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16  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Pegasus motor... on: April 28, 2018, 04:16:36 AM
My roommate pointed out that it looks like I'm complaining... I just want to assure folks, I'm not complaining. I just thought the response was funny is all. I had been talking about this on a few forums, and a couple of forums told me to contact Bachmann parts, because even though it isn't listen, there is a slight chance they have it, or know of something compatible.

So forums said to ask parts, and parts replied by telling me to ask forums... that just struck me as hilarious is all! (okay, I'm easily amused)

An update though... GREAT NEWS!

So, I wasn't able to remove the worm screw before, and even tried a gear puller, however, today, while going through the tool drawer, I ran across a gear puller that Terry sent me a while back... it was a different sort of puller that uses a pin... the pin was a bit fat, however, I have a box of record needles here (I restore Victrola Talking Machines, and seeing how you need to change the needle with every record, I have a zillion (spell check says that's a word) steel needles, new, and used) so I grabbed a needle, stuck it into the bolt, lined it up with the gear, and pop it went!

That being said, it changes everything!

Now... do I take apart one of my Gandy Dancers (I have six of them) OR, do I buy a new Gandy Dancer motor from the parts store?

You know what? I'm gonna order a new motor! (besides, children LOVE playing with the Gandy Dancers when I set up tracks at the Steampunk Convention)
17  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Pegasus motor... on: April 27, 2018, 11:55:08 PM
The DeWitt Clinton has the right worm gear, while the Gandy Dancer has the right orientation of the motor. I was hoping the parts people could help me out with that, seeing how they have the parts to do it... but they told me to ask here instead.

I would have asked repair, but the last time I had an issue and talked to them, they would only offer a replacement of a whole discontinued loco with a completely different loco (I have a George Washington that was wired wrong, and they offered to replace it with a non-George Washington engine, which defeats the purpose of spending all of that money on a collectable set... apparently the repair department doesn't actually do repairs... they just replace)
18  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Pegasus motor... on: April 27, 2018, 11:51:21 PM
Yes. It is the exact same motor, but, the worm gear is on the wrong side, and how the motor goes in, it's supported by the plastic fire box, so it's measurements have to be very specific... meaning, I can't flip it like that.

Here's the actual motor taken from the Pegasus:

19  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Pegasus motor... on: April 27, 2018, 11:20:41 PM
Oh, and I checked with NWSL for a replacement motor, but the worm gear is, once again, an issue, because it's such a weird size.
20  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Pegasus motor... on: April 27, 2018, 11:19:37 PM
It's the same motor, BUT, the worm gear is a bit too big, plus, it's on the wrong side of the motor.

The Gandy Dancer has it on the proper side, but, the worm gear is still too big. I found a few more in the parts catalogue that is the same motor, just the wrong worm gear.

Oh, and I tried removing the worm gear on my Norris motor, but, it doesn't come off, even with an NWSL gear puller.

Unfortunately.

What I'm probably going to have to do, is buy a Lafayette off of eBay, and strip the motor from it for my Pegasus. (I did too much work on the Pegasus to not try to save it... plus, I plan to put DCC and sound into it)


21  Discussion Boards / HO / Pegasus motor... on: April 27, 2018, 09:57:08 PM
So I need to fine a new motor for my Bachmann Pegasus 4-2-0 Norris engine. The old one burned out.

I shot an e-mail to Bachmann's parts department to see if it's in stock, and this is the reply:

<<Hello,

 My suggestion to you would be to go onto the Ask the Bachmann Forum online at the website.

See what the modelers can tell you.

 
Cynthia
PARTS DEPARTMENT
Bachmann Industries
1400 E. Erie Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19124
www.bachmanntrains.com
www.parts@bachmanntrains.com
Phone: 1-800-356-3910
Phone: 215-533-1600
Fax: 215-533-1650>>



Okay... so... do any of the modelers here know if Bachmann has the motor and worm gear I need in stock?

(strange way to look for a part in stock, but... I'll play)
22  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: bachmann turntable/roundhouse on: April 19, 2018, 06:47:12 AM
If the Tidmouth Sheds had an electric turntable, I would be all over that! I love that the doors are spring loaded, and open and close automatically with the engines.
23  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Why do you do this to me, Bachmann?!?!?! on: March 04, 2018, 05:55:34 AM
RIGHT!?!

That 2018 catalogue means I'm going to be SO BROKE this year!
24  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Bachmann EZ Command Experiment on: March 02, 2018, 08:57:13 AM
I did an experiment tonight.

I use the Bachmann EZ Command DCC system. I have the EZ Commander, and two "Walk Around Companions" on my layout.

So I placed all of my DCC engines on the layout tonight. (I usually run with just six DCC sound engines, one lighted car that uses track power, and one DCC sound car)

So tonight, I put them all on.

NINE DCC sound engines, ONE DC engine (the Pegasus) the light caboose (Proto 2000) and the BLI sound cattle car.

No booster... just the EZ Commander, and it's two Companions, and two jacks for the Companions.

Then I made every engine run all at once.

If ANYONE tries to tell you that the EZ Command can't handle more that two engines, then it's only because they have never used the EZ Commander system before.

I can see that there might be limitations if one was using it on a full room layout (my layout covered two walls of my room... so it's "British Big" but "American Small") and it is a point to point.

But it handled everything DCC I have.

Just wanted to share that.

This system makes me happy. It may be a bit limited (I use a Digitrax PR3Xtra on a separate programming track to program decoders, so I don't really need on track programming ability) and it does everything that I need it to do.

No complaints here.

Bachmann... you still make a great product.
25  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Installing buildings on: February 08, 2018, 10:00:51 PM
Is it a permanent layout?

What I did, was added scenery to my layout, some Durhams Water Putty for ground work, and ballast, and once the buildings were in place, everything looked perfect.

The road bed on EZ track may look a bit tall, but for a main line, it's pretty close to the right height... I really only needed to build up the ground around stations, and some switch tracks... adding static grass to the EZ track in a few areas also gave a nice "lower profile" look to the track.
26  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DC on a DCC Layout on: February 08, 2018, 09:57:01 PM
All of this is great advice... I too have a few DC engines I run on my layout, and yes, I pull the engines off the track when not in use.

Lately, I've been making an effort, to put a decoder in each engine I can (obviously, it's not happening with the Gandy Dancers, or the DeWitt Clinton, or the John Bull, but the Norris engines have space in the tender, and the motors are already isolated, and it's just two wires to solder)

If your engine has an 8 pin plug (or if you're feeling squirrely enough to hard wire) I would suggest a simple (cheap) decoder for it... if you can.

Otherwise, if all you're doing is using it every so often, and taking it off the track, or putting it on an isolated track, you're still fine with it.
27  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: what dcc systems allow running analog locomotives on: November 04, 2017, 01:27:09 AM
Myself, I use EZ Command, because I DO like running a DC on my DCC layout, because Bachmann says I can! (I'll run a Norris, or my Gandy Dancer... or if I get something new that isnb't DCC yet, I'll toss it up on the layout)

As for programming... I found a Digitrax PR3Xtra to be very useful, and it was only $40. I have a small bit of programming track on my desk that doubles as a display track. If I need to program something, I just toss it on the program track, fire up the PR3Xtra, and open up JMRI.

I plan to use that until Bachmann comes up with something better.
28  Discussion Boards / Plasticville U.S.A. / Re: Looking for parts. on: November 04, 2017, 01:22:49 AM
w00t! It took three months, but... I finally found the parts I needed!

eBay. It's a magical place.
29  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Understanding the power spec on the EZ Command on: November 04, 2017, 01:10:58 AM
I'm not using any power boost, just the EZ Command, and two "Walk Around Companion" controllers (three controllers all together, all powered by the one)

On my layout, I am running seven DCC sound engines (two Digitrax, one MRC, and the rest Factory Bachmann Tsunami "Sound Value") I am also running a DCC sound car (Broadway Limited cattle car) a DCC engine (usually either the Gandy Dancer, or the Norris, until I convert it to DCC and sound) plus, two end of track LEDs.

All are running just fine at the same time with no power booster, using the EZ Commander, plugged into EZ track, all engine lights and sound on.

Don't know if that's helpful or not.
30  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: why would you need dcc on a small railroad? on: October 19, 2017, 11:34:05 PM
I too am using EZ Command. In fact, I have an EZ Commander, two walk around companions, and the plugs for the walk around companions in my fascia.

I'm having a blast with it. Yes, EZ Command is a bit limited, but, I also have a Digitrax PR3Xtra, and a small programming track on my desk, so, I'm not noticing any limitations to my setup at all. The programming track is for programming a loco, and the layout is for running them!

I like simple, and that's a very simplified way to do it.

Now, you will hear people (usually who don't have EZ Command) tell you that EZ Command will only run two engines with sound, and not much more, but, my layout is running seven DCC Sound engines, and one DCC Sound car. Plus, I have a single LED on a track bumper running off of track power on each end of the layout so when the EZ Commander is on, I know that power is getting to both ends of the layout. So the myth that EZ Commander doesn't have the power to handle multiple DCC Sound engines is busted.
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