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Striker1945

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« on: December 21, 2014, 09:22:44 PM »

Hi all,

Recently purchased an unopened Bachmann Toby engine in HO scale. Got it home after two months away at school and went to run him.
Only used a DC powerpack as I know DCC would kill him and noticed two issues right away.
First Toby doesn't seem to accelerate well and when he does accelerate I notice a grinding/straining sound.
Second when he does get going I notice that there is an electrical burning smell always present.
Not sure what is going on. Was gonna pop him open tomorrow and look inside, but I figured I'd ask here to see if anyone could help.
Maybe the Bachmann could help?

-Striker
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AJW98Productions


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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2014, 09:49:45 AM »

Hi all,

Recently purchased an unopened Bachmann Toby engine in HO scale. Got it home after two months away at school and went to run him.
Only used a DC powerpack as I know DCC would kill him and noticed two issues right away.
First Toby doesn't seem to accelerate well and when he does accelerate I notice a grinding/straining sound.
Second when he does get going I notice that there is an electrical burning smell always present.
Not sure what is going on. Was gonna pop him open tomorrow and look inside, but I figured I'd ask here to see if anyone could help.
Maybe the Bachmann could help?

-Striker
Unfortunately, the only advice I can actually give is do not, I repeat do not run him until you can fix it. I once had a similar problem with a tank engine when I was testing it at my club on it's first run, not long into this test run, smoke started pouring from it's motor. The motor was already burnt out; occurrences like this are rare but can happen, I'd say wait and see if anyone else can weigh in on the topic but I'd suggest seeing if you're covered by warranty and replacing it - but again I'd suggest seeing if anyone else can help.

Good luck Smiley

~Alex
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therailwayinspector

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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2014, 06:22:42 AM »

Best bet is to replace it under warranty if there is one; this sort of issue is usually down to electrical faults.
I had an Edward that did same - there's a small circuit boar inside that controls direction of travel I think and the diodes on them had burnt right out! If it's not those then it's the brushes o the motor itself, so either way not an easy fix.
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