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 on: March 28, 2020, 09:16:10 AM 
Started by JRD5173 - Last post by Loco Bill Canelos

No need to feel stupid!!  So the chassis you want to look at in the online store will be under "4-6-0 Anniversary Edition".  The Annie Edition are the ones with the metal siderods.  Here is a link to one of them:

All of the Anniversary 4-6-0's will have both switches.   Since yours has only the one switch, you can either cut another hole for it in the smoke box, or just set the reversing switch to the position you prefer and leave it inside and just install the smoke switch.  If you have another locomotive be sure to set the switch so this runs in the same direction as your other locomotives.  This switch is different than your direction switch on the power pack.  If you have a second locomotive place it on the track and then place the new locomotive on the track facing the same way.  increase the power, if the locomotives run in the same direction, all is well. if they go in opposite direction flip the switch to the other side before installing the boiler.

I like the one in the link because it has the highly detailed Walchearts valve gear, as opposed to simple Stephenson  valve gear and looks great when in motion.

Hope this helps and  don't be afraid to ask questions.


 on: March 28, 2020, 08:58:17 AM 
Started by conn 88h - Last post by conn 88h
Whoops!  I neglected to mention that my layout is DC.  Even with the high voltage necessary to run the DCC loco on DC the headlamp remains barely visisible.

 on: March 28, 2020, 08:48:30 AM 
Started by WoundedBear - Last post by WoundedBear
I got your email Terry. Thanks but no thanks. I never pay more than about 10 bucks a kit for old Muir, and the cost of shipping them to Canada is prohibitive.

Go ahead and ebay the stuff.


 on: March 28, 2020, 05:47:13 AM 
Started by Telegraph_Key_1 - Last post by Len
The two black wires should go to one of the brush tabs on top of the motor, the two red wires go to the other one. If there are pickups on the other truck, the red and black wires should be on the same side as the motor truck.


 on: March 28, 2020, 02:34:51 AM 
Started by Telegraph_Key_1 - Last post by Telegraph_Key_1
I added another picture for you to see.

Wire #2 goes from the strip on the printed circuit board to the brush on the left.  Wire #4 is a jumper that goes from the contact on the wheel to the right hand brush.  I don't see a pad on top of the motor.

The only contacts near the top of the motor are the two brush contacts on the top/side that Wires #2 and #4 are connected to.  Since there is no pad on the top of the motor, what are your other thoughts?

 on: March 27, 2020, 11:03:27 PM 
Started by cmontgomery365 - Last post by rich1998
Just read the details and make sure the entry level can read back the CV's for the decoder and modify the CV;s. Not all can. My MRC2K and the EZ Command can run trains ok but not much else. I bought my MRC2K on ebay for a few dollars and eventually gave it away but it got be started so it was not a waste you might say.


 on: March 27, 2020, 10:42:23 PM 
Started by conn 88h - Last post by conn 88h
I have a C&O Kanawha Berkshire with a barely visible head lamp. Initially I had to refer to a prototype photo to determine where to look for it.  Then with my eye right down at track level I found a dim light at the bottom of the smoke box door where it is supposed to be.  My Pere Marquette berk has a nice bright headlamp that is very visible.  Anybody have a similar experience with a Kanawha?  I wonder if a replacement is likely to have the same problem.

 on: March 27, 2020, 10:37:28 PM 
Started by Telegraph_Key_1 - Last post by bapguy
Look at where wire 2 and 4 go to. Do both go to the top pad on the motor? If so wire 1 and 3 go to the other top pad on motor.

 on: March 27, 2020, 09:58:03 PM 
Started by conn 88h - Last post by conn 88h
Well, now it has been a couple years. I followed the suggestions and after a little more testing I began to detect the smell of electrical arcing.  At that point I decided the loco was a goner. I quickly ordered another J and it ran/runs beautifully. Smooth, quiet, good strong puller. Seems as good as my UP FEF. I sent the defective J to Bachmann and as a relacement I chose a Berkshire Pere Marquette for a reasonable upcharge. Good loco. Thanks again to those who offered suggestions.

 on: March 27, 2020, 08:29:10 PM 
Started by cmontgomery365 - Last post by Trainman203
You can go entry level DCC for $100 to $200. 

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