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31  Discussion Boards / N / Re: How to remove pilot of 2-10-2 n-scale locomotive to replace coupler? on: June 18, 2016, 10:26:29 AM
I'm pretty sure that the coupler is held on with a push-in type device .  You should be able to use a small screwdriver or a knife blade to pry it loose .  I can't see any reason why it would have been made so that the whole pilot has to come off .  Look at the exploded drawing here in the parts service and info section .
32  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Retooling and upgrade on the Bachmann ATST 4-8-4 ? on: June 02, 2016, 10:59:24 PM
  Um ....Kato ......   Yea it's a western 4-8-4 , but I hear it runs great .
33  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N Scale 4-4-0 Tender wheel adjustment on: June 02, 2016, 10:39:28 AM
If this is an older locomotive and the tender wheels are not wanting to roll you may have a problem . The older models are subject to "zinc pest" , the metal they were made from is likely contaminated with other metals . This makes the zinc swell and eventually rot . There's nothing much that you can do about it , there was a long discussion on Trainboard.com a couple of years ago when someone tried to fix an older 4-4-0 without much success .  If the wheels roll a little  you may try to gently bend the frames out very slightly , but be careful as the metal is fragile . Also as BM said , check the connection between the loco and tender to see if the tender is forcing the loco to loose contact with the track .
34  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N EMD DD 40AX DCC on: May 29, 2016, 10:11:28 AM

Which DCC system are you using ?    If you have Easy DCC I don't think that you can do any CV changes , But if you have Dyanimis , or an NCE or Digitrax system  you can just go into program mode to bring up CV 8.


EasyDCC is made by CVP Products and is capable of programming all CVs.

E-Z Command Control Center is Bachmann DCC system and it is not capable of programming by user supplied CV number.






Probably I used the wrong name , I was meaning to say the basic Bachmann system can't program CV's .
35  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N EMD DD 40AX DCC on: May 28, 2016, 10:34:15 AM
How do I reboot the decoder?
Jim

Which DCC system are you using ?    If you have Easy DCC I don't think that you can do any CV changes , But if you have Dyanimis , or an NCE or Digitrax system  you can just go into program mode to bring up CV 8.
36  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N scale DCC layout started, but need help with problem...please on: May 20, 2016, 10:22:03 AM
  Most of the DCC decoders are "dual mode" decoders , meaning that they will run on both DC and DCC .  So as long as you haven't programmed the decoders to run on DCC only they should run on DC  just fine .
37  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N scale DCC layout started, but need help with problem...please on: May 19, 2016, 10:33:09 AM
 Are the decoders set up to also run on DC ?  If so check that they run on DC . they should run just like the regular DC locos do .  If they run on DC but not on DCC then there is a problem with the DCC system . And if they don't run at all then it is a contact issue with the decoder .
38  Discussion Boards / N / Re: How to operate an F7B unit purchased separately with an F7A for DCC? on: May 15, 2016, 03:30:14 PM
Using the NCE PowerCab , you could set both addresses the same . This will work as long as they run well together .  Or you could consist them together .  This will work easy as long as they run well together .  Now if they don't run at close to the same speed you will need to  speed match them . Easy way is to use CV 5 and 6 to get the mid range and high end speeds to match .  They don't have to match exact , but the closer they are the better they will run .

I'd try setting the addresses the same first . They should run fairly close together .  But if you want to consist them , just read the instructions in the PowerCab manual , it's pretty easy to do .

39  Discussion Boards / N / Re: 3D printed 4-8-4 on: May 13, 2016, 12:00:06 AM
The boiler shape is much better !  But the bands are a bit too big .  Just constructive criticisim .
40  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Bachmann 2-8-4 Bershire - how to switch sound permanently off? on: April 28, 2016, 10:28:28 AM
Which decoder could I buy to replace the built-in decoder?

I like the Econami decoders by Soundtraxx . Have done both the 2-8-4 and the 4-6-2 with them . They are on sale this week too ! The Loksound decoder is also a good choice but is a bit more expensive .  You can find instructions to change the decoder here http://www.therailwire.net/forum/index.php?topic=35889.0
41  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Bachmann 2-8-4 Bershire - how to switch sound permanently off? on: April 26, 2016, 07:45:44 PM
CV 113 is not supported in these decoders . The only way to mute them is with F8 .  The only other option is to replace the decoders with a full function Tsunami , or their Econami decoder .  They along with Loksound decoders have a time out CV that mutes the sound after a period of time .
42  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N gauge wheels on: April 11, 2016, 10:56:50 AM
 I use Fox Valley metal wheelsets . I think that their .553 sizes fit Bachmann cars . That size also fits atlas and microtrains cars .
43  Discussion Boards / N / Re: F7A DC, Motor issue on: April 04, 2016, 11:26:23 PM
This sounds like the motor has a broken wire on the inside . Pretty much impossible to repair , you will probably need a new motor . I'd return it under warranty for replacement .
44  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Bachmann 2013 F7 A/B Unit no power on A unit on: March 25, 2016, 11:57:31 PM
 Pretty sure if the decoder is blown I could install a new one . I have a few old decoders that I know work , it would be different than the stock one though .
45  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Brighter headlight on 2-8-4? on: March 22, 2016, 11:13:50 AM
 Well , I'll be um , darned .  I never noticed that before . Maybe the brightness has to do with bulb position . I notice mine mostly shine out of the top part of the mask . OK , so it looks like the "mask" is painted on . I took a sharp Exacto knife and was able to scrape most of it off . Doesn't make it any brighter , but it is a bit more noticeable .
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