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496  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: GP 40 can sound be added on: April 25, 2012, 02:47:07 PM
I should have stated that if a speaker will fit in the hole under the fule tank be sure and replace the fuel tank cover. I agree with the magnet attrackting metal. Joe
497  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: GP 40 can sound be added on: April 25, 2012, 02:06:06 PM
Pull off the fuel tank and see if there is space for a small speaker there. There might be a small square or rectangle hole there that could be milled out
498  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Synchronising chuff rate, (SDH164D) on: April 24, 2012, 06:26:56 PM
Model Railroader did a review of this decoder in the Sept.2010 issue I think. The review talked about the chuff rate as I recall. If you have back issues look in this one. One of the cv's you list has to do with the type of loco: Shay, Climax etc. This needs to be set to the 1 to 1 setting for a normal type. The other one is detemined by wheel diameter and I can't remember the formula. Try the Digitrax web site. The have a FAQ section that might have some thing listed. Joe
499  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Back to Back Shorts on: April 23, 2012, 12:06:00 PM
Did you check the guage of the wheels? Also what size of turn out? IE #4,5,6,8. How many axles on the truck. Did you try turning the loco around and see if it shorts out that way as well?
500  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Balsa Concrete on: April 20, 2012, 06:29:12 PM
Cut sevral lengths of balsa wider than the idth of rail. Figure out how long to make them. Put the wood on top of the rali and gently pound each side on top of the rail. This will leave an impression in the wood to use as a guide to cut the wood to shape. Trin a little at a time to get it to fit between the rails.  Joe.
501  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: F40 DCC Ready Boards on: April 18, 2012, 05:51:01 PM
If you want ditch lights you need a DCC decoder with this type of function. Does the board have an 8 pin or 9pin recepter or both. DCC ready means you can attach a DCC decoder with out having to hard wire one.Digitrax lists their decoders as FX3 or FX4.This says how many light functions you can set up.   
502  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Alco RS-3 Diesel Locomotive on: April 17, 2012, 02:09:07 PM
Soundtraxx decoder # 827104. I believe this is a hard wired decoder. You will need an adapter for it. The adapter has an 8 pin plug on one end and a 9 pin on the other. Also a good 28mm speaker is needed. I get decoders from Accu-lites as they have discount prices. On the end has the wires coming out  of the decoder to wire iit in. This has a 9pin plug that plugs into the decoder. This plug must be CAREFUULY removed and replaced with the adapter. Then it can be plugged into the board on the RS3. Digitrax makes these adapters: DHWHP and DHWHPS. The PS has a shot lengt of wire. Hoe this helps. Joe
503  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann Dynamis Issue on: April 17, 2012, 09:48:59 AM
I think you may have to add a DCC decoder to this loco to run on DCC. Try going to the websight of BLI. The instuctions that came with the loco might have the answer as well. Joe
504  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Alco RS-3 Diesel Locomotive on: April 17, 2012, 09:45:34 AM
I have 2 Athearn RS3's with MRC sound decoders in them. I've had not had any problems with them. I have 2 with Soundtraxx decoders-one factory one I installed. I would go with the Soundtraxx one my self, but a newbie might have problems with the instalation vif you go with the board style as the old board has to come out and the new one installed,plus does the Bachmann RS3 use LEDS for the headlights? Then you have to install resisters if you go with the board replacement or go with a decoder with 8pin harness and not have to deal with resisters. Then all you do is take out the old decoder and plur in hte new one. Don't forget to get a 28mm speaker!.  Joe.
505  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Alco RS-3 Diesel Locomotive on: April 16, 2012, 04:55:56 PM
There are several ways to go about this. The easiest and least expensive is to buy an MRC sound decoder with an Alco 244 engine sound sceme. They just came out with a new line of decoders priced around $65.00. Check their web sight for part #1614. The other is to get a Soundtraxx board decoder to replace the one that came in the loco. This is more expensive. Either way, you need a 28mm speaker that should fit in the hole in the fuel tank. The MRC decoder has an 8 pin harness theat will plug into the PC board on the RS  . Take out the decoder thats installed from the factory and replce it with this one. Make sure there is room inside for the capacitor to fit.  Joe
506  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: E-Z Command Control on: April 16, 2012, 04:47:55 PM
Repower up the system with nothing on the track like sugested. Put one loco on the track you know wont caust the unit to flash it's lights. If this works you unit is fine. Check the tender wheels on the loco that caused the short. These should have wipers on them. One side of each axle is insulated. Make sure the insulated wheels are on same side per truck and that the two trucks don't have the insulated axlws on both side. IE the forward truck should have the insulated wheels  on the left side as you look at it. The back truck should have the insulated wheels on the right side. If not this will cause a short.
507  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 2-8-0 Consolidation / Digitrax SDH164D Question on: April 10, 2012, 05:18:23 PM
One more thing if you decide on the digitrax decoder,the sdn144ps I think that's the decoder #, has the 8 pin harness attached to it. It's listed for n guage but will work in ho. Same sound scemes as the sdh165d.
508  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 2-8-0 Consolidation / Digitrax SDH164D Question on: April 10, 2012, 02:56:34 PM
I bought soundtraxx decoders in the past from Acculites( They have discount prices and good service. On programming decoders, post the town or city you live and ask for help from some one close by. I use a digitrax dcc system and bought their PR3 programmer. This can be hooked up to a computer with decoder pro down loaded to it and be used to program decoders. This would be a good way to program decoders with out buying a new system. Joe
509  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 2-8-0 Consolidation / Digitrax SDH164D Question on: April 10, 2012, 02:16:41 PM
The digitrax decoder is a lot less than the soundtraxx one, but it has/ had some problems: low sound levels, slowing the loco down when the horn/whistle is blown. To program any cv's you need a more advanced DCC system than the basic EZ Command. I have one of these in a Connie and am saving up to buy a soundtraxx. Joe
510  Discussion Boards / HO / GP7 body on: March 28, 2012, 05:34:24 PM
Dear Yardmaster, does Bachmann have any undecorated bodies for the GP7 or GP9 available?  Thanks.
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