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1  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Forney on: March 10, 2020, 01:01:35 PM
Not sure why you would want to try and remove the paint on the Tweetsie.  An airbrush or even a rattle can with primer can completely prime the shell if you disassemble it.  Then you have a clean canvas to work with. 
2  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Passenger Car Lighting on: March 09, 2020, 08:39:49 PM
Since pictures are not hosted on this site, pictures need to be hosted on a separate site and often they then have an expiration date.  Best bet is to PM the circuit poster and he can send it to you in an email, or repost a new link on the site here.
3  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Custom Decals on: January 25, 2020, 05:58:20 PM
Here is a new link.  Unfortunately the free dropbox account only lets you set a 7 day life on the link.
4  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Custom Decals on: December 25, 2019, 03:30:00 PM
Here is a link to my Big Hauler Polar Express.  $5 worth of 1/2" vinyl letters did the trick.
5  Discussion Boards / Large / Upload Folder is Full on: December 21, 2019, 02:01:53 PM
Tried to post a picture of my Big Hauler conversion to a Polar Express but I keep getting a message that the upload folder is full.  My picture was only 94 KB.
6  Discussion Boards / Large / Sorry Double post on: December 17, 2019, 09:45:37 PM
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7  Discussion Boards / Large / Big Hauler Version 2 vs Version 5 Annie on: December 17, 2019, 09:44:31 PM
All of my engines that I am converting to Annie Chassis are Version 2.   They only have 1 smoke Switch behind the front plate and only 1 pin connector for the Chuff sound to the Tender.  The Annie Chassis have a second pin connector.  What is this second connector for?
I don't plan on using the smoke box so will leave that switch off but I do need to connect power to the leads that connect to the smoke box switch and also the headlight.  Where is the easiest connection for these? Is there a chance there is a wiring diagram somewhere for the Annie Chassis?
8  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: G gauge christmas train on: December 16, 2019, 10:14:31 PM
So you say it doesn't run but does the headlight come on when you apply power?
Just trying to see if you might have a broken wire. 
what is the make and model of your speed controller?
How old is your Christmas Train?
9  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Big hauler 4-6-0 & Annie 4-6-0 Chassis prices on: December 16, 2019, 03:34:57 PM
Finally got through on the phone line to a person in parts, she couldn't help me as she didn't have access to previous orders but she transferred me to Bob who was one of the managers.  Took Bob all of 2 minutes to pull up my order and tell me that a new 81097 chassis was on the way to me along with a return tag for the broken chassis. 

Great service and I have to say I love the look and smoothness of the 81XXX chassis. 
10  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Big Hauler Weights on: December 14, 2019, 08:07:02 PM
Looks like the old weights come off easily and fit the new Annie Chassis.
Doing a search on weights,  I was able to find enough info to indicate it would be a good idea to install the weights to improve pulling power.
11  Discussion Boards / Large / Big Hauler Weights on: December 14, 2019, 03:50:32 PM
I am retrofitting 3 new Annie Chassis on 3 older Big Haulers.
In reading the instructions from Loco Bill there was no mention of the large weights that sit over the motor gear assy inside the old engines. 
It looks like these can be moved to the new chassis but unsure if this is recommended. 
12  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: G gauge christmas train on: December 14, 2019, 03:45:00 PM
First thing to do is make sure your speed controller is operating.
If you have a voltmeter,  then measure the output voltage of the controller.  With the speed turned up it should be a DC voltage ranging from 0 to 21 volts.  If that is correct then measure the voltage at your track to make sure you don't have a bad wire connection.
Some engines have two switches behind the smoke box door on the front of the engine.
One switch is for turning on the smoke generator and the other switch is a polarity switch that can change the direction the engine moves.  That switch may be a 3 position switch. If so, the center position is OFF.  Make sure it is not in the off position.
That is a few things to check and report back your findings.
13  Discussion Boards / Large / Custom Decals on: December 12, 2019, 04:00:33 PM
I want to convert one of my 4 6 0 Big Haulers to a Polar Express for my Grandkids.
I am unsure what kind of decals to get as I see there are vinyl ones and others.
I would appreciate any comments on how any of you have renamed and customized your engines or rolling stock.
14  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Help request - Bachmann Big Haulers G Scale on: December 10, 2019, 03:19:48 PM
I have the same set but it always ran rough and jerky. 
I was about to sell it on Craigslist when I found this forum.
You can order a new Chassis for $40 or an Annie Chassis for $45 with metal drivers (looks better in my opinion).
Any of the 4 6 0 chassis will fit.  I ordered the 81097.  The new chassis run like a dream.

1. In terms of fixing your existing engine, First things to check is your power supply.  It should put out somewhere around 20 volts DC at full throttle. 
2. It could be that things are frozen up in your gear train which would mean opening it up and lubricating everything.  Also check to make sure there are no broken wires. 

There are a lot of posts on the forum about cleaning up Big Haulers.  Actually pretty easy to work on. 
A suggestion.   Grab some post it notes and scotch tape.  When you remove screws,  tape them to a post it and label where they came from. Makes it a lot easier going back together.   Near the top of the Large Discussion is a detailed description on repair tips.
15  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Big hauler 4-6-0 & Annie 4-6-0 Chassis prices on: December 09, 2019, 02:27:05 PM
I received my 3 Annie Chassis.  Boy do they run a lot smoother than my originals. 
Only issue was that the 81097 Chassis arrived with wobbly center drivers and I could hear something rattling inside.  Since it was the first one I was changing, I didn't realize it until I had mounted the old shell on the new chassis.   I opened it up and there is a plastic joiner that connects the two wheel shafts and it was in 2 pieces.
I  sent an email and pictures to Bachmann over the weekend and hope to hear they will send me a replacement.
I tried calling this morning but the phone tree choices didn't match with my problem.
I guess I just have to wait until they get back to me. 
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