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1  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Nut size on 2-6-0 driver on: January 20, 2018, 10:44:44 PM
If you can find a good hardware store that has a good selection of Allen headed cap screws (around here, we have Ace). Take your loco in and find the screw whose head properly fits your bolt (it may be metric). Select the screw (a longer one is better), and then for a handle, take a piece of a wood dowel (3/8" diameter by 2" should do) and drill a hole in one end just large enough for the screw to thread into with a dab of epoxy on the threads. Wallah! Cheap socket driver!

Bill in FtL
2  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Curve Radius Problems for the On30 18 Footers? on: January 08, 2018, 06:08:30 PM
Thanks everyone who replied. It didn't seem logical to me that the 18 footers would have radius issues, but there it was on the web. Odd I couldn't find it later (note to self-remember to bookmark!). I'm glad to hear about the 10" part, since I probably won't try to go that sharp!

Bill in FtL
3  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Generic Wishlist for 2018 on: January 07, 2018, 08:07:54 PM
The one item on my wishlist is EZ App bluetooth O gauge locomotives.

I'll second that wish!

Bill in FtL
4  Discussion Boards / On30 / Curve Radius Problems for the On30 18 Footers? on: January 07, 2018, 07:42:35 PM
I recently read somewhere that the On30 18 foot cars suffer wheel interference on curved track. I have tried to find this article and now it seems to have disappeared. I would have thought out of all the On30 cars in Bachmann's line, the 18 footers would be the ones least likely to require larger radius curves. Has anyone else heard of this? I was thinking about a mini or micro layout using some of these cars, now I'm thinking I need to run some tests...

Bill in FtL Huh?
5  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Okay, FOUR 4-6-0s marked for the ET&WNC but no cars? on: January 07, 2018, 07:26:19 PM
I wonder the same thing about the SR&RL (or any other of the Maine Two Footers), thankful that we have the Forneys and even the caboose and pulpwood car, but how about some other freight cars too? I'm guessing the EBT followers are wondering the same thing...

Bill in FtL
6  Discussion Boards / E-Z App / Re: Will Bachmann #57804 L&N #549 Alco 2-6-0 work on a MRC Prodigy? on: January 21, 2017, 10:18:22 PM
Hi, thanks very much. I shall proceed!

Best Regards,
Bill.

WAIT! Before you remove the E-Z App Bluetooth board, remember that your E-Z App loco will function just fine on ANY layout already running DCC, with the only caveat being that it will need to be controlled with a BlueTooth device such as a cellphone or iPad (or equivalent tablet), but not with a typical DCC controller. Other DCC trains will operate on the same layout alongside the E-Z App loco, and neither will interfere with the other. If you plan to have more than one operator on your DCC layout, an E-Z App loco is a good choice because you will only need the loco and your cellphone, so you won't have to go out and purchase an additional DCC handheld.

Bill in FtL
7  Discussion Boards / E-Z App / Re: Bachmann EZ-APP Loco's on: November 18, 2016, 12:03:28 PM
It's true that these locos do not have a DCC decoder, but since a DCC layout always has full power on the rails, any E-Z App loco(s) will run just fine on the layout, you'll simply have to control it with your cell phone, iPod, or tablet (it just can't be controlled by a DCC handheld). Running it on the DCC layout will not interfere with that system controlling decoder equipped DCC locos, either. You will have to pay attention though, to avoid having a collision with other trains, whether they are E-Z App or DCC. The only disadvantage (and it's a minor one) is that with E-Z App, you won't have access to the DCC system's emergency stop feature.

Bill in FtL
8  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Replacing Box Car Strap Steps on: October 14, 2016, 05:29:06 PM
GrandtLine makes large scale stirrup steps in rust colored delrin engineering plastic (pretty flexible & tough), a package contains at least 8, enough for a couple of cars. Walthers carries them, but they're currently O/S, expected in late October.

Bill in FtL
9  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Skarloey Production? on: August 11, 2016, 06:45:15 PM
Hello Bachmann,

Is Skarloewy now discontinued, or are we simply waiting for US inventory replenishment? If the latter, when can we expect back order fulfillment? Our LHS had orders in with distributors, but never received the first piece...

Bill in FtL
10  Discussion Boards / E-Z App / Re: Reversing loops with EZ app on: August 08, 2016, 09:22:40 PM
The board in E-Z Apps manages train direction and isn't concerned with the polarity of the rails (just like in DCC). So auto-reverse loops should not pose a problem.

The big question is how it would act when the auto-reverse switches the polarity. It could just keep running normally like a decoder does, or it could see the polarity change as a power interruption, and go into shut down, or it could just lose the control signal but keep running away, requiring an emergency stop. The only way to be sure is to try it out, but my modules aren't presently set up to allow me to try it. Maybe Dave Rees will see this thread and comment (or we could email him directly).

Bill in FtL
11  Discussion Boards / E-Z App / Re: EZAPP on: July 10, 2016, 09:23:40 PM
I have 2 ezapp locos they tend to stop for no reason then have to be restarted

I also have two E-Z App locos, and they have stopped on rare occasions, but only when going at a very slow speed and usually when the track needs cleaning. Usually, turning the throttle to zero, and then cranking it back up to the desired speed does the trick for my engines. Have you updated your boards software to the current version? Do your locos both stop in the same locations on the layout? Check all your rail joiners to make sure they are tight and providing good continuity, plus make sure the loco's wheels are clean.

Bill in FtL
12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: SD 45 Wont Move on: July 06, 2016, 09:11:39 AM
I bought a used SD 45 with dcc, the sounds work but loco barley moves. At full throttle the wheels seem to spin and it struggles to move an inch or two. I have a gp 35 that works fine. What could be wrong with the SD?

Sounds like it may have a split universal socket that is disabling one truck, and the resulting drag from the dead truck is causing the wheels on the other truck to spin.

Bill in FtL
13  Discussion Boards / E-Z App / Re: RS-3 Body Shells on: July 06, 2016, 09:04:21 AM
I had similar thoughts about switching shells on an EZ-Ap FT with an F7 to gain a Pennsy or possibly WM unit. Does Bachmann sell decorated shells separately through their parts department?

Bill in FtL
14  Discussion Boards / E-Z App / Re: Reversing loops with EZ app on: July 06, 2016, 08:59:45 AM
If you treat the reverse loop like any properly wired DC layout controls a reverse loop, things should work out fine. As for automatic reverse loop controls, I know that EZ-Ap locos work fine on DCC powered rails, but I don't know how they would work on a DCC controlled auto-reverse loop. I suspect they would behave like any DCC loco, but I haven't tried it myself (you might get a clue by running your loco on a test track using DC wired though a dpdt reverse switch and see if flipping the direction has any ill effect on the EZ-Ap locos direction). Warning: Only switch direction once, so you don't cause the EZ-Ap board to try to switch into analog DC mode.
 
The only reason I can think of to justify running an EZ-Ap loco on DCC, is if you are adding that loco to an existing DCC layout, but adding DCC power to your existing EZ-Ap or DC layout just to control a reverse loop probably wouldn't justify the expense & complication. However, if you are running just EZ-Ap locos on your layout, wanting a reverse loop might be a good enough reason to consider adding on-board battery power (also known as "dead rail") to your locomotives.

Bill in FtL
15  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Steam wish list. on: May 12, 2016, 08:26:54 AM
Now that Lee Riley has so sadly passed, I wonder how much longer we will see Bachmann continue to produce any On30. As a modeler, Lee had a different perspective than most other corporate executive types, which was fortunate for all of us in the On30 community.

I had long hoped for an upgrade to the old 2-6-0 (as was announced last year, with metal gears!), and also an upgrade of the Davenport side rod gas-mechanical similar to what was done on the Porter 0-4-0's and 0-4-2's a couple of years ago. However, the loco I most want, but doubt I'll see, is really one of the SR&RL prairies (preferably #23 or #24), which would go so well with the already produced Bachmann On30 Forneys.

I agree that sugar cane equipment (both locos and cars) would be a welcome addition, as well as a banana transport boxcar, all of which could go well with the 18' shorty car series. One thing we haven't seen, which sort of puzzles me, is new paint & graphics on the already available rolling stock (more Maine 2 footers, for instance). Maybe the warehouses are just too full of the current roadnames that aren't moving.

Bill in FtL
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