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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: BEMF problems with Mountain 4-8-2 on: July 12, 2018, 09:25:57 AM
You probably meant the other Jon, but:

I have a Gear Puller II from NWSL that works very well.  

The key is the motor axle diameter.  You will need a motor that has the same axle width as the original motor.  The flywheel and belt gear are unique, so you'll have to transfer them to the new motor.

NWSL has a myriad of motor choices. You should be able to find one that fits... ensuring you have measured the old motor accurately.

I have done these motor changes on a number of brass models and really old Varney/Mantua/Athearn locos. Never had to do it on a Bachmann loco.  I know they are stock motors, but I have never had a problem with one.  The one time I did a motor replacement on a Bachmann, turned out the motor was not the problem.  Just sayin'...  It was a heavy mountain.  I run my two constantly.  My problem is keeping the wheels/pick-ups clean from so much running.

Regards,

Jonathan

Addendum:  While the individual motor is sold out, I notice the "loco frame with motor" is still in stock.  I know it's more expensive, but may be a lot more convenient... again, just sayin'... jv
2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: BEMF problems with Mountain 4-8-2 on: July 11, 2018, 07:26:38 AM
Roger,

There are/were motors available for the Mountains through the parts department.  I bought one within the past year IIRC. I doubt that is your problem, though. Turns out, there was nothing wrong with my original motor either.

You may want to try a different brand of DCC/Sound. Due to proper decorum, I won't say anything disparaging. I will say experience has taught me that not all brands of decoders marry-up well with Bachmann equipment.  For what it's worth...

Regards,

Jonathan
3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Sound Value 2-8-0 headlight on: July 06, 2018, 07:23:41 AM
I have not seen the new Sound Value Connies, yet.  I certainly will be looking for one at the train shows this Fall.

However, best guess is nothing has changed with the overall design, tooling, or construction of the 2-8-0.

To make the Connie Sound Value would only require changing the electronics on the PCB in the tender.

Years ago, there was a Spectrum DCC/Sound Onboard model sold in one of those nice boxes with the clear top.  I have two of them.  They are wonderful... among my favorite runners.

The design of the headlight has not changed in every version I have collected.  The problem with brightness is the lengthy, plastic "light tube" that transfers the light from the bulb/LED in the split frame.  That tube then transfers the light into the plastic cylinder (lens) in the headlight can. The light has to fight a lot of plastic to get from the bulb to the lens.

Some would say the dimness is more realistic.

I like a bright headlight myself... So, I moved the bulb/LED directly into the headlight.  Though tiny to work with, a Surface-mount-LED (SMD) is the perfect solution.  I have also used a regular LED.

Some tinkering is required, like cutting down the lens in the headlight, a resistor, and threading a bit of wiring.  Not impossible to perform.

Looking forward to tinkering with the latest version of this model.

Regards,

Jonathan
4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Any EM-1 recalls? on: June 29, 2018, 05:14:02 PM
Never heard of said problem.  I have two that I run all the time.  They run beautifully.  Run great on DC ad DCC.  Love 'em.

Regards,

Jonathan
5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann Polar Express (with DCC on board) on: June 12, 2018, 02:19:19 PM
Bachmann locomotives with DCC are equipped to run "Dual mode"... meaning they can also run on DC powered track.  They will respond a bit slower (require more throttle to run). Your layout should not harm his Polar Express set.

Regards,

Jonathan
6  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Brick & Mortar on: June 06, 2018, 07:13:32 AM
As a kid, I remember hobby shops seemed to be quite common.

When I first moved to Northern Virginia, there were a number of choices, including a store within walking distance of my house.

In the last 12 years, ALL the stores have gone under.  I believe the closest physical store is a place called Star Hobby which is in Annapolis, a good 90 minutes from home.  Think I've been there once.

There is a Hobbylobby in my city... which is great... if you want the one trainset they carry, some glue, or some very expensive trees.  I shouldn't complain I guess.  They do carry a small selection of brass/steel wire and a very few other sundries.

Train shows seem to be the only venue left where once can explore, and pick up tools, details, kits... etc.

Regards,

Jonathan
7  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: I wish Bachmann would make............How about you?? on: May 30, 2018, 12:15:52 PM
Since we're dreaming big...

The B&O S-1a, 2-10-2 would be a big wish fulfillment.  The Rivarossi model is older than I am! 

A Spectrum version would be just right. I have a brassie, but it's so rare, and expensive, that I don't dare run it.

Please, oh please....

Regards,

Jonathan
8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Spectrum 2-10-0 Russian Decapod w/ Vanderbilt tender on: May 30, 2018, 06:56:26 AM
Nice job on the Russian.

I, too, was having some difficulty viewing the photos. Dunno why.  I could view them on my phone and iPad, but not my PCs.  Weird.

Regards,

Jonathan
9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Split Gear Syndrome on: May 29, 2018, 07:04:12 AM
Hunt,

I used some kind of superglue... Elmer's I think.  It's still holding, though I don't run this loco often.  Good tip on the alcohol.  Thanks.

Regards,

Jonathan

10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Brand New 15 Year Old Train on: May 23, 2018, 01:21:36 PM
VM,

Be careful of oils intended for a different purpose.  Some oils will attack plastic. Don't know about sewing machine oil.

As far as hesitation:  New locomotives, straight from the factory, still require some cleaning of the wheels to ensure good current pick up from the rails.  Also, make sure the bronze pick up brushes are clean, especially the brass colored tabs that touch the axles on the tender wheels.  They pick up current, too.

Finally, make sure the plug-in wires, from the tender, are completely seated in their sockets in the locomotive.

Regards,

Jonathan
11  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Photobucket 3rd Party Image Hosting - new info on: May 22, 2018, 08:04:16 AM
I opened a Facebook account once, but never used it.

I now use Flickr for posting photos.  It's still free.  Not as user-friendly as photobucket was, but one gets used to it after a while.

Regards,

Jonathan
12  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Been playin' in G scale........ on: May 16, 2018, 02:21:24 PM
Sid,

That's beautiful stuff, man.  You are scary good at this. I've only hit a dozen or so pix, so far.  I look forward to viewing all the photos.  Thanks for sharing, sir!  ... even if it's in the wrong scale. Grin

Regards,

Jonathan
13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 2-8-0 consolidation power pick-up inspection on: May 07, 2018, 05:34:57 PM
On the 2-8-0, the drive wheel brakes are molded directly to the bottom plate.  So... you will have to manipulate the plate a little to move the brakes around the wheels.  I have done this many, many times.  The first time was a mystery to me, too.  It can be done.  Just be a little patient. 

Regards,

Jonathan
14  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: How to remove the shell from a Bachman E-7 on: May 05, 2018, 06:55:42 AM
http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/dwg/dwgs/HOEMDE7-A(DCCREADY)_02.pdf

Check the above link. Four screws on either side of the fuel tank.

It's easier to remove the shell if you take off the coupler boxes, BUT not necessary.  Sometimes, the assembly is a little sticky, the first time you attempt to remove the shell.  Good luck.

Regards,

Jonathan
15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Re position a tender back up lite. on: April 26, 2018, 07:17:44 AM
Plastic adhesives do not like getting cold.  Put the tender shell in your freezer for a while (some leave it over night).  The glue should let go, with a little persuasion.

Be careful, as other glued-on parts will want to come loose as well, like grab irons.

Regards,

Jonathan
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