Bachmann Spectrum USRA 2-10-2

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by doctorwayne, Jan 6, 2006.

  1. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    hi fluesheet :wave: welcome to the gauge :wave: we all like pics here.
  2. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Yeah, welcome to the Gauge, Fluesheet. I agree with the idea of casting a weight to fill the smokebox, as opposed to the easy method that I used. I'm going to do so when I modify my two most recent Mikes, and also retrofit the two originals. You may get yours a little closer to perfect balance by adding an air tank on the pilot deck, one made from lead-filled brass tubing. Does anybody know for certain if NWSL makes gears specifically for this loco? The catalogue that I have predates this loco, and there's no specific reference to such replacement gears on their website. While I've not yet had the seemingly common gear problem with mine, I have fixed a couple for others, using Athearn replacement parts. While I know that my already modified Mikes will run with the addition of at least another 10 oz. of weight (if I can cram it in somewhere), I wouldn't want to end up with the gears falling apart due to the added stress.

  3. Fluesheet

    Fluesheet Member

    Thanks for the welcome Jim and doctorwayne!

    I've thought about that, or a toolbox.

    I've not had this problem either, and was completely unaware of it until poking around model railroad forums starting about a week ago. This model is already problematic - having a reliability problem on top of other issues makes me all that much happier! [​IMG]

    That's a big hunk of lead - I'll be curious to see how close you get, short of recasting the boiler shell in lead [​IMG] . If nothing else, the suspension will definitely work under a 25oz loco (a good thing)


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