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 on: April 04, 2020, 11:06:26 AM 
Started by TerencetheTractor525 - Last post by Angelob6660
I wonder if it will be overkill if Henry was painted blue after coming out of the tunnel to match Gordon and Edward as good friends. But the problem will be his new shape after the kipper accident.

 on: April 04, 2020, 11:05:01 AM 
Started by newoldtrainguy - Last post by DaveGard
I don't think there are any manufacturers that make a "drop in" decoder for the Bachmann 2-8-0, so I think you will have to do a "hard wire" install. I would suggest that you search the WWW, and look thru posts at railwire, trainboard, and for ideas and approaches (don't limit your research to 2-8-0 installations... look at different installs to get an idea of what's possible).

I think the first question to ask yourself is, do you want to control just the motor and lights, or do you want sound? If the former, there might be decoders (by Zimo and  ESU/Loksound) small enough to fit into the loco itself (in place of the removable boiler weight of the early non-DCC 2-8-0s). If you are looking for sound, you will likely be looking at a tender installation (there's plenty of room in the 2-8-0 tender for a sound decoder, speaker, and keep alive capacitor).

Installing a decoder might seem intimidating, but it's really not that hard. I did my first DCC sound installation, hardwired into a Bachmann short USRA tender (coupled to one of my Bachmann 4-6-0s) just a year ago, and have completed 3 more since then. My second install was for a Bachmann 2-8-0 (replacing the decoder in a newer Soundvalue model), but I didn't use the stock tender (I replaced it with a Vanderbilt tender).

Lastly, there are individuals and/or shops that offer DCC installation as a service... so that's another route you could go.

Good luck!

 on: April 04, 2020, 11:01:49 AM 
Started by MrNormalDraws - Last post by Angelob6660
I buy my Thomas friends from Walthers and eBay.

My real scale is N in which I buy from eBay, BLW, Hogtrainz, and others.

 on: April 04, 2020, 10:29:47 AM 
Started by joseph - Last post by rich1998

Wrong forum but the decoder should run on DC. They are suppose to be dual mode as long as you bought it new. From a previous owner, they might have turned off that option.


 on: April 04, 2020, 07:20:25 AM 
Started by joseph - Last post by joseph
Regarding the N scale 44 ton New Haven switcher with DCC, Can you operate the engine on DC Track ?

 on: April 03, 2020, 10:18:30 PM 
Started by Train res - Last post by rich1998
Look in the HO Bachmann decoder selector page for that one you need with suggested speaker and I think baffle.


 on: April 03, 2020, 08:32:36 PM 
Started by AnAverageThomasFan - Last post by MrNormalDraws
Had a similar issue when I got my Henry from ModelTrainStuff today (it's when Henry's eyes are turned to the right, it'll jolt to the left, but this is only going fowards), so I took the face off and had to tweak it by using some vegetable oil (I know it's not good, but that's the best oil I have in the house until I can get some proper train oil) until it stopped that clicking.

 on: April 03, 2020, 08:19:25 PM 
Started by Train res - Last post by Trainman203

 on: April 03, 2020, 08:02:27 PM 
Started by Train res - Last post by Train res
hi everyone
I am brand new at this message thing
I have a #62810 Bachmann GP9 Diesel DCC CN #1725( one year old). I want to add sound
 I have it disassembled with no problem.  I would like to know what Motion /Sound all in one
decoder I should install and the speaker as well
This locomotive has an 8 pin dcc decoder already present.
thanks for your help and advice

 on: April 03, 2020, 04:37:06 PM 
Started by raider409 - Last post by Tsquared3268
You might want to take a look at Dallee Electronics (  They make several types and sizes of sound boards including steam, diesel, electric and specialty sounds and have detailed information, instructions and various accessory items on their website.

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