Bachmann powered truck replacement?

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by HoosierDaddy, Mar 3, 2005.

  1. HoosierDaddy

    HoosierDaddy Member

    I have a couple of cheap Bachmann diesels that the motors have died on. These are what I guess you would call the powered truck type motors, not the can motors with flywheels. Is it worth trying to replace these motors? I've tried searching for replacements, but haven't had any luck. Are there better options for repowering these cheap locos? Since they're pretty cheap to begin with, I don't want to spend much to repower them. I'd rather spend money on getting more high quality locos. If nothing else, I can always continue to use them as dummys and for weathering practice.

  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Those are "pancake motors" and I don't think they are worth replacing. NorthWest ShortLine makes lots of different motors and trucks, so that's a place to start, but I would say you are probably better off saving the cash for entirely new locos.

    Put the old ones on a shelf for display (if there's a sentimental value), otherwise put them in the scrap box for future projects, painting practice, or whatever...!

  3. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    If they are Bachmann you can take advantage of their limited lifetime warranty and they will send you a new lokey (prob. 8 wheel drive :) ) for $10 handling fee they charge for warranty service after 1 year. Fred
  4. HoosierDaddy

    HoosierDaddy Member


    I think you've hit on the answer! For 10$ plus the cost of postage I get a better unit than the existing one. That's worth it to me to have some additional low cost motive power that I'm comfortable letting my preschool age boys play with.



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