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    • May 19, 2019 9:58 AM EDT
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      John,

      Any chance you know of someone with another of Rodney's gearboxes?

      I'm afraid to run my Bachmann K without one -- I've actually melted LGB track power wires from the amp draw involved with running the stock engine at slower speeds

       

       

      Robbie,

       

      Several months ago I managed to hunt  a good phone number for Rodney and contacted him on the subject of making another run of those gear  boxes. Politely, but he emphatically declined. Considering they were for the most part a made to order order gear box using special cut gears, even reverse engineering would present it's own set of difficulties without having one to dis-assemble and measure. I am sure not what you wanted to hear, but the most recent info avaiable as far as I know.

       

      I may look into possibly generating the engineering to make a similar unit using commercial off the shelf parts. If I remember correctly the ratio of his box was something along he lines of 1.9:1. Maybe some time in the W.M. Berg or Stock Products catalogs might work. I might also look at metric gearing, they usually have different offerings.

       

      Good luck Robbie

       

    • May 19, 2019 9:42 AM EDT
    • message sent .      Earl

    • May 19, 2019 6:58 AM EDT
    • Ben I PM’d you.

       

      Jason

    • May 19, 2019 1:54 AM EDT
    • Updated my original post with the first list of locomotives and cars. 

    • May 17, 2019 7:25 PM EDT
    • The auctioneer said that, if it is not sold as one lot, then they will sell everything as separate lots. I assume that would not happen on the same day as everything would have to be catalogued and lot numbered.

      If anyone wants anything checked out the site is only ten minutes from my home and I could go up there when they are open late next week.

      I'm guessing that they will get about 15-20% of list (ie about US$18,000) for it from someone who wants to make a business of selling it over eBay.


      Regards
      Peter Lucas
      MyLocoSound

    • May 17, 2019 7:01 PM EDT
    • Landrel Brown said:

      Someone thinks they have come into a gold mine. But they are only going to get pennies on the dollar in the end..nothing valuable there....

      Pretty much

    • May 17, 2019 7:00 PM EDT
    • Perhaps Tony Walsham will make the winning bid as he is much closer than most of us.  That might give him something to occupy his "free" time with!  

    • May 17, 2019 5:01 PM EDT
    • Cliff Jennings said:

      Well, two points struck me. First, the whole shebang is "TO BE AUCTIONED ON LINE AS ONE LOT". Second, it's in Australia. 

      So... I hope the on-line winner bidder has those facts in mind, otherwise he might be taking a slow boat home from Adelaide, haha!

       Well...all you need is one sucker buyer and you're home free!  Life is good!

       

    • May 17, 2019 4:51 PM EDT
    • Well, two points struck me. First, the whole shebang is "TO BE AUCTIONED ON LINE AS ONE LOT". Second, it's in Australia. 

       

      So... I hope the on-line winner bidder has those facts in mind, otherwise he might be taking a slow boat home from Adelaide, haha!

       

      [added this after Bruce commented below, but I didn't know he was typing while I was, so there's life in a nutshell...] As far as prices go, from what I saw, the list seems to have the prices the deceased gentleman paid for them, not the auction starting price. So if the winning bidder puts up, say, $5k for the lot, it's worth the trip to Adelaide, and shipping. But my bet is that a wise local Aussie will grab the lot, and have a really nice day contemplating how he'll either keep the products or spend the next year selling them on EBay for a tidy sum.

       

       

       

       

       

    • May 17, 2019 4:13 PM EDT
    • David Maynard said:

      The next time my mom asks if I have enough trains, I need to show this to her.

       Obviously NOT enough trains!   (There's still some empty tracks!!!!)

       

      (Edit:  How did I NOT catch that typo???)

       

    • May 17, 2019 2:59 PM EDT
    • I like the LGB 43682 for over 2 thousand AU, saw one on ebay for $145...

       

      The company probably told the widow she had a goldmine, and got the job by promoting a high price... but sure that being an auction, it will go for market value.

       

      Someone is going to be disappointed...

       

      Greg

    • May 17, 2019 2:52 PM EDT
    • The next time my mom asks if I have enough trains, I need to show this to her.

       

       

    • May 17, 2019 2:19 PM EDT
    • I looked up the Thomas the tank engine. $600 asking.

      New in box on ebay $200. 

       

      Exchange rate  1 au . = $0.69.    

       

      Us dollars  woukd be. $414.00

    • May 17, 2019 2:14 PM EDT
    • David Marconi,FOGCH said:

      Oh, Please go to the site and then open the list of items for the prices. That is one hell of a mark up for Australia over the US.

      I think that is a "Cost" column, not a sell price.  And probably in AUS$ so, with the markup for shipping, a Bachmann 4-4-0 ends up retailing for AUS$1,200.  The owner probably paid almost that for it.

    • May 17, 2019 2:08 PM EDT
    • Maybe a lowball bid will take it! 

      And then you pay a fortune to ship it somewhere. . .   Given the size and variety, it would suit someone like Trainz, who could auction the individual pieces.

       

    • May 17, 2019 1:55 PM EDT
    • I'm assuming that is in the local currency, Australian dollars, about 69 cents US to their dollar.  I couldn't find where their site or pdf inventory states that there is a reserve or minimum bid. 

       

      Maybe a lowball bid will take it!  

    • May 17, 2019 1:45 PM EDT
    • Someone thinks they have come into a gold mine. But they are only going to get pennies on the dollar in the end..nothing valuable there....

    • May 17, 2019 1:33 PM EDT
    • Oh, Please go to the site and then open the list of items for the prices. That is one hell of a mark up for Australia over the US.

    • May 14, 2019 10:51 PM EDT
    • Ty it's trying to offend the ones he had.  No one appears to gave right now but Reindeer said coming soon.  So I called Bachmann and was told they are on the order sheet but not on the produc yet so expect 4th quarter.