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16  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 3 truck Shay on: April 04, 2018, 09:20:08 AM
Hi Dave,

Decoder is the correct term, I used receiver because I use battery power and the Revolution radio control system rather than DCC.  I believe the decoder is plug and play, the sound is not plug and play and would have to be wired in separately. It is not all that difficult to add sound.  I added Phoenix sound to mine about 10 years ago. There are other brands of sound systems available now that were not when I put mine in.

Having gone to Battery/rc, I am not up to speed on DCC so hopefully Kevin Strong, or Stan Ames  will see this and give a better response than I can.  They are experts on DCC.  Kevin is also very knowledgeable about some of the newer sound systems.

Bill
17  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 3 truck Shay on: April 03, 2018, 10:17:19 PM
Hi Dave,

Your shay is DCC ready, meaning that you would have to install a DCC receiver.  It does not have sound, but aftermarket sound can be added.

Loco Bill
18  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Bachmanns horse stock car.. on: April 03, 2018, 07:24:20 PM
Sounds like a fun project, but I don't know of any diagrams for the car.   I was thinking that you could probably disassemble the car just like you would a standard stock car, and carefully check out the moving mechanism and remove it.  Wondering if you could open the doors and see what is going on inside, maybe you could get a clue from doing that.

No matter when you figure it out take a photo of your real horses and of the car horses after you paint them and post them for us!!

Good luck with the project!!

Bill
19  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 3-Truck Shay Static Display (lights but no motor action) on: April 03, 2018, 07:17:02 PM
Hi Carl,

Glad it worked out!!   Better watch out you will be building large scale track for it to run on before long Grin

Bill
20  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: New 4-4-0 on: March 28, 2018, 11:54:38 AM
DW,

 That confirms it for me, your 4-4-0 is the newer 2007 version since it has the diamond stack.  If you have not been to York before, have a great time and bring lots of money, because the bargains are amazing.  The Bachmann folks usually have a display there, and if they do, tell them HI from Loco Bill.  Funny thing is that when there are questions like yours they usually ask me, since they do  not maintain any kind of historical info.  I will be curious as to what they say.

Have fun in York, wish I could be there.

Bill
21  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: New 4-4-0 on: March 28, 2018, 09:52:59 AM
DW,

That is an indication that there was a second run, so yours may be later than 2001.   Another Bachmann mystery!  I will try to look into it deeper.   Looking at my database, I see that there was a later run in 2007, but it is not clear that  81395 had a second run at the same time.

Does yours have a straight stack or Diamond stack??  If it has a diamond stack that would be a definite indication of a second run of the 81395.   I ask because some of the 4-4-0's were changed from a straight stack to a diamond stack in 2007.  81395 when first introduced had a straight stack.   

Maybe Wade Colyer can help with this?  If anyone has a paper copy of a wiring diagram with two switches behind the smokebox door, please help out and post it.

Bill

22  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: New 4-4-0 on: March 27, 2018, 05:34:45 PM
HI DW,

First came out in late 2001, and Your B&L #6 was out of the catalog after 2007.  Don't know if a second run was manufactured between 2001&2007, so it is possible it was sitting there since 2001 if he bought it when they came out. 

the 4-4-0's are beautiful, and a great companion to your 2-6-0!

Enjoy.

Loco Bill

23  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 3-Truck Shay Static Display (lights but no motor action) on: March 26, 2018, 10:02:13 PM
HI Brainech,

Not sure about the connections, but I assume you increased the voltage to the track up  enough to trigger the lights.  They are definitely linked to the motor circuit, since the headlights front and rear change depending on the polarity.  If you raised the voltage enough to trigger the lights and they did not come on, then I would disconnect the wires from the circuit board to the motors tracing the wires from the motor to the board.

Loco Bill
24  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Bachmann Two Truck Climax on: March 26, 2018, 09:51:51 PM
Hi GN,

Yes the smoke fluid goes into the smoke stack, be sure to turn off the smoke switch when the smoke dies out as you  might burn out the smoke unit.

The black hose(rubber tube) was for pumping water from a nearby stream into the tender.

Enjoy,

Loco Bill
25  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Spectrum 1:20.3 scale rail truck on: March 23, 2018, 06:38:20 PM
Hi Otter,

Here is a link to the wiring diagram for the railtruck:

http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/dwg/dwgs/82394.pdf

On the lower left of page 3 you will see the location of the switches including the ones for polarity. They are located inside the toolbox.

Have fun

Loco Bill
26  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Shay model 82494 on: March 20, 2018, 10:45:25 PM
TG,

You are welcome!  Glad your shop owner is taking good care of you!!

Bill
27  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Shay model 82494 on: March 20, 2018, 06:52:01 PM
Hi TG,

You did not say whether the shay was new or used, and if you tested it before buying.  If you bought it new from an authorized dealer you could return it to Bachmann for warranty repair at no cost.  If you got it on ebay or train show used then that is another story.
 
There are many possibilities, but try this first.  Apply power to the middle truck only, using jumper wires, if everything is dead then I would check to make sure the wheels are clean and the contacts and wires from the wheels up to the plate on the center pin of the truck are making good contact.  If when doing this the truck does not run , but the others do, then the problem is with the motor leads from the loco electronic board to the motor or with the springs in the contacts on the truck in the non running truck.  There are several tests but try these first and see if we can narrow it down.

Loco Bill
28  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: amperage draw for large scalle 2-8-0 outside frame on: March 16, 2018, 09:49:20 PM
Hi Locojohn,

This question has always been hard to answer because of all the variables involved.  Locomotives always draw more amps when starting than they do after starting when at the desired speed.  It also depends on lubrication and whether the loco is broken in or not.   After that it is what is the load the locomotive will be pulling, and then the grades involved.

On flat and level track a well broken in loco like yours might start at 3/4 Amp and level out at 1/2 amp while running at a constant moderate speed with no cars.   If you add say two passenger cars you might expect as much as 1/4 more in both start up and during moderate speeds.  Since you will have tight curves there will be a slight increase in amps pulling the train around the tight curves.  As you add more cars the amps required will increase as you add to the train length.   Amps will increase as you increase the grades your loco will have to pull its train up them.  You may not have grades, but you should plan as if you might in the future.

In cases like yours I would recommend a 5 Amp power pack, and perhaps more if you plan to use the same power supply to power a lot of accessories and lights.  Any good brand power pack with a 5 amp rating should be fine on your small size layout.   The above was based on some tests on my flat layout using the same locomotive some time ago with some sharp curves.  Keep the lubrication up to date with plastic compatible lubes. 

You have a great loco and enjoy constructing your layout!  Most in our scale build outside, and inside layouts are a bit rare.  As you get things going share your experience with us!!

Loco Bill
29  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Older Climax motor block cover. on: March 16, 2018, 12:31:53 PM
I was just going to post something along the lines of Chuck's great idea, but was going to suggest layering thinner pieces of plastic sheet with holes to provide clearances if necessary. But I feel Chuck's idea of using metal if possible is better.

Good luck and let us in on how things work out.

Bill
30  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: passinger car lights on: March 09, 2018, 03:48:06 PM
Hi Unk,

The bulbs in the passenger cars are 16 volts.  Many power packs will produce more than that.  Check your power supply to be sure.  You may want to add a resistor to protect the bulbs if you will be running at higher voltages.

Loco Bill
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