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1  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Peter Witt trolley question on: July 24, 2017, 01:45:30 PM
JP, of Acton MA, USA writes:

There is a  model railroad club in the city of Roslindale MA, called the Bay State Model Railroad Museum (http://bsmrm.org/). This organization features a O scale train / trolley layout. The members involved with the O scale train / trolley layout, could (possibly) do a conversion, for you. Every week, on Wednesday nights, from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, the Bay State Model Railroad Museum has 'public visitation' nights. If you were to visit, during a 'public visitation' nights, you could ask any of the O Trolley folks, if they could do a conversion. Alternately, There is a company, called Q Car Co (http://www.qcarcompany.com/), located in Bangor PA, that could do a conversion.

One of the members of the O Trolley group at the Bay State Model Railroad Museum, is Charles Pitts.
If you are on Facebook, here is a link to his Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/charles.pitts.1694?fref=ufi.
Alternately, you could contact him by E-Mail: czephyr@norwoodlight.com.

Hope this helps.
-JP
2  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Electronic Eunits available on: July 08, 2017, 06:35:25 PM
JP, of Acton MA, USA writes:

Can you post pics of the Electronic E-Units with Sound modules?

Also, does WBB sell the components to convert 'conventional' locos to EZ App?

-JP
3  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Williams Diesel Diecast on: July 02, 2017, 11:08:51 AM
JP of Acton MA, USA writes:

Sounds like, what you are describing, is a Norfolk & Western 4-8-4 J Class steam loco / Tender & Passenger cars, from the early 1990s.
A forum user on here, who goes by 'GovB', has a listing of all sorts of Old vintage Williams catalogs & fliers. the 1990 'Crown Edition' catalog features the loco / tender, as well as the 5 car Aluminum passenger sets, for locos, such as the N&W. Unfortunately, there are no prices included. Maybe you might be able to find folks on E-Bay, selling that particular N&W loco & passenger set, just to get an idea of a "ballpark" price.

Here is the link to his post: http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/board/index.php/topic,33517.0.html

Hope this helps.
-JP
4  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Parts for 60' (Semi Scale) Madison Passenger Cars (or anything else) on: June 22, 2017, 09:09:55 PM
JP, of Acton MA, USA writes:

if you have at least one screw, I believe you can take it to a local hardware store, to find a close match.

Otherwise, look on E-Bay, to see if anyone is selling the particular cars, in question, as 'for parts', that you can use the screws from.

Hope this helps.

-JP
5  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: ATSF EMD FP45 #110 Diesel Locomotive Non-powered on: June 15, 2017, 09:47:20 PM
JP, of Acton MA, USA writes,
My best advice, would be to do a google search, for anyone selling a non-powered unit. Perhaps an E-Bay search would work as well. Often, E-Bay sellers would indicate the item number, of the item they are selling, and the year the item was produced. My best guess, is the FP45s were produced, in the late 1990s - Early 2000s. I have a powered Santa Fe red / silver Warbonnet FP45, and it still runs, as it should.
Hope this helps.
-JP
6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann 'Plus' Norfolk and Western 4-8-4 loco on: June 06, 2017, 10:47:24 PM
JP of Acton MA, USA writes:
Len & Jonathan,
Thanks for the link to the instructions for the N&W J loco, and Thanks for the link to what decoder would work. I was actually looking for an NCE 8 pin 'plug in' Decoder, though, so any info about what NCE brand decoder, would work, would be much appreciated. -JP
7  Discussion Boards / HO / Bachmann 'Plus' Norfolk and Western 4-8-4 loco on: June 05, 2017, 07:46:49 PM
JP of Acton MA, USA writes,

I have a Bachmann 'Plus' Norfolk and Western J 4-8-4 loco (item number 11316). Its an earlier model from the late 1990's or very early 2000's. I have misplaced the instructions. Would anyone who owns this particular loco, be able to provide a scan of the instructions? The loco has been in its box, but only run once or twice at most, and was never disassembled, for maintenance. The Instructions would tell me what screws to remove, and how the shell comes off, etc.

Also any recommendations on what DCC decoder would work? Currently the loco is 'conventional control', but has an NMRA 8 pin DCC 'receptacle' for connecting a decoder.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks.
-JP
8  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Alco PA parts on: May 25, 2017, 09:14:46 PM
JP, of Acton MA, USA writes,
I believe that the reason for the Alco PA parts being sold out, is because Williams by Bachmann does not have Alco PA's, as part of their current roster of diesel locomotives. If Williams by Bachmann were to do another production run of the Alco PA's, I'm sure that spare parts would be available for them. My best suggestion, depending on the part(s) you need, is to look on E-Bay, to see if anyone is selling a Williams Alco PA, that is only good for parts. Hope this helps.

(I'm not an employee of Williams by Bachmann, and I am not affiliated / associated with Williams by Bachmann, in any way)
-JP
9  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: New True Blast II Sound Board on: May 06, 2017, 06:48:29 PM
JP, of Acton MA, USA writes:
check the polarity of the wires connected between the controller, and the track. Other than that, inspect the wiring of the E-Unit (reverse board), and the wiring of the sound board. Make sure there are no loose or disconnected wires.
If a wiring diagram was included with your electronics, check that the correct wires were connected to the correct terminals.
If this does not solve the issue in question, I would suggest sending the loco to Williams by Bachmann.
Chances are, that the sound board might be faulty, if the sounds only play, while the loco is in neutral, and not while the loco is is in motion.
Hope this helps.
-JP 
10  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: HAVE TWO ENGINES THAT WILL ONLY RUN IN REVERSE on: April 09, 2017, 11:50:41 AM
JP, of Acton MA, USA writes:

Remove the shells of the locos, look at the internal wiring and the electronics. Check for any loose or disconnected wires, and check for any problems with the electronics.
Williams by Bachmann does sell replacement electronic reverse boards (E-Units), so if the problem is with the reverse board, then you might need to replace it.

Hope this helps.
-JP
11  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Identifying colored wires used in lights on GP-30 on: March 02, 2017, 09:04:33 PM
JP, of Acton MA, USA writes:
If black is ground, and red is track power, the blue and yellow wires, are likely connected to the lights (probably)
Without seeing pics, or having a GP30, of my own, I can only speculate. Perhaps 3 Rail or the 'Bach Man', might be able to
more accurately answer your question.
-JP
12  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Williams/AMT F-unit on: January 30, 2017, 11:12:19 PM
Ok.
Try changing the polarity, either at the horn circuit board, the track, or the controller. See if any of those, will remedy the horn problem.
Also check for any wires that might be loose, pinched, or not connected, as that will cause intermittent operation, or no operation at all.

-JP
13  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Williams/AMT F-unit on: January 30, 2017, 10:45:25 PM
JP of Acton MA, USA writes -

Does your loco have a mechanical horn relay unit (as in postwar trains) or does your loco have an electronic horn unit?
Sounds like it might be a polarity problem., so changing the polarity might be a solution.

Alternately, you can sen your loco to the WBB service dep't. They might be able to diagnose the issue and fix the problem with your loco.

Hope this helps.
-JP
14  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Berkshire 2-8-4 Locomotive on: January 02, 2017, 01:48:09 PM
JP, of Acton MA, USA writes:
Usually, the motor of the loco is housed under the shell, so removal of the shell is necessary.
Once the shell is off, there should be some sort of motor mount, held in place by screws, that secure the motor to the frame.
Removal of the motor mount screws should make it possible to remove the motor, in order to grease the helical gear (known as a 'worm' gear)
Hope this helps. Perhaps some pics of your loco, might be helpful, as well.
-JP   
15  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: sound activation on: September 20, 2016, 09:28:43 PM
Hi There.
While I don't own a Lionel Sound Activation Button, you would have to do Trial / Error, to see if that would work.
The other option, would be to connect a Double Pole - Double Throw toggle switch, which would change the polarity, and therefore change which sounds the engine makes.
Hope this helps.
-JP
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