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Uniquely individual, handmade, fine scale models for around the same price as a mass produced, pre-built, all look alike, toy. We will sell nothing until it looks so good we want to keep it. ...... Yes, we do lots of CUSTOM BUILT models by request. Contact us for a free quote.

02 Nov '17

Bachmann On30 2-6-0 Sound Ready Mogul METAL versus NYLON Gears: Split Gear Issue

There’s been a lot of false information about the split gear issue in Bachmann On30 Moguls. Because they were sourced from several factories around the globe, yet all Moguls seemingly look alike, many people may rightly think the problem is in all Moguls with plastic gears. But, the split gear issue occurred mainly in Chinese built units with plastic gears, and in less than 1/10TH of 1% of all Chinese built units. Not much comfort to the few who received one with split gears. So, the METAL GEARS, should fix everything, right? Not so fast, hobbyists.

We’ve already had several brand new METAL GEARED, sound ready Mogul units with cracked or broken gears. So many have been returned that Bachmann has advised dealers NOT to use METAL GEARS in their sales literature but to say SOUND READY instead, because metal gears are no longer a marketing asset. The solution is not metal over nylon or plastic, the issues are poor quality controls, insufficient testing, and downward market price pressure.

While anything can break, all our Mogul models are made using a GERMAN built 2-6-0 donor model with NYLON gears. We’ve had only 1 in the over 1000 Moguls with plastic gears fail – during testing – never shipped. We have not had any issues with the German built models. All our models go through a very strenuous testing and cleaning process. Only the survivors are ever sold.

30 Jun '16

And the Reviews Keep Coming In

Some recent unedited reviews about our work from customers.

On30 On3 Wycoming Mining Stone Shed #2 O Scale

on3o wycoming mining stone shed          ★            ★            ★            ★            ★
Once again finetrains does a outstanding job. fine craftsmanship detailed and accurately scaled structures at there best. one of the best out there.                  

                Don Mowry                                       

On30 On3 Iron Mountain Mine O Scale

on3o iron mountain mine.                           ★            ★            ★            ★            ★
As always finetrains is outstanding. Superb craftsmanship and detail. This little mine looks great. I own five of there structures and if i had room on my layout i would own more. You could not go wrong with finetrains.                               

                Don Mowry                                       

On30 Stone Backwoods Water Tower

on3o stone backwoods water tower       ★            ★            ★            ★            ★
finetrains has outstanding craftsmanship and attention to detail. if you want that special structure for your layout you can,t beat finetrains. highly recommended.                 

                Don Mowry                                       

On30 On3 Rico Junction Freight Shed O Scale

Finetrains is a+, there work                         ★            ★            ★            ★            ★
Finetrains is a+, there work is excellent and there structures are highly detailed. i own one and wll be purchasing two more.                   

                Don Mowry                                       

C. W. Hamblin & Sons with LED Interior Lights

great structure                                                  ★            ★            ★            ★            ★
great structure                 

                Howard Shaw                                   

On30 Scale 2-6-0 Porter Locomotive #9 DCC & Tsunami Sound

Excellent                                                              ★            ★            ★            ★            ★
If I were rich I would purchase every on30 unit you list. You work is fantastic. I'm a detail nut and very excited by my trains and will buy more keep up the good work and fast service . Wendell                            

                WendellL Grant