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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 3 Truck Shay DCC-ready on: March 14, 2019, 06:50:51 PM
It means that a DCC decoder can be installed if you want.

The general definition is that the motor is already electrically isolated from the frame, and it could also mean that the model may even have a plug for super easy installation.
2  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: train loses speed on: March 06, 2019, 12:36:36 PM
The best way to fix this is to add a second power connection opposite of the powered rerailer.  (I assume you're using the E-Z track that came with the set.)

You'll need another powered rerailer track section and two extra connection wires to go between the two rerailers.


You'll also need to solder or otherwise rig the wires together on the ends that are supposed to go to the controller.  If the train doesn't work, unplug one of the new power connectors and turn it over to correct the short.

The wires are made of copper which conducts power much better than the rails, and will make up for the power loss over the rail length.
3  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: ON 30 2-6-0 disassembly help on: February 25, 2019, 12:59:07 PM
There are guides online for removing the shell to install DCC decoders in these models.

Here are some I've used:

http://www.pacificcoastairlinerr.com/mogul_dcc/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtWmqzWXH-8
4  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N scale DCC and Blocks on: February 06, 2019, 10:18:24 PM
Are you setting your tester for DC or AC?

DCC uses a digital wave form that mimics AC.
5  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Rolling stock wheel dimensions? on: February 06, 2019, 08:21:40 PM
My math says that's nearly half an inch larger than the prototype.

Close enough for me.  Thank you.  Smiley
6  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Rolling stock wheel dimensions? on: February 06, 2019, 02:53:30 PM
I'm building an On30 Porter tender and would like it to have spoked wheels, the Thomas line looks like a good source.

I need the wheels to be 24" in 1:48 scale, are there any wagon or coach wheels that might be large enough?

7  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N scale DCC and Blocks on: February 05, 2019, 02:22:12 PM
Is there any concern if the bus wires touch or do they need to be separated a certain distance. 


My layout actually uses lamp wire for the bus, I don't have issues with cross-talk.

And the rails aren't spaced very far apart either, you shouldn't need to worry.
8  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Part 73339 - Sound module into On30 2-6-0 locos on: February 04, 2019, 01:01:07 PM
Bachmann's 'Sound Ready' locos such as the DCC 2-6-0s do have speakers, but do not come with the sound module.

If you already have an analog 2-6-0, it's possible to install a Tsunami 2 sound decoder and a speaker, I've done it using this guide.

http://www.pacificcoastairlinerr.com/mogul_dcc/


It's also possible to upgrade an analog 2-6-0 leaving the tender bare, Soundtraxx's 810112 speaker is just the right size to fit in the rectangular hole at the back of the cab.


9  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Part 73339 - Sound module into On30 2-6-0 locos on: February 03, 2019, 04:51:11 PM
You presumed correctly, the sound module goes into the tender of the 2-6-0s with DCC pre-installed.  (And they will run on analog layouts as well.)

The analog-only 2-6-0s are not compatible with the drop-in sound module in any way.


I'm not seeing part 73339 though, did you mean 44957?
10  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Couplers on: January 30, 2019, 05:03:41 PM
That model is even sold out on Bachmann's own store page.

Looks like you need a medium length, center-shank coupler.  You can try using a Kadee HO 'Standard head' Whisker coupler, some of my cars have those and work well with my Bachmann E-Z Mates.


Edit:  I just realized that model is for the original E-Z Mate line, they've been replaced with the E-Z Mate Mark II.

Look up Bachmann part number 78025, that appears to be in stock at several sites.
11  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N scale DCC and Blocks on: January 29, 2019, 03:01:33 PM
I also use the NCE Power Cab system.

Ideally you should connect a feeder to each rail segment, but my On30 E-Z Track layout has feeders every 3-5 feet along a 90 foot bus, and the Power Cab has no trouble keeping up with that length.

Non-sound locos tend to draw half an amp to a whole amp when active, and the Power Cab can handle up to two amps at a time, so you shouldn't need a booster.

You can remove the blocks to simplify the wiring if you like, or rewire them so they control individual sidings so you can 'turn off' locomotives to save power.

12  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Convert to DCC on: January 29, 2019, 02:24:03 PM
Your existing track, turnouts, and crossovers should work just fine on DCC, but your locomotives will need to be converted to DCC if they don't already have dual-mode decoders installed.

You can use your current DC controller to power the turnout's and crossover's solenoids since DCC controllers don't support them.  Unless you want to replace them with Bachmann's DCC versions that are powered by the rails.

If your layout has any loops that allow a train to change direction on the mainline, you'll need a Reverse Loop Module to change the loop's polarity when it detects a short.


An aside: Are you planning to get the E-Z Command System or Dynamis Infrared System?
13  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N scale DCC and Blocks on: January 28, 2019, 07:18:20 PM
Personally, I think DCC simplifies the wiring:  Left bus to left rail, right bus to right rail, and reverse loop modules take care of shorts for uninterrupted running.

Which DCC system are you using?

How many locomotives will you be running at once and do they have sound?

How are the feeder wires currently spaced?
14  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Replacement Heisler LEDs? on: January 28, 2019, 05:45:33 PM
Thanks, I ordered a few.
15  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N scale DCC and Blocks on: January 28, 2019, 03:14:11 PM
The NMRA says to use 18 gauge wire for HO and smaller scales.

"Bus" is a contraction of the Latin word omnibus.
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