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331  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: HO Terminal Joiners on: November 18, 2016, 04:51:14 PM
sorry for the dumb question - what are terminal joiners ? any pictures ?
They're wires with rail joiners on the end.  Wink
332  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: All-steam model railroads on: November 18, 2016, 02:56:30 PM
*raises hand, but not very high*

Currently my On30 layout only has a Porter, but I love watching the side rods of steam locomotives as they run.

While steam locomotives are my favorite form of rail power, I admit that I'd like my track cleaning cars to be powered by a gas-mechanical critter with side rods, and I also want a railtruck for whimsy.
333  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Lower cost alternative to the DCC booster? on: November 18, 2016, 02:42:53 PM
The layout goes between two rooms of my house.  I'm not keen on drilling holes in my walls for another feeder.

I was already planning to have side tracks for the trains that aren't active, but I want to keep operation simple and just let them idle.

How many amps do idle locomotives draw?
334  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Lower cost alternative to the DCC booster? on: November 18, 2016, 12:14:01 AM
I'm planning an upgrade to my double reverse loop layout that will include a total of 5 locomotives and extend the far loop even further away from the feeder, which will doubtlessly exceed the single amp power supply included with my E-Z Command controller.

Rather than spend $200 on the DCC booster module, is there any reason I can't simply use a 5 amp 16v AC power source for the E-Z Command controller I already have?
335  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: uncouple EZ track on: November 16, 2016, 05:57:58 PM
If they're stuck don't pull on them, you can break the 'hooks' that hold them together.

Instead, turn the track over and gently squeeze the hooks as you separate the sections.
336  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Need a tender truck that's the same height as a freight truck. on: November 16, 2016, 04:54:52 PM
Well I took a chance and ordered a tender truck from the 2-4-4-2 and it's perfect:  A bit longer than a standard freight truck, has electrical pickup, the couplers line up great, and it fits tightly enough onto the flatcar to hold it in place without glue.
337  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: DC and DCC questions on: November 15, 2016, 11:55:10 PM
The locomotive in that set probably isn't capable of being converted to DCC.

If I were in your situation, my next purchase would be the Bachmann Digital Commander set:  It comes with the EZ Command Control Center, two DCC-equipped locomotives, another set of freight cars, and its own oval of track.
338  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Novice Train Owner on: November 15, 2016, 07:54:52 PM
While Len summed up the answers pretty well, I'd like to add my experience with a box of used E-Z Track I bought once:

A few sections did not want to separate and building too much tension can break the 'hooks' on the ends.  They seem to hold well enough with only one section's hook, but if they feel stuck you can turn them over and press the hooks inward while pulling to avoid breakage.
339  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Speed Controller on: November 09, 2016, 07:29:42 PM
Googling 00642 leads to a G scale Thomas the Tank Engine set.

But on an HO Bachmann controller, AC accessories such as switch tracks attach to the controller by pushing or pulling the two knobs that stick out of it.
340  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Reverse Loop Module on: July 24, 2016, 04:05:35 PM
I use terminal rerailers to connect the module to the loop and a hobby saw to isolate the rails.

I find that it helps to cut rail-sized styrene strips and place them in the gaps to prevent the rails from creeping back together.
341  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: converting horn hook couplers to knuckle couplers. on: July 11, 2016, 03:11:32 PM
In most cases it's as simple as unscrewing the coupler pocket and swapping the horn hooks for knuckles.

Bachmann sells knuckle couplers, but the company Kadee specializes in them and has an extensive listing of what couplers fit which brands of locomotives and rolling stock:
342  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: bachman ez track on: July 07, 2016, 02:01:18 PM
Aside from the track, you will need a DCC controller and DCC locomotives.  Possibly a DCC booster as well depending on whether or not the locomotives are sound-equipped, the length of the trains they pull, and any grades your layout may have.

Since you want to use DCC control you aren't required use gaps or block control on any of the track.  Some still prefer it though.

If you can afford them, Bachmann also makes DCC-controlled crossovers and turnouts that you can operate from the controller without the need for wiring up additional switchboxes.

343  Discussion Boards / E-Z App / Re: Reversing loops with EZ app on: July 05, 2016, 10:11:27 PM
How do you plan to power your track?

E-Z App locomotives can run on either DC or DCC;  I haven't come across any pre-built DC reverse loop modules, so you'll probably have to build your own.  (Plenty of instructions available online)

Reverse loop modules are commercially available for DCC operation, but it's more expensive than a DC layout would be.
344  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EZ Track Tack Down on: July 05, 2016, 02:39:43 PM
I've heard that double-sided carpet tape works well for securing E-Z Track to flat surfaces.
345  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Wiring codes on Bachmann boards: (R, M+, L-, B+, L+, B-, M-, L) on: June 30, 2016, 06:39:18 PM
The boards are marked differently depending on which model you have.

Which locomotive are you working on?
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