Rescuing a Bachmann 4-8-4 Northern...

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by shaygetz, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. Thoroughbreed

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    I believe Bowser has a replacement chassis - includes new frame, motor, gears, drivers, weights, etc. See http://www.bowser-trains.com/hoemrrs/mechanisms/3_204/3_204.htm. You can also probably order just the parts you need. But I imagine that Bowser mechanism without traction tires will easily outpull the Bachmann with traction tires. And it looks like there is room for even more weight if needed.

    my thoughts, your choices
  3. MilesWestern

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    You know, Bob, did you ever finish/paint/weather this 'un? Just wondering, because you said you would last (?) weekend? let's see the pics! :thumb:
  4. Tayder

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    I am very encouraged by this thread! I have an old Bachmann 2-8-0 Consolidated (circa 197*). It still runs but needs care. It is also missing it's pilot/cow catcher. As if I didn't already have enough to do...I need to rescue this old girl!
  5. petey

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    Tayder,
    Contact me off-list. I have one of these with all its parts. It would cost you $5 plus postage.
  6. petey

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    Hey Bob,
    This theme still has life. How do you post pics on here? I would show you my current rescue, or you can see it at eBay #300017477787.
  7. Tayder

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    Petey, what is that number for? I don't see a way to use it at eBay.
  8. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    Hey, Petey, nice rebuild...can't see why there are no bids on it yet.

    Tayder, just cut and paste the number into the search window.
  9. petey

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    Bob,
    The reason there are no bids, is that I start my auctions at what I believe to be a reasonable beginning price, as a lot of them never advance beyond the starting cost. I don't do .99 for a three hundred dollar locomotive.
    This causes those prospective buyers to delay bidding, fearing that initiating bids will run up the price too quickly, and besides, most bidding is done very late in the auction.
  10. AndyWS

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    I have one of these Bachmann "pancake-motor" steam locos as well, a Great Northern 2-8-0 Consolidation. It became the first steam locomotive on our HO layout round about 1992. It never ran very well and caused many a headache for my dad and me (mostly Dad, since I was 6-8 years old at the time and more interested in watching the trains run then helping him keep them running). It was retired in 1994 or '95 and spent more than 10 years in pieces inside our hobby toolbox. I reassembled it recently but quite literally cooked the motor upon applying power-the thing glowed orange and threw off more smoke than the engine's smoke unit ever did. I might add a Bowser retooling kit to it someday but for now it is a display piece, which is just fine since it looks pretty nice except I can't seem to find the bell, which hung off the front above the headlight.

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  11. shaygetz

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    Nice family piece, Andy:thumb: Looked thru my parts bin, thought I may have had a bell for you but both shells that I have have already had theirs scalped:eek: I'll keep looking, though.:thumb: