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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: what dcc systems allow running analog locomotives on: November 07, 2017, 01:16:46 PM
I am considering amrc prodigy explorer and using a selector to switch to my trvh y when Iwant to run the analog locos. Cheesy Cheesy

It would be safer to disconnect one system and then connect the other, or at least keep the unused one unplugged from the wall. It'll save a lot of agony the first time you accidentally fire up the DCC with analog locos on the track.
2  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Fun topic - model railroading while on vacation on: November 03, 2017, 10:50:43 AM
Surfing the model railroad net.  That's one way to stay sane among all the extended family "visiting."

In the Broadway musical "Into The Woods" Cinderella's Father has an O! so fitting comment regarding the time he spent at the Prince's Ball with his wife and two step-daughters: The closer to the family, the closer to the wine. That line always pops into my head when folks comment about their sanity while around family.  Grin
3  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Fun topic - model railroading while on vacation on: November 01, 2017, 06:39:03 PM
I usually spend too much money and end up with a baggage handling issue. Seriously. When I was in my teens, we took a trip to Utica, NY. I left about $50 at Village Hobbies. My mother thought we'd be safe once we got to Union Station for our train home... nope! The newsstand had train magazines and back issues. I bought 25+ magazines with only a flimsy plastic shopping bag to hold them. Suffice it to say that I was carrying them in my arms, sans shopping bag, by the time I got home.

Flash forward a few decades, in 2016 I took my mom on a three-day trip to Philadelphia to see friends and to surprise her with tickets to see Harvey (as in the invisible rabbit) on stage. We traveled light: a small backpack and a carry-on for each of us. On the coldest day of the year, I ventured out of the hotel to visit a hobby shop... $350 +/- dollars later, I've more than doubled our baggage and am desperately searching nearby stores for boxes to neatly pack it in (nope - biggest box I could find was a 6x6x6 inch one.). Thankfully we had a helpful Red Cap who got us a seat by a baggage area and we didn't have to pay for excess baggage on the train home.

As a result of these and other such adventures, the only cards I allow myself anywhere near a train show, hobby shop, or renaissance festival (no, they didn't have trains there, but they did have Game of Thrones replica swords...) is my debit card. Toys or food, I get to take my pick. ;-)
4  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Why not make various shells for same mechanism? on: October 29, 2017, 07:34:44 PM
It is an interesting concept, but I am not sure how practical it would be. There can be as many variables below the running boards as above them just within a single railroad's own stable of x-X-x locomotives. Finding two or more railroads with nearly the same "mechanism" might be very difficult. There are different trailing truck designs, different valve gear designs, and different cylinder sizes, just to name three.

Now, while I am aware that there are differences, I'm a detail novice even on the prototype railroads I hold near and dear to my heart. But then again, I don't model the steam era (at present, at least), so such details don't overly concern me. There are other who are far more... educated than I, and such things would and do matter, to a much greater degree, to them.

There would probably be some design compromises in using a single mechanism under different prototype superstructures. For this to work, Bachmann would need to decide how far they are willing to compromise, how would sales be impacted by such compromises, if the cost savings of a shared mechanism would outweigh any lost sales, and if there is a viable market for the span of models that could use such a shared mechanism. In addition, there is the competition to consider. Would a compromised design B&O P-7 have its potential market vanish if XYZ Model Co. came out with a near-perfect P-7 model?

I feel the biggest obstacle to this might be the "compromise" issue. To the industry's credit, there has been a slow and steady push toward prototype accuracy, even (usually) with the road names and numbers -- the days of Conrail blue steam locomotives and GG-1 electrics riding on a pair of 3-axle diesel trucks, are long behind us. A compromised steam design might be viewed, by us and the companies, as a bit of a back slide toward the old ways.

5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: DeWitt Clinton on: October 19, 2017, 03:03:47 PM
Did you perchance happen to turn one of the tender trucks around?  That would do it.

Seeing as it is a 4-wheel tender (with a motor), it's impossible for him to have done that.

1) check the tracks for the short, rule that out first

2) disconnect the locomotive from the tender, and test each of them separately to rule out a short between them or on the unpowered engine.

3) carefully remove the superstructure and inspect the mechanism of the tender for any obvious causes of a short - track nail, staple, etc.

4) very carefully disassemble the mechanism and clean up the oil

5) reassemble model, stuff and mount, and keep it for display only.

I'm hoping that by #4 it will be fixed. These engines tend to die of mechanical failure, not electrical shorts.
6  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: sitch problems on: October 17, 2017, 08:40:24 PM
Turnout = entire thing (points, frog, main route, diverging route)

Switch = the moving parts of a turnout (aka the points)

Switching = switching, swapping out, placing, or removing rolling stock

Turnouting = getting kicked out of someplace for being a wise***  Grin

Regarding the first two above: Tony Koester explained that on MR Video Plus in part 1 of hand laying track on the Winston-Salem Southbound project layout.
7  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Shelf Layouts on: October 05, 2017, 03:53:09 PM
Once I get on Pinterest, I end up spending hours on there looking at others' layouts and track plans and train stuff in general.
Here's some from when I Googled shelf layouts. Now, I'll end up getting lost for another couple of hours while looking at layouts.

*knocks on door* Terry???


Are you feeling okay in there?

Um, yeah. Why?

Well, it's just that you clocked in at eight-forty-five, disappeared into the restroom, and you've been in there ever since...

And that's your concern why?

Because your wife called me at home an hour ago to say it was nearly midnight and you weren't home yet - you've been in there seventeen hours!  Grin
8  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: why would you need dcc on a small railroad? on: October 05, 2017, 03:43:12 PM
I have an ez command and gp7 and gp40 but many without. Perhaps usi9jg the block idea with a selector set up for dcc and  thr other for mrc tech4                                                                 .

On the layouts (plural) I am building, I'm faced with a similar issue of having only a handful of DCC units with scores of DC ones. My plan is to build a control stand for the DC and DCC systems. Each system will have a plug that will connect to a single socket on the layout's fascia (I'm planning to use stock items from the electrical department at Home Depot / Lowes / etc.), this way I cannot accidentally fire up the wrong system.

You could the same thing with an ON-OFF-ON switch, but since you will need to change out locomotives before changing power systems, a center-off switch just feels like an invitation to accidental disaster - 14volts + old-super-fast-models = flying diesel corps! LOL!
9  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Track Questions on: October 05, 2017, 03:28:25 PM
1) 45mm gauge would be 16mm scale (1:19 scale)

2) Number of locomotives and the amount of electricity they require (plus the demands of anything else, such as passenger carriages, that draw power directly from the rails) is the greater limiter of a transformer than layout size itself. That said, the more track you have, the greater the need there is for applying power from more than a single point. This is done with bus wires and feeder wires - think of these as the big water main (bus) and the individual water lines leading to each customer (feeders).
10  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N scale GE 70 tonner- Rahway Valley RR. on: September 08, 2017, 02:06:29 PM
The easiest way to do the striping would be to use "stripe/line" decals for the sides. The ends could be sculpted with the line decals, or cut from solid color decal sheets. While N-scale does make such freehand work a pain in the... caboose, its tiny size also means that you can easily conceal small goofs with a bit of weathering.
11  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EZ track isolators on: August 11, 2017, 08:13:34 PM
What is Bachmann Trains' recommended method to remove E-Z Track metal rail joiner?

Blow torch....

12  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Strange package from Bachmann on: August 11, 2017, 08:07:52 PM
Contact Bachmann about the mixup. It might be easier for them to email you a mailing label and have you send it on to Minnesota than to do the return to them.

I've been on the buyer's end of a couple of mail order insanities - USPS once (according to the tracking number) had a package bouncing back-n-forth between my city and the seller's town for several weeks before it vanished completely, and there was an order I placed directly with a manufacturer in Pennsylvania (not Bachmann) who messed up my order twice (I finally gave up and bought the items off ebay for above MSRP because it was saner than a third potential round of messed up orders). These things do happen. Shocked\
13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Peel and Stick "decals" on: August 11, 2017, 07:55:52 PM
Depending on what you are after, such signs are as close as your printer. You can grab signs from the internet, open them in any number of graphics programs from PAINT to PhotoShop to GIMP (it's free). Tweak or don't tweak the signs as you see fit, and then print them on plain or photo paper - again, your choice. You can glue these to your structures with thinned white glue, a glue stick, or any of a score or more adhesives.

If I may ask, what sort of problems are you running into with water-slide decals?
14  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Front trucks on tender jump the track on: July 28, 2017, 06:41:26 PM
I don't have that model, so what I'm suggesting is just based on a couple of decades in the hobby....

First, is this happening at random places or the same locations all the time? If so, what location and at what speed?

Second, closely examine the truck. Make sure that all the axles are properly seated. With three-axle trucks it's possible for a low center axle to lift an end one enough to bounce clear of the rails. Likewise, if the end axle is sitting too high, it'll bounce clear of the rails.

Third, look at the kingpin - the point where the truck attaches to the tender's frame. Does it swivel freely? Does it have some play to rock side to side and end to end, or is it stiffly mounted? It should not be dangling in the breeze like a flag, but there does need to be a bit of play or else the rigidity of the mount could cause it to leave the rails in curves or dips.

Fourth, check the gauge of the wheelsets. If they are out of gauge, that too will make them wander from the rails.

I hope that helps you solve your problem.


15  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: my bachmann 4-4-0 modern on: July 26, 2017, 09:43:38 AM
The first thing that comes to mind is power consumption. It could be that the Bachmann controller is providing more power to the rails than the Digitrax one. Are the locomotives just DCC or are they DCC with sound?
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