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916  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: should i get the baldwin 2-8-0 or the 2-8-4 berkshire? on: April 01, 2015, 05:37:13 PM
Milwaukee, when you study railroad and steam locomotive history, you see that until  "super-power" engines (4 wheel trailing truck supporting a big firebox that could keep the engine supplied with steam at high speeds) were developed by Lima in 1924, freights powered by 2-8-2s and 2-10-2s just never ran above 35 MPH much.  It was highway competition and customer schedule demands that created high speed freight engines.  Of course they were  too late, the embryonic diesel  was already present by then.  Superpower combined with the depression and WW II probably extended steam power's life by 10 years ..... long enough for me to see it, yee-haw!!!!!!
917  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: should i get the baldwin 2-8-0 or the 2-8-4 berkshire? on: April 01, 2015, 05:18:14 PM
The trouble with running all these big engines on the sharpest curves they can possibly take is that , yes, while they can run on such a tortured course, they just plain look silly hanging over the outside rail at the pilot and cab, with the drawbar used at the furthest out hole to keep the cab from hitting the tender, putting it 8 or more scale feet away from the cab when the protoypical  spacing was only 3 or 4 feet.

It all comes down to what compromises you are willing to make in a quest for realism, if you have such a quest.  I am cursed with having a strong need to be realistic as possible.  Truthfully, trains were  in some ways more fun before I contracted the affliction.

My sharpest curve is 26" R and I hate it, I want it to be 40, even though a 2-8-0 is the biggest thing that ever regularly runs on my road.
918  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: how detailed will the ho usra 2-8-2 be? on: April 01, 2015, 05:06:48 PM
I'd like the Frisco with sound.  Not for the incomplete sound package  in the decoder, but for the factory  installed speaker.  Plus, can run with sound out of the box until I feel like putting a Tsunami in it.

Yard master, do we know the names of the three whistle options yet?
919  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: how detailed will the ho usra 2-8-2 be? on: April 01, 2015, 04:26:48 PM
Santa Fe, like most western roads, had no USRA engines
920  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: should i get the baldwin 2-8-0 or the 2-8-4 berkshire? on: March 31, 2015, 03:48:54 PM
You need a "really big" layout for a "really big" engine like the em-1.  Big stuff in general , and lots of crowded structures also, make a small layout  look even smaller. My layout is 16" wide x 50' long.  I have 8 buildings on the whole thing and don't plan on any more. I'm reluctant to run more than 1 or 2 50'-long cars at once, they eat up space too.  I run one of my 2-8-2s every now and then and they look elephantine so I usually take them off after one or two runs.
921  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: should i get the baldwin 2-8-0 or the 2-8-4 berkshire? on: March 30, 2015, 11:39:33 PM
Smaller engines look better on small layouts and service wise are more versatile.  Go with the 2-8-0.  You can pull any kind of train with it and it can be a switcher too.  I have 7 of them, 3 in regular service right now.  My railroad runs on 2-8-0s, 2-10-0s, 4-6-0s and 4-4-0's.  I have several 2-8-2s, 2-10-2s , 4-6-2's and 4-8-2s and never run them at home, they are just too big, they are for the club layout.
922  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EZ Track on: March 29, 2015, 03:13:54 PM
You will always have to adjust things in model railroading.  Get a small file at the hobby shop and make sure that all the rail joints are butter smooth and will not catch on a fingernail passing over it.
923  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: bachmann Spectrum Acela passenger car's " Help " on: March 26, 2015, 09:46:34 PM
Real passenger trains don't glow brightly at night.
924  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Recommended Publications on: March 20, 2015, 11:49:27 AM
Don't forget Railroad Model Craftsman.  It went under but White River Publications has given it CPR and improved it.

I've found Model Railroader, over time to become repetitive.  I subscribed to it in the early 60 s and find it today to be a shadow of its former self.  I've subscribed for the last 10 years but I'm going to let it go  at the end.  My historical society has become a lot more valuable and is precisely focused on my direction.
925  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Yardmaster regarding "Spectrum" on: March 19, 2015, 07:29:43 PM
I'd buy a bunch, especially the 63" driver ten wheeler.
926  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Yardmaster regarding "Spectrum" on: March 18, 2015, 06:06:12 PM
The black box Spectrum Soundtraxx DCC with sound 2-10-2's, 2-8-0's, 4-6-0's and 4-4-0's were the best engines Bachmann ever made, but yes they were somewhat costly.  I miss them.  However I do understand the marketing and retail issues that led to their end.
927  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Locomotive Speed on: March 18, 2015, 06:01:55 PM
Try another engine on the EZ command unit.  At the hobby shop if you have to.  Isolate the problem.  It's either the EZ or the engine.  Bachmann is very good about replacing defective items.
928  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Motor swap on: March 18, 2015, 05:57:39 PM
Every Bachmann DCC only steam engine I ever had, had a very slow response.  Tsunami sound Decoders solved the problem.
929  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: EZ track suddenly went dead on: March 15, 2015, 05:51:43 PM
New to you doesn't mean it's actually brand new. It could have been in a warehouse for a year or more, oxidizing away.  Plus, quality control is not always tops, anywhere. I read joe's information, it is all good.  Best of luck, you'll find it and fix the problem.

I have an 8 year old layout with several yards and sidings.  Every now and then a section goes dead just like yours.  My track is now fixed under ballast and scenery so I have to do some soldering to correct my problems. The point is that it happens to everyone. Maintenance is a part of every model railroad.
930  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: EZ track suddenly went dead on: March 15, 2015, 03:27:50 PM
The rail joiners are either loose or oxidized .  Take the track apart and  put it back togerther  using different sections in different places than before.  See how that works.  Next step is to ever so slightly (VERY VERY SLIGHTLY) crimp the rail joiners a little to grab the adjacent rail a little better.  Try these and report back.
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