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So I'm building a layout focused around the episode Gallant Old Engine which includes a tunnel. Can anyone provide me with approximate measurements (perhaps using Skarloey as a reference) for the model? I have been told that he will be about the size of his ERTL model, which I am a bit skeptical of, but then again I don't know anything about it; I haven't even seen Skarloey's model IRL for a size comparison.

And while we're on the subject, has Bachmann provided an exact release date for Rheneas? I have read rumors ranging anywhere from next month to January of 2018, and would like to clear things up if possible.
^what he said: not at this moment, but Rheneas' release is looming, and Rusty was announced for 2018.
No. We must have newbies spamming topics and posts of "can bachmann make this obscure engine/piece of rolling stock??? k thx byyyyeeee!" All the time. It's the nature of this fandom/containment board.
Thomas & Friends / Re: Diesel 10
February 24, 2017, 06:04:09 PM
Daniel, it's not gonna happen. I imagine the reason being the complexity of the claw–the engines also have to fit it in tunnels and sheds, so that would be problematic as well.
N / Re: Better Solution for Track Nailing?
February 13, 2017, 11:57:32 AM
White-gluing the track to the cork? Seems like that would damage the ties just as much as my current hammer-and-nails method.
N / Better Solution for Track Nailing?
February 12, 2017, 11:16:35 PM
Hey guys. I'm laying sectional track with cork roadbed, and am getting really frustrated with nailing the track down. I've tried using a craft hammer as well as a normal-sized hammer, and both are very iffy to work with. I've dented more than one piece of track just making sure the nails are in deep enough so they don't scrape the chassis of my engines; and I've gotten plenty of nails in just enough so that they do just that, and removing them is damaging the track.

Any advice on what to do here? Would something like a tiny nail gun (such as this) work?
I've heard the 31st being bandied about as the release date, perhaps from Trainworld or Bachmann themselves. Hoping that's the last of any delays we get for our gallant little engine.
N / Joiner Codes – Workable with Each Other?
December 15, 2016, 02:44:30 PM
So I bought a bunch of code 80 track, which came with metal joiners in groups of 4. Long story short, they never disconnected evenly from their "groups" and the track doesn't connect evenly without gaps between sections or the track otherwise being laid evenly/completely straight.

I'm looking for joiners that come completely loose in boxes or bags. I see that Micro-Engineering has them for code 55 track, which I know is slightly thinner; would the joiners be compatible with my code 80 track? If not, are there other manufacturers wh make them for code 80? I am new to N scale (having switched from HO for space reasons) and could use some help in this matter
Thomas & Friends / Re: Oliver coming early 2017
November 06, 2016, 08:23:29 PM
Looks great to me except for the skinny funnel and boiler, but that looks like Bachmann was just going from Arc's design mistakes, which is fine, really.
Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2017
October 28, 2016, 10:01:11 AM
Alright, well, I'll post what I think is realistic for Bachmann in 2017. Haven't followed the TV series in ages, so if I'm missing someone/something big, please by all means point it out.

one of the class 08s they haven't made yet

Sir Handel
Blue/Cream Narrow Gauge Coach
Green/Cream Open Coach
Guards Vans (Blue and Brown)

Express Coaches
Properly-scaled Bertie
N / Re: N Scale Switches – Radius Matches
October 25, 2016, 12:53:24 PM
Quote from: James in FL on October 24, 2016, 12:24:14 PM
Hi douglas,

On the non-numbered turnouts it's 11.25r.

Excellent, thanks for answering my question James.
Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2017
October 24, 2016, 08:50:57 PM
Quote from: sean1994rail on October 23, 2016, 10:40:06 AM
HO Narrow Gauge
Sir Handel (If going by engine number)
Rusty or Duncan
NG brake vans
NG coaches

Bachmann's NG rolling stock are clones of Peco's 009 scale (British equivalent of N scale) models. Cheaper, and a better selection as well. Check out Hattons UK.
Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas & Friends in 2017
October 24, 2016, 08:42:32 PM
All I care about is Bachmann getting Rheneas "right" after his release being pushed back this far.

Also, no more Diesel clones, please. They're a waste of time and release slots that could go to other characters.
N / Re: N Scale Switches – Radius Matches
October 24, 2016, 11:36:59 AM
Oh yes, I know. The more important thing is, what is the radius of the standard N scale switch curves? Like how the standard HO turnouts are 18" radius. What's the N scale equivalent?
Thomas & Friends / Re: New Acquisitions
October 23, 2016, 05:34:46 PM
Well, I'd be happy with just the Original Six too. (I don't believe there was ever an Edward rumor along with the confirmed-to-have-been-cancelled Gordon.) But there's three more engines to re-release before they get there, if they go there at all.
I just hope, if they re-release the freight car packs, that they don't cost almost as much as the engines used to. I find it ridiculous that people are unironically asking $150 for a truck and a van on eBay when the whole range looks (tentatively) to be re-released over time.