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bob kaplan

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« on: February 15, 2018, 09:31:12 PM »

I have been using the Bachmann turntable for a couple of weeks.  Very often the ends of the platform do not correctly line up with the tracks for the stalls.  It's only misaligned by a millimeter or so, but this is enough to interfere with the engine's smooth transition to/from the platform.   Is there any fix for this?  Do I return the t.t.   (that would be a real pain!!!)  Thanks for your thoughts and info.
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bbmiroku

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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2018, 12:29:35 PM »

Is it possible to just nudge it into place?
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bob kaplan

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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2018, 07:41:47 PM »

yup, that is possible, but it is not what I had in mind when I purchased the t.t.   It is disappointing that it is not reliable.  I can't imagine it was designed with that in mind.
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Flare

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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2018, 07:53:50 PM »

I don't have a turntable, I'm just guessing here.  But could you install some small magnets to help it align properly at each position?
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bbmiroku

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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2018, 09:08:22 PM »

Did you buy it from a store or from the internet?
Since you said returning it would be a pain, I'm guessing either the internet or you threw away the receipt.
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RAILSPLITTER

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« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2018, 05:39:08 PM »

IF you want one that works right go get a digital Walthers. They have been making them for a long time and know what they are doing. You get what you pay for.

Jon
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bob kaplan

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« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2018, 09:50:44 PM »

Thanks Jon.  But I am not interested in a Walthers.  My needs can easily be met with the Bachmann if I can over come this problem.
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the Bach-man
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« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2018, 11:52:15 PM »

Dear  Bob,
Please contact the service department.
They will be happy to discuss your options.
Thanks!
the Bach-man
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RAILSPLITTER

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« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2018, 07:54:06 AM »

Thanks Jon.  But I am not interested in a Walthers.  My needs can easily be met with the Bachmann if I can over come this problem.
Good luck on your quest!
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bob kaplan

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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2018, 11:07:26 AM »

After several weeks of use, the tracks seem to be lining up a bit better.  I have even just let it rotate in both directions for several minutes at a time...The engines seem to be having less issues making it on and off the tt.   I am hoping that if i keep using, it will "settle in" to correct alignment all of the time.    Thanks all, for your input.
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bbmiroku

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« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2018, 09:32:53 PM »

This reminds me of something I once read (semi-completely unrelated to trains).

Back in the days of steam-powered ships, a new vessel (even when run under full steam) would not reach it's peak speed for a few voyages.  The engines would need to be 'run in' to smooth out their operation.

Seems to have been the same problem with your tt.  Maybe there was a slight burr somewhere that is wearing away.
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