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16  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: A new layout for the new house! on: April 30, 2018, 11:50:12 PM
Love your layout and what you’re doing, it’s somewhat nostalgia to me.
It’s good stuff.
Regarding the fourth picture posted from your post on 4/16, in “what if” the second to last car (dome) derailed?
The Amtrak pic near the edge of the layout.
Have a look, maybe I see something others don’t.
That’s a long way down,
To me.
Just sayin’.
17  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: car cradle on: April 20, 2018, 08:32:44 PM
This works well, maybe cheaper than your Kleenex box.
Sand or cut a flat on the bottom.

I use this;
Any piece of scrap closed cell foam can make a satisfactory cradle.
Cut to the width you desire.
18  Discussion Boards / N / Re: 4-8-4 DCC conversion on: April 08, 2018, 11:29:07 PM
The amperage rating of the motor most likely is too low for the decoder.
I'm sure he meant to high rather than to low.
The excess is dissipated as heat.

Tell us, what is your logic in changing the motor rather than the decoder?

Or is it just a personal decision?
19  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N Prairie 2-6-2 Pilot problems. on: April 08, 2018, 11:07:45 PM
Glad you got it fixed.
If you want to realize the full potential of that little lokie, balance it, and then add a ‘Spectrum” tender.
The difference those two modifications make is incredible.

20  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N scale dcc frames on: April 08, 2018, 10:39:07 PM
Bachmann’s current business strategy is to put a decoder in “everything” n scale.
If, and when, Bachmann re-runs “older” locos you can bet they will have decoders as well.

21  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Running 2 trains on one layout on: April 08, 2018, 10:22:00 PM
Hi jimr,
Have a look here, it's a good read;

Good luck
22  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Electrical issue with DCC and Mogul on: April 06, 2018, 10:02:42 PM
Troubleshooting 101 Terry.
Find your meter and start poking around.
Sounds to me like something just not quite right in tender 5.
Check the entire circuit, including polarity between engine and tender.

Good luck
23  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: request repair on: March 28, 2018, 11:07:10 PM
Well then, go to plan B.
Call them.
Explain the repair to them (Scale, loco type, DCC or not, problem, etc.
Ask about repair/warrantee costs, including shipping, you maybe responsible for this, maybe both ways.
Again ask, as I don’t remember.
When all that’s agreed upon, and payment is made, then get them to fix your email addy and password, for your account, before you hang up the phone.

Plan C is Snail Mail.

Good luck
24  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Dash 8 Widecab parts on: March 13, 2018, 08:53:21 PM
What about using parts from another manufacturer?
Anybody else make CW?
Atlas made a dash 8-40 ... dunno if made in a wide.
Maybe Shapeways?
Maybe a skin graft.
Looks like your best option is a donor from an auction site or possibly a train show.
@TJ suggestion for n scale yard scale…is a good option, I have purchased many times from them.

Good luck
25  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Scouts Train Show on: March 11, 2018, 09:55:53 PM
That’s good stuff Jonathan
26  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bachmann controller no. 6605 on: March 10, 2018, 12:08:47 AM
With a google search the key words, "Bachmann controller 6605" turns up this info:

Output 0-17VDC, 20VAC.
Max Output 6VA Total.

I think most here would agree with both Len and bbmiroku, they are truly basic starter packs.
Really suited better for running accessories than at running trains.
Upgrading power supplies from the entry level type, should be very high on the priorities list.
Second only to the acquisition of real estate.
27  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: EZ track 90 degree crossover on: March 08, 2018, 05:35:53 PM
28  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bachmann EZ Command Experiment on: March 08, 2018, 05:25:36 PM
I don’t “do” DCC so my curiosity is piqued.
For how many continuous minutes did you run this way?
Did you/or do you, have any way you could measure the amp draw while doing this?
What is the output rating of the EZ Command?

Lots of trains running at the same time is a good thing (DCC or DC).
For a minute or two is very different than for an hour or two.
29  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bachmann controller no. 6605 on: March 08, 2018, 04:57:44 PM
Hi billyb,

Not much to these controllers to figure out.
Two screw terminals marked either “Track” or DC output are connected one to each rail.
Other two screw terminals marked Accessories or “AC” are connected to either lighting accessories or switch machines, or simply not used if not required. Sometimes they are covered with tape from the factory so you don’t hook them up to the track.
IIRC, the Rheostat knob rotates about 180°, in the center will be off, so about 90° left or right.
Turning the knob either CW or CCW makes the lokie move either forward or reverse (according to which wire you have connected to which rail).
The more you advance the knob (either left or right of center) the faster your train will go (increasing voltage to the track).

Good luck
30  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Sound Value DD40AX another blown speaker for the Bachmann on: February 27, 2018, 12:40:24 AM
You need to comprehend what you read.
Your perception may or may not be the same as mine.

You go to the well twice and your not satisfied;
Yet you go back again?

And I'm the bad guy for suggesting you go somewhere


Good luck
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