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    • October 4, 2011 11:16 AM EDT
    • Thinking of picking up one of these beasties and cannot find a review from someone who has owned and operated one. Is there anyone who has one of these and can report long-term operation? Did a search here but could find nothing more than casual mention or "Botchmann" comments from non-owners. Really like the looks but want to be sure it is a "runner". It’s either this or the new Forney.

      Already thinking of bashing one into a tender equipped loco...
    • October 4, 2011 11:36 AM EDT
      • Smoggy L.A., Left Coast
         
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      Sorry misread title
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    • October 4, 2011 2:17 PM EDT
      • Spokane Valley, Washington St.
         
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      There's one in our club and it runs great.
      It's batt/rc, but I can't remember if it's Revo or Airwire.
      I wouldn't mind one either.
    • October 4, 2011 5:30 PM EDT
      • Lancaster, Ohio
         
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      I can't give you what you want but will provide some cautions. I bought one to use for a scratch / bash project and as such basically was only interested in the frame and drive so everything above that basically went away. I did try to test run it on rollers before disassembling it and when I did one of the motors popped right out of its mount. When I removed the superstructure I found that all the screws holding the one motor were loose to the point of falling out and one ended up down in the area with the gears and was a real bugger to get back out. The other motor screws were loose but not clear out and I found many other screws during disassembly that were not properly tightened. For someone who doesn't like to tear new things apart, this would have resulted in a return to dealer or Bachmann for sure. So if you do get one take the time to check hardware before attempting to run it.
    • November 10, 2011 9:26 PM EST

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      When it came out, there were problems similar to what Gary has reported.

      When everything is assembled correctly and tightened, it can be a very smooth runner. I ran a brand new one, right out of the box and it ran very smoothly and tracked well on some very tight curves.

      Buy it, and then check EVERYTHING out.

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    • November 10, 2011 9:35 PM EST

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      I just bought one recently and have only ran it once so far, but it ran like a champ. I did check everything I could without having to disassemble it and found nothing loose or wrong.
    • November 11, 2011 8:23 AM EST
    • I did indeed pick one up for a nice price, undecorated with stripes/red windows...I love it, my favorite engine ever!!!

      Of course just before that I picked up a Bachmann 2-truck shay and it was my favorite engine ever!!

      And before that I picked up a Bachmann K-27, and it was my favorite engine ever!

      Apparently I like the Spectrum line...I better, having sold a fair amount of my LGB American stuff to fund it! :)
    • November 11, 2011 10:07 AM EST
      • Bremerton, Washington
         
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      Keeping in mind that it is not a true Mallet, mine ran fine until the installation started! Due to work and a few other interruptions it is not yet done. I do look forward to alot of running in the future.

      Paul
    • November 11, 2011 10:26 AM EST

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      Good for you. The pic in my Signature line is the actual locomotive that bachman used plus the scale drawings from Baldwin to make the model. The pic is of #110 a standard guage locomotive on the Black Hills Central. It is the only functioning one left in the world.
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