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hackman

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« on: March 24, 2020, 09:28:28 AM »

I have Bachmann Alco FA2 (A and B ) units and am using an NCE DCC system. I have played with CV settings until I'm blue in the face. I can get them close in speed, but not good enough.
Any advice?
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jward


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« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2020, 10:36:22 AM »

if these have the basic DCC OnBoard decoder there is no min or max speed CV. If this is the case you might want to replace the decoder with something that supports CVs 2, 5 and 6.
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rich1998

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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2020, 10:48:16 AM »

Get the Bach-Dsl from NCE. Made to replace the onboard Bachmann decoder. Google it.

Rich
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Calypso

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« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2020, 05:21:56 PM »

I place my engine consist, generally about 6 engines coupled together on the main line. Using my dynamasis headset I set up the start CV's on all of them at the same time to start at throttle step 1.

 
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Trainman203

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« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2020, 07:16:42 PM »

Put the slightly slower one behind.  You think the prototype ones are all perfectly together?  Think of the steam days, when double headed and triple headed trains had a separate crew in each one.  No notching MU there!  Each steam crew trying not to jerk out a drawbar.  One of the most fun things Iíve ever done in model railroading is run steam freights with helpers and separate engineers. Gotta communicate! Try it with whistle signals only , like it really was , and appreciate todayís MU with air conditioned cabs.  Railroading used to be tough as hell!
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rich1998

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« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2020, 08:58:54 PM »

I did a ABBA set some years ago pulling about forty 40 foot HO cars and a forty foot brass caboose.. It was fun setting up the CV's with my Power Cab. Not too bad a challenge.

Rich
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Trainman203

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« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2020, 11:49:32 AM »

I did several doubleheaded freight trains and at least 2 with a rear end helper cut in right before the caboose.  All steam of course, I never run diesels.  Typically two BLI MacArthurs could take about 40 cars up a 2% on a long curve at the old club,  J Wardís kind of mountain railroad.

That club got evicted and torn down for nothing.  Model railroad clubs typically go in cheap rent places like this one did.  And as soon as a better deal comes along, itís over, like at ours when some idea man came with an idea for a big box store.  Of course the deal fell though and now thereís an empty lot where doubleheaded MacArthurs once thundered up the grade.
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