On30 Narrow Gauge Model Railroading

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Bachmann On30 0-6-0 Steam Locomotive

In 2018 Bachmann revealed its new On30 0-6-0 Steam Locomotive. This new addition to its On30 locomotive stable is a DCC-equipped model featuring metal gears. It is ready for the addition of 16-bit Tsunami® plug-and-play prototypical sound.

The 0-6-0 locomotive features include:

  • sound ready with factory-installed speaker
  • DCC-equipped for speed, direction, and lighting control
  • dual-mode NMRA-compliant decoder
  • operating headlight
  • completely hidden drive train
  • see-through clearance under boiler
  • precision motor (with hardened carbon brushes)
  • numerous metal detail parts
  • finescale pilot
  • sprung center axle for superior tracking performance and electrical pickup
  • short-coupled tender with coal load
  • E-Z Mate® Mark II couplers

MSRP is $399. The model has been announced in these road names:

  • Three Rivers Steel (Item# 29401)
  • Allegheny Iron Works (Item #29402)
  • Midwest Quarry (Item# 29403)
  • Painted, Unlettered - Black (Item #29404)
The Tsunami sound is a separate-sale Bachmann Item No. 44959, 0-6-0 Plug-and-Play Sound Module (MSRP $129), required for sound-on-board performance.

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An active modeler in 1:64 scale (S scale) since 1998 and a relatively new On30 modeler, Michael's primary interests are in model railroading, structure modeling and control systems for model railroading. Michael is a life member of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA), a member of the National Association of S Gaugers (NASG) and the Bristol S Gauge Railroaders.

Michael and his wife Deane Louise co-own Pine Canyon Scale Models, a manufacturer of S Scale and O scale structures.

Michael is a past chair of the NMRA's Digital Command Control (DCC) Working Group and was a contributor to the NMRA's DCC Standards activities. Michael continues to play an active role in the use of NMRA DCC in S Scale model railroading.

Michael previously served as the NASG National Secretary and Librarian for the NASG's Russell M. Mobley Memorial Library.


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