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916  Discussion Boards / HO / Want to post layout photos on: November 10, 2014, 09:07:34 PM
Can't make the post accept them from the iPad by "choosing file"
917  Discussion Boards / HO / Easy evening project - mogul cosmetic upgrades on: November 10, 2014, 09:00:41 PM
The original mogul is on the right, the upgraded one is on the left.  Blackened the running gear, whistle and bell.  Added a pilot deck.  Added a headlight visor made from a black plastic soda straw.

The pilot deck is a necessity for crew access  from the running board to the pilot.  The visor, which covers the top of the headlight, bulks up the undersized headlight and gives the engine more of a southwestern road appearance.

Eventually will replace the bell , add a whistle, and cab window awnings, and convert these engines to oil burners.
918  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: 4-8-2 on: November 09, 2014, 11:16:46 PM
There are lots of tech type repair people around.  I've used one for years to do this kind of un-fun repair work that gets in the way of more enjoyable, for me, aspects of model railroading.
919  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Building an E-Z track layout on: November 09, 2014, 05:57:38 PM
Nice!  A pre made ballast cap to install over the slot on the switch.  Why didn't I think of that.  Great idea.  This is why we have forums.

I am going to install operable switch stands on my switches, Caboose Industries high level stands.  Concealing that slot has always been a bugaboo that I could not think of how to fix other than gluing a bush over it.  Thanks!
920  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Building an E-Z track layout on: November 09, 2014, 12:42:57 PM
Be very careful ballasting around the switches.  Put a little oil under the throw rod and don't ballast around the point rails at all until you have a whole evening for each switch to go tie by tie individually with pipette application of alcohol and scenic cement.  Don't rush this, I did and paid the price.

I'd paint the roadbed too because one rock out of place with those nice thin ties and you'll see grey plastic.  Be careful around the slot for the throwing actuator too, gravel in there can gum it up very easily.  Also, when applying anything around switch point rails, try to get the points centered in mid throw so that when everything is dry it's not hard to loosen the points back up.

I know all of this stuff because each thing was learned the hard way.  E-z track is easy to get a layout down fast and running, looks pretty good when painted and ballasted, but if you deviate from a track plan that uses standard sections, it can get rough trying to cut and fit odd pieces.
921  Discussion Boards / HO / 4-6-0 frame bent at pilot on: November 08, 2014, 09:37:16 PM
When my 63" driver 4-6-0 was returning in the mail from a tech , the Postal Service played football with the box.  When I opened the box, I found the pilot broken off and the frame bent slightly downward right above the lead pony trick axle.

Fortunately I have a supply of spare pilots I got for just such an event when I realized that Bachmann was discontinuing this engine.
 
However, I am afraid to apply any upward pressures try to straighten it because I believe that the frame is die cast metal and will break.  I need to study the exploded drawing but I do not believe that this part of the frame is separately available.

With the frame pointing slightly downward the coupler is now too low and the pilot is slightly skewed downward as well.

Anyone have a similar damage experience and can report on solutions?
922  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Dullcote Over Windows on: November 06, 2014, 06:12:18 PM
I've dullcoted windows on old warehouses.  In real life they were always dirty and that makes them look real.
923  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 2-10-0 Decapod on: November 04, 2014, 10:40:09 AM
You might consider a different motor.  I have three that a tech guy remotored for me and they now can take 12 or more cars up a 2 percent grade, 3 times better than before.
924  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: will bachmann ever make a ho scale old time 4-6-0 ten wheeler on: November 02, 2014, 08:13:10 PM
They made 2 of them until a few years ago.  They were beautiful, I have several. Maybe they'll be brought back one day.
925  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bridges and ez track on: November 02, 2014, 03:36:22 PM
Gotta watch out with raised roadbed track in a through truss bridge that wasn't intended for it ..... the remaining height between rail and top cross members may be too low. Shocked
926  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Prototype operation of headlights - was 2-8-0 Wiring Problem. on: November 02, 2014, 01:25:47 PM
In the steam era the headlights were rarely, if ever, lighted during the day.  Accordingly I keep mine turned off.  Most steam engine headlights , as they come from the factory, are not very realistic when lighted anyway.

The Bachmann mogul really needs a dynamo sound more than a dimmable  headlight.  Since  I never turn my headlight on it doesn't really matter much though.
927  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: New style Bachmann magnetic couplers vs. older horn style on: October 28, 2014, 10:54:46 PM
When I was 16 back in the 60s and didn't have any money I decided to convert to Kadee couplers. I couldn't do it all at once of course.  I figured out that, with the "horn hooks", if you trimmed the trip portion off just below the knuckle and trimmed the extended "horn" back to the knuckle, you ended up with a coupler that would most of the time manually mate with the Kadees.  I had to secure the modified coupler in the center position but it let me get through the transition period and run my cars in any order I chose no matter what coupler was on adjacent cars.

 
928  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Southern Pacific heavy steam circa 1920 on: October 28, 2014, 09:08:19 PM
All true, but the cost of those turn key remotored  brass engines is way richer than me.  If you can mention competition's engines here, Sunset has a nice SP mogul already with can motor, DCC, sound etcetera, but again, the cost is more than I want to spend.

Bachmann's mogul actually looks a little like some of the older smaller moguls on the SP but the medium oil Vanderbilt tender is too tall for the cab roof overhang, already tried doing that.  If you can find a spare tender from the 52" driver ten wheeler Bachmann used to sell, and put the oil bunker that came with the 4-4-0 on top of it, you might be getting somewhere.
929  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Southern Pacific heavy steam circa 1920 on: October 28, 2014, 10:44:26 AM
If you want 1920 even a 2-10-2 is a little modern ..... The "Prosperity Special" train of new 2-10-2's was in 1922.  The Athearn unshrouded 4-8-2 is probably a little new also.  1920 is a tough period to model if you aren't using USRA engines, which SP did not have any of.  You will be looking at double headed Harriman consolidations and mikados for freight traffic over the hill.

The Bachmann consolidation with a medium Vanderbilt oil tender and steps instead of ladders at the pilot gets close to SD&AE ( SP subsidiary) no.  101 and 102.  I'm doing that to two consolidations I have.
930  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Southern Pacific heavy steam circa 1920 on: October 27, 2014, 06:58:48 PM
There are many prototypical SP brass engines around and for sale but they all need can motors and DCC / sound installed, a pretty big job.  I want SP steam engines too and bought one brass 4-4-0 before I realized what work is needed for such engines.

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