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1  Discussion Boards / Large / Search for a LS wood rectangular water/tank-car on: August 20, 2017, 01:00:48 PM
Hi all, I saw a small rectangular Bachmann wood tank car/water car/fire car some time ago on a photo that unfortunately I do not have any more. It was painted something like caboose red/westside red and had although relatively short two trucks i.e. 4 axles. Does anyone have a Bachmann number for this car and/or a Photograph? Even better would be a source where to buy it. Any help is appreciated. Thanks, Peter
2  Discussion Boards / Large / Large Scale Heisler oil bunker and air tanks on: July 31, 2017, 10:47:43 AM
Hi from Germany, I was lucky to get one of the rare Large Scale Heislers some weeks ago. It is one of the coal-fired versions (Luken's Steel) and I would like to rebuild it into an oil-fired one. Bachmann is sold out of the oil tank that was included in the only oil-fired version of this loco as well as of the 2 air-tanks that hide some of the "empty space" forward. Does anyone out there have these parts as unused spares and would be ready to sell them to me? Or does anyone know a dealer who might have them? Will pay any reasonable price including full postage from whereever it comes via Paypal. Still hopeful, Peter     
3  Discussion Boards / Large / removing coal load on Shay 81197 on: September 09, 2016, 04:58:27 PM
Hi all, a surely silly question, but the plastic coal load on my 81197 Shay should only be fixed by snapping in but does not move. Any ideas? Thanks, Peter
4  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 2-Truck Shay replacement trucks on: August 19, 2016, 02:14:25 AM
Hi Bill, thank you. Just to get into details: I mean the Bachmann No. 81196, 81197 and 81198 with my question for compatibility!? One more question: How difficult would you rate the replacement operation, any soldering to be done? Regards, Peter
5  Discussion Boards / Large / 2-Truck Shay replacement trucks on: August 17, 2016, 02:55:31 AM
Hi all, I consider buying one of the older 2-Truck Shay models (yes, those with the chronic gear problems...) Can anyone confirm that the readily available replacement trucks 88999 are compatible with these older models and that the gear problems are completely solved with the new trucks? Thanks, Peter 
6  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: cooling fan in large scale Climax on: March 18, 2016, 12:16:14 PM
Hi Loco Bill and thanks very much. Do you know if the cooling fan can be deactivated by some CVs? Regards, Peter
7  Discussion Boards / Large / cooling fan in large scale Climax on: March 18, 2016, 08:17:18 AM
Hi all, I just received one of the 2011-run Climax locos with factory-installed sound. It has a cooling fan in the tender which runs as soon as the loco sits on the track and gets current. The noise it makes is not very loud but when the sound is switched off you definitely can hear it and that is very annoying. Is this cooling fan really necessary on a loco that is only run short lengths indoors or can it be deactivated without danger to the electronics? Best regards, Peter
8  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: plug and play sound decoder for G-scale Climax on: October 29, 2014, 06:06:11 PM
One more question: Is the plug-in a 12-pins in one row version?
9  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: plug and play sound decoder for G-scale Climax on: October 29, 2014, 05:23:38 PM
Thanks again Kevin,
I started looking for the QSI here in Germany but think I will have to get it in the US. My plans grow because I was offered a new in the box Bachmann 2-truck-Shay (82199) by a German dealer at a very reasonable price. Is the situation regarding installing sound in this Shay the same as with the Climax or more complicated because the model is "older"?
10  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Sound-decoder for 2-4-2 91199 on: October 29, 2014, 05:17:50 PM
Thanks for bumping Bill and thanks for helpful advice Kevin,
I found out that the loco indeed has the 8-pin-standard NEM652 connector and a speaker as well. So I probably will try the ESU decoder because of its better sound volume compared to Uhlenbrock. Is there a US-made alternative plug and play decoder with a little more "power" available?
11  Discussion Boards / Large / plug and play sound decoder for G-scale Climax on: October 29, 2014, 04:56:34 AM
Still planning a small garden layout with just the new 2-4-2T and the latest generation Climax, both Bachmann large scale models. My question for the 2-4-2 is still open for answers, here the one for the Climax: My version will be the one without DCC and Sound, but DCC ready. Is there a plug and play Sound Decoder for this model on the market that can be installed without soldering including the speaker? Sorry if the question sounds a bit silly but I am completely new to large scale and used to my NEM652-equipped On30 locos which are ideally suited for someone like me with 2 left hands when it comes  to soldering or other more complicated electrics. Hoping for help and thanks in advance. Peter   
12  Discussion Boards / Large / Sound-decoder for 2-4-2 91199 on: October 25, 2014, 10:36:04 AM
Hi from Germany,
I have a new 2-4-2T in the green/black version (91199) on order. As I plan to install sound my question is if anyone has experience with the sound-decoders from ESU (54400) and/or Uhlenbrock (36320) in these locos. I am interested in the way they may be installed (only plug in the NEM652 or is any additional soldering e.g. to the factory-installed speaker to be done?) and in the quality of the sound, especially if the volume is sufficient for the size of the loco? Any experience is welcome.
13  Discussion Boards / On30 / Rail Bus gears/running qualities on: October 19, 2013, 09:49:33 AM
Hi all,
just went from happy to sad about my On30 Rail Bus. Received the demanded replacement gears for it from Bachmann some time ago but started working on it only today. There were 3 split gears on the different gear-train parts. I changed them and the bus was at least moving then which it had not done before. It ran quite perfectly backwards but was "wobbling" from one side to the other when driving forward. I then changed all gear parts sent by Bachmann except for the gears in the gearbox (including the complete wheel-sets) but the running is still not better! Anyone with the same problem who could help?
14  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: REPLACEMENT GEARS on: September 15, 2013, 03:38:16 AM
Hi again, I have received one more pair of Shay trucks with the new gears and now all my Shays are running like Swiss watches and are a pleasure to look at running. Many thanks to Bridget and Laura and their teams, they certainly have done a great job during the last couple of months. And all you out there without gears at this moment: Be patient, I am sure help/replacement will be on ist way to you as well very soon!
15  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: REPLACEMENT GEARS on: August 12, 2013, 12:40:39 AM
Had not considered calling until now because of the costs (Germany-USA)... Will perhaps try it now when there is no other chance to get the right parts.
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