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Title: Williams Santa Fe Diesel locomotive won't respond to controller
Post by: mjr on June 20, 2016, 08:50:24 PM
We got an "Overload" alert. Now the engine won't run. I am getting proper voltage from the controller to the terminals on the track. But, not sure wht the voltage should be across the track. Anyway, the engine does not move. Is there a quick diagnostic to see if it is the track or the engine?


Title: Re: Williams Santa Fe Diesel locomotive won't respond to controller
Post by: Karl Reichenbach on June 20, 2016, 10:19:57 PM
What kind of transformer are you using?


Title: Re: Williams Santa Fe Diesel locomotive won't respond to controller
Post by: mjr on June 21, 2016, 12:10:28 AM
E 11 5800 Williams by Bachmann


Title: Re: Williams Santa Fe Diesel locomotive won't respond to controller
Post by: Karl Reichenbach on June 21, 2016, 05:29:59 PM
Is this an 80 watt A C transformer that comes in the train sets, or DC power Pack?


Title: Re: Williams Santa Fe Diesel locomotive won't respond to controller
Post by: phillyreading on June 22, 2016, 09:53:30 AM
Is that an E Z Streets transformer? If so it does not have enough power for more then 2 E Z Streets cars, and won't power a Williams engine! Try using a transformer with 80 watts of power like the Williams or Atlas transformers.

Lee F.


Title: Re: Williams Santa Fe Diesel locomotive won't respond to controller
Post by: mjr on June 22, 2016, 09:30:51 PM
It is an AC Williams 0-18VAC
 The transformer is putting out the correct amount of voltage. It was working just fine, then suddenly had the overload light illuminated and won't run.


Title: Re: Williams Santa Fe Diesel locomotive won't respond to controller
Post by: phillyreading on June 23, 2016, 10:03:59 AM
It is an AC Williams 0-18VAC
 The transformer is putting out the correct amount of voltage. It was working just fine, then suddenly had the overload light illuminated and won't run.

Can you test your track? Take all train items off the track and see what happens. If good add one item at a time(engine,  freight car, or passenger car) and test with the transformer to see what happens.
You might have something shorting out, even track can short out if the spacers are not good or the center ties touch the center rail.

Lee F.


Title: Re: Williams Santa Fe Diesel locomotive won't respond to controller
Post by: phillyreading on June 23, 2016, 10:28:06 AM
E 11 5800 Williams by Bachmann

I am not able to find any transformer information on the Bachmann website. Can you please give the wattage rating of the transformer?

Or maybe you can use the transformer with an engine that you that works and see what happens.

Lee F.


Title: Re: Williams Santa Fe Diesel locomotive won't respond to controller
Post by: phillyreading on July 28, 2016, 09:43:26 AM
It is an AC Williams 0-18VAC
 The transformer is putting out the correct amount of voltage. It was working just fine, then suddenly had the overload light illuminated and won't run.

Just curious, did you ever solve the problem? Are you able to post a photo of the transformer?
The Bachmann site don't show the transformers listed for sale and numbers don't mean a thing if Bachmann has no information on them.

Lee F.