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2071  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Don't want to clean track? on: March 04, 2007, 06:42:27 PM
Define close. Wink
Use the time frame with which you are comfortable.  Grin
2072  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: dc & dcc controler match on: March 04, 2007, 04:07:49 PM
You can use a Bachmann Item #44212 power pack with the E-Z Command Control Center but not your MRC.

2073  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Stan Ames was RIGHT!! on: March 04, 2007, 03:55:29 PM
I think wiser heads will wait and see how the idea measures up under controlled conditions with testing done by truly independent users, and not the "silent" partner to a wife who is the Lenz importer.  Wink
Tony seeing this is Jim Banner's Topic some could be misled with your statement I quoted.

Does not Jim Banner qualify to you as a truly independent user? If not, why not?
2074  Discussion Boards / Large / Don't want to clean track? on: March 04, 2007, 02:57:17 PM
Don't want to clean track ----- then compare  CVP Products’  AirWire900 http://www.cvpusa.com/airwire900_system_info.php using their T9000 wireless throttle to the other control systems available for large scale model trains. Do take the time to download and read the manual for the T9000 wireless throttle.

Note --- I do not have any affiliation with CVP, Bachmann, Tony Walsham’s Remote Control Systems or any command control or decoder manufacturer, distributor or retailer.

Tony Walsham are you getting close to offering a product that takes advantage of DCC features in your product line?
2075  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: dc & dcc controler match on: March 03, 2007, 06:47:36 PM
No --- you must use the power unit that comes with the E-Z Command system.

You can use the MRC Tech4 to power a turnout switch motor or other layout accessories on your layout but NOT to power the E-Z Command Control Center.
2076  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Relevant product information on: March 03, 2007, 02:14:04 AM
The exchange of information, assumes and belittling in several of the threads... 

I have a different point of view than some. It does not matter to me which control system one uses...   DC, battery with R/C,  DCC or a combination (yes, there is a command control system using wireless throttle, battery on board power and DCC powered by battery). However I, as I believe some contributors to this board, would desire a decision about the control system one uses be made on facts and not misinformation or misperceptions.

An involved model railroader, of any scale, can make decisions about what they want and are willing to pay for their railroads; but, only when relevant product information is readily available.

I informed Bach-man on several occasions, starting when I was given a head up Bachmann was going to use DCC in products, that DCC does not fit the Bachmann Business Model as I understand it. Because of the business model there a lack of relevant product information.
2077  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann UP 4-8-4 DCC install on: March 02, 2007, 08:07:41 PM
You may be thinking of Mike O.
Last I recall he no longer has a website.

Here is what is required if you have a Bachmann Plus line model.
http://www.wiringfordcc.com/hbdalite.htm

$300... I surmise the fellow is telling you he does not want to do the installation.
2078  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: EZ Command on: March 02, 2007, 07:05:51 PM
If you have a sound decoder, the E-Z Command will turn  on/off the sound assigned to Functions F1 thru F8. Likely F10 will turn on/off the headlight.
2079  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: wiring a wye turnaround on: March 01, 2007, 02:39:43 AM
Jim’s info is to the point.

The following link may help out should you have more questions. BUT it has details and information beyond the scope of your question and the content possibly information overkill.

http://www.wiringfordcc.com/track_2.htm
Scroll down to REVERSING.
It is about half way down the web page.
2080  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: glue or screw? on: March 01, 2007, 02:14:01 AM
Gene,
(Psst -- it is Homasote)  Wink

Sealing the Homasote with in expensive latex flat paint makes it less susceptible to warping caused by moisture.
2081  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bach-man or anyone: DCC install - 0-6-0T question on: February 28, 2007, 12:35:18 AM
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(1)   the motor is already isolated from the frame?
Short answer -- Yes
DCC Ready means  the motor brushes are  isolated from the track power pickups and there is some means to accept the installation of a decoder be it socket, solder pads, wires or something else. For DCC decoder to work power can only reach the motor brushes thru the decoder. Easiest way to isolate the motor brushes is to isolate the motor.

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(2)   The front and rear lights are ready  to work with the DCC chip without adding resistors or changing bulbs, etc.?
Short answer -- Yes
What you are calling a DCC chip is better known as a DCC decoder.

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If so, can I just remove the 2 jumpers from the PCB and solder the appropriate wires from the chip, and be good to go?
Short answer -- Depends on the decoder used
Some decoders require you cut one leg of each capacitor.

Information in the following may help
http://www.digitrax.com/ftp/bachmann060t.pdf but use a DZ123 decoder

http://www.tcsdcc.com/decoderpics/Bachman%200-6-0%20Saddle%20Tank/Bachman_0_6_0_Saddle_Tank.htm
2082  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Possable new board on: February 26, 2007, 02:12:06 AM

"Suggest DCC should not be a Board Name under Scale (Category Name) but on a Category Name level of Command Control with a DCC board under it."

With respect, that is Double-Dutch.

DCC, Digital Command Control, is just one type of Command Control
2083  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re:Possible new board on: February 26, 2007, 01:48:33 AM
Suggest DCC should not be a Board Name under Scale (Category Name) but on a Category Name level of Command Control with a DCC board under it.

In covering this matter offline with the Bach-man just a few days ago, he has based his decision to leave DCC as is, at the Topic Subject level, I believe on a misconception about his workload.
2084  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Clean engine wheels on: February 25, 2007, 06:03:19 PM
* Locomotive wheels *
Cut a Handi Wipes or the like in four inch strips, DO NOT use paper towel. Place one strip across the track and soak the towel part over each rail with about a half capful of Isopropyl Alcohol. Place one truck, for a diesel, on the wet towel and the other truck on the track. Hold the locomotive with one hand and slowly turn up the power pack throttle to spin the wheels. When these wheels are clean, turn the locomotive around and do the other truck. Spin as many wheels as you can at a time for steam locomotive. If wheels very dirty use “Goo Gone” (not recommended for use on rubber traction tires) all-purpose cleaner in place of the alcohol and gauze pad in place of the towel. After wheels are clean then spin wheels on dry towel to remove the cleaner residue. If you are using DCC make an extra effort to remove the cleaner residue. Finish with very, very small amount of conductive contact lube on each metal driving wheel tread and electric pick-up rub points.



Do not clean wheels or track with a heavy abrasive product because it can do as much harm as good. The scratches left in the metal by an abrasive cleaning method provides a place for contamination to accumulate  and makes the next cleaning harder to accomplish and more frequent cleaning required.



 
2085  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Telephone Poles on: February 25, 2007, 02:48:58 AM
If you want to have wires between the poles, consider using Spandex thread. It looks as good as wire and much easier with which to work. Its elastic property will be beneficial when hands or other objects come in contact with the "wires" when they should not.

Yes, you still can have the sag between poles. Attach with ACC. Spandex thread can be painted. It comes in different sizes although the fabric - sewing shop may have to order the size you need for scale.
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