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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Is Bachmann switching to TCS as their sound decoder supplier? on: August 11, 2018, 01:47:09 PM
 Mr Bachmann, Will the TCS WOW decoders have a full range of sounds or will they be limited like the Sound Value decoders?
Thanks, John West
2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Doodlebug Programming on: February 12, 2018, 11:13:51 AM
I think some of the early 2 and 4 function  Bachmann decoders only had capacity for 1 or 2 digit addresses. John West
3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Alco S2 - start speed difference based on 1 or 2 digit address on: January 29, 2018, 09:25:11 PM
There is only 1 loco doing this. The S2, Bachmann sound value 128 steps. I have 2 other sound value steam locos no issues along with 18 or so other brands.
4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Alco S2 - start speed difference based on 1 or 2 digit address on: January 25, 2018, 01:09:30 AM
No, Cincinnati area
Is this John West of northern Michigan?


5  Discussion Boards / HO / Alco S2 - start speed difference based on 1 or 2 digit address on: January 24, 2018, 12:56:38 AM
Using digitrax system with a Sprog interface for a JMRI programer.
If I assign a single digit address of 1 through 9 loco will start to move at speed step 1. Any 2 digit address will delay start movement until speed step 12. The speed at step 12 is not as fast as step 12 with a single address but equal to step 4 using single digit address. I've done a comparison of all the CVs of both addresses and nothing other than the address has changed.
The easy fix would be to assign a single digit address. I have 20 other locos all with 2 digit addresses so it will be confusing to have one engine with a single digit address.
Has anyone else experienced this, and if so, how did you resolve it?
Thanks, John West
6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Spectrum GP30 noise on: December 27, 2017, 03:02:37 PM
I didn't have a spectrum but I had two Bachmann Plus GP 30's that made noise. I never found the source.
 12/28/17  I was wrong. I did have Spectrum. I hope grease helps. I tried grease, replaced drive linkage, nothing helped. Finally sold them. These had very nice detailed shells.
7  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: A new layout for the new house! on: December 03, 2017, 12:04:51 PM
I was in the same situation a few years ago. I had a 4X8 layout with 18" radius. I moved to house with abasement and kept expanding the layout in the basement using 18" and 22" radius. I have gotten larger steam engines and passenger cars that either won't negotiate or look terrible going through the curves.
I am finally biting the bullet and am going to tear every thing down and start completely over with larger curves. I wish I had did this before investing a lot of time and money trying to stay with what was existing.
Don't take offence and this is just a suggestion, but you might want to think about completely redoing your track work now rather than latter since you have the space.
8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Seeking These Features in an HO Steam Loco on: November 16, 2017, 12:52:23 PM
I agree with Joe. I have had several steam  engines over the years that smoked. None of them looked real even one with smoke synchronized with the chuff sounds. All of them maked a mess on the engine and the layout. I recently purchased a new loco that has synchronized smoke and have never turned the smoke option on. Waste of money.
9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Curved crossover on: April 18, 2017, 06:19:41 PM
Atlas also makes a 12 1/2 degree crossover.
10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann F7A and F7B DCC Ready on: April 09, 2017, 08:48:53 PM
Jonathan, I've used sprog for about 5 years. Program your EM-1 or other non sound value decoders that have all their CV's will really make you appreciate this. Also creating a complete roster makes programing a breeze for any little changes you want to do to any loco. -John West
11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: USRA 2-8-2 Mikado Sound Value on: March 23, 2017, 02:24:15 PM
KUDOS Jonathan for your article in the the latest issue of B&O Historical Society's Modeler Magazine showing your upgrades to the 2-8-2 B&O.
12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: LOCOMOTIVE ID on: March 23, 2017, 02:08:33 PM
This appears to be a EMD F7A unit. Like ACY said. cost would be at least $100 and difficult to install. You can buy a Bachmann DCC, sound value for the same amount. If you want to keep the Patriots paint the shells my be inter-changeable. Someone else may be able to give you more info on this.  -John West
13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Stop & Go on: February 16, 2017, 10:55:17 AM
You may have already done these, Check the wheel wipers on loco are making good contact with the wheels. Move wheels side to side that they are still making contact. Check the wipers on the axles of the tender. also check to see if the plugs between loco and tender are tight.
14  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Building a New Layout on: January 29, 2017, 02:03:18 PM
Jonathan, Here is a good u tube video for making CL fences from scratch. -john West
15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Building a New Layout on: January 09, 2017, 12:32:54 PM
Lowe's sells 4X4 and I think even 2X4 pieces of plywood. I assume other large home supply stores do to.
Your layout looks great and in a very short time. I have been planning a new layout approx 8X20 for the past 3 years but have yet to settle on a final track plan. I think I need to tear down the existing layout 5X14 and start  a new one in order to be able to run trains. By the way I'm also a B&O man. -John West
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