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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Reading I-10's on: June 01, 2020, 11:23:05 AM
AFAIK, the old Bachmann Reading I-10 was never upgraded.  Some modelers went to the trouble of remotoring the loco, or even putting a new mechanism under the boiler and adding superdetailing parts.  Other than brass, the only other I-10 model I am aware of is the ancient Varney "Super" Consolidation kit.  We're talking 1950's here.  They are scarcer than the brass models. 
2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Jonathan's Layout #3 on: May 28, 2020, 04:29:47 PM
It's all good Jonathon.  Keep at it. 
3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Are Bachmann turnouts junk and I made a hugh mistake??? on: May 21, 2020, 09:22:43 AM
If the issue is with a particular piece of rolling stock, check to make sure the wheels are in gauge.  You will need an NMRA standards gauge to do this, and you should have one anyhow.  They are usually available at a good hobby shop, or can be ordered direct from the NMRA,
4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Which couplers do you prefer? on: May 19, 2020, 02:26:51 PM
I've run across an occasional Baker coupler, though never used them.  However, early operators like John Allen and Whit Towers used them because they functioned quite well, appearances not withstanding.  Back in the dark ages MEW produced some dummy HOn3 couplers in soft metal that I used because there was nothing else close to scale.  Kadee finally solved that problem.  But again, back in the early days dummy couplers were used because there were few decent options, and also because back then for the most part simply getting something to run was sufficient cause for celebration.
5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Which couplers do you prefer? on: May 18, 2020, 11:19:20 AM
Those old Mantua couplers were even worse than the X2F's.  It was rumored that you could pick up a train by the caboose and swing it around your head and they wouldn't come apart. When I got into the hobby in the early '60's the Kadees were becoming the de facto standard.  There were some folks still using the original MK Kadees.  These had a straight uncoupling pin that worked mechanically with a diamond-shaped ramp.  IIRC, these came out in the mid-50's.  Another coupler available was made by Devore.  It was a to-scale knuckle coupler that had a curved pin similar to today's Kadees but worked mechanically with a ramp to lift the pin, opening the knuckle.  They looked real nice, but their operation was spotty due to the mechanical friction of the cast metal. 
6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Which couplers do you prefer? on: May 17, 2020, 12:40:46 PM
Aside from looking like nothing ever seen the real world, the X2F couplers are notorious for being pretty good couplers, but terrible un-couplers.  Have a train derail close to the table edge and its likely the entire consist will head for the floor.  Kadees are good, reliable, tough (in metal), and look like a real coupler. 
7  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Old 2-8-0 Motor Performance Issue (Earlier I-10sa) on: May 08, 2020, 02:44:47 PM
I guess the first question to ask is, did you clean all the wheel treads, especially those that pick up current?  Dirt and oxidation occur over time which will effect slow speed performance. 
8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: New old time passenger cars on: May 01, 2020, 09:18:03 AM
Yes, the 1860's cars with the duck-bill roof come in green.  All Bachmann needs to do is swap out the roofs since I'm sure the bodies are all the same.

9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: New old time passenger cars on: April 30, 2020, 03:10:52 PM
A suggestion to Mr. Bachmann - please do the old-time round-end roof passenger cars in coach green or Pullman green.  And maybe letter them Ma and Pa to go with all those nice 4-4-0's and 4-6-0's.  Please?

10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Decal Question on: April 14, 2020, 04:50:56 PM
If it is painted, it should be no problem applying decals.  You can normally see if is painted by looking inside the body.  If its a different color, then it is painted.  If it is cast in colored plastic, I would give a quick bath with dish soap and warm water to remove any parting compound from the casting process before decaling. 
11  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: RDC on: April 14, 2020, 12:05:43 PM
Just as an FYI, the Athearn units were/are about 10 scale feet too short.  The original version had rubber band "Hi-F" drive.
12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Jonathan's Layout #3 on: April 10, 2020, 09:09:58 AM
There was a company out there that made a full system for air-operated turnout controls.  Doubt that it is still around, but who knows?  IIRC, you could use "canned air" to power the system.  It took very little to operate a turnout so a can lasted a good while. 
13  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Acquiring Locos inside Roundhouse on: March 14, 2020, 06:14:35 PM
This is also the reason a lot of roads put the loco numbers on the backs of the tenders.  Anyone out in the turntable area knew exactly which loco was where.
14  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Baldwin 4-6-0 Southern #1087 on: February 27, 2020, 01:45:41 PM
Here's another site to look at:
The Southern painted quite a few locos intended for passenger service in the "Apple Green" scheme.  More well-known are the Pacifics and Mountains, but they also had some Ten-Wheelers and Americans done as well.  Pacific No. 1401 is stuffed and mounted in all its green and gold glory within the Smithsonian's American History museum in Washington, DC. 
15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 4-8-4 side rod bolts/screws on: February 18, 2020, 10:42:44 AM
Be aware that virtually all of the Bachmann screws are metric thread.  Eyeglass screws are usually American 00-90 thread.  Best to check at a decent hobby shop where you should be able to find metrics. 
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