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1  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: O Gauge on: September 19, 2021, 03:34:09 PM
JP of Acton MA, USA writes:

The 'Williams by Bachmann' forums are for anything related to 3 rail O Gauge.
2  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Looking for replacement horn for Williams Metroliner on: September 14, 2021, 05:40:20 PM
JP of Acton MA, USA writes,

Actually, Lionel produced an Amtrak Amfleet 'Control Cab' car (similar to a Metroliner, but without the pantograph and motors).
I tried looking up the parts list for the Lionel Amfleet Control Cab car, but there were no parts available for consumer purchase.

3  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Looking for replacement horn for Williams Metroliner on: September 12, 2021, 02:36:29 PM
JP of Acton MA, USA writes,

I am looking for a replacement horn, for a Williams Amtrak Metroliner (see attached pic)
I purchased the Metroliner in '?' in July, from an E-Bay seller, but when the Metroliner arrived at my residence, and I unboxed it, I noticed that the decorative horn detail part was broken off.

Would anyone know where I can find that particular part?
Does any one have a collection of spare parts, that include the horn detail?

Yeah, I know that E-Bay is sometimes a good place to start - to see if someone might be selling a 'junk-condition' car with useable parts, but I simply want just the horn, not the whole car.
4  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Williams Electronic E Units - Will they work with Postwar motors? on: September 12, 2021, 02:05:32 PM
(Replying to the Bach Man)

Thanks for the reply.
5  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Williams Electronic E Units - Will they work with Postwar motors? on: September 01, 2021, 02:36:22 PM
(Replying to Len)

Thanks for the reply.
6  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: And another pet gripe ... 3-rail track realism on: August 30, 2021, 11:11:28 AM
JP of Acton MA, USA writes,

After being in contact with Classic Toy Trans Magazine staff, regarding the ad for the particular track (as mentioned in a previous post), I was informed that the company that produced the track, was a company known as 'Lee Trains', based in Utah. Unfortunately, it seems that the company is long out of business. Any Google searches, yielded no results.
The ad in Classic Toy Trains Magazine, for the track in '?', was prior to the year 2000s (1999 or earlier).

Anyone who subscribes to Classic Toy Trains Magazine, and is a member of the new website, could easily look up magazine archives and back issues, to find the ad for the track in '?'.
7  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: And another pet gripe ... 3-rail track realism on: August 27, 2021, 03:23:37 PM
JP of Acton MA, USA writes:

(Replying to 'Mad Tom')
A long time ago, I saw an ad in Classic Toy Trains magazine, about a rather odd O Gauge '3 rail' track system. The track had the usual running rails. In place of what would have been the 3rd rail, was a humped strip of flat metal (not shaped like a rail - basically a flat strip of metal that was curved, the long way, over a thick wooden dowel) that ran the length of the track section. The center rail rollers on locomotives and lighted cars would simply roll along this humped strip of flat metal. The running rails were also electrically insulated from the  humped strip of metal
The name of the manufacturer that produced this particular track system, escapes me, as it was so long ago.
I would have to go digging through 'back issues' of Classic Toy Trains magazine, probably from late 1990s to early 2000s.
Looked like an interesting track system, but unfortunately, I do not own any of that track.
8  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: And another pet gripe ... 3-rail track realism on: August 22, 2021, 03:35:36 PM
JP, of Acton MA, USA writes,
The K-Line company made 3 rail 'street track' with 19 inch & 21 inch diameter curves. The 3rd rail was basically a thin 'blade', designed to reduce appearance.
That track was mostly designed to operate trolleys, and other small 'single truck' vehicles.
Sure, it would be cool if such a track system existed for larger locomotives, but the idea of using small studs in place of a 3rd rail, has not 'caught up' to to the O gauge 3 rail world.
In the past, the Gar Graves company made 3 rail track, with a 3rd rail, that was chemically 'darkened' to blend in with the black ties, so that the rail would not be as obvious, compared to the 2 silver running rails.
9  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Williams Electronic E Units - Will they work with Postwar motors? on: August 20, 2021, 03:59:19 PM
JP of Acton MA, USA writes:

I recently acquired a Williams Amtrak Metroliner car, equipped with 2 postwar motors, similar to the Lionel postwar motors.
The car was likely produced 1985 - 1990, and there is a bracket for mounting a 3 position mechanical E unit.
The car runs forward only, and I would like to install an electronic E unit, because those units are more reliable that the mechanical units.

Would an electronic E unit, such as the unit sold by WBB (Model: 00249, link:, work, to control the motors?
Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Direct replies can be sent to, rather than replying here.
10  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / JP's Wishlist for 2021 on: February 28, 2021, 03:17:50 PM
JP of Acton MA, USA writes,

Here are some ideas for possible products that could be produced by WBB:
(Yeah, I know that WBB Will Not produce Anything on this list, Anytime Soon / Anytime At All, so this is just Wishful Thinking)

For those like me who are into Transit/Trolley/Rapid Transit/Light Rail/Interurban/Subway trains, my ideas for future WBB products are as follows: (yes, I know WBB produced Peter Witt trolleys, but here are more ideas) These would be for the O scale product line.

-PCC 'Railbus' - this was basically a de-electrified PCC and fitted with a gas or diesel engine for running without overhead wires. The New Haven RR had a PCC 'Railbus', long ago
-double end 2 truck JG Brill trolleys - open and enclosed versions
-Steeple-cab electric locos
-PCCs - both double and single end
-CAF/Breda/Kinki-Sharyo/Boeing-Vertol Light Rail Vehicles - As currently used by the Mass Bay Transit Authority (Boston MBTA)
-Subway cars - NYCTA (New York City) and MBTA (Boston MA)
-Metro North M 2/4/6/8, M 1/3/5/7/9 commuter cars
-Metro North Bombardier "push/pull" commuter cars
-Long Island M 2/4/6/8, M 1/3/5/7/9 commuter cars
-Long Island Bombardier "push/pull" commuter cars
-Boston MBTA Bombardier "push/pull" commuter cars
-single truck double end birney safety trolleys
-Perley-Thomas New Orleans trolleys - both the original green "Streetcar named Desire" ones and the later red "Riverfront" replica trolleys that were destroyed in Hurricane Katrina (many of these relpica trolleys have since been rebuilt, and operate on the New Orleans Public Service Inc. system)
-San Fransisco cable cars
-Ex Philadelphia SEPTA, now San Fransisco "F" Line PCCs as reconditioned/restored by Brookville Equipment Company of Pennsylvania, and painted to represent various cities that once ran PCCs
-Amtrak (or other road name) Metroliner EMU cars - these cars have similar body shape as Amfleet passenger cars, but include pantographs, control cabs at one or both ends, and traction motor equipped trucks
-Budd SPV 2000 EMU rapid transit cars featuring roadnames of railroads that ran them such as Amtrak and Connecticut's Metro North Railroad
-Budd B.U.R.T. Rapid Transit EMU Commuter Cars
-New Jersey Transit DMU Light Rail Rapid Transit Cars
-Philadelphia SEPTA Bullet rapid transit cars
-Philadelphia SEPTA LRV's - both sinlge and double end
-Philadelphia "Strafford" Rapid Transit cars - These cars were essentially a cross between a streetcar, and an Interurban car. These cars were powered by 3rd rail only, much like a rapid transit subway train and could run as single cars or multiple unit trains.
-Chicago North Shore Line/Philadelphia Red Arrow Electroliners
-Chicago, North Shore, and Milwaukee high speed Interurban cars - including the famous 'Silverliners'
-US DOT "State of the Art" Cars (SoAc) - Only 2 were built as experimental replacements for older subway cars and were tested in city subways in Boston, New York City, Chicago, and Philadelphia. The 2 cars were not accepted by any of the city subway systems in which they were tested, and ultimately became static exhibit cars at the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport Maine. See this link:
-"Sprinter" DMU Light Rail rapid transit cars
-"Pay As You Enter" (P.A.Y.E.) Trolley Cars
- Type S-70 Light Rail Transit cars
- Toronto TTC CLRV's / ALRV's
- Montreal Tramways "Golden Chariot" Open topped, Tiered seat Observation trolley - Only 4 of these truly unique trolleys exist, and all 4 are preserved, restored, and operate at various museums: Seashore Trolley Museum (Kennebunkport Maine) Montreal Tramways #2, Warehouse Point Trolley Museum (East Windsor Connecticut) Montreal Tramways #4, and Expo Rail (Canada) Montreal Tramways #'s 1 & 3

Anyone reading this post is more than welcome to post replies, comments or other ideas Specifically Relating to Transit/Trolley/Rapid Transit/Light Rail/Interurban/Subway trains (Not steam / diesel / freight trains), here in the forums. The WBB guys would love to read your input as well.

Please be aware that I myself Am Not an employee of WBB. I Do Not work for WBB, Nor am I Affiliated with WBB in Any Way.

Please direct your comments / replies / ideas to "Inside Track", "Yardmaster", "3 Rail", or "The Bach Mann".

Sincerely: JP

Anyone wishing to reply to my post Directly, May Do So using the following E-Mail address:

Otherwise, just post your replies here in the forums.

Note 1: replies, comments, or other ideas should be related to, Transit/Trolley/Rapid Transit/Light Rail/Interurban/Subway trains Only.

Note 2: replies, comments, or other ideas Not Related to the above in "Note 1" should be posted in a separate generic "Wish List for 2021"
11  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Williams True Blast sound units on: February 28, 2021, 03:07:20 PM
JP of Acton MA, USA writes:

Just wondering if there will be a re-stock of the 'currently sold out' True Blast 2 sound units, for locomotives such as Alco FA and GG1?
12  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Generic Wishlist for 2021 on: February 28, 2021, 03:05:42 PM
JP of Acton MA, USA writes,

To all O Scale / O Gauge modelers -

This is the "Generic" Wishlist for 2021.
Here, you can post anything you want, including suggestions for Bachmann / WBB, regarding products that you want to see produced.
"The sky is the limit" with this wish list.

Keep in mind that I Am Not an employee of the Bachmann / WBB company, and I Am Not associated in any way with the Bachmann / WBB company.
All comments and suggestions should be directed to "3 Rail", "Yardmaster" or "The Bachmann".
13  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Traction tires Alco PA-1 on: November 09, 2020, 11:31:31 PM
JP of Acton MA, USA writes,

Replying to forum user 'momotrain', who quoted my comment about 'Bullfrog Snot' - Anytime, was glad to provide that sort of info.
14  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: s2 Turbine smoke Unit problems on: November 09, 2020, 11:25:10 PM
JP of Acton MA, USA writes:

Best idea would be to look on E-Bay to see if anyone is selling a Williams S2 Turbine, that is 'good for parts only' (ie. motor does not work, but lights, sounds, smoke unit works)
Or simply find an operational S2 that can be 'scrapped for parts'.

15  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Lighted Caboose Won't Light on: August 29, 2020, 11:06:18 AM
JP of Acton MA, USA writes,

Check for 'cold solder connections'. These can be found where the wires are soldered to the socket, the lamp, the center rail roller, and the 'ground contact strap'.
Sometimes when wires are soldered, there is no guarantee of a 'good' connection, which results in intermittent or no operation. Any 'cold solder connections' would have to be unsoldered and re-soldered.

Hope this helps. Otherwise, you may have to send your Caboose to WBB for repairs.
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