How to lube Bachman engines

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Gil Finn, Aug 26, 2006.

  1. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

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    I have 4 spectrum engines and the directions advise asking the hobby shop guy how to lube.

    What is up with that, Why wont Bachman tell you how?

    I have a shay, climax and a berks and some other steamer I don't know what it is.

    I basically spray them with wd 40 and then some 3 in one oil.

    I let them set a day or two in a paper towel.

    Is there a better way or product to use/

    As to grease I am not about to open them up for that.

    If it isn't greased when assembled that is to bad, I will lose parts and mess them up in some way to be sure.

    Your comments please.
  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Gil,

    With lube on engines as small as HO... less is definitely more. Even though the siderods of a prototype Shay may be dripping with oil, we need to apply it sparingly, since too much can attract dust and dirt and gum up everything.

    I apply oil to joints maybe once a year, with the pointy end of a pin. On my steamers, I use Neo-Lube which can be painted on with a brush. I have yet to open anything for gear grease, except my very old Pacific, which got a complete overhaul when I got it.

    As for a spray with WD-40 and 3-in-1... that may be a good approach for storage, as long as the oils are plastic safe.

    Hope that helps.

    Andrew
  3. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

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    Thanks

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