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1  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: bachmann night before christmas G on: December 24, 2013, 10:31:06 AM
This is a commom pronlem,

Here is a response given to another person s few days ago:

The most common problem is that even though you think you have a fresh battery installed, it may be to weak to trigger the sound.  Batteries direct from the store also may not be fresh.  If the battery is tested and found good, make sure the battery is installed in the holder correctly( it is easy to reverse the polarity) and the that the door closes completely and the little latch is locked. Be sure the chuff sensor or "sound" wire between the tender and loco is firmly attached. Also be sure the red sound switch on the loco is on and the sound switch under the tender is on and turned all the way up. The loco must be moving for the sound.  here are the instructions in case you lost yours:

http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/dwg/dwgs/Big_Hauler_Instructions.pdf

To test the sound in the tender, carefully remove the "sound"plug between the loco and tender.  Take a thin piece of fine wire and bend it in a U shape and stick the ends in the holes on the ends of the plug.  Each time you do this you should get a chuff sound.  Make sure you push the wires in far enough. If you followed the above stuff on the battery and switches and still do NOT get a chuff sound then you may want to check the inside of the tender.  There are four screws under it which hold the shell to the floor.

If you do get a chuff doing this test the tender is fine and you can plug it back into the loco and try again. if it still does not work, the problem is in the locomotive not the tender.

Let me know how it goes, and we can go from there.

Good luck!

bill
2  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Pilot Truck won't stay in track on: December 22, 2013, 11:23:52 AM
As far as the pilot truck goes, sometimes the wires that go to the truck get caught up and get in the way and the truck will not swing in the slot.  I just use a very small screwdriver to push the wires up and out of the way. I also use a little plastic compatible white grease on the slot. some use a lead weight to hold down the truck, but if the wires are in the way that will not help.

What exactly is making the noise?  Is the motor running and the wheels not turning? If that is the noise then the gears may be stripped. If so you could send it in for service or buy one of the replacement chassis.

Hope this helps.

Bill
3  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Parts for Blue Comet Atlantic City Express on: December 22, 2013, 11:13:03 AM
Wade,
 I am not at home and I forgot about that, but the only ones I remember were the Blue Comet and the Liberty Bell sets. What was the third?  Also wondered where you ended up buying them?

Joe, 

I forgot to mention that until you get that part you could temporarily remove the rest of the valve gear as it will not affect the operation.  Some years ago I made one out of plastic sprue material and doing a lot of filing. Solid tubing could be used and tapered with a file, and the end heated and flattened.   

Bachmann parts has the pins last I heard, but they are not listed online.


Holiday cheers!

Bill



4  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Parts for Blue Comet Atlantic City Express on: December 20, 2013, 07:55:34 PM
Joe, I just noticed no one has responded.  This may be because they cannot identify the scale of the item.  The item number you mention is not a large scale item number.   
 
Give parts a call and see if they can help you with this. Try the 800 number in the instructions or call 215-533-1600 and ask for the parts dept.

All the Best

Bill
5  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Big Hauler synchronized sound on: December 20, 2013, 07:39:21 PM
Hi Bill,

The most common problem is that even though you think you have a fresh battery installed, it may be to weak to trigger the sound.  Batteries direct from the store also may not be fresh.  If the battery is tested and found good, make sure the battery is installed in the holder correctly( it is easy to reverse the polarity) and the that the door closes completely and the little latch is locked. Be sure the chuff sensor or "sound" wire between the tender and loco is firmly attached. Also be sure the red sound switch on the loco is on and the sound switch under the tender is on and turned all the way up. The loco must be moving for the sound.  here are the instructions in case you lost yours:

http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/dwg/dwgs/Big_Hauler_Instructions.pdf

To test the sound in the tender, carefully remove the "sound"plug between the loco and tender.  Take a thin piece of fine wire and bend it in a U shape and stick the ends in the holes on the ends of the plug.  Each time you do this you should get a chuff sound.  Make sure you push the wires in far enough. If you followed the above stuff on the battery and switches and still do NOT get a chuff sound then you may want to check the inside of the tender.  There are four screws under it which hold the shell to the floor.

If you do get a chuff doing this test the tender is fine and you can plug it back into the loco and try again. if it still does not work, the problem is in the locomotive not the tender.

Let me know how it goes, and we can go from there.

Have fun!!

Bill

6  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: scale of new 2-4-2T on: November 05, 2010, 05:31:36 PM
Jack ,

I'm sure you have read Tony's response, same is true for lithium Ion batteries, except they will fit in even less space.

 One of my friends put a Revolution Receiver and Phoenix sound board in as well as the Lithium Ion batteries.  I can't remember, but he put either the sound board, or the Revolution under the cab roof.  I couldn't even tell till he pointed it out. 

Cheers!
7  Discussion Boards / Large / Bach Man Set Question on: November 05, 2010, 04:02:34 PM
In the 2010 Catalog the picture with Set 90076 White Christmas Express seems to be an Annie.  Can you confirm if the set actually includes an Annie. I'm guessing no Annie, but want to be sure for my historical record.

Any other new sets out there from OSH Bass Pro or any of the other that you can tell us about?

Thanks to Wade Colyer I learned about the new Frontgate Set.

Thanks
8  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Bachmann Big Haulers: Swannee River Special G Scale on: October 26, 2010, 11:13:33 AM
Almost any transformer that is rated 1 amp and 18 volts will do.  Best to go to your local hobby shop and see what they have. 

Enjoy your new train!!
9  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Will East Broad Top Train Sets Be Produced Again? on: October 23, 2010, 10:50:00 PM
Forgot to mention that the early passenger cars have plastic wheels while the later passenger cars hav metal wheels.  All freight equipment made after 2000 have metal wheeels while earlier cars have plastic wheels.
10  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Will East Broad Top Train Sets Be Produced Again? on: October 23, 2010, 10:47:26 PM
Eric,

Welcome to the G Scale Hobby!!!

Bachmann first made the EBT Set in 1996 as a part of their Golden Classics Series of sets.  It was the sixth set in the series.  There were only 3000 of these sets made in a single run.  The golden Classics series sets were never listed in the catalog, and once they were gone that was it.  The only locomotive made by Bachmann was the 4-6-0 Big Hauler #10 in 1996 and the Anniversary 4-6-0 in 2002. 

The list below has all of the EBT lettered items in G Scale so far.  All of them are 1:22.5 except for the 2 Bay hopper which is 1;20.3. The early passenger cars had battery powered lighting  and the later passenger cars have track powered lighting and metal handrails.  The prices listed were the original MSRP prices.

The EBT items seem to be in high demand and do not often show up on EBAy, but Ebay is still your best bet if trying to aquire Bachmann EBT items. 

Since I do not work for Bachmann and I am not in the know, I cannot say if they will do any more EBT.  If they do I'm betting that they will be well received!!!

90085   EBT   Set   1996   ^ Set   East Broad Top   P   .
   GC 3000 Made   $300.00    
81093   EBT   10   2002   ~ Loco   4-6-0, 10th aniv, East Broad Top Ver 5   P      W   $300.00    
91230   EBT   10   1996   ~ Loco   4-6-0, East Broad Top   p         $140.00    Set 90085
93329   EBT      2007   Box Car               $60.00    
93827   EBT   27   2002   Caboose   8 whl, EBT         box car red   $70.00    
93827   EBT   28   1996   Caboose   8 whl, EBT         caboose red   $70.00    93830?
88997   EBT   None    2006   Hopper   2-Bay East Broad Top   N   A   Fn3 Finescale   $195    Modeler adds numbers
98230   EBT   849   1991   Hopper   3 bay, EBT vulcan trucks   P          $40.00    
89693   EBT   19   2003   P Baggage   East Broad Top   P      Not Lighted   $77.00    Metal Railings
89692   EBT   18   2003   P Combine   East Broad Top   P      Track Power Lights   $77.00    Metal Railings
89691   EBT   10   2003   P-Coach   East Broad Top   P      Track Power Lights   $77.00    Metal Railings
89695   EBT   8   2007   P-Coach   East Broad Top          Track Power Lights   $78.00    Metal Railings
None   EBT   10   1996   P-Coach   East Broad Top   P      Battery Lights   Set Car    Only in set 90085
89694   EBT   20   2003   P-Obs   East Broad Top  "Orbisonia"   P      Track Power Lights   $88.00    Metal Railings
None   EBT   20   1996   P-Obs   East Broad Top "Orbisonia"   P      Battery Lights   Set Car    Only in set 90086

Enjoy your new hobby!!!
11  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Big Hauler 4-6-0 and coaches - Baltimore and Ohio / Blue Comet on: October 23, 2010, 01:40:08 PM
Glad you got the Blue Comet Set. Even tho it does not have the version 5 chassis it is one of the greatest looking sets Bachmann ever did.  If you have the good fortune to get the extra cars, it makes a fabulous train. 

I know of a fellow who converted the loco to a version 5 chassis by swapping the shells.  He also had the baggage, combine, two coaches and the observation.  It was quite a sight to see!!!

It my earlier comments on Ebay, I was refering to the US site,  I have no knowledge of the frequency things come up on the UK site. 

Again Best of luck!!

Sleeping Bear, Thanks for your vote!!
12  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Big Hauler 4-6-0 and coaches - Baltimore and Ohio / Blue Comet on: October 22, 2010, 10:28:19 PM
I cannot answer your question about the Blue Comet & Royal Blue being exported to the UK as I have no info on that. 

The Blue Comet Set and extra cars came out in 1997 and remained in the catalog until 1999.  I have seen the loco #833 in the version 3  & 4 Chassis but never the version 5.  This is a beautiful set!! Prices noted were the original MSRP


90028   CNJ      Set, Blue Comet             1997   $300.00
91286   CNJ   833   4-6-0, Central of New Jersey         Set 90028   1997   $240.00
97186   CNJ   Halley   Combine, Central of Ney Jersey         Set 90028   1997   $65.00
97286   CNJ   Westphal   Coach, Central of New Jersey            1997   $70.00
97386   CNJ   Temple   Observation, Central of New Jersey         Set 90028   1997   $65.00
97486   CNJ   Barnard   Baggage, Central of New Jersey            1997   $55.00


This set was in the catalog from 1989 to 1995 and again in 1997 and 1998 and again in 2001 and 2002.  It is a beautiful set based on the turn of the century first class service between New York and Washington by the B&O RR.  It was in the catalog for 11 years second only to the circus set The Ringmaster.   The major problem for Ebay or mail order buyers of this set is related to the long production run.   The locomotive in this set had a Version 2 chassis, in later years it had Version 3, 4, and 5 chassis depending on what year it was made.  Ebay or mail order sellers might get more if they identified the chassis version especially Version 5.  If the seller will not answer your questions then it is best to pass and wait for another seller.   This set is so common that you will not have a problem finding another set.  It is definitely not collectable at this point.  The original MSRP was $340.00 and the discount mail order hobby shop price was $145.00.   This set sells regularly on Ebay for $75.00 to 130.00.   Do not pay top dollar for this set unless it has the version 5 chassis from the 2001 or 2002 model runs of this set.  Version 5 Chassis are easily identified by checkin the bottom plate of the loco and checkin to see if ther is a removable lubrication port near the rear drivers.  Here is the Royal Blue listings and some other B& O items as well.
  90016   B&O   Set   1989   ^ Set   The Royal Blue   P         $340.00    
91243   B&O   1332   1989   ~ Loco   4-6-0, B&O Royal Blue   P         $140.00    Set 90016 and seperately
93512   B&O   1525   1989   Flat Car   w/logs, B&O   P   L       $35.00    Also in Set 90012
93612   B&O   1525   1989   Flat Car   B&O   P      with stakes   $30.00    Also in Set 90100
93712   B&O   235   1989   Gondola   Baltimore & Ohio   P         $30.00    
95612   B&O   1525   1998   Flat Car   20 ft, Baltimore & Ohio   P          $49.00    
97143   NYPB&W   1063   1989   P Combine   The Royal Blue   B&O   P      Battery Lights   $55.00    Set 90016 & Seperately
97243   NYPB&W   1051   1989   P-Coach   The Royal Blue   B&O   p      Battery Lights   $55.00    
97343   NYPB&W   1059   1989   P-Obs   The Royal Blue   B&O   P      Battery Lights   $65.00    Set 90016 & Seperately
97443   NYPB&W   820   1992   P Baggage   The Royal Blue   B&O   P      Not Lighted   $55.00    


Good luck and enjoy your trains!!
13  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Information on my NOS Porter? on: October 18, 2010, 12:13:39 PM
Your undecorated 0-4-0 Porter was first out in Fall of 1997. It was in the catalog in 1997 1998 & 2000. 

The later Spectrum versions came out in 2003.

14  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Beer Reefers on: October 18, 2010, 12:03:59 PM
Only The Bach man knows Grin Grin Grin.

Bach man How many of each were made??
15  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: White Pass and Yukon Cars on: October 14, 2010, 10:00:52 PM
Hello Dave,

I'm sure you meant 90015

90015 Rocky Mountain Express, Rio Grande Southern was one of the fiirst set put out by Bachmann Industries.  I was made starting in 1989 and remained in the catalog until 1992.  The locomotive should have the number 25.  This had the Version 2 chassis which overall was not very reliable.  It was the first track powered chassis.

In 2002 Bachmann released Item 81094 Aniversary 4-6-0, Also Rio Grande Southern which has the version 5 chassis.  They did not change the number so it is also 25.
It stayed in the catalog until 2007, so you may be able to purchase one.
It would make a great replacement!!

 
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