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346  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)
347  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?
348  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.
349  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.
350  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.
351  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.

352  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?
353  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.
354  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?
355  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
356  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.
357  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.
358  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Coca Cola Christmas Train on: December 31, 2016, 03:58:26 PM
Please, just somebody post the image on a comment! This links to this website for this image, just don't work at all!

Let's try this one:

There was also an On30 one at one time, but I don't think it's still available new:
359  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Coca Cola Christmas Train on: December 31, 2016, 03:40:20 PM
How about this link?  It should be the Bradford Exchange's train page.
360  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Where to start with HO (premade sets, E-Z lock, compatibility) on: December 31, 2016, 01:43:39 PM

I see there is Bachmann flex track, wondering how hard it would be yo mate with EZ track.

It's not that hard, just trim off the excess rail(s), place it on roadbed, add a joiner and you're set.
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