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16  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
 
17  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
18  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Ground throws on: November 09, 2017, 08:28:45 PM
The 'N' scale Caboose throws can be used with HO turnouts, and look closer to scale.

Len
19  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: what dcc systems allow running analog locomotives on: November 07, 2017, 03:11:39 PM
I used an Atlas #205 'Connector' wired backwards on my HO test track when my repair shop was open. The track connected to the terminals the wiring diagram shows the power pack connected to. I had a DC power pack, a DCC system, and a 'Protosound' system connected to what were supposed to be the track terminals.

I put 3 small nails in the board it was mounted to, with a rubberband from each nail to it's corresponding switch to keep it in the 'OFF' position when not in use, and prevent accidentally turning more than one switch 'ON'.

Len
 
20  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: "All Aboard Values Train Set" Item No 40-0434 on: November 06, 2017, 08:29:41 AM
It sounds like you have the "Iron Horse" set, possibly repacked and renamed for sale at a specific store chain:


The only obvious difference from your description is a gondola car with pipe load, rather than a hopper. The locomotive is the old x-6-x "do it all", no pick-ups on the tender, train set streamer of the time. Depending on the set, and the addition of additional trucks, it could be an 0-6-0, 2-6-0, or 2-6-2. Later versions also had a smoke unit that was prone to melt the front of the boiler shell over time.

And the cars are 'modern era', and really belong behind a diesel.

Len
21  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Understanding the power spec on the EZ Command on: November 04, 2017, 06:39:32 AM
"It says 1 AMP. Is this 1 AMP peak or 1 AMP continuous?"

It's 1 Amp maximum continuous output. The actual output will only be as much current as the devices it's powering need. So it you're operating two locos that require 0.25 Amp each, the measured output would only be 0.5 Amp.

Len
22  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EZ Track on: November 01, 2017, 12:20:36 PM
There are rail joiners with wire leads available while you wait.

Good luck trying to get the factory joiners off the use them!

Len
23  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: HO 4x8 E-Z Track Layout Confirmation on: November 01, 2017, 12:18:41 PM
I use RR-Track, which allows a certain amount of 'fudge factor' in a layout. I've built the layout in question, and there are small gaps, <1/16", spread around the layout. Not one big gap.

Len
24  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: conversion of a 4-6-2 Bachmann spectrum steam locomotive from DC to DCC on: October 25, 2017, 12:24:20 PM
If there are no power pickups on the tender it's probably the older split frame 4-6-2. Instructions for installing a decoder can be found on the TCS site here: http://www.tcsdcc.com/Customer_Content/Installation_Pictures/HO_Scale/Bachmann/K4_Pacific_4-6-2/bachman_n_scale_k4_pacific_4_6_2.htm

While they are showing a TCS decoder being installed, any decoder with the same approximate dimensions could be used.

Len
25  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: EZ Track question HO Left/Right Hand Crossover on: October 21, 2017, 06:30:22 PM
2-3/8" would be 2.375" in decimal form. According to RR-Track the distance is 2.380", which is about right allowing for my mouse movement being off a bit. So it looks like 2-3/8" is correct.

Len
26  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Couplers on: October 19, 2017, 05:05:24 PM
It sounds like the vertical transitions from level to hill and back are too sharp, causing the couplers to bypass each other. The real solution is make the transition from level to hill, and back, as gradual as possible. This can be hard to do using pier sets, but I find using a carpenter's shim to start the transition before the first pier can help. You can get a pack at most hardware and home improvement stores for a couple of $$'s.

Len
27  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: EZ Track question HO Left/Right Hand Crossover on: October 19, 2017, 11:56:45 AM
You could try this:



It uses 22" radius curves on the outside loop, 18" radius on the inner loop. Note the 3" straights on the ends of the inner loop.

Len
28  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Ho Scale Silver Series N5C Caboose on: October 18, 2017, 07:57:09 AM
If you Google "HO N5C", without the quotes, you'll find there is one company making several variations in HO of the N5C.

Len
29  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: parts on: October 17, 2017, 03:02:02 PM
You can get a complete chassis here: http://estore.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=66_68_661&products_id=8815

You're probably on your own for detail parts.

Len
30  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: DD40 drive shaft end piece on: October 17, 2017, 02:57:07 PM
Inexperience isn't the only issue. I've be model railroading 50+ years, and it would have never occurred to me in a thousand years to look at a coupler assembly specifically listed for the GP-35 to find a drive shaft coupling that also fits other locomotives.

Bachmann needs to list that drive shaft coupling seperately, with a note that it is a 'universal' HO diesel part except for the GE Dash-8.

Len
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