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Double header Santa Fe
« on: April 29, 2018, 05:15:20 pm »
I have a Bachmann USA 82764 American SD45 GE EMD diesel loco in Santa Fe livery as pictured.  I am trying to find a similar engine (DCC ready or fitted) to make a double header.  Can anyone recommend a good American supplier please or give me any idea what to look for?   :thankyousign:

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Re: Double header Santa Fe
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2018, 08:44:53 pm »
Hattons
http://www.hattons.co.uk/stocklist/1000517/1000589/1000635/0/Bachmann_USA_N_Gauge_Diesel_locos/prodlist.aspx

RAils of Sheffield
http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Rails-Of-Sheffield/American-N-Gauge-/_i.html?_fsub=24175076014&_sid=60981414&_trksid=p4634.c0.m322


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bachmann-Industries-Equipped-Diesel-Locomotive/dp/B00NUAO10C
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Ebay - run a regular search on "bachmann sd45 santa fe N" and see what happens

Just Daughters have a good selection of US at the moment (new/pre-loved) - give them a ring (personal recommendation)

http://www.plusdaughters.co.uk/

and there is always the Man in Black (aka the penguin)

http://www.lswrmodels.co.uk/

and

http://www.nscaleamericantrains.co.uk/en/

and the Anoraks at NGF ( September if you can wait) or go to local Model rail shows and see what turns up!

http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/events/local

http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/other/events.php

the NRMA UK branch has meetings where US stuff can be found
https://www.nmrabr.org.uk/latest-nmra-news/387-nmrar-2018-convention-announced

if you've tried all these, sell the Bachmann and get a pair of Katos instead!

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Re: Double header Santa Fe
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2018, 07:28:45 am »
Hi Ian

Railwaygun's suggestion of a Kato is a good one. Kato made an SD45 in blue and yellow SF colours or you could go for the very similar looking Kato SD40 or SD40-2.

According to Spookshow your Bachmann SD45 is a very good looker, but is liable to have significant pick-up problems. Coupled to a Kato which are invariably reliable and smooth runners your locomotive pair should run well.

http://www.spookshow.net/loco/spectrumsd45.html

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Re: Double header Santa Fe
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2018, 09:15:06 pm »
Thank you for the information, much appreciated.

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Re: Double header Santa Fe
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2018, 09:38:13 pm »
if you've tried all these, sell the Bachmann and get a pair of Katos instead!

Just received 2 Kato SD70's today.  I think I might sell the Santa Fe as you suggest  :thankyousign:

Are Kato engines the best to go for?

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Re: Double header Santa Fe
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2018, 10:23:35 pm »
I have six, (I think), Kato diesels, all but one purchased second-hand. Each and every one is an excellent runner. And just handling them gives you a feeling of 'well made'. :thumbsup:
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Re: Double header Santa Fe
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2018, 10:58:23 am »
Kato are the best - Atlas & Athern are second, and Bachmann is running last!
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Re: Double header Santa Fe
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2018, 09:59:52 pm »
I think there's another thread on the best of the best in American N Scale.  I like Kato the best as well, but I would put Fox Valley Models next, then Athearn and then Atlas.

But, the all round wooden spoon goes, in most people's eyes, to Bachmann.  Poor British locos, poor American locos.  They should be ashamed.  They should only be purchased to stand around in sidings.  They look nice, but they run terribly after you've had them for a while.

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Re: Double header Santa Fe
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2018, 02:08:01 am »
But, the all round wooden spoon goes, in most people's eyes, to Bachmann.  Poor British locos, poor American locos.  They should be ashamed.  They should only be purchased to stand around in sidings.  They look nice, but they run terribly after you've had them for a while.  :(

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Hi Andy, I've been pretty lucky with my Bachmann Steamers. My two Pennsylvania RR K4 Pacifics, Nickel Plate Berkshire and my Western Maryland Consolidation all are still running good. The K4 and Berk both have the TCS Sound Value DCC decoder. The WM 2-8-0 is straight DC.

I have purchased Bachmann steam locomotives that are not part of the Spectrum series and I agree, within a short period of time they become display pieces. So far the Bachmann Spectrum Steamers are doing well. So yes, for some unknown reason it seems to be hit or miss with Bachmann?

Kato does produce some nice running locomotives, but I did have one of the original GP38-2's that had issues. The motor got very hot and started to melt the plastic body. I believe Kato has fixed this issue as no other Kato unit I've purchases since, has had this issue. I also have quit a few Atlas diesel locomotives, they all run very well and in my personal opinion are right up there with the Kato locomotives when it comes to quality and performance. 

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Re: Double header Santa Fe
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2018, 01:08:32 pm »
To be honest Rich, I wasn't referring to the steam locos.  I don't have any Bachmann steam locos so I have no right to judge them.  I was referring to the British and American diesels, of which I have several in boxes, waiting for the scrap man or the ebay website, depending on how nasty I want to be!!!!

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Re: Double header Santa Fe
« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2018, 07:10:27 pm »
I have several Bachmann steamers (oh the horror), the EM-1s are fantastic models with plenty of detail and run quite nicely, however if buying the diesels I would err on the side of caution, not because they are bad runners but more that the details leave a lot to be desired next to a Kato or a Fox Valley, they will stick out like sore thumbs in the middle of a servicing point on your layout.

I also have Bachmann HHP8s, I am happy with these little electrics and they to my eye capture the real thing reasonably well, they look the part next to a Kato ACS-64 (which needs its pantograph weathered so not to look toy like), and are quite at home pulling Kato Amfleets (avoid the Bachmann Amfleets, again for the detail comparison), my only gripe and this applies to the UK scene too is the Pantographs are generally the wrong type.
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Re: Double header Santa Fe
« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2018, 03:50:16 pm »
Decided to get these two SD70's and a few wagons for them to pull, I managed to install 2 TCS K1D4-NC decoders and the engines run like a dream  ;D 



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Re: Double header Santa Fe
« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2018, 05:34:16 pm »
Nice lookers - was it easy to fit the decoders?
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Re: Double header Santa Fe
« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2018, 07:09:48 pm »
Nice lookers - was it easy to fit the decoders?

Not too bad Danny.  One engine I had to remove the decoder and refit as it was acting very strange but apart from that ok.

The only thing I wasn't expecting was having to un-solder the motor connections from the light bar which I had to remove and resolder to the new decoder.

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Re: Double header Santa Fe
« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2018, 09:13:41 pm »
I'm another avid kato man -got 8 all bn /bnsf -plus 3 atlas -1burlington -1 bnsf -i oakway leasing sd60. Nothing else comes near to kato -even my little nw2 switcher is awesome puller and sloooooow mover. Tcs boards for me plus all my locos are microtrains equipped - only bought 1 new (nw2 ) all the rest are second hand ( most never used ) and all around £50 . Will follow your bnsf thread -because I've gone that way too !
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