Lil Big Hauler Locos?

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What do people think of the Lil Big Hauler Locos?
How do they run?
Are there any issues?
 

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I have three of these that I'm converting to battery RC. They are obviously very simple. They run well on track power even without sliding pickups. Keep in mind that the couplers are not at standard LGB height and the commercially available adapters interfere with the rear axle on the tender versions, so converting will take more work. I haven't run them enough to test durability, but at $50-$100, I don't expect much. (I spent about $70, including shipping.) Motors and gears look to be serviceable, but Bachmann has a habit of cheap coatings on the drivers. So, they are simple and usable, but I wouldn't recommend them as the basis for an otherwise expensive and time consuming kit bash. I plan to make them available for the grandchildren to run as an alternate to the omnipresent Thomas line.
 

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I have three of these that I'm converting to battery RC. They are obviously very simple. They run well on track power even without sliding pickups. Keep in mind that the couplers are not at standard LGB height and the commercially available adapters interfere with the rear axle on the tender versions, so converting will take more work. I haven't run them enough to test durability, but at $50-$100, I don't expect much. (I spent about $70, including shipping.) Motors and gears look to be serviceable, but Bachmann has a habit of cheap coatings on the drivers. So, they are simple and usable, but I wouldn't recommend them as the basis for an otherwise expensive and time consuming kit bash. I plan to make them available for the grandchildren to run as an alternate to the omnipresent Thomas line.
I have one on the workbench - must get it finished - and another I knocked about a bit! What I wanted .......

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....and my attempts so far

As is from B'mann ......
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and progress so far ....
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Cheap and, hopefully, cheerful!
 
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Where did the new bell come from?

It's the original bell with a cradle made from a piece of flat aluminum and the pivot/actuator arm made from a piece of wire. The bell can be swung on its' pivot or moved with the arm.

I do buy the odd brass bell to replace those I've lost on big haulers and the like - just the bell only from
https://www.cornwallmodelboats.co.uk
 

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It's the original bell with a cradle made from a piece of flat aluminum and the pivot/actuator arm made from a piece of wire. The bell can be swung on its' pivot or moved with the arm.

I do buy the odd brass bell to replace those I've lost on big haulers and the like - just the bell only from
https://www.cornwallmodelboats.co.uk
That's a great enhancement to the stock bell! Looking forward to see what you do with the pistons. I might just have to try a bit of upgrading myself.
 

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What do people think of the Lil Big Hauler Locos?
What I think is all I can offer what with not yet having physical experience with them.
First or second thought upon learning of their existence was, Now there's some potential kitbashing fodder! :clap:
Because small engines are appealing in their own right and small engines in large scales on garden railways was what got me interested in this hobby genre in the first place.
What trammayo has shown is the kind of thing I want to do.
Eventually.
 

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Here's another Lil Bash -

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to this -
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- and this was the inspiration .......
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I printed the road name with my inkjet printer - alas the black has faded. I should have used white stick-on lettering straight onto the black-painted tanks!
 

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I managed to run a train yesterday .....
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Apart from oiling the piston rods/motion, it needed no other attention. The B'man tipper cars are heavyish (particularly the metal framed ones) but there were no problems hauling them around.
 

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The B'man tipper cars are heavyish (particularly the metal framed ones)
There are a number of days here where heavy cars are mandatory,
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Wednesday
Increasing clouds, with a high near 64. South wind 6 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph."
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Thanksgiving Day
Sunny, with a high near 39. North northwest wind 7 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph."
 

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I've got a couple of these and the mechanism seems to be the same as the larger Bachmann 0-4-0's without the piston rods. Metal frame gearbox which has not given any problems and seen a reasonable amount of use so I would not hesitate to use them as the basis for a better model.
 

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Hi this engine is over seven years old ,recently because of garden damage I thought I would convert to a English narrow gauge loco it still pulls four or five wagons so the sky is the limit to what you can do ,do not be afraid to use a razor saw or a mini drill . Graham
 

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So the axle bearings are much more lightweight, thin squares of gray plastic.

While there is a metal U piece holding the gears, not as robust as a version 6 Big hauler.

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Hi this engine is over seven years old ,recently because of garden damage I thought I would convert to a English narrow gauge loco it still pulls four or five wagons so the sky is the limit to what you can do ,do not be afraid to use a razor saw or a mini drill . Graham
Nice looking engine! After seven years of use, any sign of the driver tires degrading? That was my main concern.
 

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After seven years of running there is some wear a little bit of brass is showing but does not stop it running ,but I have had my monies worth out of it and there is no problem with contact between the rail and wheel if fact it is better than some of my newer locos so the old girl is a good one Graham
 

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After seven years of running there is some wear a little bit of brass is showing but does not stop it running ,but I have had my monies worth out of it and there is no problem with contact between the rail and wheel if fact it is better than some of my newer locos so the old girl is a good one Graham
Well, based on the collective wisdom and experience regarding these locos, I may just have to revise my perspective and try a little kit-bashing with at least one of those I own. Just as soon as I complete the other 20 or so projects waiting. The grandchildren may just have to be satisfied with Thomas and Percy. I'll have to do some research on the Bachmann sound modules, starting with Greg's website.