Bachmann Trolleys

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by alexbnfan, Apr 1, 2007.

  1. alexbnfan

    alexbnfan Member


    How well do these trolleys work? i'm looking to add a trolley line, and am also wondering what other brands there are that are cheap

    doesnt need to be dcc ready, or even compatible as it will be kept on dc.

  2. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    I like mine, it runs very well and wouldn't be too hard to chip for DCC should I ever go that way. I added working poles to mine and redetailed it some. I also have a Tyco brill from the 60s that runs like a dream. Gotta be the older one with the metal frame but you can usually score them at shows for $5-10.

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  3. MCD4x4

    MCD4x4 Member

    I have the CTA PCC, at first it didn't run so good, I just oiled it up a touch and after about a 1/2 hour, it runs really nice now. I'm looking to get a few more and paint them the colors of the Brooklyn NY colors. Heres the link to one I bought and put the motor kit in for my three rail O scale club. This is the paint job I would like to do. It's the second post in. Does anyone know if this was made by any companies?
  4. alexbnfan

    alexbnfan Member

    OK, thanks

    what sort of mechanasim do they have

    btw, just so you know, i'm talking about the HO scale version
  5. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    The Bachmann has a self contained power truck, the Tyco is a pancake motor mounted to a cast bronze frame. Both are HO.
  6. alexbnfan

    alexbnfan Member

    ok, thanks for that

    i assume no major issues with how well they run?
  7. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Oh no...they run great. There actually was a day when you could say that for Tyco:rolleyes: :thumb: Just make sure it is their older release. AHM released some as well that looked similar but were slightly longer and don't run as well.
  8. alexbnfan

    alexbnfan Member

    I'll go with the Bachmann. Nothing against tyco, just want that warranty. lol
  9. jetrock

    jetrock Member

    Best advice I can give for the Bachmann is to take out the little lucite rod and the bulb in the middle and replace them with any off-the-shelf directional lighting kit. It will look better and you'll decrease the minimum turning radius to about 8-9" without having to alter the frame (if you widen the spaces in the frame where the trucks turn you can get them to run on 6" curves.) Adding better poles is a pretty easy fix too...there was an article in MR (April 1989, I think?) on how to modify the Bachmann to run on overhead power that mentioned the same modifications.

    I have a few of 'em. They run very nicely, for the cost.
  10. alexbnfan

    alexbnfan Member

    I'll do that. and there will be some pics of it after easter.
  11. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

  12. alexbnfan

    alexbnfan Member

    Thanks for your help.

    i'll get the Bachmann one.


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