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1  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Trench/WDLR Products on: July 15, 2019, 09:06:47 PM
I doubt that Bachman’s Europe would make an OO9 version of this loco as another manufacturer already makes  one in HOe (HO scale on 9mm track). Despite the scale difference many modellers mix HOe and OO9. I will not name the maker on this site, so don’t ask. I only mention it as it affects the chances oh Bachman’s Europe making one,



Hamish - You are reading my mind. That HOe model leaves a lot to be desired. If Bachmann USA were to commit to a WDLR line in On30, I might switch. As it is, I guess I will hope that Bachmann Branchline will give us a some other trench steam. I am not holding out for a Simplex, but that would be super cool.

2  Discussion Boards / On30 / Trench/WDLR Products on: July 13, 2019, 12:37:14 PM
I love to see the On30 and 009 trench train lines growing. I am working on a small 009 layout of France 1918 featuring your 4-6-0T’s.

The new On30 WDLR 2-6-2T is awesome, but it raises some questions.

Will we see the 2-6-2T added to the 009 line?

The 009 line includes WDLR prototype rolling stock. Will that be added to the On30 line, as well? Bachmann Branchline is also making standard gauge HO Parrot flats and ROS 2-8-0’s, will we see these WWI models (including the ambulance train) in O? Or st least available stateside in HO?

Finally, any chance you will make prototype Decauville track for either the On30 or 009 trench trains.


3  Discussion Boards / N / Re: MRR posts that BACHMANN releases new n scale steam with sound on: July 20, 2014, 03:40:58 PM
Great choice doing the Van Swerigen Berkshires with sound. I am pretty much limiting my N scale spending to locos with sound and DCC. Glad to see Bachmann taking the plunge.

Rob davis
4  Discussion Boards / HO / Revised 4-4-0 on: July 20, 2014, 03:38:47 PM

I am intrigued by the announcement for a revised 4-4-0. Are there any details you can share about the new tooling? In terms of appearance will we see slightly different locomotive or just a new version of the old one?

Hopefully these will sell well and you will find a business opportunity to be more adventurous in road names. Some northeastern road names appropriate to the late 1800's would be great.

All the best,

Rob Davis
5  Discussion Boards / HO / Asbury Park, New Jersey HO Club Last Run Open House 2/21/09 on: February 13, 2009, 12:02:53 PM
The Garden State Central Model Railroad Club, Inc. will be closing down its 35 year-old Asbury Park display  this month. This shore institution which first opened doors in Long Branch in 1963 has entertained thousands of shore residents each year but a change in landlords is forcing the club to abandon its nationally-known HO scale model railroad and seek new quarters.

In order to give friends, family and supporters one final chance to enjoy the display, the club will host a “Last Run in Asbury Park” open house on Saturday February 21st from 12-3PM at 607 8th Avenue in Asbury Park.  All ages are welcome. There is no admission fee, although donations to help the club pack up and eventually relocate will be gratefully accepted.

Trustee Rob Davis explained that, “the membership is determined to find new quarters in the shore area, but the magnificent HO scale train layout cannot be moved and will be dismantled immediately following the open house. “

Davis said the club has nothing but respect and gratitude for their landlords of 35 years. “We have had a good long run here on 8th Avenue. Without the guiding hands of our landlords Dr. “Goose” Gosling and Dr. Lepis I don’t know where we would be.” As for a new home, Davis is optimistic. “We are in a great position to turn this sad news into a fresh start. As an established 501 c(3) non-profit we are well-suited for a long-term lease or ownership of our own space. 30 years ago there were two other large clubs along the Monmouth County shore, but when they lost their homes the organizations disbanded.” Davis says this time the results will be different. “We are looking up and down the shore for an area that wants a strong, family oriented attraction. The club will go on, but our beloved railroad display in Asbury Park has reached the end of the line.”

The current layout depicts scenes of the Lehigh Valley, Jersey Central, Laurel Line and Lackawanna Railroads on a route from Jersey City, NJ to Scranton, PA. The display features a one-of-kind working model of a McMyler Car Dumping Machine (which is to be featured in the next issue of Railroad Model Craftsman magazine) along with historic locations and buildings that include the massive Bethlehem, PA steel mill. The layout tells the story of how anthracite coal was transported from northeastern Pennsylvania to the New York harbor.

“Each year we have return visitors come back to see the layout. Some fathers who brought their sons down in the 1970’s are returning with their grandsons.” Davis said the idea for the Last Run in Asbury Park open house is to let folks enjoy the landmark layout one more time. “There are people who love this club as much as the membership itself.  We want to celebrate that one more time. This is the last chance to see one of NJ’s finest operating model railroad layouts.”

The “Last Run in Asbury Park” open house runs from Noon to 3 on Saturday, February 21,  2009.  The club is located at 607 8th Avenue on the corner of Deal Lake Drive (Route 71) in the north end of Asbury Park.

For more information visit

For a map to the club visit:
6  Discussion Boards / HO / NJ HO Club Open House This Weekend on: October 20, 2008, 01:05:31 PM
A milestone in model railroading will be celebrated this weekend as the Garden State Central Model Railroad Club, Inc. of Asbury Park, NJ marks its 45th anniversary with their annual open house.

The club’s large HO scale layout will be operating with multiple trains. There will be a slide presentation on the history of the club, and a white elephant model train sales table as well. The table is REALLY good this year, with many bargains on current plastic locos, freight cars and under $100 brass locos.

Children and their families are welcome, as there is something for everyone to enjoy. Railfans will note scenes modeled after Scranton and Bethlehem, PA and Jersey City, NJ. The layout features areas of the DL&W, CNJ, LV and Laurel Line railroads.

Highlights include the Bethlehem Steel mill and the one-of-a-kind operating McMyler Coal Dumping Machine.

The club is especially interested in meeting former employees of Bethlehem Steel, the Jersey Central railroad and anthracite mining. Modelers wishing to join may learn about how to apply.

The display is open:
Friday Oct. 24 from 7-9PM
Saturday Oct. 24 from 12-4PM
Sunday Oct. 25 from 12-4PM

The club is located on the corner of Deal Lake Drive and 8th Avenue (608 8th Avenue) on the north side of Asbury Park. Those interested in taking the train have a one mile walk from the NJ Transit station in Allenhurst.

On the web:
7  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: SOUND DECODER FOR THE NKP BERKS WITH DCC ? on: April 07, 2008, 08:30:38 AM

If you do a search on this board you will find an older thread where I discussed putting a Tsunami in a Berk along with the QSI super bass speakers.

I chose the Tsunami for ease of installation (pop off the wire harness it comes with and pop on a plug harness and it drops in) and because it matches the impedance of the QSI speakers which I swear by now.

I do not like the sounds of the ESU chip at all - even with the programmer, it just doesn't match the Tsunami. However, neither of them come close to QSI, so I am now holding off on more installs until the aftermarket QSI board comes out this year.

I do not use MRC decoders for anything. They are the least reliable out there, and the sound is iffy at best. Of course, that is my opinion, others may disagree and their opinions are as valuable as mine, so take it with a grain of salt.

8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Berkshire Upgrades on: January 12, 2008, 12:08:07 PM
Rob - what about capacitors?

I left the Bachmann board cappys in place, and the Tsunami has one built in. Voila!

9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Berkshire Upgrades on: January 11, 2008, 11:08:59 AM
Upgrade Details

To install the Tsunami, unscrew the tender shell and remove the Bachmann DCC board and plug. This leaves a standard female 8-pin NMRA plug awaiting your new decoder.

To add the Tsunami Heavy Steam decoder, you have to either wire a new male plug to it, solder the wires direct to the Bachmann female plug (which is what I did) or cut back the Tsunami insulated wrapper, unplug their wire harness and replace with a harness that has a JST plug on one end  and the 8-pin on the other. This voids the Tsunami warranty, but I usually do it if I have a harness on hand.

The tender has speaker holes in the floor under the weight. You can mount a flat round speaker here and as long as you seal the edges with caulk so it is airtight, it might sound fine.

However, I am hooked on the new QSI superbass speakers and they are deep, so they do not fit under there.

Thus, I mounted a QSI speaker with enclosure behind the wieghts. Mine faces up to use the tender shell as an amplification chamber. You could also face it down and drill new holes in the floor under the speaker.

You could fit two of these, but it would be tight.

I replaced the LED's with the Miniatronics 3mm Yelloglows which look just like incandescents, no blue hue. They are 10x brighter than the Bachmann LEDs.

They are easy to install. Simply unplug the factory ones, trim the leads on the new ones, and plug them in. Note, LEDs must be inserted with correct polarity. They will only work plugged in one way. If one doesn't work, reverse the leads and it should.

Bachmann uses one circuit on #759 for both the Mars light and headlight LEDs. My next step is to run a wire from Function 5 output on the decoder to the Mars light so I can controll it individually from the headlight. The Tsunami has a Mars light simulator function that works very well with LEDs if you set the CVs right.

Programming the Tsunami is whole other thing. It is very versatile and FUN!


Rob Davis
10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann 2-8-4 question on: January 11, 2008, 10:58:37 AM
See the thread Berkshire Upgrades for notes about sound install.,3861.0.html

11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Berkshire Upgrades on: January 09, 2008, 11:14:38 AM

Tried the Berk on my club layout last night. It hauled 14 average freight cars up a 3% grade. It could start with 11 cars on the same hill.

I do not have part numbers on me now, but the conversion is very simple. It took about an hour and required a bit of soldering.

12  Discussion Boards / HO / Berkshire Upgrades on: January 05, 2008, 11:22:17 AM

I have started upgrading my NKP #759 Berkshire. Last night, I installed a Tsunami with the QSI super-bass speaker. WOW is all I can say.

I replaced the stock LED's (which are weak and yellow) with Miniatronics golden glow LEDs. WOW again. I still need to split the circuit to the front lights so I can make the Mars light work while the headlight stays constant.

With each step it is feeling more and more like 1972 when I first encounter the real #759.

Rob Davis

PS: I am really impressed with this model, especially since it is standard line. The tender is superior to the Proto2000 Berk tender in several ways, including weight, decoder/speaker space and tracking.
13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Which Pacific would YOU like to see produced? (no poll yet) on: December 27, 2007, 11:11:42 AM
B&M #3713

CNJ #833


14  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Roundhouse or Bachamnn 4-4-0 on: December 26, 2007, 01:18:05 PM
I stand corrected on the Roundhouse build date. Didn't realize that its origins were as late as 1907.
15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Roundhouse or Bachamnn 4-4-0 on: December 26, 2007, 12:17:31 PM
I have both, and have run the wheels off them this year. Here are the considerations I would give you:

1. Which is closer to your prototype? They represent build dates about 20 years apart (Roundhouse being the earlier).

2. What do you want to do with it? The Roundhouse is a very good runner and very forgiving of bad track. The Bachmann also runs well, but is less forgiving.

3. Sound. I do not like the MRC sounds. I put a Tsunami in my Bachmann. It is OK. I can't wait for the QSI after market system. My other Bachmann 4-4-0 will get that.

4. DCC motor control. The Bachmann chip (no sound) is very nice. The MRC chip seems to be unstable and likes to reset itself, not respond, or just "do its own thing."

Overall, you need to buy a decoder for EITHER of these if you want good sound.

Thus, the only difference I see is that the Roundhouse already has a speaker in it.

I fit a full sized Tsunami and a 1" speaker in the Bachmann tender, BTW.

Rob Davis
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