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31  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: My Mogul backdate saga continues on: February 07, 2018, 02:49:22 PM
So much for the 'easy' tank conversion I wanted to do.

Thanks Terry.
32  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: My Mogul backdate saga continues on: February 07, 2018, 12:41:14 PM
That's something I've been wondering about the new 2-6-0s.

Do they run without the tender connected?
33  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: cant read cv on: February 06, 2018, 03:37:43 PM
Perhaps an axle bushing is out of position and causing friction?  I've only had to take apart Porters but I remember those bushings were a pain to get just right.

If that's not the problem don't forget to break it in going in reverse as well as forwards.

And you're welcome.  Smiley
34  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: cant read cv on: February 06, 2018, 01:22:02 AM
A few inches as in one wheel revolution?

Could be the gears or maybe the side rods are binding up.
35  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Adding onto The General starter set on: February 05, 2018, 10:26:59 PM
Depending on how large of a layout you intend to build, the standard controller should be sufficient.

I'm not aware of any controllers that have multiple accessory terminals, but if you need more connections you can use terminal blocks.
36  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: cant read cv on: February 05, 2018, 10:16:46 PM
You didn't mention the decoder, did you transplant it from the original tender to the new chassis?
37  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: steamer letter removal on: February 05, 2018, 02:10:24 PM
I use Testors' "Easy Lift-Off" to unletter my Bachmann products.

Doesn't hurt the underlying plastic nor blackened metal.


I dip a Q-tip in the solution and apply where I want it, let it soak into the lettering for a while, then scrub the letters with the dry end until they break down and absorb into the cotton.
38  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: ez track switch problem on: February 01, 2018, 11:00:46 PM
Does this happen with all your trains or just one locomotive?

The problem could be that the wheels aren't set at the correct width.  You can use a NMRA gauge for your scale to check.
39  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?
40  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: No sound on: January 31, 2018, 12:17:03 PM
Which set did you get?
41  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Curve size on: January 30, 2018, 10:54:13 PM
22" is the radius of a circle of track.
42  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.

http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=487_673_682&products_id=5197
http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/dwg/dwgs/On30%204-4-0%20MODERN__OUTSIDE%20FRAME.TENDER.pdf

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)

http://www.soundtraxx.com/choose/step1.php?s=O-Bachmann


(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 )


43  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.
44  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.

http://jmri.org/help/en/html/apps/DecoderPro/Tour.shtml

https://www.ncedcc.com/online-store/USB-Interface-for-Power-Cab-p38322160
45  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.)
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