Disassembling the Bachmann car: 1. Remove the roof by gently squeeze the roof to disengage the roof clips 2. The wires for the light come through holes in the plastic cross piece. Cut the wires just below the solder joint so that the wires can be pulled down through the holes. 3. The plastic body is attached to the frame by 2 clips through each end platform and 6 clips along the floor, which interlock with the lower edge of the clear plastic. Place two fingers into the body and gently press outward to release the side clips. This should release the body and allow it to be lifted off. 4. Remove the 2 small screws holding the interior and remove the assembly. 5. Remove the 2 screws attaching the trucks, then remove the trucks for later reuse.
To narrow a longer 46' roof, first cut and splice four Bachmann 36’ roofs into three 46’ roofs.
To narrow a 36' or 46' roof:
1. Apply a piece of 1/2" masking tape along the length of the clerestory roof. 2. Measure and mark the centerline of the roof on the tape. 3. Measure and mark 1/8" to each side of the centerline - these are your CUT lines. 4. I prefer to use an Xacto razor saw blade for the cuts. Keep the blade vertical to get a good alignment 5. Use the plastic car body as a cutting jig to hold the roof. 6. Cut through the only the curve of the roof for BOTH cut lines on each end. 7. Then cut through the center of the roof for both cutlines 8. File the Cut edges smooth. 9. Glue the two Roof segments together, use the wooden car body as a gluing jig. 10 Fill the glue gap with putty and sand smooth. Redo as necessary. 11. Apply a light coat of a flat paint.