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31  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: ez track switch problem on: February 01, 2018, 01:01:22 AM
Is there an obstruction in the frog's flangeway?
32  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: No sound on: January 31, 2018, 12:17:03 PM
Which set did you get?
33  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Curve size on: January 30, 2018, 10:54:13 PM
22" is the radius of a circle of track.
34  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Help adding sound to On30 4-4-0 modern loco on: January 30, 2018, 01:09:47 AM
I've used Trainworld's site a few times, and recently took advantage of their $99.99 On30 2-6-6-2 Articulated special.  Smiley

But as for the 4-4-0 on that site, it appears to be the Outside Frame version but neither Bachmann's store page nor the parts diagram mention a sound option or built-in speaker.

However, the exploded view diagram does appear have designated cutouts for adding a speaker in the tender, so you can install an aftermarket 8-pin decoder with speaker outputs.  (I would also advise Soundtraxx)

(Also, if you want a logging locomotive I would advise getting Bachmann's Heisler.  Mine runs great and doesn't suffer from the gear issues that the Shay and Climax were known for.  It also has a drop-in sound module available and built-in speaker.  Wink )

35  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Condition of NIB locomotive on: January 30, 2018, 12:43:02 AM
I'm sure the experts will be along with their horror stories of corrosion and solidified grease.

I'm not an expert, but I still prefer to lube old locos before running just to be safe.

Wouldn't want to burn out the motor on its trial run.
36  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: HOW TO REVERSE BACHMANN HO S-4 DIESEL DIRECTION SO I CAN RUN 2 BACK TO BACK? on: January 25, 2018, 07:31:59 PM
There is a CV you can change for 'Normal direction of travel'.

You also need to adjust the speed and acceleration rates so both locomotives operate identically in their respective directions.

From there, you just set the two decoders to the same address so they operate in unison.

The 'easy' way to do the programming (in my opinion) is to use the USB adapter made by NCE to connect your layout/programming track to your computer and use the DecoderPro program to change the CVs.  It's pretty much point and click, with the different decoder functions broken down into categories.
37  Discussion Boards / On30 / Adding sound to a Rail Truck? on: January 16, 2018, 04:25:04 PM
I'd like to add sound to my On30 rail truck without changing the stock appearance.

Does anyone have experience doing this?

I see that SoundTraxx's TSU-1100 looks small enough to fit in the decoder box, and version 885004 comes with the Galloping Goose #5 engine and 'awooga' horn files, but if I go that route which speaker should I use and will I need any other accessories like the speaker gasket or can I simply mount the speaker in the box if it will fit?

(I've never added sound to a loco before.)
38  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: What is your locomotive roster? on: January 14, 2018, 07:25:21 PM
My layout is On30

#1:  RGS Railtruck
#2:  0-4-0 Porter
#3:  D&RGW "bumblebee" 2-6-0
#4:  2-truck Heisler
#5:  United Traction streetcar
#6:  2-6-6-2 articulated
#7:  Cleaning car with DCC motor
39  Discussion Boards / On30 / Automatic Whistling in Heisler. on: January 13, 2018, 04:00:14 PM
My Heisler was programmed to whistle automatically when starting to move and stop, but I don't have access to the sheet the guy used to do this.

I like the simplicity of this arrangement, but not the fact that it uses long blasts to signal going forward instead of short toots like it does for reverse and stop.

The long ones sound melancholy to me, is there a way to set forward to two short toots instead of two longs?

40  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Curve Radius Problems for the On30 18 Footers? on: January 07, 2018, 08:20:35 PM
They roll just fine on my 18" curves.
41  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DCC Locomotive on Dc Track on: January 05, 2018, 12:10:50 AM
Could you elaborate on the speed issue?

If you got the loco used, it's possible the speed table was programmed to only go so high and needs to be reprogrammed.

If you meant that the loco dioesn't respond until the controller is is set to half speed that could be because dual-mode DCC decoders don't 'wake up' until a few volts are applied.

Perhaps cleaning the rails would reduce the electrical resistance and give you a lower starting voltage from the controller?
42  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DCC Controller Configuration on: January 03, 2018, 04:56:36 PM
No, to increase the available amperage to a DCC layout you need what's called a 'booster'.

Bachmann sells one that's compatible with E-Z Command here:

With that connected you can run up to 12 locomotives at once.
43  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: figure 8 on: January 01, 2018, 01:48:16 PM
You can use multiple power feeders, but I don't think that's the problem.

Have you verified that power is getting to the rails with a multimeter or checked for shorts?
44  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Heisler sound on: December 30, 2017, 03:27:52 PM
I don't know why they didn't set the back up light to only come on when backing up. If I solder mine to fix it, then I'll have to mess with changing the code. Sad

I'm guessing it's because the factory light style looks like a kerosene model, it would be inconvenient for the crew to extinguish one lamp and light the other when changing direction.
45  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Program Sterns Heisler 2 truck steam loco for directional lighting on: December 30, 2017, 03:25:10 PM
You want to program CV 33 to 1 and CV 34 to 2.

The default for both is 3, which activates front and rear together.

Here's the CV list for the On30 Heisler:
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