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361  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Wiring codes on Bachmann boards: (R, M+, L-, B+, L+, B-, M-, L) on: June 30, 2016, 06:39:18 PM
The boards are marked differently depending on which model you have.

Which locomotive are you working on?
362  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Help on: June 30, 2016, 06:33:34 PM
Perhaps they aren't getting enough power.  Are you using a large layout with a single power feed?

Or perhaps too many locos/lighted cars?

Which controller are you using?
363  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Favorite Train? on: June 29, 2016, 10:58:06 PM
My favorite locos are "cute" 4-wheel steamers like the Antelope and Western #1 and ERM&L "Falk" #1.

364  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: coupler questions from the newbie on: June 28, 2016, 07:37:59 PM
Kadee brand couplers should be inter-compatible with the rest of your stock.

You didn't mention which Amtrack cars you have, but Kadee's compatibility chart mentions a few Con-Cor ones that might be yours:
365  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Need transformer advice on: June 26, 2016, 10:38:59 PM
Does your layout include a way for the train to change direction such as a reverse loop?

That would cause a short circuit if the rails aren't gapped.
366  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Ez Command DCC on: June 26, 2016, 10:36:48 PM

leave the block control wiring in place and connect the ez command in place of one of the power packs, assuming you are using true block control. this would have the advantage of allowing you to use the block switches to turn off one of the tracks when not in use. ez command has very limited current capacity, and dcc locomotives draw current from the system even when not running. the ability to turn off power to one or more of the locomotives lessens the load on the system, which is particularly useful when running high current draw locomotives (such as ones with a sound decoder) on a system of such limited capacity.

if you have each power pack connected directly to a separate track without block control switches, you will have to connect each loop separately to the ez command.

I had a feeling you'd say something like that...

As I said, DCC eliminates the NEED for block control, but some still prefer it.

If you're using DCC to simplify control, Bachmann does make a booster in case you find yourself needing more power;  Though with your layout I doubt you'll have more than two trains at a time?

I can run two non-sound trains on my layout just fine without a booster.
367  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Ez Command DCC on: June 26, 2016, 02:06:24 PM
Assuming your layout looks something like this:

Using a single DCC controller will eliminate the need for block control.  Connect all the power feeders to the same DCC track output and it will work.
368  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: On30 DCC on board porter - circuit board pinout? on: June 25, 2016, 11:05:29 PM
I'm making a tender with a reversing light and extra power pickup for my Porter, and came to the same conclusion as you.

I believe the decoder in question is a standard Bachmann dual-mode model (DC and DCC) and examining the electrical pathways of the board between it and the loco (the one you uploaded) shows that the directional LED wires do indeed get combined.
369  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Dismantling EZ track on: June 20, 2016, 05:27:11 PM
You would still need to open the remaining tracks about half an inch to slide the joiners into place...

Perhaps that could be accomplished by lifting the adjacent pieces at an angle?
370  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Dismantling EZ track on: June 20, 2016, 03:33:50 PM
My E-Z track isn't secured in place, but I imagine you're 'on the right track'. Tongue

If you want to remove the section with minimal disturbance to its neighbors, perhaps you could try cutting a chunk out of the middle of the section then removing the end pieces.
371  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: wiring for e-z track on: June 19, 2016, 02:08:45 PM
You want to gap the tracks at the ends of the "x" formation.  The oval is fine, it's the crossovers that create the problem.

I highly recommend cutting gaps with a razor saw instead of using plastic joiners.  The metal ones are REALLY on there and you risk pulling the rail off with them, and the plastic joiners are thicker than metal ones and don't slide past the roadbed very well.

Also, which locomotive(s) are you using?  If they're DCC-equipped you can use a DCC controller with a reverse loop module to automatically reverse the polarity of the gapped crossovers.
372  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bachmann Branchline Track & Points on: June 18, 2016, 03:34:32 PM
I believe so, their website says the track gauge is 16.5mm, the same as HO and On30.
373  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Space/layout issues on: June 16, 2016, 07:17:43 PM

An other option is to use this.
It's fully DCC


I've never heard of that system, but it looks ideal for this setup considering it would eliminate hiding E-Z track and extra wires.  It's also rather inexpensive for a DCC controller.  Looks like the only other hardware the OP needs is two pieces of flex track, 4 feeder joiners, and a razor saw.
374  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Space/layout issues on: June 16, 2016, 04:18:38 PM
No problem.  I don't know for sure if the current DCC-compatible locos are compatible with the Auto Reverse system, (It uses DC so they probably are) but It's rare for any stock Porter go for over $100 on Ebay so you won't be out too much if they aren't compatible considering the cost of other On30 locos.  Wink
375  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Space/layout issues on: June 16, 2016, 04:00:34 PM
I just had an idea for you:  How about an end-to end layout that incorporates Bachmann's Auto-reverse system?  You would need to get creative with the extra wires the system uses for the main line sections if you want to use non E-Z track, but the end pieces (That need to be E-Z track) could be hidden in a mine or building.

Maybe a Porter could push V-Dump cars into the mine, then pull them through a forest to a processing building at the other end.
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