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1  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2017 on: December 18, 2016, 06:54:07 PM
Diesel and Mavis were so common place in many of the early years of the Thomas series, that might explain thier sales being better.  I was just thinking if the models were offered in both Thomas form and as a normal, say class 08 shunting diesel, it might boost sales overall to the level they need to see.  I do not think the overall interest in large scale has really gone down that much, more like the prices have gone up, leading to less overall spending volume wise.  That and being a election year here in the states with much left in the wind for atleast another few months, has kept many I know here in the states keeping thier money in thier wallet/bank account for now.   Lots of uneasyness right now and trains are being put on the back burner even more than before.   Mike
2  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2017 on: December 18, 2016, 02:40:48 PM
I also think Bachmann needs to offer non Thomas version of the engines.  If there is enough market for companies to offer kits to convert engines like Emily to non Thomas.  Then if Bachmann offered them already this way, many more would sell as some folks do not want the hassle of doing the modeling work.  It would also sell more models making tooling costs easier to absorb when consideirng new models.   Take Diesel.  Do the Thomas version, then think of all the different companies and railways that used that shunting diesel that the Thomas one is based on.  Then take Duck, a GWR Pannier tank.   Several different styles of paint worn during just the GWR years, then British Rail along with the crimson London Transport.   An affordable option for UK mainline engines in large scale.   Even if the scale is fudged a bit, its better than nothing when it comes to large scale trains.   Mike
3  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2017 on: December 18, 2016, 01:07:34 PM
I would think any of the models with a 0-6-0 chassis would be a possiblity as it would share the drive that Thomas uses.   I would like to espically see Duck since I am a GWR fan, along with Diesel and Oliver.   Thier range of rolling stock is a god send for those of us in the states that like UK style trains and run live steamers made by Roundhouse.   To get proper UK style rolling stock, you need a bank loan, but since Bachmann brought out thier range, even though the scale is a bit of a miss match, the wagons and coaches look better than LGB product behind a UK style engine.  I pull my Emily coaches with a Roundhouse Argyll live steamer and am in the process of turning Emily into a non-Thomas engine with parts offered from the UK.   I would also love to see some of the buildings done in large scale, espically the glass canopy passenger station platforms.  Doubt we see that, buildings in LS need to be weather proof and that plastic isnt cheap.   Keep the LS products coming!      Mike
4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: older white box brill trolley with cracked axle gears on: December 28, 2014, 08:25:37 PM
How many times you going to repeat that MB Klein price?  Yes the trolley has some age, but not near as old as some of my other engines that run perfectly fine.  I know not to expect much when it comes to this brand, in that era.  The new stuff from Bman is outstanding compared to just a few years ago.
5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: older white box brill trolley with cracked axle gears on: December 28, 2014, 07:03:06 PM
I did look to see if they had the parts listed, which they do not.  I could change the axle gears if I could get parts.  I am waiting on the Bman to jump in, probably not till tomorrow during business hours though.   Mike
6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: older white box brill trolley with cracked axle gears on: December 28, 2014, 06:20:19 PM
So what your saying is the warrenty is worthless as the paper its written on, since I can buy one cheaper than them replacing it under warrenty, which is what they should do.  Its Bachmann's second rate quality of plastic thats the problem, and it shouldn't be the my problem.   
7  Discussion Boards / HO / older white box brill trolley with cracked axle gears on: December 28, 2014, 05:11:32 PM
I have an older white box era brill trolley, green "desire st" paint scheme, that has both axle gears split.  This renders the trolley non operational.   I inquired about sending her in, just want to make sure Bachmann has some trolleys in stock incase a replacement is needed.  I have zero use for a diesel or steam engine, wouldnt look right running around tight radius street trackage.    Thanks in advance.  Mike
8  Discussion Boards / Large / Axle gears for original run of 36 ton shays on: October 08, 2014, 09:21:00 PM
Does anybody have a scrap set of original trucks for the first run 36 ton 2 truck shay?  I my be possibly picking one up that has 2 axles that are nolonger being driven by the motor, just freewheeling.  I do not plan to run it much, so the $250 cost to replace the whole truck with a new set off fleabay isnt really in the budget.  Just looking to restore it back to all wheel drive.  I see nothing on the parts dept unless the axle sets from the 55 ton 3 truck shay will work in the early trucks.   Thanks in advance   Mike
9  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: This Years New Announcements on: July 20, 2014, 12:55:12 PM
A pennsy L1 would be nice, PFM did very well with several runs of thier brass version in the late 70's thru the early 80's.  Definatly would be well recieved, nice follow up to the H10 being done by anohter company.  The general downturn in the hobby world has really curtailed anything new to speak off.  One of the LHS's is surviving on estate items for the most part.   Mike
10  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: ATTENTION ALL THOMAS FANS! on: May 19, 2013, 03:14:49 PM
Bachman does offer a DCC version, just not in thomas colors or with a face.  Bachmann's Branch Line series of UK trains rivals some of the nicest USA prototype engines from Broadway ect.  Cheers   Mike
11  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Next geared engine needs to be a 3 cylinder shay on: February 16, 2013, 12:14:56 AM
Agreed Bill, all the early brass pretty much suffers from lack of enough power pickups, but there were pretty good runners when you look at what else was available.  Mantua diecast, Athearn HiFi and early gear drives amoung others, none of which ran as good as what we enjoy today.  Most of the "popped" gear syndrome was in the Kumata built diesels, with either one of the tower spur gears or the axles gears splitting.  You would think we would be beyond that issue now, that manufactures would know to properly "age" the plastic so it doesnt shrink further after production when its got a metal shaft that doesnt shrink thru it.  We are fortunate to have the selection of models that we do have today.  When I got started, the basic "good running" selection was Athearn blue box diesels, Mantua steamers, Atlas yellow box diesels and brass.  I had mostly Athearn blue box diesels and once I started mowing grass I bought my first PFM/United brass locomotive, a 2 truck shay.  Cheers   Mike
12  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Show us your layout on: February 14, 2013, 09:51:58 PM
just getting started on my On30 logging layout, built on a 24" deep shelf that is "L" shaped, 8' long on one side and 4' long on the other.  Layout will be a double switch back using Peco On30 track, Bachmann Climax and a Shay, both with added 3trd trucks from Backwoods Miniatures.  Just built the Climax truck tonight.  Mike

13  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: ho set recommendation on: February 14, 2013, 09:42:24 PM
I can also plug thefavoritespot, but I have all On30 from him.  I ditched HO scale as my eyesite isnt as good as it once was and I like narrow gauge trains.  On30 will run on HO scale track, highly recommend you check out Bachmann's sets.  They match the xmas village buildings very nicely scale wise if your into that kind of stuff.  Or you can go the whole backwoods logging or mining theme.  Good luck on whatever you decide to purchase.   Mike
14  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Anybody here willing to weather something for me? on: February 14, 2013, 09:38:03 PM
Thats for the suggestion Royce but I dont need another account to keep up with over on Yahoo.  I will find someone eventualy between the forums I post on.   MIke
15  Discussion Boards / On30 / Anybody here willing to weather something for me? on: February 14, 2013, 04:17:53 PM
Any of my fellow On30's good at weathering locomotives?   I am building the 3rd truck kit from Backwoods Miniatures for my Climax and would like to have it and the locomotive weathered to match the picture on Backwood's website.  Our one guy that is fairly local is backed up for several months with kits to build, paint and weather.  Thanks in advance.  Mike
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