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HO / Re: Doodlebug wheelset question
June 14, 2016, 11:44:46 AM
i Johnny,

No short prior to changing the wheel sets. I removed the DCC Ready PCB and will be hardwiring a decoder in. I'vs been testing on DC. (no decoder yet) This test was done by hooking up the pickup wires from the front and rear trucks (red to red and black to black) and then hooked up the red pickup wires to the positive motor wire and the black pickup wires to the negative motor wire. I then placed it on the track and applied power with a DC power pack and it the a short. That's when I looked at the wheel sets and notice I goofed when installing the replacement wheelers with one insulated wheel on the right side and one on the left side which is causing the short.


Quote from: brokenrail on June 14, 2016, 11:14:51 AM
Was there a short before you changed the wheels?
HO / Doodlebug wheelset question
June 14, 2016, 10:11:11 AM
I have a doodlebug that had bad gears on the drive truck so I replaced them with NWSL geared wheelers. Upon testing the doodlebug I came across a short. I found the insulated wheels were opposing each other. My question is which side does the insulated wheel go on...the right rail or the left rail like the rear truck? Thanks on advance.

Nathan Kline
HO / DC GP38-2 motor isolated from frame?
March 11, 2016, 12:40:16 PM
I have a DC (Non DCC On Board) Bachmann HO G38-2 in the blue box with the clear window. I'm working on installing DCC/Sound and I was wondering if the motor is isolated from the frame or not? I looked at the reference sheet on the Bachmann website ( and it looks like it is but I looked at the tcs website installation pics for the Bachmann GP-35 ( and it looks like the same setup as the GP38-2 but explains how to isolate the motor from the frame. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

Nathan Kline
HO / Re: DCC On Board CV questionn
October 30, 2015, 10:03:18 AM
Hi Joe,  That's to change direction of travel which I tried and it still was messed up.

HO / DCC On Board CV questionn
October 30, 2015, 09:04:56 AM
I have a Bachmann Spectrum GE 45 tonner and had to replace the board in it recently. Now when it goes forward the reverse headlight goes on and vise versa. What are the CV's and values to correct this? Thank you.

Nathan Kline
Washington, NJ 07882
On30 / 4-6-0 "noise supression"
March 14, 2015, 07:20:50 PM
I have a 4-6-0 and I would ike to plug in a sound decoder using the existing pc board to utilize the on board resitors and eliminate the hardwiring process. Could anyone tell me if there is any "noise suppression" equipment on the board and where it is and how to remove it? Please PM me with pictures of what components to remove. Thank you.

On30 / Re: Your dream loco for Bachmann to produce
October 19, 2010, 07:11:31 PM
Quote from: ebtbob on September 05, 2010, 10:14:08 AM
No other words necessary.....

My thoughts exactly!  ;D

On30 / Re: EBT Mikado and 3 bay hoppers?
October 16, 2010, 11:47:57 PM
So would I. C&BT shops is looking to sell their molds for the On3 3 bay hoppers, any chance of Bachmann looking into that? I was told the internals need new bases and remounting though. You guys already make the correct Vulcan trucks that would be used on them, that's a plus!


Quote from: the Bach-man on October 16, 2010, 11:39:15 PM
Dear Nathan,
I would love to see it!
the Bach-man
On30 / EBT Mikado and 3 bay hoppers?
October 16, 2010, 11:17:08 PM
Hey Mr. Bach Man,

Any chance of ever seeing an EBT Mikado and 3 bay hoppers and maybe steel flats in On30?

On30 / Re: On30 track supplier
October 14, 2010, 04:57:18 PM

Checkout Nate's Light Iron Hobbies, cheaper than Micro Mark!

On30 / Re: New liveries for the passenger cars.
April 03, 2010, 10:39:45 PM
The burgundy color on the new cars is the color that was used on the PRR cars.


Quote from: Hamish K on March 20, 2010, 07:17:48 PM
In a post below on another topic,  there was a mention of unlettered passenger cars being available in burgundy and black. These have now appeared on the online product list and show that the baggage, passenger car, combine and observation car are available separately in this livery.  The observation car is also available in unlettered olive green. This is, I think, the first time that the observation car has been available outsie of a train set.

I am interested in the colour of the bugundy cars - is it the same as that previously used for the Ohio River and Western, and PRR passenger cars (were those the same colour)?

I would have liked these available earlier - a reddish colour is more appropriate for my line than the green I currently have! Still, a welcome move.

On30 / Re: Newest Freight Car on the Home Fleet
March 19, 2010, 07:05:58 PM
Very nice!
On30 / Re: New 2-6-0's DCC/Sound ready?
March 13, 2010, 02:13:24 PM
Quote from: Tomcat on March 13, 2010, 02:33:43 AM
Hi Nathan,

unfortunately they are not DCC ready; but I have just finished adding DCC plus sound to a Bachmann C&S Mogul, something I had done two times a while back. If one follows Harold Minkwitz´s instructions, it´s a almost easy job. I have put the decoder in the engine by filing off some material Bachmann uses for the weight inlay, so there are just two cords to the tender. If one drills some holes to allow a speaker to be put inside the tender, it works pretty fine.
I had used a Loksound HO scale decoder, but on my other two conversions I had used the Soundtraxx decoders, which meant to put them into the tender since they´re a bit bigger.

Cheers, Tom ;) ;) ;)

Hi Tom,

Unfortunately they are not DCC ready but fortunately they aren't that hard to add dcc/sound to. I've done it once with the decoder and speaker in the tender and running 6 wires between the loco and tender but I don't think I'd want to do that again, not that it was hard but I just would prefer not to do it again. This time I'm trying a motor control decoder contained in the loco and a sound only decoder in the tender with power pickups added to the rear truck, seems a little easier and cheaper believe it or not, about $80 until it's all said and done.

On30 / Re: New 2-6-0's DCC/Sound ready?
March 12, 2010, 07:53:12 PM
Quote from: Linzthom on March 12, 2010, 04:06:31 PM

I have the new catalogue in front of me. There is NO mention of dcc in the description at all for any of the 3 the 2-6-0s.

The only new things I can see are:

.  2 door baggage car in Burgandy and Black

.  Combine Car in Burgandy and Black

.  Observation Car in Burgandy and Black AND Olive Green

.  Jackson and Sharp Coach in Burgandy and Black

All the above are Unlettered

There's also a Boxcar : Christmas Fruitcake Car ( but it is a Willams car shown)

A Stock Car : D&RGW in black

And that's about it.



I guess the person I heard it from got it confused with something else although I didn't know about the new undec passenger cars until now. Thanks for the info.

On30 / New 2-6-0's DCC/Sound ready?
March 12, 2010, 02:32:16 PM
I have heard that in the new Bachmann catalog the On30 2-6-0's are listed as having a plug for DCC. What about a "cutout" in the tender for a speaker? Bach-man, can you confirm or debunk any of this and fill us in on any other details? Thanks.