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    • February 7, 2020 11:09 PM EST
    • Hi,

      Just wondering if anybody out there might have a spare Bachmann 4-6-0 bottom plate with front lead truck, with the plastic axles. We obtained a Northern Lights locomotive that is a favorite among kids to operate at Christmas and it was severely damaged in shipping to us. We had borrowed it at Christmas time on occasion from a nice gentleman here in Montana and I have posted a photo when it was in prestine condition. The owner finally decided to let us have it for our program on a very good trade, so he packed it VERY well and shipped it and somehow (as the photos show) it was damaged in shipping. The insurance didn't do us any good because they wanted the locomotive to destroy it before they paid us. The frame/bottom plate broke in 2 places, the cow catcher broke, the front lead truck frame broke in the middle, and the plastic axles broke but to our complete amazement the rest of the locomotive drive and body are still in fantastic shape and there is no other damage. Shipping seems to be getting worse all the time, even if you pack things well and sometimes even if they are in a styrofoam container that's formed for them. Everything seems to get broken in just about every shipment and parts are getting impossible to find at a reasonable price. I checked with Bachmann Trains and all they have is a complete brand new chassis for $100. We really can't afford that, especially since I know there may be someone out there that either has a parts engine or may have this part in a box somewhere and may not need it. I'm not sure what year the Northern Lights set from Bachmann was produced but I believe it was in the 90s or early 2000s. I think the drive is a version 5 because it has the grease port over the rear axle instead of being flat or having a hump. I hope the photos help but if anyone has a real good frame bottom plate with the lead truck frame (with electrical pick up, spring and wires in it), plus the 2 plastic lead truck axles that are not broken or cracked (or a full lead truck attached) that you would be willing to part with, (or a parts locomotive) for a reasonable price that we are able to afford, we would be happy to buy them from you. 

      The tender coupler and handrails were broken also but thankfully we had those replacement parts.

      I know some of these version 5 Bachmann locomotives aren't the best quality but thousands of kids have run them in our program for a lot of years along with our more expensive stuff and they seem to do really well as long as you take good care of them, keep them lubricated properly and don't pull more than two to three cars, which I believe is actually quite prototypically correct anyway. 

      The kids and public that we serve each year seem to really enjoy these engines and especially this one because of all the LED Christmas lights on the side of the locomotive, tender (plus a second LED lighted tender that we obtained) and an LED Christmas lighted caboose.

      It's a real hit at the Children's hospitals at Christmas along with the Christmas Passenger cars which makes up a nice train.

      Anyone who may have some spare parts or parts engine that may help get this locomotive back up and running can let us know on this post or private message us.

      You guys have always been great here and very helpful and we really appreciate it and It's definitely not taken for granted!


      Kenneth Mathews 

      Imagination Station Kids On Track Model Railroad And Train Safety Program 

      E. Helena, Montana 











    • January 30, 2020 1:09 PM EST
    •     Well Greg I must have used more than I thought because I don't have tons left. I have one two-pack of 7 1/2" by 12" sheets. You're welcome to them of course and the incomplete sheets I have if you like. Some already painted, ha! The manufacturer is JTT Architectural Model Parts, out of California. Here's the website with the tiles (Caboose Hobbies must have been a distributor for them):




    • January 29, 2020 11:37 AM EST
    • Looked at the website , I missed where it says what the size of each sheet is. Are they all a common size?

      edited to say, OOPS  I see Korm says they are 15”x15”

    • January 29, 2020 10:53 AM EST
    • Glad to hear they still sell it.   I have been using Omni Stick glue with it.  Holds up really well.   I'd be interested in what other glues people have had success with over time outdoors on the Precision sheets.   A nice finished project  and then a glue failure is not fun.

    • January 29, 2020 10:38 AM EST
    • Ken Brunt said:

      Paul, they still do. It's listed under Building Matrials: 3DPlastic Veneer 1/2" scale.

      I don't think they call it precision products any more. 

      Yep.  That's the place!   I think veneer is a better name anyway - they sure weren't precision when one end would not match up with the other!   These sheets do quite well outside.   I've had issues with the Plastruct sheets bubbling in the hot sun, but no issues at all with the "Precision" products sheets at all.   For both, make sure you put a good UV resistant paint on them - I've had good luck with the sample sizes found at Home Depot (NOT Lowes!) or the Sophisticated Finishes line.

    • January 29, 2020 10:08 AM EST
    • Paul, they still do. It's listed under Building Matrials: 3DPlastic Veneer 1/2" scale.

      I don't think they call it precision products any more. 

    • January 29, 2020 9:47 AM EST
    • Paul Burch said:

      Ozark Miniatures did sell the Precision Products line of 3D embossed 15 x 15 sheets but it isn't listed on their website as of today.  Great product line. Hope it isn't gone.

      thank you.

      i found one. Spanish/Roman tiles.

    • January 28, 2020 7:13 PM EST
    • Ozark Miniatures did sell the Precision Products line of 3D embossed 15 x 15 sheets but it isn't listed on their website as of today.  Great product line. Hope it isn't gone.

    • January 28, 2020 7:00 PM EST
    • oh!

      that sounds very good!

      thank you very much!


      i will see, if i can strike a deal with my importer, that he accepts, that you send something to him (his US direction) and brings it in the next container.

      sending it directly over here would be prohibitive with your postage prices.


      i will message you, when i know something.

    • January 28, 2020 6:46 PM EST
    •     Korm, fer christ's sake, don't even think about buying any. Let me know what you need and I'll send you however much you want. Heck, the fellas here have sent me plenty of stuff, now it's my turn!!





    • January 28, 2020 6:41 PM EST
    • thank you all.

      i see some minor import in my future...

    • January 28, 2020 4:41 PM EST
    • Not sure as they are the same but Plastruct has them

    • January 28, 2020 2:06 PM EST
    • in  the challenge thread by John P. i saw roof sheets used.

      but as he stated to have them bought from a company going out of businesss...

      ... my question: does anybody know, where to find these sheets? under what name?


      for clarification, what roof sheats i mean, i shamelessly stole a pic from John.


    • January 22, 2020 4:32 PM EST
    • Polly S Easy Lift Off (ELO) works well to remove decals.

    • January 22, 2020 3:39 PM EST
    • The WM F units I rode behind down in Elkins West Virginia had been in a whole nother livery at one time. The raised outline of that livery was clearly visible under the current layer of paint.

    • January 22, 2020 2:37 PM EST
    • Just reinforces that there is a prototype for everything! Thanks Al!

    • January 22, 2020 1:32 PM EST
    • The hint of an old number under the paint is very typical in the real world. many locos on the C&TSRR at one time had many layers of #s on their cab sides, same # yes, but evidence of repainting with slightly different position or size, you bet. it is up to you to decide what will look the best. maybe before sanding down, you might give it a fresh coat of paint in the area where the decal is.

    • January 22, 2020 11:52 AM EST
    • I agree with John, if you paint over, the "bump" of the original decals will show through the paint.