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Large / Re: animated reindeer transport
February 28, 2024, 02:15:19 PM
Hi Jack,

You can check out Bachmann's Large Scale Animated Stock Car video here:

General Discussion / Re: E Z command
February 26, 2024, 10:14:33 AM
Hola Roberto,

(No hablo español, así que estoy usando Google Translate. Espero que lo entiendas).

¿Está utilizando el E-Z Command original o el E-Z Command Plus? La producción inicial del E-Z Command utiliza una fuente de alimentación de AC, pero la producción posterior y el Plus utilizan únicamente alimentación de DC. Mire el puerto de conexión del E-Z Command para determinar qué fuente de alimentación debe utilizar.
Hi Ralph,

The Turnpike Interchange was only made in O scale.
N / Re: Bachmann Freightmaster DCC conversion
February 20, 2024, 10:58:25 AM
Hi Englishprof,

The GP40 included in starter sets is not "DCC Ready", as far as not having a plug-and-play installation method. However, the main PC board has six contacts labeled for track power, motor control, headlight and backup light, so you could install a decoder by soldering it to these points.
It is meant to stop/block the sensor and then reverse.

Matt, if you have the time to contact our service department, they should be able to help you with further troubleshooting.
E-Z App / Re: E-Z App boards listed for purchase
February 15, 2024, 04:10:32 PM
Hi all,

We are now sold out of E-Z App boards for separate sale.

If you are interested in doing your own Bluetooth installations, please check out BlueRail Trains (note these are not compatible with the Bachmann E-Z App.)
Hi Thomas,

The Knapford Station you saw is part of the Island of Sodor operating layout we have on display at shows. We don't have immediate plans to reintroduce it at this time.
Hi Dennis,

Do you need the schematic for the HO or N scale 2-8-0?
Hi Matt,

Are you operating the trolley at low or high speed? If the speed is set too high, the trolley may have too much momentum and overshoot the sensor, and trip it again when it reverses.
There is a slight buffer after the sensor is tripped to allow the train to get moving. Reducing the speed will allow the trolley to stop and reverse quickly enough that it should be able to get away from the sensor in time.
General Discussion / Re: Is the hobby dying (2024)?
January 30, 2024, 09:17:49 AM
At the Railroad Hobby Show in Springfield, MA this past weekend, we at Bachmann witnessed a record one-day attendance of over 16,000 visitors. We don't believe the model railroad hobby is dying by any means!

From what I have heard about the situation over the past few weeks, the recent closures of certain retailers was the result of financial and management issues, rather than a lack of sales or customer interest. It is a very unfortunate situation, but the good news is there are still plenty of other retailers for hobbyists to choose from, and while there may be a short term impact, I think the long term future of model railroading is bright.
Hi Fisherman,

Here is a direct link to the parts diagram for the HO DCC Ready GP40.
General Discussion / Re: dcc to dc
January 18, 2024, 01:30:34 PM
Hi cannonballs,

All Bachmann DCC locomotives are equipped with dual-mode decoders. They can operate on both a DCC system or with a DC power pack.
E-Z App / Re: Which locomotives are EZ-app compatible?
January 18, 2024, 01:25:13 PM

We have some E-Z App boards available in our parts store, however I believe they will be too large to fit on the 70 tonner.