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16  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
17  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Photos that make you go "Hmm..." on: November 07, 2017, 08:48:01 AM
Where is this?  What railroads?
18  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.
19  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.
20  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 “.
21  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.” 😮😖😡.
22  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: why would you need dcc on a small railroad? on: November 04, 2017, 11:41:12 PM
Boy Jeffery do you have it right about getting the engines to crawl.  An ant can beat mine.

I too am of the age to remember towers .... and roundhouses and water tanks and depots and all that cool
stuff.  We had an interlocking tower back home where a Mopac branch crossed the T&NO main, and we made friends with one of the second trick operators who let us 15 year olds hang out for hours with him up in it.  He let us set the order board and hand up orders to the T&NO locals.  His favorite gag was to wait till some juvenile delinquent came walking down the track.  When the kid got right next to one of the switch motors a couple of hundred feet from the tower, he would throw the switch - excuse me, turnout - and send the kid into orbit doing back flips.

I don't think any of this could happen today......... but it did back in those golden days.
23  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Fun topic - model railroading while on vacation on: November 03, 2017, 08:10:39 PM
We start home tomorrow.  We will pass through Little Rock.  There's a purely model railroad LHS in North Little Rock.  I get an hour there.  😱😂
24  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Fun topic - model railroading while on vacation on: November 02, 2017, 10:17:19 PM
I ordered some Bachmann passenger cars today!  They will probably be at the house when we get back home.

Surfing the model railroad net.  That's one way to stay sane among all the extended family "visiting."
25  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EZ Track on: November 01, 2017, 11:25:55 AM
There are rail joiners with wire leads available while you wait.
26  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Fun topic - model railroading while on vacation on: November 01, 2017, 11:24:35 AM
While on vacation, what do you do, if anything, model railroad wise?  When we go to Florida in the summer I often bring plastic structure kits to paint with spray cans in a shed on the property we lease .  I've brought freight car kits to build , too.

There are railroad  atlases you can buy that show present and and abandoned routes.  These are invaluable to determine what line used to be on the abandoned grade along the highway you are driving.  Small towns often have local museums with a railroad component, such as the one we went in Harrison, AR two days ago.

Of course there are major destinations like Strasburg or Durango too.  Much depends on how much your family will tolerate 😂.

 Right now we are in North Arkansas in the heart of Missouri Pacific White River Division country.  There's enough of the prototype remaining to study.   I largely study the ambience of the scenery and surrounding countryside too.

What do you do on vacation when separation anxiety from your layout sets in?
27  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: replacing ez command on: October 30, 2017, 05:48:53 PM
Well said.  It's probably best to make the choice between D.C. and DCC and standardize.  In general, locomotives that come equipped with DCC and sound are better products mechanically and detail-wise.  In my thinking, it's better to cull the DC herd and keep only the few very best D.C. Engines for conversion, and start over with a new roster of DCC engines.  Many older D.C. engines are difficult to convert to D.C. for a variety of reasons.  Starting over is expensive but I must say, from experience, there is no
comparison between D.C. and DCC for replication of prototypical multi-locomotive operation AND control of sound.
28  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: replacing ez command on: October 29, 2017, 06:11:19 PM
1.  EZ command is not an inferior system.  It is an entry level one with limited functions.  It served me well for a year until I wanted more out of it than it was designed to handled.

2.  Brother Google is your friend when searching for something.

3.  Join the forums that uniquely discuss NCE, digitrax, and MRC, who appear to be the primary systems outfits.  They are all populated by friendly people who enjoy answering beginner questions.  The Bachmann forum is not the place to discuss non Bachmann products.  Bachmann may offer a more advanced DCC system.  If there is one, someone post about it.

4.  Unfortunately, in general, components by one DCC manufacturer are not cross-compatible with those by another.  If you choose another product besides Bachmann, you can use the EZ command to supply constant voltage D.C. to operate layout lighting, etc.
29  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Problem with power wipers on drivers of USRA Light Pacific on: October 28, 2017, 11:33:33 AM
I have the 2-8-2.  I'm out of town and can't check to see if it has the same prob.  Does it?
30  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: conversion of a 4-6-2 Bachmann spectrum steam locomotive from DC to DCC on: October 25, 2017, 01:45:19 PM
OR .... you could pay to have it installed, know it would work, and know that you didn't ruin the decoder and maybe the engine in the process! 😱😮😂

I've had about 20 installs done.  Maybe about 50 bucks labor vs. minimum $75 / $100 X 2 ruined decoder replacement and possibly another 150 / 200 for the engine.

Contracting that work out pays, for me.😎
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