itself:

130  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Recent visit to the White Pass & Yukon RR... on: June 01, 2015, 05:55:32 PM
Just got back from a 15th anniversary Alaska trip with my wife. We honeymooned there in 2000...

Ah, what wonderful sights to see...

But yeah, I mostly agreed for the trains!

My long-suffering wife actually liked the ride this time (last time, she dealt with a bunch of rude Germans and wanted to start WW3 right there). Lots of Germans this time, but they were all very nice and I got to talk with a few in their native language!

No steam running (73 was outside of the shop at Skagway with the smokebox lid removed) but it's amazing to see this downtown:

Along the tundra, heading into British Columbia

Some more were posted here:
That's it for now, until I can cull through almost 1000 photos we took...
131  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Possible new engine? on: May 15, 2015, 02:16:10 PM
Frankly I feel fortunate that Bachmann has choose to make what they did.
I agree. If it weren't for Bachmann making the ET&WNC ten-wheelers in On30, I'd never have gotten back into the hobby.
So, while my wife probably hates Bachmann for that very reason, I'm very thankful as that's exactly what I'd wanted; that prototype, in the exact paint schemes they offered (ET&WNC wartime black) in a very manageable scale. They also made them affordable enough for me to be able to have one of each 4-6-0 that the ET&WNC had during WW2...
132  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: On30 Annual - Kitbashing Bachmann on: May 15, 2015, 02:12:51 PM
They are being shipped as we speak, earliest orders in, earliest out.

Good to know as I, too, have had one on order for a while now...
133  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Wheelbase for the two Bachmann On30 railcars? on: May 11, 2015, 12:12:36 PM
134  Discussion Boards / On30 / Wheelbase for the two Bachmann On30 railcars? on: May 08, 2015, 03:21:18 PM
What's the exact wheelbase for both the rail bus and the railcar (that Galloping Goose looking thing)?
I have an idea of using either to mount a pre-existing body onto it, but I must know first what the wheelbases of each really are to see if either could be used for what I have in mind...
135  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Possible new engine? on: May 07, 2015, 02:34:04 PM
For the last 10 years or so most of the On30 world has begged for a model of the the Baldwind Sonoma 4-4-0 and instead we got a 2 foot 4-4-0 with the reason of radius only to find out that the the On30 2-4-4-T has a radius problem. so I think engines are just made by special intrest groups afterall look at the original On30 frieght cars who would have thought of an OR&W prototype?
Well, I know one of the VPs at Bachmann is a big Tweetsie fan, which is why they've made the 4-6-0 for that road in both G and On30. Frankly, I'm thankful for that but at least that engine can be modified into a lot of other stuff with general ease.
The 4-4-0, to me, looks exactly like a HO scale engine with a few O scale details added to it.
Strange enough, they make the 'pretty 1800s loco' in G scale...
As for the freight cars, yeah, some of that stuff sure is odd. The boxcars, especially are designed differently from just about any boxcar you'd find on a 3-footer back in the day.
I'm also utterly baffled as to why they don't offer any rolling stock in ET&WNC markings when they offer 4 versions of the same road's locomotives...
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