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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: What's The Date??? on: July 16, 2018, 06:50:44 PM
Thanks much Len!

I believe Bachmann has used date "stamps" for some time, I just never knew the "code".  The stamp above is likely from the early 80's.  A newer Bachmann Sound Value locomotive has the stamp on the box flap... K141208.   I suspect these codes are for inventory purposes and/or for repairs to know the "run" of a particular item.

Again... many thanks! 😀
2  Discussion Boards / HO / What's The Date??? on: July 15, 2018, 05:33:06 PM

I bought an older Bachmann F9.  The chassis is stamped "30819".   What is the "translated" date for that code?

Also, I see newer Bachmann products with a longer alpha-numeric code (The code begins with a letter).  How should those codes be interpreted???

Thanks in advance for the assistance!
3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Seeking Bachmann Historians! on: June 02, 2018, 10:28:30 PM
I looked at some of my older rolling stock and found an AHM Pennsylvania 4 bay hopper ( from Christmas 1968) that appears to be the same mold as the Clinchfield hopper pictured and it's lettered as a 50 ton capacity car!
4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Seeking Bachmann Historians! on: June 02, 2018, 03:14:04 PM
I was fortunate to find a Clinchfield rolling stock roster. It appears some "creative liberties" were imployed on this model!  The lettering for CRR 47000 is correct, but the roster shows the car at 33 feet with two bays, which would be more typical.  I know lettering is much less expensive to create than car molds, but it"s interesting someone took the time to get the lettering correct although it was applied to a "stock" 70 ton hopper mold!  And... choosing lettering from only one of the two prototypes that existed is a fascinating tidbit!

The little things that make this hobby great!
5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Seeking Bachmann Historians! on: June 02, 2018, 01:28:29 PM
Fascinating a 40 foot hopper was limited to 55 ton capacity!   I grew up in southwest Virginia seeing the N&W Clinch Valley district every day.  The Clinchfield, Interstate, L&N and Southern were nearby.  100 car coal drags were the primary rail traffic.  A car hauling less than capacity had to drive the decision makers around the bend, thinking of lost revenue!
6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Seeking Bachmann Historians! on: June 02, 2018, 12:02:23 PM
True!  Some of molds and designs seem to have been passed around from one company to another or they were "creatively acquired".   Fascinating how some of the designs were around for years, just in different boxes with different manufacturers.

You mentioned Revell... I have the 1/96 scale Saturn V that was popular during the Apollo days!
7  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Seeking Bachmann Historians! on: June 02, 2018, 11:00:01 AM
Thank you Terry for your research!  Train folks are good people!

Len... You nailed it!  I searched a lot of manufacturers,. but I didn't think about older IHC runs ( post AHM-Tempo-Rivarossi days).

Fascinating quirk about this hopper... It has weights listed for a 55 ton hopper instead of a 70 ton hopper!

Many, many thanks for solving this little riddle!
8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Seeking Bachmann Historians! on: June 01, 2018, 02:32:38 PM
Well lamented!
9  Discussion Boards / HO / Seeking Bachmann Historians! on: June 01, 2018, 09:18:12 AM
I purchased an older 40 foot, four bay coal hopper with the Clinchfield road name from a hobby shop.

The only markings underneath the car are "Made In China".  The road number is CRR 47000

I've researched some of the older Bachmann tooling and found similar 70 ton hoppers, but none are Clinchfield.

Does anyone know if this is from an older Bachmman run?

Many thanks!
10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Sound Value Class J BAC 53201 on: May 11, 2018, 08:21:47 PM
I grew up near the N&W Clinch Valley District.  Single track mainline with long sidings.  I saw lots of coal drags, a weekday local and on Saturday morning, a time freight from Norton to Bluefield with some L&N, Clinchfield and Interstate traffic N&W picked up in Norton.
11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Sound Value Class J BAC 53201 on: May 10, 2018, 10:41:58 PM
Thanks much!  I grew up in coal country, so I find branch lines fascinating too!  Happy railroading!
12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Sound Value Class J BAC 53201 on: May 09, 2018, 12:02:24 AM
Thanks much for the input!  I appreciate the help!
13  Discussion Boards / HO / Sound Value Class J BAC 53201 on: May 05, 2018, 04:01:48 PM
I have an opportunity to purchase a Sound Value Class J 4-8-4 (BAC 53201).

I understand the locomotive is "recommended" for 22 inch minimum radius curves.  How does it perfrom on 18 inch radius curves?

Model Railroader reviewed the model in both DCC and DC mode.  How is the DC performance?

Thanks in advance for the help!
14  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Class J 4-8-4 Disappointment on: January 05, 2018, 02:40:38 PM
While having lunch with my wonderful Wife, she thought maybe my Class J could be repaired without sending it to Bachmann for five weeks.   With a large magnifying class in hand and some tiny tools, I attempted to replace the disc that holds the smaller drive rod in place.  The disc is part of the cylinder assembly.  From the factory, it comes with a tiny dot of solder to hold it in place.  I didn't want to risk damage to the plastic of the cylinder assembly since the space is very confined, so I tried Super Glue to secure the disc on it's mount.  At the moment, it's holding and the Class J is back on the track.  Hopefully, she'll keep pulling my N scale Powhatan Arrow!

Many thanks to all who offered your thoughts and advice!
15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Spectrum GP30 noise on: January 05, 2018, 02:27:31 PM
Greetings all -

I am truly impressed and grateful with everyone's input!

I used Labelle 106 on the wheel gears and the worm gear with no appreciable reduction in the noise.   I have tried to listen and identify if the noise is coming from the motor, flywheel, worm gear assembly or from the gears inside the trucks.  I see the split frame is pretty tight around the motor, so I would think any play in the drive assembly is coming from the flywheels on back to the worm gear.  Nothing looks abnormal, but... this little unit sounds like a locomotive from 40 years ago going around the track!

Thanks again for the wonderful input... I appreciate your time!
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