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61  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Troubleshooting Uncoupling on: December 19, 2017, 01:04:27 PM
Is the track set up on an even surface?  Bumps or humps can disconnect the cars.

What set did you buy?  If it's an older one it's possible that the cars would benefit from upgrading the couplers to Bachmann's E-Z Mate Mark II couplers, or even Kadee's metal couplers.

Are the magnetic 'air hoses' hanging too low and catching on the rails?  I bend them up a bit using two pairs of pliers.

Another thing you can check is that the couplers are all at the same height, if they're a bit off the problem of uneven track is magnified.
62  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: trolley/street car on: December 18, 2017, 06:43:35 PM
Since you already have track, you just need a speed controller.

The trolley that comes with the auto-reversing set is like any other locomotive, the track in that set has additional wiring built-in to reverse polarity and detect when the trolley/train reaches the end of the line.
63  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: trolley/street car on: December 18, 2017, 06:06:21 PM
Do you have the auto-reversing track set, or is it just the trolley shown in that set?
64  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: ho on on30 on: December 18, 2017, 04:54:14 PM
HO and On30 use the same spacing between the rails and have the same power requirements.  So both scales will run on track made for the other.

So you're asking if an HO 2-8-0 will run on 18" radius curves, right?


Bachman's Baldwin 2-8-0 models will work on them, is this the model you're asking about?

http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=258_276_278
65  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Item no# 24020- Durango & Silverton on: December 18, 2017, 04:17:15 PM
A multimeter is a very helpful tool for model railroaders when it comes to diagnosing problems.

Perhaps the joiners on those bad sections aren't making a good connection?  You can crimp them onto an adjoining rail with pliers for better conductivity.

Bachmann also sells additional/replacement track sections.

I use Bachmann's HO EZ-track for my trains, but the connector is the same for N scale.  It's friction-fit so you have to press it in snugly to get a good connection.
66  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Questions about EZ Command on: December 18, 2017, 04:06:47 PM
If I remember correctly, my EZ Command put out between 15 and 16 volts to the rails.

The controller will work for both N and HO scale.
67  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Unplug Controller? on: December 17, 2017, 02:20:49 PM
FLare, don't give inaccurate info. Addresses, CVs and the like are stored in the decoder, not the controller. There is no danger of losing them if the controller is unplugged. If this info was stored in the controller, you'd have to reprogram the decoder every time you took your locomotives to a train club, a friend's layout, etc. The fact that you don't is proof this info is in the decoder.


Yes, but what is the lifespan of the data in the decoders?  I've read that solid state memory can be lost if left unpowered long enough.

http://www.extremetech.com/computing/205382-ssds-can-lose-data-in-as-little-as-7-days-without-power
68  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Unplug Controller? on: December 16, 2017, 11:59:54 PM
That's a possibility if left alone long enough, that's why it's a very good idea to write down addresses, CVs, and other non-factory changes you make in case they need to be reprogrammed.
69  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Warning labels on: December 15, 2017, 07:50:22 PM
Keep the trains out of your mouth and you should be fine.
70  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Your childhood Christmas electric train on: December 14, 2017, 01:27:47 PM
I'm not as old as most of you, so my first 'electric' train for Christmas was a New Bright battery-powered G-scale set.  I eventually had 4 such trains and would combine all the track into large layouts.  Sadly the motors all died and I don't have them anymore.
71  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Item no# 24020- Durango & Silverton on: December 14, 2017, 01:20:05 PM
It's possible that the wheels and rails need to be cleaned.

It's also not unheard of for the controller to be bad.  Do you have a voltmeter you can use to test the voltage on the rails?
72  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Dual Main Lines using EZ Track with larger Locomotives on: December 14, 2017, 01:02:33 PM
There are a number of software packages out there:

SCARM: https://www.scarm.info/index.php
Free version allows placing up to 100 pieces of track. $39.99 to unlock the full package.

AnyRail: https://www.anyrail.com/en/download
Free version allows placing up to 50 pieces of track. $59.00 to unlock the full package.

RR-Track: http://www.rrtrack.com/html/online_bundles.html (Click on 'HO Gauge Bundles' for the list of what's available in HO)
No free version. $79.00 for the HO bundle that includes the software engine and track libraries for  Atlas c100, Atlas c83, Atlas TruTrack, Pilz c83, Pilz c100, Peco, Kato UniTrack, Shinohara c83, Roco, Fleischmann PROFI, Bachmann EZ, Marklin-M, Marklin-K, Marklin-C. Additional libraries for other scales and accessories can be added for a nominal fee.

Len



I use XTrackCAD, it's free and they have a library for Bachmann's HO E-Z Track profiles.

http://www.xtrkcad.org/Wikka/HomePage
73  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Steel on DCC on: December 14, 2017, 12:50:09 PM
Also, DCC is much more finicky about dirty/corroded track than DC is.

I second Jon's advice to go all nickle-silver.
74  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Unplug Controller? on: December 13, 2017, 05:55:17 PM
I always unplug my layout when not in use.

If something creates a short circuit I want to be present to correct the problem.
75  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Dual Main Lines using EZ Track with larger Locomotives on: December 13, 2017, 05:51:31 PM
I don't believe there's a calculation for outer curve radii for locomotives, you should only worry about the minimum radius for the inside ones.

However, you should measure how much overhang your longest car or locomotive will have on the outside curve and make sure it will clear the ends of your other equipment on the inside curve.

Also, make sure you wire up multiple terminal rerailers on your layout to avoid voltage drop.
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