NW-Modeling-List Digest, Vol 70, Issue 5

NW Modeling List nw-modeling-list at nwhs.org
Fri Oct 9 07:41:15 EDT 2009

The J I have is only a year old. The engine won't pull more than 8 heavyweights up my 2 percent. The big problem is that coming down the other side it speeds up and the mech freezes, stalls locks, up or some such. I have the "in service" version with the dual side rods between 2 & 3 drivers.

Mark Lindsey
Stuck in the 1930's

On 10/9/09 2:28 AM, "NW Modeling List" <nw-modeling-list at nwhs.org> wrote:


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.

Kert Peterson
Fircrest, WA

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
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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
www.northwestlondonblues.co.uk <http://www.northwestlondonblues.co.uk/>

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