Bachmann shay goes in one direction only

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by rogerw, Apr 12, 2008.

  1. rogerw

    rogerw Active Member

    Doe any one have the three truck shay by bachmann? A friend of mine is over and his new bachmann will go in reverse only. Light goes on and off with direction and can control speed but only in reverse. Any thoughts?
  2. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    Might want to disassemble it and see if something is either broken, or jammed in the drive train. Also, check the square drive shafts. The problem I have with mine is that one will pop out of the coupling when going around a corner, no matter the radius. Though they don't really operate the drive, and are there for looks(which is cool), going forward, this dive shaft might be acting as a wheel chock. Its the one that attaches to the rear wheels.

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  3. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    is this dc or dcc?

  4. rogerw

    rogerw Active Member

    Thanks for the thoughts guys. I had a spare decoder around and replaced his and it is working fine now. So he will be sending his decoder back for a replacement.
  5. rogerw

    rogerw Active Member

    88 are you happy with your shay? It seems like a nice little loco.
  6. abutt

    abutt Member

    For my new layout I plan to run my shay and a Mantua 2-6-6-2T for the lumber section. Have run both on my test track and like them very much. I think the Shay is very delicate and needs handling very carefully. Mantua is the re-issue with a can motor and flywheel. Runs smooth, like a diesel.
  7. rogerw

    rogerw Active Member

    Thanks Allan
  8. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    I'm happy, except for the drive shaft that pops out around a curve. The crank rods, drive shafts and all the other motion is cool. Boiler details are cast in and kinda clunky , but your choice of either a coal, oil tender or wood burner(the choice came with mine), or different cabs, steel or wood,(which don't come, but you have to pick which one when buying it) is a plus.
    I have standard gauge, but I think it comes in narrow also.
    Don't expect it to win any races though, its a real slow mover, but I understand that the real ones weren't F-16's either.
    I'd give it a 7 out of 10.
  9. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    My brother had one of the black saddle tank ones and I had one of the newer side tank ones...both from the 1990s. The most powerful steam locomotives we ever had seen back then. They came factory equipped with Sagami motors. You won't be disappointed if they are anywhere close to what the old ones were.

    I'd like to get one of Bachmann's shays at some point. How's she pull? Who would have ever thought, back in the mid '90's, that Bachmann would come out with shays, heislers, and climaxes in multiple scales. There's something to be said for a locomotive that's exhaust sounds like 150mph while it's really moving 15mph...and I grew up within 10 miles of the abandoned Lima Locomotive Works.

    eightyeightfan, I don't think they come in narrow gauge HO. Ironically, the HO versions are standard gauge...the large scale versions are 3' gauge...and the 1:48 scale ones are 30ish inch gauge (the most popular foreign narrow gauge).
  10. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    88Fan...Being totally ignorant about these engines...I have a question....Is that shaft that keeps popping off of variable length..!! It would seem that it would need to be since those outside truck frames spread apart from each other on curves. And the sharper the curve, the greater the spread...Or is there a lot of play lengthwise in the "pockets" that hold the shaft..??

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