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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Seeking These Features in an HO Steam Loco on: November 17, 2017, 08:58:40 AM
And less than 200, think eBay
2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Seeking These Features in an HO Steam Loco on: November 16, 2017, 04:00:06 PM
Yardmaster, what “new Baldwin Model” is “not out yet?”
3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Spectrum 4-6-0: Putting the low-boiler superstructure on the high boiler drive on: November 16, 2017, 03:57:50 PM
Please report, I am very interested in the outcome.
4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Spectrum SY sound on: November 14, 2017, 09:09:40 AM
Even with DCC, you can never get chuff timing perfect.  The trick is to find the cv 116 setting that is minimally off-timingover the widest speed range.  Try setting it at 150 and run it at step 10 of 128 or 4 of 28.  That is a good switching speed.  It should be getting pretty close.  Adjust up or down to suit.  Faster than that , you can’t really count the chuffs.  Slower, you may have to adjust more to suit.

Congratulations on your steam collection.  Get them while you can.  Fewer are offered every day.
5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Lubricating a dcc non sound Bachman 38-2diesel on: November 13, 2017, 10:43:49 AM
Use a grease intended for plastic gears.  Oil by itself isn’t enough.
6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Ground throws on: November 09, 2017, 05:36:57 PM
Eric’s switch stands looks good but are non working.  Caboose Industries, who makes most of the ground throws you’ve seen, makes a reasonably realistic working “ high level “ switch stand with a working lever and rotating target.  I have about 20 and it is very satisfying throwing  the switches manually just like the prototype.  They are somewhat costly too but worth it to me.
7  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: what dcc systems allow running analog locomotives on: November 08, 2017, 11:58:05 AM
Easy answer.  Commit to one system or the other.  And get rid of the non compliant engines. 
By the time you buy stuff to run a DC engine on DCC, you could have bought a DCC engine.
8  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Running dcc engine on dc on: November 07, 2017, 04:11:33 PM
A conversation you don’t want to hear:

Model railroader 1:  “does your engine have a smoke unit?
Model railroader 2:  “no”

😮😱😫. 😂😂😂
9  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Photos that make you go "Hmm..." on: November 07, 2017, 01:15:47 PM
The title implies judgmental uninformed morons.
10  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bachman Kelvinator HO Scale Train Set on: November 07, 2017, 08:52:22 AM
Google is your friend.  Scroll down....

http://tycotrain.tripod.com/bachmannhoscalerollingstock/id73.html
11  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Photos that make you go "Hmm..." on: November 07, 2017, 08:48:01 AM
Where is this?  What railroads?
12  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Steam engine derailing on: November 06, 2017, 08:54:15 PM
In the railroad world, the small wheels as a unit are called the pony truck or pilot truck.  The “cattle guard” is called  the pilot.

The pony truck be be screwed on too tight, unable to swivel side to side.  Something may be hindering the axle and wheels from turning.  The track sections may not be aligned well, giving the wheels a rough place to catch onto.

Check those points out and report back.
13  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: replacing ez command on: November 05, 2017, 07:49:43 PM
You won’t regret it.  One great suggestion I heard once is to try the new system out on a test track or loop before installing it permanently on the layout.
14  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Photos that make you go "Hmm..." on: November 05, 2017, 07:47:05 PM
The rust on the railhead says “out of service “.
15  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: why would you need dcc on a small railroad? on: November 05, 2017, 07:44:31 PM
Jeffery we had a brass telegraph key and sounder in our tower too.  The T&NO had an ag branch out of our home town that had run by telegraph train orders until just a few years before.  When train radios came in they closed all the train order depots but kept the telegraph as back up.  There were also several kerosene switchman’s lanterns there too kept as backups. 

One day my “friend” visited the tower without me, at the right moment. The operator had been told by the railroad to get rid of all that “junk” so he dumped it all on my “friend“, who chose not to “share.” 😮😖😡.
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