Bachmann Doodlebug availability?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by MasonJar, Jun 23, 2006.

  1. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Ok, so doctorwayne has me thinking about getting a doodlebug/gas-electric to serve the LPBs on my layout. It may require some modification, but I am hoping that the Bachmann gas-electric is a good starting point...

    So is it just me, or these things hard to find. Searches at Walthers and Bachmann websites come up empty. Trainworld too...? Are they out of production for some reason?

    Your insights appreciated!

  2. shortliner

    shortliner Member

    There are 3 on Ebay - one finishes today, Thursday! - type in HO SCALE DOODLEBUG
    Shortliner(Jack)away up here in the Highlands
  3. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Thanks Jack - I did just take a look there. An unlettered one (although the pic shows NYC) for US$9.99 seems too good to be true...!

  4. shortliner

    shortliner Member

    Sod's Law says it won't be that price at close of play! may be worth a (sensible) bid though
    Shortliner(Jack)away up here in the Highlands
  5. shortliner

    shortliner Member

    Interesting - my ebay shows todays as PRR @ $29.50, a Burlington CBQ @ $10.76, and a SF $15.50
  6. ross31r

    ross31r Member

    ive always found them easy to find - good little units, especially for chop-downs!
  7. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Andrew, I'm pretty sure that my hobby shop, Niagara Central Hobbies in St. Catharines, has these in stock. They may have a web site, although with my computer skills, a drive down there is faster. I believe that they'll also sell through the mail, and they are a distributor for Bachmann. Pretty decent prices too: $179.00 Canadian for the Bachmann USRA 2-10-2.

  8. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    IMHO the wathers one is a better choice and i have both of them.
  9. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    Do they make those still? And fir how much?
  10. yellowlynn

    yellowlynn Member

    I did a little search and Discount Trains Online @ $50.40 @$47.96,
    Trainandtrooper @ $38.95, and Ridgeroadstation @ $36.00
    So they seem to be pretty available. I'm assuming this is HO.

  11. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Thanks everyone...

    Jim - could you provide more info about the Walthers version? I know about the Spectrum, but had not heard about Walthers before...


  12. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    Andrew the Walthers unit i like because there only 60 ft long .but the down side is there sold out from walthers.:cry: might be able to find one on the web a train show or a RR shop if i can figure out where my resized pics are on the new:curse: computer i would post a pic of one.
  13. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery


    That sounds great. If you can't find a pic to put here at The Gauge, please email me! Click my user name to the left for the link...


  14. abutt

    abutt Member


    Sorry so late entering this thread. I bought the Bachman/Spectrum doodlebug when it first came out, but found it just too damn long for my operation. So I chopped it down to 54 feet HO and am much happier with its looks. I also made one from an Athern diesel frame and power, an MDC old time passenger car and an old MDC diesel electric nose. Both are finished in my CNE green and lettering. As soon as I get a moment I'll take a picture of both and send.

    This kind of motor power is much more fun as a do-it-yourself project. Makes it kinda personal.:)
  15. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery


    Some pictures would be great... I have been thinking more about tackling this with the help and advice of doctorwayne - any support you can provide would certainly be appreciated.


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