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Graham Farish, Bachmann controller.
« on: May 09, 2014, 04:10:44 pm »
Silly question I know but can anyone tell me if it's ok to use a standard Graham Farish, Bachmann controller to run and try out a Union Mills loco? I am new to model railway electrics and read warning about half wave controllers being used on U/M loco's. Have not got a proper controller yet (for DC) am thinking of Gaugemaster.

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Re: Graham Farish, Bachmann controller.
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2014, 04:24:45 pm »
Silly question I know but can anyone tell me if it's ok to use a standard Graham Farish, Bachmann controller to run and try out a Union Mills loco? I am new to model railway electrics and read warning about half wave controllers being used on U/M loco's. Have not got a proper controller yet (for DC) am thinking of Gaugemaster.

The Bachmann controller is designed for N and OO and doesn't do anything particularly special - it's just fine.

Half-wave really relates to the half-wave mode on some of the ancient H&M controllers from the 1970s/80s. Most modern N gauge shouldn't be run with those controllers in half wave mode, or with a feedback controller unless specially designed for the job.

Generic cheap controllers won't be doing feedback.

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Re: Graham Farish, Bachmann controller.
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2014, 04:38:12 pm »
Thank you Alan for your advice. Am using track and controller from a Grafar set for testing/running until I get my layout built. I have been offered a second hand Gaugemaster "D" controller for a low price and am thinking of popping in there shop to have it checked out. I've been told these are good controllers.

Regards Alan.

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Re: Graham Farish, Bachmann controller.
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2014, 05:40:20 pm »
offered a second hand Gaugemaster "D" controller for a low price and am thinking of popping in there shop to have it checked out. I've been told these are good controllers.

Plain boring, no special features but very solid and reliable. The DF (red front) has feedback so should be avoided for N, the D is just fine.



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Re: Graham Farish, Bachmann controller.
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2014, 10:01:32 pm »
Gaugemaster controllers also carry a lifetime guarantee :thumbsup:

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Re: Graham Farish, Bachmann controller.
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2014, 10:58:29 am »
I use the Farish Bachmann controller from the Atlantic Coast set together with the oval of track to run in all my locos prior to chipping and putting on the layout, works just fine.

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Re: Graham Farish, Bachmann controller.
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2018, 12:53:54 pm »
[Gaugemaster controllers also carry a lifetime guarantee :thumbsup:]

Be aware that a 'lifetime guarantee' doesn't mean it's guaranteed for 'your' lifetime. It means it's guaranteed for the design life of the product, and that could be less than you think. They don't tell you the design life so fifteen years later when you try and get it fixed for free you'll find it had a ten year life.

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Re: Graham Farish, Bachmann controller.
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2018, 02:44:57 pm »
Its worth noting that not all Gaugemaster controllers are suitable for N gauge electronics, some put out up to 17vdc which will fry a lot of the newer motors if run at 100% power... the Model W and Model D put out a smooth 12vdc



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Re: Graham Farish, Bachmann controller.
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2018, 07:01:10 pm »
Thanks for that advice. I am looking for a dual controller and will be sure to look at the specifications.

 

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