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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.

31 Oct '17

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

Posted by FineTrains LLC in On30 Trains

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 HO scale track). On30 represents prototype narrow gauge modeled in O scale, that ran on prototype track spaced at 2 feet 6 inches between the rails.

  • On3 represents prototype narrow gauge modeled in O scale, that ran on prototype track spaced at 3 feet between the rails. On3 gauge is 0.75 inches between the rails.

Simple, right? You see the problem is when you set down real prototype railroad ties and then nail in rails, you can put parallel rails as close or as far apart as you like. It depends on the distance between the wheel flanges on the rolling stock and locomotives you want to run on your railroad. There wasn't a standard gauge in this country for a long time. It didn't matter at first, because you ran your own stuff on your own railroad. Once railroads started sharing equipment and service routes, it became an issue. It gets even more complicated if you want to use European gauged equipment and track.

Just remember, Scale, is the modeling dimension - 1/4 inch equals one prototype foot in O Scale. Gauge is the width of the rails. O, On30, and On3 gauge are all O Scale models that run on different gauge track.