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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Problem with power wipers on drivers of USRA Light Pacific on: August 09, 2017, 02:16:59 PM
I am really upset about the poor design of the power wipers on the drivers of the USRA Light Pacific (Item No. 52801).  They are mounted so that they extend BELOW the railhead height.  They may work fine on Bachmann EZ Track, but they did not survive their first and only partial trip around my layout.  I use Shinohara code 70 HO, HOn3, and dual gauge track.  The wipers were destroyed when they snagged on the tight clearances of my dual gauge track switches.  Now I have yet-another Botchmann Display Queen -- pretty but unusable. Angry  It will sit right next to the two H-16-44's I bought years ago that SCREECH as they roll down the track on bearings that were shot after 1/2 hour of running (for some reason their bearings will not hold lubricant, though I have been told that STP oil additive might cling to the strange alloy used for the bearings).
2  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bachmann Standard Line on: May 18, 2012, 08:35:05 PM
Should I cut the capacitors on the motor?

YES!

Capacitors in the 70 ton. With no capacitors, the two inductors are a moot point. The inductors look like resistors.

...

Rich

Another thing to watch out for:  The green components on the top of the board near the capacitors were poorly mounted on the PC board of one of my 70-tonners; the too-long leads came in contact with the huge blobs of solder used to attach the capacitors onto the motor, letting the smoke out of the decoder.  I ordered a new PC board ($25) and received one that appears to me to have been a defective return to Bachmann -- the headlight does not work (looks like a blown driver) and the decoder had been re-programmed to a different address when I got it (did not respond to address 3 until I reprogrammed it).  I once swore to never buy another Botchmann diesel engine, but I was tempted by the 70-tonner; never again.
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