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1  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Question for Yardmaster re DCC Sound Value 2-8-0 on: July 29, 2018, 08:15:49 PM
Mark, Thank you for the prompt reply and photo of the new model.

2  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Question for Yardmaster re DCC Sound Value 2-8-0 on: July 28, 2018, 08:43:27 PM
My understanding the latest version has a hidden motor, is this correct the motor is no longer visible in the cab? Although it is disappointing the model still does not have an operating front coupler.

3  Discussion Boards / N / Re: k4 4-6-2 and 2-8-4 berk buzz coming from decoder on: December 22, 2017, 08:57:07 AM
I first need to preface my reply by stating I have Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and I'm deaf at the 4300 Hz. hearing range. I can hear sound above and below that range, but not at 4300 Hz. So if your locomotive is making a nose at that range I do not hear it and apologize, but all I hear in your video is the normal Bachmann Sound Value sounds. I hear the constant sound of steam escaping, it's the shhhh or hiss sound that is fairly constant. I also hear the air pump thump thump occasionally. If you press the F8 function key, does the buzz continue or stop? Have you changed any of the CV values? And this may seem like a silly question, but is the throttle set to zero or stop?    
4  Discussion Boards / N / N Scale Bay Window Caboose on: August 06, 2017, 08:32:48 PM
Hello Bach Man, Is there any chance we will see N scale versions of the just announced HO Scale Bay Window cabooses? I'd love to see these cabooses in N scale in the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Jade Green paint scheme along with the P&LE New Image yellow schemes.

Thanks in advance,
Rich S.
5  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Please use the option to silence locos, until user chooses to start sound! on: May 12, 2017, 08:55:48 AM
Hi Group,
    Maybe I'm missing something, but if I press F8 on my Digitrax system, the sound is silenced on my N scale K4. Even when I turn power off, return a few days later plugging the system back in and moving the mode toggle switch to run, the sound is still silenced.  What I have found, if I clear the engine number from my active throttle, but leave the sound off, then remove the engine from the track, when the locomotive is placed back on the rail, the locomotive sound system will be enabled until I re-enter the engine number, then the sound once again is silenced.  I understand the primary point of this post is, folks want the sound to be disabled by default. I just mention this as my experience seems to be different, my Bachmann sound equipped K4 seems to remember the sound is turned off, either that or my Digitrax system remembers I turned the sound off?

Rich S.
6  Discussion Boards / N / Re: GP 40 diesel stops running at crossings on: January 31, 2017, 07:52:31 PM
To add to my problem I just discovered that one of the motor shaft couplers has come off.  I believe I now need to replace the motor.  However the parts store says the GP 40 motors are out of stock and / or discontinued.  I wonder if it possible to solder the coupler back on to the motor shaft?  Otherwise I am open to suggestions.  Hate to lose the engine.  it cost $35 to purchase a new under chassis.  Almost the cost of a new GP 40 diesel. I hope I am making myself clear as to which part is broken. It holds the plastic propeller shaft that connects to the trucks.

You cannot solder plastic, I'd try a small drop of CA (Super Glue) to attach the coupling on the motor shaft. Be careful not to get any glue in the motor or you'll be done. Also as another poster mentioned. make sure the bronze wipers in the truck side frames are properly contacting the frame halves and are not dirty. If one of the bronze wipers (labelled on the drawing as truck pickup shoe) is dirty or not contacting the frame, it will cause your locomotive to stop running at a turnout or crossing.  One more suggestion, do not over tighten the frame screws when putting your locomotive back together, a very light pressure snug is good enough, to much and you'll strip out the plastic screw holder. Hope this helps?
7  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N Scale Train stops working on: December 29, 2016, 02:38:07 PM
When you increase the voltage to the track, does the locomotive run smoothly or is it jerky with the lights turning off and on? Have you tried cleaning the rails with a bright boy or a piece of cloth and 70% Isopropyl Alcohol?

Have you tried cleaning the locomotive wheels as shown in the attached video link?

If your locomotive is still experiencing problems, you'll want to contact the Bachmann Service department

8  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Joiner Codes Workable with Each Other? on: December 15, 2016, 07:48:22 PM
Douglas, Several manufactures make rail joiner's for Code 80 rail. Most state they can be used on both code 55 and code 80 rail. Personally, I always try to stick with joiners that are labelled for the rail type I'm using.

On your existing rail joiners, check to ensure the metal tabs on each end of the joiner is not too long or bent, keeping the rail joiner from completely sliding on the rail. Sometimes if the rail joiner tab is too long, it may contact the tie, causing a gap in the track sections?

Sorry Bach Man, but in my opinion, this is a neatest tool to come down the line in quite a while. It's a tool for adding rail joiners to track sections, no more sore fingers.


9  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Williams by Bachmann Fall 2016 Announcements email on: October 21, 2016, 07:48:58 AM
Hello Bach Man, The Williams by Bachmann Fall 2016 Announcements email I received contains an invalid (Click Here) link. I receive the error message "Server not found" when I try to click on the link in the email.

Thank you in advance for looking into what might have gone wrong with the email.

Kind Regards,
Rich S.
10  Discussion Boards / N / Re: New 2-8-0 I hope on: August 14, 2016, 08:57:03 PM
Rich, nice photos.

Do you have any other photos of your front pilot modifications necessary to get the working front coupler? 

Did you use a MT 1015?

I need to do the same on my two N sale Bachmann Spectrum 2-8-0's.


John Sing
Sarasota, FL

It's been awhile since I did this conversion, but I believe I used a Micro-Trains 1015 assembled coupler. I had to enlarge the opening in the pilot a little and carefully round the back of the 1015 coupler box, to allow the pilot wheels to swing freely.

Sorry for the poor quality of the photo's. I just have a simple point and shoot digital camera, that is not very good a closeups.

Rich S.

11  Discussion Boards / N / New 2-8-0 DCC + Sound Question on: July 14, 2016, 04:30:35 PM
Hi Bachmann, I'm a little confused by the NMRA announcement catalog on your web page. A couple of the New 2-8-0's show a crew member in the cab, indicating a cab interior but the Western Maryland version still shows the motor in the cab. Will the new 2-8-0's with DCC + Sound have a cab interior like the PRR K4 or is the motor still in the cab like the older non DCC version of the locomotive?

Thanks in advance,
Rich S.
12  Discussion Boards / N / Re: FM H16-44 on: June 29, 2016, 11:47:10 AM
Dear Rich,
It's not on the schedule at the moment, but it's a good idea.
I'll bring it up at the next catalogue meeting.
the Bach-man

Thank you and if you are looking for paint schemes, I have a few suggestions

13  Discussion Boards / N / FM H16-44 on: June 24, 2016, 01:35:40 PM
Hello Bach Man,
Is Bachmann planning on re-releasing the N scale FM H16-44? Will the locomotive receive the E-Z Mate couplers?

Thanks in advance for any information you're able to provide.
Rich S.
14  Discussion Boards / N / Re: 2 8 4 berkshire on: March 17, 2016, 10:00:22 AM

I can run mine on 9.75" curves without problem.


Mark, You know what they say, the mind is the second thing to go, I can't remember what the first is?  Cheesy I always forget about your excellent web site. Thank you for the info as I have one section of track that has a 10" radius. I'm off to your website now to read the review. 
15  Discussion Boards / N / Re: 2 8 4 berkshire on: March 17, 2016, 08:30:09 AM
What is the minimum radius for the 2-8-4 Berk?
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