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Info re Bachmann K-27 from owners

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I'm beginning to lust after the Bachmann K-27 but have several concerns that you pioneering owners might be able to help me with. I am in a small town in the mountains of Colo and do not even have access to a hobby shop to look at one. From reading the threads, it appears that Bachmann has now solved most if not all the serious design issues. 1) Am I correct on this?

Unfortunately, I have several curves on my layout where I had to use 8' diameter track. 2) Will the K-27 easily take 8' diameter without larger diameter transition track?

Finally, I had to quit using a Bachman Annie on my Aristo stainless 4 years ago as I am convinced that some sort of electrolysis occurred between the cast drivers on the Annie and the stainless track: required serious cleanup every 10 minutes of operation to the point of serious frustration. (I had no problem with the turned steel drivers of my LGB locos.) Of course, that was just on DC, not DCC which I am presently using. 3) Does the K-27 have power pickup thorough the drivers or throuch a 'shoe' a la LGB? 4) Are the drivers of the K-27 cast rather than turned? 5) Has anyone with stainless track experienced unusual black deposit on stainless while using the K-27?

6) Any recommendations of DCC decoders for ease of installation on the K-27?

Thanks for your input, guys!
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Posted By Steve Stockham on 09/03/2008 8:31 PM
Dave Goodson is THE expert

What else is there to say? If I ever buy another Bachmann locomotive, the first thing I will do is rip out that socket. The liklyhood of me getting another Bachmann is slim, since I am going to spend my money on a worthless socket that I am going to throw out anyway. Yes, Bachmann does make great locomotives, I have a Consolidation and a Shay. Both are great locomotives, and they have never failed me. But they are too expensive to just throw away half of the locomotive /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/angry.gif" border=0>. If I am going to spend $700 on a K-27, I would much rather spend it on an LGB locomotive, that would actually work right out of the box. If anyone is interested, I might be able to have a real train run over one of those sockets /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/w00t.gif"
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Posted By Great Western on 09/14/2008 7:55 AM
I am only one potential customer but I wonder how many others share my point of view?

I am the same way. I was going to buy a K-27 at some point.....not anymore. And with the new Mallet coming out this fall, would love to get one. Logging Mallets are one of my favorite locomotives. But I will not be buying Bachmann's Mallet, or sadly, any Bachmann if they keep stan on the pay-roll.
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