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2056  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Identical Train Loco numbers on a train conists? on: May 27, 2007, 01:49:37 AM
Here is the real ATSF F7 number 215 It is a consist of four units.
Photo at
Photo taken in Amarillo TX - 06/26/1973
Shows ATSF F7 4 unit consist of locomotives 215C, 215B, 215A, 215L
215L and 215C are F7A units
215A and 215B are F7B units

An ATSF four unit locomotive consist always is L,A,B,C. For 215, unit 215L is the lead locomotive and 215C is the backend unit. For ATSF if the consist were run in the other direction the numbers in the number boards may have been changed (very rare) and 215C would become 215L but usually 215C would just be the head locomotive during that direction of run. Numbering scheme depended on the Railroad. This is ATSF scheme.

The blue/yellow version of the Warbonnet paint scheme was adopted for freight locomotives in 1972.

2057  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Are Bachmann turnout DCC friendly? on: May 25, 2007, 11:35:40 PM
Dear All,
Our turnouts are indeed DCC friendly, although they are not yet DCC controllable.
Have fun!
the Bach-man
Bachmann E-Z Track Turnouts are controllable from a DCC command station.  This is possible by using any DCC command station that can address a stationary decoder and a stationary decoder compatible with the type switch machine used in the Bachmann E-Z Track turnout.


The Bachmann E-Z Track turnout use low current, twin-coil snap action switch machine?

2058  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Are Bachmann turnout DCC friendly? on: May 25, 2007, 06:59:49 PM
What you are not yet familiar with is there are three general types of decoders,
  •   Mobile
  •   Function/sound only
  •   Stationary (a.k.a. Accessory)

Not all DCC command stations can address a stationary decoder. (The Bachmann E-Z Command Control Center can not address a stationary decoder).

You must select a stationary decoder made to control the type of switch machine (examples: bi-polar, snap switches or slow motion machines) used to move the Point-Rails of a turnout.  Some stationary decoders can operate more than one type of switch machine and more than one switch machine.

Start your learning curve by reading about the types of stationary decoders made by Digitrax.
Then move on to
Note the LS-150 NMRA DCC Switch Machine Decoder.

Above just a sample of the stationary decoders. There are other manufacturers’ stationary decoders available.

My definition,
DCC Friendly Turnout – A turnout less prone to create a short circuit due to its construction and electrical features as metal wheels of a train controlled by DCC roll through the turnout.

Caveat -- If you have researched one DCC system or component (example- a decoder) and think all the others are the same – you are mistaken!

Now your question, "Are Bachmann turnout DCC friendly? "

What say you Bach-man?  Grin

2059  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 1:20.3 car comparisons on: May 23, 2007, 11:19:57 PM
In this latest issue of Garden Railways, Kevin S. did an article ...

FYI --- That be Kevin Strong who is a contributor on this Board.  Smiley
2060  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: North Pole & Southern Big Haulers Train set on: May 23, 2007, 01:38:44 AM
Count the straight and curved pieces of track you have.

Bachmann Track Connecting Clips
Long clip:   for straight-to-straight track and straight-to-curved track
Short clip:  for curved-to-curved track

Don’t know if you have a Long or Short clip in your hand, what the clip is for is on the side of the clip.

2061  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: I need to know the scale of a vintage track I have on: May 22, 2007, 06:11:15 PM
I have a vintage metal train track. ...
Is your track heavily rusted? If yes, you will better off buying new track that goes with a train you like.

What do you have to connect to the track to power a locomotive?
2062  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bach-mann question "Curved switching" on: May 22, 2007, 03:18:46 PM
Bachmann - No
Peco - Yes
Walthers (made by Shinohara) - Yes

Be sure you note the rail code.
2063  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Spectrum power pack on: May 21, 2007, 12:06:32 AM
Dear Hunt,

Many thanks for your fine insight and concise posts, especially Alan Gartner's fine link. They have helped me tremendously. I am not imbued with too much electro-mechanical insight. Thus, this stuff is very strange. However, one presses on to keep current. Too, I am not getting any younger. Thus, time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana. (Got that from Omni magazine years ago).

Best Wishes,

Jack, you’re welcome. Always glad to try to help folks like yourself who put forth an effort to do the research trying to help themselves.

As you know from reading a few of my posts, which were on the old Board, I don’t completely agree with all of Alan Gartner’s thinking and information. Example, I am in the school of thought preferring to use circuit breakers instead of taillight bulbs (bulb - technically known as  lamp).

Some of the material is overkill and some of it is written in a way someone might conclude it is the only way when in fact it is not. Nevertheless, I point some people to the Wiring for DCC website because there is lots of information there and it is fairly well organized (the addition of Site Map & Index awhile back is a big improvement)  but most of all the stuff works if you use it.
2064  Discussion Boards / N / Re: BACHMANN E-Z DCC AND DIGITRAX DECODERS on: May 20, 2007, 04:36:11 PM

E-Z Command Control Center can only program a decoder's primary address (limited to addresses 1 – 9) and the direction of travel. Can not program other CVs.

Click   for more info.
2065  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Bach man: Request a replacement PCB or send in the loco? on: May 20, 2007, 04:16:28 PM
For DCC, you don't need the PCB.

Hard-wire a decoder that fits and place a resistor in the light circuit.
2066  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Spectrum power pack on: May 20, 2007, 03:48:26 PM
Beyond your original question.
Go to

Scroll down to
RECOMMENDATION:  Build a Short Detecting Beeper BEFORE You Start ANY DCC Track Wiring!

2067  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Spectrum power pack on: May 20, 2007, 03:21:32 PM
Use a multimeter. Or connect power pack to a few sections of track and note which way the locomotive runs compared to the Direction switch position.
2068  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: DCC gone amok on: May 20, 2007, 02:10:25 AM
Did you take into consideration Rich wrote,
I then took everything off track, and put on an engine that hadn't previously been on the track, and it took off full tilt, like the diesels.
in making your suggestion for him to try to reset the decoders?
2069  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: DCC gone amok on: May 19, 2007, 10:00:24 PM
Give what Bob suggest a try.

I thought about suggesting it; but, dismissed it as the conditions addressed by such action (disable power source conversion) I would not expect to be there with only one locomotive on the track unless you did something to your layout’s wiring, DCC power booster or added something to the layout, which now interferes with the DCC signal.

Disable the Power Source Conversion by programming a value of 0 to CV 29, Bit 2. Or the easy way, subtract 4 from the value now in CV 29 and program the answer to CV 29.
2070  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: DCC gone amok on: May 19, 2007, 07:16:37 PM
Know the reversed decoder or the way you programmed the locomotives in the consist has nothing to do with the issue you have.

When you turned power on, for a brief moment the power draw is almost equal the sum of the stall draw of all the locomotives on the track plus what is needed to charge the capacitors. The NCE command station should protect itself (maybe it did not) from power draw past its rating if that is what you created.

Without any locomotives on the track short circuit the track. After the command station and any booster you have resets then place a locomotive on track. If it takes off … contact NCE.
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