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1  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Need help. Locomotive stopped to work. HO scale 'CARGO KING' set w EMD GP40 Dies on: Today at 10:28:34 AM
The AC1601000 'wall wart' puts out 16VAC that plugs into the speed controller. The controller converts part of that AC to DC that goes to the track to run the trains. The other part is left as AC and sent to the 'Accessory' terminals.

If the controller is connected to the track properly, and you are measuring AC on the track, it sounds like the controller has gone bad. And it the process it may have taken the loco's motor with it.

You can tell for sure by holding a 9V battery's contacts across the locos wheels, one contact to each side. If they spin, the loco is okay. If not, contact the service department.

Len
2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Isolating a#6 crossover, how is this done on: January 16, 2018, 03:16:41 PM
How do you isolate a #6 crossover using DC

It's not simple. Gaps have to be cut both in the rails on top and the power traces underneath to isolate the two sides from each other. There used to be a web page showing what had to be done, but it's long gone. I don't know if anyone else has 'mirrored' the information on another site.

As often as this question comes up, you'd think Bachmann would have redesigned the crossovers with removable jumpers so they can be used with DC or DCC layouts.

Len
3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Ho layout plan feedback on: January 16, 2018, 03:08:59 PM
Terry - It would shorten the run-around a bit, which might be a problem. Other than that...

Len
4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Ho layout plan feedback on: January 16, 2018, 07:59:52 AM
Very nice.

Len
5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Steel on DCC on: January 16, 2018, 07:59:06 AM
Yes, DCC will work with steel track. But...you will spend a lot more time cleaning steel track to keep things running smoothly than you will with nickel silver track. Also, since steel isn't as conductive as nickle silver, you may need more power feeders, depending on how large your layout is.

Len
6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Ho layout plan feedback on: January 16, 2018, 02:31:49 AM
Is the switch on the top edge, just below and to the right of "Street Rails" for a lower level?

The track directly above the "Entrance Track" doesn't look like there's room for more than a loco and one car to the left of the switch. Is the by design?



Len
7  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Product #s for Early Spectrum DC Rock Island 2-8-0s? on: January 15, 2018, 04:09:57 PM
Bachmann isn't the only one that's had "duplicate" item number issues. If you look at loco ads over the years, you'll often see an item number for a particular loco type, with a blurb after it saying something along the lines of, "Specify road name when ordering".

Len
8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: New Tooling for older Spectrum Heavyweights? on: January 15, 2018, 02:50:14 AM
If you put the .jpg URL's between [ img ] [ /img ] tags, without the spaces, the pictures will show up directly in your posts. You have to right click on the "railpictures.net" pics and select "Inspect Element", then search for "PRR" to find the the actual .jpg URL.

Then you can make the pics show up in your posts like this:

I can't say for certain if the paint colors will be a perfect match; it's possible something might be a bit different.

I wouldn't worry too much about that, though, as long as the colors were close.  It would not be unusual to see different shades in the real world, even in the old days, due to differences in weathering, age or fading, and even paint batches.  For some reason this seems to have been more noticeable on the PRR to boot!

So, to repeat, I wouldn't worry too much about it.





Check out in particular the differences between the B-unit in the foreground and the two passenger cars behind it!







Len
9  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Attachment folder Full (Bachmann help) on: January 15, 2018, 02:20:35 AM
You can't upload pictures directly to the Bachmann forums. You have to upload them to a picture hosting site, e.g., flickr, then use the 'img' tags to link the picture location to your post here.

Len
10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: HO [i]Prussian[/i] on: January 14, 2018, 04:36:54 AM
With the motor in the 'haystack' firebox, the boiler is pretty much empty. I would start with a 1/2 oz of split shot towards the front of the boiler, to counteract any 'wheelie' tendancy from the motor being so far back. Then add or subtract from there as needed.

Len
11  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Making and adding weights on: January 13, 2018, 10:25:08 AM
The local tire place has a box they toss used balancing weights in. They let the local 'black powder' group have them to melt down for musket balls. I snag a few now an then to hamer into strips for making car and loco weights.

Len
12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Alco 2-6-0 - Accessing tender. on: January 12, 2018, 02:43:49 AM
The diagram is here: http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/dwg/dwgs/HO_260_DCC_sound_.pdf

It looks like there's a screw on the bottom front of the tender that holds things together. It also looks like the coal load pops out to access the decoder.

Len
13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: differance between sd40-2 and gp40-2 on: January 11, 2018, 09:37:36 AM
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.”

And diesels are sneaky! After we moved from Missouri to New England, there were tracks running parallel to a road we used to walk on all the time. You could hear steam engines coming up behind you, so you had a chance to turn and wave. When the diesels came, they would creep up real quite like, and the first you knew they were there was when the horn went off and you jumped 3 feet straight up.

Len
14  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: differance between sd40-2 and gp40-2 on: January 11, 2018, 01:27:08 AM
SD = Special Duty. Originally SD locos had 6 axles per truck to spread their weight out for operation on branch lines with lighter track and trestles and found on the mainline.

Len
15  Discussion Boards / N / Re: EZ track N scale Code Question on: January 09, 2018, 03:22:12 PM
Code 80.

Len
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