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406  Discussion Boards / On30 / Porter kitbashing advice? on: November 26, 2015, 08:05:15 PM
I want to have a 0-4-0 porter with a headlight (and its supports) from a 0-4-2.

I imagine the easiest way to accomplish this is to swap the cabs and footplates between the two models, but how much disassembly is involved?  Do I just have to remove the wheels and a few screws?

I assume it's easier than putting a replacement 0-4-2 boiler assembly on a 0-4-0, right?

407  Discussion Boards / N / Re: And then ?? on: November 24, 2015, 01:32:07 AM
So assuming I can get the joiners off WITHOUT pulling of the rail as well, can I then just plug  everything else in as usual.  No wiring, soldering, or stuff like that?

That's right, the auto-reversers are 'plug and play' when installed between a pair of terminal tracks.

If you're worried about the rails coming off, you might try holding the rail directly with a pair of pliers as you pull the joiner with your other hand.
408  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N Scale equivalent on: November 23, 2015, 08:02:32 PM
Is it safe to assume that using part number 44897, and cutting the rails, very VERY scary, and using the reverse loop modules, I can create a reverse loop for my N scale DCC layout?

Rather than cutting, I would remove the joiners and replace them with insulated plastic ones.

That's what I'm doing with my HO layout's reverse loops.
409  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Will two DCC Reverse Loop modules conflict with each other? on: November 22, 2015, 12:20:03 AM
Thanks, guys.

I believe that answers all my questions.
410  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Will two DCC Reverse Loop modules conflict with each other? on: November 21, 2015, 09:14:03 PM
Just make sure the gaps in reverse loops are longer then the longest train you intend to run. If not you will run into trouble. I suggest getting an electronic version of the auto reverser. The ones that use a relay will burn out over time. I went through 2 before going to the electronic one.  Joe

I assume by 'gap length' you're referring to the length of the isolated section?    That shouldn't be an issue since I intend to place the insulators directly on the turnout pieces.

Are the Bachmann DCC auto reversers 'electronic' or do they use relays?
411  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: dog bone layout sharing lots of single line between - all autoreverse? on: November 21, 2015, 05:26:07 PM
I hadn't decided between DC and DCC as of yet.  If I go with DCC, then do I need something like this ( at the start of each of my reverse loops?  Is there anything special about the track itself (Bachmann auto-reversing track)?

I'm building a loop to loop layout as well using DCC because reverse loop modules like the one you linked to simplify the wiring dramatically.

The module doesn't necessarily have to be wired to the start of each loop, just to the isolated sections.

You can wire a single module to both loops, or use two modules if you prefer.  Using two will not cause any problems.

Auto-reversing track has more wires than regular track (Which is why it's more expensive).  Two pieces of regular E-Z track are included in Auto Reversing track starter packs, but their purpose is to hold the train when it passes beyond the reversing sections and prevent it from hitting the bumpers.  The train will not continue moving onto a loop.
412  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Directional lighting in 0-4-x Porters? on: November 21, 2015, 03:54:17 PM
The easiest way to add a back-up light to the tender you propose to build for the Porter would be to ignore the loco altogether and install a lighting/function decoder in the tender (assuming of course you added pick up to the tender), then running the two together off either the same address or as a consist. The NCE FL2 is such a decoder.

Thank you, I hadn't thought of that. :D
413  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Will two DCC Reverse Loop modules conflict with each other? on: November 21, 2015, 04:21:02 AM
I'm making a layout with a reverse loop at each end and I would prefer not to wire the two loops together.

Will using two reversers create a conflict with each other or the controller?

(I only intend to run one train at a time on the layout.)

Thank you.
414  Discussion Boards / On30 / Directional lighting in 0-4-x Porters? on: November 19, 2015, 03:40:47 PM
Do the DCC-equipped non-sound Porters support directional lighting when running in either analog or DCC mode?

I want to build a tender with a reverse light on it and I'd like it to operate instead of the headlight when the loco is going backwards.  Will the default decoder support this or will I need to replace it?

Thank you.
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