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 on: Today at 09:16:25 AM 
Started by ICEman - Last post by ICEman
I have a Bachmann NCRR 4-4-0,  wheels spinning on up grade. It was suggested to apply Frog Snot to drive wheels.
It said "to put the loco in a cradle, apply power to the pickup wheels & apply the snot to the drive wheels". Which wheels are the pickup wheels & which are the drive wheels ?  I have been unable to locate a diagram of the loco.

 on: October 20, 2020, 10:33:47 PM 
Started by tomas831 - Last post by Gary Allen
I'm sure this is a stupid question but which is powered directly from the track: the locomotive or the tender?  Bachmann HO trains.  I assumed the tender receives electrical power from the track and drives the  DC, reversible motor in the locomotive using 2 wires and powers the LED headlamp in the locomotive using the other 2 wires.  I think the DCC decoder and speaker must be inside the tender.

While we're on the subject of crossing gate:  I bought one from Bachmann thinking it would be electrical, turn on warning lights, and drive the gates up and down.  Turned out it simply has a pad between the 2 rails connected to levers that move the gates down.  Or at least attempts to.  One goes half way down and both just wave up and down as the train passes.  A real disappointment.  If I'd bought it on Amazon, I would have returned it.  If there is an electrical crossing gate, I would like to know about it.

 on: October 20, 2020, 10:23:30 PM 
Started by richardm - Last post by Gary Allen
My uncle, who is no longer with us, had one in Oklahoma City.  A much older house.  The clay soil acts like a big flower pot and causes the basements to flood unless on a hill with some good drainage.  Tulsa is a bit different than western Oklahoma City; Tulsa has "soil."  We don't have anything that could be referred to as soil; just rock-hard clay.

Good info about the possibility of wiring the metal frog on my crossovers.  One of my two trains often momentarily stops when crossing one of my two crossovers.  Always gets going again but it is annoying.  I will take a look for a wire.  If I find one, I might need some help as to where to connect it.

 on: October 20, 2020, 07:10:55 PM 
Started by TerencetheTractor525 - Last post by Falcon the 2nd
Three listings for the long-discontinued Tomix Henry that I just found. Granted, the fromer two are Buy It Now and the latter hasn't gained much traction yet, but the prices between the three of these can still imply that there is great profit potential for an N Scale Henry.

 on: October 20, 2020, 07:09:12 PM 
Started by dittydi - Last post by thehnw1223
Although the box was marked with the words: Contractors Collector
Series Set No 3, there has never been a set 1 or 2.

(I know this thread is over 10 years old, please pardon this very late message)

Actually there has been a set 1 and 2, just not from Bachmann Trains. My father used to work for Weil-McLain Boilers back in the late 1990s/early 2000s and upon his discovery of the Contractor Collector Series from Weil-McLain, he pretty much bought every single one. Sets 1 and 2 happen to be a small collection of early 20th century trucks made by Ertl, (as far as I know we only have set 2). Of course set 3 is the Bachmann Big Haulers set with an RC Baldwin 4-6-0, boxcar and bobber caboose (I have the first rendition from 1990-1991, it still runs!), set 4 is a collection of 1930s and 1940s trucks with Weil-McLain logos (Ertl; yes, we have this one too), I don't know what sets 5-7 were, but we have set 8 (Ertl;a 1960 and 1940 truck with a boiler load), set 9 (Ertl; 1954 GMC tractor trailer), and finally set 10 (Racing Champions; a 2003? Chevy pickup and a 1970s sports car)

We might actually have more sets than what I have currently listed, I will try to update my findings here if I'm lucky.

 on: October 20, 2020, 05:19:18 PM 
Started by Terry Toenges - Last post by rich1998

I have ridden the trail on my ebicycle from Northampton to Belchertown where the trail ends now. Battery when I need it.
I am not sure I will be around when the trail reaches that point but it would be nice.

There is another trail that reaches New Haven, CT now. Motels along the way. Another former railroad that use to come through my city to Northampton. Stopped running in 1985.


 on: October 20, 2020, 04:44:32 PM 
Started by ICEman - Last post by rich1998
Maybe eight years ago when running DCC, I ran a tender drive Bachmann 4-4-0 pulling about six cars on a 2 percent grade and ran an 0-8-0 Winans Camel pusher on the end on DC using stretch zero bit option. Needed a pusher. My tender drives wore all DCC modified. Motors from Computer CD drives. Lenz N scale decoders.


 on: October 20, 2020, 04:03:03 PM 
Started by tomas831 - Last post by Piyer
The first thing that come to mind is to check the section of the crossing between the rails. If it's a little high, it might be just enough to contact the underside of the locomotive and lift it from the rails.

 on: October 20, 2020, 03:41:11 PM 
Started by ICEman - Last post by jward
7 cars on a 4% grade is very good for a small locomotive like that. My Bachmann 0-6-0s will only pull 3-4 cars on a grade like that. Even the real ones probably wouldn't have been able to do much better than 7 cars. If you can live with the railroad the way it is you have two options, both of which were also used by the real railroads.

1. doublehead your trains. Adding a second locomotive will allow you to run more cars.

2. Run shorter trains. Limit your train length to whatever your locomotive can pull.

 on: October 20, 2020, 03:35:46 PM 
Started by Terry Toenges - Last post by jward
I stand corrected. That's on the Y&S, or whatever they're calling it this year. Negley is less than 50 miles from where i live. i"ll have to go see this.

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