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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Sound Value S-2: Tinkering on: July 01, 2019, 12:37:34 PM
Talk about a rarity!!  Apparently three Alcos got Chessie paint!  Who would have imagined it?

This one looks like it might be former B&O:

2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Sound Value S-2: Tinkering on: June 19, 2019, 02:53:39 AM
Hello, either I missed this thread the first time somehow, or I forgot about it, but I want to congratulate you on some nice work!

I'm particularly intrigued by the extra hand rails added at the cab end.  Unless the B&O copied the C&O, that may well be a former Chessie unit transferred to the B&O around the early 1960s. 

I'll have to check my C&O diesel book to be sure!!

Good work again!!
3  Discussion Boards / HO / Acela Express on: June 11, 2019, 12:38:56 AM
I notice the Acela set is back!  Of course, the original set only came with three cars--and the new one does, too.

By any chance will extra cars be available to fill out the train length to what it should be?
4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Craftsman Boxcar Kit on: May 18, 2019, 03:53:17 AM
Glad to see you back again, too!

Good luck on the new road when the time comes.
5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: B&O "Running Mate" to go withthe EM-1? on: January 30, 2019, 09:14:37 PM
Sand Patch had all good choices for other B&O prototypes, though most would require all new tooling, including mechanisms (except for the T-3, which could use an existing 4-8-2 mechanism).

There are a couple of other choices that are already in the line--the USRA light 4-6-2 and light 2-8-2, which, depending on the model chosen, are already spot on for a P-5 and a Q-3.

Two others I would suggest that could take advantage of existing mechanisms would be the Q-4 2-8-2 (USRA 2-8-2 mechanism with long frame Baker valve gear, Vanderbilt tender, and appropriate detailing), and the P-7 4-6-2 (PRR K4s mechanism, already correct including the lacy Walschaerts valve gear, with a new superstructure, possibly a USRA tender).
6  Discussion Boards / N / Re: New Steam Locomotive Requests (2-10-4 Texas/Selkirk Type and 2-8-4 Berk variant) on: December 05, 2018, 01:05:10 AM

The Streamlined Cincinnatian or any of the other other B&O Class P-7 locomotives would be nice new shells for the Pennsy K-4 mechanism, because the driver wheel size is identical and their spacing is nearly identical.  Also, the B&O used high headlights for all the P-7s before the P-7d and e versions, like the K-4 model.

The USRA Pacifics (B&O class P-5) had smaller drivers (74" instead of 80") and closer spacing (6'-6" instead of 6'-9" on the K-4 or 7'-0" on the P-7), so they might need a modified mechanism to look right.  But, 5" in N scale is only 1/32", and the flanges are over-scale anyway, so, with smaller drivers, the same mechanism might pass for not just the USRA Pacifics that so many roads had, but also the very plentiful B&O P-1s and most of the other Pacifics that B&O ran.  Probably a lot of other roads had locos that could also use the K-4 mechanism if appropriate shells could be produced, and maybe some smaller drivers provided.

The P-7 in almost any version would be extremely easy, and accurate.  All you would need would be the superstructure, perhaps a tender shell (a USRA variant would pass), a maybe a cylinder block and a trailing truck (both optional, and easy if one or the other is also used for something else).  The rest is identical with the K4 visually, including the lacy Walschaerts valve gear and its hanger.

I'm an HO man, and I'm surprised nobody who makes a PRR K4 has figured this out. 
7  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: The Last Project on My Layout on: November 11, 2018, 01:53:55 AM
Beautiful road!!  Sorry to see it go?

Can you say what has happened, and what future plans may be?
8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Help. Repairing 2006 steam on: October 23, 2018, 09:15:46 AM
TinoStrat, can you tell us what locomotive you do have, or send a photograph of it?  As Jonathan noted, different locomotives may have different methods of attaching parts.  A look at what you have can tell us a lot. 

There are a lot of people here who are willing to help you!!

(Hope the translator program works well.)

TinoStrat, ¿puedes decirnos qué locomotora tienes o enviar una fotografía? Como Jonathan señaló, diferentes locomotoras pueden tener diferentes métodos para unir partes. Un vistazo a lo que tienes nos puede decir mucho.

¡Hay mucha gente aquí que está dispuesta a ayudarte!
9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: SP GS4 "Daylight"(old) Manual? on: October 05, 2018, 03:00:41 AM
I also wouldn't rule out the current manual.

One of the reasons I say this is that the mechanisms for all of Bachmann's 80-inch drivered 4-8-4s--Daylights, Niagaras, Santa Fe--are identical.  The only changes are rods and cylinder blocks and valve gear.  It's clearly an example of taking advantage of a characteristic of modern steam engines with trailing trucks, and that's using the driver diameter to set axle spacing.  It seems the railroad industry did this--most, if not all steam locomotives with a trailing truck used driver spacing about three inches larger than driver diameter.  That makes sense in that the resulting distance between axles and wheels works out to shorten the wheelbase to a recommended dimension, which would help the locomotive in going around curves or poking around in a yard. 

This means all the frames are identical, and it's possible what you want to find will still fit.
10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: SP GS4 "Daylight"(old) Manual? on: October 05, 2018, 02:47:49 AM
Couldn't post a saved image (file was to large).  Let's see if this works (it did for me):

Hope these help out.

11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: EMD E7 shell removal on: September 27, 2018, 10:21:05 PM
Jonathan may well the be the resident detailer of Bachmann locomotives here, especially for his beloved Baltimore & Ohio!!  His work in detailing the Bachmann E7 can be seen in the link below.,33489.msg247828.html#msg247828
12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: More Boxcar Projects on: September 09, 2018, 01:09:37 PM
Knees are shot. Can't run anymore. Gotta get some kind of exercise.  Grin



My knees aren't so hot, either. 

Fortunately, my wife does the grass--she likes doing it!--but there's a lot of edging and trimming to do with the string trimmer, so I get my exercise that way!

Big problem where I live has been either either broiling heat with 70% humidity, or rain, rain, rain--which makes the grass grow that much more!!

We've had so much rain the grass doesn't completely dry out, even after three or four days.

And yes, as usual, you have some great looking projects!! 

(You just need a bigger railroad to run all that on!   Cheesy )
13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Metal wheel swap? on: August 24, 2018, 03:45:10 PM
I don't have a lot of cars with Kadee wheels, except for some log cars and disconnect trucks, and one box car (they were the only metal wheels handy at the time).

What are the difficulties with them?
14  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: New PRR streamlined K4s on: August 13, 2018, 01:41:21 PM
What is the Panhandle? It means parts of either Florida or Texas down here.

It's a reference to the Panhandle Division of the PRR, or to the Panhandle Railroad (predecessor owner of the same line).  It was named for the Northern Panhandle of the State of West Virginia.,_Cincinnati,_Chicago_and_St._Louis_Railroad
15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Need help w my Uncle's Chattanooga train set's track wiring on: July 15, 2018, 01:41:04 AM
If you can, you might want to also include a better power pack.  From Bachmann's product listing, this looks like a straight DC set, so you might be able to find something a bit better than the basic power pack Bachmann has.  There's a hobby shop just down the road from me that has several such items available from an estate, including MRC units ($25 when I was there last week), and even a Pacific Fast Mail unit with a sound system!

I did find a photo of one of these basic Bachmann packs--if he has what I think he has, it's a small thing, with a wall transformer to drop the voltage and set up for the wire plugs to the track.  It does have AC terminals, but I have to wonder about its capacity of all of one amp.

You might also want to take some push button switches along, too.  I'm not familiar with what Bachmann packages with its powered turnouts, but the Walthers listing for EZ track turnouts doesn't mention them, so he might need those.  

Finally, if he is going to wind up with two locomotives, you may also want to take along the stuff for sectionalizing the railroad, allowing him to park one engine while running another. . .but then again, if the gentleman is 90 years old and doesn't have past model railroading experience, that might be a bit too sophisticated, even though block wiring is still pretty well known even in these days of DCC.

The set has a Bachmann 0-6-0 for motive power, and some 40-foot freight cars and a caboose, so I don't think operation through turnouts will be a problem.

I wonder if he would like a building or two.
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