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406  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bridges with E-Z Track on: December 17, 2015, 06:20:35 PM
Do you mean the graduated piers Bachmann sells?
407  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Recommendation for new Locomotive on: December 16, 2015, 04:57:27 PM
train around the Christmas tree; I love it!
I am somewhat new to rr modeling myself.....but one thought I had was to buy a locomotive that is DCC ready where you could add a DCC decoder later when you are ready to move to DCC and buy a DCC controller.

Seconded;  DCC is expensive and meant for simplifying control of multiple trains on a large layout.  Unless you plan to upgrade your tree loop to something complex, DCC equipment is unnecessary.

I would put the money toward a smoking model instead.
408  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Consolidation 2-8-0 not moving on track on: December 15, 2015, 08:35:20 PM
The seller of this locomotive claims it "ran like a champ" for him before he listed it, so I don't know what to think here.

Perhaps a long time passed between running and listing?
409  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Consolidation 2-8-0 not moving on track on: December 15, 2015, 08:01:35 PM
Did you try lubricating the motor and gears?  Perhaps the oil/grease dried up and now it's seized.
410  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: SKARLOEY IS IN STOCK on: December 15, 2015, 06:49:20 PM
HOn30 is HO scale equipment running on N gauge track.

Track made specifically for HOn30 has larger ties spaced further apart than N scale track to look more realistic.
411  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Question on Bachmann 0-4-0 Side Tank Porter on: December 15, 2015, 06:44:36 PM
I think that means it runs as is with DC, but it has a socket that will accept most DCC boards.  No wiring necessary.  At least that is what I think I means.


That's my understanding of the term "DCC Ready" as well.
412  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Replacing Rail-Joiners on Bachmann E-Z Track on: December 15, 2015, 06:41:51 PM
It worries me too, but you can lessen the chances of it happening by 'opening' the joiners so they don't grip the rail.
413  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Replacing Rail-Joiners on Bachmann E-Z Track on: December 15, 2015, 06:24:35 PM
I know Bachmann sells replacement joiners, but I haven't used them personally.

I do know that getting the original Bachmann joiners off isn't easy and often breaks the set of plastic 'spikes' holding them in place.

Nevertheless, my method for removing joiners is to grab them with pliers and tug until they give, praying that the rails don't come off with them.
414  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 2 different locomotives on: December 15, 2015, 04:28:31 PM
I think those are both DCC-equipped.  You can either set them to the same address or as a consist and they will run together.
415  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Dcc on: December 15, 2015, 04:24:41 PM
It can be done, assuming there's room in your locomotive to hide the decoder and route the wiring.

Bachmann sells decoders in their web store.
416  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: ez mate couplers on: December 10, 2015, 08:42:02 PM
The Mark II couplers have metal springs on the part that opens, and in my experience they're more reliable than the originals.

The original E-Z Mates and the Mark IIs will work together, so you won't need to upgrade all your stock at once.
417  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Connecting EZ Track remote switches. on: December 09, 2015, 07:37:13 PM
The green wire plugs into the top of the turnout controller, and the red wire plugs into the left side.

Here's Bachmann's instructional video cued to the part where they attach the red turnout controller wires to the accessory ports on the speed controller:
418  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: isolating ez track on: December 08, 2015, 08:39:22 PM
What scale track are you using?
419  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Old Tyco Engines on: December 08, 2015, 07:56:42 PM
Your vintage locomotives will run fine on those tracks with a modern speed controller, just don't get one that sends digital signals (DCC) because your equipment is analog.

Bachmann's analog HO controller looks like this:

But any non-DCC controller should do the job.

Does that track pack come with switches that have green wires attached to them?  If so you'll need to verify that the controller you get has AC terminals.
420  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EZ Track remote turnouts hook up. on: December 08, 2015, 05:29:54 PM
I do not have the analog controller.  I will now go get one.

I hope I'm not too late, but make sure the controller has AC terminals before you buy it.

Some cheaper models don't have them.
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