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Title : Unboxing the Bachmann Gandy Dancer
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Gandy Dancer was a track maintenance worker. The hand powerd cart was commonly known (UK certainly) as a 'Push me pull you' . Love it nonetheless . 'Gandy' was a company that made tools for workers 'dancer' was rhythm from the workers singing!. Me push you pull is self explaining 😂
is the problem of this err "loco" (this time the Latin meaning not shorthand for locomotive) vehicle the fact that its engine seems to be entirely open?
Have the replacement been attempted (of the engine).
Or is the issue more of a too narrow distance between front and rear wheels?
regardless i do think its entertaining thing indeed, maybe ideal pairing with the bovine vagon.
Sam found out, much to his alarm, that adding that helicopter pad truck to a goods train wasn't the good idea he'd thought it was. At one point, the tiny tank engine stalled under the bookcase. This was when trigger trouble suddenly erupted.
Sam got hold of the helicopter truck and gently pulled the goods train back, to help the engine move. But he had his thumb on the switch, and triggered it by accident. The helicopter flew off and hit him in the face at top speed. It dropped to the floor. Sam quickly covered his face, suffering sore eyes and a splitting headache. He was left feeling scared stiff.
"M-maybe th-at w-wasn't such a g-good idea," he nearly sobbed to himself. Tears threatened to spill down his frightened face. Eventually, he recovered and carried on playing with trains as if nothing had happened. "One minute wonders are good to look at. Yet, I guess it's not very wise to include them in a goods train." As for the other two engines, they were not what he'd hoped to have scouted for. Instead of the V2, Broome Manor was on the outside line hauling a GWR passenger train. Hogwarts Castle, on the inside line, had been replaced by a Bachmann Bossy Boiler grumbling about, "A goods train! The shame of it! Oh the shame of it!" Sam stared in surprise and laughed out loud, as Gordon from Thomas & Friends went about his goods train duty in a bad mood. Sam was almost in stitches with laughing so much.
There came a more successful track switch move. Gordon got stuck halfway up his own hill.
"Come on, Gordon," sighed Sam. "You're not trying."
"I can't do it!" insisted Gordon. "The noisy trucks hold an engine back so!" Out of the blue, Emily came up from behind, and helped her friend get his train over the top. Gordon was about to rush happily away, when he checked himself giving Sam another reason to laugh out loud. For a first, Gordon said thankyou to Emily. Since when was this Bossy Boiler so polite? Sam felt like he might blow himself to pieces at this rate. He regained his composure in any case. Oh well, better to laugh than to cry.
Rather a novelty Sam. Here in Kangaroo land unlike in Britain when lines closed they didn't remove the track. It was all left for nature to reclaim. Here a video I just found showing a home made four wheel trike ride on an abandoned branch line which opened in 1923 and closed in 1979. Farmers animals have kept the grass at bay between the rails although in some parts sleepers have disappeared altogether. The line is now waiting for a time when the Oberon - Tarana (pronounced Ta ran nar ) railway preservation society can restore it. The line was 15 miles in length built to standard gauge but with earth ballast. It was known as a "pioneer line". Very sharp curves and very steep gradients of 1 in 25 rule on this cheaply built line.
Hi Sam. "Gandy Dancer" is what our cousins in the US of A call the good old hand cart, because it looks like the operators are doing a hillbilly barn dance. I have an LGB "G" scale version, much larger, to which I fitted a coupling so it can pull a wagon or three. It also travels relatively fast although it will move more slowly than your one in the video. A good funny video. We should inject some fun into our hobby, not be stuffy like some of the fraternity are. Regards, Alan.
Hi, Sam, great trains you've got there. Thanks for sharing this video. I have two EMD GP18 locomotives sold by Bachmann in their respective boxes (the locomotives were actually made by Mehano and obviously distributed by Bachmann), and I noticed the Gandy Dancer vehicle being shown on one side of the box. I tried to figure out the mechanism from the picture, but your video was worth a thousand images. Those little guys really work out hard while in motion. On higher speeds they look like they are about to get a seizure or have their arms dislocated, which was funny to watch. Anyway, I have always wandered what it looked like live, so thanks for the video, it was very interesting.
Best regards. :-)
Sam, I recently just bought one at my local hobby shop for 23 US dollars. It is such a CHARMING little thing, got me hours of laugh! But I think I might be the lucky ones, it didn't have a SINGLE problem when I ran it, and people said it would over heat but mine didn't! But here is the tip with the gandy dancer, make it run more. It gives the whole engine a "comfortable" run when it runs for a while. But Great review! Still love this little thing :)
Best of luck
The Gandy Dancers are a great wee novelty item and I love them for their cheeky little bobbing movement and super characterisation, even if they are a bit stop and go over points. They have been designed very well I think for there size, with the detailed metal sides depicting the shovel, pick and hammer, which with a fine paint brush to add some silver tips and brown wooden handles to show them off. Cheers Sam for posting this for all to see, and thanks to Bachmann in producing these delightful items.
fantastic review i'v always wanted to get one as its one of the smallest models in 00 plus i had a go on one in germany it cost about £3(5 euro) to do it but it was worth it plus the money was given to the museum so thanks for posting