Many of you know that I have been a pretty staunch supporter of Bachmann steam loco's. I love them and have had nothing but good luck. The recent issue with the 2-6-6-2 motors and their mis-labeling was aggravating but not a deal breaker. Unforunately, the reason that the loco's were found to have a different motor than advertised is the deal breaker. This came to light because motor's were failing prematurely, in under 24 hours. At first I thought it was a fluke but others decided to do their own test and they are coming to the same result. The motors fail prematurely. This is more of a problem to me than 3 poles / 5 poles / skew wound or not. The following was posted on the Bachmann forum. Feel free to make your feelings known over there. We can post till your finger tips are blue, on the various forums but Bachmann has their own forum, let's put it right in front of them so they can't miss it. http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/board/index.php/topic,10203.0.html I'm also placing this here as sort of a backup incase the post gets deleted at the Bachmann forum. I feel that I was not inflamitory and tried to stick to just the facts.