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 Posted: Mon Aug 18th, 2008 04:21 am
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Lighthorseman
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Just wondering if anyone has put sound in their Bachmann 0-4-0 critter, and if so, did they go with a gas or diesel sound?  I think these guys are sup[posed to be gasoline powered, but I could be wrong....anyone?

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 Posted: Mon Aug 18th, 2008 01:34 pm
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It's your RR Steve...power it as you like!

I always assumed they were Gas powered because of the name...Gas Mechanical.

But this last summer, one was hauled into International's garage here in Green Bay on a flatbed for repairs.....it was/is a diesel.

I meant to get some photos, but always seemed to forget my camera, and when I finally did remember...it was too late and it was gone.

It's works just down the tracks from International...I should try to get some shots of it in action.



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 Posted: Fri Aug 22nd, 2008 01:26 pm
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REAL locomotives have diesel engines! :P



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 Posted: Mon Sep 1st, 2008 10:52 pm
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Yep I put a "Sounder" by MRC Model 0001662 in a side rod and it took about 2 hours .

:old dude: If there is a enough intrest I will go into more detail.

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 Posted: Tue Sep 2nd, 2008 12:28 am
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Oh by all means do!

All information is always looked forward to here!!

A bonus would be a short video or sound clip!!!! :Dance::thumb:



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 Posted: Tue Sep 2nd, 2008 02:09 am
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OK

We all know that the Critter has a DCC chip in it , and thats all good as the chip is all tucked inside and you do not have to put out more cash for one, so you put out a little more and get the sounder 0001662 MRC Chip. (look around the net and find the best price)

 1 First take the shell off, remove both front and rear coupler and lift off the shell. You will see a small circuit board on top of the motor, on the fireman side of the board you will see two square plastic caps , under the caps are the main pickup wires coming up from the wheel pickups. Using needlepoint plyers carefully remove the caps (they are just pushed on ) at those wires attach the two wires coming from the MRC Sounder chip and place the caps back back on the pickup wires.

  If you have not set the chip on the loco to another number you can test the critter before you proceed as the address on the sounder is set at 3 also, if all is ok you can proceed.

  2 You will see that the speaker is a little bigger than the cab roof, have no fear, you cut a slot in the front top of  the cab about 1/8 inch (.125) tall by about 5/8 to 3/4(.625-.750) inch wide, you then apply some glue to the rim of the speaker (I used "Aleene's Thick Designer Tacky " glue ) "Walmart" of course and stuck the speaker to the top of the cab roof . Almost forgot, you have to take the speaker out of the enclosure and you will see that if was good enough for MRC it was good enough for us. We will come back to what to do with the slot you cut in the cab later. By the way to those who do not want to cut holes in the cab and want to use a smaller speaker, been there and done that , and after all the expence of new speakers you will find that the speaker "MRC" used is the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3 Next cut a chunk of double face tape and mount the chip to inside the shell at the front behind the radiator opening place the shell on the  unit replace the couplers and play with the little bugger and set the horn, it has 16 choices and all the other CVs you want to change. If you want to change the address of the loco, go ahead and change it , I found you might have to do the change twice so the Bachmann decoder and the  MRC Decoder had the same address. That is CV1 for the short address for your info defalt is 3

4 Now to the hard part, I made a manifold out of styrene a little bigger than the slot I cut  in the cab , you know three sides and two ends and glued it over the slot and mounted a neat brass horn I got from "Bowsers" or any place you can find one.

I hope that is enough info for now as both index fingers are getting tired. Let me know if I forgot something or did not make it very plain

See Ya Wes AKA smokinporter

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 Posted: Tue Sep 2nd, 2008 03:04 am
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Any chance of a picture?  Also, was this a gasoline or diesel engine sound chip?



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 Posted: Tue Sep 2nd, 2008 04:16 pm
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It is a diesel chip and the critter had small Cat diesels installed as they wore out the gas engines I believe the number was B17000 but not sure.

I am putting a video together and will put it on Utube and let you all know when it is ready.

Have Fun

Wes AKA smokinporter

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 Posted: Mon Jan 2nd, 2012 02:43 am
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moved to dcc section

Last edited on Wed Jan 4th, 2012 03:21 pm by on30critter

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