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1  Discussion Boards / N / Re: New Steam Locomotive Requests (2-10-4 Texas/Selkirk Type and 2-8-4 Berk variant) on: February 16, 2018, 05:58:03 PM
That's humpy for ya, lol

2  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N-Scale Atlantic Type (4-4-2) on: February 16, 2018, 05:54:49 PM
Unfortunately, the FVM model is based on a very specific Milwaukee Road prototype and not really practical for other uses.

A more generic 4-4-2 would fill a much needed hole in the N scale steam lineup - and something that would definitely be right in Bachmann's wheelhouse. I hope they do it someday!

3  Discussion Boards / N / Re: the new gp-40 and pcc trolley both with can motors on: February 09, 2018, 10:45:01 AM
The GP40 was completely redesigned and both looks and runs great. The streetcar didn't change much (aside from the motor), but they've been good runners for a while now (since they improved the gearing).

4  Discussion Boards / N / Re: One loco MUCH faster than the other on: February 08, 2018, 06:15:03 AM
Bachmann makes the only 4-6-0 in N scale. Bachmann's steamers of recent vintage all tend to run about the same as the 4-6-0, with the exception of their K4 4-6-2. That one has a noticeably high top-end speed (perhaps because it was designed for passenger service).

5  Discussion Boards / N / Re: One loco MUCH faster than the other on: February 07, 2018, 07:13:07 AM
The Bachmann 4-6-0 has a very low top end speed, particularly as compared to some of Bachmann's diesels. I don't know how prototypical that may or may not be, but in any case, the only way to make a locomotive go faster is to increase the voltage at the rails (via settings in your DCC system). This will make all of your locomotives run faster, but as noted above, that can be dialed back as need be via CV settings in the individual locomotives.

6  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Santa Fe 4-8-4 front pilot. on: January 29, 2018, 07:45:52 AM
Make sure the pilot truck isn't installed upside-down. I've seen that before.

7  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Spectrum 2-8-0 consolidation strange running on: January 27, 2018, 08:21:27 AM
Do you see any sort of eccentric rotation or up-and-down movement from the drivers when running forward at slow speeds? One common problem with Bachmann steamers is that the cut-outs in the frame wherein the driver bearing blocks seat are occasionally miscut, allowing for excessive movement of the bearing blocks (and ultimately the drivers).

The solution there is to remove the plastic driver bottomplate, pull out the offending driverset and bearings, and then put some sort of shim in the frame cut-out to eliminate the excess freeplay of the bearing blocks. I usually just use a small piece of electrical tape.

8  Discussion Boards / N / Re: How to remove trucks from older F9A Amtrak on: January 26, 2018, 08:15:04 AM
Short answer? Yes, I am insane  Grin

9  Discussion Boards / N / Re: How to remove trucks from older F9A Amtrak on: January 25, 2018, 05:43:43 AM
Good job. Now, your next task is to pitch that antique into the trash and get something that was designed in this century  Wink

10  Discussion Boards / N / Re: How to remove trucks from older F9A Amtrak on: January 24, 2018, 07:51:12 PM
I found a set of original instructions online (amazingly enough). Says "hold truck in the center with your thumb and index finger, press and twist slightly to detach truck from chassis".

The full manual can be viewed here -

11  Discussion Boards / N / Re: How to remove trucks from older F9A Amtrak on: January 24, 2018, 10:47:47 AM
It's been years since I had one of those, but based on my picture it looks like maybe they used knock-out pins to hold the trucks in place?  Check inside those little slots on the side of the chassis and see if there's anything that looks like a knock-out pin in there (looks like a headless screw). If present, you push in on one side and then pull it out on the other. The truck should just drop out at that point.

In the earlier version (the one at the bottom of the picture), you can clearly see the knock-out pins sticking out through the slots in the side of chassis.

12  Discussion Boards / N / Re: How to remove trucks from older F9A Amtrak on: January 24, 2018, 06:39:32 AM
It's hard to answer not knowing what model (or what version of what model) you have. Bachmann has been making F7's an F9's for decades, and they've changed quite a bit over the years.

Take a look here and see if you can narrow things down for us -

13  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Converting to LED? on: January 20, 2018, 03:58:10 PM
What's a reef 0-4-0? Never heard of it.
14  Discussion Boards / N / Re: DCC decoder on: January 17, 2018, 08:57:18 AM
There aren't any drop-in PC board replacements that I'm aware of. As gatrhumpy stated, what you have to do is solder a wired decoder to the PC board (situating the decoder in the open space under the board at the back) -

FYI, Bachmann lists a DCC-Sound version of the Dash 8-40CW as "coming soon".

15  Discussion Boards / N / Re: DCC on DC Layout? on: January 17, 2018, 08:47:06 AM
All of Bachmann's DCC-equipped locos will run more or less the same on analog or DCC. They're all a bit different as far as the decoder installation goes, but for the most part they aren't designed such that the decoder can be removed and replaced with a dummy plug.

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