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Large / Re: 1991 Big Hauler Commercial
August 08, 2023, 01:41:21 PM
I liked it!!!
Large / NGRC 2023
August 01, 2023, 02:21:56 PM
Don't know how many of you may have attended this years convention in the SF Bay Area, but the concentration of truly superb and spectacular layouts was mind boggling to say the least!

Perhaps my main takeaway however, was that there were more Bachmann Shay locomotives, in both the two and three truck versions, being run on more of the layouts, than perhaps all other types and brands of locomotives combined!!!
Large / Re: Do you run steam and diesel?
August 01, 2023, 02:15:37 PM
Steam only here, though that does include a little live steam as well, all narrow gauge 1/20.3 - 1/22.5 scale.

I am amazed and eternally grateful for all that Bachmann has produced over the years, while of course saddened that so little of these great items are produced nowadays, but at least I was able to get what I got back when!!!

Should probably add that I doubt the diesel bug will ever bite me in large scale, but I do understand the attraction for many if not most of those in the hobby.
Large / Re: 38 Ton Axle Gears
March 29, 2023, 09:43:06 PM
Agreed, and I've not seen a better price in a long time!

Seller doesn't have a perfect feedback score though, so you may want to consider that factor before you purchase?!?!
Large / Re: 38 Ton Axle Gears
March 29, 2023, 05:27:20 PM
Sure sounds like you are dealing with the older 36 ton Shay, and while Bachmann does currently have in stock and for sale one of the combo gears for inside the truck gear box, I'm certain it is intended for the 38 ton Shay, and thus will probably not work for the 36 ton model.
Large / Re: 38 Ton Axle Gears
March 28, 2023, 05:13:03 PM
Best bet I think is to buy the replacement trucks if you can find them. I don't think that Bachmann sells the individual gears or truck parts, but only the whole replacement sets. Just curious, are you actually talking about the 38 ton Shay that did come with the upgraded trucks, or are you really referring to the 36 ton Shay that has the earlier failure prone trucks. If you really are talking about the 38 ton model, that is rather concerning that the upgraded trucks are now failing as well?!?!
Large / Re: Different #s for same item?
March 18, 2023, 01:56:41 PM
Yep, I think you're right about that full baggage lack of lighting.
Large / Re: Different #s for same item?
March 18, 2023, 11:34:29 AM
I don't know this for a fact, but suspect the difference might be between battery powered lighting and plastic handrails and track powered lighting and metal handrails?
Large / Re: Climax rear truck slip joint drive
March 14, 2023, 02:03:25 PM
Thanks Greg and Bill for this seminal information. Just exactly why I for one am soooooo glad this Forum is back up and running!

.... and Bill, I'd have to say that Ol' Loco Bill's wise saying is spot on in my personal experience!!!

I'll still dig them out of storage to be certain sure of the driveline properties by giving them each a quick test. I'll get back with you all with what I find .... eventually.
Large / Re: Climax rear truck slip joint drive
March 13, 2023, 10:16:30 PM
Thanks Greg, will be grateful for any info that might help along these lines.

In the end, I'll likely need to dig them both out of storage and test them to see what configuration they were actually built to. If the earlier version with dual bevel gears, then I'll need to get a replacement assembly for the rear truck drive line with slip joint instead of bevel gear.
Large / Re: Bachmann parts sale
March 13, 2023, 09:09:21 PM
Thanks for the heads up Bill .... I'm making my list and checking it twice!!!
Large / Climax rear truck slip joint drive
March 13, 2023, 09:07:15 PM
Hey Bill ... or anyone else.

Does anyone know if there are specific product code I.D.s for the different versions of the Large scale Climax that identifies the models that have the drive shaft geared at both ends such that they sometimes bind? Both of the engines I have are #85098 painted unlettered and DCC ready. I have heard that the early issued engines have bevel gears at both ends of the drive shaft, and have been known to bind up because of this, but later production only has the drive shaft driven off of the front truck, while the rear truck is blind on the drive shaft so no interference bind is realized.
Large / Re: Hey Bachman, Welcome back and a request.
February 11, 2023, 01:09:21 PM
Quote from: Bachmann Industries, Inc. on January 30, 2023, 07:32:39 PMGreg,

All of the administrators of the board are Bachmann employees. It is their choice to reveal any personal details.

The board was down, now it is back. There is no need to dwell on it.  It is a free service that we provide. We felt that it served a purpose, so we put in the time and effort to bring it back.

We want to focus on positive and problem solving topics. Negative posts with no purpose will be deleted.

Thank You

Thank You All for bringing this valuable resource back to where we can access the needful information that it contains. It was well missed, but I cannot express my gratitude that this wonderful resource is now back and available!!!
Large / Re: just puled my 36 ton Shay out of storage...
January 29, 2023, 11:59:48 AM
Yep, you can still get the upgraded replacement trucks for these Two-Truck Shays, though they are pricey to say the least, but worth it if you want to run your Shay!
Large / Re: Loco Bill is back too
January 26, 2023, 09:53:21 PM
Welcome back Bill & Bachmann, you've all been well missed!!!