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ChrisM

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« on: August 31, 2009, 06:51:49 AM »

Hi Have just purchased a 2-6-6-2 and have noticed that it will only travel about 250 feet or so and then it suffers from inter-mintent running e.g.
stops for 10 to 20 seconds then starts again , runs , then stops.
Am running Spectrum Controller/Transformer (16V)
Apart from that it is a fantastic Locomotive.
Any ideas as to the stop/start problem.
Thank You
Chris.
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Phil Stump

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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2009, 08:37:23 AM »

Hi Chris, The small controller you are using is only good for starter set use. It will do fine on a low draw engine, such as 10 wheeler. As you know the 2-6-6-2 has 2 motors and is much heavier to move. If you are trying to use the bachmann track , the curves are too short for the larger 1:20.3 engines. It may not de-rail but it will surly bind and in doing so will draw more amps. Next time you try it, listen for a click as the controller shuts down. This is due to over-load. You might as well bite the bullit and get a real controller and some proper track.Save the bachmann track for x-mas tree use.
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Jon D. Miller

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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2009, 09:11:51 AM »

Chris,
By Spectrum controller I take it to mean you are attempting to use Bachmann's Item #44281 Spectrum Power Pack.  Their catalog lists this unit as being rated at 0.9 amp capacity.

Take Phil's advice and get a "real" power supply.  There are any number of power supplies available rated at 10 amps or more.  That's what you need for the larger locomotives.

One of the "Enthusiastic Children"

JD
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ChrisM

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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2009, 05:27:20 AM »

Thank-you both for your replies I shall heed your advise and in future will not send a boy on a mans errand.
Thank-you both again
Chris.
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