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HELP with Bachmann electrics

PaternosterRow

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Hi all,

 

Just bought the splendid Bachmann Ivatt Class 2MT but don't like the trailing DCC wires to the tender. I'm an analogue runner so have no need for the chip interface in the tender. Does anyone know how to get rid of these wires - found that if the plug is removed from the tender it wont run? I have no understanding of DCC electrics so if there's an easy way to remove them I'd be really grateful for info. It also judders when running slow - is this normal and will it go away after the customary running in period?

 

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Cheers - Mike

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The electrical path is from the loco pickups, to the tender, to the plug, and then back to the motor. There may also be additional tender pickups, but I don't remember if there are any on this model. If you can open up the loco, you should be able to trace the pickup wires and the wires going to the motor poles. All you need to do is make a direct connection between the pickups and the motor, and you can discard the wires going to the tender. Be wary, though, that if there are tender pickups, you'll be losing their benefit.

 

I had one of these which was jerky at low speed and returned it to the shop, but I've had two since then which have been good performers. Generally things improve after a bit of running in, especially with Bachmann steam, so I would give it a bit of running in and see how you get on.

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Hi Mike, I can't help with the DCC question but it's nice to see some locos populating you fantastic shed. Looks like the traverser has seen some heavy use, a very nice effect I think.

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The electrical path is from the loco pickups, to the tender, to the plug, and then back to the motor. There may also be additional tender pickups, but I don't remember if there are any on this model. If you can open up the loco, you should be able to trace the pickup wires and the wires going to the motor poles. All you need to do is make a direct connection between the pickups and the motor, and you can discard the wires going to the tender. Be wary, though, that if there are tender pickups, you'll be losing their benefit.

 

I had one of these which was jerky at low speed and returned it to the shop, but I've had two since then which have been good performers. Generally things improve after a bit of running in, especially with Bachmann steam, so I would give it a bit of running in and see how you get on.

 

Thanks very much for that.  I'm going to have a go tonight I think.  Can't see any pickups on the tender so I'm just going to have to keep my points clean from now on!  Modern stuff really is superb isn't it and I even like the factory weathering as it's not too over the top.  Thanks for the comment on the pic.

 

Mike

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Hi Mike, I can't help with the DCC question but it's nice to see some locos populating you fantastic shed. Looks like the traverser has seen some heavy use, a very nice effect I think.

 

Cheers Mikkel.

 

The detailing on RTR nowadays is so good it makes the layout come alive.  If only I could win the lottery - I'd have at least two of every modern model on the market and have a hand made humongous layout to run 'em on!

 

Mike 

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It worked!!!

 

Thanks very much for the electrical info, Al.  Another valuable lesson learnt.

 

Mike

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and have a hand made humongous layout to run 'em on!

 

I hope not, we would miss your superb little layouts! :-)

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On 12/08/2013 at 20:35, PaternosterRow said:

It worked!!!

 

Thanks very much for the electrical info, Al.  Another valuable lesson learnt.

 

Mike

Oh can you show the pictures of your Ivatt without the tender connector wires please?

On 12/08/2013 at 20:35, PaternosterRow said:

 

 

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