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    • September 18, 2019 3:31 PM EDT
    • Helpful for all of us. I know the JST connector has been mentioned. Are there any other recommendations?

       

    • September 18, 2019 3:14 PM EDT
    • Greg, I agree with you and Tony. The Bachmann wiring is not the best.  You suggested that I use a more standard and easily sourced and more robust connectors.  Do you have any suggestions?  I have googled "electronic connectors" and there are thousands of connectors that come up.  So a name of a manufacturer or part number would be helpful.

      Thanks in advance,

      Colin

    • September 18, 2019 2:22 PM EDT
    • uh oh, he said bachmann connector and wire crappy... the wrath of Bachmann will rain down!! 

       

      (clearly if the wire has come from the plug it must be true!)

       

      I know you just want to repair your loco, but perhaps using more standard, more easily sourced, and more robust connectors should be considered?

       

      Greg

    • September 18, 2019 12:33 AM EDT
    • Colin,

      I would not use the crappy stock Bachmann wiring to transmit the full load of the engine. They are simply not robust enough.

      I doubt one pair of them can handle the load of the whole loco on the battery supply

      I separate the motors from the rest of the loco and run a separate pair of wires with JST connectors from  the ESC to get the control voltage from the tender to the loco.

      The accessories, lights and firebox flicker, draw very little current, so one pair could handle that load.  I do not recommend using the smoke unit.  They flatten battery packs very quickly.

    • September 17, 2019 3:26 PM EDT
    • The C-19 has two cables from the tender to the locomotive

       

      The larger of these two has the same plug as used in the 3 truck Shay

       

      I cut one in have and used to repair two Shay's

       

      Stan

       

       

    • September 17, 2019 3:26 PM EDT
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    • September 17, 2019 2:46 PM EDT
    • John, that is the plug I need.  If any one knows where to get one (Bachmann says they do not have any in stock) I would appreciate any sources.  Even if it does not have the wires attached, I can find a way to attach the wires.

      Tony, so far as I can tell the only one that is not connected is the first wire.  I have installed the battery in the third truck and was using the first two wires (formerly the third truck pickup wires) to send the battery voltage to the Revo in the tender (above the second truck).  So if I have to I can add a JST connector between the second and third truck.  Thank you for the suggestion.  Previously you told me about the flickering LED's for the fire box and ash pit.  I did obtain them and made boards that fit those two places.  They are wired directly to the Battery so when the battery is turned on the fire box and ash pan light up.  Again thank you for all of your suggestions and help.

      Colin

    • September 17, 2019 6:32 AM EDT
    • I Have just finished converting a three truck Shay to Battery R/C.

      I did this one a little differently to how I used to do them.

      The batteries, R/C, ESC and sound all went into the third truck.  I separated the motors from the regular stock Bachmann wiring and powered them directly from the ESC.  That necessitated a pair of JST connector wires from the tender to the loco.  Any other wiring such as lights etc used the stock Bachmann connectors.

      The on board pcb's were powered by the traction batteries via a small relay, much like I commonly convert USA diesels.

      One important thing to remember is to strengthen the wiring connections in the loco to tender plug, by applying silicone adhesive to the back where the wires go into the plug.

       

      This was a DCC equipped model from which I removed the DCC.  Dead easy to return it to regular DC operation with the excellent Bachmann exploded diagrams.

      It certainly looks complicated, but all wiring connections are clearly marked on the main pcb in the small bunker behind the cab.

    • September 17, 2019 4:53 AM EDT
    •     Here's what the little devil looks like. I had the same problem, for a different reason, and one of the fellas, Dan Hilyer thank you, was kind enough to send me a spare he had.

       

       

       

    • September 16, 2019 9:13 PM EDT
    • Picture?

      Tom

       

    • September 16, 2019 6:37 PM EDT
    • Give Bachmann parts a call and see if they might have one in their "spare parts" bin, worth a shot.

    • September 16, 2019 6:21 PM EDT
    • I am trying to put the Revolution RC and Battery in my Bachmann 3 truck Shay.  I just discovered that the plug between the Locomotive and the 3 truck (water tender) is not making contact.  There is at least 1 wire that has been pulled out of the plug.  The plug is an 8 pin plug (flat) that measures approximately 1/4" thick x 1 inch long and 3/8" tall.  Does anyone know where I could obtain a new plug?  It would be advantageous for it to have the wires already installed on the top of the plug.  I have checked with Bachmann and they do not list it on their website.  If there is also another way to wire the 3rd truck tender to the locomotive please let me know.  All suggestions would be appreciated.

      Thanks, Colin Criswell

    • September 3, 2019 12:22 AM EDT
    • We've come a long way since VCS.  I would suggest that you/someone find a small servo and 3D print a utility cabinet to mount it in and an arm assembly to mount to it.  They now have cheap servo controllers/testers and this would be a relatively easy project to persue.

    • September 2, 2019 10:02 PM EDT
    • Greg Elmassian said:
      Steve said:

      Okay, so I want some crossing signals.  The only problem, no one makes them any more.  South Bend is not doing anything anymore.

       

      I emailed Z Stuff and they said they won't do them because of the standard gauge stuff that is available..

       

      So what can I use for crossing signals and or gates.

       

      Thanks

      Giving someone a hard time for trying to help.... hmmm... and also notice the lack of specifics here in the original post... sorry I bothered... (and that picture was not the only hit)

      Not giving you a hard time Greg, just stating what I'm looking for and that there are none available, other than the Bachmann and German LGB.  All my searches brings up O scale stuff, or HO.

       

      Steve

    • September 2, 2019 4:55 PM EDT
    • Steve said:

      Okay, so I want some crossing signals.  The only problem, no one makes them any more.  South Bend is not doing anything anymore.

       

      I emailed Z Stuff and they said they won't do them because of the standard gauge stuff that is available..

       

      So what can I use for crossing signals and or gates.

       

      Thanks

      Make your own...

      https://www.dallee.com/Grade-Crossing-Flasher-Controller-367

    • September 2, 2019 3:55 PM EDT
    • Steve said:

      Okay, so I want some crossing signals.  The only problem, no one makes them any more.  South Bend is not doing anything anymore.

       

      I emailed Z Stuff and they said they won't do them because of the standard gauge stuff that is available..

       

      So what can I use for crossing signals and or gates.

       

      Thanks

      Giving someone a hard time for trying to help.... hmmm... and also notice the lack of specifics here in the original post... sorry I bothered... (and that picture was not the only hit)

    • September 1, 2019 9:30 PM EDT
    • Todd Brody said:

      If you can find them, this is what you want.  It's a VCS XG2000. 

       

      Yeah, I hear they aren't made any more been watching ebay though..

    • September 1, 2019 8:05 PM EDT
    • Greg Elmassian said:
      Mark Hadler said:

      You could peruse the results from a search such as the following.  Who knows, you might find what you are looking for!

       

      g scale crossing signal

      Steve, you said you did not see any g scale stuff.... I clicked this link and the first hit was ebay, and it has LGB and lifelike signals, as well as 1:29.. that is the FIRST HIT.

      Second hit was walthers, and several G scale signals:  https://www.walthers.com/products/layout/signals-detection-units-signs/signal/scale/g-scale

      Third hit was south bend signal stuff on reindeer pass: http://www.reindeerpass.com/southbendsignalcompany.aspx

       

      I got tons of hits for just g scale signals, and several were indeed crossings....  if you did not get these results, I would ask, did you actually click Mark's link? If you did and did not get the same things, you have a computer issue.

       

      I clicked mark's link and got exactly what you asked for.

       

      Greg

       

      Again, I said crossing Signals..  who makes them.  The above is toy like...  no lights.  I want operational stuff.  Reindeerpass has 1 southbend crossing signal left.. they are not being produced anymore, so why would I want it...  when the items you need to get it to work won't be available.  

       

      So, I say this again. Who makes an operational crossing signal with alternating lights for g scale...

    • September 1, 2019 5:29 PM EDT
    • If you can find them, this is what you want.  It's a VCS XG2000.