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1  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bachmann Spectrum E-Z Command Dynamis Wireless Infrared DCC System 36505 on: January 23, 2018, 06:37:05 PM
I think you will need the Bachmann booster and set it to large scale.
2  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bachmann "Spectrum" 1920's - 1930's Passenger Cars on: January 23, 2018, 06:34:59 PM
First things first,let me say,they are brand new,never out of box nor on track!
  Question 1-Are these factory lighted ?
  Question 2-Can the horn hook coupler be replaced with a Kadee ?
Yes they are but the lights may no longer work just because if they have a NMRA couplers on them that means they are well over 25 years old, probably closer to 30 years old. If the boxes have a sort of diagonal stripe pattern on them then they are from the original run. If that is the case then you cannot directly replace the NMRA couplers for knuckle couplers. You will have to remove the existing coupler boxes and the mechanism and replace them with body mounted coupler boxes but bear in mind they will no longer run on anything under 22" radius. Please advise if they are not from the original run or upload a picture to an image hosting site if you are not sure.
3  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: JINGLE BELL EXPRESS & DCC QUESTIONS on: January 18, 2018, 05:03:04 PM
ē   Is there a DCC version of this locomotive available? (One that will match the Jingle Bell Express theme?)
ē   If not, can the locomotive I received be converted over to DCC? (What would be required?)
ē   And/or, if I purchased a different DCC USRA 0-6-0 engine, would I be able to swap the engine housings (or shells) from one to the other?
1. Not in this specific livery, but as mentioned by others the 0-6-0 is available in other liveries with DCC. I have seen them for as little as $30-40
2. Yes it can be, but not the easisest task for someone who is inexperienced or a beginner as there is not much room to work with at all and you would need to hard wire in a decoder, the non-DCC models are not DCC-ready (They don't have an 8 or 9 pin socket).
3. My advice is to just swap the shells from a 0-6-0 that already has DCC, that is probably the best way for you to get what you are seeking.
Good luck
4  Discussion Boards / N / Re: DCC/SOUND install Bachmann's new Class J (dialup warning) on: November 17, 2017, 06:27:00 PM
Greetings! If anyone is still looking at this post, is there any chance we could get Robert to re-post the installation pictures or provide a link to where they can be viewed?
I am sorry you are out of luck as Robert has not been active on this site in 3 or 4 years. I wish you the best of luck with your installation though. Sorry I cannot be of any assistance.
5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann ez command wireless on: October 30, 2017, 07:56:32 AM
That system is known as the Dynamis by the way, it allows programming of all configuration variables but only supports 21 functions.
6  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: replacing ez command on: October 29, 2017, 09:46:36 PM
I also want to still plug in my dc controller into the new system so I can still run dc loco's
No DCC system offers this feature. You have to convert your analog locomotives to digital or just swap the controllers. The red feeder wire can be plugged in to either the EZ-Command, the Dynamis or the standard analog controller.
7  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N trucks and couplers on: October 25, 2017, 06:24:13 PM
Roller bearing is used on all equipment modernly, all older equipment in the steam ear had friction bearing. Most railroads either will not transport anything with friction bearing trucks or charge a very large fee to do so.
Friction bearing trucks require periodic lubrication, so the bearings usually were easily accessible within the journal boxes.  Roller bearings are sealed units, and require no additional lubrication during normal use.
8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Can I use Marklin C track with Bachmann Loco on: October 17, 2017, 02:37:02 AM
You would not be able to to use either because both Marklin track types only support 3 rail operation. Bachmann North America products only work with 2 rail track. I would suggest that you solve your problem by purchasing flex track from a North American supplier that makes standard 2 rail track. Keep in mind that many Bachmann locomotives require at least a 22" radius or greater and most require a 18" radius, and even if they do not require 18" radius running on 15" radius is often asking for trouble. You will for sure be limited to cars 40' and shorter and you will probably want to stick to 4 axle diesels or an 0-4-0T or something to that effect for operating on sharper radius track.

Whatever you do, do not attempt to use any Marklin or other 3 rail track as it will immediately ruin your locomotive by applying power.
If you want to run 3 rail in HO stick to Marklin/Trix and MTH and a few others make special 3 rail versions.
9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: HO Crossbucks on: October 17, 2017, 02:27:13 AM
All that would be needed is to alternate runs using red paint instead of black. The same packaging could be used.
You would be surprised how much that would add to the cost of the product, one may think it is a negligible change, but it would probably amount to an increase of about $2 in the end retail price.
10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: HO Crossbucks on: October 16, 2017, 03:10:13 AM
IDEA: If you don't want black and white or would prefer red, it is a fairly simple task to alter them to suit your needs.

Keep in mind that when dealing with mass production, in this situation it would probably add a bit to the cost if they produced the product both ways.
11  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: sitch problems on: October 15, 2017, 04:24:44 PM
Check to make sure it isn't picking the points, check that the wheels and track are in guage, check that power is being fed to the frogs, check to make sure it is clear of obstructions and the track and loco wheels are clean. Unfortunately with the information you provided I can only provide those generic suggestions.
12  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: GS4 Daylight DC model 4~8~4 wheels on: October 15, 2017, 04:21:57 PM
So the 8 wheels arenít the same diameter as previous model I find it hard to that out of the whole Bachman range there isnít 8 wheels left anywhere!!
Like I said before you can likely get the parts you are looking for off of another locomotive from ebay or elsewhere but it would only be a short term temporary fix. That is just the nature of the situation, sorry there is nothing else I can recommend other than to just buy a new model which is readily available from most shops and online.

The wheels for the new locomotive are the same diameter but literally every other component has changed making the replacement parts incompatible in this case.
13  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Tightest radius for a Bachmann MDT Plymouth ? on: October 15, 2017, 03:17:21 AM
I got out a piece of flex track and tested mine out and found that it ran fine on 9.75" radius, but as the radius got smaller the derailments became more frequent. The sharpest I tried was about 7" and could not get it to stay on track very long. Your results may vary... I would be weary of trying anything much sharper than 7 or 8 inches as the loco may run fine on 6" as Fred experienced or it may not.
14  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: sd70ACE Wreck! on: October 15, 2017, 03:09:55 AM
In the future you can try to give yourself more leeway in the future in case of derailments or other accidents. (That is leave more space between the track and the edge of that layout). You can also install some sort of barrier like plexi-glass or plastic along the sides as well. Good luck finding your parts.
15  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: GS4 Daylight DC model 4~8~4 wheels on: October 15, 2017, 03:05:58 AM
Hi Iím after the set of 8 drive wheels for DC daylight as most of my plastic shafts have worn.
I see the have the later DCC model wheels available .Im just wondering if the same?
No the parts are not inter-compatible unfortunately, and the parts you seek are not available. Your best bet is likely to upgrade to a new model. The only source for parts would be to cannibalize another locomotive for parts from ebay, a fleamarket, or a train show. The problem is with these locomotives being produced over 30 years ago now, most of them that you will find will probably be worn out and the plastic and other parts just won't be as reliable any more due to their age. There likely is no cheap fix for your issue, because you may find an engine to salvage the replacement parts off of, but that is only a temporary fix and will probably leave you back where you started a year from now when that part or some other part of the locomotive fails or needs replacement or repair.
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