I have own the older white gear Bachmann steam and all of them had bad gears. But the spectrum is great. Some I have bought used and they run good. I think if Bachmann offered a different shell on the 2-8-0 they would sell a bunch more. If somebody does not like Bachmann don't buy Bachmann,however it seems that some just want to bash them for past failures. Who else is releasing good running steam on a regular bias?