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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: back up light on the Pacific on: February 20, 2018, 03:57:49 PM
You're welcome, also I like your name.  Cheesy
2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: back up light on the Pacific on: February 20, 2018, 03:47:17 PM
Okay, set CV 8 to 8.  That should reset the loco to factory settings.  (This will also reset its address to 3)

Looking at Soundtraxx' CV list, directional lighting is configured by setting CVs 33 to 1 and 34 to 2. (The default light function output for both directions is 3, which is both lights)

I also use a Power Cab, but removing an engine hasn't been a problem.  I just hit Select Loco and enter a new address.
3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: back up light on the Pacific on: February 20, 2018, 03:09:35 PM
Does the headlight flash as well?  That could be an error code.

Do you have the USRA 'Light' Pacific or the K4 Pacific?
4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Train slows but wont stop on: February 20, 2018, 12:49:28 PM
Let us know if that one performs any better.
5  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Cutting ho ns ez track on: February 18, 2018, 10:29:39 PM
I used to use a razor saw to cut track (The more teeth per inch the better) but now I use a rotary tool.

You can make very straight cuts with the saw, especially if you're able to brace the saw against something like a block of wood.

The rotary tool is far more convenient though if you can afford it, and make sure you have a plastic-compatible cutting wheel after cutting the rails.
6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: DCC locomotive lights respond but locomotive won’t move on: February 18, 2018, 02:20:17 AM
Sounds to me like the controller's knob stopped working.
7  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: “Frog” in turnout on: February 17, 2018, 04:05:08 PM
The frog is the middle section of a turnout where the two inner rails overlap.

Wikipedia says its name comes from part of a horse's hoof that closely resembles the component.
8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Do other companies locomotives run with Bachmann Controllers? on: February 17, 2018, 04:00:12 PM
If your locomotive is DC (Analog) you can control it on address 10 from your EZ Command if I remember correctly.

Just don't let it sit idle if you can help it, the motor can burn out from DCC power if it's not moving.
9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Spectrum Shay Malfunction on: February 17, 2018, 02:47:54 AM
I just looked at NWSL's catalog and it appears they only sell a single gear for the HO Bachmann Shay.  Not a set of them.

I used a NWSL regearing kit for my On30 Railtruck and it was just 3 bevel gears and a small tube of industrial adhesive;  You need to remove the existing gear from its axle and anything in the way (like the wheels) before putting the new gear on, and pray it's on there straight.

I see Bachmann appears to sell most of the driveline in their online store, so you can use that to repair your model.

(And yes there's a search function, it's the middle of five buttons near the top of the forum pages.)

PS:  I wonder if the lube in the shay's trucks dried out over the years and caused too much resistance?
10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: steamer letter removal on: February 17, 2018, 02:22:15 AM
flare,, where did you purchase the "testor's easy lift off for lettering?

I had to get a used one on Ebay, I'm seeing more results on Google Shopping this evening than I did back then.
11  Discussion Boards / On30 / What is the prototype for the 2-6-0? on: February 17, 2018, 12:00:20 AM
I'd like to add a sound decoder to a Hawthorne Village train and I'm hoping Soundtraxx has recordings from the original locomotive.
12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann Turntable on: February 16, 2018, 07:53:50 PM
I don't have a turntable, I'm just guessing here.  But could you install some small magnets to help it align properly at each position?
13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: DO OTHER COMPANIES LOCOMOTIVES RUN WITH BACHMANN CONTROLLERS on: February 16, 2018, 01:35:28 PM
Any HO locomotive will run on HO track, and HO controllers are interchangeable as well.  (Though the method of connecting to the track may be proprietary)

The power transformer is a different issue, try to use the power transformer that's bundled with a controller.
14  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: angle of turnout on: February 15, 2018, 04:17:47 PM
The product page for that turnout says the curved part matches an 18" curve segment.  Placing an 18" curve over my turnout confirms this.

The 18" curve package page says the four segments within make up 1/3 of a circle.

1/3 of a circle is 120 degrees, divide 120 by 4 and that tells us each segment is 30 degrees.  Smiley
15  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Adding to “the general” kit, cont responding to Jonathan on: February 14, 2018, 06:00:54 PM
A simple solution for you may be to get one terminal rerailer with a wire and one 10 foot power extension cable.

You can cut one end off each and splice them together; so it will plug into the other side of your original rerailer, and connect it to the new one on the opposite side of the loop.
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