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31  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann southern 722 280 green on: August 03, 2017, 08:58:43 PM
If it's the same model available in Bachmann's online store, it has a dual-mode decoder.  (Meaning it will run in DCC or analog mode)

It's possible that the person who had it before you changed the default address, in which case you'll have to reset the decoder to get the factory address of 03.
32  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: HO number 4 switches on: August 02, 2017, 05:33:50 PM
Yes you can.

But if your layout can support it, I would use the #6 crossover instead:  The turnout curves are gentler and will support larger rigid wheelbases.
33  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: E-Z track auto reversing track system on: August 02, 2017, 05:29:41 PM
The two standard tracks are included to catch the trolley at each end and prevent it from crashing into the bumpers.  You can add regular tracks to the ends to hold a longer train, but the locomotive won't go beyond the reversing tracks.
34  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: E-Z track auto reversing track system on: August 02, 2017, 04:51:00 PM
Yes you do, they have additional wiring under the rails.
35  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Sound board pinout? on: August 01, 2017, 09:27:08 PM

What keep alive did you purchase?

Somewhat new On30 member here, I would sure appreciate a report back on how your new components did once you have them installed and working for a while.

Thank you,

I ordered the KA3 version;  It seemed to be the best candidate after measuring the available space in the Heisler's bunker with the sound module installed.

I'll gladly post my results if I don't fry the loco in the process.
36  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Sound value engines sensitivity on: August 01, 2017, 12:15:08 AM
Sound Value locomotives have DCC decoders with an analog compatibility mode.  All DCC decoders are more sensitive to dirty track than analog locomotives.

If you're using track with steel rails you might want to consider switching to nickle-silver ones.  NS rails still oxidize, but unlike rust it's still conductive and easier to remove.

Another thing you can do to extend your maintenance schedule is use only metal wheels, plastic ones will leave a residue.

37  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Sound board pinout? on: July 31, 2017, 09:20:54 PM
The Keep Alive I ordered should arrive by the end of the week, I'll let you know how it works.
38  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: connection of switches to power on: July 31, 2017, 09:17:26 PM
You can use an analog controller's accessory terminals to power the turnouts.  (They're really cheap if you go to a model train store that sells used equipment)

Or like Len suggested, you can splice the power cable of a 'wall-wart' power adapter to the control switches that the green wires plug into.

Bachmann also makes turnouts with DCC decoders in them if you're using E-Z Track.
39  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Feeder wires on: July 30, 2017, 07:45:37 PM
Ideally, every rail on the layout should have its own feeder.  Even E-Z Track suffers from voltage drop and the joiners can loosen.

But for those of us who can't afford to make an E-Z Track layout from only terminal rerailers, let's just say 'The more the better'.

I placed them every 3-5 feet on my layout.  Works much more reliably than when my controller was powering 70 feet of track from a single feeder.
40  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Sound board pinout? on: July 30, 2017, 01:07:26 AM
Okay, I bought a multimeter and compared the pinout to the NMRA M21TC connector.

The ground pin is in the same position, but the +12v doesn't seem to be.

Of course after REMOVING the sound board I saw that the back has two through-holes lined with copper marked "+V" and a ground symbol;  Touching the meter's leads to these show I can solder the Keep Alive to them.

Thanks for your help, DB.  Cheesy
41  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: spectrum rail truck G scale. on: July 28, 2017, 10:51:18 PM
I'm saying that the disassembly procedure may be different.
42  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: spectrum rail truck G scale. on: July 28, 2017, 09:55:24 PM
Those instructions are for the On30 scale rail truck...
43  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: turnouts short my track? on: July 28, 2017, 09:49:20 PM
These 'dogbones', could they also be called a 'reverse loop'?  (As in a section of track that allows the train to return to the mainline in the other direction?)

My layout is like that, but with 2-rail systems you need to electrically isolate the loop to prevent the mainline from shorting out.

I found that the easiest way to automate the process is to have a DCC layout with a 'reverse loop module' on each end.  Bachmann makes the modules and gapped sections of E-Z Track with terminal connectors in HO scale.
44  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Can Bachmann DCC locos be programmed on the main? on: July 28, 2017, 09:41:18 PM
I always use 'on the main' mode to program my locos.  (Most have Bachmann decoders)

But to be safe I connect my controller to a dedicated track on my workbench for programming/testing, or remove the other locomotives from the layout before entering programming mode.
45  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Sound board pinout? on: July 28, 2017, 09:32:59 PM
Nope.  I don't want to risk jumping the wrong pins and ruining it.
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