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    Your FEF-3 should be able to negotiate 15" curves...

    Your FEF-3 should be able to negotiate 15" curves easily... so something is not right.

    First thing I would check is that the pilot truck is installed correctly and free to pivot (not catching on...
  2. Th blue wire is the function common (+)... for...

    Th blue wire is the function common (+)... for the functions, you can "create" a "virtual blue wire" using diodes to rectify and join the left and right rail power (you can see more info on virtual...
  3. I have never seen the TSU-1100 w/o it's shrink...

    I have never seen the TSU-1100 w/o it's shrink wrap... can you post a pic? It might help with finding a solution...
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    Removing the shell from the Athearn challenger is...

    Removing the shell from the Athearn challenger is not that difficult... The procedure is in this thread.

    Wrong thread... looking for the right one.

    Here it is...
  5. I had to replace the traction tires on one of my...

    I had to replace the traction tires on one of my 4-6-0s, after accidently stretching the factory tires during a wheel cleaning...

    I compared Love tires in two different diameters and two different...
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    My Powercab also occasionally "loses" a loco...

    My Powercab also occasionally "loses" a loco number in its recall stack after powering off/on... more typically when the power cycle has been caused by a short, and usually not the "active" loco, but...
  7. I've got Tsunami Steam 2s in 5 locos, 2 Bachmann...

    I've got Tsunami Steam 2s in 5 locos, 2 Bachmann 4-6-0s, a Bachmann 2-8-0, Kato FEF-3, and Athearn Challenger... but Not the Bachmann 2-8-4. All except the challenger have coreless motors. In my...
  8. Thread: BLUE?

    by NDave
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    I think you might find a toothpick is to big and...

    I think you might find a toothpick is to big and absorbant...

    I use a short piece of 0.013 wire (trimmed tag end of a steel guitar string, but brass or phosphor bronze should work the same) to...
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    One of the best sources of info re: N-scale steam...

    One of the best sources of info re: N-scale steam (or N-scale ANYTHING) locos is Spookshow's "N-scale locomotive encyclopedia"...

    That said, I also have two Bachmann 4-6-0s. They ran pretty well...
  10. Please document your disassembly procedures! I...

    Please document your disassembly procedures! I haven't yet figured out how to drop the two gear boxes out of the chassis... but think it must involve remove the worms. I haven't been brave enough to...
  11. The only way I could fit an 11 x 15 speaker in...

    The only way I could fit an 11 x 15 speaker in the Vandy tender was to build a frame that allowed me to use the whole oil bin (coal bin would be similar) as the enclosure. See post 3 in this...
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    There should be plenty of room in the 4-6-0...

    There should be plenty of room in the 4-6-0 factory tender for the decoder, speaker, and the capacitor that comes with the decoder, tho' I would suggest stripping out the factory PC board completely....
  13. Here's another thread...

    Here's another thread that might help you...
  14. The third image in this set of posts...

    The third image in this set of posts might help you see how it is held together...

    There is a seam on the water tank just under the walkways/running boards. Carefully slip a hobby knife blade into...
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    I have two Bachmann ten-wheelers which rec'd...

    I have two Bachmann ten-wheelers which rec'd upgrades to Soundtraxx Tsunami 2 Steam 2 sound decoder (one is discussed here, the other shown here...).

    However, neither of my installs used the...
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    What decoder? Is it the "Sound value" 2-8-0 with...

    What decoder? Is it the "Sound value" 2-8-0 with factory Soundtraxx Economi, or a post-factory install into an earlier release Spectrum? If set incorrectly, some of the motor control parameters can...
  17. Looking at the pic showing the MRC-equipped loco...

    Looking at the pic showing the MRC-equipped loco PCB in Spookshow's post, it does appear that there are two components in the same positions as the diodes in the later Tsunami-equipped version, but...
  18. The newer (Tsunami-equipped) challenger uses a...

    The newer (Tsunami-equipped) challenger uses a "virtual blue wire" in the loco to provide one lead for the headlight LED... basically, power from each rail is rectified with diodes and then...
  19. I'll chime in here... I see the same behavior...

    I'll chime in here...

    I see the same behavior with my NCE Powercab that the OP described. If a locomotive with light and bell on has a power interruption (dirty track), when power is restored, the...
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    I swapped decoders in my Athearn challenger last...

    I swapped decoders in my Athearn challenger last winter... might give you some ideas about how/if to do the same in your Big Boy.
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    Is this the version that came with a wireless...

    Is this the version that came with a wireless remote for running on DC? If so, that may be the wireless antenna, and the free end was never connected? (In which case, your problem is elsewhere)
  22. Thread: Wye switches

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    No, but I have several Atlas C55 3.5 Wyes and 2.5...

    No, but I have several Atlas C55 3.5 Wyes and 2.5 Wyes in the approaches to my freight and engine yards. I really haven't had any more issues with them than I have with other nearly 2 dozen Atlas C55...
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    Here are all 3 of my "Bachmann bashes"...

    Here are all 3 of my "Bachmann bashes" collaborating to pull a 23 car freight up my 1.8% grade...


    https://youtu.be/KUIhw31Kpeg
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    A couple quick videos of U.P. #1243... Please...

    A couple quick videos of U.P. #1243... Please ignore the unfinished landscaping. That's as far as I got last spring before the covid shutdown.


    https://youtu.be/Ydrqtozznc8

    ...
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    Thanks for posting that link! I inherited 3...

    Thanks for posting that link! I inherited 3 volumes of "Last of the Giants" on VHS from my uncle a couple years back, but never dug out my old VHS player to watch them. I'll have to see if vols II &...
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