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16  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Train Show Treasure on: February 04, 2018, 09:43:41 AM
Jonathan - Kadee NEM 362 couplers are available in other lengths if you want to close up the gap between cars:

#17 - Short
#18 - Medium
#19 - Long
#20 - Extra Long

17  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: HO Scale locomotive on: February 02, 2018, 02:40:44 PM
Then it's probably this screw:

It's the only one listed for the 0-6-0/2-6-0/2-6-2 that isn't for the trucks, underframe, or weights. It looks like a 2-56 x 3/8" Philips head.

18  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: HO Scale locomotive on: February 02, 2018, 02:54:37 AM
The exploded diagram for this loco can be found here:

The part you're looking for is the drawbar, P/N 3276. You can purchase a replacement here:

19  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Curve size on: January 31, 2018, 09:11:01 AM
And the radius is measured to the center of the track, between the rails. So the outter half of 24" radius track will be hanging over the edge of a 4'x8' sheet of plywood.

20  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: A new layout for the new house! on: January 30, 2018, 03:25:20 AM
It looks like your top is particle board with thin plywood on top. If that's the case you might want to add another stringer down the center of the length of your top. Otherwise, over time, the particle board will sag between the cross pieces, leaving waves in your top. Notch the cross pieces and the stringers so they fit together like 'Lincoln Logs' and run some screws down from the top.

I learned the hard way about particle board sagging. If I'm building a 4' x 8' these days, I use 1/2" plywood on 1" x 4" framing with a cross piece every 24".

21  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Condition of NIB locomotive on: January 30, 2018, 02:56:45 AM
If it's been sitting in the box for 12 years, you'll definately want to oil and grease it before running. After that much time the volatiles in any factory applied lube will have evaporated. And that's not a good thing.

22  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Alco RS3 on: January 29, 2018, 01:58:22 PM
New Haven had a bunch of them. Just sayin'...

23  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Modyfing The General train set for figure eight over and under on: January 27, 2018, 09:17:51 AM
The grade can be lowered by using 2 pier sets. Glue shim strips whose thickness is equal to half the height difference between adjacent piers. You can use styrene, basswood, or whatever for the shims. Start with a regular pier, then alternate with shimmed piers.

This will bring the grade down to somewhere around 1.5%. But like jward says, the distance it will take to get to the top will greatly increase.

24  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Is It Really Trash? on: January 25, 2018, 11:19:45 AM
Cereal box cardboard is also good for buildings and building mock ups. There are a lot of sites where OO scale buildings can be downloaded for printing on A4 size cardstock. Print them at 87% size on regular paper and they're perfect for glueing to the cereal box card to make HO buildings.

25  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: North Pole Trolley on: January 25, 2018, 11:15:16 AM
From the pics I've seen, it doesn't look like a 'bump and go' type trolley. Check to see if two pieces of the track have a gap in one rail. If so, you may be missing an auto-reverse unit. The gaps would go on the same side, at opposite ends before the bumpers.

You might have better luck getting an answer over on the Large Scale forum.

26  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Soundtraxx DCC in Bachmann Locos When for the Bachmann on: January 24, 2018, 08:20:38 AM
Jon - There are a bunch of club members around here, including myself, that would make the "SOLD OUT" signs appear real quick if Bachmann reissued the two motor DD40AX. Even with the old tooling.

27  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: ACS-64 Locomotive images on: January 24, 2018, 08:17:33 AM
J3a - Nice shoop! You sure that's not real??

That's my #3 favorite scheme, after NYNH&H and PRR.

28  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: ACS-64 Locomotive images on: January 23, 2018, 11:10:16 AM
I'd like to see Amtrak put one in a "Heritage" GG-1 tuscan 5-stripe paint job. Just because.

29  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Removing Cab from GP7 Shell on: January 22, 2018, 11:06:25 PM
You have to spread the bottom of the cab out a bit to get the tabs holding it in place to release.

Diagram here:

You may have to use the 'rotate' function of Acrobat to get the diagram upright.

30  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Model Numbers on: January 22, 2018, 10:59:16 PM
If you're talking about the manufacturer's model numbers, they're normally printed on the end of the box.

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