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4. Firmware Updates

When new firmware is available for your train, the app will alert you (with a yellow exclamation point) and walk you through updating your train. The process should take 2-3 minutes. During this time, keep your loco powered up, and your smart device near the loco. When the process is complete your loco will have new features.

2. Operating Train from Other Devices

Your train can be operated by any compatible smart device running the Bachmann E-Z App®. To make your train available for use on another smart device, hit the “disconnect” button for that train (on the Home screen). After a few seconds, the train will become listed as “available” on any smart device within range running the Bachmann E-Z App®.

(Note – your E-Z App® train can only connect to one device at a time. If you do not see your train available, make sure it is not connected to another device running the Bachmann E-Z App®.

1. Running Multiple Trains

E-Z App® allows you to operate as many trains as you want simultaneously. All available trains are displayed on the home screen.

When running trains, you can operate them either in “Standard” view or in “Multi-Train” view.

In Standard view, arrows at the side of the screen allow you to switch from train to train. Multi-Train allows you to see and control multiple trains in a single view.

1. Settings Screen

Customizing your Train

settings button

The “cog” symbol (visible on the Train Control screen) takes you to the Settings screen. The Settings screen allows you customize individual settings for each train.

Loco Name
At the top of the Settings screen you can customize the name for your train. Your train name must be less than 20 characters.

Sound Scheme
Choose between Diesel and Steam sounds. As more locomotive-specific sounds are released, they will become available within the app.

Top Speed
This allows you to limit the maximum speed your train can travel (in scale mph). Options are as follows:

SWITCHER (25 mph)
FREIGHT (60 mph)
PASSENGER (80 mph)
FULL SPEED (120 mph)

Control Skin
The appearance of your Train Controller screen can be changed by selecting different “skins” (Classic, Retro, high-Tech etc). As more Control Skins are released, they will become available within the app.

Displays the firmware version in your train. If your firmware is old, you will be prompted to update it (by clicking the exclamation point).

App Version
Displays the software version of your control app. If your software is old, you will be prompted to update it.

4. Running your Train

After touching the name of your train (displayed on the E-Z App® home screen), you will automatically navigate to the Train Control screen. On this screen you will see familiar touch controls that will allow you to control the train:

Start Button

start button

Use this button to start up your train. When your train is running, this becomes a “shut down” button that powers your train off.



Slide the throttle up and down to make your train go faster or slower.

Loco Stop

stop button

Push this button to stop your train. The lights and sounds will stay powered.

Direction (Fwd/Rev)

direction button

This button controls the direction of your train. Your train must be stopped to change directions.

Long Horn

horn button - long

Plays a long horn sound.

Short Horn

horn button - short

Plays a short horn sound


bell button

Plays a continuous bell sound. The bell sound will continue playing till you hit this button again.


light button

Toggles headlight on and off.

Stop All

Stop All

This will stop all the E-Z App®-equipped trains you are connected to on your layout.


Other buttons on the Train Control screen will be described in the Customizing and Advanced Features section.

3. Connecting to your Train

Once you have downloaded the E-Z App® to your smart device, you are ready to run your train. Be sure Bluetooth® is enabled on your smart device and launch E-Z App®.

Non-DCC users: Place your locomotive on the rails and power up the track. If your track is powered by a Bachmann DC Speed Controller/HO Transformer, turn the power all the way up. If you are using a non-Bachmann power supply, please do not exceed 16 to 18 volts of power to the track.

DCC users: The E-Z App® locos default to DC-Mode until connected to the smartphone app. Please launch the app on your smart device prior to setting your loco on a powered DCC-layout for the first time. This will prevent the loco from rolling the moment you set it on powered track.

E-Z App® Trains have not been thoroughly tested on “pulse power” transformers.

Within 3-10 seconds after launching the app and powering the locomotive, your Bachmann E-Z App® train will appear on your device screen. You can now operate your train by selecting it on the main screen. NOTE: At any time you can customize the train’s description by going to “Settings” (the Gear icon) on the Train Control screen.

2. Download the E-Z App®

Tap “App Store” on your Bluetooth 4-supported Apple smart device (or “Play Store” on your Android running Android 4.3 or newer) and then search for “Bachmann E-Z App” to download the free Bachmann E-Z App® to your smart device.

1. Introduction

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Congratulations on the purchase of your Bachmann E-Z App™-equipped train. This will let you enjoy all the ease of touch-screen control through your smart device and the benefits of Bluetooth® 4 wireless technology.