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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: gear sets for old HO Trains. on: August 19, 2017, 04:46:08 PM
Yes, it is cast metal.

Great ideas!  I'll give it a try next week if I don't go blind after watching the eclipse Roll Eyes
2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: gear sets for old HO Trains. on: August 19, 2017, 12:38:20 PM

Thanks for the posting for Northwest Short Lines.  I went to their site and found that the only gear size the showed had gear teeth that were much too wide. 

Now for my problem:  I have a metal (not brass) engine that I bought at a train swap.  Poor ole dumb me forgot to get the manufactures name from the seller.  The teeth on my gear is metal, but I don't know how to size it nor do I know how to measure the diameter of the axle  or the number of gear teeth. (I cant reach it with my calipers).

So, with my limited description do you have any further ideas how I could locate a replacement or should I just park it on a side track and forget I ever had it?

Thanks for your many posts in the past....I've found them quite useful.

3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: k-4's k-5's on: June 20, 2017, 02:25:58 PM
WOW!  I feel like Ive been in a history class.  Great question and great answers.  Keep it up guys!!!

4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Lubrication of Bachmann locos on: May 04, 2017, 10:52:36 AM
Great videos.  Thanks for posting Yardmaster.
5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Curved crossover on: April 23, 2017, 11:02:34 AM

Yeah, I was aware of that.  That was my problem in trying to use the Atlas pre-made track pieces.  Too many dremel cuts which caused a complete collapse of the pieces.  With the template suggested by Len, I hope to have the appropriate cuts and angles filed before I place the rails on the ties..... at least that's my plan.

Anyway, thanks for the heads up.

6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Curved crossover on: April 19, 2017, 10:07:36 AM

Thanks a million for your post.  That is exactly what I'm looking for.

As Jackie Gleason used to say, "and away we go."

7  Discussion Boards / HO / Curved crossover on: April 18, 2017, 04:14:07 PM
I'm trying to make a curved crossover consisting of one 22 in. radius curved atlas snap track through which a section Atlas straight track crosses about 15 degrees.  I have already ruined two curved pieces, one straight piece and one 15 degree crossover in trying to manufacture this nightmare. 

I.m about to give up, so my question is this.  Is anyone aware of any manufacturer that makes any kind of curved crossover?

Thanks for any kind of help,

8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: passing it on on: March 05, 2017, 03:27:44 PM

Speaking of strings, do you know what was on the 1962 MENSA test?

Q:  How long is a piece of string?

A:  Twice as long as half of it and half as long as twice of it.

Man, we've really got off the subject of trains haven't we.

9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: passing it on on: March 02, 2017, 05:35:26 PM
Hey thanks guys.  I knew some one on this forum would have the answer.  Now I can tell Kyle the reason.  Boy, he will think I'm really smart. Smiley  I just hope he doesn't ask me anything about string theory.
10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: passing it on on: March 01, 2017, 12:25:08 PM
Great ideas.  Let me throw my two cents in.

Out of my 5 sons I have only one that has been interested in trains and as he has gotten older he has slowly lost interest.  BUT,  I have one grandson that is really crazy about them.  He can't wait to come over to my house to work on my layout.
One of our favorite things is to watch "Trains and Locomotives" together.  The little bugger is so smart he is always asking questions about trains that ,for the most part, I can answer.  But the other day the show was about the
Challenger and Big Boy.  He immediately noticed that the drive wheels were not in sync.  So, he asked why.  After waiting an embarrassing long time, I told him "Kyle, I just don't know".  So if there are some folks out there who could give me an answer, I would certainly appreciate it.  Does it have anything to do with speed or pulling power?

Thanks, Bill
11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Susquehanna 2-8-2 SY class re release? on: January 13, 2017, 02:31:16 PM

I can't believe it.  Just as soon I posted my wish for an USRA Pacific, I read in my MR magazine that Bachmann was offering one.  Man that is fast work!!!!   Thanks a million Mr. B.   My LHS didn't know it was offered either.

Now, I'm going to start wishing for a more modern 4-6-0.  I, of course, will expect the same quick response Mr. B. Wink
12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Susquehanna 2-8-2 SY class re release? on: January 11, 2017, 02:10:17 PM
Well as long as wishes are posted, I would like to see a more modern 4-6-0 and a USRA 462 Pacific.

13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Which track cleaning car should I get? on: December 09, 2016, 12:33:19 PM
Somebody on this forum said that using transmission fluid as a solvent, then rubbing it off, was a good corrosion remover.  Any one ever use that and what were the results?
14  Discussion Boards / HO / Black smoke vs white smoke on: March 29, 2016, 04:47:21 PM
Didn't now whether to post this on the general threads or HO.  Since more people respond to HO I'll ask my question here.

One of my grandsons and I watch "Trains and Locomotives" on TV and the other day they had a program where a 2-8-0 Consolidation was belching out black smoke in one scene and a few moments later the same engine was throwing out white smoke.  My grandson asked me what was the engine crew doing different that made the smoke black one time and white the next.  Well, I've never thought about that and I told him I didn't know, but I know some good friends that do.  So would someone be kind enough to help me on this question?

Thanks, Bill
15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Another "loco" project on: February 28, 2016, 10:55:09 PM
Bear, you have a great amount of talent. I wished I had a tenth of that.  I've been working on a Labelle wooden passenger car for almost a year and I haven't finished it yet.  I'm trying to modify it from a closed vestibule to an open vestibule  If I ever get my camera back from my grandson, I'll post a picture of it.
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