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1  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: New Pilot in gen 5 Annie? on: January 13, 2021, 03:31:46 PM
Will the new style gen 6 pilot easily mount into an older 5th gen Annie chassis?
If so, how does it mount?  Does it just screw on the bottom of the chassis?
Does the new style still need weights added above the axles to improve tracking and reduce derailments?
I am not certain, not having a gen6 handy, but I have not seen any comment or remarks about the pilot being changed. It still fits on the long screw under the smokebox in the gen5.  (I am happy to be corrected by someone with a gen6 chassis!)

I do not suscribe the the "add weights" solution. The pilot truck is long and rigid, and a solution is to rfemove the 2 nylon spacers that hold the two pickup strips in the frame. (One has an arrow for direction - if you remove it, put some tape on that end so you know which way round the truck should be!)
Once you take the spacers out, insulate the truck with a strip of tape on one metal strip, or you will get short-circuits.
The truck will now be loose and floppy, with the metal strips holding the wheels in the right place, and it will track perfectly on rough track.
2  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Circus Anniversary 4-6-0? on: December 28, 2020, 06:55:15 PM
glad that you and your friend are having fun with it
Thanks Bill. That's pretty much what I thought. The front loco on the video is (was) stock so it is probably gen2 or 3, certainly not as fancy as the gen5 second loco!
3  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Bachmann 2-4-2 model #91101 Drive gear on: December 23, 2020, 02:24:53 PM
Jerry's email is He's quite active on Facebook and does some amazing ESU smoke/sound/DCC conversions. Besides making gears!

He also has the small double-gear for the 2-8-0 and 2-6-0/4-4-0. See
4  Discussion Boards / Large / Circus Anniversary 4-6-0? on: December 22, 2020, 04:46:49 PM
I've just been helping a friend set up a double-headed circus train with a pair of Emmett Kelly 4-6-0s. One was conventional (apart from all the xmas lights someone had fitted around the front which we had to rip out.) The other seems to be a 5th Gen Anniversary chassis [metal rods, crossheads, bump over gear and grease access.]
What's most curious is that it has some metal fittings - metal whistle on the steam dome, for example. It also has a BBT-style pilot mount.

I don't believe there ever were any Circus locos with Anniversary designations? Or were there?

Oh - the double header works. Revolution and battery in the rear tender, wired to the two engines in parallel.
5  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Bachmann 2-4-2 model #91101 Drive gear on: December 22, 2020, 04:30:17 PM
I have columbia 2-4-2 union pacific steam engine, model 91101. It jumps while going around the track. After farther investigation I found the drive gear is missing a tooth. Does anyone know where I can get a replacement?
Mr Gear Man Jiro Yermanian has some, which I just fitted in a 2-4-2 Columbia. Full info and pics here:
6  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Big Hauler vs Thomas rolling stock wheel sizes? on: December 03, 2020, 07:36:59 PM
are Bachmann's Thomas wheels the same diameter as the ones used in the Big Hauler line
No. Thomas spoked wheels are significantly larger.  Bachmann Europe makes spoked 31mm wheels under the Liliput name - I buy them from a UK supplier, Kernow Model Rail Centre

As Ted says, LGB make spoked wheels, and they are interchangeable (mostly - sometimes the axles are too long.)  I have swapped LGB wheels for Bachmann solid and Liliput spoked on some of the small freight cars.
7  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: The Shocking Truth or a Spark of Stupidity? on: November 11, 2020, 04:19:15 PM
I was in the UK for the first 25 years of my life, and believe me, you guys ain't had a shock until you've touched a 240V AC power line.  But it didn't injure me.
8  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Spectrum 2-6-0 Mogul 81494 on: October 27, 2020, 05:18:24 PM
I removed the wiper a while back. I run battery so not needed. Have not figure out how to post pictures. I need to resize the file.
Take a look at this thread:

Still curious where you are getting problems.

P.S. The trucks are in the Parts store:
And just to confuse things, a complete chassis (according to the photo) including 2 trucks, a pcb with switches, and a speaker, is $69.50, whereas a truck is $49.50. Go figure. Ah - and the same trucks for the 4-4-0 is $27.10 (sold out) or $33.10 with coupler.
9  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Spectrum 2-6-0 Mogul 81494 on: October 27, 2020, 02:19:29 PM
Never heard of the trucks failing. You know about the screw behind the spring box? Just undo the tiny screw on top and the spring box comes out.
The trucks are fairly ordinary archbars, except for the fancy wheels and pickups. I would try to fit the wheels in some new trucks and then move the axle wiper pickups over to the new truck.
10  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Rail Truck on: October 16, 2020, 03:26:59 PM
I have a G scale Rail Truck and the gears have split.  I called the Estore for replacements and it appears they donít carry them.  Does anyone know where you can get all the replacement gears for the gear box and the drive shaft?
There are a lot of gears in the Railtruck. Which gears are split? The ones at the front connecting the motor to the driveshaft, or the ones at the axle?

I have not heard that NWSL have the railtruck gears, but a lot of Bachmann stuff is reused, so (as Bill says) measure it, count the gears, estimate the size of the hole for the shaft, and ask NWSL. Their website says:"Locomotive Technical Support:".

There is also a gentleman on Facebook, Jerry Yeramian, who makes gears. If NWSL don't have anything, and Jerry thinks it might be a universal problem part (and thus worth making,) he will cut one for you in Delrin. His email is, and he will need the same info as NWSL.
11  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Trolley Motor question on: October 14, 2020, 01:29:17 PM
Hi Mark,

There is no real way to work on the motor.  I believe you can still get just the motor, but the easy way out is to get the complete motor block.   

As the Parts dept only sells the whole chassis, I've been working on alternatives.  The same physical motor is used on most of the HO scale diesels. I've been buying the GP50 motor for $19.80. (There's a $15 version in "kit bashing" but it is sold out.)
A word of warning .In theory, the Streetcar is a 12-18V motor, and the GP50 is a 12V. I have no idea whether the internals are identical. Don't run it at full power.

You do need a soldering iron to get the old motor out. The brush gear has a piece that is soldered to the tab in the chassis. Make sure you remove it from the shassis both sides with the motor, so you don't melt anything. And leave the wires (solder them back when you have the motor loose.

You also need a proper gear/wheel puller. I have a large one designed (I think) for Lionel trains. With that you can pull off the 1/2 universals from the GP50 motor, and the worms off the old trolley motor. The shaft in the worm doesn't don't go all the way thru - measure where they are on the old motor before you pull them off. Then you can carefully tap the worms onto the new motor (use a piece of rod in the first worm when you do the second one so that you are tapping the worm onto the shaft, and not pushing the other worm further onto it's shaft.)

The GP50 motor already has 2 wires, so solder them to the tabs that fit back in the chassis where the old motor was attached.
12  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Spectrum 2-6-0 Mogul 81494 on: September 15, 2020, 10:49:11 AM
Well, let's hope they unlock it.

BTW, I did my first replacement a few years ago with the 25 tooth NWSL gear. My second loco stopped so I ordered a new gear (the new type ) and took it apart. It already had this new gear (I call it the D-type, to distinguish it from the old ones that split on the splined axles,) so presumably someone had fixed it before me. It stopped due to a dual gear fed by the worm, which Jiro made for me. There's a thread about it here somewhere; I think the title says 'a different gear problem' or similar.
13  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Spectrum 2-6-0 Mogul 81494 on: September 13, 2020, 06:47:43 PM
Hi Again,
Here is a link to the axle gear replacement for your Mogul:,19904.0.html
I have never be able to link the pictures to the text.
Ebay says the average selling price for these  is $298.
Only you can decide!!
Hope this helps.

Loco Bill

Bill, your "axle gear replacement" thread says

You will need a Northwest Shortline Brand Gear part No.  2223-6 for the Fn3 Bachmann 4-4-0, 24 tooth. This same gear works for the 2-6-0.  The cost is only about $12 not including shipping.  If you send your loco to Bachmann or buy the Bachmann replacements parts you will only be setting yourself up for the same problem probably sooner rather than later.  So get the gear ordered from NWSL.  If Bachmann Industries introduces an upgraded gear I will let you know.

There is a new, upgraded replacement gear available:

Note that it is now fitted on the axle with a flat ("D" shaped axle) and the NWSL part will NOT fit these axles.
14  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 2020 Large Scale offerings... on: July 23, 2020, 01:35:50 PM
Since Bachmann is going to start selling std gauge trains in from the Aristo molds, any chance they will start producing the Aristo NG (Delton) models? C-16 would be really cool
That C-16 is 1/24th scale. There are lots and lots of them available on the secondhand market, so I doubt it will be high on the list.
15  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Road pilot forC-19 on: June 27, 2020, 01:55:16 PM
You may recall that Accucraft also made a C-19 model, metal and live steam. Try them for parts.
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