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31  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bachman Santa Fe Engine. No power to the wheels. on: July 02, 2018, 02:14:38 PM
The light works so the wheels pick up power, as in electricity and not motive power.
See if you can get the motor working by applying a direct voltage to the motor.
If it doesn't turn , you found the problem.
If it does the problem is somewhere between the motor and the wheels.


Btw, before you start tearing the locomotive up, is it DC or DCC?
32  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Is it modelling or playing? on: June 27, 2018, 05:13:54 AM
When I am criticized for 'playing with trains', I reply its better than video gamers staring at the boob tube or binge watching TV movies/shows.

Right you are.  The evolutionary purpose of "play" is to achieve learning experiences that have practical applications in real life.

Model railroading provides a rich environment for learning all sorts of useful lessons, from history, through small parts construction techniques, carpentry and electrical system construction, right into futuristic processes like computer programming and robotic control.  We each get to chose what parts we want to play with.

Totally agree.
But most people don't understand what the hobby is all about.
And then you get stupid ignorant remarks.
Makes my blood boil sometimes.

33  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bachman plugs on: June 20, 2018, 04:03:13 PM
I usually use a small watchmakers screwdriver to lever the female connector out.
A tip is to glue down the mail connector to the pcb with a tiny drop of superglue.
I had several of those that broke away from the soldering on the pcb.

34  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Lighting the logging caboose on: June 18, 2018, 03:27:47 AM
Yes one resistor is a few cents and ordering 1 is a bit difficult.
As a radio ham i have plenty on the shelf.
An alternative is if you have an old radio or amplifier laying around.
The pcb inside has plenty of components.

35  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Lighting the logging caboose on: June 17, 2018, 07:08:05 AM
nice job.
If you want to tone down the LED just use a resistor with a higher risistence.
2k2 red red red or 3k3 orange orange red.

36  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Is it modelling or playing? on: June 15, 2018, 04:49:34 AM
Is it modelling or playing?
For me mostly modelling and sometimes playing with my layout.
It's a relaxing way of thinking what the next project will be......if everything runs smoothly.

37  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: The choo-choo on: June 15, 2018, 04:44:55 AM
When I was very young in the early sixties my parents and I went to Oldenzaal near the German border.
There you could still see German steam locomotives switching cars destined for the Dutch railways.
Those were my first impressions of live steam.
The Dutch railways company already switched to diesel and electricity.
The war had a devastating effect on steam.
Nearly all locomotives, cars and infrastructure had been bombed into oblivion by the allies.

The nearest “preserved”railroad (tramway) is situated near Ouddorp And runs over one of the massive sea defenses between the provinces of Zuid holland and Zeeland.
It is called the RTM (Rotterdamse Tramweg Maatschappij) Rotterdam tramway company.
It used to run from Rotterdam to the Zeeland islands but shutdown in the early sixties.
After been scared away in Hellevoetsluis it was invited to set up camp near Ouddorp.
There you can see original diesel and steam being operated again.

38  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: 2-6-0 OR&W on: June 12, 2018, 06:09:59 PM
And exactly the same result Grin

39  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: 2-6-0 OR&W on: June 12, 2018, 03:44:16 AM
It's not for everyone but last weekend I took a Hawthorn village 2-6-0 apart and milled a piece of the firebox weight to accommodate a small decoder.
I'm fortunate to have a lath/milling machine.
What we say in Holland, good tools is half the work.

40  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: some interesting animation on: June 10, 2018, 05:32:33 PM
Reiskoffer wedstrijd = suitcase competition.

41  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Logging cars on: June 07, 2018, 06:17:45 PM
Nice Job Terry only you forgot the trucks and wheels.
A bit of rust paint on the trucks and inside the wheels should do the trick.

42  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Old Catalogs on: June 05, 2018, 03:51:51 AM
Maybe ask Bachmann if they still have the original digital copy for the catalogues somewhere?

43  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Lighting the logging caboose on: June 04, 2018, 04:19:20 PM
1/8th Watt.
average current consumption for a LED is about 20 miliAmpere.
calculation; (overall Voltage minus voltage LED)  devided by 0.02 Ampere gives resistance in Ohm.
Red = 1.9V
Green = 2.1V
Blue = 3.6V


44  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Lighting the logging caboose on: June 04, 2018, 04:16:36 AM
The preresitored LED's you ordered will be very bright.
They will use the correct value resistance required for those LED's, ranging from 470 to 680 Ohms.
I use 1000 Ohm to dim the brightness.

45  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Lighting the logging caboose on: June 03, 2018, 05:40:46 PM
Did cupola windows open? Slide open or flip up or out? I wanted him leaning out the window.
It's you railroad so windows will open.
It's as simple as that Grin

Do LED's flicker?
Yes , but you won't see that.
If your DCC is 15 KHz your LED will flicker at 7.5KHZ.
We humans can't even see 24Hz.  Movies.

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