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1996  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: bachmann 40' single and three-dome tank cars on: February 19, 2015, 09:22:32 AM
Single dome came first. Then somone came up with the idea of adding internal walls to create two or three compartments for differenct products, e.g., kerosense, fuel oil, lubricating oil, that might be going to the same place. Assuming it was capable of receiving two or three different products without switching the car.

That cut into the amount of each that could be carried by each car, so (unlike on our model RR's) multidome tankers weren't very popular with the real railroads. I think that's reflected in the reporting marks on most of those type cars ending with "X". Indicating they are owned by the shipper or a leasing company.

Since they are basically one-way loads, drained on arrival and sent back empty, tank cars in general aren't all that popular with railroads even today. And shipping charges for tankers have been known to reflect that.

Len
1997  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: bachmann 40' single and three-dome tank cars on: February 19, 2015, 03:54:18 AM
You'll find some interesting history on tank cars manufactured by American Car Foundry (ACF) here:

http://www.richyodermodels.com/rym_fc_mcba_type2_history.htm

ACF held the patents for a number of tank car innovations. It should also be noted that capacity in gallons is the normal way to refer to tank car sizes.

As jbrock says, the only way to be sure is by checking the BLT date in the reporting date. About the only sure identifying factor is all welded bodies are from 1920 or later. But riveted bodies were still being built right up to the early WW-II.

Len
1998  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: coupler part for the HO Acela passenger cars on: February 18, 2015, 08:03:57 PM
I suspect you're looking for this: http://estore.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=66_68_88&products_id=1635&zenid=7mneljvbq6khdkmu5go0as4dn2

Len
1999  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Min track radius confusion on: February 18, 2015, 01:36:54 PM
Worst case, sell it for $200, so you're $40 ahead, and get a different loco.
I doubt he could sell it for $200 since many online hobby shops have the 4-8-4's for less than what he paid for it in the first place. On MB Klein 4-8-4's are available for only $140.

You've never seen an eBay bidding war where a Tyco box car worth $1.98 on a good day goes for $75.00??

Len
2000  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Min track radius confusion on: February 18, 2015, 12:38:03 PM
I don't see how getting a $300 loco new in the box for $160 is getting "screwed". All you need is the 22" radius curves called for in the product description and you're in business. Worst case, sell it for $200, so you're $40 ahead, and get a different loco.

Len
2001  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: GS4 on: February 17, 2015, 08:20:51 PM
Head-End-Power (HEP) wasn't real common when the GS-4 was hauling the "Daylight".

Now I know what to look for, a little digging found the GS-4's three turbogenerators were for:

1. Locomotive lighting, except for the MARS light.

2. Power for the GS-4's oscillating MARS light. Something not very common on steam locos of the day.

3. Control power for an electro-pneumatic brake actuating system on the "Daylight" streamlined passenger trains.

Len
2002  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Min track radius confusion on: February 17, 2015, 07:39:14 PM
I have four Specturm K4's, two I got when they first came out, two about a year or two later. The early ones don't have the speaker grill, the later ones do. So it looks like something changed during the production run, or there were two seperate runs.

On the BLI's, some current production has smoke units, some don't. It seems to be connected with the boiler diameter.

Len
2003  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Min track radius confusion on: February 17, 2015, 03:56:14 PM
Exploded diagram of the K4 is here: http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/dwg/dwgs/H844X-IS00.PDF

With the tender close coupled I would use 22" radius, or larger. Opening up the tender spacing may let it get around 18" curves without hitting the loco cab, but it will look strange.

Len
2004  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Attaching EZ track on: February 17, 2015, 03:44:18 PM
Ballasting EZ-Track uses the exact same techniques as for sectional/flex track on cork. The only difference is the roadbed is plastic instead of cork. And the same issues of keeping ballast clear of switch points and guardrails on switches and crossings apply.

Len
2005  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: porthole lenses on: February 17, 2015, 12:03:25 PM
They still do: http://www.walthers.com/exec/search?quick=933-822&x=0&y=0

Len
2006  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Dynamis Help! on: February 17, 2015, 11:31:17 AM
Contact info for the Service Dept is here: http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/service.php

Did you try clicking the button and filling out the "Repair Request" form?

Len
2007  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: GS4 on: February 17, 2015, 10:20:20 AM
Could you provide a reference to what you're asking about? I wasn't aware the GS4 had any steam turbines. The only turbine loco I'm aware of was the S2, a one of a kind built for the Pennsy.

Len
2008  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Turnout switch on: February 17, 2015, 08:09:10 AM
That's why I use these: http://www.amazon.com/Current-Toggle-Switch-Center-Momentary/dp/B0067I00IQ/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1424174470&sr=8-3&keywords=dpdt+switch+momentary#productDetails

Contacts on one side for controlling the switch, the other side for triggering position indicators.

Len
2009  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: porthole lenses on: February 17, 2015, 07:58:10 AM
Not available as a seperate item in the parts listing that I could find. I looks like you have to buy a complete shell to get the porthole glass.

As an alternative, these might work: http://www.athearn.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdID=ATH11016

I've used them in some older Bachmann and Model Power locos.

I also save clear spue material from various kits to make my own headlight lenses and porthole glass from.

Len
2010  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: turnout switches on: February 16, 2015, 05:43:21 PM
Hunt,

No disagreement about the 33.25" curve, if you can live with the giagantic center-to-center spacing between the parallel tracks.

I suggest cutting down a 22" radius curve to leave space on a small layout for buildings and such.

Len
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