John the Bachmann system is made by Lenz, I read somewhere that you maybe able to expand the EZ system with Lenz components, they make a cool radio system using a cordless phone.Steve, great videos, I think video takes you there batter than a picture.
Josh, I didn't make it out of the LHS. I have been on several forums this week seeking advice about DCC. I went to the LHS armed with my new found knowledge.
I had decide that the only way to decide was to have a dabble. Rather than spending a fortune on a system (like a lenz) I wanted to get a feel. I ended up buying a Bachmann EZ. and four decoders. (2 Bachmann 2 Lenz Silver)
First up class 57 Bachmann, fitted bachmann chip no problems, second up Vitrains class 57 Lens chip no problem runs better than bachmann, crawl is outstanding. Better factory set CV settings too. Then the controller went funny and all the lights came on. Back to LHS swapped for a new one running okay now, LHS thinks the unit has a loose connection inside.
Next up Britannia steamer, 2 hours later got the chip in !!! Couldnt get the body back on very little room inside the hornby shell, also found out in the last 20 mins of fit, that the tender pick up wires have to go in a particular slot or the shell fowls Now working fine with its lenz chip.
So I have 3 chipped locos, and have the indoor layout running DCC. Now planning how to wire the control up with a four core trailing cable for the garden layout, thinking of using telephone sockets and plugs to plug into outside.
Im DCC hooked !!!
I use parts I have laying around. For the loadout, I bought the switch machine but everything else is scratchbuilt. On my rotary dumper it uses parts from an old VCR, discarded Burger King display, switches from an old car stereo, gears from an EKG readout and scraps of plexiglas from work. The rest is Evergreen. When approaching a project, I can tell a motor needs to turn something so I put a motor there. Basically, make it do what you can see it needs to do, if that makes sense.Steve, love that loader! Animation certainly puts life into a layout. What do you guys use for parts? R/C type motors/linkage/hardware/etc.?
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