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31  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Problem with power wipers on drivers of USRA Light Pacific on: October 25, 2017, 09:24:09 AM
The USRA 4-8-2 had what appears to be a similar issue.  Phosphor Bronze contact wipers pointing down to railhead level.  The least misalignment, they snag on the rail.
32  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: How do I remove the boiler on the HO 4-6-0? on: October 22, 2017, 07:29:11 PM
Which one?  Bachmann has made 3.
33  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: why would you need dcc on a small railroad? on: October 22, 2017, 12:40:35 PM
Sometimes, with certain older non-DCC engines in particular,  it makes more sense to get rid of a more crudely detailed, difficult to convert model, and get a new  DCC sound equipped one with better detail and a smoother drive train.  This if course does not account for custom detailing and painting.  Only the individual can make that decision.
34  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: why would you need dcc on a small railroad? on: October 20, 2017, 10:53:57 AM
I don't think you "need" DCC to run multiple engines on a small layout.... it's rather a question of how much prototypical independent multiple train control and complete sound control you "want." Block control was the standard for decades but demanded a lot of attention to a not very prototypical control panel to allow the power to follow the train.  You were controlling the track as much as the train if not more.  DCC removes that component.  You only concern yourself with train movement, not track power status.

Plus, although some sound decoders allow D.C. Operation, control of the sound is very incomplete .

DCC is very easy to start out in with EZ command.  DC engines can generally be converted to DCC / sound if there is room inside for the components.

I was daunted by DCC at first.  Warning:  there is no going back once you try it.
35  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: sitch problems on: October 18, 2017, 09:09:41 AM
It's great being a wise &&& at my advanced age!  I augmented my income for long years playing music in bars.  If that doesn't make you one, what would!

Back to topic though.  Maybe up in the engineering department they called diverging tracks "turnouts ".  I'm sure some did.  All I'm saying is that for long years as a railfan around yards and befriending a good many train crews , and MOW guys btw too, that I don't  ever recall hearing the term "turnout " from the boots on the ground. 

The gods at certain hobby magazine pontificate from on high that the word "turnout" avoids confusion with electrical on/off toggle devices.  Response 1:  there are plenty of off/on devices in real locomotives but real life crews don't get seem to get confused.  Response 2:  I have "one" off/on device on my railroad - literally the "off/on" of my NCE power source! 😮😂. No confusion there! 😂 None of my "switches" are controlled by "switches!"  They are "switched " by manual switchstands!😱 Just like the prototype.😄

36  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: sitch problems on: October 17, 2017, 09:32:47 AM
I can hear the conversation on a local freight, the conductor saying that today there's a lot of " turnouting"  to do. 😮😂
37  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: sitch problems on: October 16, 2017, 03:03:25 PM
Detail always helps answer a question. But I have an idea that the engine is too big for a sharp curved switch.

One thing I like about this discussion.  A switch is a switch, like all railroaders call them.  Not a "turnout " as a certain hobby magazine has dictated from exalted heights of glory that it should be.😂
38  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: HO Crossbucks on: October 16, 2017, 10:43:23 AM
Maybe Bachmann should quit producing steam engines, F units, 40' freight cars, and heavyweight passenger cars.  All of that apppears to conform to the discussed definition of "limited scope".

Be patient.  The old guys are going to die off soon enough. 
39  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: sd70ACE Wreck! on: October 15, 2017, 10:48:16 AM
Sometimes you can have a total loss in an accident, just like the prototype.  It might be better to give up on this one, or get another one cheap on the online auctions and swap out for your favorite shell.  You can always keep the old mechanism for parts.

I learned the hard way about  building track away from the layout edge.  You not only get a safety net, it looks a heck of a lot better with a few inches of scenery between the track and the edge of the universe.
40  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: HO Crossbucks on: October 15, 2017, 10:40:46 AM
Black and white is corrrct for steam era and early diesel era.  Red and white is only good for modern day, a lot more limited in scope.
41  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: What type of couplers do I use for Grade? on: October 14, 2017, 12:21:51 PM
If you run trains of any length and weight up a grade, and have plastic knuckle couplers, sooner or later one of them WILL fail and drop a knuckle. Every club I've ever been to, and every serious model railroader I know, has a no plastic coupler rule on the road.
42  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Baldwin 2-8-0 Consolidation on: October 12, 2017, 11:07:40 PM
You think I put those decoders in myself? 😮  I pay people to do work like that 😂.  Along with mowing the lawn and working on the car , there's other things I myself would rather do.
43  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Baldwin 2-8-0 Consolidation on: October 12, 2017, 12:31:09 PM
 I put a couple of Econami decoders in engines before  the Tsunami 2 came out.  It is good, but the TSU 2 is so much more advanced.

Sound value is a good entry level deal , designed to hold production costs down and make acquisition of sound engines easy, but that's all it is.  TSU has many features that basically put you in the cab running the engine rather than just watching the train.
44  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann ALCO 2-6-0 w/ Soundtraxx don't move on: October 12, 2017, 09:49:22 AM
Train sets and also model engines can be in stock a very, very long time (years) before being sold .  All of the electric contact points can oxidize.  Bachmann steam engines are great but nearly every one I've ever bought ( over 50) needs a radical wheel and contact wiper cleaning before consistently running without stalling.
45  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: off-center caboose on: October 12, 2017, 09:43:07 AM
I believe those are Wabash cabooses.
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