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1974 Bachmann U36B

Started by S3bryan, March 15, 2023, 03:59:30 PM

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�Hoping somebody can give me some guidance and advice.  I have two N scale Bachmann U36B's that are from around 1974, made in aging Kong.  I have taken them apart, cleaned them and lubricated, but still all they do is smoke and barely move. My question is if I want to keep the shell and use it on a different U36B, is there a newer model that Bachmann improved upon their gearing? Will the shell fit on, say an Athern?

Yard Master

Hi Bryan,

Bachmann did update the U36B chassis/mechanism, most recently in the 1990s, and it was last in our catalog in 2011. As far as I know, you should be able to put the older shells on the newer chassis without a problem.

Look for one of these item numbers and it should have the most recent chassis:
64052    SANTA FE
64068    CSX

Good luck!