Rescuing a Bachmann 4-8-4 Northern...

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by shaygetz, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Thanks, Petey, I do enjoy the tinkering right now...much to the dismay of my layout's scenery :oops:

    I like that pinning idea and might just do that as a pre-emptive strike while everything's in quarter. Most of my steam is nostalgic. Art imitating life, they can be mechanical nusances...but I luvs 'em. The newer releases coming out make these early birds less appealing to most modelers and therefore, more affordable to folks like me whose hobby budget trains us to squeeze Labelle #106 from a rail spike :D . Even now I've got my eyes on Ebay looking for one of those Bowser re-powering kits.
  2. lester perry

    lester perry Active Member

    I now have three of the set in quarter one to go. Droped some small pieces onto carpeted floor. Just bought 2 sound decoders guess what i am doing now. By the way Bob I did find the tender.
  3. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Just remember, between the blue commentary as you're looking for those small parts, mutter "Model railroading is fun, model railroading is fun..."
  4. lester perry

    lester perry Active Member

    The sound decoders are for P2K GP7s. They sound pretty good. My first time installing decoders. Not as hard as I thought. Dropped, lost the small parts about week ago. Those diesels even run better on DCC. The drawer is now inhabited again. I can make those P2Ks move so slow you can hardly tell they are moving. Might look for small parts again tomorrow after I run GP7s.Did I say how good the P2Ks run now with DCC installed? I am kind of new at this DCC stuff and I like it.

  5. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Cool beans :thumb: :thumb: They aren't that hard are they? Certainly not hard enough to fork over $65 to the guy at our LHS. There is still some equipment out there that, by design, can't be converted but they're usually the older stuff.

    Does that mean I have a shot at one of those Northerns again? :D
  6. lester perry

    lester perry Active Member

    Slow down a little. Man I like those sound decoders. Did I say how slow they move now? I might look for the parts again tomorrow. I also have the BLI T1. That is kool Diesels rumbleing and steam talking at the same time. I might need some help like a close up pic of the front part of the drive gear, no hurry still have to find small parts. I have the MRC dcc and only one control this is a problem when 2 trains come to RXR at same time. Which one blows the horn/whistle? OK then I promise i will look for the parts tomorrow. Might have to make something my self.

  7. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    All together now...ready for paint. The tender frame and wheels came from a fellow modeler in the Bachmann forum. Not bad looking for a lokey that two months ago was scenery in a model junkyard:thumb:

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  8. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    That is one Gorgeous loco!
  9. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    Looking good Bob.:thumb: :thumb:
    Another locomotive saved from the cutting torch.:D
  10. lester perry

    lester perry Active Member

    Tender to go

    OK guys I am ready to part with a tender. Ray I am sorry but I am keeping the loco. So Bob how do I get it to you? I was just cleaning out my train building and I only have one tender ( this type I have about 10 others) and do not need it. It will probaly be scrapped if no one wants it.
  11. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    No problem Les, I have enough projects going anyway.:rolleyes:
  12. Harold Cole

    Harold Cole Member

    Les,i thought you would never get into DCC.I think you'll Really enjoy it.
  13. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    You know, Bob, did you ever finish/paint/weather this 'un?
  14. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    Without reading all the replies, I will think you can find parts or one for parts on ebay.
  15. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    Without reading all the replies, I will think you can find parts or one for parts on ebay.
  16. b28_82

    b28_82 Member

    whos loco was that anyway Bob? Hows things at the club going? I still have things all over the place in my new house and my trains are still packed up in boxes. I have plans for a layout in my basement however it might be helpful to add 33 sqft to the room.

    Tell everyone I said hi,
  17. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Hey, Jake, how's life in a missle silo?sign1 That was Mo's old Northern that Wayne gave me when he was selling Mo's stuff. have a basement...sigh.

    OK, Miles, keep your eyes peeled this've made my decision for the next victim:thumb: I did paint it but now it needs a little dirt:D
  18. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    allRIGHT!!! :thumb: Can't wait to see it!!! :)
  19. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Bob.Looks like she's ready to go high stepping on the main making fan trips!:D
    Great job! :thumb:
  20. Thoroughbreed

    Thoroughbreed Member

    Not meaning to resurrect an old thread, but I need info on repowering 1 of these 4-8-4 northerns from bachmann. It's 1 of there lower class engines I picked up dirt cheap, and now I know why. When 1st ran, she was great, with no load. After a brief, and I do mean brief, traction test, all wheels out of quarter. Upon exam, the plastic gear sets between the drive wheels were cracked.:curse: I managed to get them back into quarter and used a lil super glue on the gear set to keep it in quarter. I filed down the frame just a lil, where the paint meets the drives, and the joints of my super glue to put them back into round. :thumb:
    Now, she'll stay in quarter and runs good, but I won't chance putting it on traction test. I would rather regear the whole thing. The whole body is in excellent condition, no parts missing or bent on engine and tender. I want to use her to pull my consist of riverossi hvywghts, cal limited, all nine cars (2 transcontinental duplex sleepers included, 1 B&O and 1 Blue Comet). Ironically, the Blue Comet never had any sleepers, but she looks good.:rolleyes:
    I'll post pics of the Comet Sleeper when I get a chance, if anyone's interested.

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