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Comment by John Peers on May 11, 2015 at 6:21pm

 Thanks Ed. I have been looking for information on the Bachmann GE 44 toners. I have two undecorated units from the first run.

I would like to know if the bodys are interchaingeable with the newer modles?

Comment by Ed Merrin on May 5, 2015 at 10:02pm

A very important question. These were the newer ones that came with their own decoder (which are dumbed down Lenz things that have little programability). I did have one older two motor guy that I installed a decoder in following an old MR article, but that was years ago, before I was doing any heavy operating.

I do have friends that use these 44 tonners on their layout, but their role in op sessions is very limited and they don't get a real workout. When mine ran well they were great. A durability issue. I still intend to use them in photos - I have more scenery to do before I can get that going - the P&SR part of the railroad is relatively naked. Maybe I'll get a second wind and overhaul them again sometime.

Meanwhile, I found a die cast 44 tonner by Keystone on eBay. It has a larger motor and the drive train parts look more solid. The detail is not up to the same standards as this is an old model. Might be worth putting a decoder in a trying out. If it worked out I'd have to find another somewhere in the world.

Comment by Cory W Swank on May 5, 2015 at 9:39pm

Ed, did you use both the older style with two motors or the more modern single motor style? I heard the older are very notorious for being stubborn and unreliable runners but thought they had remedied it?

Comment by Ric Schlexer on May 5, 2015 at 12:19pm

Mitch, I plan to replace the B-mann decoders, as you recommend.  I like to buy engines with DCC preinstalled because all the wiring and frame isolation is already done.

Comment by Ed Merrin on May 5, 2015 at 8:05am

For about six years I have been using the HO versions of those to run the P&SR on my layout. However, I found them to be difficult to maintain with any kind of heavy use (each op session involved two units together doing a big switching job that ran between three towns).  For awhile I would have two good running units but eventually one would act up and I'd spend a number of hours fine, running up, even replacing with a new engine. Then the other would cause grief. Problems included poor contact, binding in the gear box, and God knows what. I tried two different kinds of stay alive decoders (Lenz, TCS), etc. Finally, I pulled them off and went with an S3, which is a decade too modern for my era. I could have used Bachman 70 tonners as less of an era jump but under the shell they are basically the same as the 44 tonners. Cheaply made, don't hold up to heavy use. Too bad. Good for photos, though.

Comment by Mitch Valder on May 5, 2015 at 7:50am

Thanks, fellas!  Your turn!

Ric, They are Bachmann units.  I had Brad's N Scale Station replace the stock Lenz decoders with TCS Z2's.  They run SO much better.

Comment by Ric Schlexer on May 4, 2015 at 11:26pm

Awesome as usual Mitch.  Are your base units the Bachmann 44-tonners?  They're available from Trainworld for $50 (with DCC!).

Comment by Cory W Swank on May 3, 2015 at 6:43pm

Excellent job Mitch, true inspiration :)

Comment by Kevin Bunker on May 3, 2015 at 6:42pm

I can almost hear those 44-tonners' GE-Westinghouse traction motors whining! Great modeling, Mitch.

Comment by Richard Todd on May 3, 2015 at 6:27pm

You continue to amaze me! great work Mitch!


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