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    • June 8, 2018 10:26 AM EDT
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      Bachmann Connie Question

      I am working on a Bachmann Connie and find that the coil spring above the number 4 driver is weak and bottoms out. They appear to be sold out at Bachmann. - - Any suggestion on a source for a replacement? 

      Thanks for your help. 

      Ken

    • June 9, 2018 6:36 AM EDT
      • Curmudgeon at Large, Lynn Haven, FL
         
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      Options are:

       

      Purchase a junk Connie to use as parts.

       

      measure the diameter of the spring, diameter of the wire, and free length of a good spring and see if your local hardware store  something that will work.

       

      The last option is to sen a good spring to a spring manufacturer and have them evaluate it. Then you can see what they have that is close in their stock catalog. Although the more difficult,this is the path I would follow. I would also replace all the springs as they are also part of the electrical pick up for track power. I am guessing this spring may have gotten a heavy current at one time overheating the spring and weakening it.

       

      Good luck.

       

      Bob C.

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    • June 9, 2018 7:39 AM EDT
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      For springs, you might take a look at McMaster-Carr.  They have a pretty good selection and quick delivery - at least on the East Coast.  

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      Bruce

      http://jbrr.com/

       

    • June 9, 2018 1:55 PM EDT
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      Bob and Bruce, 

      Thanks for your suggestions. I'll have a go at them and see what I can come up with. I was not aware that the springs are part of the electrical pickup system. I've got a great deal to learn, especially concerning the electrical systems of the locomotives.  - - For me, McMaster-Carr may be the first place I'll take a look at for replacements. 

      Thanks again,

    • June 9, 2018 8:34 PM EDT
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      Welcome Kenneth !

    • June 10, 2018 11:03 AM EDT
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      Rooster, 

      Thanks for your welcome message. - I 'lurk' on the website fairly often in an effort to pick up some helpful suggestions. I have a fairly large learning curve ahead but that challenge keeps things interesting. 

    • June 10, 2018 7:25 PM EDT
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      Kenneth Matzick said:
      I have a fairly large learning curve ahead but that challenge keeps things interesting. 

      Yep, me too as I'm always learning .  Lurk less and post more as there are no masters/experts of any hobby as far as I'm concerned. We all have learning curves and challenges ahead of us whether we recognize it or not.

      LSC is a great place to share period!

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