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 on: April 18, 2018, 11:05:08 AM 
Started by Rocket_Scientist - Last post by Mike C
Yes just tear out the decoder .

 on: April 18, 2018, 10:28:11 AM 
Started by Shay5 - Last post by Shay5
I'm setting up a layout with two loops. I have just received your 284 Berkshire Steam Locomotive & Tender W/DCC Sound Valve. I read the starter's guide & confused. The guide talks about using a 12Volt DC power pack or a NMRA-Compatible DCC Command Station.
I was looking at the TECH 7 Ampac 780 Transformer. I am not sure if this one is to STRONG to use for the BERKSHIRE w/sound and power the inside loop. Could you please point to a good Transformer?
If I would need 1 for each loop, please let me know and suggest good ones.\
Thanks Randy

 on: April 18, 2018, 10:18:00 AM 
Started by jkemp - Last post by Fred Klein
Received my copy yesterday. Perused the pictures but did not have a chance to read any of the articles. The book looks great. I'm looking forward to many pleasurable hours of reading.

 on: April 18, 2018, 06:09:41 AM 
Started by Rocket_Scientist - Last post by Rocket_Scientist
And just as an update, I sent my Northern in for repair/replace (most likely to be replaced since it's of the 2004 - 2012 vintage).....6 to 8 week turnaround time. Now looks like i'll have to send another loco in, as apparently there are no spare parts listed for the ALCO 2-6-0 mogul. I run straight DC and the locomotive was just tooling along and suddenly slowed down and stopped. The LED headlight comes on dim for a moment and then goes out...either direction. Looks like the dual mode decoder gave up the ghost since all other locos run fine....clean track and a hefty Spectrum power supply. I wonder if it may be easier to just remove the decoder and hardwire everything in the tender along with a dropping resistor for the LED headlight. The wiring looks pretty straight forward since everything is labeled as to what goes where.

 on: April 17, 2018, 10:58:04 PM 
Started by rdailey1202 - Last post by StanAmes
From your email am I correct that you installed the decoder yourself.

On the firemans side of the decoder are the power and motor connections in screw terminals.

Have you connected the power to connections to the Bachmann 3 truck board board or only to the Airwire?

On the engineers side of the decoder are the function connections which plug into the decoder.  You need to unplug this set of wires from the Bachmann board and plug it into the decoder  I assume this is plugged into the decoder?

On the rear side of the Bachmann 3 truck shay board are screw terminals.  I assume you followed the instructions which came with your shay to convert from DC to DCC operation?

Stan Ames

 on: April 17, 2018, 09:59:03 PM 
Started by bob kaplan - Last post by Hunt
. . .

I believe that this is because the Bachmann non-sound decoders have a lower top speed  setting (CV5), but I'm not sure how to adjust it -- I get readings for the CV5 of around 100, but I try to reset it to 255, for whatever reasonm it doesn't seem to take.

. . .

CV 5 cannot be programmed by design.

To date a  Bachmann HO DCC On Board locomotive is factory equipped with a  Bachmann manufactured two-function decoder that does not  support CV 5 or CV6.

Click Here f -  List of supported CVs are on second sheet. Also, note the CVs default setting.

Use 28 not 128 speed step mode when speed matching.

 on: April 17, 2018, 09:33:31 PM 
Started by rdailey1202 - Last post by rdailey1202
So I wonder if it's an issue between the T-5000 and the Bachman DCC card.

F0 should be lights. Nothing happens.
F1 should be bell. Works.
F2 should be whistle. Works.
F3 should be short whistle. Works.
F4 should be Steam Release. Works.
F5 should be nothing. Makes generator noise. Turbine wind up sound.
F6 should be smoke. Makes running water noise.
F7 should be dimmer. Makes coupler noise.
F8 should be mute. Works.
F12 makes some kind of air noise.

Bear in mind these are all stock Bachman components except for the Airwire installation. I did not mess up the Converter60 to Bachman DCC connections because a lot of things work correctly and there are only four wires to touch.

If I just got the headlight and smoke to work it would be a success. The rest is fluff anyway.

 on: April 17, 2018, 06:07:35 PM 
Started by jkemp - Last post by BIG BEAR
I just received my pre-ordered copy today. Looking forward to reading Lee's article and as usual all look great!!


 on: April 17, 2018, 05:51:26 PM 
Started by rdailey1202 - Last post by rdailey1202
The Bachman OEM version that they sell at the Bachman Store.

 on: April 17, 2018, 05:47:53 PM 
Started by rdailey1202 - Last post by Greg Elmassian
Press F0, the lights button...

what decoder did you use?


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