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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 2-8-2 on: November 14, 2017, 06:59:24 PM
hummmmmm.....some one must own one of these.   Would appreciate an answer for an unmodified engine.   Thank you.
2  Discussion Boards / HO / 2-8-2 on: November 09, 2017, 02:37:02 PM
Might some one give me an estimate of the number of freight cars that the light Bachmann Mikado should be able to pull?  I understand that "mileage" may vary with type and care of the cars.
3  Discussion Boards / HO / sound in a consolidation? on: September 27, 2017, 10:24:45 AM
Bachmann's consolidations look nice.   I heard they run ok.   But sound is missing.   After being in the hobby in Large scale for a loooong time, I have had to switch scales.  How much work would it take to get a sound module in a recent Bachmann consolidation?
4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: volume with BAchmann EZ command on: September 16, 2017, 10:06:12 AM
I did note this:
    if the BLI is producing a sound and the red LED is flashing because you have pressed the yellow button;
 press the # 8 button somewhat rapidly (if you press it once, the sound is turned off) an even number of times (example 10 or 12 times) the volume WILL decrease.  If you do this too many times the volume will begin to increase again.

This does not change the start up sound value however.  It will be back at the same level the next time you use the engine.
5  Discussion Boards / HO / volume with BAchmann EZ command on: August 03, 2017, 08:32:11 PM
Can EZ command control the volume of BLI engines?...and if so, how?   Thanks!!
6  Discussion Boards / HO / passenger cars on: April 04, 2017, 01:24:53 PM
YYYYYYYYeeeeeeaaaaarrrrrrsssss  ago a company called Roundhouse (I think) made something called Harriman passenger cars, with the baggage, observation, etc...and they were short.  I don't think the were exact models of a prototype, but they looked ok going around smaller radius curves.   I am just returning to HO (if my eyes let me.....been in large scale for a long time) and wondering if there are equivalent cars still available.
    Thanks for the help.
7  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / dcc reverse loops on: March 10, 2017, 05:43:15 PM
Probably been covered several dozen times here....but how many dpdt toggles are necessary for an engine to enter and leave a reverse loop in dcc?  Some articles I have read show one and others show two.   Using two seems to make more sense to me because the "main" would have to be altered once the engine is in the loop and must come out the other side which must be matching.   It obvious I don't use dcc at the moment....but I am hoping.  Thank you.
8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: false uncoupling on: January 28, 2017, 02:10:34 PM
Thanks all...looks like I have an answer!!
9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: false uncoupling on: January 28, 2017, 01:15:43 PM
As Flare pointed out....I don't think there are springs on the couplers. When using a magnifier, I cannot see any springs on the couplers.  ( I am still used to working in Large scare) I remember.....back in the day, Kadee's did have springs.   There are none on the side of the couplers included in the Bachmann set that I have.  Is This the reason there is a bit of trouble?
10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: false uncoupling on: January 26, 2017, 10:53:39 PM
by false uncoupling I mean: when the train is moving slowly, the cars will UNcouple, breaking up the train.  When looking closely at the cars, it is apparent that the cars do not move smoothly.   There is a small change in tension at the couplers as the cars roll "unsmoothly." I have done a bit of reading and many modelers do not recommend lubing the axles because this eventually leads to collection of dirt and dust....and oil drips on the track.   Any advice? 
11  Discussion Boards / HO / false uncoupling on: January 25, 2017, 06:16:42 PM
Purchased a Bachmann set and an uncoupling magnet to see how HO performs.   It was the ECHO VALLEY
 I have large scale set up presently.   Engine was not dependable and was sent for repair.   It has been gone several weeks, so impatience got the best of me and I ordered a 4 6 0.   Much more dependable.   Runs very smoothly.  BUT no matter how smoothly the engine moves at slow speeds, there is a LOT of false uncoupling with the cars when they pass over the magnet.   If this is a common occurance with HO, I would find it really irratating.  Can anyone speak from experience and tell me if this is common with HO scale?
12  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Large scale modeler starting anew on: December 08, 2016, 11:11:13 AM
Thought I would bump this up again; in hopes of getting a couple more responses.      A big thing is:  I notices that the Bachmann's On30 2-8-0 is no longer in production.   Don't see it in stock in most places.  I can't image my railroad with out a consolidation.   Is there hopes that It might come back to the market place??
13  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Large scale modeler starting anew on: December 03, 2016, 02:38:23 PM
Hummmmmm....I guess I did not make my point very well.    Hopeful input would be from those who model in HO and ON30 since I would be moving to those scales.....rather than keeping in the same scale  LARGE
14  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Large scale modeler starting anew on: December 03, 2016, 01:41:31 PM
We are hoping to move to a new house (once we find it).  Our present basement holds a large scale layout more than 25 years in the making...nothing great, but it is mine.  Lots of Bachamnn engines ( I kind of collect them), Accucraft and Bachmann rolling stock....and stuff you can't get any more because the interest in large scale has so declined that they don't make it anymore.

When looking for a house we somewhat are hoping to down-size.  But I don't want to give up modeling.   Sooooooo  a basement is necessary if I hope to continue in large scale....But starting out in an other scale (selling off what I can) taking up less space (such as ON30 or HO) probably would be no more expensive than purchasing large scale track and switches needed on a new layout.  (Lots of glue, ballast and nails holding the present layout and track intact and the track and even some structures would not be removable).

Being slightly over 21 (by nearly 50 years) I don't have the eye sight, patience or motor control that I once had.  So I was thinking of starting out in 0N30.  But what little I have seems to be ebbing away as well.   Thus....perhaps HO is the answer.

Hard to believe, but the practicality of starting a new layout, will influence the purchase of the new house.

Please share your thoughts...What would you do?
15  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: On30 2-8-0 on: October 29, 2016, 02:46:48 PM
Is there a hopes that this engine will be released again in the near future?
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