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    My experience suggests there can be considerable...

    My experience suggests there can be considerable variation in pulling power from one challenger to the next...

    My 2017 edition challenger pulls 20-22 MTL 40' freights up and around the 1.8% grade...
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    Check the traction tires... if one has stretched...

    Check the traction tires... if one has stretched out, or isn't properly seated, it can cause a wobble.
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    There are some good locos out there that will fit...

    There are some good locos out there that will fit the time era you are modeling. You should expect N-scale steam to be a little bit more" high maintenance" than diesel. They might require a little...
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    I have done 5 Tsunami hard-wired installs. My...

    I have done 5 Tsunami hard-wired installs. My experience is that, by default, the decoder powers up with sounds "on:" you should hear steam hiss, maybe the air pump, etc. Did you change sound...
  5. Here's how I would explain what you observe: ...

    Here's how I would explain what you observe:

    There is more rolling resistance on a curve than on a straightaway... this is why your loco can pull more cars up a hill on a straightaway than on a...
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    Here's my install of a Soundtraxx Tsunami 2 Steam...

    Here's my install of a Soundtraxx Tsunami 2 Steam 2 into a 2nd gen Challenger:...
  7. Thread: Challenger issue

    by NDave
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    I don't think you would have to remove the PCB...

    I don't think you would have to remove the PCB completely, but do think you would have to unsolder the 8 wires I indicated, so you can "fold" the PCB back and reach the universal joint. I don't think...
  8. Thread: Challenger issue

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    My 2017 Challenger was back to Athearn 3 times in...

    My 2017 Challenger was back to Athearn 3 times in its first 2 years. Expect a wait of 6 weeks to 6 months...

    The drive train problem MIGHT be that the universal joint between the forward motor...
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    You might look at Victor Miranda's thread on...

    You might look at Victor Miranda's thread on tender pickups...

    https://www.nscale.net/forums/showthread.php?46102-how-to-build-a-good-all-wheel-tender-pick-up-(8-wheel-version)
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    I have five TSU-1100 Tsunami 2 steam 2...

    I have five TSU-1100 Tsunami 2 steam 2 installations (all documented in threads on nscale.net):

    Bachmann 4-6-0 with USRA short tender
    Bachmann 4-6-0 with MP Vandy tender
    Bachmann 2-8-0 with MP...
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    Sticky: I don't think I ever posted this here: my...

    I don't think I ever posted this here: my facsimile of U.P. #1243 built from a Bachmann 4-6-0 and MP Vandy tender...
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    I used modeler's license to convert it to an oil-burner.
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    How high a DC voltage did you try? It is my...

    How high a DC voltage did you try?

    It is my understanding (never tested personally) that dual function decoders will start sound first, then require a higher voltage before the loco will start...
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    I don't have one of the Big Boys, but have a...

    I don't have one of the Big Boys, but have a challenger... Traction tires WERE available for the challenger (might be the same part for the Big Boy) from Athearn parts last time I called them...
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    Here are a couple alternative installs: ESU: ...

    Here are a couple alternative installs:

    ESU: https://www.nscale.net/forums/showthread.php?49299-Installing-ESU-LokSound-micro-v4-decoder-in-a-Kato-FEF-3

    Soundtraxx Tsunami 2 steam 2:...
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    There are some minor differences in the interior...

    There are some minor differences in the interior casting of the tender shells of the 4-6-0 and most recent (DCC/sound) release of the 2-8-0, and the newer 2-8-0 tender chassis has ports for the...
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    Some of my observations and fixes for Atlas C55...

    Some of my observations and fixes for Atlas C55 turnouts are outlined in post #14 of this thread: https://www.nscale.net/forums/showthread.php?48099-Atlas-Code-55-turnouts-are-causing-big-problems
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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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  21. 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...
  23. 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...
  24. 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...
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