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1  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Night before Christmas power supply on: September 05, 2018, 03:05:37 PM
If it is not going to be used year round, and only one loco, perhaps a easier solution than putting it down and taking it up, and suffering oxidation while stored is to convert to battery power.

Then there are no power leads to the track, worries about joiners oxidizing the rest of the year, etc. If the loco is converted properly, you can put enough battery in it to run for many hours.

Then then only thing to maintain is to occasionally charge the battery during the year, and if you go to LiIon then the self discharge is very low in storage.

Robby can help you on the battery conversion, and less expensive track than brass, like aluminum. Also aluminum flex is easy to bend without a bender if you don't have really tight curves.

2  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: DCC sound upgrade on largescale 55 ton shay on: August 27, 2018, 09:27:38 PM
You cannot use a DC regulator to lower DCC track voltage
3  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: DCC/Sound Card CVs and FX's for smoke/firebox/headlight f/r on: April 17, 2018, 05:47:53 PM
Press F0, the lights button...

what decoder did you use?


4  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Spectrum 1:20.3 scale rail truck on: March 23, 2018, 04:50:59 PM
Do you mean it runs backwards as compared to your other locos?

5  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Bachmann Rail Truck on: February 28, 2018, 02:11:02 AM
Not odd, smart... your company can only make 2 things at a time, for example... keep making the same 2 things forever? Once most of the interested people have one, they are done... so you have to make something else.

6  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Stock is in Short Supply on: February 15, 2018, 02:08:08 PM
Unfortunately, Bachmann and their owner Kader are not non-profit organizations.

We had the same issues with parts for Aristo (made by Kader) too, and it was revealed that it made more sense to only make parts during the loco production run. In fact your complaint that you only need a $5.50 part is EXACTLY why the parts business is not profitable when people expect "reasonable" prices on parts.

Sure, a full compliment of parts could always be provided, but at the current selling volumes, and to have them all in stock would make them crazy priced. So major subassemblies (full motor blocks) or even a whole new loco are what we have after a production runs "parts" are depleted.

It's simple economics. Many companies, again Aristo as an example, simply cannibalized new locos for the parts needed, but it's much harder to manage an inventory of "partially scavenged" locos... so again not all companies do this.

Sorry, but this is the reality of what is becoming a niche hobby.

7  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Bachmann Spectrum 1/20.3 scale K-27 counter weights on: February 12, 2018, 11:54:12 PM
The problem was not the wobble per se, but the looseness  "rotationally" which allowed the rod gear to lock up and in severe cases destroy itself. Basically the loco went out of quarter.

Test it carefully, it can damage itself. Try forwards and backwards.

My recommendation is follow the fix you find in the threads.


8  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Soundtraxx Econami 881003 ECO-21P versus 881006 ECO-21PNEM on: January 18, 2018, 02:22:09 PM
the one with the NEM suffix matches the 21 pin NEM socket.

It's possible the non-nem one has wires or solder pads, not sure it's available from soundtrax, but may be an oem product.

9  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: LED headlight on: January 18, 2018, 02:17:01 PM
You use the term "bulb" is this a led or a light bulb? Big difference and no resistor for a bulb normally.

10  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas large scale upgrade to DCC on: January 12, 2018, 04:20:49 PM
Assume 1 watt or so, get a 5 watt speaker, since you are in large scale.

If you need smaller speakers with higher capacity, look into Visaton

11  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Great Northern Green on your Jackson Sharp Passenger Cars.. on: January 12, 2018, 04:06:16 PM
Pretty sure Floquil went out of production in 2013:

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12  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: bachmann wire diagrams question on: December 13, 2017, 02:01:15 PM
"J" is traditionally used by electrical engineers on a "header", normally a line of pins (but often solder holes, screw terminals), When it was a row of pins, you could put a Jumper "J" between the pins to set certain operations.

Just a tradition from electrical engineers as long as I can remember (back to the 60's)

13  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Brass Gears on: December 13, 2017, 01:29:42 PM
I believe the latest chassis for the big hauler / annie is the same, brass worm gear, steel worm.

14  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: North Pole Express Caboose Lighting Suggestions on: December 12, 2017, 02:30:16 AM
One axle won't give you consistent enough pickup, use 2 in each car.

The contact area with the rail is small (that's why real trains work so well) and the cars are not heavy like a loco.

15  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Derailment on: December 11, 2017, 04:20:46 PM
I'd have to agree, typically people have problems with the pilot, not the driving wheels.

My guess is like Bill's, cross level or abrupt vertical grade transition.

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