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31  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: power pack overload comes on on: August 05, 2015, 10:15:46 PM

Sounds like you figured out the problem, good job! Bad switch, try working it back and forth awhile.
If you live in a humid area, corrosion could form on the switch contacts and also the contacts for the bulb, especially if you left them stored with batteries installed. (electrolysis) If I'm remembering correctly the bulbs in the passenger cars screw in just like a regular light bulb.
I've used an electrical contact cleaner, "tuner cleaner" purchased from Radio Shack, to clean and protect switch contacts in the past. You might try that if you can find an open Radio Shack or electronics supply store, just make certain it's plastic compatible!
If you're not mechanically inclined, you might want to see if you can find a garden railroad club in your area to help you out. Or, you could also call the Bachmann Service Department to see what they would charge to repair your cars. I had a great experience with them in the past.
It sounds like you're on the right track. (no pun intended)
Let us know what you find.

32  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: power pack overload comes on on: August 04, 2015, 08:35:06 PM

I know this sounds simple but... did you try the, little, slide switch, on the bottom, near the battery compartment?
Also how many passenger cars do you have? Do they all not light up? Did any light up before?
If they all have a battery compartment than, most likely, they all are lighted by battery power not track power. Also look at the wheel sets to see if there are any "pickups" or wires connected that would use track power to light the cars. If no wires (on the trucks) then you should check and make sure the battery connections are good and clean. also the 9v battery should fit in only one direction, it could possibly be installed with the positive and negative reversed. That wouldn't make the lights not work but the connections may not mate up correctly.   
That's all the simple stuff. If none of this works it gets a little more complicated.
Give us all a heads up to what you find.


33  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: power pack overload comes on on: July 22, 2015, 08:40:12 PM
Sometimes its the simple things that cause the most problems, easy to overlook and... "how did that happen?" Huh?

Happy to be of service!
You came to the right place for LS Bachmann answers. There's a lot of knowledge in this forum. I don't participate as often as I would like too but I do try to read this forum every day or so.

Enjoy your train!

34  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: power pack overload comes on on: July 19, 2015, 02:05:25 PM

lay the loco on it's side and look at the pilot truck (the four,small, front wheels) There should be an arrow pointing forward on the bottom, if it's not pointing forward carefully rotate the wheel set and try it again.
The  pilot truck also has electrical pickups attached and if its rotated backwards will cause a dead short.

Good luck and tell us what you find.

35  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Caboose On The Way on: May 20, 2015, 09:56:49 PM
I just have to add my two cents worth.
I started using the "hook and loop" couplers with my 4-6-0s and Bachmann rolling stock. They couple together very easily and stay coupled, sometimes too well, like when you try to separate cars to put them away. Also they don't look very prototypical. Then I switched to Bachmann's "knuckle couplers". They worked OK, but sometimes became detached from each other and it took a lot of "slamming" cars together to get them both to couple.

On another note... I like switching.

The mechanisms made to unhook the "hook and loops" didn't go over to well with me.( bulky and unprototypical looking)
As for the knuckle couplers... I still had to stand up and manually trip (open) them. Although now some companies are offering radio controlled actuators to operate these.$$$
What suits me are KaDee couplers and track mounted magnets installed on the turnouts. They couple very easily and stay coupled. They also look pretty much prototypical. When I put my cars away for the night, I just lift it off the track and they release from each other. I find it very enjoyable switching cars and making up trains.

When I started in large scale I was happy just to watch them go round and round. Then I put in a siding. Than I put in a reversing track. Then to reverse it back, I put in another. Then another siding and a yard and on and on and on... Tongue

Good luck Punkin, all options are fine, what pleases you is what counts!

Once again welcome to the fun!


36  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: No sound- Silverado on: December 27, 2014, 03:08:37 PM
Hi BB,

One other thing you might look at is the battery contacts. I had a problem with one of my tender's where one of contacts were bent down and didn't make contact with one of the battery contacts. I would put a small piece of rolled up paper under the hatch to push the battery down until I finally removed the tinder body and slightly bent the two contacts up. now it works fine.

Good luck.

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