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 on: Today at 09:53:25 AM 
Started by ebtnut - Last post by ebtnut
OK, thanks for the help.  I'll give it a look.

 on: Today at 08:34:18 AM 
Started by TerencetheTractor525 - Last post by Mulfred100
Firstly thank you Chaz for picking up on the Narrow Gague Troublesome truck idea. As for your questions. Firstly I would absolutely buy Sir Handel, trucks and brown breakvan In a heartbeat. I see no reason either why Sir Handel and a brown breakvan won't be introduced next. The hype around Sir Handel seems to be growing every day. As for the breakvan well its not only logical as its a popular item its practical too. Its a simple recolour that Bachmann can roll out after the red and blue ones. As for the Troublesome trucks I feel they would be a massive hit. The slate trucks that are currently released while being true to the basis sadly don't measure up for me being so small so I agree that just sticking a face on one would be a very bad move. Plus if I'm not mistaken the current slate trucks are the poorest sellers across the entire Thomas Narrow Gauge line. They are always in stock on various websites I've checked.
For me I would buy 2 maybe 3 Brown breakvans and depending on if Bachmann actually make a TV accurate model of the trucks even if its just 1 truck I'd buy 10 maybe 12 take the faces off some. Obviously I'd prefer to have different faces on these trucks but if Bachmann just released 1 truck with a face I would buy it but in an ideal world Bachmann would release 2 maybe 3 variants which I will show my top three faces.

Firstly I feel this is the most popular and recognised Narrow Gauge Troublesome Truck face mask used in the show. Its pretty iconic and appears in both series 4 and 5.

I feel like the surprised face also is a pretty popular choice especially for those who want to remake Peter Sam's accident

Lastly this little fella. I mean if this guy doesn't scream Troublesome then what does?

 on: Today at 05:02:17 AM 
Started by TerencetheTractor525 - Last post by Chaz
So similar to how Terencethetractor525 resurfaced his Stepney post, I figured I would resurface my thoughts on Sir Handel in addition to sharing ideas for rolling stock.  So here are my thoughts on future ideas for the narrow gauge range:

Engine-wise, there’s really no reason for the next narrow gauge engine to not be Sir Handel.  He’s got a great design going for him, he’s a popular request, fills in a number gap between engines and offers a nice color contrast for the narrow gauge engines.  Hopefully Bachmann will include him in the range soon, even if they want to wait until Peter Sam is out I think Sir Handel would be all around their safest bet for the next narrow gauge engine to have strong sales after Peter Sam.  Read my more in-depth post on Sir Handel here if you want to hear more details on him:,36575.msg269948.html#msg269948

With that out of the way, it’s time to talk about rolling stock!  There’s definitely a lot more worth talking about in this category as there is a lot to do, and more importantly I think everyone is in mutual agreement on Sir Handel being made next in narrow gauge.  

One thing I would really like to see are some new wagons, specifically coal or stone wagons as shown here:

I’ve stated this before but Bachmann could get really creative with this and offer different loads for these wagons and these would be really popular sellers and would be a huge improvement over the Peco wagon that was added to their range.

I also want to talk about a suggestion Mulfed100 made earlier regarding narrow gauge troublesome trucks.

Now originally I was thinking Bachmann would use their current slate wagons and slap a face on those and call it a day... which looking back now would look ridiculous as the slate wagons are so small that adding a face to them would look really odd to be frank.

That’s why I’m going to suggest Bachmann actually invests in another slate wagon tooling for narrow gauge troublesome trucks and make them the same size as the ones used throughout the classic series.  Especially since the larger slate wagon tooling also appeared in full CGI alongside the smaller ones.  I know it may sound extremely redundant but I feel like it would actually really benefit Bachmann really well for two reasons:

1. While I still really like the slate wagons Bachmann is offering I’ll admit once Bachmann UK used the same slate truck tooling in a three pack with the slate wagons weathered and in different liveries for around the same price as one Thomas one, I and many other Thomas fans felt short-changed.  Making the slate wagons bigger and more accurate to the model era would save Bachmann any frustration and hassle from the UK for reusing that tooling and keeping it “Thomas exclusive” if you will.

2. Troublesome trucks always sell really well from Bachmann, objectively their best sellers when it comes to rolling stock because fans don’t just buy one of each troublesome truck, they typically buy a couple of each so they can create “troublesome trains” for engines to pull or to leave scattered out in the yard.  This would be no different for narrow gauge, as the sales for these will fly off shelves in a matter of seconds.

Like in HO, large, and N scale Bachmann should play it safe and announce two troublesome trucks by giving them names like “Narrow gauge troublesome truck #1” and “Narrow gauge troublesome truck #2” and maybe even introduce another slate wagon with no face as a bonus.

So what faces should they use?  Naturally I feel like the smaller scale ones from seasons 4 and 5 are a low hanging fruit, here are my two favorites:

I also liked the one I posted above as well, either of those three would be winners in my book.

And of course the brown brake van saved for last.  I know it’s easy to assume that this may be a recolor but sitting back on it a little bit we don’t have a definitive answer at this time regarding the toolings for the red and blue brake vans.  Either way I do hope a brown brake van can be pulled off at some point.  

So there you have it my thoughts on future suggestions for the narrow gauge range, but now I would really like to hear everyone else’s thoughts:

1. Would you be interested in seeing Sir Handel or any of these pieces of rolling stock?  

2. Regarding rolling stock, how much would you be willing to buy of each (if any)?

3. Which faces would you like to see for narrow gauge troublesome trucks?

Probably my last in-depth suggestion post in a while but hopefully once Peter Sam is near completion/released we can see Bachmann jump on the opportunity to make Sir Handel and at least one of these rolling stock suggestions once the brake vans are out too.

 on: August 09, 2020, 05:19:55 PM 
Started by plint - Last post by plint
I have a Bachmann RS 3 DCC and want to remove the truck covers to lube the gears.  Do these pry off like they do in the OLD (2010) you tube video?  That engine appears different like just a DC one.  Is there a different way?  The tabs don't seem to be there.   

 on: August 09, 2020, 05:00:45 PM 
Started by Large Scale Champion - Last post by jbray
With Bachmann appearing to discontinue the Thomas DCC model, what would be the speculative future on the rest of the current locomotives getting DCC? As someone who is just getting to the stage in life where they have the extra motivation (kids!) and the funds, it is really disappointing to watch them abandon that product line. I know I have gone out of my way to purchase Percy's DCC model in addition to Thomas' because the writing appears to be on the wall. Is there any hope left for Toby, James, and Emily (let alone Winston or Diesel)?

In an additional tangent, it does seem like model trains without DCC are losing traction because of how much less engaging they are when you have more than one locomotive running. Purchasing the dual DC/DCC model allows me to run DC now while I'm getting started and have limited track/locomotives/rolling stock and then upgrade just my track power later to DCC. If my kids should find themselves enjoying them, I have no doubt that the individual train control and sound will add to that enjoyment tenfold.

 on: August 09, 2020, 03:18:25 PM 
Started by Ronald - Last post by Ronald

New to the forum, out of the hobby for a while. I am having a problem with this turnout, it was bought on EBay but was sealed still in package new. It worked fine for a couple days and then train started losing power when it would go through, every time actually. The remote switch part still works and I replaced with another piece of track and no problems. I have tried the turnout in another area and same result. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance

 on: August 09, 2020, 03:04:27 PM 
Started by John Tumolo - Last post by John Tumolo
Quick note to Jeff Terry re: new 2-4-4-2 that moved 1/4 turn & stopped.  I had exactly the same thing happen when my 2-6-6-2 was new-turned out that the rear set of drivers was the problem.  Directly from the factory, the brass piece which acts as a bearing for the driven axle was mis-aligned-there was no free play from side to side, so the wheels were locked in place.  When I removed the 3 screws holding the cover in place, I could see the brass piece wasn't seated where it should have been-it just needed to be turned a bit and dropped into the slot in the frame.  It has worked fine ever since.  Just see if all of your wheels have a bit of free movement from side to side.  If not, you might have the same problem. 

 on: August 09, 2020, 02:49:59 PM 
Started by Hunt - Last post by Hunt

Feature - choice of 8 whistles and 5 bells,
List the choices identifying the default

Feature - choice of 8 horns and 5 bells
List the choices identifying the default

 on: August 08, 2020, 08:28:55 PM 
Started by Ken Huck - Last post by jonathan

Appreciate all the effort for a small piece of scenery. Great stuff.



 on: August 08, 2020, 05:51:22 PM 
Started by Ken Huck - Last post by Ken Huck
Back again with another update.

A couple of views from the back side:

Starting to work a little on the 'approach'.

...and here's what it looks like down the street.

Enjoy, more to follow.


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