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136  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Coupler Compatiblity on: March 07, 2011, 09:28:46 AM
Jack,
      I have Williams,Lionel,K-Line,MTH and RMT toy trains. They all couple well and properly. I mix and match cars and accessories that I like. I am new myself to the Williams by Bachmann brand. I started with a semi-scale Hudson in December as of today I now own two steamers, four diesels, and two electric locos The diesel and the electric locos all have two can motors powering them. They are good pullers and smooth runners. The steamers are good runners too, they seem to pull less due to the fact only two drive wheels have rubber traction tires on them. Very heavy loads will produce wheel slippage. The diesels and the electrics all have four to eight traction tires ( EP- 5 ). The WBB are a great play and dollar value. I like the locomotives.

                       Have fun....671
137  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / MADISON CARS on: March 06, 2011, 01:11:29 PM
I HAVE THE FULL SET (5) OF MADISON CARS "LUXURY LINES". MY CHALLENGE HAS BEEN WITH "RUB OUTS" ON THE CENTER ROLLER WIRE. THIS WIRE COMES IN CONTACT WITH THE WHEELS ON TURNS CAUSING A "RUB OUT" SHORT. ANY IDEAS ON RE-ROUTING THIS WIRE? HAS ANYONE HAD A SIMILAR PROBLEM AND A RELIABLE REPAIR?

                                 THANKS.....671
138  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: true blast horn on: March 03, 2011, 11:36:09 AM
Gandydancer,
          I installed the True Blast into a MTH 027 size  F3 Florida East Coast that had a faulty PS1. I removed the PS1 from the motorized unit and installed the Williams Electronic E Unit. In the dummy A unit I installed the Horn/Bell true blast. It was a very simple procedure. Joe and Bob are correct. The horn/bell fit quite easily into the dummy A.

                          671
139  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Lubrication of WBB Can Motors on: February 16, 2011, 06:07:47 PM
     What is the best way to oil these can motors? The space between the flywheel and the housing does not allow for a needle point oiler to have access to the shaft bushing. The gear side is also a problem.
      Correct lubrication will allow many, many years of trouble free performance. I maintain my equiptment. These little "Can" motors seem to not be designed/engineered for periodic upkeep.
       I can easily remove the Can from the truck or Loco chasis but I have not figured a way to lubricate the armature shaft bushings.

       Anyone with a solution  HELP!!!

                                   Thanks.......671
140  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / SMOKE UNITS REVISITED on: February 13, 2011, 11:28:55 AM
 Smiley In my earlier posting, SMOKE UNITS, I tried to solve a problem with my Semi-Scale 2056 Hudson. The Loco came with a non - working smoke generator. I asked if there was an after market smoker available that really smoked ( Fan Driven ) that would fit the space within this Loco. I have a Berkshire Great Nortern that smokes OK. Drawbacks are that it spits and smokes. The smoking time is short, due to the small barrel size of the unit, plus it "spits" out some of the fluid.
    I purchase # 5 Seuthe 6 volt smoke generator. The voltage limiting circuit to the original smoke generator would produce a maximum voltage at 7.9 volts. I felt that this voltage would shorten the life span of the unit. I installed in series on the plus side ( D.C. ) voltage from the voltage limiting circuit two diodes in series with the new smoke generator. This reduced the maximum voltage to 6.5 volts.
    Removing the orignal smoke generator plus the plastic stack adaptor allowed enough diameter to easily install the #5 in its' place. The smoke unit's top sits lower than the original smoke stack but this could easily be raised by adding a layer of heat shrink tubing to the ouside of the smoke tube. ( Tapered Tube )
   The performance of the #5 smoker is excellent. Appox 1 minute of smoke per drop of smoke fluid. The larger barrel size allows more fluid per fill plus the spitting and sputter of the smaller original smoker is now non-existant. 15-20 smoke time well within reach.
   This is an easy retro-fit that works well. I NOW HAVE SMOKE!!!
                           I hope this of some help to all,
                                              671
                                           
   
141  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: SMOKE UNITS on: February 03, 2011, 11:06:55 AM
bobbie21921,
                     Thanks for the heads-up on a MTH Universal smoke unit. Any Idea as to the best Place, Price and Availability to locate one unit. It does not need to puff just SMOKE, I have Grandchildren that like to see Smoke. I really like the Williams' engines, They would be perfect if I could increase duration and output of the smoke.
                             Thanks,

                                           671
142  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Diesel Loco--Series vs. Parallel Wiring on: January 18, 2011, 09:31:23 PM
Hello again Phillyreading,
       I am in agreement with you. I had just started purchasing Williams Locos this past December. I first landed a Semi-scale Hudson...nice puller,poor smoker. Next aquisition...GP9 Union Pacific...Great runner after breakin no need to series wire. Next a Bershire...Great Northern...not as good a puller as the Semi-Hudson, 8 wheels touch the track, only two have tires. Wheel spin with 5 car ore dump and 5 hopper cars and caboose all post war on hill. Ok smoke. Yesterday, stopped at Trainland Lynbrook N.Y., with cash burning a hole in my pocket. GP38 Santa Fe Warbonet. Great looker, Great puller, nice low speed with excellent coasting plenty of controlable power on ZW 275.
       P.S. I don't quite know what you mean by series parallel. Two series circuits wired parallel to each other?
                        Thanks again...671
143  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Diesel Loco--Series vs. Parallel Wiring on: January 18, 2011, 04:16:23 PM
Hi Phillyreading, I believe that several positives can become available by the series wiring of the dual motor locos.
1. Running the locos at the higher voltage ( motors in series )allows the standard lighting in the loco, passenger cars, spot light cars, cabooses to be brighter and smokers ie caboose smoke to emit more smoke.
2. Voltage drop at the higher volltage settings is not as senitive as it is at lower operating voltages. I.e. A drop of one - two volt at 8 volts may be more noticable ( 1/8-1/4 power reduction ) than a one-two drop volt at 16 volts ( 1/16-1/8 power reduction). This voltage drop could come from the upside of a hill. The amperage draw will go up and this will cause a voltage drop. Resistance in the overall location of the loco to its' nearest power source. ( Track lenghth ). Dirty track. Any intermittant added load... Switch track, crossing gates, milk cars unloading,etc.
                            Thanks again.....671
144  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Diesel Loco--Series vs. Parallel Wiring on: January 17, 2011, 11:17:48 AM
    In reference to the question of the difference in speed to voltage setting.
I would guess that one would need to double the voltage input when the motors are wired in series. The reason for this thought, is that inorder for the loco to do the same amount of work i.e. Speed and Load ( train length ) the two motors would require the same amount of wattage. Now since wattage is the based upon......
  Volts X Amperage =  Wattage by running the motors in series as opposed to parrallel the resistance in that motor circuit has doubled. This would cause a need to double the voltage to allow the motors to consume the same amount of total wattage to do the same amount of work.
     This could be easily visualized by a simple light circuit. Two twelve volt bulbs wired in parrallel ( Like the motor circuit within the locos ) powered by by 12 volts, would be lit up to their design brightness.
     Now if you wire the same bulbs into a series circuit, you would need to double the voltage to achieve the same brightness. 24 volts ( the force needed ) would then produce the needed wattage to power the circuit by over comming the doubled resistance.   I hope this is clear, 671
145  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / DIY HORN / BELL ACTIVATION SWITCH on: January 11, 2011, 11:54:44 AM
DOES ANYONE HAVE PLANS FOR A HORN / BELL ACTIVATION SWITCH TO BE USED INCONJUNTION WITH ZW 275? I WOULD LIKE TO BUILD IT MYSELF. WHAT ACTUALLY ACTIVATES THE HORN / BELL ELECTRICALLY. I AM AWARE OF SOME RECTIFIED DC. IS IT HALF WAVE -- FULL WAVE? WHAT ABOUT THE BELL ACTIVATION?

                                      THANKS   671
146  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Voltage reduction on: January 11, 2011, 10:44:32 AM
Thanks Nitro man. Sounds like a well thought out solution.

                                           671
147  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: SMOKE UNITS on: January 11, 2011, 10:24:21 AM
I would like to thank all for the input. I still would like to know if there is an aftermarket puffing smoke unit that could be installed within the Williams locos. I.e. The Berkshire and the semi-scale Hudson. I would like to shy away from the Seuthe style unit if at all possible. I am in need of a fan driven unit. I NEED SMOKE!!!

                      Thanks 671
148  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Voltage reduction on: January 11, 2011, 12:11:28 AM
Would anyone know if it is possible to use either a light dimmer style switch or a ceiling fan motor control switch on the input or output of a ZW - 275 Lionel Transformer to safely reduce the starting ( ie  6 volt ) voltage to create a smoother start to the more current style model trains? Williams etc. HELP...

                                         671
149  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: SMOKE UNITS on: January 10, 2011, 11:45:57 PM
     Thank you JOE and NITROMAN. I am trying to find an aftermarket smoker that will really Smoke me out. I Beleive that the  smoke unit has a voltage / current control. Reducing the current/voltage to the motor will probably not increase the output of the smoker. I am trying to locate a great puffing / high output smoker to replace the stock unit. I have a NEEEEED for SMOKE. A unit that puffs and really puts out. I do not care about my " lifetime warrenty " I want high volume, long lasting smoke.
      As I have stated, the Steamers are a little bit too high on their gear ratios. Higher revs on the electric motor and lower speeds on the engines would make me a much happier owner of Williams products. Power is more important than reckless speed. Ten volts to my track = too high a speed less pulling power.
       I own and run several original Lionel F3's. Power is the best. There is nothing better than hauling a long line of 1940-1950's cars at a realistic speed. I love it!!!!
Please help me with my quest. I need a puffing ,high out put smoker. I am not happy with the Seuthe style puff-pop poor smoke unit that comes with a WBYB steamer.
                           Thanks, 671
150  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / SMOKE UNITS on: January 10, 2011, 04:24:37 PM
I CURRENTLY OWN FOUR WILLIAMS BY BACHMANN LOCOS, GP9, SEMI-SCALE HUDSON, GG-1 SEMI SCALE, AND A BERSHIRE. THE TWIN ENGINE DIESELS ARE GOOD RUNNERS. THE STEAMERS WOULD DO BETTER WITH A LOWER GEARING, BUT THEY ARE GOOD RUNNERS.  MY ONLY COMPLAINT, AT THIS TIME, ARE THE SMOKE UNITS. THE SEMI-SCALE HUDSON SMOKE UNIT IS NON-PERFORMING AFTER ITS' SECOND USE. IT GETS HOT, IT ONLY PUFFS ONCE WHILE ADDING WILLIAMS SMOKE FLUID AND THEN STOPS. I CAN HEAR A CRACKLING SOUND FROM THE UNIT BUT NO SMOKE PRODUCTION. I HAVE DRAINED THE SMOKE UNIT BLEW IT OUT WITH LOW PRESSURE FROM MY COMPRESSOR, STILL THE SAME RESULTS. THE BERKSHIRE IS STILL SMOKING AFTER FOUR TIMES USE THE SAME AS THE FIRST DAY.
     THE QUESTION IS ARE THERE ANY REPLACEMENT AFTERMARKET SMOKE UNITS THAT CAN BE FITTED INTO THESE LOCOS TO HELP SATISFY MY NEED FOR SMOKE?

                                          THANKS,.......671
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