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1  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Turn out set up on: March 06, 2018, 01:34:59 PM
Traditional controllers have AC accessory terminals, but Bachmann has omitted them from their recent controllers for some reason.

A used cheapo controller will work, or you can use a 12v-16v 'wall wart' power supply for your turnouts.
2  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: how to change thr cv for controling speed on a sound equipped engine on: March 02, 2018, 05:55:05 PM
Which loco do you have?
3  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Forney and Shay on: February 26, 2018, 03:57:41 PM
Also, how about a Porter 0-4-0 with a tender?  There are prototypes out there.

Seconded!

Also, do you guys plan to do another run of sound Porters soon?

If not then a separate sale tender with sound (and maybe a backup light) that can be run as a consist would be welcome.

4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: HO Auto reversing trolley suggestion and adding track. on: February 26, 2018, 12:25:25 AM
Any locomotive or trolley that's compatible with DC (analog) control will work, which is just about everything you can buy these days.

As for adding extra track, you DO need to get the special auto-reversing sections because it has extra wiring in the roadbed.  The exception to this rule is if you're running a train as opposed to just a trolley:  You can use traditional E-Z track to hold the cars on one end, but locomotive will not go beyond the reversing sections.
5  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
6  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)


http://www.soundtraxx.com/factory/images/bachmann/pdf/bachmann_ho_462_sv.pdf



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.
7  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?
8  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.
9  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.
10  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.
11  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.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Railroad_switch#Frog_(common_crossing)
12  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.
13  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.

http://estore.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=66_68_92&products_id=1651


(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?
14  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.
15  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.
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