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991  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Locomotive Speed on: March 18, 2015, 06:01:55 PM
Try another engine on the EZ command unit.  At the hobby shop if you have to.  Isolate the problem.  It's either the EZ or the engine.  Bachmann is very good about replacing defective items.
992  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Motor swap on: March 18, 2015, 05:57:39 PM
Every Bachmann DCC only steam engine I ever had, had a very slow response.  Tsunami sound Decoders solved the problem.
993  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: EZ track suddenly went dead on: March 15, 2015, 05:51:43 PM
New to you doesn't mean it's actually brand new. It could have been in a warehouse for a year or more, oxidizing away.  Plus, quality control is not always tops, anywhere. I read joe's information, it is all good.  Best of luck, you'll find it and fix the problem.

I have an 8 year old layout with several yards and sidings.  Every now and then a section goes dead just like yours.  My track is now fixed under ballast and scenery so I have to do some soldering to correct my problems. The point is that it happens to everyone. Maintenance is a part of every model railroad.
994  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: EZ track suddenly went dead on: March 15, 2015, 03:27:50 PM
The rail joiners are either loose or oxidized .  Take the track apart and  put it back togerther  using different sections in different places than before.  See how that works.  Next step is to ever so slightly (VERY VERY SLIGHTLY) crimp the rail joiners a little to grab the adjacent rail a little better.  Try these and report back.
995  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: ho trains out side on: March 13, 2015, 06:35:21 PM
Where is that layout Ken?  I can certainly be assured it is very far from salt water and in a low humidity environment.
996  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: ho trains out side on: March 12, 2015, 05:00:24 PM
I tried out a little layout on a covered porch 3 blocks from the Gulf in Mississippi.  I used EZ track.  The track needed a total scour every couple of days and chemical treatment after a week or so. With all of that attention it worked a couple of years but then wholesale electrical failure set in, particularly where the switch point rails pivoted on a little plate and depended on that molecular contact point.

Outdoor HO might work in very stable temperate climates like San Diego or Santa Fe but not in the Deep South and probably not in snow country either.
997  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: New 2-8-2 on: March 10, 2015, 04:10:08 PM
The only trouble with this model is that it s very popular.  It's been offered by at least two competitors in the last 10 years.  I have three already so I won't need the Bachmann model, unless, maybe, the Frisco one has the corect below-headlight coonskin number plate and is offered with sound.
998  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: New 2-8-2 on: March 10, 2015, 12:14:07 AM
Milwaukee, how many cars you want that ten wheeler to pull?  Mine will pull a dozen cars up a 2 1/2 percent.  The real ones didn't do any better.  Their era was one of short trains. A 25 car freight was a long train.  Double headers were common.
999  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: New 2-8-2 on: March 08, 2015, 09:35:46 PM
Yes I miss the 4-6-0's too.  I have 6 to hold out against repairs. They sold out fast, maybe the Bach Man will bring them back on day, with better headlights.
1000  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Snowed in Again on: March 07, 2015, 07:18:02 PM
Powders are great for people like me who are "chicken" about weathering. I still have a couple of cars that I weathered with paint in the early 60's.   I keep them around for laughs and as a reminder.
1001  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Snowed in Again on: March 07, 2015, 04:20:08 PM
Try powders, they are wonderful.  A lot of weathering is powder (dust) anyway.
1002  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: New 4-4-0 Americans Angry Question on: March 07, 2015, 04:15:06 PM
The Great Locomotive Chase is the name of the Disney movie.  The actual historical event is called the Andrews Raid.

Now that we have that cleared up, let's talk about the engines. Studying period illustrations, neither preserved engine today very much resembles their 1862 appearance.  They are like George Washington's preserved axe, all original except the handle was replaced in 1870 and the head in 1900. Plus, the Bachmann engine resembles none of the above, and was not intended to.  Anyone can letter them for anything.  So, with a little work, one could get some decals and letter "Texas" on any Bachmann 4-4-0 and be just as wrong as anything else.  You can often get lettering off of models by gentle and patient rubbing  with a soft pink pencil eraser.  Then you put your decals on and, voila, the Texas.

I'm not getting one of these engines because they are just way too old for my period.  But they are probably fine, apparently they've been mechanically reconfigured snd improved.
1003  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: How set quite mode on F7A diesel so engine is silent when DCC is powered on. on: March 06, 2015, 02:14:48 PM
Cv 113 is gold.  When you power up the layout, no sound comes on unless you move the engine.

If sound value is ever re engineered, I'd do the following.  Add cv 113 on all. On steam engines, add Dynamo and get rid of diesel era headlight dimming.  Add the big coupler crash like on medium steam.  That's not much.  Add 2 cv's and replace one with another, it would still be a "value".  What sound value did , which is fine with me, is lose all the useless Fireman Fred stuff and all of the even more useless Byzantine speed tables.  I'd like the EQ cv 153 also but ...... Gotta keep it a " value".

At least they did not use 1950s gimmicky spelling  and call it "sound-valu".
1004  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Maine central 4-4-0 no. 84 DCC / no sound - big problem on: March 06, 2015, 01:26:23 PM
Well I have to report that the Bach Man stepped up to the plate and between him and the vendor the issue is resolved and the customer is very pleased.  A great Customer Service experience!
1005  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Snowed in Again on: March 06, 2015, 10:43:24 AM
I lived in NY two winters and MA for one before I came back home to Louisiana for good.  Winters  are mostly beautiful in LA, it's when we get a lot of the outdoor stuff like house painting done.  It gets down to high 20s some times but winter is mostly mid 50s and sun.  It last snowed about 10 years ago .  Come on down and thaw out.
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