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1  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Durango and Silverton N guage set on: Today at 04:01:24 PM
It can be really hard to make real tight radius curves with flex track and not create kinks. If you want tight curves for a temporary layout, I would suggest using Kato 216mm (8.5") radius Uni-Track instead. Unfortunately, Bachmann doesn't make an N-scale curve that tight.

Len
2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Weights for tank cars on: November 18, 2017, 02:10:21 PM
I drill a hole just large enough for a BB to get through, then squirt in some white glue and dump the appropriate weight of BB's in. Slosh things around a bit to coat the BB's in glue, plug the hole with a bit of styrene, and sit upright overnight.

Len
3  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EZ Track quick reference list on: November 16, 2017, 01:41:44 AM
Now that it's straight, maybe it should be moved to the FAQ's to make it easier to find.

Len
4  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Brendam Docks Warehouse Dimensions on: November 16, 2017, 01:37:59 AM
That's it. Not sure how I missed it, unless I typoed Brendam. Thanks.

Len
5  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Brendam Docks Warehouse Dimensions on: November 15, 2017, 07:41:00 AM
Okay. I managed to find two sites that give dimensions. The problem is, they have major differences.

Amazon shows Brendam Warehouse is 17-1/2" L x 8-1/4" W x 7-1/4" H

Wal-Mart shows it as 18" L x 5-3/8" W x 4-3/4" H

The lengths are roughly the same, but the width and height aren't even close. Can anyone tell me which, if either, is correct?

Len
6  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EZ Track quick reference list on: November 14, 2017, 05:20:56 PM
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In the preview, everything is lined up. When Ipost it, the numbers are all out of whack.

I find the only way to keep columns lined up here is to use '.......' between items instead of spaces.

Len
7  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: E-Z Track Over-Under Figure 8 Track Pack - HO Scale on: November 14, 2017, 01:37:24 AM
22 curves for the 30deg crossing makes sense when you factor in the 1/2 curve sections of the EZ-Track version. The difference in the 'fitter' pieces would be due to the difference in the overall size of the EZ-Track crossing vs the smaller Snap-Track version.

Len
8  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: E-Z Track Over-Under Figure 8 Track Pack - HO Scale on: November 13, 2017, 07:04:58 PM
As near as I can make out using the RR-Track measuring tool:

Tthe straight sections of the 30deg crossing are 11.25" long, measuring along the center line from one end to the other. The 60deg crossing appears to be an even 11" long.

Without the fitter pieces, there definately has to be some "finagling" going on.

Len
9  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: E-Z Track Over-Under Figure 8 Track Pack - HO Scale on: November 13, 2017, 02:54:22 PM
Dug out some old diagrams I did for friends and discovered it does take 20 curves, using 30deg 18" radius, if the crossing is either 30 or 60 degrees. It also takes a bunch of fitter pieces, and even then there's going to be some "adjusting" required.

Using a 30deg crossing (Note this also uses 4 18" half sections):


Using a 60deg crossing:


Len
10  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: E-Z Track Over-Under Figure 8 Track Pack - HO Scale on: November 12, 2017, 07:40:00 PM
Terry,

I have no idea what they're doing in the picture. I generated the layout using RR-Track software, and it came out the same way as the many fig-8 layouts I've built. Using 30deg sectional 18" radius curves, it takes 9 curves on each side of the 8 if you're want the tracks to cross at 90deg. It doesn't matter if you're doing an 'Up & Over', or using a 90deg crossing, it takes 18 curves total. It doesn't matter what brand of track is used, as long as the curves are 30deg sections of 18" radius.

Len
 
11  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: E-Z Track Over-Under Figure 8 Track Pack - HO Scale on: November 12, 2017, 05:44:42 PM
In theory it takes 18 cuvers, 9 on each side, and 8 straights to do the up and over. If you don't want a joint directly over the lower track, replace one 9" straight with 2 4.5" straights on the upper level:



Len
12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: transformer on: November 12, 2017, 12:26:31 PM
The transformer piece can be found here:
http://estore.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=66_74&products_id=5871

The speed controller is here:
http://estore.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=66_74&products_id=5872

You could also use an 'all in one' DC power pack from any of several other manufacturers.

Len
13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Lubricating a dcc non sound Bachman 38-2diesel on: November 12, 2017, 12:15:58 PM
Correct. As you can see in the exploded diagram:
http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/dwg/dwgs/H617X_IS001.pdf

Use a small flat screwdriver to gently pry the ends of the truck cover off the tabs it hooks onto.

Len
14  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Brendam Docks Warehouse Dimensions on: November 12, 2017, 11:31:45 AM
Does anyone have the 'footprint' dimensions for the Brendam Docks Warehouse? I'm building Christmas display layout in a limited space, and would like to include a 'Brendam Docks' area. But I'm a bit concerned about the overall length of the warehouse.

Len
 
15  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DCC Turnouts on: November 11, 2017, 01:19:52 AM
If they are not available from Bachmann, I would suggest using either the Digitrax DS52 or DS64 stationary decoders.

The DS52 controls 1 or 2 turnouts:
http://www.digitrax.com/products/stationary-decoders/ds52/

The DS64 controls up to 4 turnouts:
http://www.digitrax.com/products/stationary-decoders/ds64/

Both can control either dual solanoid switch motors, or slow motion type switch motors. If you have both types on your layout, you'll need a seperate decoder to each type.

Len
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