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1  Discussion Boards / Large / Sad News! on: March 17, 2019, 10:21:03 PM
Nothwest Short Line announced today (03/17/2019) that they are closing their doors. Here is a link to their Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/NorthWest-Short-Line-1470545813221465/?__tn__=kC-R&eid=ARCIC-m2MMF_vgc_gwNIwfnp1TO10Lg_HSkloIwCQusri5wKbYSx47CfqapKNzoC18-dP72pbngNkTSm&hc_ref=ARSGIeK_qItgBRP3Nh8JpFVCgqpX3CdFHdjsVO36tgcyP8cRNMOtGxdckaVdPfzcD2U&fref=nf&__xts__
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Andrew
2  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 'New' center cupola D&RGW Caboose? on: March 16, 2019, 04:57:02 PM
Joe:
I was trying to make a joke. But, I do agree with you on this. It also makes me wonder just how "new" the new 4-6-0 is really going to be. As a lifelong fisherman, I am well acquainted with changing the color of a lure in order to get the fish to bite.
Andrew
3  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 'New' center cupola D&RGW Caboose? on: March 16, 2019, 03:19:59 PM
Joe:
Or you could catch the exact same fish three times in a row. Technically, you would have caught 3 fish! I've had that happen with a smallmouth bass in upstate New York!
Andrew
4  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Clonking sound night before Christmas set on: March 11, 2019, 08:57:56 PM
Hi. I've noticed that the older, standard Big Haulers can be somewhat noisy. That's one of the reasons that I always upgrade them to the Anniversary chassis(not to mention the flimsy and easily damaged plastic running gear!). I think that the problem, especially on the older versions, is either the wheels are somewhat out of true, or perhaps the plastic rods are flexing a little bit with each complete revolution. If it is otherwise running smoothly, I wouldn't worry too much about it. You might check the main gear for a hairline crack, but I don't think that a bad gear is the problem. Possibly. But unlikely. Just run it but keep an eye towards any abnormal operation .
Oh, one more thing: check the wheel wells and make sure that you don't gave a break on one.That will definitely make a "clunking " noise. I had that exact problem with an Anniversary chassis. Fortunately, I found  a stripped one for sale on Ebay, and was able to switch them out. Worked like a charm!
I hope that this will be of some help to you!
Andrew
5  Discussion Boards / Large / Got A "New" Train on: March 09, 2019, 07:14:43 PM
Hi guys! I just received a Bachmann Golden Classics Limited Edition South Pacific Coast train set that I bought on Ebay. In spite of a few cosmetic imperfections(someone added their idea of a paint scheme to the cars and back of the locomotive cab), and a cracked main gear( which ,so far, doesn't seem to effect the running ability of the locomotive), it is in pretty decent condition considering that it was built sometime between 1994 to 1998. Check out my video here:
https://youtu.be/GsEj6GZHd18
And here's the stationary steam sound:
https://youtu.be/ru8DcTa-4fg
I've only run it back and forth with the tender attached on my desktop so far, but I've determined that it still runs well, in spite of the cracked gear,and that the sound works. And ,yes, it does make the steam sound when it's sitting still!
Also, for those who may be wondering or interested, this has the Bachmann Version 3 chassis. It has a smooth bottom plate, brush-style contacts, the wheels can not be moved by hand, and no gear box, so replacing the cracked gear is out of the question, I do plan on purchasing an Anniversary chassis for this locomotive shortly...
Later,
Andrew
6  Discussion Boards / Large / Chaining Down Logs on: February 23, 2019, 12:52:57 AM
What do you use to attach chains to flat cars in order to secure logs on them?
Thanks!
Andrew
7  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Bachmann Anniversary Edition 4-6-0 Vs LGB 2-6-0 Mogul on: February 22, 2019, 04:58:54 PM
I was thinking more along the lines of durability and pulling power. Sound is not very important to me. My Spectrum 4-4-0 came with a Phoenix sound card, and I mostly leave it off during operation. I am also not very interested in DCC. Too much complication and expense for my purposes. I was just kind of curious as to what the board thought on the subject.
As to the snow plow issue, I was unable to find the correct part,so I fabricated a similar part form a piece of wood. It's not perfect, but it works!
8  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Greasing the Big Haulers on: February 18, 2019, 09:59:52 PM
The stuff works. That's all I can say.
9  Discussion Boards / Large / 3 POsition Function Switch on: February 16, 2019, 01:02:53 AM
Hi, Mr. Yardmaster!I'm' wondering if the new 4-6-0 might be including a 3 position switch or other means, of controlling the function of your new 4-6-0 without having to install a DCC unit. What I'm hoping for is that the switch would allow for the loco to be either turned off, or with the smoke and headlight going while sitting on a powered siding. The third position, of course, would be for full function.I've been thinking of modifying one of my current Anniversary 4-6-0's (as an experiment) in this way, but am somewhat hesitant to modify the existing wiring, although it has occurred to me that the polarity switch in the front of the smoke box would be the perfect location for a switch of this nature.It would only be a matter of which wire does what and goes where. I have already gutted ,and rebuilt, one of your Anniversary chassis as the wheel well broke on mine , and I was able to find a gutted donor chassis on Ebay for far less than a complete new one would have cost. This rebuilt chassis would be a perfect test bed for my experiment.
What do you think?
Andrew
10  Discussion Boards / Large / Bachmann Anniversary Edition 4-6-0 Vs LGB 2-6-0 Mogul on: February 14, 2019, 02:04:52 AM
HI all! I'm not meaning to cause an argument, but I was wondering about your opinion of the Bachmann Anniversary Editions 4-6-0 quality and pulling power versus the LGB 2-6-0 Mogul. I just bought one on Ebay(my first) and I'm just curious as to how everybody feels about LGB. Also, does anybody know anything about installing a snow plow blade on the LGB?
Thanks guys!
Later!
Andrew
11  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Continuous Chuff on the Big Hauler V3 on: February 13, 2019, 09:29:25 PM
I second that on the volume control knob! I make it a point to make sure that the tender of every Big Hauler I buy has that knob on it. I think they sound better,too.
Andrew
12  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Greasing the Big Haulers on: February 12, 2019, 11:06:46 PM
Hi. The small screw in front of the pilot is an attachment point ,and it joins the front of the boiler to the chassis. It is a fairly long screw and it must be removed in order to remove the lower chassis plate. There should be no need to remove the drive wheels or the rods. I only have the version 5 chassis(all Anniversary Edition), and have never had a version 3 Big Hauler. Just take it slowly and carefully. Be aware of wires and contacts. Keep the loco upside down at all times (to keep the drive wheels from falling out!),and cushion it with a thick towel to avoid damage! Bracing it up is also a great idea. You can never take enough precautions with your loco to prevent damage!
Hope this helped!
Andrew
13  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Greasing the Big Haulers on: February 06, 2019, 01:39:12 AM
Hi. My personal recommendation for lubrication products is Labelle. They make plastic compatible products that do not dry out over time. Use Labelle 106 plastic compatible grease on the gears  and Labelle 107 synthetic oil on everything else. You can find these at your local hobby store or on Ebay I use them on all of my locomotives and rolling stock ,and they work great!
 Have fun with your train!
Andrew
14  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 55 Ton 3 truck Shay with ESU Loksound, moving figures and improved smoke on: February 04, 2019, 07:06:38 PM
Thanks, Maxim, for the reply. This is a great idea
 and worth a try on one of my many locos. I'll let you know.
Thanks again!
Andrew
15  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Golden Spike Set in Large Scale ? on: January 27, 2019, 07:35:27 PM
I know. I just thought that I'd throw that out in case some of you would be interested. I run multiple scales myself, and I'd buy the set if it were more authentic looking. Unfortunately, Lionel continues to use their old General model or the 4-4-0 ,and it's time that they revamped it. Thank you, Bachmann for continuing to make new offerings in Large Scale!
Griz
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