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Old 03-28-2016, 09:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The new animated stock cars by Bachmann are in the realm of "manufactured whimsy." The cars are delightful, and as I found out on the short steam track at ECLSTS, they are a real crowd pleaser. I bought two horse cars (there is another car featuring steers), then quickly modified them for my Brandywine & Gondor Railroad. Currently both cars have the same car number, but the ending 3 can be changed to an 8 pretty easily with a fine brush and some refer white paint.





The photos show the cars in use. The horses' heads bob in and out at random, especially when rounding a curve. The basic mechanics are nothing new. Lionel brought out a car of this principal in O27 around 1956. Apparently the Lionel patent has expired, as I have seen the Bachmann cars in HO and large scale,

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Dave, Thanks for the order. We sold out of them quickly Friday morning.
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I read about them in the latest issue of GR. I thought they really sounded like a neat idea. My only problem is that I have a covered bridge on my mainline. I don't think I can train them to keep their heads in going through the bridge, and if they didn't, they would be in serious trouble.

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I really do not have any bridges, so I am not sure whether they could become a problem. The horses do not stick too far out their windows, but as the saying goes, "it only takes a millimeter!" The motion is random, but less active on straight track. Someday I may get a chance to test clearances. That will require a "sparkie" for power, as they can be stopped more quickly than a manual control live steamer.

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Dave, I briefly saw your bobbing horse heads in a video. They looked good.

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Dave, I was there, and your horse cars sure caught my eye! Didn't know they were yours, or I'd have barged in and hunted you down for a handshake. Really fun cars to watch!
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Just as a postscript, both cars carried car number 5913. As of today, one of them is now #5918. Even with my old eyes, it is still pretty "doable" to change a 3 to an 8 by painting freehand.

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YOu need to find someone that wants 2 steer cars and swap the cow and horse between cars to enable 2 different road names for the horse and steers.
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Or glue on some horns!
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Gee, I thought a horny horse was called a stallion - - Ta! Ta! Boom!!

Now back to our regularly scheduled thread.

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