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1  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Bachmann Decoders on: November 16, 2017, 10:17:05 PM
 How do I reset a Bachmann Decoder? I'm using a NCE Powercab if that makes a difference. I had a power outage and get nothing from either of the two locos now.
2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: E-Z Mate Couplers on: August 08, 2017, 08:32:51 PM
EZ mate has a list of which couplers to use for which type car. They also have an online detailed procedure. Sorry, I don't have a link. Another option is to set up an adapter car. Put the EZ mate on one end and leave the horn hook on the other and it will bridge the difference.
3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Track inventory on: March 26, 2017, 06:32:46 PM
Warflight, SCARM also has the ability to model houses, buildings terrain and even landscape (trees). Once you get comfortable with the trackplan part there are some tutorials for the other. In fact there are tutorials for the trackplnning.
4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Track inventory on: March 26, 2017, 03:09:05 PM
Thanks Hunt. I was over there writing down the numbers so I could make a spreadsheet while you were posting. I hope I can school myself to keep an inventory of what I have and add to it as I acquire track. That way I can always check to see what I need to order to build the next greatest layout.
5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Track inventory on: March 26, 2017, 02:43:25 PM
Thanks Terry, that helps some. I was hoping for with the part number since I'm not always seeing radii, but that may just be my vision. I guess I can use this and add part numbers from the Bachmann site. I'm actually wanting to determine if I have the pieces I need to put together a new track layout before I take down the old. If I have part numbers with what I have then I will only need to buy (and I may have enough) the track pieces to fill in the gaps, if that makes sense.

6  Discussion Boards / HO / Track inventory on: March 26, 2017, 02:04:06 PM
 Is there an inventory list for EZ track? I want to come up with a list of what I have and decide whether to add pieces to reconfigure a track plan without having to take up the current one. If I have them, no problem but I hate to be without a layout (even though tamp) while I wait for p[ieces to arrive.
7  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: bachmann ez track 4x8 layouts- ideas? on: February 27, 2017, 02:19:50 PM
There's another thread that is all on 4X8 track plans, should be in the last few
 days of posts. It has a few. That seller is proud of his stuff.
8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: The Bachmann Workbench on: February 23, 2017, 09:18:59 PM
 One of these on tuning or making Bachmann turn outs perform better would be very helpful.
9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: DCC controller on: February 23, 2017, 09:12:28 PM
 I'm using a NCE unit also. My advice is to read the manuals on the ones that have the features(ability to change CV's or whatever ones you need) and compare them. If you belong to a club (or have one nearby) you may want to see what they use since they are close to help with problems( but they will probably only know on the system they use). NCE was easiest for me to understand, the price was right and it had features that Bachmann didn't.
10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Regular turnouts on DCC layout. on: February 13, 2017, 03:15:39 PM
That's how my temporary setup is wired.
11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann HO Rail Chief EMD GP40 Diesel Locomotive on: February 13, 2017, 03:09:53 PM
 I don't know if I would convert a modern Bachmann. I can usually buy a DCC with sound cheaper than I can add it.I might feel different if I owned more than one without DCC. I have bought a couple junk locos to repower and upgrade, but I paid like $5 each and felt like I could afford to play with the cost of a repower and decoder.

12  Discussion Boards / N / Re: bachmann n turnout switches on: February 12, 2017, 10:44:53 PM
Bachmann switches use two wires input, they are auxiliary terminals on some power packs/transformers. They bring power to the switch (not the turnout, the electrical switch( those can be "ganged" with the power going to one switch and the connection(side by side) will power a row of switches. The 3 wire hookup goes to the Turn out solenoid. The switch then powers one end or the other of the solenoid making it bi-directional. You will ne an auxiliary power source to power them. Some power packs have both ac/dc outputs. I use DCC but run my turnout switches off of the original power pack. Bachmann has diagrams and directions that will get your switches hoked up right but until you can power them.... you're stuck.
13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 4x8 track plans on: February 10, 2017, 06:04:49 PM
This is a great thread. Almost everyone has a space limitation, and 4X8 and 5X9 track plans may be the answer. At issue is the idea of a 4X8 plan. It's stuck in the mind of many people and fits with the space they have. My thought is that development of this size plan and encouragement is paramount to getting new blood into the hobby. There are as many desires as there are people in the hobby and the main one is usually more room or more money. By creating space and budget friendly designs, we can help people who might not get into the hobby to join and have fun. That means more in the Hobby, and more people wanting (X) so more reason for manufacturers to make it. Not to get political but it's like Patriotism, what is good for the country may not be good for you, but supporting it makes a stronger country. The same is true, What is good for the Hobby ( a small layout) may not be good for you but may be good for the Hobby as a whole."
 
14  Discussion Boards / HO / Wiring question on layout on: October 17, 2016, 12:06:27 PM
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm14/PanelDeland/e73f138c-b4fc-4b92-a089-696c3813e1f7.png

 I think the two dots are where I need to isolate the rails and use an auto-reverser connected to either side and the isolated area. Am I right.
15  Discussion Boards / HO / Wiring question on: October 17, 2016, 11:58:08 AM
[ihttp://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm14/PanelDeland/e73f138c-b4fc-4b92-a089-696c3813e1f7.png][/i] I "think" I may have this figured out but I wanted to run it by those on here who really know. I'm thinking I need to address a "reverse Loop" situation where the black dots are. I'm assuming I can isolate at the dots and put an auto rverser from one of the tracks to that isolated section and it should run. Am I right?
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