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Craig

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« Reply #15 on: August 13, 2009, 04:11:57 PM »



...Most questions you may have should be answered....




One of the "Enthusiastic Children"

JD

JD,

Mine certainly were. That is quite a reseource and I thank you for providing it.

Craig
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Barry BBT

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« Reply #16 on: August 13, 2009, 11:38:41 PM »

I have never had a need to put the siderods in a tumbler.  The laser cut is very finely finished.  I ad some detail,  re-drill each journal opening and re-drill a hole to tap for a ss bolt head for some relief.  Have been using these for about 15 years.  Also have them for my 2-8-0.

Re Plastic siderods, I started having the siderods laser cut when I noticed my drive was causing the plastic sideords into a "S" wave.  Further, the Bachmann siderods were no longer meeting "my" specs.

Plastic siderods are a weak link if the siderods are used to transmit power to other axles.  The LGB Mogul used siderods just as floaters, both of their drivers were geared.  In fact one of the rodpin openings was oval, none of this is a problem, just a difference.

If anyone would like a picture of my siderods send me an email and I'll respond with a photo.  Also have replacement  mainrods (two styles) crossheads and crosshead guides.  All in magnesium bronze, tough stuff.
These are for the the Plus series Big Hauler, not the Annie.

Barry - BBT
   
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armorsmith


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« Reply #17 on: August 21, 2009, 09:30:30 PM »

Barry,

I wish I had found this thread before I purchased two of these lokeys.  The one is a 'B&O Royal Blue Lines' and the other is a 'Durango and Silverton' in the Bumble Bee paint.  References to Versions 1 thru 5 and 'Plus' series have been made. I do not have the Bachmann numbers on these (unless they are in the secret compartment). 

The B&O is used, the Bumble Bee is in it's original styrofoam packing.  Both were purchased on eBay for reasonable dollars.

Thanks for any help.

Bob Cope
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Barry BBT

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« Reply #18 on: August 22, 2009, 01:33:19 AM »

I guess the easiest thing to define is the Royal Blue, I don't think it has changed over the years and has never been marketed as an engine alone, always in sets.  The set number in 2001 was 90016.

The bumble bee has been sold singly and in sets, but this is easier the early "Plus" type loco (plastic valve gear) was cab number 177.  The ANNIE version is 178.  This is casual, but should work out.  There may have been some other numbers along the way and in the future, but these should work for now.

Barry - BBT
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armorsmith


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« Reply #19 on: August 22, 2009, 12:01:38 PM »

Barry,

Thanks for the quick reply.  The Bumble Bee is the #177, and base on other posts and other very informative web sites, I should get a good bit of service before major overhaul.

As for the B&O, would a picture of the bottom with the cover removed be of assistance getting a closer definition of which drive I have?

Thanks,

Bob C.
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Barry BBT

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« Reply #20 on: August 22, 2009, 02:15:07 PM »

Maybe, I can help.

The fully flat bottom plate is used on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd series drives.
The fourth drive had a bump (for gear clearance) exactly in the middle of the plate and on the third drive axle.  The 5th generation has a bump on the third axle, but off to one side.

The fourth gen gave us great promise but didn't work out.  The third gen must have the motor tied down with the wire tie.  The fifth gen will serve you very well, just don't over load it. 

If you want to pull more than 6-8 cars consistantly and go up and down hills, talk to me.

Barry - BBT
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armorsmith


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« Reply #21 on: August 22, 2009, 03:50:19 PM »

Barry,

Thanks for your input again.  It appears that the B&O is a first, second or third gen as it has the flat bottom plate. I just finished reading George's pages on this and will be opening it up in the near future to recon the necessary work.  This is only intended for a short 3 passenger consist, and the Bumble Bee is going to have a 6 care consist.  We usually run at traveling shows where all the track is flat on concrete floors, so no grades to deal with.  If I run at the club layout, we designed it with max 1.5% grades which are fairly mild.

Thanks again for your help.

Bob C.
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Barry BBT

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« Reply #22 on: August 23, 2009, 01:47:21 AM »

Since we know what we're working with, let's see what we can do.  First, the motor must be "tied" down.  Most important.  This involves the motor,  loco weight, a wire tie and the  motor. 

Once this is done, you are ready to run, just don't get crazy.

Barry - BBT 
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Loco Bill

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« Reply #23 on: August 28, 2009, 03:09:27 PM »

Your Durango & Silverton 4-6-0 #177 came only in set 90058 which was the passenger set.  D&S locos have to date not been available as a seperate item.  It is a version 5 chassis.  D&S 4-6-0 #179 from the freight set 90057 is also definnitely a version 5 chassis. 

There is always risk in buying on Ebay!  I heard from more that one source that some bought the D&S set to get the version 5 loco and used it with the older D&RG Bumble Bee tender.  They then took the older early version Bumble Bee loco and put it with the newer D&S tender and put them up on Ebay to get rid of them along with the cars, apparently making a good profit in the process!!
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armorsmith


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« Reply #24 on: August 28, 2009, 06:07:52 PM »

Barry,

After inspecting the insides of the B&O, the motor appears to be solidly 'glued' to the side framing of the gear enclosure.  George's site comments about this possibly failing under heavier usage due to motor heating.  Knowing this going in, I can keep an eye on it after each operating session until I get a better idea of how this will stand up.

Bill,

I purchased the D&S 10 wheeler from Al Kramer, who is supposed to be a very reputable person, so I am not too concerned over swapping, although that is good information to know.  Is there an easy method to know if this has been done?

Thanks to both,

Bob C.
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Loco Bill

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« Reply #25 on: August 28, 2009, 06:25:57 PM »

Bob,  You are almost always safe with Al,  He will always tell you if he is selling used stuff.   
Al Kramer does buy and sell collections.  If he is selling a collection even with Al it is best to know what questions to ask.  If he buys a hobby shop or distributor inventory,  you must ask questions, because the stock may be old.   Example the latest run freight cars have metal wheels, but the early runs do not.   It is always best to ask if the item you bid on has metal wheels, unless it is stated in the description. 

Some of the guys have told me that they bought items on Ebay in the new boxes that have plastic wheels or even plastic wheels with wear on them.  They should have metal wheels after 2000. The car may have been new, but the wheels were not!!  Somewhere along the line someone swapped out the wheels, and it may not have been the seller whose item you won.   

It is always best to ask the right questions!!!

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Don Pearson
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« Reply #26 on: August 29, 2009, 09:44:34 AM »

I of course can not play at the same level as those who have had years of experience with the mechanisms themselves, but would like to comment on the details of this locomotive. It is actually a very well done copy of the Baldwin T-19s the the DRG ran. The Denver public Library has loads of information on all of the DRG loco's.
http://www.drgw.net/info/index.php?n=Main.DPL-T19
This of course is DRG 718, and with the exception of the whistle and light placement, is well represented in the locomotives offered in the Bachman sets.
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Barry BBT

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« Reply #27 on: August 30, 2009, 02:53:37 AM »

Bob,

I always found a bit silly when finding the "glue" to hold the motor in place.

It is actually Hot Glue, which softens as the temp rises, internally (from the motor) or externally (living in Texas, Nevada and Arizona).  The hot glue softens, the motor moves.  But I don't damn good intentions.

Don,

The prototype for the Bachmann BH is the Tweetsie 4-6-0.  Lee Rilet sat on the restoration board of the E.T.&W.N.C. RR so had access to the loco to come up with the great rendering.  Don' I am not challenging your conclusions, simply adding what I know.

Barry - BBT
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Alex Butner


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« Reply #28 on: September 17, 2009, 07:22:15 PM »

I have a Royal Blue 4-6-0, it looks like a 3rd Generation locomotive to me. It was great but it died because I didn't know what I was doing and its motor fried.
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