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91  Discussion Boards / N / Re: dd40ax with dcc not working with EZ command on: December 07, 2011, 01:54:08 PM
If it works on DC but not DCC, you may be using the wrong address. New engines come with loco address set to 3. Sometimes the simplest things are overlooked. If someone programmed the address to something else a reset will bring it back to 3. Good luck.
92  Discussion Boards / N / Re: f-3 n gauge on: November 29, 2011, 11:39:26 AM
I think there is a mistake in the argument. The price difference between a DCC on board engine and a DCC ready engine is not $40. The GP7 has a MSRP of $110. If it were offered in a DCC ready version it might be $100 MSRP. Then again, if Bachmann had to make 2 versions they might be $115 and $105 respectively. This means that DCC on board really costs $5-10 more per engine, not $40. Look at the price of Atlas, Kato and other DCC ready engines. The MSRP is in the $110 range. Bachmann is giving us DCC on board for very little more. Most of the price increase is detailing and reliability. Older, non Spectrum engines were not the best runners and more toys than models. New standard line engines are excellent runners and far more detailed. They don't have the detail of a Spectrum model, but they are good scale models none the less.

Comparing Bachmann DCC on board to new DCC ready engines from other manufacturers shows that Bachmann is offering DCC on board for just about the same price as other MFG's DCC ready. You have to compare new to new since older engines, even if they are new in that they have been on shelves and never run, cost less to manufacture at the time they were made. Also, if they are new and sitting on a dealer's shelf, he will offer them at a very attractive price to get rid if them and stock those shelves with more popular products.

Look at the new boxcars. They are very nice models, far more detailed than those offered a short time ago, but also more expensive. Some might say, give me Rapido couplers, doors that do not open, and less detail because that's what I can afford. If Bachmann made two versions, they would each cost more and when model railroaders saw them the overwhelming majority would choose the more detailed model for a few bucks more.

I think Bachmann is headed in the right direction and is offering some great models for a reasonable price.
93  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N scale dcc on: October 11, 2011, 03:07:07 PM
That's not an easy question to answer. It's like asking what is the best flavor ice cream. An NCE Power Cab or a Digitrax Zephyr will be more than enough to run the layout you are planning. They are relatively inexpensive (around $160 each). The best advice is to try the units if you can. Sometimes you can test drive them at train shows. Of the 2 beginner sets I would go with NCE, but that is a preference. I just don't care for Digitrax. Others love Digitrax. The Bachmann Dynamis is a good system and wireless from the start, but it's more expensive. The EZ Command is VERY limited and only suited to the smallest layouts that will never expand.

I have a Lenz Set 100. I find it very easy to use. Is it best for you? Maybe, but then again maybe not. Try out as many as you can. A little experience is worth far more than a bunch of advice.
94  Discussion Boards / N / Re: What kind of stuff do you want in N? on: August 08, 2011, 01:42:21 PM
I still would love to see a nice 4-8-4 mechanism that would be adaptable to a variety of boiler shapes (like an S-2 Milw engine). Different tenders and boilers could make dozens of 4-8-4s based on the same mechanism.

With all the new heavyweight passenger cars coming out from bachmann and micro trains it would be nice to have a bigger passenger engine too , I'm thinking 4-6-4 (Milw F-6)

On the Diesel side ALCo S switchers and FM H-10-44 switchers.

Baldwin road switchers would be awesome as well !


I agree, it should be easy to produce a good variety of engines based on the same mechanism. I would think Bachmann could sell a lot more engines just by offering more roadnames and cab numbers.
95  Discussion Boards / N / Re: On what prototype is the AAR 40' box car based? on: August 04, 2011, 12:49:52 PM
Dear All,
The car is an AAR 1937 standard steel boxcar, original plans for which are in Mr. Riley's collection.
Have fun!
the Bach-man

Thanks for the info Bach-man. These look like they will be outstanding cars. I really like the direction Bachmann is heading.
96  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Co-mingleing track on: July 26, 2011, 02:55:01 PM
You can mix track from different manufacturers, but keep in mind that most N scale track is code 80. Atlas true track is code 65 and Atlas and Micro Engineering also have code 55. I think EZ track will connect to plain code 80 track with no problem. By plain, I mean track that doesn't come with roadbed attached. I don't think you have to cut the connectors off. You just need to use cork or foam roadbed under the track to bring it up to the height of EZ track. Kato Unitrack can be used in one of two ways. Kato makes a track section with a Unijoiner on one end and an ordinary joiner on the other. Or, you can remove the Unijoiner and replace it with an ordinary joiner. Again, any code 80 track without roadbed will mate up, and no damage is done to the Unitrack. Pull of the ordinary joiner and put the Unijoiner back on and the track is as good as new.

Connecting roadbed track to roadbed track is not as easy, such as EZ Track to Unitrack, but you can use a piece of non roadbed track between them with no problems. You can even use the code 65 or 55 track, but it takes a little more modification to get it to work.
97  Discussion Boards / N / Re: question for the Bach-mann? on: July 23, 2011, 12:06:15 PM
The new GP-7 runs fine, but flywheels would only make it better. The RS-3 sounds like it's going to be a very nice engine.
98  Discussion Boards / N / Question for Bach-man on: July 13, 2011, 01:40:28 PM
Why does Bachmann make so few road names and only one cab number per road? I think they could sell many more engines and cars by painting and lettering them for different roads. They also seem to offer the same roads and numbers for years. I have been waiting for a New York Central 2-8-0 for years.

I'm not complaining, just wondering. Bachmann makes NYC models. I have the ten wheeler, the GP7 is on order, and I will be ordering the RS3 and doodlebug. It just seems they could sell more by offering more roads.

99  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Doodlebug Trailer Coach on: July 11, 2011, 03:01:15 PM
I also would love to see the coaches available for separate sale, especially lettered for New York Central.
100  Discussion Boards / N / Re: 4-6-0 Tweeks and Tips (revised) on: June 21, 2011, 03:04:44 PM
I have on of these and it's a good runner. The pilot truck occasionally derailed though. I turned the pilot truck over as skipgear described and it derails no more. Thanks skip.
101  Discussion Boards / N / Re: better on line catalog descriptions needed on: June 21, 2011, 02:56:57 PM
I have a truly local hobby shop, about 15 minutes away, but it specializes in RC. They have some trains, very little N scale. I can't talk trains with them because they know nothing about trains.

I do frequent a hobby shop that's a little over an hour away. They are train people and know their product. I get a decent discount and they will take orders over the phone. They call me when my trains arrive. I shop there when I can. They also will call manufacturers to find out specifics before I order.

I also shop at Trainland, which is owned by the same family as Trainworld, a couple of times a year. It's a long drive through New York City (I live about 70 miles north of NYC). This is not a fun drive, so I don't go too often. But they have a well stocked shop and give a good discount, so it's worth the trip.

I had a train hobby shop that was close, but it closed. The owner was into HO and didn't know much about N. He was also reluctant to order anything.

Even with a LHS it's important to know what you are buying. I love Bachmann's trains, but the product descriptions are very, very poor. Even with a LHS the hobby has moved to pre-orders, so you have to know what you are ordering.

It's easy to tell people what they should or shouldn't do. In truth, each person decides how to spend their precious hobby dollars. Whether you shop at a LHS or online is up to you.
102  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Digitrak DCC system on: June 10, 2011, 04:02:02 PM
With the Digitrax Zephyr you can use two power packs as throttles. I don't know how easy or convenient it is, but I know it can be done. I looked into the Zephyr before I decided that Lenz was the best choice for me.
103  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Digitrak DCC system on: June 08, 2011, 12:03:27 PM
Digitrax will work fine for N scale. In fact, any DCC system that works for HO will work for N. Decoders can be scale and even engine specific. The Digitrax Zephyr is a very good starter set, as is the NCE Power Cab. The best advice is to try each system at a club, shop or train show. It's more a matter of what you like and how easy you find each one to use. Many guys like Digitrax. I don't. I find it difficult to use. I have a Lenz Set 100 which I love. If you try them you may like Digitrax better.
104  Discussion Boards / N / Re: What kind of stuff do you want in N? on: June 02, 2011, 01:58:28 PM
The new Spectrum 2-8-0 with DCC lettered for New York Central. And the 4-8-2 with DCC in NYC livery as well. In fact, any NYC engine with DCC on board, but the Consolidation and Mohawk would be my first choices.
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