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196  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Bachmann EMD-FTB Unit...Is It DCC-Ready? on: March 01, 2008, 06:23:02 PM
I am considering purchasing the item #11803 (DRG&W EMD-FT-B unit) in order to convert it to DCC.  I know that this is a DC only unit. 

I already have the DCC-EQUIPPED DRG&W EMD-FT-A unit). 

My questions are: (1) is the EMD-FT-B unit DCC-READY?  (2) If so, what Bachmann decoder should I use to convert it to DCC?
197  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Magnetic Couplers and IHC Passenger Cars? on: February 10, 2008, 02:10:06 AM
Thank you for the information, I have visited the Kadee Site and found the instructions and parts that I need to get.

You have been very helpful.  Thanks again.
198  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Magnetic Couplers and IHC Passenger Cars? on: February 10, 2008, 12:32:14 AM
Answer:

22" radius curved track (making a half-circle of 44") and 18" radius curved track (making a half-circle of 36").  This is over a layout that covers 2 4'x8' pieces of plywood in an L-shape.  If you can visualize it, there are 2 "L's" within each other (plus switches between tracks).  The outer "L" uses 22" radius curved track and the inner "L" uses 18" curved track).
199  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Magnetic Couplers and IHC Passenger Cars? on: February 09, 2008, 10:57:42 PM
Can magnetic couplers be used with passenger cars built by International Hobby Corporation?  I believe that they are also called "knuckle couplers."

I noticed that the couplers with the IHC cars are similar to the old Ahearn style couplers, but they have a very long neck to allow for clearance on turns.  I have several Bachman and Ahearn diesel locomotives (F-3 or F-7 A and AB units that I put Bachman magnetic couplers on) with the magnetic couplers.  Can the couplers on the IHC passenger cars be replaced and with what?  Or do I have to go back to the old Ahearn couplers and put them on the Bachman and Ahearn diesel locomotives?
200  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DCC and Switching Tracks on: January 27, 2008, 05:14:41 AM
Thank you for your response.
201  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / DCC Decoders for Ahearn Locomotives on: January 27, 2008, 05:13:22 AM
1.  Which DCC decoders work with Ahearn diesel locomotives?    I have several that I want to convert to DCC compatibility.

2.  Are there any DCC decoders that can be installed in Ahearn diesel locomotives that do not involve soldering?

3.  Is this something that I can do myself or should I have it done by the local hobby shop service department?
202  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DCC and Switching Tracks on: January 26, 2008, 11:00:47 PM
They are going to make an "L" shape (one leg will be 4'x12' and the other leg will be 4'x8').

This is not for a club...it is for me.
203  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / DCC and Switching Tracks on: January 26, 2008, 10:14:38 PM
I am fixing to build a new RR layout (which will cover two 4'x8') particle board tops.  I have generally decided on the track design and it will feature several switches between tracks (probably 10-14).  The locomotives (all diesel) are DCC-compatible.  I plan to run anywhere between 2-4 trains at the same time.

Question #1:  Are there any simple and decent publications on how to install RR switches?  Do they need to be powered from a seperate power source?  How do I control them?

(Note: If and when you respond, assume that I am a total rookie and tell me what I need).

Question #2:  Do RR switches work with DCC?  If they do work with DCC, how do they work and how do you make the connections?

I am in need of some help from someone who knows what they are doing.  Thank you.
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