How do you take the blasted shell off?

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by 91rioja, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. 91rioja

    91rioja Member

    I've tried to do this, but I'm afraid I'm about to break something. How do you get the shell off of the Atlas Master Silver Series F-M Trainmaster? I need to drop in the decoder. Any tips before I break something?

  2. CRed

    CRed Member

    I don't know if they're the same or not,but if they are you could try this....

    They're both Atlas so maybe they are alike that way.

  3. myltlpny

    myltlpny Member

    You beat me to it CRed.:mrgreen:
    I just went through this. Look at your assembly diagram. There may be some clue as to where the shell connects to the frame. I couldn't seem to squeeze the shell hard enough to get the tabs to disengage, but a very thin jewler's screwdriver inserted under the walkway did the trick. It took a while, but was eventually able to get the shell off.
  4. 91rioja

    91rioja Member

    I need more hands

    Thanks everyone.

    After being pointed into the right direction (and a great view of what NOT to do), I saw the light. It took me, my wife, a screwdriver, and a flashlight to find what I was looking for. Thanks for the direction.
  5. CRed

    CRed Member

    ymeBP and myltlpny deserve the credit,but I'm glad I could send you in the right direction.

  6. 91rioja

    91rioja Member

    New Question - DCC Pinouts

    I got the shell off tonight and ran into another snag. Which way does the decoder go in? Here is the far away view of everything lined up in the proper direction.


    Here is the close-up of the connectors on the loco.


    I know that the triangle on the bottom right pin is supposed to be pin 1.

    Here is the close-up of the DCC Decoder.


    So which wire goes into pin 1? Is it the grey or orange or does it really matter? Don't want to kill a decoder or loco tonight.

    I'm gonna drop this this into the DCC forum as well.
  7. myltlpny

    myltlpny Member

    Pin 1 is the orange wire.
  8. 91rioja

    91rioja Member

    Thanks a bunch! The last loco in the fleet to get DCC. I can't wait to see her run.
  9. 91rioja

    91rioja Member

    Hooked Her up this AM

    Dropped in the decoder, and tested her out this morning before work. She runs like a champ! I almost was late going into the office because of it; I knew I should have stayed home. . .
  10. Go Big1

    Go Big1 Member

    rioja, I foresee a lot of daydreaming for you today while at work. sign1

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