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1  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Any New Project, Mr. Bach Man? on: April 29, 2020, 12:30:19 PM
How about Trainy McTrainface?

Be careful what you wish for!  We got time on our hands...

Original big hauler is what? 1987?  Close enough to the 25th anniversary. 

We'll call her Silver. Hi-ho, Silver!

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/22/world/europe/boaty-mcboatface-what-you-get-when-you-let-the-internet-decide.html
2  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Any New Project, Mr. Bach Man? on: April 27, 2020, 04:26:06 PM
Ted,

All I saw was they dropped the planned PRR one from their list. Kept the two D&RGW ones, so you better buy both!!
3  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Stuck at home??? on: April 14, 2020, 11:53:44 AM
I am never bored at home. My philosophy is being bored is a choice.

My trains are in constant need of maintenance.  Also, we are building an HO scale railroad (so we can run our Bachmann N&W J. SOrry, so my SON can run HIS J).  I am also doing the following:
- adding Revo to my LGB mogul. Repainting and relettering the same.
- Painting and relttering (cut vinyl with my cricut air 2) of 4 tank cars for my late grandfather's business.
- Adding a new smoke stack to my LGB mikado to replace the one I melted last week.
- Adding a new passing siding to my railroad to allow us to load firepit sticks while not clogging up the mainline.
- Swapping out a decoder in my aristo connie for a sound version
- running a minimum of 5 miles a day, every day. Most days I target 8.5 miles.  Ran a half marathon, just because, last Saturday.
- teach my kids from home
- continue to do my regular job.
- become the best cook this side of the garage door. I made a perfect filet mignon for Easter dinner!
- make sourdough from scratch. Still have to work on that.
- started growing vegetables two weeks ago. three weeks until we plant them outside.
- weed the garden and run trains when it isn't raining.
- read the Harry Potter series with my family.
- Taught the kids to play 'flip cup', an important college game, today.

I am sure we'll have more, but being 'bored' is not allowed here.....

Oh, and somebody needs to start taking care of the dog!!!
4  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Big hauler 4-6-0 & Annie 4-6-0 Chassis prices have almost doubled on: April 14, 2020, 11:45:26 AM
Have they finally worked through all the old version chassis (plastic gears and old pilot attachment design?)  I was thinking the new chassis would be more expensive due to the changes and costs associated.

Last year, I did an upgrade for a friend's big hauler and also fixed my son's big hauler.  As a result, I ended up with three big hauler chassis and a spare tender. These things grow...
5  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 4-6-0 shell parts needed on: February 10, 2020, 09:22:11 AM
I was in the same boat as you recently.  I noticed my son's big hauler seemed 'loose'.  Upon disassembly, I noticed that three of the five mounting points had broken.  I was thinking to just buy a replacement shell, but ended up getting an older big hauler that was fully intact.  Removing the details and repainting was not that difficult, but there was some cutting required. You might be better off finding a used junked anniversary model. Good luck!
6  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Trolley Motor question on: November 25, 2019, 07:30:04 PM
I have a LGB automatic shuttle system which does a gradual speed up and slow down. 
7  Discussion Boards / Large / New Annie - blind drivers? on: October 30, 2019, 09:23:05 PM
I was looking at the drawings for the forthcoming Bachmann 4-6-0 and it appears the center drivers have flanges now? Is that just for the artwork or did that change so that the center drivers are now flanged?  Just curious, and I guess we won't know until they show up.
8  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Trolley Motor question on: October 30, 2019, 12:45:29 PM
Update:

So I ordered a replacement motor from the parts store. It arrived promptly and I tested it out.  Right out of the box, it worked perfectly.

Notable differences:
- The new block wheels are a darker metal. Not sure if that is good or bad, just different.
- The new block has accommodation for sliding shoes, but does not have them.
- The gearing is still plastic but it appears the interior gears that ride on a pin through the block are a little smaller in width.  This allows them to float a little bit.  I think this is a good thing since the old gears were butting up against the side of the housing.  And with no way to access these except pulling the whole block apart, should reduce internal friction in the drive train.

Similarities:
- the power pick up is via sprung bronze/brass brushes on each of the four wheels.
- both axles are driven
- the motor appears to be the same shape. Not sure about the internals.

I tested the motor block on a set of rollers and it worked fine, forward and backward, even at very low voltages.  Hopefully, that stays the same!  Converting this trolley to run on REVO would be pretty easy.  I intend to operate it on a back and forth line this Christmas season!
9  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: The Future Big Hauler ANNIVERSARY Paint Scheme? on: October 22, 2019, 02:46:37 PM
Norman, if you view the online catalog, you can see the paint schemes that were proposed in 2017/8 timeframe. 

I'm curious how 'green' the PRR scheme will be.  I suspect they actually mean 'brunswick green' which is more or less black. 

I haven't ever bought a new 4-6-0 and am excited to see it when it comes back.  I do have a couple of old ones here.
10  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Big hauler 4-6-0 & Annie 4-6-0 Chassis prices on: October 22, 2019, 02:43:15 PM
Reminds me, I have to take a look at the anniversary motor block we bought a few years ago.  It runs OK with a 10 pin analog piece in place on the non-plug and play board, but when I install the REVO board, it causes problems. Fried at least two. Better check for dead shorts again.
11  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Trolley Motor question on: October 22, 2019, 02:41:26 PM
Thanks Bill!

Well, even though I have a spare LGB motorblock that almost fits (it is a little short of wheellbase and a little tall on case), I'm going to give the replacement Bachmann motorblock in the webstore a try.  Why not, they're having a sale right now anyway!

Just for my own information, have these been upgraded over the years or will it be essentially the same motor block that I've got? Any recommendations on extending the life of these units?

12  Discussion Boards / Large / Trolley Motor question on: October 22, 2019, 11:44:22 AM
Hi all,

I've got an old trolley (Hershey paint job) and the motor seems to have a dead spot on it.  If I manually advance the rotor, with voltage applied, it runs smoothly.  Applying more voltage does not cause the motor to jump. Looking in, I can see some blue arcing.   I got this unit at auction and from the wheel condition, it appears to have been run a little.

Is there anything I can do to remedy or is my best bet to order a new motor block assembly from Bachmann?

Thanks,

Mark
13  Discussion Boards / Large / Closed Streetcar motor on: May 15, 2019, 04:06:15 PM
Hi folks,

I just picked up a used bachmann streetcar. This is one of the four wheel streetcars, not a Peter Wit.  I tested the motor and it was a little noisy so I opened the gearbox and saw the old white grease was pretty much gone.  I added some LGB gear grease, and then the motor wouldn't turn.  After some further inspection, the motor appears to have a bad sector. Also, I noted that during the testing (with a 1 amp LGB power supply) that the motor would run at a high speed and then start to do what I can only describe as 'rpm drift'.  It appears this design just isn't really that beefy.  Looking online, the spare part replacement is an entire chassis. Has the motor been upgraded or will it be the same?

Thanks for any feedback,

Mark
14  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Bachmann Anniversary Edition 4-6-0 Vs LGB 2-6-0 Mogul on: February 22, 2019, 12:30:52 PM
This is risky topic for a Bachmann trains board.

LGB moguls have been around forever and most of the problems they have are well known and documented.  Generally, these are great engines.

The newest Bachmann anniversary locomotives have metal gears and better pilots than the circa 2000 anniversary, so you need to clarify a bit which Anniversary engine you mean.

In terms of scale to prototype, I suspect, but do not know for certain, that the Bachmann anniversary is closer to the prototype (ET&WNC Tweetsie 12) than the LGB 1884 Cooke model of a 2-6-0.

Bachmann parts are generally easy to work with and I find their service to be quick and efficient, but I do most repairs myself.

Digital sound is not offered by Bachmann so that comparison is not valid.

What else?
15  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 2019 4-6-0 on: September 24, 2018, 02:28:54 PM
Hey, I know it seems like we're always asking for new paint schemes before the latest releases hit the street, but I thought I'd give a heads up regarding a recently restored narrow gauge Baldwin 4-6-0 that might be worth offering:

Huckleberry Railroad 152.  It came across my feed from the Strasburg Rail Road (who did the restoration).  Looks like they painted it for the US Army when it was in Alaska. Here's a link to a youtube video of their recent railfan event.  Who knows, might even be a regionally smart choice for a starter set with two of the yellow J&S coaches. Doubleheader event
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