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    • May 6, 2017 10:55 AM EDT
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      Dr. Rene Wilfer CEO And Jon Meador Manager Of PIKO
      Will Be At TrainLand Friday Morning
      May 26th 10AM-1PM
      293 Sunrise Highway Lynbrook NY 11563

      We will be offering three different ways to see this.
      1. You can come to our store Friday Morning To Meet Rene And Jon in person.
      2. We will post a video on this forum a couple of days after the visit so everyone can watch a video staying on this forum.
      3. You can ask questions live on facebook at 9:30AM EST on our facebook page

      Dr. Rene Wilfer CEO And Jon Meador Manager Of PIKO
      Will Be At TrainLand On Friday Morning May 26th to talk PIKO trains.
      PIKO Is The Manufacturer For G Scale Indoor And Outdoor Trains They Also Make HO Trains Too!
      If you have any questions, they have the answers!

      They will be showing new product and talking about upcoming/future releases. Feel free to ask them questions and pick their brains!
      We will have in store sale(s) on specific items or brands on these dates.

      If You Can’t Make It, Join Us On FaceBook Live
      At 9:30AM EST Friday Morning May 26th 2017
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    • April 11, 2017 8:43 PM EDT
    • Jake Eubanks said:

      Any new information on when this will be released?  Everything I've read said in December 2016 or by March 2017.  Do we know if they are going Battery power with this system or will it be track power like in HO?

       

      I installed this in my Mack railtruck with battery and it works quite well.  There's a lot to like about this system.  Just waiting for the higher amp board.

    • April 11, 2017 10:14 AM EDT
    • Any new information on when this will be released?  Everything I've read said in December 2016 or by March 2017.  Do we know if they are going Battery power with this system or will it be track power like in HO?

    • April 11, 2017 12:11 AM EDT
    • There is a video of the MyLocoSound steam soundcard in a Bachmann Lyn loco at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIn-iasnMX0. This is using the same version of the soundcard as Tony is using.

      Regards

      Peter Lucas

      MyLocoSound

    • April 9, 2017 11:49 PM EDT
    • This is the latest version of the Amercanised Bachmann 1:22.5 Lyn loco.

      Apart from some cosmetic changes and detail additions, it is the same as the "LYN".
      Earlier installations featured 14.4 volts of AA size NiMh batteries. They required fitting one 7.2 volt pack in each side tank.

      For this installation I chose a single Twin Stick 4s1p 1700 mah Li-ion pack which will fit easily in just one side tank.  The RH side tank cover is easier to remove than the LH side.  Be very careful not to lose the tiny little screws that hold  the boiler straps in place.

      Remove the loco weights and cut away the plastic stanchions that hold the weights in place.



      A 5 mm hole was drilled in the "hidden" boiler side for the battery cable access.



      The battery pack was glued into the side tank shell.  The cable was fed through the drilled hole into the boiler cavity.  The side tank cover was then replaced and the tiny screws holding the straps in place.



      There is actually quite a bit of room in the boiler once the old motor block mounting stanchions, left over from the very first "LYN", are removed.
      Removing them is not easy but essential.  First thing is remove the smoke box front with switches and the smoke unit.  The front part is later modified for use as the ON-OFF switch and charge jack housing.
      Then remove the plastic smoke unit mounting point so you can poke a long hacksaw blade into the boiler.



      When the old stanchions are removed the inside looks like the above.

      The Rx, VIPER-10 -15 ESC, 2-W-S and myLocosound are all glued in place with silicone adhesive.
      The Rx antenna pokes forward inside the smoke box.





      I discarded the switches and pcb from the smoke box front.  A styrene plate was made using the old pcb mount holes as the support for the ON-OFF switch, charge jack & MyLocosound IR receptor.



      It was wired up like this.



      The battery pack voltage IN and power OUT to ESC are both using JST plugs and sockets.  (Polarised so they cannot be misplugged).

      Remove the motor block pcb and all the stock wiring except the motor connections and the chuff timer leads.



      A JST connector was added to the motor leads to simplify connecting the parts.

      Just like the "LYN" the loco runs superbly.

      I am going to use the new RCS TITAN-BATTERY Tx handpiece.  These are smaller than my regular handpieces and are designed to make use by children easier for little fingers.



      This "Centre "OFF" control handpiece uses just one knob for speed and direction.
      There are two pushbuttons for 2 x sound effects triggers as marked.  The latest version of the MyLocosound is programmable for automatic operation of the start & stop whistle signals plus the bell etc.  The operator can trigger a grade crossing whistle and the "All Aboard" call.

      Later this year for Australian customers, I will  be offering new locos RTR with battery R/C and sound.
      For overseas customers I will shortly be offering a specialised installation kit for the the "LYN" and this 2-4-2t.  

    • March 23, 2017 11:47 PM EDT
    • I was told at a show by a little birdie that Kader embargoed all new 1/20 rolling stock manufacturing until the stock already produced in China has been sold off. Whether they resume production will be dependent on market demand.

      But as has been said, price is the limiting factor now. Even new Big Hauler stuff is expensive. Latest Gazette shows a new release BH combine, the MSRP is $139. Whaaaaa? Holy cow I can remember when they were $70 MSRP. Now the street price is more than the MSRP from 10 years ago. That's a daunting challenge for newbies. Given where prices were heading for all large scale, I am not surprised that the Spectrum line hadn't sold well and that they had to pull it.

    • March 23, 2017 9:32 PM EDT
    • Pete Thornton said:

      Boomer,

      Do you have any hard information that they are 'phasing them out' ?  Bachmann recently has slowed down production - possibly due to the Recession - but they often do a run and suddenly the stores are full of stock again.  As Dave says, look at the Mogul.

       

      Pete

      I'm talking rolling stock here. Engines are anybody's guess. They have the advantage of being higher dollar items (meaning more profit at a fixed percentage of final price) and are often purchased by 1/22.5 modelers giving them a broader market.

       

      Getting a firm answer out of any manufacturer is difficult in the best of times. Here is what I know. I spoke with Lee a few months before his death. After a few circular discussions which he was famous for he made the statement that there were no plans to expand the Spectrum line. This was also reflected on the Bmann forum discussions for new products. He should know, the spectrum line existed solely because of him. In his absence there is nobody interested in pushing for it.

       

      Here is how that information has manifested itself. By the summer of 2015 Bmann was no longer introducing any new items into the line. Check their summer and Christmas releases and you will see only reissued Big Hauler items. The same is true for 2016. In conjunction with that most of the Spectrum line was listed on the Bmann site as sold out. Retailers still had these items in stock and they were prevalent in the secondary market at prices in the %50 of MSRP range (which I will dub as regular retail).

       

      By the end of 2016 supplies at the retailers were beginning to dry up and the items were removed from their listings. Not something they do if they intend to reorder. At the same time "blow out" clearances in the %75-80 off MSRP were common on the auction sites. I bought flatcars for as little as $25 each and boxcars / tank cars for $49.99 each by the case from Al Kramer and The Favorite Spot. These guys are wonderful for hobbyists because of the savings but all too often their listings are the elephant graveyard of products. No business that plans on holding onto its market share is going to flood that market with items at closeout prices. Especially true if the market is ultra small to begin with. If you release a new run who is left to buy them in sufficient numbers and at a price to make a profit?

       

      Now here we are in 2017. It has been just over one year since Lee passed. Another new product release has nothing for 1/20.3. Of the seven basic items with an 88XXX serial number that made up the line (boxcar wood roof, boxcar murphy roof, framed tank, frameless tank, flatcar, drop-side gondola, two bay hopper and long caboose) four are removed from the catalogue, three are listed as sold out and one is still available. Trainworld has five removed, none listed as sold out and three for sale at close out prices. RLD has six removed, one sold out and one available at regular retail price. ANA Kramer has three items for sale at close out prices. AL also has a bunch of dismantled cars, the last stop for items that nobody is buying. Favorite Spot has seven items removed and one item for sale at close out prices.

       

      That much is fact. From here on it is opinion.

       

      Here is what I see. The Spectrum 1/20.3 line is quickly coming to an end. Lee is gone. Bmann is existing this market because it is not profitable. The Fn3 community did not appreciate or embrace this line for several reasons but its demise is a great loss to the Fine Scale modeler who cannot afford high end kits or RTR from Accucraft. There is no "New Coke conspiracy" or "lets screw with our customers by teasing them with unreliable supply streams" scam. It is basic business. Something is only worth what the market will bear,,,,,and something is only worth making if the market is willing to pay reasonable profitable price. Remember this last part because it is the reason why we are loosing manufacturers and their products.

       

      Pete this is the best answer I can give you. I hope I am proven wrong.

    • March 23, 2017 8:55 PM EDT
    • There will still be a market for 1:20.3 but the downside will be the price. Accucraft is still producing their line of models and have a few new additions and if you look long at good old eBay they still surface from time to time. And then there's F Standard Gauge just one size under the ride ons.

    • March 23, 2017 6:24 PM EDT
    • Bachmann tried to create a market in the 1/20.3 niche like they created a market in On30, but it just wasn't enough interest. Part of the reason was that 1/22.5 was already established as the defacto 'narrow gauge' scale and a great big chunk of the market was already well established in 1/22.5 and not willing to be forced to rebuild their already established layouts to accommodate the larger scale engines and rolling stock. It didn't help that it seemed like every year or so new 1/20.3 offerings required a bi-yearly complete rebuild of the layout to accommodate the ever larger stock that needed larger clearances and wider curves. That alone exhausted some folks interest, now factor in the early QC problems Bachmann was having with their 1/20 line and alot of people were simply afraid to buy anything for fear their trucks would break or their gearbox would implode. But the killer was the recession. All of a sudden the bottom just fell out from the market for large scale. This above all things is what the hobby is still suffering from and still not yet recovered. Given the current prices for track and rolling stock We're never going to see that heady days like the early 2000's ever again and Kader knows this, that's why they are following their wallets and going forward with only what they know will have a strong sales presence world-wide, and that's in matching product to LGB and Piko. So say goodbye to any new 1/20, I suspect any growth in new items will be where there is currently a market void, and that is in 1/29.

    • March 23, 2017 6:13 PM EDT
    • Joe Augustine said:
       I also asked Bachmann, via email last year why not put together kits from the 1:20.3 parts they have for modelers to assemble themselves, but never received an answer.

      When I was in the hobby shop business at the time Horizon bought MDC and Athearn with their HO lines I talked to Horizon about the kits and that they were discontinuing them. Horizon person said that production costs for kits were same as and sometimes more than assembling cars at factory because of the necessary packaging the parts and getting them in to kits and checked for content.

    • March 23, 2017 4:48 PM EDT
    • The scale may have a market, but apparently not a large enough market for Bachmann to invest in molds, tooling and the effort to assemble the models and ship them halfway around the world. It's a shame, since, as has been stated, Bachmann really gave 1:20.3 scale a shot in the arm with their logging engines, especially the first run Shay.

      I freely admit that when I did HO years ago I hated Bmann. It was in the same category as Lifelike and Tyco.

      Hey! I like my Tyco trains, and I run them at train shows. Mainly to torque off the NMRA guys, but I do run them. And the public loves them, because that is what so many of them grew up with.

    • March 23, 2017 4:12 PM EDT
    • Boomer I have 17 Bachmann 1:20.3 locomotives and 45 of their Spectrum 1:20.3 freight cars plus 20 AMS freight cars and 4 of their JS Passanger cars so I am also speaking from a knowledgeable stand point. I spoke to a Bachmann rep at the 2015 Fall York show and I was told then that they were most certainly phasing out their 1:20.3 scale line due to a failing market they said and increased mfg costs in China and with the exception of their new release of the old
      2-6-0 Mogul if you look at their site almost all of this line is "discontinued" I also asked Bachmann, via email last year why not put together kits from the 1:20.3 parts they have for modelers to assemble themselves, but never received an answer. And yes the F scale models do use 45 mm track but with the exception of 1:32 scale models F scale or more accurately Fn3 models are the only accurately scaled models running on #1 gauge 45 mm track as 1:20.3 scales out to 15 mm = 1 foot. There are also a small group of F scale modelers now making models of standard gauge locomotives and rolling stock running on 71 mm gauge track so the scale has a market contrary to Bachmann's claim.

    • March 23, 2017 3:48 PM EDT
    • First it was said Bachmann knows everything about the model train industry but they are ignorant to the fact that their 1:20.3 scale models are not G scale but are actually F scale so designated by the NMRA about 14 years ago. And in my opinion Bachmann dropped the ball when it abandoned their 1:20.3 Fn3 line giving no thought or respect to their customer base that they solicited into this scale with their first release the 2 Truck Shay followed by 10 other locomotives and numerous freight cars then they just abandoned the line, to me this is not a company dictated to the hobby or it's customers

    • March 23, 2017 3:34 PM EDT
    • They are now phasing out the rolling stock. As of this morning everything on their site shows as being "sold out" except a few tank cars.

      Boomer,

      Do you have any hard information that they are 'phasing them out' ?  Bachmann recently has slowed down production - possibly due to the Recession - but they often do a run and suddenly the stores are full of stock again.  As Dave says, look at the Mogul.

       

    • March 23, 2017 10:54 AM EDT
    • Lee Riley was the moving force behind the 1/20.3 Spectrum line. When he died there was no one left to champion it in the Bmann boardroom. They are now phasing out the rolling stock. As of this morning everything on their site shows as being "sold out" except a few tank cars. This line is also disappearing from the retailers shelves as well as the auction sites. It is high quality in both design and accuracy (with the exception of the side dump gon). The line includes several items that Accucraft has never offered such as the wood roof boxcar, framed and frameless tank cars. They also have the advantage of being easy to dismantle for painting customizing or kit-bashing. Try taking apart an Accucraft boxcar if you want to truly appreciate the value of this. The line is a good performer. It is made from injection molded plastic rather than resin so it weighs half or less than the Accucraft line. The wheels and trucks are metal with solid construction and high quality material.

       

      The only bad thing I have ever found in the line was the early shays and the connies. Both had motor, gear and wheel problems.

       

      I own about 80 pieces of 1/20.3 rolling stock split almost evenly between Spectrum and Accucraft and all Bmann engines except for one AMS K-27 so I feel I am speaking from an experienced position.

       

      I freely admit that when I did HO years ago I hated Bmann. It was in the same category as Lifelike and Tyco. I was hesitant to buy any of their products in G but once I got into the Spectrum stuff I have changed my opinion 180 degrees. I also have and very pleased with their ON30 Spectrum line. Who would have guessed that Bmann would be the biggest fish in the large scale pond.

    • March 23, 2017 8:34 AM EDT
    • Well, to many folks, 45 mm gauge models are G scale. So saying F scale would confuse them.

       

      As for "abandoning" the 1:20.3 scale base, what scale is that mogul in? Oh, 1:20.3

       

    • March 23, 2017 7:46 AM EDT
    • First it was said Bachmann knows everything about the model train industry but they are ignorant to the fact that their 1:20.3 scale models are not G scale but are actually F scale so designated by the NMRA about 14 years ago. And in my opinion Bachmann dropped the ball when it abandoned their 1:20.3 Fn3 line giving no thought or respect to their customer base that they solicited into this scale with their first release the 2 Truck Shay followed by 10 other locomotives and numerous freight cars then they just abandoned the line, to me this is not a company dictated to the hobby or it's customers

    • March 22, 2017 10:01 PM EDT
    • Yea,

      Same ol crap from the same ol participants time and time again.  Jeeze don't you guys ever get tired of trying to tell others what and how they should feel about things???

      If ya don't like FB who gives a sh--, some others do.  If ya don't like Billboards along the highway, who gives a sh--, some others do.  If ya don't like chocolate ice cream who gives a sh--, others do.

       

      A man running a business has a few other things to think about besides a few potential customers aversion to a certain type of advertising. Cripes if ya go down to buy a new car do you give the dealership a bunch of crap because they use more than one venue to advertise?  Yea didn't think so, after all you'r standing right in front of them.

       

      Sure be nice to see this all get back to building and running model trains.

      Rick