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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 2018 NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENTS on: August 16, 2018, 03:05:11 PM
Searsport,


Use this link for HTML5 instead of Flash.  The drop-down menu will allow you to download a PDF file if you wish.

http://resources.bachmanntrains.com/NMRA_KC2018/html5

3rail
2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Is Bachmann switching to TCS as their sound decoder supplier? on: August 16, 2018, 02:49:57 PM
Lexon,

This link is the HTML5 version instead of Flash, give it a try.

http://resources.bachmanntrains.com/NMRA_KC2018/html5
3  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bachmann's 2018 Announcements on: August 15, 2018, 03:39:32 PM
The link in the email used flash, but the one on the Catalogs and Brochures Page doesn't.  Here you go:

http://resources.bachmanntrains.com/NMRA_KC2018/html5
4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: ACS-64 on: August 05, 2018, 11:59:30 AM
FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT: Your decoder will work best in DC (analog) mode when using a high quality, electronically regulated power pack, preferably one that supplies smooth, filtered DC power. Older rheostat style power packs and pulse power packs will result in erratic and unreliable operation. If your power pack provides a Pulse power switch, leave it in the ‘Off’ position.

Since there are no function buttons when using a DC power pack, many of the sounds operate automatically in analog mode.

This DCC locomotive has a higher starting voltage than a non-DCC locomotive. To operate in analog mode, determine the point on the throttle where the locomotive lights and sounds come on and remain steady, but the locomotive doesn’t move. This will be the Zero point for this locomotive.

At the Zero point, you will first hear the sound of the pantograph being raised, and the power inverter starting to work. Other random sounds may also turn on such as the air compressor, blower motors, and cooling fans. Very slowly increase the throttle. The horn will blast twice if going forward or three times if going in reverse, the traction motor noise will ramp up, and the bell will turn on. If you continue to increase the throttle the bell will turn off. At this point, only the traction motors and other random sounds mentioned above will play. If you suddenly change the throttle voltage and then back, a grade crossing horn sequence will play. Finally, when you slowly decrease the throttle and bring the locomotive to a stop ( at the Zero point), a single horn blast stop signal will play.

Remember, this locomotive is equipped with TCS Keep Alive®, so the sounds will continue to play for a few seconds after the power is turned off.

If you do not want sound, you can disconnect one lead to the speaker.

I hope it is helpful.

3rail
5  Discussion Boards / HO / ACS-64 Documentation on: July 17, 2018, 02:49:20 PM
The ACS-64's are now shipping and showing up on many of your doorsteps.  This is our first product that includes a Sound decoder from TCS.  It is the most feature-packed decoder that we have ever used.  Below are links to all of the documentation that we have available so that you can customize the settings.

ACS-64 Quick Start Guide
ACS-64 NMRA CV List
ACS-64 Electric Programming Guide
Parts Diagram
WOW Sound Comprehensive Programming Guide

We hope that you enjoy this great new locomotive!


6  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Old Catalogs on: June 28, 2018, 11:20:27 AM
Ok, I posted what is available as PDF files on our:

Catalog and Brochures Page.

Have Fun!

3rail
7  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Old Catalogs on: June 27, 2018, 11:09:34 PM
2008 was the first catalog that was generated in digital pdf form.  We have scanned some others, but they take a great deal of time to scan.  If time permits, I will post the ones that we have scanned.

If anyone has scanned our catalogs and wants to share them, please contact me via personal message feature.

3rail
8  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: 2018 Catalog on: February 23, 2018, 01:06:58 PM
The problem has been corrected. The download option now works.  You will have to clear the cache on your browser to get the updated version. If you still have a problem, you can get the pdf file via this link

Sorry for the inconvenience.

9  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / 2018 Catalog is online. on: February 19, 2018, 12:31:22 PM
The 2018 catalog is online for viewing.  Hard copies will be arriving at our warehouse approximately February 28.


Bachmann celebrates railroading with a new digest-sized 2018 catalog. This handy 340-page, full-color catalog showcases a complete listing of Bachmann’s Standard Line and Spectrum® locomotives, rolling stock, and accessories, offering new items and classic favorites for modelers in HO, N, O, On30, and Large Scale along with our complete Williams by Bachmann product line. Browse the catalog, then visit your local hobby retailer and tell them you want Bachmann Trains!


10  Discussion Boards / Large / MOVED: Large scale Thomas trains on: January 04, 2018, 10:21:34 AM
This topic has been moved to Thomas & Friends.

http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/board/index.php?topic=34363.0
11  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Squealing When Stopping on: February 09, 2016, 03:09:30 PM
Bob,

It is very hard to believe that all of your 100 locos have this issue. The locos that you mentioned in your other threads were over 20 years old. If they are older than that, and do not have a flywheel a sudden stop squeal is the wheels sliding on the track.  There is no cure for this.  You have to throttle down slowly on these models.

If your locos have been stored for 20 years or more, you are going to need to clean off the old lubrication and re-lubricate them. Then run them for so time so that the lube gets distributed. This should solve the majority of your problems.

When lubrication and run-in time does not solve the problem, look at these two other possibilities.

1.  Flywheel rubbing against top of shell.  When this happens, it is usually where the body shell curves down on the side. You can thin the flywheel by removing the shell and running the loco on rollers or on blocks to let the wheel spin freely.  While running on the blocks, take a flat metal file to remove some material from the top of the flywheel.  The flywheel needs to be spinning so that it will still be balanced after filing. Make sure to use safely glasses or goggles and a dust mask.  Use compressed air to blow off any metal filings.

2.  Motor worm gear rubbing the inside of the motor mount.  This will go away with time because the worm gear is steel and the motor mount is softer Zamak. However, if it is getting on your nerves, you can take off the truck and then take the motor mount off of the motor and file the inside hole of the motor mount with a round metal file.

Regards,

3rail



12  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Williams U33C on: January 30, 2016, 11:47:38 PM
Bob,

I know that the Brass Sharks had an older power transistor reverse boards (the early U boats had them too.) The transistors would sometimes overheat, so we started adding heatsinks to them and this solved the problem. If you do not have heatsinks, you may need to resolder the transistors and add heatsinks. We started using a new design in the mid 90's.

If you still have difficulties call our service department during business hours.

http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/service.php

Regards,

3rail
13  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Will the heavyweight coaches make a return? on: January 11, 2016, 03:53:28 PM
Dear Norman,

We rarely retire tooling unless it is worn out (the heavyweight cars are not worn out).  We don't have a scheduled return date for the heavyweight cars at this time.  When we do make them again, any new features or improvements will be announced.

Regards,

3rail
14  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Reverse board with AC motor on: January 11, 2016, 03:22:50 PM
Dear Woofer,

The reverse board is designed to work with all Williams locomotives. They have always used DC motors. We will revise our description in the catalog going forward to avoid any confusion.

We do not make a reverse board specifically designed for AC motors.

I found this information on the Internet, but I cannot confirm it will work without having a locomotive with an AC motor to test it, so use it at your own risk:

Quote
Here is a method to operate the AC motor with a DC board and rectifier.


Hot + DC wire from Reverse unit to one AC terminal of the bridge rectifier
The armature across the + and – of a Full Bridge Rectifier
The other AC terminal of the bridge to one of the field coil ends
The common point of the field coil to DC ground on the PC board.

The True Blast Plus board will operate off of AC track voltage and can be triggered with a transformer that has a horn AND bell buttons. 

Older transformers with just a whistle button may work, but will only activate one sound. (IF the rectifier is still in good working condition. Many disc rectifiers degrade with time and do not function properly.)   The horn will blow if the hot lead is connected to the center rail and the bell will ring if the hot lead is connected to the outside rail.

If you do not wish to install these items in your Lionel RDC car, you should return them to the retailer where you purchased them.

Regards,

3rail
15  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: WILLIAMS SCALE GE-44 Tonner 23101 to 23104 on: November 20, 2015, 11:21:51 PM
Hello EastbrookBridge,

You can buy the shell and other parts for this loco on our parts department. 

http://estore.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=66_77_673


Regards,

3rail
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