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    • February 11, 2020 4:19 PM EST
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      Hi Pete and Vic ,

       

      I will always believe that

       

      IF BACHMANN HAD STAYED with 1:22.5 Scale,

       

      they would still be selling Large Scale locomotives!

       

      ( They LOST the LGB Train Size Market Customers ! )

       

      The other point is the Latest Market Street Pricing of their Latest C-19 Loco and their 2-6-0 .

       

      At those Higher Prices, I expect the Model to be DIECAST !

       

      Which of course BACHMANN could do as per their WILLIAMS Line.

       

       

      Norman

       

       

    • February 9, 2020 5:34 PM EST
    • Pete Thornton said:
      Vic Smith said:

      Every other scale in the Bachmann line is getting new items... except us, we get repaints, and no, Eggliners absolutely do not count.

      Vic, all you have to do is persuade 1,000 other modellers to buy the current stuff and then they should complain to Bachmann about lack of new stuff.

      I suspect there is no longer an internal "champion" since Lee Rainey passed.

      Yeah everything really hit the skids after his passing. I suspect all the marketing shots are now being called by the suits in China

    • February 9, 2020 11:56 AM EST
    • Vic Smith said:

      Every other scale in the Bachmann line is getting new items... except us, we get repaints, and no, Eggliners absolutely do not count.

      Vic, all you have to do is persuade 1,000 other modellers to buy the current stuff and then they should complain to Bachmann about lack of new stuff.

      I suspect there is no longer an internal "champion" since Lee Rainey passed.

    • February 8, 2020 1:26 PM EST
    • Every other scale in the Bachmann line is getting new items... except us, we get repaints, and no, Eggliners absolutely do not count.

    • February 2, 2020 9:19 PM EST
    • Hi Norm,

      Yes they are still cranking out interesting On30 locomotives. Here is this years offering:

       

      https://www.micromark.com/Bachmann-Baldwin-Class-10-Trench-Steam-Engine-USA-5001-On30-Scale?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=NX_NTM_Shopping_Segregated&utm_term=4576442278804888&utm_content=Locomotives-On30

       

      Funky little steamer used in the Great War (WWI) shunting all kinds of military equipment in the trenches.

       

      Doc Tom

    • January 30, 2020 3:49 PM EST
    • Last I saw they were coming out with 0-6-0 Steam switcher in On30 this year.

    • January 30, 2020 1:49 PM EST
    • Norman Bourgault said:

       

      Hi,

       

      Will BACHMANN again produce On30 locomotives?

      Why did BACHMANN cease production of On30 locomotives?

      What is the state of the On30 Marketplace?

       

      Norman

      Why don't you ask them?  The Bachmann Forums will surely have some people with more insight than this G scale group

    • January 30, 2020 1:26 PM EST
    •  

      Hi,

       

      Will BACHMANN again produce On30 locomotives?

      Why did BACHMANN cease production of On30 locomotives?

      What is the state of the On30 Marketplace?

       

      Norman

       

       

    • February 9, 2020 10:03 PM EST
    • Great work and great modeling.

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      Doc, look back at the black and white picture of the station.  Not on tie showing in the ballast, dust and dirt.  Love that look.  Hard to duplicate.

    • February 9, 2020 10:03 PM EST
    • Great work and great modeling.

      .

      Doc, look back at the black and white picture of the station.  Not on tie showing in the ballast, dust and dirt.  Love that look.  Hard to duplicate.

    • February 9, 2020 10:03 PM EST
    • Great work and great modeling.

      .

      Doc, look back at the black and white picture of the station.  Not on tie showing in the ballast, dust and dirt.  Love that look.  Hard to duplicate.

    • February 9, 2020 9:55 PM EST
    • One of the benefits of using foam to build mountains and hills is that, unlike the prototype, they are quite easy to move and lightweight. It was time for some trees on the Linville LDE. So one of the hills was removed to the workbench and trees planted.




      I really got into the swing of things and the next thing you know pine trees and hardwoods were sprouting up all over the place.



      Putting a train into the picture really gave a sense of perspective and distance. Keep in mind that this shelf layout is only 18 inches deep.





      33 trees are in place and a whole heck of a lot more are needed.

      Thank you for looking and all commentary is welcome.

      Dr. Tom

    • February 2, 2020 8:58 PM EST
    • Thank you gentleman. Here is the next installment on this little mountain RR.

       

      RPO/ Baggage Car #15 rides the rails at Linville on the ET & WNC RR.

      Maintenance man J.R.Smith is patiently awaiting the opening of the baggage door on the new #15 combine at Linville Station. He has work to do. The security minded postal workers are busy fumbling with the pad locked door and there will be some delays in getting “J. R.” on board. But there will be no postal robberies by the likes of Jessie James this day.










      This is the second Deerfield Laser Kit I have built up on a donated On30 Bachmann chassis. I chose a different paint scheme after riding a prototype passenger car at “Tweetsie” this past summer at the ET & WNC RR Historical society meeting.






      Here is #15 with sister Azalea in a different shade of green.



      Here are some older color shots of # 15 as well. Let me know, with your 1920’s imagination, which color looks best ?







      Thanks for looking.

      Doc Tom

    • January 27, 2020 9:18 AM EST
    • Talk about bringing a railroad to life, wow, that certainly did. Looking at some of those photos, it looks like we will have the pleasure of seeing a lot of expansions 

    • January 27, 2020 7:02 AM EST
    • That really made a big diff... I like it .. 

    • January 25, 2020 6:08 PM EST
    • Color comes to Linville NC on the ET&WNC R.R.

      This little layout is built on shelf that is about 18 inches– 24 inches deep. The East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad was definitely a mountain railroad. To get the look of depth and mountain scenery this little railroad needed a backdrop. When I saw that Railroad backdrops.com/affordable model railroads ………was voted the best in the Model Railroader magazine I took a look. When I saw they had a backdrop labeled “Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina” I was sold. I do not know where they took the picture but the backdrop is making my Linville LDE a little closer to the real deal in the prototype picture.














      Here are some before and after shots showing how the masonite was used to secure the backdrop.







      As always, thanks for looking. Dr. Tom

    • January 16, 2020 9:23 PM EST
    • Dan Hilyer said:

      Passengers waiting  better pay attention.  Stick your arm out or lean forward at the wrong time .... well ... let's not think about that 

       

       

      Yes, "train time" could easily turn in to massacre time with these close tolerances.  Tom

       

    • January 15, 2020 10:22 PM EST
    • Passengers waiting  better pay attention.  Stick your arm out or lean forward at the wrong time .... well ... let's not think about that 

    • January 15, 2020 10:17 PM EST
    • The Linville Depot gets hip.

      That is the Linville Depot gets a hip roof. In following the prototype I was able to construct out of card stock a hip roof for the little depot at Linville. Here are some prototype pictures of the roof being installed during the reconstruction of the Linville Depot in North Carolina.





      I had a much easier job using cardboard and Elmer's glue.









      Because of the siding behind the depot I had to truncate the hip posteriorly. This is not too evident except in the one side picture.



      Next steps are styrene and plastic castings……more to come.

      Thanks for looking.

      Doc Tom

    • January 30, 2020 1:25 PM EST
    •  

      Hi,

       

      Will BACHMANN again produce On30 locomotives?

      Why did BACHMANN cease production of On30 locomotives?

      What is the state of the On30 Marketplace?

       

      Norman