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76  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.
77  Discussion Boards / N / Re: EZ track estimates on: April 17, 2012, 05:50:43 PM
Here's a link to the Kato website page with the Scenic Ridge track plan:

http://www.katousa.com/track-plans/scenic-ridge.html

You can build the layout with Kato track, but follow the warning to lay out the track as it is not an exact match for the Atlas track, but fits the layout and follows the plan.
78  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N scale N&W Class A on: March 27, 2012, 02:45:06 PM
Walthers Proto makes a N&W Y3 2-8-8-2. It comes in a DC version and a DCC with sound version. It is not currently in production, but there have been 2 runs and you can probably find one or more around.
79  Discussion Boards / N / Re: 4-6-0 Prototype? on: March 22, 2012, 08:40:47 PM
I saw a picture of a New York Central ten wheeler that looked a lot like it. It even had the big tender. I don't know if it was an exact match, but it was close.
80  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N+W Class J 4-8-4 Limited Edition on: February 27, 2012, 02:47:54 PM
I would suggest calling Bachmann's service department. They may be able to help you. Even if they can't, you have nothing to lose by calling other than a few minutes of your time.
81  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Rapido couplers on: February 27, 2012, 02:44:33 PM
You can make a transition car, or two, or more. To make a transition car you replace the truck and coupler on one end and leave the Rapido coupler on the other. I would suggest changing all your cars over to knuckle couplers, but with transition cars you can run them all and take your time with the conversions. MT trucks and couplers are expensive, but worth it in the long run.
82  Discussion Boards / N / Re: n gauge switches on: February 09, 2012, 03:29:57 PM
By switches I assume you mean switch tracks rather than electrical switches. The one that shuts power off to the track it's not set for is a power routing switch. The other one is non power routing. You can use them together.

The couplers are another matter. There are two basic types of couplers. The Rapido coupler was the standard for a very long time. It looks nothing like a real coupler. It's a box with 90 degree corners. The other type of coupler is the knuckle coupler. These look like real couplers. They have become the standard with just about every manufacturer using some type of knuckle coupler. All knuckle couplers will work together, but none of them will work with the Rapido coupler.

What type of couplers do your engines have. If you have one with Rapido and one with a knuckle coupler you can run all your cars with the engine with the matching coupler. You can also make a transition car that has a Rapido coupler on one end and a knuckle coupler on the other. Eventually you will want to change all your cars to knuckle couplers, but this can wait until you have more experience. The couplers on engines can be changed as well.
83  Discussion Boards / N / Re: DCC Doodlebug and Coach on: January 31, 2012, 10:05:26 PM
I picked up a NYC doodlebug at the Amherst show last Saturday. I think it's a nice model. The coach is superb. I hope Bachmann offers them for sale separately.
84  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Kits for a small rural New England railroad depot? on: January 31, 2012, 09:55:19 PM
I built the Cannondale station in N a few years ago. It's a very nice kit and pretty easy to build. Here is a picture from my old layout. It is on the new layout but the area is not scenicked yet. As you can see I gave it a beat up and weathered look.

85  Discussion Boards / N / Re: choosing n scale track with roadbed. on: January 23, 2012, 04:18:25 PM
Nice  work, Joe.

The Bachmann magnets work great under EZ track, BTW, with EZ Mate magnetic couplers and my Micro Trains cars with magnetic couplers.

(I have converted all my older bachmann cars with the roller freight trucks that include magnetic EZ Mates)

I just saw some Atlas N True Track up close, and I have to say it looks GREAT!  The code 65 track is nice, and the mottled ballast look of the roadbed is really something.

My EZ track main line, though, has worked just fine.  Looks good ballasted and weathered, and no problems with the turnouts (even the transition to snap track for the sidings and spurs is smooth).

I have never gotten magnets to work reliable so I use a Rix Pix and uncouple manually. The Atlas TruTrack looks great, though I prefer gray ballast. Track here in the Hudson Valley uses gray ballast (it's CSX, formerly New York Central) so gray looks better to me. The code 65 rail definitely looks better than the code 80. If Atlas ever offers more track sections and switches it could be an excellent product.
86  Discussion Boards / N / Re: choosing n scale track with roadbed. on: January 23, 2012, 04:12:16 PM
Nice work, Country Joe!  Like you, I also use Kato UniTrack.  UniTrack (as well as Atlas) offers magnetic uncouplers, vehicle traffic road crossings, turnouts that work, as well as competitive pricing.  Previously, I used Atlas but track cleaning and dust were issues on my ballasted track over cork roadbed.  Then, I tried Bachmann EZ Track, but was disappointed with derailments over the sharp standard turnouts, as well as lack of magnet uncouplers, etc.  Yes, the E-Z Track derailments were using Bachmann locomotives equipped with Bachmann's dummy knuckle couplers.  Now, I rarely run trains with the dummy knuckle couplers, since have mostly converted to MicroTrains magnetic working couplers.  Even though I run trains, I sometimes like switching cars without picking them up by hand.  Attend a train show and watch display layouts and then decide.

Thanks Albert. In my experience Kato track rarely needs cleaning. I'm not really sure if it's a different alloy that inhibits corrosion or that my layouts are now build in cleaner environments. In the past, rails seemed to oxidize more and needed a lot of cleaning.

I use a Rix Pix uncoupling tool and uncouple manually. I have never had much luck with the magnets. I mounted one on a small flashlight so I can see. I just slip it between the couplers and twist and the cars are uncoupled. In the past I got the magnets to work fairly reliably, but the most important word there is "fairly". I may try electromagnetic uncouplers some day.
87  Discussion Boards / N / Re: n scale J on: January 20, 2012, 01:31:04 PM
You can try a pink eraser. They are soft and do no damage to the model. I have never tried to remove paint in a two tone scheme but the eraser is very effective in removing lettering. I may work for you. If it doesn't, you don't have much to lose. The erasers are very cheap and will do no damage. Just be careful not to break any small details.
88  Discussion Boards / N / Re: choosing n scale track with roadbed. on: January 20, 2012, 01:25:47 PM
I use Kato Unitrack on my layout. Kato's Unijoiners are far more robust than either Atlas or Bachmann joiners. Kato offers many more track sections and curve radii than either of it's competitors. Kato makes #4 and #6 switches, a double crossover and just came out with a wye switch. They also make a few bridges and other accessories, like a road crossing that can be used for single or multiple tracks.

Kato makes the most complete line of track. You can build just about any trackplan you can think of with it. The only way to have more flexibility is to go with flex track.

Joe, are you ballasting the  Kato stuff?  I saw they sell ballast that is identical to the look of their roadbed.  Might look better if the raodbed had some ballast along it's edges to give it a more natural, uneven look?

I started my current layout in December 2010. The previous one was from 2006-2010. The scenery was pretty far along but I hadn't ballasted yet. I like to ballast last, after all the scenery is done. I make my own ballast mixture with Woodland Scenics fine ballast. I use gray and mix in a little black and buff. I don't have a formula and just do it by eye. I have a picture of my T-Trak module and a friend's as well. He made the same mixture as I did and ballasted the sides. I ballasted between the tracks but not the sides yet. I will try to attach a couple of pictures.

This is my module with ballast between the tracks but not on the sides. I still have a little more scenery work to do:



This is my friend's module. The sides have been ballasted:



Hopefully you'll be able to see the ballast.
89  Discussion Boards / N / Re: choosing n scale track with roadbed. on: January 19, 2012, 03:07:03 PM
I use Kato Unitrack on my layout. Kato's Unijoiners are far more robust than either Atlas or Bachmann joiners. Kato offers many more track sections and curve radii than either of it's competitors. Kato makes #4 and #6 switches, a double crossover and just came out with a wye switch. They also make a few bridges and other accessories, like a road crossing that can be used for single or multiple tracks.

Kato makes the most complete line of track. You can build just about any trackplan you can think of with it. The only way to have more flexibility is to go with flex track.
90  Discussion Boards / N / Re: DCC Doodlebug and Coach on: December 19, 2011, 12:13:13 AM
Thanks for the review Tony.
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