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    Are these okay as far as good runners? I know they’re really just an USRA 0-6-0 with lead and trailing wheels added, but it looks fairly similar to what I’m looking for and I really want a couple locomotives in the “Prairie” wheel arrangement. They don’t have to be a carbon copy, just something in the general appearance of McCloud Railway 25 and similar locomotives.

    My plan would be to do some minor detail to work to spruce them up a bit. I want to model a freelanced rural Class 3 railroad serving a few small towns in Texas and Oklahoma along the Red River Valley. Those small logging 2-6-2s would be perfect for light track and short trains of oil, grain, and livestock.

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    I think you have to be a bit skeptical of Bachmann products. I had great success with their British 4mm steam locomotives. I had a bad experience -- cracked gears out of the box -- with their HO-scale Shay.

    I know other people love their Bachmann N scale steamers. Some not so much. My son and I had an analog Spectrum 2-8-0 that ran well -- then suddenly not at all due to a failed motor.

    So let me be Harry Callaghan in "Dirty Harry": Do you feel lucky?
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    Back in the 1980's, MR had a simple kitbash article for the Bachmann 2-6-2, it involved adding a pilot deck, making the smoke stack taller with a straw, and extending cab a scale 2 feet with styrene to make the rear truck look realistic, this might be an option for you...I would also look at Ventura County 2, she has 2 sand domes like the Bachmann loco and could be a good starting point for your kitbash.

    As for running, I have heard of some with 1000 hours of run time
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    b-man's 0-6-0 has a lot of iterations.
    edit to add --> the b-mann 2-6-2 is the same loco, as you said, with a bigger tender and the small engine trucks.

    skip the old ones. the newer ones have blackened drivers and siderods.
    I happen to like the ones with the big square motor as it is easy to convert to a 5 pole...
    buuuut I have been told the newest versions have all wheel pick-ups in them.
    A feature well worth having.

    My opinion is that the engine is a good candidate for being a logging loco.

    victor
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    I have had very good results from both the last two versions, with the addition of a Spectrum short tender.
    Manufacturing tolerances are sloppy, with the older versions.
    Somewhat better with the newest release simply because the molds are new and not worn out as is the motor.
    Simple mechanical design makes these very easy to disassemble and work on.
    A good lokie to cut your teeth on if youve never had a steamer completely apart.

    They run very much better than they look.
    A Spectrum tender addition to them with 1/4 to 1/2 oz. weight makes them run like champs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by victor miranda View Post
    I have been told the newest versions have all wheel pick-ups in them.
    Not true. They still have the primitive single truck tender pickup scheme that was first introduced in the 80's -



    -Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookshow View Post
    Not true. They still have the primitive single truck tender pickup scheme that was first introduced in the 80's -
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    -Mark
    just goes to show you, you can't trust everything you read on the internet.
    it looks like the newer motor on the chassis so that is the more recent version.

    I'll hunt a bit to see If I can find the source of the misleading misinformation....
    victor

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    ok I think I have an understanding of the problem

    this site is selling a tender for the 0-6-0 and it has all wheel cone and axle point pick-up (by all we can see)
    https://www.factorydirecttrains.com/...tendernyc.aspx

    now that said... the 2-6-2 has a different tender that b-mann did not upgrade...
    I found a google image of short usra tender separately but the perenting website say photo unavailable.
    the google image is pretty clearly all wheel pick-up...

    so we have a typical b-mann the upgrades happen once we have used up the old stock...

    in a few more years the 2-6-2 may get all wheel pick-up

    ick.
    and my apologies for misleading y'all about the b-mann 2-6-2 feature.

    victor

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    Quote Originally Posted by victor miranda View Post
    this site is selling a tender for the 0-6-0 and it has all wheel cone and axle point pick-up (by all we can see)
    https://www.factorydirecttrains.com/...tendernyc.aspx
    Bachmann released a line of Spectrum "all wheels live" tenders back circa 2008 and one of them was indeed a slopeback tender, but that improved tender has never been used on Bachmann's 0-6-0. The 0-6-0 and 2-6-2 still use the old tenders with the single truck / axle wiper pickup.

    Also, that Factory Direct Trains listing is inaccurate in its claim that the Spectrum slopeback tender is "DCC Ready with connection points for installation of 6 or 8 wire harness decoder". The other tenders in the line (USRA short, USRA medium, USRA long, and Vanderbilt) do have PC boards in the tender where you can hook up a decoder, however the slopeback tender does not (not enough room).

    -Mark

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    Thanks everyone for the replies. According to the info here and some other research I’ve done in the last few days, the Bachmann 2-6-2 should be a decent starting point. I’ll definitely be using the later production models.

    Also, many thanks to you Bremner for mentioning the MR article about creating a better looking 2-6-2. After quite a bit of searching, I finally found it was in the January 1990 issue and I purchased an old copy. This turned out to be a very valuable article, as the simple kitbash creates pretty much exactly the look that I’m wanting for my Chickasaw Railroad’s pair of Baldwin 2-6-2s.

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    Glad to help
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