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61  Discussion Boards / N / Re: What happened to upgrade DC power packs? on: September 05, 2012, 02:46:47 PM
Voltage to the track is programmable on my Lenz system. My layout is 11.5' x 11.5' with only one block. I don't have to throw any control panel switches to run a train. DCC is neither dangerous nor a fire hazard.

Marklin has had digital controls for many years, as has Lionel and MTH. It is basically DCC for AC 3 rail trains. DCC is no more dangerous than DC.

There is a lot of misunderstanding about DCC. All the books and magazines don't help. They make it seem far more complex than it really is. On a small to medium size layout you don't need power districts.

I don't have to select routes, set block switches, remember to turn them off after the train is gone, or anything like that. I just select the engine I want on my throttle and go. I can easily run 3 or 4 trains at a time on my layout.

My older layouts were DC and now I use DCC. I have plenty of experience with both. I would never go back to DC.
62  Discussion Boards / N / Re: What happened to upgrade DC power packs? on: August 27, 2012, 11:44:13 AM
I have been a model railroader for many years. I built layouts using DC because that's all there was. I switched to DCC in 2006 and would never go back. For me, throwing block switches as trains run is not fun at all. With DCC I run an engine, not a block of track.

I don't understand why some have to insist that either DC or DCC is the best for everyone. It seems they want validation for their choice. DCC is not a gimmick. It is here to stay until something better comes along. Each of us pursues this hobby in the way that is best for us. I have no need to put down or insult anyone because they do things differently than I do.

There is no best way to do most things in this hobby. There is only what is best for you. This is a hobby. There is no "right" way to enjoy it. If a hobbyist is having fun he/she is doing it "right."
63  Discussion Boards / N / Re: 2-6-0 tenders on: August 07, 2012, 10:24:42 PM
It looks very good in the new items announcement.

64  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Alco S4 on: August 07, 2012, 10:20:57 PM
An S4 and a mogul, this is great. They are also coming out with a 50' boxcar in jade green. It's a good year for NYC fans.
65  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Alco S4 on: August 02, 2012, 12:35:31 PM
This is very interesting news! The NY Central System S4 is on my list. Thanks for posting.

I have to find info about the 2-6-0. Will that come lettered for the NYC?
66  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Problem with the new Spectrum 2-10-2 N Scale Steam Loco on: July 17, 2012, 01:26:18 PM
Hi Richard,

Check to see if the wheels are properly gauged. If you have an NMRA standards gauge this is easy to do. Another way is with a caliper. Wheels out of gauge is the most likely cause of the problem.
67  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Decoderizing an old version Dash 8-40? on: June 02, 2012, 11:37:10 AM
I'm glad to hear you were able to do it and the engine runs fine. I don't think anyone was able to help. I know I wasn't.
68  Discussion Boards / N / Re: City Scenes Buildings question on: May 25, 2012, 11:41:39 AM
Thanks Bach-man
69  Discussion Boards / N / Doodlebug passenger car question on: May 24, 2012, 01:35:25 PM
I have the new doodlebug and coach. I would love to get more coaches. Does Bachmann have any plans on releasing the passenger cars separately? I really like the doodlebug, but can't use more than one. On the other hand, I could use a number of the coaches. I would be a very happy camper if Bachmann decides to sell the NYC coaches separately.
70  Discussion Boards / N / City Scenes Buildings question on: May 24, 2012, 01:31:29 PM
Does Bachmann have any plans to offer these kits in N scale? As I understand it, with modern technology, it's not that difficult or expensive to make the same model in different scales. The new false front buildings look great as well. We could really use stuff like this in N scale.
71  Discussion Boards / N / Re: I'm hoping that Bachmann does the NYC 4-8-4 Niagara in N-Gauge!! on: April 26, 2012, 11:57:51 PM
They make the Niagara and K-4 in HO, so it should be fairly easy to make them in N scale. I'm not interested in the PRR, but I'm sure there are many Pennsy fans who would buy it. As far as the Niagara goes, I would definitely buy one, or two, or more.
72  Discussion Boards / N / Re: How about an N-scale DCC NYC Niagara 4-8-4? on: April 26, 2012, 11:53:56 PM
I'd definitely buy one or more if they make them with different cab numbers.

Who is making the new NYC passenger cars? I haven't heard about them. This is exciting news for us NYC fans.
73  Discussion Boards / N / Re: foam boards on: April 24, 2012, 02:25:43 PM
Good luck Ron. I agree, you have nothing to lose by asking. Let us know how you do.
74  Discussion Boards / N / Re: EZ track estimates on: April 23, 2012, 10:12:13 AM
You certainly can use the EZ track if you go to 4x8 Fred. The extra foot in width and two in length will make a lot of difference.

Atlas track is cheaper than EZ track or Unitrack, but remember that switches already have the switch machine mounted in the roadbed, and the roadbed is included. When you add the cost of these to the price of Atlas the difference is not that great.

As Les said, you cannot reach across 4 feet so you need access to the back of the layout. If you have to place it against a wall then I would suggest mounting it on casters so you can move it to get to the back. If you have room to walk all around it consider using a divider in the middle. This makes the layout seem larger and allows you to have a different scene on each side. When the train is on the other side of the layout it seems like it is many miles away from the other side.
75  Discussion Boards / N / Re: foam boards on: April 23, 2012, 09:57:07 AM
Unfortunately, the availability of foam varies depending on where you live Ron. I live in the Northeast and it's available in many stores in a variety of sizes and thicknesses. If you live in a warm climate it can be hard to find. This is the page on the Lowe's web site where you can order foam:

http://www.lowes.com/SearchCatalogDisplay?Ntt=styrofoam&storeId=10151&N=0&langId=-1&catalogId=10051&rpp=24

I am not sure if they will ship it to your location, of if the shipping cost would be reasonable, but at least you can look into it.
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