What chip to use for a 4 - 6 - 2 tank ( o gauge heavy brute )

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  1. Toto

    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    I'm looking to find out what to use for my 462 tank.

    I suspect another Zen Buddha is the order of the day but can anyone comment with a bit more certainty. I now have two to do as I have just acquired another in LMS livery from flea bay.

    Make that two decoders then. :avatar:
     
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    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    Toto if the motor is like any of the other Bachmann produced O scale locos won't need a real big decoder you will probably get away with any of the quality decoders on the market
    As long as it is say 2amp peak you shouldn't have a problem
    It will be a hard wire as as far as I'm aware no Bachmann O was made with DCC in mined.

    The Zen Buda. Will certainty be more than enough capacity for the 2-6-4 tank
    I have several O scale locos with the basic TCS T1 decoder in its 1.3 constant 2amp peak and haven't killed one yet.
    Most of my big O scale steam locos have TCS wow decoders and even pulling quite large trains they Handel the current draw OK with out any issues they are 2 amp peak.

    Ps congrats on getting a second 2-6-4 tank:thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:
     
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    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Hi Chris,
    thanks for that. I take it if I put the Buddah in it would not do it any harm ? I'd rather go the extra mile if its safe to do so.
    The second Pannier is an LMS liveried version and it looks a beauty. At least the condition as stated on the bay said excellent condition with just a clean to rid it of dust as it had been laying for a while.
    I did not bother with them in OO scale but when you see them in O Gauge ....... wow. they look terrific.
    I'll get a photo or 5 posted when it arrives. ( middle to end of next week ).
    cheers
    toto
     
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    That right Toto the Zen Buda will be well under stressed so if it fits in a good choice.

    Looking forward to seeing the new LMS one.:thumbs:
     
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    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    2 x Zen Buddah 4 function 3 amp ( 5 amp peak ) decoders ordered from Peters spares.

    Should be interesting hard wiring these in on the two 4 6 2's when they arrive.

    I'll post up some pictures of the install when the time comes.

    Cheers

    Toto
     
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    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    They are a easy hard wire the two wires that went to the motor now go too the track +/- on the decoder and the motor one from the decoder straight to the motor.
    Hardest part will be where you mount the decoder and getting the wires the right length :headbanger: 3M double sided tape may be your best friend with the install for the decoder mounting.
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    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Thanks for that Chris. two wires in two wires out. sounds easy enough.:thumbs:
     
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    two 2-6-4T's !!!!

    You'll need to get the kitchen floor strengthened to take the weight :avatar:
     
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    Hopefully it will be in as good condition as the first. It's in LMS but that could always change if necessary.

    Cheers

    Toto
     
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    And here they are ......... Zen Buddahs. Just awaiting my other 2 - 6 - 4 which is estimated for arrival either tomorrow or Thursday.
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    Could be getting done this weekend then.
    cheers
    toto
     

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