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61  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: My first Santa Fe layout on: March 09, 2015, 09:02:57 AM
Thank you Roger, I have checked it, seems to fit.

Thomas
62  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: My first Santa Fe layout on: March 09, 2015, 01:25:04 AM
What era are you modeling?  Will you need to turn around any engines or rolling stock?  If so, how?

I see no wye tracks or turntables.

I am modelling the steam to transition era. At first I will run diesel locos only road switcher and F7 A-A consists will not need wye or turntable. Funds permitting I plan to buy a turntable and a E-Z Command DCC Automatic Reverse Loop Module. It is possible to build the wye left under the yard and add a turntable in place of the 90 crossing. A small turntable will do the job because of the 19 1/4" minimum radius I will only use a consolidation and a mogul.
63  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: My first Santa Fe layout on: March 08, 2015, 02:58:37 PM
Can you easily reach all parts of the layout?

Yes, I can reach all the parts of the layout, the picture does not show the whole room - above the "sceniced fiddle yard" there is room left that cannot be used for the layout.

Thomas
64  Discussion Boards / HO / My first Santa Fe layout on: March 08, 2015, 01:42:51 PM
I have just finished the trackplan of my first H0 Santa Fe layout.
The layout will be built in a small room in the basement with a later extension into a 2nd room.

The trackplan:

65  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EZ Command Control Center and Walk Around Companion on: March 07, 2015, 02:51:35 PM
John2: today we had a sunny day, not too cold. This winter we had very few really cold days and very little snow. Rather strange winter.

Thomas
66  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EZ Command Control Center and Walk Around Companion on: March 07, 2015, 02:21:51 PM
austrian:  Question ?   How are you powering the  system ?   American  HO trains are usually sold with  120 VAC 60 Hz  power supplies.  European power I believe is  220 VAC  50 Hz ,  and uses different electrical  connectors .  Do bachmann trains  sold in Europe have the  correct regional  power supplies ?
John2.

I use a  220 VAC  50 Hz  transformer to power the EZ command control center. The transformer came with the EZ command control center in a Bachmann Branchlines OO gauge start set from the UK. The voltage in the UK is the same as in Austria, just a simple adapter is needed as the connectors are different. I think Bachmann does not offer American HO stuff in Austria and Germany as the Trainsets available in Germany (where I mailorder my stuff from) come with American voltage and connecters and are ordered by the Hobby stores from the USA - dunno wheter via Walthers or direct from Bachmann.

Thomas
67  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Heavy Mountain Kitbash in progress on: March 07, 2015, 11:14:34 AM
What an impressive transformation! Please keep the pictures coming!

Thomas
68  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EZ Command Control Center and Walk Around Companion on: March 07, 2015, 08:27:55 AM
Searched the web, found a Companion in stock and ordered it immediately.  Grin

The Santa Fe F7B is no longer in the catalogue, so probably discontinued, too. Shocked

To be on the safe side,  I ordered one, too.  Roll Eyes

Thomas

69  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: How set quite mode on F7A diesel so engine is silent when DCC is powered on. on: March 07, 2015, 02:56:04 AM
Lots of useful information here! I will add isolated sections to my diesel service area.

Thomas
70  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EZ Command Control Center and Walk Around Companion on: March 06, 2015, 05:35:40 PM
Thanks for the info! I just checked the Bachmann web store and it shows "sorry this item is temporarily out of stock". Unfortunately as my 2015 catalogue still not has arrived I only now checked the online one and it really is no longer in the  catalogue. Too bad I ordered the Trainset and the connector panels....
Can`t imagine why it is discontinued as the control center is still available and used in sets - but it is pointless without the upgrade option of the companion - or can I use a 2nd control center instead of the companion?
I hope Bachmann will not discontinue the EZ command system as in my opinion it is the most user friendly system to start.
71  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / EZ Command Control Center and Walk Around Companion on: March 06, 2015, 12:29:35 PM
Hello! I am new to this forum and new into American HO and English is not my native language so please apologize if my questions sound silly!

I am building an U shaped layout that I want to run with my children and visitors that are not model railroader, so I prefer an easy to use control system. I thought of using the control center from the Thunder Chief trainset and add 3 pieces of 44908 connector panels and a 44907 walk around companion. Later I could add a 2nd 44907 and 44910 power booster.
I have started collecting a fleet of locos, all Bachmann, I intend to use 7 locos in total but not at the same time so there are still addresses free on the control center for visiting locos. If I run a max of 3 sound fitted locos at the same time I think 1 booster should be enough? Would it be possible to run two sound value locos at the same time without booster - it would be nice to add the booster a little later and use the money now to complete the fleet.

I really would appreciate some input and discussion as I am living in Roco and Maerkling territory and Bachmann Trains as Model Railway supplier is alien to all the local modellers and LHS cannot order Bachmann items.
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