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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Doodlebug Programming on: February 12, 2018, 11:53:56 PM
Problem solved.  I asked on jmriusers group at Yahoo Groups and Marc solved the problem.
Seems some Bachmann four function decoders are reluctant to program using JMRI

CV17 = 227
CV18 = 40
CV29 = 35

Programmed on main using my NCE throttle and my programming track at the workbench.

Unit now has address "9000" and the front is now the front and the headlight can be turned on an off.   Programming the headlight did work using JMRI.  :-)


2  Discussion Boards / HO / Doodlebug Programming on: February 12, 2018, 02:28:07 AM
I am trying to put into service a Doodlebug I purchased several years ago.

It has the Bachmann four function decoder installed for now.

I am programming using JMRI, which is usually very simple however.

When using the long address so I can allocate the decoder units number, 9000, it always defaults to the DCC 3 address.

The lunit, as it comes from the factory is set so that forward is reverse and reverse is forward.

Using JMRI I set the program so that the motor control is reversed.  Doesn't work.

Any suggestions? 


Roger T.

3  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: parts on: February 12, 2018, 12:03:20 AM
Not sure about parts but if you send the engine to Bachmann, you will more than likely not get the same one back.  Maybe not even the same road name.  Even if you send a note asking for the same engine back, don't count on it.  I sent customised engines back and just received a stock engine as replacement. 


Roger T.

4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann 4-6-0 DCC versions on: February 07, 2018, 10:35:30 PM
My major issue with the Spectrum model is the poor electrical pick up.  Anyone else have this same issue and how did you cure it?


Roger T.

5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: sent 2 locomotives to bachmann for repair on: January 29, 2018, 11:30:10 PM
Their "repair" service is excellent but if you send a detailed and custom painted loco to them with a request they repair your loco, don't hold your breath as the odds are, you will receive a replacement loco from whatever they have in stock.

But still a quick turnaround.


Roger T.

6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: ALCo Modern 2-6-0, Canadian National road #s – a suggestion for Mr B on: January 29, 2018, 11:26:42 PM
The 2-6-0 is not based on a Canadian National steam loco.

I have two of them.   First one I sent back as the valve gear fell apart.

Same thing just happened again, yesterday.

To bad, they are a nice model for a branch line, which is what mine are for.

2-6-0 on branch passenger, the 2-10-0 for branch freight.

Roger T.

7  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: World’s Greatest Hobby Show on: January 29, 2018, 11:21:19 PM
World's Greatest Hobby Show?   You mean the one in Central Hall, London UK?  Been happening since the early 1960s.

That's what happens when you claim "World's Greatest"  :-) 


Roger T.

8  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Model Numbers on: January 22, 2018, 10:15:18 PM
where are the model numbers put ?

Model numbers?

That could mean lots of things?

On freight cars, on locomotives, on passenger cars, on cabooses, on what?

If it's any other those, look at lots of train photos and videos on line, that will tell you everything you need to know.


Roger T.

9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: More then 8 switches? on: January 20, 2018, 11:35:24 PM
Question is confusing.  You can have as many switches (turnouts) as you like, I currently have a little over 50 in use.  No problem.  They are just like any other kind of track.

Unless you are asking about motorised switches (turnouts) a power supply for them?   All you usually need is an 18v power supply to power the motors.  One supply for all of them as they are usually lined (You don't throw a switch) one at a time.

Hope that helps.


Roger T.
10  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: What is your locomotive roster? on: January 16, 2018, 08:18:41 PM
Some of us (me included) have WAAAAY too many toys!  Grin

I get the feeling I'll be adding more anyway.



Believe it or not, all mine are in fairly frequently use.  When the GER expands into the other half of the basement, don't tell She Who Must Be Obeyed, and the staging doubles in size, practically all of them will be in use to run the planned full time table of 30 trains per day.  Timetable based on the CPR timetable upon which my railway is based.

Since the demise of the Spectrum series, my purchases of  steam locos has ceased.


Roger T.

11  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: What is your locomotive roster? on: January 16, 2018, 04:35:25 PM
Well you asked for it: -

       Number     Builder  Model/Wheels   type              H.P./T.E. GER Class      Year

        22           GMD     SW9       Switcher          1200      GBS-12       1953

   25           CLC      0-6-0      Switcher         39,100    W3            1920

        53           ALCO   S-2           Switcher       1000      AYS-10        1943

   83           CLC      0-8-0      Switcher           51,000      E5             1922

   103           MLW     FA-2      Freight           1600        MRA-16      1952
   116           MLW     FA-2      Freight           1600        MRA-16      1952

   156           MLW      RS-2      Road Switcher   1500        MRS-15      1950

   163        CLC       2-10-0     Light Freight       51,500     D1              1918
   164           CLC        2-10-0      Light Freight       51,500       D1              1918   
   173           CLC       2-10-0   Light Freight   51,500   D1a            1920   

   320           GMD      GP9       Road Switcher   1750        GRS-18a    1956
   322           GMD       GP9       Road Switcher   1750        GRS-18a    1956
   327           GMD       GP9        Road Switcher   1750        GRS-18b    1958
        334           GMD       GP9        Road Switcher   1750        GRS-18b    1958

   355           CLC       2-8-0       Freight              41,950      C3             1920
   359           CLC       2-8-0       Freight              41,950      C3             1920
   362           CLC       2-8-0       Freight              41,950      C3             1920
   371           CLC       2-8-0       Freight              41,950      C3             1920
   407           MLW     RS-3           Road Switcher   1600        MRS-16      1954
   414           MLW     RS-3           Road Switcher   1600        MRS-16      1954
   417           MLW     RS-3           Road Switcher   1600        MRS-16      1954

   480         ALCO   RS-1          Yard Road           1000        ARS-10       1950
   481           ALCO      RS-1          Yard Road         1000        ARS-10       1950

   526           CLC     2-8-2        Fast Freight      54,700     K3              1921
   541           CLC         2-8-2        Fast Freight      54,700     K3              1921

   551           MLW      RS-18       Road Switcher   1600        MRS-17      1955
   558           MLW      RS-18       Road Switcher   1600        MRS-17      1955

   628           CLC       4-8-2       Dual Service       53,900     U1              1923
   631           CLC       4-8-2       Dual Service       53,900     U1              1923
   635           CLC      4-8-2       Dual Service       53,900     U1              1923

   732            CLC      4-8-2       Freight               60,000     U2              1925
   748            CLC            4-8-2       Freight               60,000     U2              1925

   677           MLW    4-6-2       Dual Service       40,750     P6               1939
   685           MLW           4-6-2       Dual Service       40,750     P6               1939

   783           MLW     2-10-2     Drag Freight       69,600     S1               1929
   789           MLW      2-10-2     Drag Freight       73,800     S1a             1931

   840           GMD        GP7          Passenger          1500        GPS-10       1956

   872          MLW        FPA-2     Passenger         1600        MPA-16       1952

   852           GMD        FP7A         Passenger         1500        GPA-15       1951

   9000        EMD        DB1           Passenger           900          EM1            1932

   9020        Budd       RDC-3       Passenger         2x280      RDC-3          1958

   9058        Budd       RDC-1       Passenger         2x280       RDC-1         1958

Steam loco tender classes

Class T1a
Unmodified USRA tender (Athearn).
Allocated to the 2-8-2s.

Class T1bModified USRA tenders (Athearn) with six feet removed from the rear deck.
Allocated to the 4-6-2s.

Class T2a
Unmodified USRA tender (Bachmann).
Allocated to one 2-8-0 and two light 4-8-2s

Class T2b Modified USRA tender (Bachmann) with eight feet removed from the rear deck.
Allocated to two of the 2-8-0s.Class T2c

Modified USRA tender (Bachmann) with extended and recessed coalbunker.
Allocated to three heavy 4-8-2s.

Class T3a Modified Russian tender (Bachmann) with extended and recessed coalbunker.
Allocated to the Russian 2-10-0s.Class T4a USRA clear vision tender (Life-Like).

Allocated to the 0-8-0 and, with drawbar modifications, one 2-8-0.Class T4b USRA clear vision tender (Life-Like). (Subject to modification as it looks far too long)
Allocated the 0-6-0.

Class T5a
Modified Hicken tender (Bachmann) with three feet removed (Ist Course) from water tank.
Allocated to Class S1 and S1a 2-10-2s

Like I said at the top, you asked for it!  :-)    
12  Discussion Boards / HO / Adding extra tender pick-ups on: January 14, 2018, 02:36:33 AM
Bachmann tenders only pick up power on two wheels on each truck.  This can lead to poor pick-up going through switches, diamonds etc..

Has anyone added picks up to the insulated wheels so all wheels on the tenders pick up power?

If so, how?


Roger T.
13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Alco 2-6-0 - Accessing tender. on: January 12, 2018, 10:20:12 PM
The diagram is here:

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.


Thanks Le.

14  Discussion Boards / HO / Alco 2-6-0 - Accessing tender. on: January 12, 2018, 01:57:22 AM
One of my Alco 2-6-0s has been damaged and I want to remove the sound decoder and place it in another tender.  How do I remove the tender body.  Searched on line with no luck but I'm sure there's a drawing somewhere showing how the loco and tender are assembled, I can't find it.  :-(


Roger T.

15  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Mr. B - Replacement decoders. on: January 08, 2018, 08:58:52 PM
Mr. B.

Is it possible to purchase replacement sound decoders directly from Bachmann?

I toasted the decoder in one of my HO 2-6-0s.   I am reluctant to send the loco to Bachmann for repair as past experience has shown the service department do not send the same loco back, even if you ask for the same loco back.   As all my locos have extra details added, details replaced or relocated and are painted and weathered I'd really like loco the same loco back.

However, as an alternative I could just send back the tender chassis and have that replaced, if that is possible?

Thanks in advance.

Roger T.

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