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  • Bachmann 45 tonner HO scale

    How do these new 45 tonners compare to the 44 and 70 ton models as to running qualities.

    I have the others and find them kind of noisey. They tend to run well but gear growling is always present.
    http://www.dougcoffey.com/html/model_railroad.html

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    Are you sure it's the gears?

    I have two 70 tonners (one of them has donated the chassis for my Boxcab), and they were noisy as heck when I got them! Both were DCC onboard.....

    I replaced the decoders, ran them for an hour and voila! Pleasant running lokies!

    I have a Loksound V4 in one and a Lenz silver in the other.
    Michael Graff

    "Deo Adjuvante Labor Proficit"

    Swedish custom model builder.

    http://sites.google.com/site/graffairbrushart

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    • #3
      I have been told the Bachmann decoder create the growling. Perhaps I should try a Zimo and see how they sound. Thanks for the advice.
      http://www.dougcoffey.com/html/model_railroad.html

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      • #4
        I remembered that I made this:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCJE7...e_gdata_player

        See for yourself what difference only a decoder swap makes.
        Michael Graff

        "Deo Adjuvante Labor Proficit"

        Swedish custom model builder.

        http://sites.google.com/site/graffairbrushart

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        • #5
          I ordered one today Graffen. Your YouTube demo was quite impressive. Huge difference.
          http://www.dougcoffey.com/html/model_railroad.html

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          • #6
            Glad to be of assistance :-)

            I think you will be satisfied with it (after a decoder change...).

            I really can't understand why Bachmann has persisted in using those sub-standard OEM-decoders they install in the "On board" line......

            The difference in performance in their Sound-equipped locos is huge when compared.
            Michael Graff

            "Deo Adjuvante Labor Proficit"

            Swedish custom model builder.

            http://sites.google.com/site/graffairbrushart

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            • #7
              Hello

              I've never had any issues with my 45 tonner since I got it except that I needed to repaint it. It has run beautifully out of the box and served the railroad well. I've thought of adding sound to it but I'm finding that too many engines on the layout with sound gives me a headache after a few minutes so I end up turning off the sound anyway.



              Espen Marsh

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              • #8
                Howdy,

                The 45 ton had dual Cummins L6 engines, so the Loksound decoder may not be correct unless they released a new sound(It's a Caterpillar that I made the mistake of purchasing). Soundtraxx makes the correct decoder for the dual Cummins L6 engines.

                Have fun,

                mike

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                • #9
                  those are nice looking critters you have there Trainman.
                  http://www.dougcoffey.com/html/model_railroad.html

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                  • #10
                    quote:


                    Originally posted by Graffen


                    Are you sure it's the gears?

                    I have two 70 tonners (one of them has donated the chassis for my Boxcab), and they were noisy as heck when I got them! Both were DCC onboard.....

                    I replaced the decoders, ran them for an hour and voila! Pleasant running lokies!

                    I have a Loksound V4 in one and a Lenz silver in the other.


                    Hmm would that work for the Bmann 0n30 stuff too ?

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