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31  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: swapping shells on: September 13, 2016, 10:02:52 PM
Yes. The frames are the same.  Joe
32  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: New locomotive noisy? on: August 08, 2016, 10:19:27 PM
Read this.  Joe
http://www.mcor-nmra.org/Publications/Articles/Athearn_TuneUp.php
33  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: atlas shell on a bachmann chasis on: June 18, 2016, 11:14:37 PM
The Athearn body should fit with modifications to the B"Man frame : the weight on the ends will need to be cut back at least an 1/8 ", the front and rear pilots between the steps are closed on the B Man unit and open on the Athearn unit. The Athearn unit has a piece that goes under the couple pocket to fill the hole.  Look at the photos to see what I'm talking about.  Joe
 
http://www.athearn.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdID=ATH96851

http://estore.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=popup_image&pID=6390
34  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 2-6-0 Decoder on: May 17, 2016, 03:51:24 PM
http://estore.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=popup_image&pID=5630
Remove the tender shell. This board should be visible. In the center is a rectangular plug with 2 holes diagonal from each other. On top and bottom are solder that look like a L and 7. Remove this plug. A sound decoder with an 8 pin plug will now go there. There is room for a speaker in the bottom of the tender. Soundtraxx and others make sound decoders. Choose the correct sound file for the loco. . Make sure to plug in decoder correct way.Pin 1 is the orange wire. The plug will have a 1 or dot where pin 1 goes. Here is the schematic of the loco and tender.   Joe 
http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/dwg/dwgs/HO_260_DCC_ready.pdf
35  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Help with a Bachmann SD40-2 on: May 16, 2016, 09:25:52 PM
You could look for piano wire that would fit inside the gear and cut to fit. Or buy a new truck.  Joe
36  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: DCC Decoder with Sound on: May 03, 2016, 09:08:17 AM
The new Ecnomi board style is the way I would go. Replace the PC board in there now with it. Also look to add a current keeper to it as well. Part number 810140. Joe

http://www.soundtraxx.com/dsd/econami/ecopnp.php

Although for a GP9 this will give you an idea on how to install a decoder.
http://www.soundtraxx.com/documents/appnotes/bachmann_gp7.pdf
37  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: DCC Decoder with Sound on: May 02, 2016, 04:47:01 PM
What brand of loco? Is it DCC friendly? IE motor isolated from frame?  Joe
38  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Walk Around Companion on: April 29, 2016, 09:40:59 AM
I have a walk around companion, 2 plug in ports and the cables. If interested, reply and I will contact you by PM .  Joe
39  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 12 Volts on: April 22, 2016, 08:58:57 AM
What system? Some have settings for N,HO, and O scales which will put out different voltages.  Joe
40  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: No Lights on Heavy 4-8-2 with factory DCC and Sound on: April 19, 2016, 10:09:59 PM
Make sure the 0 is on the Zypher display when you push the F0 button. Is F7 on? This is a dimming function for the lights. Look at the headlight with the direction set to forward. Any light? Then try reverse. Any light? If the headlight comes on in reverse, you need to change the value in CV29. Read CV29, if it's an even number subtract 1,if odd add 1 to the value. The other thing would be to remove the tender shell and find the board with the lights wires to it and check for voltage with the loco on the tracks and F0 on.   http://estore.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=popup_image&pID=1100
  Joe
41  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: No Lights on Heavy 4-8-2 with factory DCC and Sound on: April 15, 2016, 10:51:13 PM
 Make sure the wire harnesses from the loco to the tender are both in tight. If they are you may need to remove the tender shell and check the wires to the decoder.  Joe
42  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Converting old split frame diesels. on: April 15, 2016, 03:41:29 PM
http://estore.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=popup_image&pID=1283
how about the above or buy a frame w motor
http://estore.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=popup_image&pID=5930
Joe
43  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Converting old split frame diesels. on: April 13, 2016, 02:27:10 PM
http://estore.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=66_68_183&products_id=1267

Will this work?   Joe
44  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Keep Alive in Bachmann Sound Value Alco S4 on: April 12, 2016, 10:04:04 PM
 Contact Soundtraxx for help. I believe this decoder has a cap on it already and might bot be suited for an add on.  Joe
45  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: How to find info on Dc to Dcc conversion on: April 12, 2016, 10:01:10 PM
 Bachmann makes 3 styles of GP40 locos: DC ,DCC ready and DCC soundvalue. On DCC ready, there is an 8 pin plug on the PC board for a decoder. Take the shell off and see what it looks like inside. It should have a PC board with 6 wires: 2 for the motor,2 for the front truck, and 2 for the rear truck. If it does, NCE makes a good decoder for Bachmann loco's. The train set loco proably has light bulbs. The NCE decoder is for LED's. If you go thet route, buy some 3mm leds.  Joe
go here:  https://ncedcc.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/200945019-BACH-DSL
 down load the install manual. 
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