Bachmann Spectrum "Doodlebug"

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by dwight77, Sep 17, 2005.

  1. dwight77

    dwight77 Member

    I was considering the purchase of a Bachmann Spectrum "Doddlebug". I have seen several on e-bay. Does anyone have any comments on the quality and running ability of these units. Can they be decoder equiped? (I havent looked in the Digitrax guide yet)
  2. dwight77

    dwight77 Member

    I just checked the Digitrax decoder guide and they can be fit with a decoder. So I only need to know the quality of the doodlebug.
  3. Fort Kent Dad

    Fort Kent Dad New Member

    I have one, posted a picture of it on the Sept. 10th item on Doodlebugs, just a few posts back. It run fine, not a silky smooth as a Kato, but it is fine.
  4. Catt

    Catt Guest

    I have two of them,one is abit noisey ,but they both run very well.
  5. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    I have one and it runs pretty good, a little noisey. They are really nice to have.
  6. Fort Kent Dad

    Fort Kent Dad New Member

    Saw an undecorated one for sale at the Edmonton Canada Train show today for $40.00 - bargins can be had.
  7. brokemoto

    brokemoto New Member

    They are noisy but run nicely at thirty-five to forty-five SMPH. They will also creep as they pull into the station. They will pull six RR HWs on RR trucks(!) up a one per-cent grade. And this with only one truck powered. I doubt that any prototype doodlebug would have towed six HW passenger cars even on level track.

    The MT 1133 conversion for this is simple. Removal of the shell is not the easiest thing to do. I have seen more than a few at shows for twenty-five dollars. There have been a few QC problems with these. The wheels are usually out-of-gauge and the power truck sometimes will not swivel freely which causes derailments. You can usually work the power truck to get it to swivel properly. Gauging the wheels is not difficult, either, just do not force them.

    I have several and I like mine.

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