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1  Discussion Boards / N / K-4 and other boiler shells on: February 17, 2018, 12:50:16 PM
Are other boiler shells, such as the Light/Heavy mountain or the 2-10-2 shell compatible with the K-4 4-6-2 mechanism?

 I like the idea of the DCC and Sound on a good Pacific mechanism.  While a competitor markets a Pacific, the boiler detail is a deal breaker and I don't run PRR so I'm looking for a Pacific to call my own.
2  Discussion Boards / N / noisy 4-8-2 and 2-10-2 N steamlocos on: November 17, 2017, 05:44:24 PM
Just a question.  I've purchased a couple of 4-8-2 and 2-10-2 locos and they sound a little noisy.  A little like gears grinding.  Before I tear into them, has anyone had the same thing?
3  Discussion Boards / N / Heavy 4-8-2 questions RE: wires and running DCC on: February 07, 2017, 12:28:24 AM
Pulled out a Heavy Mountain that I'd gotten a while ago and began to run it.  I was running great, but with occasional stuttering and stalling.  I did what any of us would to and took the tender apart as the first steps in checking for problems.  First thing I noticed was  that all of the wires running from the loco to the tender had a lot of the insulation paint gone the copper wires were bare.  I also noticed this in the tender with the decoder wires.  My question is should these wires be insulated?  What with; paint or liquid tape?  Could this be responsible for the stutter or stall? Thanks in advance.
4  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Start voltage and speed for 2-8-4 on: January 26, 2017, 12:22:11 AM
After a brief conversation with the gentlemen at Soundtraxx and running through the ideas they had me try I did what I probably should have in the first place.  I went to the Digitrax throttle manual to see if I was doing everything right and eureka!  I found the simple solution - just edit the decoder status.  I'll not repeat the steps because I don't have the manual in front of me.  It was simple.  Thanks for your help.  Like I tell my students - "It pays to read the book."
5  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Start voltage and speed for 2-8-4 on: January 22, 2017, 07:20:06 PM
Thanks, I was able to reset.  Keeping the address a 03 I had the very slow start from 01 on the throttle.  After programming the address to the loco number it reverts to a 14 step and the loco doesn't start until 12 on the throttle with a quick start to it.  I've put the start voltage to 0 and same result.  If you or anyone can offer more advice I'd appreciate it.  Thanks again.
6  Discussion Boards / N / Start voltage and speed for 2-8-4 on: January 21, 2017, 06:26:49 PM
I recently lost programming for my 2-8-4; actually just the address and some other settings.  I'm using a Digitrax DCS 100 command station, DT402D Throttle and the Decoder Pro programming software.  My problem is that I can't get the loco to start at a very slow speed.  The throttle display indicates that the decoder is recognized as a 14 step decoder.  The Decoder Pro doesn't recognize the decoder and when I enter changes and write the changes it indicates an error programming the decoder.  So, two questions:
1) is it possible to reset the decoder to it's "as shipped" CV values?
2) can anyone suggest how to get it back to the 28/128 speed step mode?

Thanks.
7  Discussion Boards / N / Mr. Bach Man - HELP! on: December 17, 2016, 02:58:46 PM
Dear Mr. Bach Man:

Help us Mr. Bach Man, you're our only hope.  We n scalers are in great need of a quality USRA type 4-6-2.  DCC equipped would be nice, but the other maker of this model doesn't measure up to the detail and quality of Bachmann locos. 
8  Discussion Boards / N / Re: suggestion for next n scale steam locomotive. on: September 17, 2016, 12:10:32 AM
As noted previously, I hope Bachmann will produce a couple of versions of a Pacific 4-6-2.  Particularly a streamlined P7-d for the B & O and others.  The Model Power are supposed to be good but the lack of free standing detail is a huge turnoff.  In light of the DCC and Sound version of the Pennsy K-4, we might even wish for the Pacifics to have sound and DCC.
9  Discussion Boards / N / DCC and light board on non-DCC 2-6-6-2 on: July 09, 2016, 12:34:54 AM
I have several 2-6-6-2s that need decoders.  I have no problem installing the decoder to make the loco run; however, I need advice on connecting the light board to the decoder to make it function properly.  I think this was addressed on this discussion board, but for the life of me can't find it now.  TCS has taken down their installation instructions.  Thanks for any help.
10  Discussion Boards / N / Brighter headlight on 2-8-4? on: March 20, 2016, 04:56:20 PM
Does anyone know of a way to get the headlight brighter on the 2-8-4?  I've messed with some CV values but nothing helps.  Kind of my only complaint about some of the steam these days is that the headlight is so weak.  Thanks for helping.
11  Discussion Boards / N / Looking forward to a USRA 4-6-2 Pacific on: March 08, 2016, 06:59:47 PM
With the tremendous steam that Bachmann has turned out lately including the K-4, one question begs to be asked.
Will we/can we expect to see a 4-6-2 come from Bachmann soon?  Say in a variety of roadnames? B & O for one, in green and gold trim? or maybe even a Streamlined?  Just wondering (begging really).
12  Discussion Boards / N / Re: A request to B-mann on a possible future N scale product on: December 01, 2015, 10:39:45 PM
Bach Man:
You folks have changed N scale steam and set a new benchmark.  That said, I'd like to see you issue a Pacific 4-6-2.  I know Model Power has one out, but I refuse to buy steam that has molded on details any more.  I'd also like to see a re-issue of the 2-10-2 with a Vanderbilt tender.  Of course both should be in the B&O roadname as well as any other.  They should also be DCC equiped.
Thanks for listening to us.
13  Discussion Boards / N / Re: The 10/15 issue of Model Railroader has an ad for a Bachmann N scale PRR K4 on: August 28, 2015, 01:22:24 AM
Please, please, please answer yes to the following question:

Will Bachmann be releasing a USRA version of the Pacific?  While I model the B & O, a pacific with free standing detail and the quality Bachmann mechanism would be a great offering.  I won't purchase steam with molded on details anymore - you've spoiled me.

PS: I thank you for the amazing EM1; my bank account doesn't, but I do!
14  Discussion Boards / N / regaining dimming on EM-1 n scale on: December 03, 2013, 11:43:13 PM
while programming the decoder in the n scale EM-1 I lost the dimming of the front and tender lights.  Anyone know how to get them back?  Also is there a way to keep the front headlight on, but dimmed when in reverse?
15  Discussion Boards / N / Baltimore & Ohio EM1 2-8-8-4 on: September 23, 2013, 06:23:55 PM
Just got mine in the mail today.  I ecstatic as I began to open the locomotive packaging and look through the parts sheet.  This is arguably the best N scale locomotive period that has been produced to date!  Bachmann, you have hit a grandslam!  The loco runs so smoothly and the detailing is just as good as my brass 2-6-6-6.  I will stop because I'm still drooling.  If I were just starting out in hobby and was thinking of steam this would be the one to buy.  Bachmann you have topped all competitors with this amazing model.
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