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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann S2, DCC ready on: November 22, 2017, 11:52:57 PM
http://www.digitrax.com/products/mobile-decoders/dh165ip/

http://www.digitrax.com/products/mobile-decoders/dz126t/
2  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: How to wire a layout on: November 22, 2017, 11:47:44 PM
Is this all going to be E-Z Track?

Replace some of the 9" straights and 18 degree curves with terminal rerailers.  You can wire them all to your speed controller to avoid losing power over the great lengths of rail.

You may need some extension wires as well, Bachmann sells them in 10-foot lengths.
3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann S2, DCC ready on: November 22, 2017, 11:41:29 PM
I am looking to use the  DH165IP  chip or a z scale chip that fits.  I will let you know after I get a chip that works.

The DZ126T is Z scale.  Wink
4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann S2, DCC ready on: November 22, 2017, 11:36:23 PM
Digitrax makes a VERY small decoder with long wires called the DZ126T, I used it in a loco with almost no room inside and it works wonderfully.

Doesn't have an 8-pin plug though, but you can take one from another decoder if you have to.

They also have a decoder model called the DH165IP which is a small circuit board that plugs directly into the loco's decoder socket.
5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann S2, DCC ready on: November 22, 2017, 10:52:50 PM
I don't have that model, but looking at its diagram it appears to have an 8-pin socket for a decoder.

Can you confirm that and tell us how much space is available inside the shell?
6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Flex Track Radius on: November 22, 2017, 05:58:24 PM
What are you going to run?  An 0-2-0? 😱😮😂😂

I've actually seen those, with a rigid coupling to the tender.  Tongue
7  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Flex Track Radius on: November 21, 2017, 04:28:07 PM
Flex track will make extremely tight turns - 5" radius or less, which is tighter than 99% of models will be able to go around.

4-wheel locos can be entertaining on those:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPou78TrVlU
8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: HELP! DCC loco gone crazy! on: November 21, 2017, 04:24:13 PM
Two things come to mind.

You can replace the decoder, or if it's new loco you can ask if the warranty covers this.
9  Discussion Boards / E-Z App / Re: New to E-Z App on: November 21, 2017, 02:19:11 AM
I've had no trouble using these on my layouts.

https://www.trainworld.com/manufacturers/mrc/railpower-1300-aa300/

Buying used ones online is kind of iffy.  Most of the 'bargains' on Ebay are untested or pretty old.

10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: More power? on: November 20, 2017, 07:51:43 PM
Do the tender/cars have too much resistance in their wheels?

I had that problem with a set of cars I bought once.  Replacing the wheels made them roll better.


Another thing that may help is cleaning the rails, even new ones can have oxide buildup on them.  (rubbing alcohol on a lint-free cloth will work in a pinch if you don't have track/wheel cleaning fluid)


If the cars roll freely and cleaning the track doesn't help, perhaps your layout is a bit too long and it's losing power.  Using a second terminal rerailer on the opposite side of the layout might do the trick, Bachmann makes a 10-foot extension cable so you can connect both terminal tracks to your speed controller.

http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=879_604_782_784&products_id=2515
11  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: What decoder does the 2-6-6-2 articulated use? on: November 19, 2017, 09:02:46 PM
Maybe it needs a bit of lubrication?


Not a bad idea, but the gear covers on the underside don't want to come off.

How do I get at them without breaking something?
12  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: What decoder does the 2-6-6-2 articulated use? on: November 19, 2017, 03:03:30 PM
Well I've tried swapping the decoder with a 44915 2-function from one of my rail trucks, but it's still not letting me adjust the starting voltage.

I've even tried reprogramming CV 2 directly, and that's not helping either:  It still doesn't budge until the 8th speed step.


Is this a limitation of the loco or am I missing something?
13  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / E-Z Command Decoder 44915, 2 or 4 functions? on: November 18, 2017, 08:29:10 PM
I'm trying to program a locomotive with this decoder in DecoderPro, but I don't know which version of Bachmann decoder to select.

"Read type from decoder" says it's either a 2 or 4 function model.
14  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: HELP! DCC loco gone crazy! on: November 18, 2017, 02:04:03 PM
Try resetting the decoder to factory settings.

On Bachmann locos this usually means changing CV 8 to 8.

If you don't have stationary rollers, make a loop of track to hold the loco.
15  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: E-Z Command Controller on: November 17, 2017, 10:58:20 PM
You can use a voltmeter on the power supply's plug to make sure it's functioning within specifications.
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