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 Posted: Mon Aug 13th, 2012 11:31 pm
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I  have been opening my stash of trains and have found that I have a number of the Bachmann G gauge tank cars that have broken hand rails.
Does anyone have any complete handrails that I can buy to replace the broken ones I have?
Why Bachmann would make such a fragile part out of plastic is beyond me, except maybe to save money. Bachmann does not have any replacement handrails for sale , too. I just checked.
It is really false economy on their part because now that I cannot get a replacement part for their cheap car I'll avoid buying any of the other Bachmann items(_!_). Also, their 0-4-0 has a problem with the cylinder supports being so thin that they too, break.
Phooey.
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 Posted: Thu Aug 16th, 2012 02:43 pm
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Why not make new handrails from brass rod? That would surely last longer than wimpy plastic ones, especially on a large scale model.

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 Posted: Thu Aug 16th, 2012 03:26 pm
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I have very little time to work on my model railroad. I am trying to recover from the recession and find more work, etc. So what little time I have for model railroading I want to spend on new construction, not on repair of cheap equipment I wish I had never bought in the first place. Just repairing the old equipment with replacement parts is much quicker than making replacement out of metal. Besides, the attaching the metal rails to the old stanchions will be a lot of extra work, too.
If I had the time I would make a master and cast the real flooring for the tanks. As I am sure you have noticed the real railroads seldom attached tanks to ordinary flatcars. Rather they used a skeleton frame, as we can buy in HO gauge.
The Bachmann tanks are good in that they are colorful and varied in paint schemes; but that is about all one can say for them. I bought a bunch when I started in G years ago. Wish now I hadn't.
 



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Sorry to get you upset, I was just trying to help. I won't bother you again.

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Hi Woody,
You did not upset me. Your proposal was a good one and I wish I had the time. If I did I would make a bunch of replacement handrails and stanchion sets for myself and sell the rest on eBay or someplace. I am sure that lots of guys need them.  The problem is the stanchions that fit into the car.  What I need is a tiny hollow T for that size wire. Then I can use the original stanchions which are usually glued into the tank.
I wish I had the time to manufacture the set. Maybe such T's do exist, I'll have to take a look. Who knows, maybe I'll become a manufacturer. If I do I'll look into making a realistic platform for the tank, rather than the flat car now in use. Something to think about, anyway.
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Stephen,
Jim's Models, Crawley,UK (http://www.jimsmodels.co.uk )sells sets of fittings in pewter for most Bachmann coaches and wagons. I don't know whether they ship to the States but it might be worth an e-mail. I have used these myself and they seem to be direct replacements for the offending article.
Robin

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