July 17, 2010 10:04:52 PM EDT
Thanks for your concluding report.
Sorry about the shipping cost. You have stepped into one part of the large scale hobby's on-going story regarding quality control and the cost of "getting it right". In the past, Bachmann has had a series of comments on electrical quality control per this site. Granted, their rolling stock and locos continue to be chosen by many because of their prices and 1:20 scale offerings. I trust you will agree this site has contributors who are sharp, experienced, and continue to point out product foibles while declining to show favor to any manufacturer. Please continue to contribute.
Thanks for joining in the action.