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Ian Peratt

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« on: December 21, 2017, 01:52:08 PM »

This morning, when I left the house, my train was fine.  It is under the Christmas tree at the moment, and I gave my sisters permission to run the train if they wanted (Which may or may not have been a good idea...)  I was gone for about three hours, and when I came back, the train did not want to go in reverse.  It would go forward just fine, but it went very slowly in reverse, even when I turned it on full power.  I looked at all of the wires and connections... everything seemed fine.  I flipped the locomotive around, and this time it went in reverse, but since I flipped it, it was still going in the same direction.  When I reversed it so it was going forward, it was very slow, even when I turned it to full power.  I put a different locomotive on the tracks, and it had the same reaction, only, when I turned the power pack to zero, it was still creeping forward until I turned it completely off.  I concluded that it was a problem with the power pack.  Please reply if you have a diagnosis.

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« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2017, 02:16:26 PM »

If it's the two piece Bachmann unit it sounds like the controller has flaked out. If it's still under warranty, contact Bachmann Service Department. If not:


If at first you don't succeed, throw it in the spare parts box.

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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2017, 02:24:25 PM »

The other thing you can check:

Look for any small piece of metal something-or-other, that may have fallen off the tree and onto the tracks. Could be something tiny causing a minor short.  

Otherwise, I think Len may be on to something.



Addendum:  when you turn up the dial, does the red light get dim, instead of staying a constant brightness? J
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