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'Kadee' 590 Trucks 'Bachmann' 0-6-0 & 4 a.m. Ramblings
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 Posted: Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 11:33 am
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Just occurred to me that that group of cars makes a kind of logical progression.







Locomotive is Bachmann HO scale USRA 0-6-0 which they have been producing for a several decades and haven't yet seen fit to give it a working front coupler, or electrical pickup from tender trucks, who knows what their logic behind that shortfall is maybe they themselves don't even know but fairly new products from Kadee have made that shortfall reasonably simple to remedy.
Their number 590 "Bettendorf - AAR Electrical Pickup Caboose Trucks with leaf springs" are close enough to styles of trucks used under such small tenders.

I'm slowly buying the trucks which are $23 and change a pair and modifying the several of these locos which I have in various roadnames.

(Hi, my name is Forrest and I like switchers and shunters more than road locomotives)

The structure of tender frames and their attachment points has sometimes
necessitated reversing wheelsets in truck because of limits on where hole
for wire to pass through frame floor can be located.
Wire leads on trucks are long enough to reach attachment point on locomotive frame.Tried to run wires sort of close to where water hoses would have run between tender and injectors on locomotive.
And a bit sawing followed by addition of a bit of of sheet plastic with a Kadee coupler and some of their black nylon screws solve the lack of a working front coupler.

But, really, switching/shunting locomotive model being produced for decades without a working front coupler?
That's rational in which alternate reality, how?

My health is a mess and I've been slowed down quite a bit this year,
getting those trucks on was the first remodel railroad progress of any significance made since May or June.

Oh, also shortened drawbar between tender and loco to look a more realistic distance apart. 
It required trimming cab roof to clear bunker corners on curves. 
But that's prototypical according to UP 4433 on page 33 of 1984 printing of copyright 1960 book Model Railroader Cyclopedia Volume 1, Steam Locomotives, by Linn H. Westcott, published by Kalmbach.
Other locomotives such as a couple 2-8-0 on page 51 show similar.
(my issue of book is thicker and heavier than a recent edition printed on thinner and near-translucent paper)

Trucks also seem to lower height of tender.Or did I modify the bolsters?
Ahead of time, several months ago?
Don't remember.Got the UP locomotive last year.

Okay, so there's a bunch of what is going through my insomniac head at zero 4-something in the morning.











 

















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It is always interesting what might, or might not, motivate companies to do (or not do) what they do.

Great solutions. 

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Thanks Reg!
Just realized there are a couple more pictures which could have been included.
This ones shows expedient of trimming a plastic shank coupler and inserting in hole for dummy coupler.






Now, the beginning of something I consider both more serviceable and solid,










Here are the trucks fresh out of the packaging,








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Hi Kitbash  :wave:



Top tips & tender tricks ...  :thumb:

... from Freerails legendary matchsticks supporting eyelids at 4 a.m. Poster !  ;)



Another 2 Bachmann 'boardroom brain-lapses', cured by the long suffering & grimly determined modeler !  :f:



I might well ask the same question of my On30 Bachmann Moguls ? ...  ???

... why no tender electrical pickup ? ...  ???

... & why no working front coupler ?  ???



Could $$$ money be part of the story ?  :us:



For sure, tender electrical pickup would cost more ...  L:

... & of course a working front coupler, would negate the need for an 'official' Bachmann aftermarket-product to solve the problem !  :Crazy:



KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK INTREPID FORREST !  :2t:



Beat the Bachmann 'boardroom bungles' on ones own bench, with a good BASH or two !!  :P



:moose: :moose: :moose: :moose: :moose:




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My own Bachmann bastardisation, of some On30 archbar trucks with bench BASHed new ELECTRICAL PICKUP !  :!::pimp::!:






















:!:





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Si. wrote: My own Bachmann bastardisation, of some On30 archbar trucks with bench BASHed new ELECTRICAL PICKUP !  :!::pimp::!:




That On30 mogul is something I've been thinking about getting for years but have yet to do.Your truck creations have a feature I like that the Kadee trucks do not have, that a truck picks up current from both rails.

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Just discovered I did a thread in April - so much for the reliability of my memory!

and I'd be okay if the parties with the power to do so dumped it and kept just this one here.







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" I'd be okay if the parties with the power to do so dumped it "


Hi Forrest


Theres nothing I like better than sending train stuff to the trash bin

So you dont need to ask twice

I did save this photo for you guys out there who like trains as it isnt in the current topic

They dont call me Nice Guy for nothing





I wish you people would post more Cadillac stuff


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Thanks Eddie! 

I have no memory of taking that photo but it is highly improbable that the cats took it so pretty much leaves me to be the one.






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" I have no memory of taking that photo "


Avoiding responsibility for that train photo huh ?

Sounds like the old tried and tested Oliver North angle to me

I do not recall

I cant remember

I dont recall

Plausible deniability works most of the time


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Nice Guy Eddie wrote: Plausible deniability works most of the time

I've certainly had more success with it than with implausible deniability.





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