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1  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EZ #4 turnout on: March 23, 2018, 11:50:08 AM
Short answer, no. The straight portion of the #4 is approximately 11.25" long.

2  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N Scale EZ Track on: March 22, 2018, 03:08:00 PM
If it's this:

Or this:

Probably not. If you leave out the walkways, and maybe trim the EZ-Track roadbed a bit, you might be able to use the second one.

The other option is to use one of these:

Several of the Atlas bridges, with code 80 track, can be used in combination with EZ-Track. For some you have to remove the plastic clips off the end of the connecting EZ-Track.

3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: wireing switches on: March 22, 2018, 10:46:53 AM
In that case you can either pick up an old power pack to use as a switch power supply. The DC side could be used for dimmable building light control. Or you could use a 14 - 16V 'wall wart', rated at least 1amp, as a dedicated switch machine power source. It doesn't really matter if it's AC or DC if it's only used to the switches.

4  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N Scale EZ Track on: March 22, 2018, 10:42:45 AM
Who makes this bridge? I'm not coming up with anything using that part number.

5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: wireing switches on: March 22, 2018, 03:36:45 AM
There should be two red wires. One connects from the DC output of the power pack to the track. The other connects from the AC Accorsory output of the power pack to the two pin side of the first switch controller. The rest of the switch controllers plut into it, so you end up with a row of controllers connected together.

The green wires connect from the switches to the three pin connection on the controllers. If the direction control for a particular button isn't the way you want it, just unplug the green wire, flip it over, and plug it back in.

6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: A new layout for the new house! on: March 22, 2018, 03:28:12 AM
Lights are looking good. Were you able to get your switch control wires rerouted?

I just discovered the buildings on the display layout I maintain have lights, but for some reason they were never hooked up. So I'm going to see what I can do with them, and if they work I'll post some pics next week.

7  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Train clubs on: March 21, 2018, 03:59:09 PM
Baltimore Society of Model Engineers, 225 West Saratoga Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 837-2763


They do HO and O.

8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: A new layout for the new house! on: March 19, 2018, 12:02:20 AM
Looking good.

For the switch controls, mark where they're going to go on the plywood, then make a couple of marks about 1/2" in front of where the connector plugs will attach. Draw a line connecting the marks that runs the length of you control 'gang'. Drill a 1/4" holes along the length of the line, then use a keyhole saw, or a hacksaw blade wrapped with tape on one end, to connect the holes. Bring your switch wires up through the slot and connect to the controllers. Fasten the controllers down.

9  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Small Sodor Display on: March 17, 2018, 09:40:22 PM
Discovered the narrow gauge hill would create some interference problems with the S-Scale track, so I made some changes to the layout. Brendam Docks has being relocated, and the narrow gauge line will run around the perimeter. An interchange between the narrow gauge and standard gauge lines will go where Brendam Docks was on the old design. The spur on the inner loop was eliminated to make more room for buildings and such. Dealing with some issues on the main display delayed the start of construction, but I should be able to start pulling up the old HO stuff in a week or so. What do you think?

10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: A new layout for the new house! on: March 17, 2018, 08:51:55 PM
I picked up some 3/8" x 5" and 3/8" x 12" drill bits at Home Depot for running wires through the top structure of the layout I maintain for a local shopping center. I needed the 12" long bit for installing a ski lift on a pretty tall hill.

11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: A new layout for the new house! on: March 17, 2018, 11:30:06 AM
It will be part of their 'SceneMaster' (Mfg#: 949) line. There will be 'vintage' (white center and edge markings) and 'modern' (yellow center and white edge markings) versions.

12  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: About this layout on: March 14, 2018, 09:30:52 AM
Even with DCC I'd still use gaps to be able to isolate the two loops for troubleshooting purposes. I'd also add gaps to the spur so I could turn the power off to any loco parked there.

13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: A new layout for the new house! on: March 11, 2018, 05:02:31 PM
I find mixing the 'Smooth-It' road plaster a bit thinner than the directions call for helps. Also using a plastic putty knife, that's been dipped in water, slightly wider than the roadway to smooth it.

14  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bachmann controller no. 6605 on: March 09, 2018, 06:37:58 AM
The problem with the 'flip handle' power packs like the 6605, and later 6607, is you basically get two speeds in each direction, Warp 4.5 and Warp 9.0.

For operating trains, look for a one piece power pack with a speed control knob that gives between 270deg and 320deg of of motion.   If you can find them for a reasonable price, the Bachmann Spectrum 44212, or Model Rectifier 1300 or 1370 power packs are good choices.

15  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: “Frog” in turnout on: March 05, 2018, 01:33:52 PM
Trivia question- why were historic railroad rail sections made in 39’ lengths?

Ummmm...So they'd fit on/in a 40' flatcar or gondola.

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