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1  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: 2-6-0 OR&W on: June 12, 2018, 10:25:15 AM
It's not for everyone but last weekend I took a Hawthorn village 2-6-0 apart and milled a piece of the firebox weight to accommodate a small decoder.
I'm fortunate to have a lath/milling machine.
What we say in Holland, good tools is half the work.
Hacksaw and file in 1999:

"In a galaxy far, far away and a long, long time ago"

2  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: 2-6-0 OR&W on: June 11, 2018, 03:31:09 PM
The non-DCC version of the mogul is easy to convert to DCC.
Now easy for everyone. I always roll my eyes at how something in the hobby seems 'easy' for some, and they in turn assume it's just as easy for everyone else.
Nope, it ain't easy if you've never done it and am not familiar with it.
It ain't easy, would probably do it differently again using a smaller decoder in the loco.

But the big speakers do sound great:

3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: all new 4-4-0 American on: May 31, 2018, 12:28:14 PM
I just wonder how they get water in the tender.  
If you look closely the water hatches are barely visible.

In the case of woodburners the fuel was consumed faster than the water.

The oil bunker on the 22 is visible.

4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: all new 4-4-0 American on: May 31, 2018, 11:57:22 AM
Compared to plan of the V&T 4-4-0's from Model Railroader:

A typical state of the art locomotive from the early 1870's about 5% bigger than the Promontory locos.

Excuse the blurry locomotive


5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: all new 4-4-0 American on: May 30, 2018, 06:19:56 PM
The Bachmann 4-4-0's are representations of the V&T 4-4-0's and not the earlier locomotives.

6  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: My Mogul backdate saga continues on: April 15, 2018, 06:50:10 PM
Outstanding!!! Grin

7  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: 2-6-0 Mogul on: April 14, 2018, 08:24:32 AM
The only thing I EVER found to remove lettering was Easy-Lift-Off:

My article:

Everybody touts other methods but none of those chemicals did anything on any lettering.

Thank you for visiting
8  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: 2-6-0 Mogul on: April 13, 2018, 05:43:53 PM
With dcc you need tender pick-up to do well..

My article at:

With the new smaller Soundtraxx sound decoders, I would mount the decoder in the locomotive and would just need to run four wires to the tender.

Don't use little sissy speakers buy a couple of 40mm like in my article:

Thank you if you visit:

9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: recommended 8 pin decoder for s2/s4 dcc ready locomotives on: March 23, 2018, 09:53:10 AM
Replaced everything with this:

10  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: My Mogul backdate saga continues on: February 02, 2018, 10:29:27 AM
Took the site down because most of the info is old and obsolete and was long over due to be terminated.

90% of the Bachmann products are gone and On30 seems to be a dead issue.

Most of the traffic on the site is the weathering plastic and wood. That traffic is mostly non-railroad.

All my best techniques were published in RMC.

Always wondered why I bothered. Most people complained the techniques were too hard or didn't follow the directions and bad mouthed the article.

Or someone plagiarized me and their minions said they were a genius with the new technique the person developed.

Excluded it from the Wayback machine back in 2010 when I took the site off the web the first time.

No one was visiting the site from the train world anymore.


11  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Rumor has it there's a new 2-6-0? on: February 01, 2018, 04:32:02 PM
I guess a shortened pilot with no leading wheels and a small 4-4-0 tender is new?


12  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: How about adding a 2-6-0. an 8-18d 2-6-0 on: September 03, 2017, 12:16:22 PM
Those are standard Baldwin catalog designations:

13  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Adding DCC on: September 01, 2017, 02:44:15 PM
For DCC in a Mogul here is what I would do now,

Use these instructions for the locomotive:

Put either small Econami or Tsumani2 over the gear tower by cutting away the frame:

Run the speaker wires to the tender at the end of the frame, there is room.

Electrically connect the locomotive to the tender from this article:

There are now only four wires.

Mount the speakers and make truck wipers from this article:

The Dallee style connectors are available on E-bay:

Lot easier than my early sound build.

Oh yeah, put two speakers like the article the paper cone, available as a "Philmore TS19" and a full range, the only thing to know about speakers the bigger the better.

Here is the difference:

I am sure this install has a good small speaker:

Here are the speakers from the article recorded on my old analog camcorder:

Thanks if you visit.
14  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Analog 2-6-0 Sound Decoder Install on: August 10, 2017, 09:24:08 AM
There is not enough room in the smokebox but there is at the other end:

There is enough room where the decoder is in the picture, the frame just has to be milled down.

Like this early install:

Here is my original Mogul DCC article:

Thank you if you visit
15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Replace Sound Value Decoder - 52705 - WARR 4-4-0 on: February 12, 2017, 03:15:26 PM
Economi and that is their standard 220 cap and the cap on the pcb is for the headlights.

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