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61  Discussion Boards / Plasticville U.S.A. / Re: Plasticville o scale on: July 08, 2017, 07:56:35 PM
I love the older stuff... I do HO, but the older Plasticville "Old West" collection... they are using the same molds for the new stuff, sure, but the colours are all wrong, and they no longer include the little plastic people... those are all sold separately.

Fortunately, I was able to get all of the classic Old West buildings (well, most... there were a few that were exclusive to sets) from the local hobby shop, and eBay.
62  Discussion Boards / Plasticville U.S.A. / Re: Dimensions - Bachmann Plasticville O Kit, Trestle Bridge, 45975 on: July 08, 2017, 07:53:22 PM
Cool video! If it didn't say it was On30, I would swear it was an outdoor, large scale garden railroad!
63  Discussion Boards / Plasticville U.S.A. / Re: Modeling the Old West on: June 29, 2017, 06:03:55 PM
I've seen a few of the Plasticville old west buildings updated, and modernized. Someone has the Saloon up on eBay right now that looks a bit like a Vegas attraction, or some little tourist trap.
64  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: SPECTRUM 4-8-2 LT MTN on: June 23, 2017, 04:28:14 AM
It might not be the drive belt. I had the exact same issue with mu 2-8-0 Connie (which, internally, has a similar construction) and the issue ended up being the gear on the motor itself. The plastic in some older models was a bit substandard, and the gear would shrink, and crack close to the shaft. The solution given was to replace the entire motor assembly, however, I found a different solution. The gear sits flush with the flywheel, and I figured, if they were sealed together, the problem would be solved. So a tiny drop of CA glue on the gear (using a small sewing pin) sealing it to the flywheel solved the issue. It's been three months now of heavy use, and it's still running strong!

My theory was this... if I screwed it up, I would have to replace the motor assembly, but if I didn't try my solution, I would be replacing the motor assembly anyway... so it was a win win, either way.
65  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Alco 2-6-0 DCC w/Soundtraxx or Bluetooth on: June 23, 2017, 04:22:03 AM
I ended up getting the Echo Valley set from Amazon... it was $186 (still is) which was less than buying the 2-6-0 by itself (though I did buy one by itself anyway) and it came with more EZ track, the loco, and the DCC controller... and I love every minute of it!

I have run the sound value engines on both DCC, and DC, and though the sound is great in DC, it's a whole new world with DCC. If all you're doing is a train around a tree, then the Bachmann DCC Commander (controller) is perfect. It's easy to use, easy to hook up (just hooks up like the DC controller) and just plain easy all around. Is it limited? Sure... but it's not like you're using it to run a railroad empire. It has what you would ever want for what you're describing as your railroading needs, and then some.
66  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EZ Command Walk Around Companions--will they ever be made again? on: May 22, 2017, 07:18:55 PM
I totally would have bought it, had it ever been made! (provided it would be under $200, of course)
67  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EZ Command Walk Around Companions--will they ever be made again? on: May 22, 2017, 04:32:17 PM
I would like to hear more about this "wi-fi interface"
I am only familiar with a computer interface through the standard I/O port, I had no idea anyone had a wi-fi interface, and I never knew Bachmann intended to originally support such an interface just the standard computer interface.

It was called "Bachmann EZ Command Smart Interface", and was a project that didn't get much further than showing it off at a few shows. Bachmann wasn't just going to support it... they built it! I don't know why it was canceled... I can only speculate that the cancellation may be related to EZ App...

Here's the information on it from Bachmann themselves: http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/docs/E_Z_Command_Smart_Interface.pdf
68  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EZ Command Walk Around Companions--will they ever be made again? on: May 22, 2017, 03:47:22 AM
Though I will be upgrading to something more advanced, I am using the EZ Commander for now, and having a BLAST with it (yes, it's limited, and yes, it is kinda like that first car) but I too would LOVE to find the walk around companion... and I'm still a bit disappointed that Bachmann canceled the wi-fi interface for the EZ Commander... that could have been SWEET! (and who knows... had that actually been made, I might not feel bothered to upgrade... I am only planning a small layout, after all)
69  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Going to try a new layout on: May 16, 2017, 03:06:41 AM
Oh... wait... no... I'm thinking of the California Southern RR. The CSRR.
70  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Going to try a new layout on: May 16, 2017, 03:05:49 AM
Awesome! Oh, and the Southern California RR not only ran close to where I grew up, but, even after moving to the San Diego area, I still have SCRR tracks close by (some of which are still in use today, even if the SCRR is a distant memory)
71  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Going to try a new layout on: May 16, 2017, 12:12:10 AM



It seems, no matter what we think of, as modelers... real life may have one upped us!
72  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Going to try a new layout on: May 16, 2017, 12:10:31 AM
I think I might just call the creek Shat Crick and the railroad Shat Crick RR. "We don't need no stinking paddles. We're going up Shat Crick by train." There's an advertising slogan forming here...

73  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Going to try a new layout on: May 15, 2017, 09:27:37 PM
I LOVE it! Having a father from West Virginia, I do know the difference between a "Holler" and a "Run".

My Wild West town, I have decided will be named for what the locals believed was the local Indian tribe. The "Hekawi". Only, the local tribe was never local, and when asked who they were, they responded "We're the Hekawi?" (pronounced "Where the heck are we?")

Not clever, or original (F-Troop beat me to that joke, but it's still a favorite!)

I like "Crick Falls" or "Crick Holler", and you can even have some backstory, where the tourists think the name has to do with crickets or something... (maybe a bait shop called "Crick Falls Crickets? Best Cricks in the Crick"?)

It all has a very "Lil Abner" feel to it.
74  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Going to try a new layout on: May 15, 2017, 02:44:52 PM
That all sounds awesome! I'd love to see it all when it's done!
75  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: DCC question for the Bach Man on: May 12, 2017, 04:44:10 PM
Try ebay I refuse to believe someone won't have the walk around companion.

You would think... the Walk Around Companion Panel Connectors are a dime a dozen on eBay, but the Walk Around Companion... not so much. When I ordered the Echo Valley Express, I wanted to learn all I could about the set, and the controller, so I watched a lot of Bachmann's Youtube videos, and that's where I first heard about the Walk Around Companion, and believe me, I checked eBay right away!

It's possible that not a lot of people bought them, and that's why they were discontinued. It's possible there are a bunch of them in a huge yet lonely warehouse, somewhere in the desert, being studied by "Top men".
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