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1  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bachman plugs on: June 20, 2018, 04:37:54 PM
I find an IC chip removal tool works pretty well for removing those plugs:

They're cheap enough, Bachmann should include one in the box with the loco.


2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Alco S4 decoder on: June 18, 2018, 03:55:28 PM
The DCC Ready Alco S4 has an 8-pin socket on the PC board. So any decoder with an 8-pin plug would work.

3  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Can a "Tyco" train connect with my Thomas & Friends Troublesome Truck #1? on: June 17, 2018, 05:23:45 PM
A Tyco train more than likely has 'horn-hook' type couplers. If you're real careful, you may be able to get the hook from the T&F car to latch onto the horn-hook coupler. But there's no guarantee they'll stay coupled.

The reality is the couplers on T&F cars and locos aren't really intended to be compatible with regular HO couplers used in the USofA.

4  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Can a Santa Fe HO Diesel connect to a Thomas & Friends rollingstock piece? on: June 15, 2018, 12:31:37 AM
Without modifying one or the other, the short answer is no. The couplers used on T&F locos and rolling stock are not compatible with the couplers used on regular HO equipment. Whether is modern knuckle couplers, or the older 'horn-hook' style.

You would either have to modify the diesel to mount one of these T&F type couplers:

Or make a "transition car" by mounting a kuckle coupler to one end of a T&F car. And that's not as simple as it sounds.

5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: turnouts on: June 14, 2018, 01:04:44 PM
An alternative would be to use Atlas 22" radius turnouts mounted on cork roadbed. They have Code 83 rails, so transition type rail joiners would be needed, but they would get the job done.

6  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: The choo-choo on: June 13, 2018, 08:55:05 AM
Four words: Thomas the Tank Engine.

Kids grow up with him, and all the other 'steamies' on television.

7  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: The choo-choo on: June 12, 2018, 05:37:23 PM
I don't get the sense of 'choo-choo' until it's rolling. Starting out it sounds more like a 'pAkita-pAkita' to me.

8  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Is it modelling or playing? on: June 12, 2018, 02:36:04 PM
Is it modelling or playing?

It all depends on the mood I'm in at the time. Some days I'm in to timetable operations, other days I like to drag race a couple of old Athearn Hi-F drive "Hustlers" on the dual main with my grandson.

9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann Polar Express (with DCC on board) on: June 12, 2018, 02:28:45 PM
Bachmann did an HO Polar Express?? The only one I'm aware of is from Lionel.

At any rate, like Jonathan said, you'll need more throttle than a straight DC loco because of the voltage loss through the elctronics, but otherwise it should run fine.

10  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Rhenaes & Skarloey Cleaning Schedule on: June 12, 2018, 09:12:18 AM
The shopping center train display 'Sodor' area I'm working on will include a narrow guage line. I plan to use Rhenaes and Skarloey on it, alternating them weekly.

Having no experience with them, can someone who operates them on a regular basis give me an idea how often they will need to be serviced? E.g., wheels cleaned, and gears lubricated??

Keep in mind, with kids out of school for the summer, their button will get pushed a lot. So figure 4 - 6 hours a day of stop and go running. The good news is the curves will be 315mm radius, so there won't be a lot of side strain on the mechanisms.

11  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Automotive vehicle stacked frames flat car load Anybody? on: June 08, 2018, 03:00:27 PM
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12  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Automotive vehicle stacked frames flat car load Anybody? on: June 08, 2018, 01:08:53 PM

13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Manual Turnout Conversion on: June 07, 2018, 11:54:05 PM
If you're using them on a permanent layout, and mechanically inclined, it's possible to adapt them to use either a Tortoise slow motion, or Peco dual solinoid, under table switch machine.

14  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Coupler screws on: June 07, 2018, 01:06:06 PM
The Micro-Mark assortment are all 1.2mm dia x .5 pitch screws. The only differences are length and head size.

I prefer to buy packs of the metric size machine screws I most commonly run into from Micro-Fasteners:

I store them in compartment boxes from the local craft store.

For older stuff that uses inch size screws, they have a two nice assortments for trains. One is brass, the other steel. I prefer the brass as they are easy to cut to odd lengths:

15  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: rumor has it on: June 05, 2018, 04:12:20 PM
At the LHS my repair shop was in, many people expressed and interest in On30 sets, until they saw the price.

They really liked the size, especially for 'Christmas Villages', but couldn't understand why it was priced like Lionel or MTH, yett ran on the same track as lower priced HO. I believe if the price point had been a bit lower, a lot more people would have gotten into On30.

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