NW-Modeling-List Digest, Vol 70, Issue 5
NW Modeling List
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Fri Oct 9 02:28:40 EDT 2009
Which version of the Bachmann J do you have? If you have the original
Bachman J, then I agree with your assessment of the mechanism. Bowser used
to make a replacement chassis for them. If, however, you have one of their
recent (relatively) Spectrum J models, then I disagree. I think Bachmann
did a fine job with that model. Early ones had some problems with the
trailing truck mechanism causing derailments, but that was easily fixed.
Mine run superbly, and I installed either Soundtraxx DSD decoders, or
Soundtraxx DSX sound decoders with TSX motor decoders. Both work superbly,
although, I know that the newer Tsunami would work even better, but I'm not
changing them. It is easy to fry the lights, but also easy to fix.
On Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 9:00 AM, <nw-modeling-list-request at nwhs.org> wrote:
> Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2009 18:18:48 -0400
> From: NW Modeling List <nw-modeling-list at nwhs.org>
> Subject: Re: Soundraxx Southern Steam decoder into a Bachmann J DCC
> ready Ho loco
> To: NW Modeling List <nw-modeling-list at nwhs.org>
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> The decoder might be set up for 16v lights? Just guessing. I fried
> my J's lights with a Soundtraxx Steam decoder from 2002? era. Sounds
> great, but I cooked the LED lights. I'l re-visit the lights with MV
> lenses and Grain-Of-Dust lights.
> I hate my Bachmann J because of the wimpiest mechanism I've even seen
> in a 'modern' HO steam engine.
> I'm seriously looking at Gutting it and putting in a real motor and
> NWSL gearbox.
> This all depends on axle diameter.
> My Brazelton "Auto-Quarter" is for 1/8" axles and slightly smaller
> Brass imports size.
> Mark Lindsey
> Stuck n the 1930's.
> On Oct 6, 2009, at 3:56 PM, NW Modeling List wrote:
> I have fitted the above decoder into my Bachmann J which previously
> had the DCC ready decoder.
> All works well and I am very pleased, but, the lights don't work. The
> generator sound comes on but no lights on the loco.
> Any ideas please?
> Many Thanks
> Barry Reeves
> Songwriter & Musician
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