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181  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Mr. Bach-Man, bring back the 45 tonner please ... in G scale of course ! on: April 11, 2013, 10:59:09 AM

What happened to the pictures?
182  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Large Scale Engine Identification on: April 11, 2013, 10:52:24 AM

Joe, I most often use pilot. On steam locomotives with a front truck  the truck was known as the pilot truck, Steam switchers had a pilot beam and steps, but larger road locomotives had a pilot attached to their pilot beam. Most eastern and southeastern railroaders called the so called cowcatcher a pilot, while western lines had a tendency to use cowcatcher.  In the railroad shops they were officially known as pilots, and are called pilots on railroad drawings.  Cow catcher was a slang term used in the very early days.  

So basically pilot and cowcatcher are interchangeable words and mean the same thing, just like the short ones and long ones on our models are interchangeable Grin.  

I have seen a definition of a locomotive pilot as the device in front of the pilot truck designed to deflect obstacles on the track often called in the earlier days of railroading a "cowcatcher"  Roll Eyes. I believe this was in an old Trains Magazine.

Again sorry if I caused any confusion!!

Have fun.



Not to argue the point, but Bachmann refers to this part as a cowcatcher in their estore listings....
183  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Large Scale Passenger Car Dimensions on: April 11, 2013, 10:39:42 AM
total length=20 1/8"
car body length=19 1/16"
truck centers=11 1/2"
car width=4 1/8
car height=6 1/2"
184  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Large Scale Engine Identification on: March 26, 2013, 09:17:30 PM
Yes the cowcatchers are interchangeable.
185  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Large Scale Engine Identification on: March 26, 2013, 07:35:47 PM

I'm sure you meant to say 'cow catcher' and not 'pilot', as the pilots are the same on both versions.
186  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Bachmann Radio Control Set History Part 2 on: March 25, 2013, 10:55:05 PM
Bill's link works fine here too.  Wink
187  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: possiable short on: March 24, 2013, 02:51:59 PM
It sounds like your pilot truck has turned backwards. Turn it around and you should be OK. BTW, there should be a little plastic insert with a white arrow on it that indicates front. It is seen on the bottom of the pilot truck.
188  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 440 Seems small on: February 22, 2013, 06:52:26 PM
189  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Great American Train Show/Atlanta on: February 22, 2013, 03:57:43 PM
Well what is it you want to see? A C-19 or a C-16?  Grin
190  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: How to identify what I have (Emmett Kelly train set) on: February 18, 2013, 08:18:42 PM
If the locomotive has plastic wheels it is a battery unit. If they are metal it is track powered. If it turns out you need a transformer and track, Al Kramer at Al's Discount Trains usually has what you need at good prices.
191  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Barry's of Barry Big Trains current email address? on: February 18, 2013, 08:26:40 AM

Does anyone know Barry's of Barry Big Trains current email address?

Thank you,


I have recently corresponded with Barry at
192  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 2013 catalog on: February 17, 2013, 09:24:57 AM
"Seems we know more about the history than Bachmann does, 1987 would actually make it the 26th Anniversary! "

Or so you think.  Undecided
193  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 25 year old this year.. Bachmann Big Haulers on: February 03, 2013, 04:57:54 PM

The company says 1990, so they are not celebrating the 25th anniversary this year. They could be wrong, but it's their company, no matter what is said here!
194  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 25 year old this year.. Bachmann Big Haulers on: February 03, 2013, 08:46:07 AM
As quoted earlier from the Bachmann website, they themselves say the Big Haulers were introduced in 1990. The Annie was introduced in 2000 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Big Hauler 4-6-0. Who are we to argue with the company that produces them? I would say that the company statement is the "official" version. I'm sure they themselves will announce the 25th anniversary in 2015. 
195  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 25 year old this year.. Bachmann Big Haulers on: February 02, 2013, 05:34:05 PM
Now hold on. The Anniversary (Annie) version was introduced in late 2000 to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the Big Hauler line. Let me see....2000-10=1990. Not 1988. What gives?
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