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331  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Reverse Loop Module on: July 24, 2016, 04:05:35 PM
I use terminal rerailers to connect the module to the loop and a hobby saw to isolate the rails.

I find that it helps to cut rail-sized styrene strips and place them in the gaps to prevent the rails from creeping back together.
332  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: converting horn hook couplers to knuckle couplers. on: July 11, 2016, 03:11:32 PM
In most cases it's as simple as unscrewing the coupler pocket and swapping the horn hooks for knuckles.

Bachmann sells knuckle couplers, but the company Kadee specializes in them and has an extensive listing of what couplers fit which brands of locomotives and rolling stock: http://www.kadee.com/conv/hocc.htm
333  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: bachman ez track on: July 07, 2016, 02:01:18 PM
Aside from the track, you will need a DCC controller and DCC locomotives.  Possibly a DCC booster as well depending on whether or not the locomotives are sound-equipped, the length of the trains they pull, and any grades your layout may have.

Since you want to use DCC control you aren't required use gaps or block control on any of the track.  Some still prefer it though.


If you can afford them, Bachmann also makes DCC-controlled crossovers and turnouts that you can operate from the controller without the need for wiring up additional switchboxes.

334  Discussion Boards / E-Z App / Re: Reversing loops with EZ app on: July 05, 2016, 10:11:27 PM
How do you plan to power your track?

E-Z App locomotives can run on either DC or DCC;  I haven't come across any pre-built DC reverse loop modules, so you'll probably have to build your own.  (Plenty of instructions available online)

Reverse loop modules are commercially available for DCC operation, but it's more expensive than a DC layout would be.
335  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EZ Track Tack Down on: July 05, 2016, 02:39:43 PM
I've heard that double-sided carpet tape works well for securing E-Z Track to flat surfaces.
336  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Wiring codes on Bachmann boards: (R, M+, L-, B+, L+, B-, M-, L) on: June 30, 2016, 06:39:18 PM
The boards are marked differently depending on which model you have.

Which locomotive are you working on?
337  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Help on: June 30, 2016, 06:33:34 PM
Perhaps they aren't getting enough power.  Are you using a large layout with a single power feed?

Or perhaps too many locos/lighted cars?

Which controller are you using?
338  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Favorite Train? on: June 29, 2016, 10:58:06 PM
My favorite locos are "cute" 4-wheel steamers like the Antelope and Western #1 and ERM&L "Falk" #1.






339  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: coupler questions from the newbie on: June 28, 2016, 07:37:59 PM
Kadee brand couplers should be inter-compatible with the rest of your stock.

You didn't mention which Amtrack cars you have, but Kadee's compatibility chart mentions a few Con-Cor ones that might be yours:

http://www.kadee.com/conv/hocc_con-cor.htm
340  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Need transformer advice on: June 26, 2016, 10:38:59 PM
Does your layout include a way for the train to change direction such as a reverse loop?

That would cause a short circuit if the rails aren't gapped.
341  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Ez Command DCC on: June 26, 2016, 10:36:48 PM
or.....

leave the block control wiring in place and connect the ez command in place of one of the power packs, assuming you are using true block control. this would have the advantage of allowing you to use the block switches to turn off one of the tracks when not in use. ez command has very limited current capacity, and dcc locomotives draw current from the system even when not running. the ability to turn off power to one or more of the locomotives lessens the load on the system, which is particularly useful when running high current draw locomotives (such as ones with a sound decoder) on a system of such limited capacity.

if you have each power pack connected directly to a separate track without block control switches, you will have to connect each loop separately to the ez command.



I had a feeling you'd say something like that...


As I said, DCC eliminates the NEED for block control, but some still prefer it.

If you're using DCC to simplify control, Bachmann does make a booster in case you find yourself needing more power;  Though with your layout I doubt you'll have more than two trains at a time?

I can run two non-sound trains on my layout just fine without a booster.
342  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Ez Command DCC on: June 26, 2016, 02:06:24 PM
Assuming your layout looks something like this:



Using a single DCC controller will eliminate the need for block control.  Connect all the power feeders to the same DCC track output and it will work.
343  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: On30 DCC on board porter - circuit board pinout? on: June 25, 2016, 11:05:29 PM
I'm making a tender with a reversing light and extra power pickup for my Porter, and came to the same conclusion as you.

I believe the decoder in question is a standard Bachmann dual-mode model (DC and DCC) and examining the electrical pathways of the board between it and the loco (the one you uploaded) shows that the directional LED wires do indeed get combined.
344  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Dismantling EZ track on: June 20, 2016, 05:27:11 PM
You would still need to open the remaining tracks about half an inch to slide the joiners into place...

Perhaps that could be accomplished by lifting the adjacent pieces at an angle?
345  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Dismantling EZ track on: June 20, 2016, 03:33:50 PM
My E-Z track isn't secured in place, but I imagine you're 'on the right track'. Tongue

If you want to remove the section with minimal disturbance to its neighbors, perhaps you could try cutting a chunk out of the middle of the section then removing the end pieces.
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