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16  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Metal wheel swap? on: April 28, 2018, 10:11:53 AM
I agree with Jeff. Because of the tighter curves that have to be dealt with, most HO freight cars use 33" wheels, whether the prototype did or not, to clear the underframe. Most HO passenger cars use 36" wheels, with the notable exception of IHC & Rivarossi, which used 31" wheels. They can be replaced with 36" wheels if you carve off the brake shoes, or you can get 31" metal wheels from these guys: http://www.ihc-hobby.com/product/4355-H36

Len
17  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Pegasus motor... on: April 28, 2018, 06:56:11 AM
Have you tried heating the worm to break it loose from the motor shaft? The brass worm will expand more than the steel shaft, and should break loose, even if someone put it on with flywheel cement. I find a small propane torch, or large solder iron (45W or more), generally works.

Len
18  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: extention wires on: April 25, 2018, 11:08:43 AM
Yes, I generally splice. I keep a couple of spools of this around for doing it: https://www.walthers.com/three-conductor-hookup-wire-22-gauge-23

I use the black for 'common', center wire of the Bachmann cable, green for 'normal route', and read for 'diverging route'. Just flip the plug on the controller if 'normal' and 'diverging' aren't where you want them.

Len
19  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DCC train set on: April 25, 2018, 12:36:45 AM
My experience has been 14-16V works best. 12V may work, but can get "iffy" if dust or dirt starts getting in the works.

Len
20  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: extention wires on: April 25, 2018, 12:34:57 AM
Bachmann makes an extension cord: http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=879_604_782_784&products_id=2544

Or you can cut the existing cord and splice in your own extension.

Len
21  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: is UP 9456 DCC capable on: April 22, 2018, 10:50:29 AM
Near the front of the loco, if it's "DCC Ready", there should be an 8-pin socket on the PC board. Remove the dummy plug and install the decoder of your choice. If there's already a decoder there, you have the "DCC Equiped" version.

Len
22  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bachmann 2773 or 62945 trolleys on: April 20, 2018, 04:30:23 PM
Unless you're into scratch building, the closest thing you're probably going to find would be an On30 trolley running on HO track. Technically On30 equipment is 1:48 O-scale, but the trolleys are small enough to fit in with 1/64 S-scale.

Len
23  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Coupler screws on: April 20, 2018, 06:46:48 AM
A #2 sheet metal or self tapping screw would probably work. When I lose Bachmann coupler screws, I clean out the hole with a #50 drill in a pin vice, tap if for 2-56, and replace it with a Kadee "cut to length" 2-56 nylon screw.

Len
24  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Coupler compatibility on: April 19, 2018, 12:33:27 PM
I'm talking about filing down the guides on the bottom of the gauge that hit the 'spikes' on code 55 track, not modifying the track.

Len
25  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Coupler compatibility on: April 17, 2018, 11:02:54 AM
"Please note that the knuckle height gauge needs to rest on code 80 rail, because its bottom can reach the plastic tie "spikes" on some code 55 rail and raise the gauge up off the rail head, spoiling the proper measurement for coupler height."

A couple of swipes on the 'guide rails' with a 10" flat mill file will take care of that problem, while still letting it work with larger rails.

Len
26  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: bachmann turntable/roundhouse on: April 16, 2018, 08:40:17 AM
The Bachmann turntable tracks are 20 degrees apart. So you could use a roundhouse with stalls seperated by 10 degrees, such as the Walthers Cornerstone roundhouse, and run a dummy track to every other stall.

Len
27  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Movie train production on: April 11, 2018, 10:21:34 AM
Speaking of locomotives being pushed in movies, who can forget the crash scene from "The Fugitive" filmed on the Great Smokey Mountains Railway. The wrecks are still rusting away alongside the river:


ex-CSX U18B #1901 and ex-N&W GP-30 #536 were actually being pushed by GSMR GP-7 #777 at the back of the train. Even though it never actually appears in the movie, #777 got the same 'Illinois Southern' paint scheme treatment as the crash locos did.

Len
28  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Current used by Genesis Locomotive Motors on: April 10, 2018, 12:09:15 PM
I suspect that's supposed to be 80 watts. Which should be enough power if heavy trains and long grades aren't involved.

Len
29  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: AHM #15804 Colonial Church (Lighted) on: April 04, 2018, 04:37:54 PM
You'll find the instructions here: http://www.hoseeker.net/structures.html

About half way down the page you'll see a window for 'AHM Structures'. Click on the pull down and scroll down until you find the church. They have it listed with a different number, but it's the same building. There are 5 seperate sheets and you have to get each one individually.

Len
30  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Track layout on: April 04, 2018, 08:10:39 AM
15" radius = 12 sections.
18" radius = 12 sections.
22" radius = 16 sections.

I've seen HO sectional track in 24" radius, and it is also supposedly 16 pieces to the circle, but I haven't used any personally, so I wouldn't be able to guarantee it.

Atlas makes Code 83 & Code 100 curves in 24" radius. They are 22.5deg arcs, so it would take 16 sections to make a circle. They come in packs of 4 sections, so it would take 4 packs to make a circle.

Len
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