Today I stopped in to Central Hobbies to see if they had any of the parts I need for 622. It’s all esoteric stuff, and so I was happy to walk away with the gear box at least. It must be said that Central Hobbies is one of the better hobby stores I’ve ever encountered. Somewhere in that mess, you can find just about anything you might want.
Before checking out, I asked the ever-genial Bill Dixon behind the counter if they would bring in Bachmann parts. He figured it was better to go straight to their website, and that’s what he does; however, he was happy to open up a modern 4-4-0 box so we could measure the tender tank. It scales out about 18.5 feet long, which compares nicely with my scaled drawing.
The experience reminded me once again how important our hobby shops are, and consequently I’ll be ordering many of the parts for 622 through Central Hobbies. There’s not much they can furnish me with, but the slight markup they will charge is worth every penny for the convenience and service they provide.