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16  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: OGAUGE PETER WITT TROLLEYS on: November 05, 2015, 06:42:56 PM

There is no easy way to add a lockout to this board.  We will add one the next time we produce this item, and it will require some redesign to the board.  I cannot tell you when that will be scheduled.

In the meantime, here is a solution that may work for you.  It is not a Lock-out, but more of a bypass. The reverse board will still function, so the lighting features will sequence each time (front and rear headlight). This will supply the motor directly with DC power when the switch is thrown one way, and function normally through the circut board in the other position. The rest of the electronics are still live, so the interior lighting and the Trolley bell sound will still work.

When you disassemble the Streetcar, you will see that the interior poles carry the electricity to the control board mounted in the ceiling of the streetcar. There are wires under the seats that connect to the motor and track power contacts. The wiring diagram is below shows the wires. 

For this modification, you will need a Bridge Rectifier and a Double Pole Double throw switch (DPDT).  The biggest problem is going to be locating the switch and bridge.  Some of the latest production of Peter Witts have a punch out in the frame for a switch underneath in the rear.  You will need to locate the bridge so it can dissipate some heat. 

If you have any questions, let me know.


17  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: 2015 Williams Catalog on: March 26, 2015, 11:42:53 PM

You can see that several of the models that were out of the catalog a few years ago are now back with different features.  (The Genesis, GP38, and FA-1.)  We give the models a year or so to clear out the pipeline from time to time.  We invest a significant amount of money in tooling in each model we make, so they won't sit on the shelf forever.



18  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: New Reverse Board Mystery Socket Functions on: March 25, 2015, 10:21:44 AM
Dear All,

I wanted to verify the functions before I posted.  The extra sockets are just for ease of installation for certain diesels.  They simply supply AC and DC power to other boards in the loco.  They do not have any special functions except for the lockout switch socket.  For normal installations you just use sockets labeled A and B.  Sockets A would be used for each power truck. Socket B is used to power the sound system. If you are controlling a second unit's motors with a tether, you would use Socket C (DC output).   Train+ is AC Hot, Train- is AC Ground, Motor+ is DC+, Motor- is DC-.

19  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Williams 44-Tonners are here! on: March 23, 2015, 04:19:55 PM

A couple of details on the new locomotive.

1. The motors with flywheels are mounted inside the trucks allowing ample space for 3rd party electronics inside the body.

2. The locomotive runs smoothly on O-27 curves and will not derail cars that normally don't derail on O-27 track. The coupler is mounted to the frame and pivots independently of the truck.

3. The sound for the locomotive has been recorded from an actual 44 ton locomotive with the original Caterpillar Prime movers. If you wish to adjust the volume see this post.

4. During testing the locomotive has demonstrated that it has enough power to pull 9 Williams box cars and two 60 ft Heavyweight cars on a straight and level track.



20  Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.s) - READ ONLY FORUM / Williams by Bachmann / How do I adjust the volume on a TrueBlast Plus board on: March 23, 2015, 04:10:00 PM
Here is the location of the volume adjustment on the board:

21  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: FA-1 Status of new roadnames being released? on: January 31, 2015, 08:25:54 AM
These will be A-B units and will be in stock late 1st quarter/ early 2nd quarter.
22  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: E Z Streets set on: November 20, 2014, 12:13:30 PM

The E-Z Street? Expressway set, as well as the new sedans (Blue Sedan and Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey? Clown Car) are in transit to us now and should be shipping out to dealers mid-December.   The turnouts will be arriving 1st quarter of 2015.


23  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: True Blast Plus on: September 07, 2014, 10:16:14 PM
Would should have them sometime this Fall.
24  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Any address other than 3 results in no head and rear lights on: August 20, 2014, 04:52:10 PM

Sorry about losing your post, but we had a problem during our upgrade and we had to restore back to yesterday's data.

Here is your exact post from this morning:

My very first Value Sound GP7 arrived an hour ago.
It runs great and I am changing some CVs (not so fast and not so loud). All that works fine but front and rear light stop functioning if I change the address (CV1) from 3 to 5.
I have never seen any dependency between address (CV1) and standard lights (CV33/34) on any other decoders.
Could you please enlighten me. I assume I missed some fundamentals with Tsunami Value Sound decoders I am not used to with other brands.
25  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: LED's for my E7 on: August 17, 2014, 11:59:22 AM
Great job on the LED upgrades.

One thing that you need to know.  On certain transformers the reverse board may not sequence correctly after you remove the light bulb.  This is caused by some leak voltage given off by the transformer that does not allow the reverse board to advance to the next state. You can eliminate the problem by using a lighted lockon, running a lighted caboose, lighted passenger car, or connecting a lightbulb to the track power (like a streetlight, house light).


26  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Bad FP45 Amtrak Motor on: August 15, 2014, 02:51:43 PM

Does it look like this with a flywheel?

If so it should work.  If not, it will not. You would have to order two complete trucks with motors.

You can order online here:


27  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: GP 38 Question on: June 25, 2014, 03:35:01 PM

It is not directional lighting, but I believe we are transitioning to LED lighting on this production run. Please note that we stated in the catalog that HO models were used for  illustrative purposes. The models will be the same style as the 2013 catalog with upgraded sound and a lock-out feature.


28  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: "e-Unit questions" on: June 25, 2014, 03:24:39 PM

There were several early versions of the reverse boards. I only have one old diagram that may work for your board.  If the shapes and the layout of the components match your board, then this should work.

The Lionel lever stops the e-unit from getting power and locks the drum in whatever position that it was in when power was last applied.  The lock switch on this circuit will not last for extended periods of time.  If the loco sits without power the capacitors will eventually drain and it will be locked in forward on the next operating session. If you had locked it in Neutral or Reverse, you will have to flip the switch, get the loco in the desired state and flip the switch again to re-lock.


29  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: powering up a dummy unit on: June 25, 2014, 10:57:26 AM

You can also un-mount the motors and install the front motor on the rear truck and the rear motor on the front truck without rewiring anything.

If you installed in the dummy unit to start-up in forward when you put it on the opposite direction as the lead unit, it will still start up in forward this fighting the lead unit. It will not run in reverse just because it is on the track backwards.

If you installed to start in reverse as the start-up direction.  The only way they will get out of sync is if you power them up one at a time (i.e. put one on the track apply power, turn off power, put second on track and apply power within 10 seconds).

Once you get them working correctly, it is very important to use the direction button on your transformer.  Press and HOLD the direction button for 1 full second AFTER the train has come to a COMPLETE stop.  If you follow these directions it will always work.  If you don't  and they get out of sync, completely power off for 20-30 seconds and the boards will reset.


30  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Yard Master: A Question about the newly announced 44 ton switcher on: June 12, 2014, 05:11:15 PM

We are still in the sampling phase of development, but we will test the final product to operate and pull cars on O-27.  The couplers are designed differently than the Beep and pivot much closer to the opening.  I personally have some O-27 cars that will not work in the front of the train no matter what loco I use because they are too light.  However, when weighted it fixes the problem. So, in some cases the cars may be the problem not the loco.


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