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31  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Request for new HO scale steam locomotive on: July 24, 2018, 08:27:46 AM
That engine was done in brass in the 60ís, might be one around.
32  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: new consolidation does not work. on: July 23, 2018, 11:15:42 AM
I have to say that I had a great similar experience with the service department.  I bought a discontinued Bachmann engine that broke a crosshead guide 2 or 3 days past the discount house return policy time period.  I couldnít return it to Bachmann because they had none left in stock nor the replacement part.  The Bach Man stepped up to the plate and made a call to the discount house to arrange the replacement.  I am very pleased with that level of service and with the engine which is satisfactorily running out miles on my local freights to this day.
33  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Random steam pics thread on: July 22, 2018, 08:25:14 PM
The backlighted b/w aerial photo of a steam engine leaving a yard is almost otherworldly  .  Judging by the high headlight and the suburban cars under catenary to the left and the general industrial / urban setting makes me think PRR in maybe Pittsburgh .  Is there a caption or any info with that photo?  Itís worthy of work by the legendary Ansel Adams .
34  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EXTERNAL SOUND AMPLIFICATION OF LOCO SOUND DECODER TSUNAMI on: July 22, 2018, 02:56:48 PM
I like sound systems that can be turned up loud or turned down soft to suit the operator.  Iím somewhat hard of hearing too and find in particular the last Spectrum HO 4-4-0ís to be unable to achieve volumes that match other engines .  When running those 4-4-0s with other Spectrum engines I have to turn all others down so they reasonably match.

Real trains are loud.  I like my engines  loud. The new Tsunami2 installed in a Spectrum 4-4-0 can be turned up to meet stock volumes in other engines.  Itís better to have extra gas in the tank and choose not to use it than to run out when you need it.
35  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: new consolidation does not work. on: July 22, 2018, 11:43:49 AM
I do all my resets in OPS mode with NCE pro cab wireless and never have had a prob, always worked fine.  Programming tracks are a holdover from early DCC technology that I myself find cumbersome and really unnecessary since BLI introduced a really cool address finder/changer.  Tsunami2 Ďs donít need a programming track either, a big step forward.
36  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: new consolidation does not work. on: July 21, 2018, 09:57:11 PM
Itís the same old consolidation from 25 years ago with new road names/numbers and an anorexic sound decoder called Sound Value.  Itís still a great engine.  I have 7 or 8 from the past and may yet get one of these.
37  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Random steam pics thread on: July 21, 2018, 09:53:33 PM
😮😱😂😂😂
38  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: new consolidation does not work. on: July 21, 2018, 09:04:20 PM
Yes sounds like service dept.  maybe call first and see if they have a  suggestion.  Iíve found them to be very accommodating on the phone.

Is it a single white plug or two orange ones?  Is the headlight nice and bright and white? Or like s dim orange spot?
39  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EXTERNAL SOUND AMPLIFICATION OF LOCO SOUND DECODER TSUNAMI on: July 21, 2018, 07:21:37 PM
Another importer has locomotives with sound systems that send sounds to large woofers set at successive locations under the layout so the sound sort of follows the train.  It can get very loud I  am told.  The code of conduct doesnít alllow discussion of other companies products here.  If you google Model railroad sound  systems it ought to come up.  Hint:  they are located on the east coast of Florida.
40  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: new consolidation does not work. on: July 21, 2018, 07:14:53 PM
You need to do the contact break with cv32 also.
41  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: new consolidation does not work. on: July 21, 2018, 05:58:10 PM
Check the plug between engine and tender.  Take it out and very carefully make certain it goes back in correctly and securely. 

Something makes me think you are not doing the rocking thing right... Iíve had almost the same thing happen and breaking contact with one rail for several seconds after selecting 8 for cv8 always did it.  Check and see if cv 32 - 2 might do something.
42  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: new consolidation does not work. on: July 21, 2018, 03:31:05 PM
After the cv8 to 8 reset, did you cut track power to the engine for 10 seconds?  If you donít do that the reset wonít ďtakeĒ.  You can also do it by rocking both engine and tender off of one rail together for ten seconds, then putting them back down on the rail.  The headlight should blink a certain number of times acknowledging the reset, your paperwork with the engine should specify.  Iíve had that crazy out of control speed thing happen too and the reset fixed it. 
43  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Random steam pics thread on: July 20, 2018, 08:42:57 PM
A long time ago when I saw Dr Zhivago, Iím pretty certain there was as actual Russian Decapod in the movie, the same as the Bachmann model.  I remembered that 1000 were built for the czar, 800 got shipped before the revolution, and 200 caught here were distributed around by the USRA with the Erie getting nearly half for some reason.  The Erie didnít like them and sold them off to many shortlines who loved them.   There are more than a few surviving in Russia, Google.
44  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Random steam pics thread on: July 20, 2018, 01:26:13 PM
Was this done on Canadian engines?  Very sensible.
45  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Random steam pics thread on: July 20, 2018, 12:54:32 PM
That engine looks like it is wearing an overcoat.  Maybe the skirting is actually to keep snow and ice out of the running gear ....... although how the engineer would oil around at every stop, donít know.
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