Bachmann 2-8-0

Discussion in 'On30 Forum' started by Canopus, Aug 26, 2006.

  1. Canopus

    Canopus Member

    I'm interested in buying one of these. Under normal circumstances I'd just go right ahead and buy it, then when I get it I'd figure out what I want to do to it. However, I understand that it is mostly made of metal, and at $180 to $210 a piece I think I'd like to know what I'm dealing with before I buy something that I might not be able to modify.

    So I'm asking here, how feasable would it be to stretch the 2-8-0 into a mikado? Obviously I'd have to remove the cab (does this come off all in one piece?), place it further back, extend the frame, build a truck for the extra wheels, extend the boiler, etc... what I really want to know is whether you guys think someone with no more than a dremel, a craft knife, a saw and some styrene sheet could do it.

    If anyone has any prototype information or photos, or has attempted this project themselves and can give me some hints, that would be really helpful. I don't know what prototype I'd be modelling, I just know that I want to do something to get the cab of the 2-8-0 sitting a little lower down (I don't like it the way it's so high up), and the solution to me seems to be stretching it into a 2-8-2.
  2. Canopus

    Canopus Member

    Come on guys, at least one of you must know about this... where's that guy who said he had something like three of four of the things?
  3. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    Are you speaking of the HO 2-8-0 or the On30 narrow gauge loco?
  4. Canopus

    Canopus Member

    I'm referring to the On30 model.

    Not being nasty or anything but, I posted this thread in the On30 forum for a reason. :rolleyes:
  5. rebel

    rebel New Member


    hey, whats with the attitude, if you knew anything you'd know that ho and on30 can run on the same trak
  6. Canopus

    Canopus Member

    There is no attitude, what I posted was intended as a friendly poke, don't take things so seriously.

    Also, what's this about me not knowing anything? I'll have you know that I pride myself in knowing everything thankyou very much! :thumb:
  7. LoudMusic

    LoudMusic Member

    Sounds like you'll have to invest in some metal working tools.
  8. Canopus

    Canopus Member

    According to the guy who did the 1:20.3 Bachmann to K-27 conversion, all you need is a dremel. I figure since the 1:20.3 Bachmann 2-8-0 is the exact same build as the On30 version, so I should be alright just using my dremel.

    I have a vague idea in my mind of how I'd do it - take off the cab, modify ash pan, extend the frame, add a rear truck, extend the boiler, and refit the cab. Of course it's not as simple as that, there may be unforseen complications with the way it's put together, and I also have to find a prototype that fits the dimensions of the Bachmann model. On top of that, the thing is practically encrusted in details that will have to be moved around or removed... it's a big conversion project to do to such an expensive model.
  9. LoudMusic

    LoudMusic Member

    Isn't that what it's all about ;)
  10. Canopus

    Canopus Member

    Lol, you said it. :thumb:
  11. pgandw

    pgandw Active Member


    There are already 2-8-2s being produced in On30 - a die cast metal model by MMI? (I could be very wrong). Certainly not as cheap as the Bachmann; I believe it's a pretty accurate (except for the 30" gauge!) of a K-27. Don't follow On30 that closely because I made the decision to go HOn3/HO, but there is some spill-over.
  12. Canopus

    Canopus Member

    I'm not interested in those, they cost FAR too much money for the product you get. I'd rather pay the £120 ($210) for a Bachmann 2-8-0 that I can turn into a nice small Baldwin 2-8-2 with a little work.
  13. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder , is a MDC HOn3 2-8-0 converted to a 2-8-2. You can see the ashpan, and some of the equalization is represented with styrene, on the cast frame. the On30 conversion would be similar.
    is an MDC outside frame 2-8-0 kit, modified to a 2-8-2. I have an HOn3 brass K27, and used the trailing truck, and frame as a guide for the MDC conversion. the point is that styrene can be used for a conversion of this sort, because you are not modifying the actual running gear of the loco, just adding a trailing truck.
  14. ross31r

    ross31r Member

    simple answer - AFAIK no it cant be done - the bachmann 2-8-0 has a large plastic ash-pan under the cab which clips over the socket for the connecting wires between locomtive and tender, also the end of the chassis drops down just below the cab to form the basis of the clip point around the connector, so unless you are willing to do some major surgery to the frame and all the electrics its really not worth it at all.
  15. LoudMusic

    LoudMusic Member

    I've read a few other places that the 2-8-0 can navigate an 18" radius without trouble. Is this accurate? Does it look alright or should I plan for 20"? And while we're on the subject, how about the 2-6-0?
  16. pgandw

    pgandw Active Member

    The 2-6-0s can certainly do an 18" radius. They originally came in train sets with 18" radius track. Harold Minkwitz ( has his 2-8-0 running on 18" radius, although the overhang is starting to get large. Bachmann says 22" radius for the outside frame 2-8-0.

    Hope this helps
  17. LoudMusic

    LoudMusic Member

    Wow, he claims he even got it around a short 15" radius. That's nuts.

    I'd read all that before (apparently, because it looks familiar) but couldn't find it in a search. Kinda weird. Thanks for the link!
  18. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    I don't know about everybody else but when I log on to The Gauge, I just click on new posts and then go down through them. Very rarely do I glance over and see which forum it's in... I really don't care. If it's trains, it's interesting to me. So, I can see very easily how someone could read your thread and not have the slightest clue which forum it was posted in.
  19. ScottyB

    ScottyB Member

    Just FYI, Wholesale Trains has a few of these for $99.99 now. Shipping is usually around $9 in the USA.

    Not affiliated with them at all. I am simply obsessed with getting the best price for everything that I buy.

  20. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    The key phrase here is "so unless you are willing to do some major surgery to the frame and all the electrics its really not worth it at all".
    There are some of us "risk takers", out here who are willing, and believe it is worth it. I've made some horrible, and expensive mistakes in my hobbies, and I've had some few great successes. I've learned from both, and therein lies the value of the risk, learning !!. Not to mention that I have some unique and interesting things. My HOn3 outside frame 2-4-4-2, built from a MDC 2-8-0 kit, and an extra frame, is one of the successes. I've been running that engine for the last 21 years, with cleaning and lubricating as the only maintenance.
    I am not downplaying the difficulty in a project of this nature, only saying that if you are willing to take the risk, and want the result, it is something which can be done. Well planned, and carefully done, step by step, with patience, it can be done.
    So!, Canopus, if you decide to go ahead with this conversion, I, for one, will be interested in seeing the process........lots of pics! :D :D

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