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    • March 13, 2020 2:10 PM EDT
    • Fred Mills. said:

      I at one time had one of those 2-6-0, Spectrum Moguls, and I suggest, as in my first posting, that the geared axle is the REAR one, as shown in the picture.  The rear axle does not have the extra valve motion on it, and is less complicated to replace.

          It would be far better to get the "BRASS" geared axle as a replacement, as then you would probably never have to replace it again.

           Fred Mills

      Yes, Greg's pic of the brass gears shows the rear axle, with the chuff cam on the middle, as the valve gear is all going forward from the center wheels.

       

      However, I would be very careful with the brass axle (not that it is available as far as I know.) The gear may be different from the usual type (size, etc.) Those new ones that Timmy just purchased are different from the older ones, in that the "D" shaped axle holds the gear, and the NWSL replacement will not fit, as it isn't knurled to hold the gear. Time will tell if these replacements are better plastic than the originals, which crack as they shrink due to old age (we think.)

      In this photo of the old-style gearbox (with the original gear) you can see lots of idler shafts, which don't show on the photo of the brass gear - and the latter looks larger?

       

       

      P.S. I don't see any inside valve gear on Greg's photo. Does the 'brass gear' version not have working valve rods?

    • March 12, 2020 8:20 PM EDT
    • John Caughey said:

      Pete are you sure about the middle axle, or did they change location, because Greg's pic shows the gear on the lead axle.... Maybe they needed more room.

      Thanks for the correction Fred. At least I could tell it wasn't the blind one.

    • March 12, 2020 7:29 PM EDT
    • I believe the older 2-6-0 is the middle driver as Pete has described,

      https://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/dwg/dwgs/G816X-IS002-2_CHASSIS.pdf

       

      and the newer ones are the rear driver as Fred has described.

       

      but the "sound ready" version on the site also shows middle driver

      https://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/dwg/dwgs/LS2-6-0_SOUNDREADY_Chassis.pdf

       

      Now I am confused.

       

      Greg

       

       

       

    • March 12, 2020 6:54 PM EDT
    • I at one time had one of those 2-6-0, Spectrum Moguls, and I suggest, as in my first posting, that the geared axle is the REAR one, as shown in the picture.  The rear axle does not have the extra valve motion on it, and is less complicated to replace.

          It would be far better to get the "BRASS" geared axle as a replacement, as then you would probably never have to replace it again.

           Fred Mills

    • March 12, 2020 6:22 PM EDT
    • Pete are you sure about the middle axle, or did they change location, because Greg's pic shows the gear on the lead axle.... Maybe they needed more room.

    • March 12, 2020 11:49 AM EDT
    • Nothing strange about the new locos having a brass axle gear, it's been advertised (and requested) for quite some time. That is the version 6, and apparently you can get them now, but they don't sell the entire chassis with the version 6 gearbox yet.

       

       

    • March 12, 2020 5:22 AM EDT
    • Same here. My faithful 2-6-0's drive gear finally bit the dust a while back. Got a replacement fitted on an axle from Bachmann. Note the Bachmann supplied item, still plastic, is now on a "D" shaped mount on the axle rather than the splined one on the original. Strangely the new batch 2-6-0/2-4-0's have a brass gear factory fitted as did the original Bachmann replacement supplied  gear for failed 2-8-0 "Connies" (not to be confused with the fine C-19 2-8-0 they make). You could also try https://nwsl.com/ for a straight fit replacement, gearwheel only, if you have no luck at Bachmann. Get a spare for each loco while you are at it, you never know if it might fail again. I have.

       

      Replacing the axle/gear can be a bit fiddly as the dummy valve gear is mounted on the drive axle too and you have remember to get everything back in the right order. Just work methodically and take a few pictures as you disassemble, It will all go back together fine in the end. Pay particular attention to the "quartering" of the wheelsets and motions too when reassembling. Note - If you had not yet spotted it, the screws holding wheels on the axles are under the small decorative removable wheel "hubcaps". Replace those horrible suppressor capacitors mounted on the end of the motor while you have got everything out, they are another weak point. 

    • March 12, 2020 2:33 AM EDT
    • That's how I got my Bachmann Connie;

      The guy who owned it said it was stuffed and it had been sitting in his shed for years, as he had moved on to HO he gave it to me.

      A quick look at the Bachmann store a Voila!!!, an axle with brass gear for $18.

    • March 11, 2020 11:02 PM EDT
    • Absolutely the most common failure and well documented on virtually every train forum, including Bachmann. Been this way for years. You can even have this happen to a "brand new" one (NOS).

    • March 11, 2020 6:09 PM EDT
    • The drive gear on the rear axle has cracked.  Check the Bachman web page and see if they offer a replacement gear for them.  Your locomotives would be due to experience this gear problem.  It is a common occurrence.

         Fred Mills

    • March 11, 2020 5:48 PM EDT
    • I have 3 Bachmann 2-6-0 Spectrum Moguls.  All 3 of them no longer run!?  I have run them in the past but not in a number of years.  I all 3 on the bench the other day to oil and lube them and then try them out.  All 3 jerked for a moment and then nothing.  It almost sounds like something is spinning and clicking inside.  Something that seems odd to me is that I can move the wheels by hand very easily, almost effortlessly. 

      Here's a picture of one of the locomotives.  All 3 are the same except different colors.  Below the image is a short video showing how easily I can turn the wheels (ignore the noise, that was caused by by me). 

      Backmann 2-6-0 Spectrum Mogul

       

    • March 8, 2020 9:33 AM EDT
    • My info shows the 2036 Christmas trolley with the pole, others with the diamond.

      Also note the LGB 1988 trolley had the loop, not pole or diamond.

       

      If you are ever in the I 495 exit 10 area, come and visit.

    • March 7, 2020 3:17 PM EST
    • Hi all,

      I was taking a look at my stash of 2035/3500 and 2036/3600 Trolley stuff today, and I ran across something a little odd.  The labels on two 2036 boxes of similar vintage (as best I can tell) have different labels, making me wonder if it's just a mistake, or if there was an odd early variant of the 2036 with a different pantograph.

       

      As most know, the 2035 uses a diamond-style pantograph while the 2036 uses a bar type pantograph.  The LGB literature calls the latter an "old-timer".  But take a look at the labels from the two boxes - two different style pantographs!  Unfortunately, the box with the diamond style pantograph had been repurposed by the seller to hold a 3600, so I have no idea what it held originally.

      Anyone have any details on whether the 2036 might have had a diamond style panto in the early days?  Maybe just a label mistake that slipped through

       

      Thanks,

      Trent

    • March 5, 2020 7:26 PM EST
    • Keith Watson said:

      I need to replace the springs in the pickup sleeve for an old Bachmann G scale Climax. Does anyone know the diameter and length of the springs and maybe a source?

      Thanks.

       

      I have some  if you still need them.

       

      Stan

    • February 25, 2020 8:53 PM EST
    • Fred Mills. said:

      Dave Goodson, might be a person to contact...he is out there on the West Coast; if Bachmann hasn't any to offer.

         It might be time to consider hard wiring them to get rid of the need for the springs.

           Fred Mills

      Agree on both points. Dave has probably hard wired a bunch of them. Perhaps he saved the original parts.  I have a NIB Climax that is about 4 or 5 notches down on the conversion list. It will get hard wired when converted to battery r/c.  I'll save the parts, but I'm not going to tear it down for probably a year or more.

    • February 25, 2020 7:27 AM EST
    • Dave Goodson, might be a person to contact...he is out there on the West Coast; if Bachmann hasn't any to offer.

         It might be time to consider hard wiring them to get rid of the need for the springs.

           Fred Mills

    • February 24, 2020 7:29 PM EST
    • I need to replace the springs in the pickup sleeve for an old Bachmann G scale Climax. Does anyone know the diameter and length of the springs and maybe a source?

      Thanks.

       

    • March 2, 2020 12:32 PM EST
    • Funny. Not trains but problem solved.........KFC here in Rio Linda has a local new protection program..  Waiting for it to rain here for him to to blend in.  LoL.  Pap's

       

       

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