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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann 2-6-0 w/Sound on: December 01, 2017, 03:59:11 AM
Yeah, this is the DCC Unit, but I'm using Bachmann's DC Controller...Ok, so may need to upgrade to the DCC Controller in order to turn down sound.

Thanks again,
2  Discussion Boards / HO / Bachmann 2-6-0 w/Sound on: November 29, 2017, 03:48:12 PM
Ok, I have this Bachmann 2-6-0 train (introduced couple yrs ago) w/Sound.

I want to know if I can temporarily disable the Sound by disabling the wire Harness (I haven't turned the train over to see for myself). I want to do this, because I will have X-Mas music playing, and don't want both the Music and Train Sounds at same time (prefer a silent train going around track).

3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: HO Custom Smoke Unit on: November 29, 2017, 03:28:24 PM
Sounds Good, and will look into it.
4  Discussion Boards / HO / HO Custom Smoke Unit on: November 25, 2017, 02:27:11 PM

I have a Bachmann HO 2-6-0 w/Sound (new Bachmann engines that came out in past year), but looking for a way to add a Smoke Unit...This way I can have Sound & Smoke when train goes around track.

Now, I have no interest in trying to figure out how to Custom/Fab one up...However, I'm looking for a possible forum member to do it for me. I would send train to your location, and you would perform the Custom work for a predetermined fee.

If this interests anyone, then PM or post me the details. (I prefer to send the Train out around January 2018..after the Holidays). 

Thanks, Joe

5  Discussion Boards / HO / E-Z Mate Couplers on: July 24, 2017, 05:26:08 PM

Ok, I purchased a New Bachman DCC 2-6-0 w/Sound (Canadian National) to run my older style X-Mas Cars (Bachman HO Heritage Collection Train Set from the 90's)..However, the    2-6-0 has the newer style E-Z Mate Couplers (magnetic), and the Cars have these older style Couplers or Horns.

So, I purchased the New Style E-Z Mate Couplers (exact same as my 2-6-0 couplers) recently, but need to know what is the procedure for replacement...Any tolerances to be aware of (removing and putting screws back on, etc). For example; I don't want to put the New Couplers Arms on to tight, etc ?

Thanks for any info.
6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Alco 2-6-0 DCC w/Soundtraxx or Bluetooth on: June 20, 2017, 02:50:10 PM
Ok, I ended up getting a used newer style Bachmann DC Controller (my Older Style DC Controller from the 90' didn't work as the 2-6-0 Didn't move or make Sound), and it works pretty good giving my Engine Movement & Sound (Lights, Huffs & Chuffs, Bells, idle Steam, etc) depending on Speed...However, I have to make sure the Controller starts off at around 25% Power (not less) in order to get the Engine moving w/ different Sounds (or just stationary w/Steam release Sound).

Yes, originally I was thinking of getting the Bachmann DCC Controller for added control over different Sound Functions, but didn't think it necessary for a single Train on a 3x5 size Track...I will never use more then one Train or have or a bigger layout (pretty much a X-Mas Train around Tree).

Overall, I'm happy with the decision I made.

Now, I just need a way to give my Train Smoke Option in order to complete the package...This will be the more complicated project.
7  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Alco 2-6-0 DCC w/Soundtraxx or Bluetooth on: June 05, 2017, 10:24:52 PM
Ok, and thanks again for the info...

Yeah, will probably upgrade to the Dynamis DCC System in the future (fairly expensive), and will just go with the the E-Z Command for now.

8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Alco 2-6-0 DCC w/Soundtraxx or Bluetooth on: June 05, 2017, 06:00:14 PM
Hello ACY, and thanks for the reply...

Ok, I like to get the Bachmann ALCO 2-6-0 w/DCC Sound Value...Yes, the better controller I was thinking is the E-Z Command.

Yes, I know wont be able to control any functions with my Analog DC Controller, but thought I would at least get the basic Chuffs & Puffs during Accel or Steam at Idle (no control over Bells & Whistles as you noted unless a DCC Controller)...
However, you also did mention that it could damage my Train if I kept the DC Controller, and to your suggestion, will probably get the E-Z Command Controller anyways...Thou, I thought someone did mention that the Bachmann Sound Value Trains (not the upscale Spectrum DCC w/Tsunami) is compatible with DC or DCC (you just can't use the added Bells & Whistles without a DCC Controler).

Now, in the saying the above...What I really like to have is the Train go around the Track using the standard Chuffs & Puffs, but automagically use the Bell or Whistle at a certain part of track...This way, I can walk away and here the Chuffs & Puffs, and a quick note of a Bell or Whistle when it makes a complete run around the track.
9  Discussion Boards / HO / Alco 2-6-0 DCC w/Soundtraxx or Bluetooth on: June 05, 2017, 04:16:42 PM

I'm thinking of getting one or the other (DCC Soundtraxx vs Bluetooth) for my Basic DC Layout...

My DC layout is just a 3'x5' of Oval Track using Bachmann's New E-Z Tracks (Grey), but using Bachmann's older style Transformer (Black w/red Switch from the 90's) that I got from a Train Kit.

Now, some questions: If I get one or the other Train how will it work on my Basic DC Layout...What Sounds will I hear when I turn on Controller and use Forward/Reverse (just basic Chuffs & Puffs, but no Bells & Whistles)...-Or- will I need the better Bachmann DCC Controller (the one w/different functions and numbers 1-10) to accomplish all sounds (for either DCC Soundtraxx or Bluetooth).

Any additional info would be appreciated...
10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: HO Steam Loco Types on: April 06, 2017, 07:39:37 PM
How about this Train, guys, for the 1870's to 1890's time frame...Early enough ?
11  Discussion Boards / HO / HO Steam Loco Types on: March 18, 2017, 08:20:20 PM

Looking for a typical HO Steam Train that I can connect to my Passenger Box Cars and used in my Victorian Age setup (1870's to 1900...I have a Hawthorne Thomas Kindade Village)...I have no interest in the On30 scale.

I know about the popular early American 4-4-0 (the wide and the narrow funnel stacks) from the 1850's through the ACW that I can still use for the above...
However, what about the popular Modern Baldwin 4-4-0 or ALCO 2-6-0, and when did they come out ?..From what I gather I think these came out alittle later and around the Victorian Age up to early 1900's.

Any info would be appreciated
Thanks, Joe
12  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N Scale 4-4-0 Train Oil-Lube on: December 07, 2015, 02:37:02 PM
Sounds Good, and thanks again...
13  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N Scale 4-4-0 Train Oil-Lube on: December 05, 2015, 10:42:13 AM
Thanks for the reply, broke...should I Oil inside of each wheel  ( all 4-4 ) at the point where it connects to the plastic frame housing.
Should I also open up the Train and Oil any internal components ( this part I would be afraid to do as the screws are small and it might not go exactly back together again properly ).

14  Discussion Boards / N / N Scale 4-4-0 Train Oil-Lube on: December 03, 2015, 09:57:09 PM

I have a 4-4-0 Train that I purchased a couple years ago ( along with a few passenger cars ), and generally only use it from Thanksgiving through X Mas ( about an hour a day ).
I like to know when I should oil-lube the Train, how should I go about doing that, and what type I should use...Also, what about cleaning-lube of the Tracks.

Thanks, Joe
15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: HO Car Couplings on: June 12, 2014, 06:42:19 PM
Ok guys,

Looks like I may have found the problem...

Upon further inspection, one Train set has the "Horn" Coupling and the other set has the "Knuckle" Coupling all being used together on same track. 
It was no wonder half the time I couldn't get the two seperate type cars working together properly.
I just never paid attention that there are different type couplings since both were from similar Backmann Train Sets. 
So now, I know which Cars below to which Train Set, and all is working properly.
However, as mentioned I did sorta break a couple of those "Knuckle" Couplings by pinching them, but was able to seperate them with tweezers   ( unfortunately, they open and close freely ) and able to reconnect with other cars without much trouble...Now, we have to wait and see how well they work in the long run.

Thanx again for everyone's input as it was most informative.
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