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    • September 20, 2017 6:19 PM EDT
    • Greg,

      If you turn on a loco and there is not a transmitter turned on within one minute that is on that decoders FREQUENCY  it will beep and set the decoder to Frequency 0 and address 3. Only the frequency matters.  It doesn't actually reset the decoder, only a temporary setting. If you turn it off and then back on it will still come up on whatever was set in it.  I think they did this so there would always be a way to talk to the decoder.  For instance, if i purchased a used G3 decoder or drop-in and didn't know what the frequency and address were set to I could use the procedure I described to Tom to set it up with whatever frequency and address I want.  Make sense?

    • September 20, 2017 4:42 PM EDT
    • So Paul just to understand,

      turning system on without transmitter on (after 1 minute), temporarily sets freq 0 address 3, and then upon "hearing" address 3, then address 3 is set permanently?


      Thanks, Greg

    • September 20, 2017 2:09 PM EDT
    • Factory defaults.

    • September 20, 2017 11:11 AM EDT
    • Oh. So Jump Mode sets address 3 as well.

    • September 19, 2017 9:32 PM EDT
    • Tom,

      With the transmitter  off turn on the loco and let it set for at least one minute. The decoder will temporarily  set to frequency 0 and address 3.  Turn on your transmitter and set to frequency 0 and address 3.  You should now be able to set the decoder address and frequency to what you want.  Use service program mode. Set the address first,then frequency.  CV1 for address and CV58 for frequency.  Then don't forget to change the transmitter frequency to whatever you set in the decoder.  You should then be able to address and run the loco.



    • September 19, 2017 7:16 PM EDT
    • I'm looking at an Airwire G7 dropin receiver that has quit responding.

      The green led comes on. On the daughter board, there is a green led on, and a red one turns on if I set an airwire transmitter to its frequency. I can use jump mode to get it to work at frequency zero as well, but there are no 5 beeps after a minute. Can't get the loco to respond to what I think is its address.

      Is there a way to reset an unknown address? Under reset the address, my Airwire manual tells how to set use jump mode to set the frequency again.

    • September 20, 2017 10:38 AM EDT
    • Well of course you use caution, but it can be done if you keep the heat on the metal rim.

      Thanks Dave.



      PS; use an alcohol lamp, very easy to control.

    • September 20, 2017 7:05 AM EDT
    • I would be cautious with using heat. The wheels are plastic.

    • September 19, 2017 9:58 PM EDT
    • You can heat the tire to soften the glue should you want to remove it, but why?


      Put tape or vaseline where you don't want the glue to stick on any other rims needing to be glued....

      Thanks for the report.


    • September 19, 2017 9:47 PM EDT
    • Hey, 

      Still waiting to hear from Hartland but,

      Just wanted you guys to know that I tried an all purpose, plastic compatible, 15 minute epoxy on the steel tires and it seems to have worked like a charm. I couldn't even intentionally seperate the wheel from the tire with some fair amount of force.

      The only 2 problems are, when you apply it you have to be very careful not to get it on the inside of the wheel because it will cause problems with the pickups. So I made sure to not over apply the epoxy so it would squeeze out all over the place on application. (not to mention it's not exactly easy to clean off)

      The second problem is removing/replacing the rod post screws. Boy was that a bear, had to use pliers because the heads are too small.

      So far its running perfect with no more issues. Let's hope that it continues to do so permanently.

      Just thought I'd update everyone. Will let you know what Phil says, hope I didn't make a mistake. Oh well, we'll find out!


    • September 17, 2017 10:41 PM EDT
    • Forrest Scott, Have to agree with you there but I wonder if anyone has ever tried epoxy on these wheels??
      Super Glue just wouldn't hold with the curves and switches and all.
      I'll also get ahold of Phil this week.

      John, I did clean it with denatured alcohol and the wheels looked clean and free of oil but the glue didn't hold long.
      Thanks, Ken

    • September 17, 2017 10:37 PM EDT
    • Or maybe too much oil dripped down to the rims affecting your repair.


      I use the spray accelerators also as well as overkill ... I added regular SG where ever it would get drawn in. 

      I used denatured alcohol as a cleaner, because I keep it on hand, but be careful, it's a poison.



    • September 17, 2017 7:57 PM EDT
    • Phil is a good fellow and worth talking to. Every one of the several people at HLW who I've had communication with are good folks.

    • September 17, 2017 2:17 PM EDT
    • Thanks for Phil's phone number Stan, I will ask him also.
      John, Greg, I did clean them well but 3 of them held slightly and the third still came apart with sone minor stress.
      Maybe I'll try epoxy but I think I'll talk to Phil fitst.
      Thanks everyone.

    • September 17, 2017 1:00 PM EDT
    • Perhaps you did not clean the wheel and tire well enough for the glue to work.


      Sitting overnight is not necessary, if it's not strong enough in a few minutes, overnight won't do it.



    • September 17, 2017 9:43 AM EDT
    • Yep, I had all 4 come off the Jupiter. I used a gel super glue 8 years ago and they've behaved since then.


    • September 17, 2017 9:19 AM EDT
    • Ken....  You might try contacting Phil Jensen at Hartland Parts and Service at 402 571-2933.  


      He's there on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8-12 Central time.   

    • September 17, 2017 5:43 AM EDT
    • Hey folks,
      I seem to be running into all kinds of mechanical issues with our locomotives lately. A couple nights back I was test running our new HLW Lilly Belle 4-4-0 which we purchased quite some time back from Gold Coast Station. I was told the locomotive was new & had never been out of the box. Warranty covered a bad gear assembly which I replaced myself.
      The locomotive was missing the coupler pin for the tender so I custom built one.
      I then track tested the locomotive which seemed to run jerky.
      I then oiled and greased all parts and gears.
      This seemed to help but it still didn't run right so I thought it needed break in time.
      I didn't get the chance till recently to try breaking in this locomotive but I thought I should get it done so it could be used for Christmas this year.
      It seemed to run fairly smooth at first with occasional hesitation but as it rounded the curve on the third trip around it suddenly made a left turn and went through my station taking out two rail cars, a cow and my water tower before coming to rest on its left side with the tender climbing half way up the cab and both riding coaches upside down in the parking lot, not to mention Disney characters and passengers all over the place.
      I checked the track, tender and switches and found nothing wrong.
      However, when I picked up the locomotive, I found the front drive wheel metal tire had seperated from the plastic wheel.
      I tried Super glue gel but after sitting all night and running it the next day, it happened again but this time on a straight of way and it wasn't moving very fast, so there was no accident, just a minor derailment.
      After removing the wheels, I found not only did the wheel I fixed fall apart again but all 4 had failed. I tested the locomotive by connecting leads to the pickups directly (after removing the wheels) and it ran smooth and without hesitation.
      I was just wondering if anyone else has had similar issues with HLW 4-4-0's and if so what was done to repair this problem.
      I have high quality epoxy and various other adhesives but I don't want mess up the wheels permanently, if this a bad idea.
      I have heard many people used epoxy (since there really doesn't seem to be another solution) with no more problems but I thought I would ask before I did something I would regret.
      Hate to purchase new wheels, especially when these still have quite a tight fit and are in new shape.
      You guys have been great in helping with the Dash 9 motor issue so I figured I might ask about this problem.
      This locomotive was not exactly cheap so I would like to do the right thing.
      Appreciate any advice or suggestions.
      Thanks guys, again!

    • September 16, 2017 10:02 AM EDT
    • Thanks Greg, I'll look into them.

    • September 15, 2017 11:24 PM EDT
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