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 on: Today at 08:17:50 AM 
Started by robertlynn - Last post by jonathan

Short answer is yes.  You will have to determine what is causing the locking of the front drive wheels.  Here are some thoughts on diagnosing the problem:

a.  The good news is there is probably nothing going on internally. I've had these locos apart dozens of times, and I can't recall anything that could interfere with the axle turning.  So, let's consider some possible exterior issues.

b. If you loco was brand new, it is possible the box/loco was squeezed a bit in shipping.  I would first look at the crosshead that sits directly over the drive wheel.  The crossheads may need a very, very gentle spreading to move them away from the wheel, particularly the thrust rod attached to the wheel.  It wouldn't take much persuasion to straighten out the crossheads.

c. There are small phosphor-bronze pick up brushes on the inside of all the drive wheels.  It is possible the pick up brushes are a bit bent out of shape and catching the wheel spokes as the loco moves into a curve.  This was a problem on the old 4-8-2 Mountains, but I haven't heard of it happening on a consolidation, but you never know. You can usually manipulate the brushes just enough, without having to disassemble the loco.

d.  Are you sure it's the front drive wheel?  I ask because I have a consolidation where the main gear, on the third driver, was not quite centered on the drive shaft. Sometimes the main gear and the worm would get a bit misaligned and lock up. That would require a bit of work... probably needs sending in for warranty repair.

e. Check the nuts that attach the rods to the drive wheels.  Make sure they are not loose and catching the crossheads.

That's all I can think of for now.  Good luck. Hope your problem is an easy fix.



 on: Today at 05:37:46 AM 
Started by p51 - Last post by Ton N
Sorry, it's a shame that it is a bit out of focus but that is what you get with a cheap camera.
It is what it is for now, working on it.


 on: Today at 01:19:06 AM 
Started by thomasj219 - Last post by TerencetheTractor525
Seeing that Bachmann recently acknowledged Stepney's popularity as well as stated that they will begin planning what is going to be announced for July in the coming weeks, I have hope that Stepney will be part of the announcement.

Ultimately, my dream is to see Bachmann go with the face that Chaz and Griffin mentioned:

That charming grin has always been one of my favorites.

 on: Today at 01:10:20 AM 
Started by GeneralPatton1000 - Last post by GeneralPatton1000
The turnouts I have don't have red wires to plug into.

 on: Today at 12:14:32 AM 
Started by doug hayden - Last post by Terry Toenges
The draw bar on mine was screwed onto the loco with the little screw.

 on: Today at 12:03:57 AM 
Started by robertlynn - Last post by robertlynn
I have a Bachmann #51319 DCC-Equipped Baldwin 2-8-0 Consolidation - Union Pacific #619. The front wheel axle keeps locking up. When it does all the wheel drive line also locks up. I got this unit for Christmas 2019 so it should still be under warranty. I can jiggle the front axle and it brakes loose, but as soon as it hits a curve it locks up again. Is there anything that can be done?


 on: February 20, 2020, 11:02:36 PM 
Started by joelspangler - Last post by joelspangler
Sorry for taking so long to update on the outcome of the gears from James in FL.  I received and the parts pretty quickly and had them installed by Jan 16th.  I took the video linked below the day I got it working, but kept avoiding figuring out how to upload it to youtube.  The engine is still working - I'm not sure if when I put it in storage again if I'll pull the wheels out of the gears, or if I keep it in a temp controlled environment, cracking won't happen (I believe the cracking happens due to the plastic gear and the metal axle expanding/contracting at different rates).  If anyone has advice on how to best keep this engine in storage, I'd appreciate hearing it.

Thanks again to Jame in FL for the gears - it made my day (several times) to see this train running again.

 on: February 20, 2020, 10:58:23 PM 
Started by Chaz - Last post by Rodimus Supreme
Quick random thought: With the new N Scale line, anyone who has the skills can replace the chassis on the Narrow Gauge Box Vans and repaint them and make the old vans from the episode "Fish" and the truck with a face in Edward's train from "A Close Shave For Duck" for the N Scale line since that won't get made as a Standard Gauge truck because it breaches NMRA standards.

 on: February 20, 2020, 10:53:07 PM 
Started by jimdavis88 - Last post by RAM
Correct me if I am wrong.  On DC your would need two DPDT switches.  One for layout and one for the reversing loop.  Then you would not use the directional switch on the power pack.
on DCC you would only need one.

 on: February 20, 2020, 10:13:08 PM 
Started by thomasj219 - Last post by Griffin (TheBlueSnowplow)
Here's the face I'd personally choose:

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