Bachmann HO shay

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by shamus, Dec 18, 2000.

  1. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Can anyone tell me if the Bachmann three truck shay in HO is a good runner, here in the UK I cannot het one yet, but if it runs well I might send to the States for one.
  2. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Thanks Jim, I've got one on order from the USA. Should get it by mid January.(I HOPE)
    Merry Christmas
  3. Jim Butler

    Jim Butler New Member

    I do not have one yet but several members of a club I belong to had them running on our club layout and they were quiet and smooth as silk. The three I saw were beautiful and their owners were very happy with them. It is on my list of wants for the near future.
  4. dccuser1

    dccuser1 New Member

    We have three running on DCC on our store layout and the word is great. What a welcome change from the MDC RTR.
  5. Partsman

    Partsman Member

    Would this 3-truck Shay work well on HO small radius track, say 15"? Would 2-truck be better? Should I stick with my plan and go with an 0-4-0T for this small radius?

    [This message has been edited by Partsman (edited 12-21-2000).]
  6. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    I don't know about a 15" radius, but it had better run on 18", that's my smallest.
  7. Railery

    Railery Member

    i saw it today and does it look sharp. The shay will run on a 15" radius.

    Greg's Central
  8. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Thats nice to know it will also run on 15" R
  9. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Thanks dccuser1 for your help regarding the three truck shay.
    Looking forward to it.
  10. Partsman

    Partsman Member

    Thanks, Railery, for the information concerning running the shay on 15" radii.
  11. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    Bachmann Shay

    Hi, I thought that there was an old post about the Shay. I just picked one up for $80.00 US.

    It runs Great!! nice & slowwwwwww! :) :D :)

    I have it running around the wall just below the ceiling in my Dining Room.. :)

    The only cars I had that were close to being the right size were ore cars :( So I have them behind it just until I can get some logging cars :)

    Seeee Yaa -- Mikey

    P.S. - I know my Handle's N Gauger, and I'm mostly into G scale, but I just can't seem to keep my hands off your (HO) stuff! :) :) :)

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  12. Uteram

    Uteram Member


    I have a Bachmann 3 truck shay and it runs great. It creeps smoothly and this is out of the box using a standard power pack. Wouldn't trade it back for anything.

    As for radii, my smallest is approx 17 inches and it does well. The key is to loosen the screws on the trucks a bit and it will run fine.
  13. alkcnw

    alkcnw Member

    Hey NGauger, dosn't the smoke from the stack get the ceiling dirty?????/:eek:
  14. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    Andy - Yeah, but certain sacrifices must be made for the sake of the Railroads.. lol :D :) :D
  15. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    The Bachmann shay is the reason I haven't finished my MDC two truck kit. I won't complete it until I can find a way to get it to run as smoothly and quietly as the Bachmann.
  16. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Hi Pete,
    You won't be able to get the MDC as quiet as the 3 truck Bachmann, but you can get it close enough. I now have five of the MDC's and they all (Thank goodness) run smooth without twitching, noise isn't that bad really. Listen to the prototype, these beasts make a racket.
  17. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Aha!, The gauntlet of challenge is cast before me! QuietER, I answer. And when I have done this thing, then shall I install a Soundtrax unit, and a speaker in the gawdawful stack, and spend my insanity dreamily listening to that sidewinder working its heart out!
    I have ridden the cab of a shay,, I know the feel, the smell, and the sound of her. This shall I have to perfection or not at all.

    Is it deep enough yet??

    What I want to do requires time, patience, and machining skills I haven't develpoed yet. When I do get it right, I'll figure a way to get it across the pond so you can see it work that 8% on the BCLC.
  18. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Ah Pete, man after my own sweet heart, and I am jealous of you having a ride on a shay. Shayyymm :D on you. :rolleyes:
    BTW, why don't I just send my 8% grade over to you so you can try yours out:p

  19. kettlestack

    kettlestack Member

    Forsooth Sir Peter!
    Wouldst thou accept such challenge from the mighty Sir Paul?
    Tis many long years since words of such valour hath echo'd these great halls of noblemen. My blacksmith hath prepared his furnace to occasion the finest steel for thine mighty creation. Merlin hath taken it upon himself to conjour such spells as will bestow upon thee such skills as thou hast not known erstwhile!
    And upon the day of reckoning, our lords, ladies and vassals shall assemble there upon the field of trial to witness great deeds.
    Each whispering to the other ...."Will Sir Peter's wondrous creation witness success in conquering the formidable 8% grade?" :D :D

    Interpretation of the foregoing is available at 5 cents + one beer tax per copy!:D :D

    Poor Peter, what hast thou let thineself in for.... heh heh heh

    Couldn't resist this post! .... Dave, am I still a member? :D

  20. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Fitsooth Errol, thou hast now got to umpire the contest.
    ASKING DAVE if you are still a member, I wilst tell thee nowest - NO NO NO :D:D:cool: :rolleyes: ;) ;) :p


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