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1  Discussion Boards / N / Re: ATTN Bach-Man - Acela Cafe Car power truck gear pin/shaft question/problem on: February 27, 2013, 07:37:15 PM
Here's is an update on this topic.  My 2 Acela power cars are still at Bachmann.  After several calls (an unreturned also) I kept getting the same response "we're going to get to it this week". After several of these pee poor answers I contacted Sonny (extension 226).  Things beging to move when you get the Plant Manager to walk over and ask what is going on. Laura actually called me within 15 minutes of my discussion with Sonny.  It is extremely poor that after almost 2 months on them having the locos it took that kind of phone call to get someone off of their dead butt and do something.  I guess well see when I get them back if they were actually fixed.  Supposedly they have received some new parts from China for these locos.
2  Discussion Boards / N / Re: union pacific overland 4-8-4 on: January 24, 2013, 06:36:39 PM
I put a decoder in the latest run 4-8-4 (ATSF) and utilized the tender pick-up "kit" from Richmond controls.  I originally went with only the tender pick-ups for getting track power.  However, it would want to stall quite frequently.  So I tapped some holes in the loco chassis and made some additional contacts with the copper pieces from KATO loco coupler clips.  Ran the wires to the tender and it runs like a champ now.  It's actually amazing what a decoder can do to a B-man loco.
3  Discussion Boards / N / Re: ATTN Bach-Man - Acela Cafe Car power truck gear pin/shaft question/problem on: January 07, 2013, 09:33:26 PM
I finally got Laura Harris on the phone today after many calls and some help from Jenny in parts.  Anyways, they have supposedly received some newly designed power trucks from China for this unit and believe that they can fix the 2 I have.  I also received an email from them with my Repair Order number and attached PDF sheet. WE may be getting somewhere.
4  Discussion Boards / N / Re: ATTN Bach-Man - Acela Cafe Car power truck gear pin/shaft question/problem on: January 05, 2013, 08:49:15 PM
Well, "Bach-man" can you help us out.  Seems like I'm not the only one having a problem here.
5  Discussion Boards / N / Re: ATTN Bach-Man - Acela Cafe Car power truck gear pin/shaft question/problem on: January 04, 2013, 07:00:37 PM
Package was delivered today.  Again tried getting in touch with both Laura and Bridget today with no success.  However, I did speak with a gentleman in the Parts Department.  Explained what the situation was and his response/fix for me was to "epoxy everything in place". Doesn't sound like an actual fix to me but more a band-aid for a bad design. I almost sorry I sent the 2 cars in for repair especially if they have someone like that working on things there.

Bach-man - how come no-one likes to pick up the phone or return phone calls???
6  Discussion Boards / N / Re: ATTN Bach-Man - Acela Cafe Car power truck gear pin/shaft question/problem on: January 03, 2013, 05:47:08 PM
Two more days of no return phone calls nor anyone even willing to pick up the phone at Bachmann. Very poor.

As of today I have mailed my 2 Acela power cars back for repair. However I would also like to talk with someone about them. Neither Bridget nor Laura will return phone calls. Heck I can't even get someone in parts (n & HO or G), customer service, nor the operator at option '0' to even pick up a phone. I have tried at many different hours of the day each time I have called. Once again a very poor experience so far.
7  Discussion Boards / N / Re: ATTN Bach-Man - Acela Cafe Car power truck gear pin/shaft question/problem on: December 31, 2012, 06:50:13 PM
Bach-man - anything??
8  Discussion Boards / N / Re: ATTN Bach-Man - Acela Cafe Car power truck gear pin/shaft question/problem on: December 27, 2012, 10:40:02 PM
Bach-Man,

Have you been able to get in touch with anyone?  Tried calling the past 2 days and have left messages without a return phone call (understand it is the holidays).  Both of my Acela power cars are under warranty (have the reciept) so a truck swap would remedy the situation if that can be worked out.  Thanks again.

Jeff
9  Discussion Boards / N / Re: ATTN Bach-Man - Acela Cafe Car power truck gear pin/shaft question/problem on: December 22, 2012, 03:03:58 PM
Bach-man - thanks for the response.  Hope you have a good holiday also.
10  Discussion Boards / N / Re: ATTN Bach-Man - Acela Cafe Car power truck gear pin/shaft question/problem on: December 21, 2012, 03:17:21 PM
Bridget Wallace is out until the first of the year.  However, spoke with a gentleman in parts and he was of no help partswise. No parts available to repair the loco so I guess I'm SOL. Anymore help you can suggest?  The guy mentioned the shafts are to be press fit and should not come out of the truck tower.  Mine (which was new) has this problem from the get go. So any help would be appreciated.  Thanks.
11  Discussion Boards / N / Re: ATTN Bach-Man - Acela Cafe Car power truck gear pin/shaft question/problem on: December 19, 2012, 09:48:36 PM
Message was left today.  Will wait for a callback.  Thanks.
12  Discussion Boards / N / Re: ATTN Bach-Man - Acela Cafe Car power truck gear pin/shaft question/problem on: December 18, 2012, 10:53:24 AM
I did change out the decoder already and the unit runs well when it does run.  So if I could get some trucks if you had a name of someone specifically to call that would be appreciated.  The unit like I said runs well and I do not want to give it up if the trucks will (and should) fix the problem.  I'll even pay for them if you want me to. Thanks.
13  Discussion Boards / N / Re: ATTN Bach-Man - Acela Cafe Car power truck gear pin/shaft question/problem on: December 18, 2012, 08:06:35 AM
I called the Service Dept yesterday and the lady acted like she had no idea what I was talking about.  All it really needs is a new pair of trucks in my opinion.
14  Discussion Boards / N / ATTN Bach-Man - Acela Cafe Car power truck gear pin/shaft question/problem on: December 17, 2012, 08:16:09 PM
I recently purchased the Acela set.  I have noticed on the powered car that the pins/shafts which hold the gears in the power truck itself work themselves loose from their associated holes in the truck sideframes.  This causes the gear to fall in the truck and thus stoping the train from running.  I have noticed the flat metal contact which transfers power from the wheel to the circuit board rides up based on the rotation of the wheel and thus allows the pins to work free.  Is this an inherant problem or did I just get a bad one?  Also, are the pins supposed to be friction fit into the truck sideframes to prevent working loose.  Is there a remedy for my problem?  Thanks.
15  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Re-release of auxilliary water tenders on: December 14, 2012, 06:56:33 PM
I have 4 of the unpainted/black ones (item #89951) if you have any interest.  Send me an email at jagowers2000@gmail.com if you do.  Thanks.
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