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346  Discussion Boards / N / Re: New guy with spec questions. on: January 11, 2017, 01:31:04 AM
Nice pics. Cheesy

Aside from noise, are the trains performing any better now?  (I forgot to mention that the locomotive's wheels and electrical contacts should be cleaned too.  Woodland Scenics makes a tool which makes cleaning the wheels really easy: )

Most of the longer steamers have a curve radius limit.  Sorry to hear yours exceeds the layout.  Sad
347  Discussion Boards / N / Re: New guy with spec questions. on: January 10, 2017, 09:58:59 PM
The first thing I'd try to get some better performance from trains is to clean the track.  Both steel and nickle-silver rails develop build-up over time that needs to be cleaned away.

I don't know whether or not those tunnels lift off, but for what you can reach a lint-free cloth with rubbing alcohol (70% or higher) will do in a pinch.  For what you can't reach there are 'track cleaning cars' you can push or pull with a locomotive.  It seems we all have different opinions of which kind is best, but I found Atlas or Dapol's motorized track cleaners to be most effective.  (They apply cleaning fluid and have motorized polishing heads that can be replaced with a vacuum attachment)
348  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: How do I run 2 trains on one track? on: January 10, 2017, 07:50:53 PM
Another option would be converting to DCC.  (Digital Command Control)

With DCC you can have two (or more) locomotives on the same track travel in different directions at different speeds using just one controller without separating the layout into power districts.

It's more expensive than using block wiring and stuff on large analog operations, but you don't need to speed match or flip switches as the train moves either.  Wink
349  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: why controller 44211 does not work with switch? on: January 10, 2017, 02:33:17 PM
If you're talking about the analog speed controller and a turnout, you need to remove the spade connectors on the red wires and insert the bare wires into the knobs at the top of the controller.  (They either push in or pull out to reveal the contacts)
350  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Turnout problems on: January 09, 2017, 04:45:27 PM
First of all those you should get yourself an NMRA guage and make sure the locos wheels are in guage.

I have an On30 locomotive with the same problem on an E-Z Track turnout, should I get an On30 NMRA gauge, HO gauge, or both?
351  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Don't buy me a train on: January 08, 2017, 06:06:24 PM
My family had the right idea, they got me a gift certificate to my local train store.
352  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Bachmann EZ DCC Command System on: January 08, 2017, 05:04:49 PM
Decoders draw power even if the locomotive is sitting idle.
353  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Bachmann EZ DCC Command System on: January 08, 2017, 01:42:06 AM
I don't think it's a good idea to run more than two locomotives at a time with just the E-Z Command unit.

Most DCC locomotives draw a maximum of 1 to 1.5 amps, and the power supply for the E-Z Command unit is rated at at just 1 amp.

Bachmann sells a booster unit that will add an additional 5 amps to your layout:

For your second question, Bachmann's E-Z Command system only runs trains, it can't program them.  The easiest-looking programmer I've found is the SPROG line.  They connect a programming track to a PC or laptop through a USB port and the software has a point-and-click interface.
354  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann Turnouts and 44901 EX Command Control Center on: January 07, 2017, 05:09:51 PM
FYI, Bachmann also makes DCC-controlled turnouts if you would prefer not to use a second controller.

355  Discussion Boards / On30 / Mr. Bach Man, what is the status of the DCC 2-6-0 locos? on: January 06, 2017, 04:25:41 PM
Your NMRA brochure said they were scheduled to come out in October of last year, do you have an updated release estimate?
356  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 80 ton Shay dc or dcc determination, how? on: January 04, 2017, 11:33:05 PM
You may need to cut into the loco to get sound in it, but a standard decoder will slot into that socket.

As for the gears, try e-mailing NorthWest Short Line. they make high quality replacement gears for many brands of locomotives.

I see that the 80-ton HO Bachmann Shay is crossed off of their availability list, but that may simply mean they're out of stock at the moment.
357  Discussion Boards / On30 / Yellow D&RGW passenger cars. on: January 04, 2017, 03:18:05 PM
How many of these did Bachmann make?  I just got a Roaring Ridge set that comes with the yellow combine, coach, and observation car and I'd like to complete the train.

I've tracked down the separate-sale baggage, combine, coach, and observation cars (The duplicates I got in the set have different road numbers) but is that all of them or did I miss any?
358  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Engine light malfunction on: January 02, 2017, 06:42:20 PM
you must choose your loco such as address 3 then press the function button and press 10. Sounds as if you forgot the function button

Don't forget to press the function button a second time after pressing 10 to exit function mode.  Wink
359  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: What model # Bachman EZ Command decoder on: January 02, 2017, 05:05:52 PM
You want item 44915, it has the plug pre-installed that will fit the socket in your locomotive.

I suspect the differences between the non-plug versions is the one with a longer PCB has a dual mode decoder for compatibillity with analog layouts while the short PCB version is DCC only.  Though I haven't confirmed this.
360  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: E-Z Track on: December 31, 2016, 08:01:20 PM
In case you don't know, David, black base E-Z track uses steel rails and the gray ones have nickel-silver rails.

Nickle-silver doesn't oxidize as quickly as steel and the corrosion on n/s is still somewhat conductive as opposed to plain old rust.

This is most likely why gray roadbed also comes in a greater variety of turnouts, curve radii and other goodies.
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