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#91
The short answer to this question is that any NMRA-compliant DCC decoder will be compatible with a Bachmann DCC Ready locomotive. Dependent on which item you wish to install DCC in, the decoder solution and installation process may differ.

  • For some locomotives, a decoder/module designed specifically for that model may be offered directly by Bachmann, designed and manufactured by one of our decoder suppliers. (Example: 44960 Plug & Play ACS-64 DCC & Sound Module is a TCS WOWSound┬« module designed specifically for the DCC Ready ACS-64 locomotive, included in the 00772 Amtrak┬« City Sprinter set.)
  • Most DCC Ready locomotives include an 8-pin plug for drop-in decoder installation. More recent and future DCC Ready locomotives will replace the 8-pin plug with a 21-pin (HO scale) or NEXT-18 (N scale) plug.
  • Some older DCC Ready Locomotives may not have an 8-pin plug and require soldering the decoder. In this case, and in general, the simplest definition of "DCC Ready" is that the motor is electrically isolated from the chassis of the locomotive.
  • If you wish to install a sound decoder, you will need a speaker in addition to a decoder. Some DCC Ready/"Silent" DCC locomotives come with a speaker pre-installed, while older models or models with limited/no space for a speaker may not.

DCC technicians and decoder manufacturers can offer advice and help select a specific decoder for your model. Some manufacturers such as TCS and Soundtraxx have decoder selection and installation guides on their websites.
#92
While many of the features are the same, the E-Z Command Plus (item no. 44933) has a number of improvements over the original E-Z Command system (item no. 44932.)

-The E-Z Command Plus can control up to 29 decoder functions over the original E-Z Command's 9 functions.
-An LED speed indicator has been added, so that the operator can determine the relative speed of the addressed locomotive when turning the control knob. This way, the operator can easily tell whether the locomotive is running at low, medium, full speed, etc.
-The existing E-Z Command has an emergency stop button that stops the movement of all trains on all tracks. On the E-Z Command Plus, you can also make an emergency stop of the actively selected locomotive by pressing down the control knob.
-LED indicators have been added or updated to the address and function buttons to more easily identify which DCC addresses/functions are selected and in use.

The only other major difference with the Plus is that due to internal design changes, it is recommended to have a separate programming track for assigning addresses to locomotives. "Programming on the main" is still supported, but changing addresses will cause the address of all locomotives on the main track to be changed.

All previous E-Z Command accessories such as the Walk-Around Companion, 5 Amp Power Booster, and Automatic Reverse Loop Module are compatible with the E-Z Command Plus.

Please refer to the E-Z Command Plus instruction manual for further information: https://shop.bachmanntrains.com/documents/44933EZCommandPlus.pdf

Also see the Introduction to E-Z Command Plus video here:
#93
Hi Ralph,

The E-Z Command Walkaround controllers are still compatible with the E-Z Command Plus. Please note that when using the Walk-Around Companion, you will be limited to 28-speed steps and functions FO-F4 for all 9 addresses.
#94
General Discussion / Re: Installing EZ track
May 05, 2023, 09:26:40 AM
Hi Donald,

I think the replies above have some good advice. I will say that if you are new to model railroading, E-Z Track is a great track system to get started with. We have a few E-Z Track how-to videos on our YouTube channel that show the basics of assembling E-Z Track. We also have various how-to videos for the E-Z Command DCC system that show how it interfaces with E-Z Track, and you may be able to adapt this advice to use with your NCE system.

You might find our E-Z Model Railroads book to be helpful.

Good luck!
#95
HO / Re: USRA light pacific driver diameter
May 05, 2023, 09:18:43 AM
Hi chasbush,

Are you interested in the diameter of the prototype or the HO model?

The prototype driver diameter for the USRA Light Pacific is 73 inches. On the model this scales to about 2 cm/.78 inches.
#96
General Discussion / Re: Philadelphia Reading 4-4-0
April 17, 2023, 10:42:37 AM
Hi mvideo,

The Philadelphia & Reading 4-4-0 was part of an uncatalogued set called the "Iron Valley." It was made exclusively for Boscov's department stores in the Northeast.

Here's what the set box looks like:
https://thumbs.worthpoint.com/zoom/images1/1/1010/30/bachmann-exclusive-iron-valley-train_1_2612db50a8716867dc63bbbeac3b55f8.jpg
#97
Large / Re: Dash 9 Parts Diagram
April 14, 2023, 03:29:10 PM
Hi Loco Bill and PballNut,

We've been doing some back end work on the website to make improvements to the instructions and parts diagram reference section. We do have the Dash 9 documents available and I'll see if we can get them uploaded to access here in the meantime on Monday.
#98
HO / Re: EZ Track Pack Model: 44596
April 12, 2023, 08:48:09 AM
Hi Nate,

Out of the box, the turnouts in the E-Z Track First Railroad Track Pack are manual and not DCC compatible. However, you can convert your manual turnouts to DCC with the Trackside Turnout Decoder or the DCC Control Box with Turnout Decoder, sold separately.

There should be green wires included in the box to connect the manual turnouts to the control boxes. The red wire connects the terminal rerailer track to your speed controller (not included.)
#99
Thomas & Friends / Re: N Scale Bachmann Thomas
April 05, 2023, 10:31:15 AM
Hi Damian,

We have advised our parts and service manager to order spare N scale couplers. They will be compatible with all Thomas & Friends rolling stock including Annie and Clarabel. (Note that these are unique from traditional US "Rapido" couplers and the couplers used by N scale Thomas & Friends locomotives.)
#100
HO / Re: Plastic wheel sets versus metal wheel sets.
April 04, 2023, 04:31:12 PM
Good demonstration- that's why all of our Silver Series rolling stock comes equipped with metal wheels!
#101
Large / Re: Large scale Forney Manual
April 03, 2023, 08:42:31 AM
Hi bcochran, here is the Connection Diagram for the Forney. If you don't see what you're looking for on the diagram, let us know if you have any questions.

https://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/dwg/dwgs/LS_Baldwin_2-4-4_Forney.connection_diagram.pdf
#102
General Discussion / Re: EZ command
April 03, 2023, 08:38:56 AM
Hi Brian,

While many of the features are the same, the E-Z Command Plus has a number of improvements over the original E-Z Command system.

-The E-Z Command Plus can control up to 29 decoder functions over the original E-Z Command's 9 functions.
-An LED speed indicator has been added so that you can determine the relative speed of your locomotive when you turn the control knob. This way you can easily tell whether you are running at low, medium, full speed, etc.
-The existing E-Z Command has an emergency stop button that stops the movement of all trains on all tracks. On the E-Z Command Plus, you can also make an emergency stop of the actively selected locomotive by pressing down the control knob.

The only other major difference withe the Plus is that due to internal design changes, it is recommended to have a separate programming track for assigning addresses to locomotives. "Programming on the main" is still supported but changing addresses will cause the address of all locomotives on the main to be changed.

We hope to have a video on our YouTube channel soon overviewing the E-Z Command Plus features and how to operate the system.
#103
HO / Re: Parts acquisition
March 31, 2023, 02:18:59 PM
Hi Taman,

You can access our parts webstore here. Keep in mind that depending on how old your model is, parts may or may not still be available.
#104
Hi Terry,

That would be locomotive #1 from the currently closed Lahaina, Kaanapali and Pacific Railroad in Hawaii (aka the "Sugar Cane Train.") All of the railroad's equipment and track is currently for sale- but the land it occupied is unfortunately not included.

#105
Large / Re: Price Increase
March 17, 2023, 09:00:31 AM
The price increase took effect January 1st. For dealers and distributors who pre-ordered before 2023, Bachmann is honoring the original pricing. And as wraujr mentions, always make sure to check with your hobby shop or online for the best pricing.