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

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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...

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What's the difference between O Scale, On30 Scale, and On3 Scale?

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Size matters, right? Truth is, they're all O scale. The difference is track gauge. Track gauge is the spacing between the rails - from inside rail to inside rail. O gauge, On30 gauge, and On3 gauge, are all O Scale (1/4 inch equals one foot). O gauge is 1.25 inches between the rails (inside rail head to inside rail head). O gauge represents prototype standard American railway gauge modeled in O scale, that ran on prototype track spaced at 5 feet between the rails. On30 or originally On2.5 foot gauge is 0.65 inches between the rails (the same gauge as...

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