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1  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Christmas layout begins on: December 23, 2018, 02:36:36 PM
The answer to any 'why do you do that?' questions are clearly seen in your pix.

Your layout really brings back my memories of Christmas Past! Thanks for sharing its construction and the results.

Merry Christmas & Happy RRing to you, your family & all!

2  Discussion Boards / Plasticville U.S.A. / Re: Removing Paint From Old Plasticville Figures on: November 04, 2017, 08:28:19 PM
If the paint was a thin modeling paint, it might not be necessary to remove it. If a thicker paint was used, then removal might be necessary to preserve or show details.

As Mister Lee wrote above, brake fluid is frequently used to remove paint. Whether it will work is almost entirely dependent on the type of paint applied. A stiff brush will also help. Avoid strong chemicals such as acetone, as it will potentially 'melt' the plastic.

Once you have removed as much of the paint as necessary or possible, be certain to scrub the figure the figure with a strong soap solution to remove any oily residue. This will help the new paint flow onto the surface, thus preserving the detail.
3  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Idea for a new shay on: September 20, 2017, 06:31:41 PM
One says Scale!

Another says Gauge!

No wonder many large scale modelers are left wishing for something that matches what we already have as well as scale reality!

From the comments, I assume I was mistaken: The OP actually wants a smaller scale (say 1:32?) large scale model of one of the largest Shay locomotives ever built.

Probably still not going to happen, but Hope Springs Eternal!!

 Smiley Smiley

Happy RRing,

4  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Large scale Diesel on: September 20, 2017, 06:16:12 PM
Yes Greg: The scale is definitely 1:20.3. All major dimensions were within a fraction of the prototype.

I am really surprised that Bachmann denies the existence of these models! I still have the original boxes, and they are definitely Bachmann, and 1:20.3.

I am moving to a smaller (On30) indoor scale and will probably sell most of my 1:20 stuff in the near future, but still really like these models!! They worked well on my industrial short line.
5  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Large scale Diesel on: September 20, 2017, 11:49:38 AM
Further on the 45 tonner:

We have a museum operation in the San Francisco East Bay Area, the Niles Canyon Railway that has a couple of examples of the prototypes of these Bachmann models. When the models first came out, I bought a couple and was able to measure the prototypes at Niles Canyon.

The dimensions of the model were prefect when compared to the prototype.

And, they run great!!

Happy RRing,

6  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Idea for a new shay on: September 18, 2017, 10:12:07 PM
So you want a large (1:20.3) scale model of a very rare (only one built) standard gauge locomotive?

That would have it running on 2 3/8" gauge track!

Although it would be spectacular, I seriously doubt there is much market beyond the one you have offered to purchase!

I would politely suggest that you get out your scratch building tools!!
7  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: on30 shay on: September 13, 2017, 03:14:38 AM
8  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: 2017 ON30 annual magazine on: March 30, 2017, 04:14:05 PM
I've had my Mar. / Apr. NG&SL Gazette for about a week.

Possible your NG&SL Gazette sub got lost or corrupted in the takeover.

Why not call White River Productions? They publish a number of model RR products, and have always been very helpful with any questions.

Phone number for Subscription Inquires is:


Hope this helps, and Happy (well read) RRing,

9  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: 2017 ON30 annual magazine on: February 27, 2017, 09:09:28 PM
I ordered mine about a week ago. I was told it would be sent in April.

10  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Couplers on: February 23, 2017, 11:55:08 PM
While it is okay to have various brands of couplers, using one manufacturer's product will definitely cut down on unwanted disconnection.

While you are getting new couplers fitted, you should make certain the installer is using a coupler height gauge such as the Kadee one mentioned above. Note that that tool also checks the height of the uncoupling pin ('air hose') above the rail tops.

Another thing to check is your trackwork Many times, small differences in either side to side level, abrupt changes in vertical alignment, improper joiner insertion, or other track geometry problems can cause uncoupling. One help is to keep track of where the uncoupling occurs, then closely examine the track work in that area. That will help determine exactly what the problem is.

Happy RRing,

11  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Making decals on: January 24, 2017, 05:59:51 PM
I would politely suggest that you need to ask Staples or Office Depot this questions. It really has nothing to do with Bachmann Trains!
12  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Turnout problems on: January 09, 2017, 08:15:51 PM
The NMRA 0n30 gauge is composed of two parts: First part is the metal H0 track gauge that has been around for many years.

The second part is a snap-on plastic part that is an 0n30 clearance gauge. It can be used for track clearance, tunnels, loading docks, doors, etc. for 0n30 scale.

I use the 0n30 gauge for my developing 0-scale model RR, and would recommend it if you are doing 0n30.

Happy RRing,

13  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: GP525 Burlington GP9 Power A Cab # 2329 on: November 10, 2016, 04:55:36 PM
Don't know the answer to your question, but I suggest you post this in the "Williams by Bachmann" forum:,8.0.html

Lots more probability of a helpful answer there.

Happy RRing,

14  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: G scale three truck Shay on: October 21, 2016, 08:30:47 PM
Glad you found it!

The technical term for the conductors on a circuit board is "trace." Finding an open like you describe most likely means the board was subjected to a direct short of the motor outputs.

Since it now works, it seems that none of the solid-state components (output transistors) were harmed.
15  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: New to G on: June 11, 2016, 12:54:43 PM
I question your stated ".35mm" dimension. That would make the rail height only 0.014" tall. That is tiny!

Rail 'code' is the rail height in decimal inches with the decimal point removed. Examples:

Code 250 is .250" (1/4" or 6.35mm) rail height
Code 332 is .332" (a little over 5/16" or 8.43mm) rail height

Those are the most common rail sizes used in large scale, with the 332 track usually included in sets.

Your set power supply will get you started. As to replacing it, first decide what combination of power and control you want. Examples are conventional track power, battery power with R/C, DCC, etc. Those decisions will point you to the type of power supply you will need.

Happy RRing,

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