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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Soundtraxx DCC in Bachmann Locos When for the Bachmann on: January 16, 2018, 01:24:44 PM
2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Adding extra tender pick-ups on: January 15, 2018, 01:07:31 PM
TCS current keeper solves all those type of problems and they are small enough to fit inside a tender.Used one in a Mantua 2 6 6 2 with sound and no tender. The electrical pickup on that model only uses 4 out of 12 wheels to pick up with sound and dcc that could not have been any poorer design out there and it now runs flawless with a KA1 even slow speeds over turn outs anything with no pick up upgrades. Worth every penny of the 20 spent.

3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Soundtraxx DCC in Bachmann Locos When for the Bachmann on: January 15, 2018, 12:52:50 PM
Like I cannot say? I don't know. Bachmann Quit ? Huh?
4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Split Gear Syndrome on: January 15, 2018, 12:49:05 PM
I read somewhere the resin they are using is not aged so it can shrink so when they make those gears over time they shrink and with a metal axle in them that does not shrink at the same rate if at all the gear cracks. This is a true Manufacturers defect. It plagued the Life like proto 2000 line.After Walthers purchased Life like they gave away free gears for a wile as like a recall. I was told a few thousand.  Things like this should be warrantied for life if they were sold with that warranty. Had Athearns do the same thing. Many Bachmann as well. Some slide a tigh fitting brass tube over the axle ger end to close the gap. Press fit .Then CA the wheel set in the gear as insurance and gauge them quickly.Tried this method and it holds for good.

Jon Grin
5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Adding weight to tankers on: January 14, 2018, 02:07:19 PM
No offense or political correctness intended.  Tank car is what they call them in the railroad business.  Tanker is what I see tank cars called on the news when there’s a derailment somewhere.
Just like saying .I admit to breaking the law ,but I did not know the law.Recommend boot camp for you!
6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Adding weight to tankers on: January 14, 2018, 02:03:25 PM
The better term is “tank car”.  “Tanker” is the term that uninformed news reporters use.
No his term is correct language since we all know what he is talking about. That is all language is communication. Breaking it down to what is said to be incorrect or correct is meaningless and incorrect since the communication was understood.Try analyzing morose code . That may be usefull one day again.

7  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: DD40AX Sound Decoder on: January 12, 2018, 01:33:58 PM
It is marked on the board next to the wire tab . Just put 2 and 2 together.
8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: differance between sd40-2 and gp40-2 on: January 12, 2018, 01:32:16 PM
I read that link.  After 60 years, I still miss steam engines.  If you never saw them, you’ll never get it.

  I heard someone once put it very well..... diesels are better than steam engines in every way except one -  the “cool factor.”
Except the gas turbines. What can be cooler then a jet engine in a diesel locomotive!They tried that with steam and it didn't go so well.

9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Alco 2-60 DCC pick up isuues. on: January 09, 2018, 12:12:07 PM
 Shim the center drivers axle so that the driver actually touches the rail head. Do a glass test you will see it is up with a kind of feeler gauge. This gives you more contact with the rail . A TCS current keeper is another option. They are wonderful. My opinion if the center driver is up because of a machining defect with the axle bearing frame cast .Should that qualify to be be covered in Bachmanns limited lifetime warranty? I had a mis-machined frame in a ge dash 8 dcc diesel I purchased new a few years ago that sat somewhere else but on the store shelf. They found it berried at the local hobby shop. New old store stock bad frame . Bachmann sent me a frame for it after showing the defect via e-mail along with the bill of sale so I could fix it myself totally at my request rather then sending it in as a convenience. Thumbs up to Bachmann!

10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Soundtraxx DCC in Bachmann Locos When for the Bachmann on: January 07, 2018, 09:47:38 PM
Bachmann does not want to say? Hello ya still there?
11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: EMD GP7 SoundValue problems on: January 01, 2018, 06:10:48 PM
Hay glad it worked for you. Not fun working on them more then your running.
12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Soundtraxx DCC in Bachmann Locos When for the Bachmann on: January 01, 2018, 02:56:40 PM
No ,I was told that the ancient  Lenz decoders that are in all Bachmann dcc onboard locos will be replaced with Soundtraxx dcc decoders without sound also.

13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Soundtraxx DCC in Bachmann Locos When for the Bachmann on: December 31, 2017, 08:26:05 PM
14  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann Sound Value function outputs? on: December 31, 2017, 08:21:44 PM
Wire the rear Led to the output for the front light as the front light is. Then wire your front ditch lights to the rear light output for power and function. Map and program the functions so that the rear output turn on and of the ditch lights .You are limited to function 1 or 2 ,but function 1 is easier . Then you remap the bell since it was on function 1 . You can make them, your ditch lights flash ,but not flash side to side and with proper programming can flash when the horn is blown for grade crossing effect. I did this on a first run Bachmann es44ac after installing 0402 led's in the dummy ditch lights. You are using LED's? I hope.
15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Spectrum GP30 noise on: December 29, 2017, 06:09:16 PM
If you want the old Spectrum split frame to run real good like the new stuff Bachmann offers there are a

  few you tube videos on how to disassemble the drive and wire it. You need some good fine soft wire

 and some soldering skills. It is a proven method that I tried . Use the method that eliminates the frame
as a conductor and isolate the motor from the frame halfs since it is all wired then can be easily

 converted to dcc if you wish. If not pull the axles out and make sure the axle gears are not cracked by

trying to turn the wheels in the gear lightly. If they turn the gears are cracked and need replacement.

 Then check the coupling on the worm gears to see if it spins on the shaft. If it does it needs new

couplings that Bachmann does stock. Sometimes the old grease turns to paste sitting for a long time.

 It must be cleaned out and re lubricated. A drop of oil on each motor shaft bushing and your good .

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