Bachmann Steam Locos

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Cadillac_SD9, Jun 28, 2006.

  1. Cadillac_SD9

    Cadillac_SD9 Member

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    Does anyone out there own a Bachmann Spectrum 2-6-6-2. If so how well do they run and how much can they pull? Are they worth the money?
  2. GWRFANN

    GWRFANN New Member

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    I've just got one. It seems to run OK. I have not pulled anything with it yet so I can't help you with that. Is it worth the money? I would say yes it is. Mainly because I think it's an awsome looking loco.:D
  3. Cadillac_SD9

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    Thanks for the info. Let me know how much it pulls when you test it out.
  4. SeriousSam

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    I received one today. I'll test it out tomorrow and see how much it can pull. and yes, I agree with GWRFANN, they look great
  5. Cadillac_SD9

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    Yes please let me know the results. Thanks.
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    I tried it out starting with 10 cars, then I went up to 15 and 20 and it had some trouble pulling more than 20 on curves. on straight line, it was able to pull 28 cars, although it had some trouble starting cuz the wheels would spin. its not bad.
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    About 20 cars is the max.
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    Do you know where the decoder is installed at?
  9. SeriousSam

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    im not sure. sum spect. steams have it on the tender. ive never upgraded any steams to dcc
  10. Cadillac_SD9

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    Thanks for the info. Im going to get mine within a week.
  11. Boilerman

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    Bachmann 2-6-6-2 N-Scale Loco

    I have three (3) of the Bachmann 2-6-6-2 Steam Locos:) .

    They do not have very good tractive effort, I installed traction tires on two (2) of them and that made a whopping increase in their tractive effort.

    I also have installed Digitrax DZ 143 DCC Decoders in all three (3), Installation is like installing a decoder in the Bachmann USRA Light 4-8-2, (below is a link for that installation) it goes in the Loco just forward of the cab.
    You remove a component that reveals a cavity for the decoder.

    http://www.trainweb.org/nrmrc/dccconv/ba482.html

    If you need more info contact me:wave: .
  12. kozmo

    kozmo New Member

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    I have one. I got it for $86 + $10 shipping new with warranty.
    It looks great!
    but is noisy, even after 20 hours fo running and lube.
    does not pull very many cars before slipping.

    My Micro-Ace Steamers are 3000 times quieter, smoother and pull much much more (come with traction tires. and cost only $60.
    it's ok, but needs traction tires.
  13. Boilerman

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    All 3 of mine are quiet and run smooth at slow speed.
  14. Travellar

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    I wish I had the cash to buy a second 2-6-6-2, just so I could do a better job installing the DCC. Frankly, that was a real pain for me, and it's taken me a year to get the thing running right.

    As for it's performance, (when I can keep it running), mine has no trouble pulling the 7-9 cars I tend to run my trains with, even without traction tires. It'll also completely outpull any other locomotive I've got. I ran it coupled to each other locomotive, pulling opposite directions, and it simply started rolling along. I agree though that it is quite noisy. It seemed to be running a little quieter today though, so perhaps it just requires excessive run in time. Or I'm going deaf.