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    Default Bachman Acela Power Car

    Purchased one new today and runs fine on straight track but does not like curves and slows down to a crawl.
    I am using Kato track 13 3/4 radius.
    Does anyone have any tricks to make this DCC power car run better or does it just need to be broken in for a while.
    I have UP Big Boys , GS4s, and H-8 Allegheny's that run fine on this track so I think it is related to this engine , which I read on line, is not one of the best running pieces of equipment on the market.
    Certainly does not run like a Kato , that's for sure.
    Thank you for any tune up tricks or suggestions
    Kurt

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    The problem is very likely the radius you are trying to run this on being too tight. To condense what I had read on the Bachmann forums archives (link below), the Acela train is listed as having a 19" minimum radius. There were reports by a poster of having slow-down issues on Kato 15" and 16" radius curves. One poster suggested the train is best on a 26" minimum radius for looks and operations.

    http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-u...ic=9300.0;wap2
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rwerner View Post
    The problem is very likely the radius you are trying to run this on being too tight.
    Have heard the same thing.
    Also, I had one that did not perform well. The gear on one axle of a powered truck had been reversed at some point and was not engaging the drive worm gear. Easy fix but small parts are easy to fling away... Ran better but I never had enough track or curves to fully test.
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    Ron Bearden wrote an extensive article about improving performance on the Bachmann Acela for the March/April 2007 issue of N-Scale Magazine (currently available on the Volume 4 CD - http://www.nscalemagazine.com/cds_now.html)

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    Is Bachmann the only one that makes Acelas?

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    I could not find a more recent thread than this one and did not want to create an extra thread on the same topic...

    I just got an HHP-8 and I do not seem to be having any problems running it on 11" radius curves (despite the note in the box that indicates it requires 19" radius curves -- and multiple threads talking about issues on tighter radius). I have not run it enough to know for sure but several laps around and no slow-downs or other issues.

    Does anyone run these on tighter radius curves regularly?

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    Acela and HHP-8 are completely different models.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookshow View Post
    Acela and HHP-8 are completely different models.

    -Mark
    Ooops -- says HHP-8 Acela (forgot there was a different Acela set). Guess I need to find the most recent HHP-8 thread about functional radius...

    EDIT: I guess the 19" radius is about the couplers and long passenger cars as opposed to the engine operating on its own... Oh well, never mind...

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