What kind of coupler is best for a ho train layout.?

Question by Tim: What kind of coupler is best for a ho train layout.?
I am new to model trains. I have bachmann e-z mate couplers and life like kadee couplers. I had a problem with the spring coming out on the bachmann coupler. Witch one is more popular and durable, kadee or knuckle?
Sorry, I thought that kadee was something else. Can somebody send me a list of couplers w/pictures to help me identify my life like coupler.

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Answer by aviophage
You can’t beat Kadee magetic couplers. Just stick with the brand name. They have a huge selection of shank designs for every situation.

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Popularity Of Bachmann Model Trains

Many passionate collectors would argue that Bachmann trains are one of the most fascinating and diverse type of model trains to have been manufactured within the past 150 years. These trains are popular among the younger generation, the elderly, brand-new enthusiasts, and long-time collectors. So what makes the Bachmann brand so popular?

Bachmann trains are popular for having some of the highest quality trains at the most affordable prices on the markets today. In addition, the company has responded to most hobbyists’ and critics’ needs. For instance, critics have expressed concern about the quality of these trains due to the fact that they are now manufactured in China. However, the availability of this model in China offers Bachmann Industries with cheap labor and advanced innovative products. Despite the concerns raised by critics, Bachmann model trains are the largest seller of model trains in terms of volume which further attest to their popularity and worldwide demand.


In 1968, Bachmann entered the N scale model train market, building its own line of products and accessories. By 1970, the company expanded into the HO trains market. Since its initial entry into the model train market, Bachmann has invented a variety of trains and accessories. The company sells regular Bachmann trains, a mid-range product line called “Bachmann Plus”, and the high-end Spectrum line.

Bachmann introduced the Spectrum train products in 1988 so as to appeal to the broader market. Bachmann initially structured the Spectrum products under a separate company and brand as a way to distinguish between the regular Bachmann trains and the luxury Spectrum line. The Spectrum trains commanded a higher price because they featured better motors, high quality equipment, and realistic details. All of this appealed to serious hobbyists who were certainly willing to pay more for this level of quality and detail.

In 1998, Bachmann introduced an innovative and upgraded Spectrum HO scale 2-8-0 Consolidation line, which won the “Model of the Year” award from “Model Railroader” magazine. By 2001, the company again ventured into manufacturing On30 model trains that run on a HO truck.

Today, Bachmann continues to develop innovative products such as the support of digital command decoder (DCC) system throughout its product lines. Whichever group of Bachmann products one prefers to collect, there is certainly something for everyone at all age and experience level. It is no surprise that they are so popular. In fact, that Bachmann train you purchase today may become a valuable collectible in the future!

Gabriel O. Delaney is a model train enthusiast. For more information on Bachmann model trains, visit http://www.ultimatemodeltraintips.com.

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Where can I get a Bachmann Spectrum HO scale model shay locomotive repaired?

Question by Ben E: Where can I get a Bachmann Spectrum HO scale model shay locomotive repaired?
I was wondering where I could send in this model train to be repaired. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Answer by railbuff
First, what;s wrong With it?
Bachmann’s warranty may cover the broken part. Contact them. They also might provide a list of dealers who will be able to handle this for you. (All this true for any reputable manufacturer.)
Second: What resources are nearby. A model train shop. A model railroad club? A person you know knowledgeable. Use them before you try something you are not comfortable doing yourself.
Finally: Are you an NMRA member? If you are, there is all sorts of on-line help and chat groups who can give you advice on your model railroad problem.
If you are not a member, go to nmra.org for more info. (National Model Railroad Association).

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NTS 2011: Bachmann HorizonHobbyTrains.com

Bachmann’s all-new HO B&O EM-1, HO 2-6-0 Mogul, HO Schnabel, and much more… For more information on the product’s featured in this video or to purchase, please visit www.HorizonHobbyTrains.com. Bachmann unveiled at least ten all-new models at the National Train Show. Doug Blaine takes us through the line and highlights each announcement. We even captured the Schnabel on an 18″ radius curve and sound samples of the EM-1, S4, and FA2/FB2. HO Spectrum B&O EM-1 2-8-8-4 Steam Locomotive — available with DCC installed and Sound Ready search.horizonhobby.com HO ALCo 2-6-0 Mogul Steam Locomotive- available DCC ready or with DCC & SoundTraxx sound search.horizonhobby.com HO ALCo S4 Diesel Switcher — available DCC ready or with DCC & SoundTraxx sound search.horizonhobby.com HO ALCo FA2 Diesel Locomotive — available DCC ready or with DCC & SoundTraxx sound search.horizonhobby.com Matching FB2 — available DCC ready or with DCC & SoundTraxx sound search.horizonhobby.com HO North American Style 380-Ton Schnabel Transformer Car search.horizonhobby.com N ALCo RS3 Diesel Road Switcher (BAC64251-64256) search.horizonhobby.com N Spectrum EMC Gas Doodlebug with Trailing Coach (BAC81465-81470) search.horizonhobby.com N 40′ AAR Steel Boxcar search.horizonhobby.com N ACF 10000 Gallon Single-Dome Tank Car search.horizonhobby.com N Northeast Caboose search.horizonhobby.com N EZ Track World’s Greatest Hobby Track Set www.horizonhobby.com On30 Spectrum 14-Ton 2-Truck Stearns Heisler Steam
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My new train to go on my layout which is the stunning shiny 2 epb in “nse” network southeast colour scheme from Bachmann, it was like going back to the late 80s for me 🙂 anyway after thinking about it they was never really that shiny and new back then for long, so I thought lets get it grubby and have it bombed in graffiti like it was in them days, most of the video shows the dcc sound on the trains and I have done some weathering to my other 2 epb emu without it being bombed with Graff,the last part of the video I have added some music all the best from me 😉
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