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1  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Short occurs in turnout track on: April 01, 2019, 09:20:12 AM
nice to hear I'm not the only one with this problem - the issue, as best as I can understand it, is that it is not a 'short' but the loco's wheel lifting up slightly off the track at the switches (turnouts) - this problem was never fully resolved for me - my "work a rounds" have been to run the locos slightly faster than I would like to - also, some times, the engine starts to run again - this happened when I waited a moment or two (because I was distracted, not part of the plan) and all of sudden the loco started rolling again - that does not happen all the time, though - my best bet has been to run them slightly faster - there have been people helping with their posts, though, and that really helps - it's a great hobby
2  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: NCE Power Cab throttle issues on: February 28, 2019, 09:47:46 AM
thank you guys - I'm going over to that web site you mentioned
3  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / NCE Power Cab throttle issues on: February 25, 2019, 11:23:10 AM
the issue I have with the Power Cab is initially, for speed, it gave my even increments of 4 for the "increase fast and /decrease fast" speed buttons, and also "increase/decrease" of 1 each time you hit it for the other 2 buttons, and the speed wheel in the middle of these 2 sets of buttons  -  now, I got 3 locos running, and they all give me that 1 "increase/decrease", and the 4 "increase/decrease", with a maximum of 28 - next time I use the Power Cab, out of the blue, and with me giving no further input, the locos starting running even increments of 10, with a maximum of 126 - I preferred this, but the damn Cab goes back to "1 and 4, with a max of 28" on it's own - it has gone back and forth a few times now - the locos still operate fine under either speed settings, but I prefer to stay at the "10, max 126" specs -
4  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Short occurs in turnout track on: February 21, 2019, 01:16:25 PM
it is a DCC Power Cab - I will unscrew the wires (it was only on one switch) and it didn't really solve my problem anyway -  there's no consistency for when it fails (shorts) - sometimes there is a slight derailment of the front, right hand wheel in the front truck - the front truck (like the back) has 6 wheels, 2 on each side, with a front pair, a middle pair, and a back pair - sometimes that front, right hand side wheel is off the rail - it goes undetected by me, and than fails at the turnout - anyway, the Power Cab is great, but it's got a damn mind of it's own - I really had to be got to be patient with it - being retired going on 12 years now after working in the accounting field for 30 years, I'm sort of a computer dinasuor, and I even know less about the voltage that needs to be supplied to the track - that's why I use Bachmann EZ track - it's quite easy to use  -  the issue I have with the Power Cab is initially, for speed, it gave my even increments of 4 for the "inc fast/dec fast" speed buttons, then "increase/decrease" of 1 each time you hit it for the other 2 buttons - I got 3 locos running, and they all give me that 1 "incr/decr", then 4 "incr/decr", with a maximum of 28 - then out of the blue, and with me giving no further input, the locos starting running even increments of 10, with a maximum of 126 - I preferred this, but the damn Cab goes back to "1 and 4", with a max of "28" on it's own - it has gone back and forth a few times now, and it's easy to get use to, but I prefer to stay at the "10, max 126" specs - it's got nothing to do with that speed wheel either, it has the same max limits for speed
5  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Short occurs in turnout track on: February 18, 2019, 10:18:54 AM
hey, thanks for your input, good to know these things - I will check into that Kato gauge & spacing tool - 2 things, though - I too am a big fan of the Bachmann locos and rolling stock - I like their blackened metal wheels, couplers, etc - but my locos are less than a year old - they're basically brand new - how can a wheel(s) be "out of line" so soon? - and a second thing, the locos don't "hesitate" or "short" going thru all turnouts on my layout - if the wheel(s) were "out of line", wouldn't it "hesitate" going thru all turnouts?  - I got the Bachmann CSX (Econami DCC Sound Value) GE Dash 8-40CW diesel - it's great, and for the most part, it handles the entire layout just perfectly - my other 2 Bachmann locos (DCC Sound Value & a DCC) handle the entire layout (4' x 8', N scale), but sometimes I run them a little faster thru the turnouts so they don't "hesitate"  - I have the Bachmann EZ track system, and it's just great - this is my 2nd layout
6  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Short occurs in turnout track on: February 16, 2019, 09:20:06 AM
will try the "flashlight/straight edge" process today, see if I can detect it  - currently, my "work around" is to run the locos slightly faster through the turnouts - I'm using a NCE Power Cab, and as I go around the track, I decrease the speed by "1" as I approach the turnout in question (I decrease it by "1" for each lap around the track after a successful
pass thru the turnout) until the locos stop - I inspect the track where the locos stop, but still can find anything out of the ordinary - I just think each loco should go through each turnout despite it's speed, even if it the speed of "1"

thanks for your input
7  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Short occurs in turnout track on: February 13, 2019, 11:39:16 AM
I'm using the Bachmann EZ track turnouts - I'm still having that problem with a "short" - I realize that it is really not a "short", but rather the loco's wheel slightly lifting off the track based upon comments of "TrainMan2001"- there doesn't seem to be any excess plastic on the turnout track that stops the locos, but I'm still looking - I have powered the "frog" on the remote by connecting the 2 wires together that are found on the bottom of the turnout track, but that doesn't help - I will  test the voltage of the turnout - thanks for all the comments
8  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Short occurs in turnout track on: February 12, 2019, 11:40:32 AM
you mentioned "rolling stock" - this occurs with my locos - did that occur only with your "rolling stock", or also with your locos - in any event, I am going to check out my track based upon your comments... thanks, hope it works
9  Discussion Boards / N / Short occurs in turnout track on: February 02, 2019, 08:46:07 AM
when my loco crosses over the "frog" in the turnout track, sometimes in stops and needs a little push to get going again - the wheel of the loco must be "pushing" off the track, I guess - is there a solution to this without having to "nudge: the train to get going again?
10  Discussion Boards / N / Re: NCE Snap It on: January 03, 2019, 03:37:47 PM
thanks Ken, I appreciate the input - I plan on splicing the end of the red power wire that connects to the Bachmann DCC controller and connect it to the 2 pin plug of the NCE Power Cab (Cab) - the other end of this red power wire is connected to the Bachmann EZ terminal rerailer track - now, this EZ track terminal rerailer has plugs on both sides of the track, so for the Snap It connections, I can use the other side of the terminal rerailer track (right?) because you mention in your Option 1 "from one side of a terminal rerailer" - am I correct?

the Cab offers more flexibility, including the process of coupling and uncoupling - currently, I'm using the Bachmann EZ Command Center controller (DCC controller) - it was so easy to use, and I liked the ability to run several locos on it, that I bought a second DCC controller for my 2nd layout - however, after about a month of using this 2nd DCC controller, it stopped working - I always have the right address, because I can get sound & lighting on all locos, but the locos do not run, either forward or backward - do you know anything about that?
11  Discussion Boards / N / Re: NCE Snap It on: January 03, 2019, 08:32:16 AM
I am using Bachamnn's EZ track - can the Snap It still be used with Bachmann's EZ track? - I know that the Power Cab can be used with my Bachmann EZ track by splicing one end of the red power track wire to connect to the Cab's 2 pin plug, with the other end of the red wire connected to the Bachmann EZ track terminal
12  Discussion Boards / N / Re: NCE Snap It on: January 02, 2019, 07:44:30 AM
I understand the green wires tie into the 'Snap It', but how does the Snap It connect to the NCE PowerCab
13  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / DCC Controller problems on: January 02, 2019, 07:42:24 AM
Recently, my Bachmann EZ DCC Command controller stopped working - the digital locos will produce sound and the lights work, but the locos will not run, either in reverse or forward - it is not the case of having the wrong address, because as I test each loco individually (there are 5), I first choose the appropriate address for each one, then select the Function key, then test it's lights and sound - each of the 5 work for light & sound, but none of them run - I first removed all but 1 of the locos to see if maybe there was an "overload", but that individual loco (proper address selected) did not run, just lights & sound - any ideas?
14  Discussion Boards / N / Re: NCE Snap It on: December 30, 2018, 10:20:37 AM
I understand the green wires tie into the 'Snap It', but how does the Snap It connect to the NCE PowerCab   - right now my turnouts green wires connect to the remote switches, but I would like to throw these switches using the Cab, and not the Bachmann EZ Command controller (which works great, by the way) - another nice feature I like with the Cab is the de-coupling process

I throw the all turnout switches with the black box that comes with the track, not the DCC Controller - some of the biggest features with Bachmann's DCC controller is running more than 1 loco at a time, and very easy to use
15  Discussion Boards / N / Re: NCE Snap It on: December 29, 2018, 08:30:58 AM
thanks for the info - I'm currently thinking about the PowerCab, probably in a few more months - sounds like you are saying that I can use the Cab in conjunction with the Snap It, I will have to more research
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