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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Tropicana car lettering on: December 16, 2017, 05:35:07 PM
Yes, I am referring to the white Bachmann reefers, but I want to remove the Tropicana name and emblem to use the cars with different markings.  Don't want the outline of the Tropicana name or the outline of the Tropicana emblem showing through under the paint.
2  Discussion Boards / HO / Tropicana car lettering on: December 16, 2017, 12:10:17 AM
What type of lettering/logo material is used to print on the Tropicana reefers?  I want to repaint some without the factory lettering showing thru.  Don't know if it was stamped ink, decals or what?  Anyone know?
3  Discussion Boards / HO / Coupler alignment on: October 19, 2017, 10:51:53 AM
I have some Bachmann Silver Series freight cars where the coupler alignment is off slightly based on the NMRA Coupler height gauge.  The coupler needs to go up slightly.  Typically, I install a small spacer/washer (Kadee .010 or .015 thickness) on the truck shank between the truck and the body to raise the coupler, but Bachmann has made the truck shank outside diameter larger than normal, so these washers will not fit.  Is there a washer/spacer available that will work with the Bachmann design?
4  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: ez track on: September 07, 2014, 12:24:18 AM
There is nothing wrong with using short sections of track.  They are all over our Christmas layout.  Don't try to fix or repair the 1" section.  Spend the small amount of money and buy the assorted pack that the one inch section comes in and replace it with new track.  That will work far better than trying to cut a track section and keeping it together unless you are gluing the track down, as Bachmann track does not lock together at a cut and putting a rail joiner on a cut section means removing some spikes anyway.
5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: magnetic decouplers on: August 31, 2014, 10:04:48 AM
This is from the Kadee web site.

1. Stop with the couplers over an uncoupler and back up slightly with the couplers still over the uncoupler, allowing slack to occur between couplers.
 2. Pull forward bringing coupler off the uncoupler. Couplers will snap to the delayed position.
 3. Back up, pushing the car(s) to the desired location. Do not permit slack to develop between couplers.
 4. Pull forward, leaving the car(s) where desired. Couplers will automatically return to normal coupling position.

Here is the site that contains these instructions.

http://www.kadee.com/animation/c1.htm
6  Discussion Boards / HO / F7B shell on an F2B frame on: August 31, 2014, 07:59:39 AM
Will a Bachmann F2B shell fit onto a Bachmann F7B frame.  I have an F2B locomotive with DCC/Sound that I need to convert and repaint and re-decal to an Alaska F7B.
7  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: E-Z mate couplers vs. McHenry, Kadee, etc. on: August 11, 2014, 02:46:01 PM
I am converting my Bachmann couplers to Kadee.  The E-Z Mate copulers have plastic shanks that bend and warp easily,  They are extremely difficult to maintain coupler alignment.
8  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: What can be used to keep the rail from oxidation? on: August 05, 2014, 06:49:10 AM
You may want to look into this.  Aluminum and brass are not equal on the electrolysis scale and one will cause the other to corrode through electrolysis.  It needs an electrolyte that the limestone and morning dew may be providing. 

If this is the case, I would suggest either covering the rails to prevent moisture from settling and creating the electrolyte or removing either the brass rails or the aluminum rails to make all the conductors the same.  Boats use zincs for this purpose, but I think that may not be an option for you.

Not saying this is your problem, but you may consider it, as I don't often hear of this corrosion problem on garden railroads.
9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Sound Card for GP 40 on: August 01, 2014, 01:55:43 PM
Just an FYI. The GP40 is being released in the Sound Value line later this year.

Will this GP40 have an interchangeable shell with the existing GP40 line in the event you don't start making the Roadnames we already have and would like to upgrade to sound?
10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Sound Card for GP 40 on: August 01, 2014, 09:19:10 AM
Where do you plan to install the speaker.  The GP40 has practically no extra room unless you do some milling of the frame.  Normally it would go in the fuel tank, but the metal frame occupies the entire fuel tank area.  Make sure you remove the trucks and motor before you do any milling or filing to prevent the metal from getting into the motor and/or gears.  It doesn't take but a microb of that metal to destroy a good running piece of equipment.
11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Simulated 3% slope for testing on: July 16, 2014, 11:55:32 AM
I would agree that there is probably not one single item causing the engines to pull differently, maybe one motor has better torque, maybe 2 poles or 4 poles, maybe different gears in the trucks themselves, don't know.

I do know each of the 4 Bachmanns pull the same load as each other and both Bowsers pull the same load as each other.  I was lucky this week and found another Bowser Alaska F7A with sound on Ebay and it will arrive today.  Now I have a 3rd engine to compare with.

Still have the same plans, The McKinley Explorer with the Bowsers and the Princess Cruise Line cars with the Bachmanns.
12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Simulated 3% slope for testing on: July 13, 2014, 11:07:59 AM
You are correct, they are a bit heavier.

HO DCC Bowser F7a:  18.15 oz.

HO DCC Bachmann GP40:  14.40 oz.

Bowser is sound equipped, Bachmann is not.  All have 2 axle trucks.
13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Simulated 3% slope for testing on: July 13, 2014, 10:41:43 AM
OK, testing is complete and problems are solved.

I set up 8 feet of Woodland Scenic 4% slope foam, put 8 feet of Bachmann track on it, one Bachmann GP40 and it went up the grade fine with no problems. 

I attached one of the McKinley Explorer passenger cars, and it went up and down fine. 

Then two of the passenger cars, and it went up and down fine. 

The third car went up, but the wheels on the GP40 were slipping slightly.

Adding a second GP40, they all went up and down fine.  Added another passenger car and they went fine, but the 5th car made the locos slip again.

Added the third loco and another car and it went fine.

Then I removed the GP40's and inserted one of the Bowser F7a units, and it pulled the five cars fine.  The Bowser started slipping with the 6th car, and when I added the second Bowser, it pulled fine. 

I added 8 more feet of track (level) and the two Bowsers pulled all 9 cars without difficulty up the 4% slope.

Conclusions:  I can use the 2 Bowser F7a's to pull the 9 McKinley Explorer cars and the 4 Bachmann GP40's to pull the 5 Princess Cruise Line cars up the 4% grade.

Moving forward again!

14  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Simulated 3% slope for testing on: July 01, 2014, 07:35:20 PM
Thank you Jeff.  I would really like to now before building the grade and finding I can't negotiate it.  I haven't had the best of luck with these locomotive's pulling power.  Of course, my alternate option is replacing the locomotives, but they are really hard to find in the Alaska line.
15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Simulated 3% slope for testing on: July 01, 2014, 04:29:01 PM
Not really, the bridge is the actual high point connecting two mountains over a very steep valley and mountain lake.  The bridge is 44" long and 8" high in itself, so I need to climb 8" just to get to the bridge.  Right now it is laid out to use a 2% grade, but needs 16' of run to do it, and that is starting 4" above the base grade.  Using 3% will cut the run down to 12' of run, but at a steeper grade.
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