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1  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: What is your locomotive roster? on: January 14, 2018, 11:32:17 PM
My roster is very eclectic because I have equipment from G to Z scales... Yes, I am slightly addicted to model trains.

G-scale: a 1:29 scale doodlebug from Aristocraft (sp???)

3rail O-scale: post-war and 1970s Lionel - two FA's, an ARMY critter, a gang car, a 1970s MPC era Blue Comet 4-6-4, and a pair of 2-4-2s (or the like)

2rail O-scale: a trio of Atlas critters and Red Caboose GP9

HO-scale: There are too many to list individually, but they come from Varney, Bachmann, Lifelike, Tyco, Walthers, Scratch or Kitbashed one-of customs, AHM, NPP (brass), Mantua, John English (pre-Bowser), Kato, and Stewart. (and possibly others)

N-scale: an RS11, RS1, U-boat, FA2, a trio of EMD F-units, and a GP40-2 from Bachmann, Lifelike, or Atlas, a Bachmann doodlebug, and a pair of Kato RDCs (and I might be forgetting one or two)

Z-scale: None.


And in case you are wondering, I am presently working on shelf layouts in my apartment for the HO and N, and a portable display layout for the 2-rail O-scale. Did I mention that I have an addiction problem???

2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: ho turntable on: January 11, 2018, 06:06:30 PM
You can also file the ends of the Code 100 rail so that it tapers into the Code 83, or you can use Code 100 on the approach / stall tracks too and connect them to the Code 83, thus keeping the transition away from the edge of the turntable.
3  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Vintage Set Value on: January 11, 2018, 06:02:56 PM
With apologies to our host, old Bachmann train sets ain't worth half of what you paid for them retail-wise. That said, many of us who model in HO got our start in HO via such sets, and so their true value comes from the doorways they opened into the land of the imagination. So, open the box, setup the train, and I hope it is the start of a long and magical journey for you and your child for many decades to come.
4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: differance between sd40-2 and gp40-2 on: January 11, 2018, 05:50:49 PM
I am looking at a couple engines. one is a sd40-2 the other is a Gp40-2. I am pretty sure the GP stands for General purpose. can someone tell me what the SD stands for. also what would be the  difference between the two.

SD = Special Duty -- in many minds at the time of early diesel development, 4-axle locomotives were considered the norm, and anything with more (or less) was "special". The 6-axle units were developed for several reasons, but the original reasons were to spread out the tractive effort and / or weight. Except for passenger units (E-units) and the FL-9, all of EMD's 3-axle trucks had three powered axles. ALCO, on the other hand, produced 6-axle freight units in RSC (outer powered, middle idler) and RSD (all powered) variants.

As to the differences between an SD40-2 and GP40-2.... aside from the trucks and the frame length, the two models were basically the same beneath the hood. How they were used depends on the railroad in question. Rightly or wrongly, my personal rule of thumb is that Geeps were assigned to lighter,  faster, high priority trains, while the SDs were assigned to heavier, slower trains. There were and are exceptions to that - especially today where it seems that every train on the mainline is pulled by 6-axle units regardless of schedule. Refer to photos and other resources to see how your prototype or favorite railroad did / does things.

On a model railroad, the GP40-2 will take and look better on tighter curves than an SD40-2 will.
5  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: 1-4 on: January 04, 2018, 01:46:33 PM
I am sorry for your family's loss, and thank you for his service. God bless.
6  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: HO Freight Car Box Inserts on: December 21, 2017, 04:00:11 PM
My goto are Really Useful Boxes (http://www.reallyusefulproducts.co.uk/usa/html/boxdetails.php). The 4 litre is my default box, with the 9 litre for taller models, junkers, and N-scale models in jewel cases. The 11 litre is perfect for steam or 85' +/- cars (HO scale). The 4 and 9 stack with each other, but the 11 doesn't with them. Eventually, I will add something larger for my 2-rail O equipment, but I've not yet decided on a default box for them. (yep, I model in multiple scales)

Other sizes are handy for electronics, weathering, paint, wiring, DCC, magazine storage, etc. Walmart and other big box or crafting stores sell them or something similar. Any one of them will also work, but make sure that the box is rigid (doesn't twist or flex under a load) and that the latches are snug.

7  Discussion Boards / N / Re: New to N scale on: December 20, 2017, 12:10:18 PM
Today being the 20th, I would strongly suggest that you "get thee to a hobby shoppe" (to paraphrase Hamlet). You could use a broader radius than the set track - which is probably 11.25" (it should be cast on the underside of the track) - or you can use the same radius and just use straight filler pieces to split the half circle into quarter circles.
8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Flex Track Radius on: November 22, 2017, 06:21:39 AM
Just because you can do something does not mean that you should do it.  Cheesy
9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Flex Track Radius on: November 21, 2017, 01:33:55 PM
Flex track will make extremely tight turns - 5" radius or less, which is tighter than 99% of models will be able to go around. For your 30" board, that means you need a radius about 13" +/-, which might be too tight for your equipment to use. You might need to enlarge your board.
10  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N scale Thomas on: November 18, 2017, 09:02:25 PM
As there is an N-scale (1/150th rather than 1/160th scale) Thomas & Friends already out there from another company, Bachmann might not have the rights to make one, as the other company might have exclusive rights.  Undecided
11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Weights for tank cars on: November 18, 2017, 03:48:07 PM
I prefer craft store sand or fine ballast, and not to glue it down. It's easier to get an even weight distribution, and it makes life simple if you need to add or remove weight later.
12  Discussion Boards / N / Re: DCC/SOUND install Bachmann's new Class J (dialup warning) on: November 18, 2017, 03:44:13 PM
You are very much welcome. Glad I could be of some assistance.
13  Discussion Boards / HO / SOLVED: Baldwin 4-6-0 DCC-ready question on: November 17, 2017, 09:02:53 PM
SOLVED:

A second decoder worked fine, so I went back to the first one and did a factor reset on it and that fixed the headlight issue. It was either a programming malfunction, or human error. All is well with this little beauty now.


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I picked up a nearly mint Spectrum Baldwin 4-6-0 off a friend the other night. It's DCC-ready, runs beautifully on DC with no issues, and the headlight functions normally. Today I popped in a Digitrax 126 decoder, and while it still runs beautifully, when standing still there is no headlight and while moving the headlight comes and goes. It's almost like a MARS light or dirty track power interruption, but we are talking about a clean 3-foot test track and a factory-fresh decoder.

Has there been a history of headlight problems when install decoders in these models? Or do I fire up JMRI and start playing under the hood with CVs?

14  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Why not make various shells for same mechanism? on: November 17, 2017, 08:50:52 PM
TJ, the discussion was about fitting steam locomotive shells onto a common mechanism. A slightly more onerous task than diesels.
15  Discussion Boards / N / Re: DCC/SOUND install Bachmann's new Class J (dialup warning) on: November 17, 2017, 08:48:25 PM
O! Ye of little faith, ACY! Don't you know that once something gets posted to the internet it is virtually impossible for it to be fully removed? I don't know if I found all of the original poster's images, or what order they should be in, but hopefully this is enough to get you through the decoder installation, kristian.
























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