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16  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Walters HO Double Track Truss Bridge on: August 09, 2018, 09:12:37 AM
You could get two sets of these for the bridge:

Then glue/spike code 100 rail, to match the EZ-Track, pulled from a section of flex track to the ties.

17  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Walters HO Double Track Truss Bridge on: August 09, 2018, 07:03:27 AM
The 5" width is inside of one truss piece to the inside of the opposite truss piece. There are triangular gusset plates between the trusses and deck that make the usable deck space a bit less than 5". The deck is designed for 2" center-to-center track spacing, but could probably be stretched to 3" spacing if you don't care about being aligned with the tie support girders.

18  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: New Railroad, sorta on: August 08, 2018, 11:04:34 PM
It may be something in your browser settings. Which browser are you using?

19  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: A trip down memory lane on: August 08, 2018, 01:06:51 PM
Ah! The platforms under the ice hatches threw me from my original take it was a Mantua car. If they're a scratch built add on, then Mantua it is.

20  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Jupiter 4-4-0 (new tooling) as loco 6 on: August 08, 2018, 01:02:53 PM
The Tech 6 was originally designed to only operate DCC locos set for factory default address '3'. In fact, the instructions for what to do if a DCC loco doesn't operate resets to loco to factory defaults:

Whenever it does not respond, press the SHIFT key and then press 9,9. [Press 9 once and then 9 again]. This will reset your loco to factory default within 5 seconds. Note, if you plan to use a locomotive with a DCC system, you will need to reprogram the loco using the DCC system after it was used it the TECH 6.

Including other addresses was a later addition, and I suspect the bit in the instructions about "6 addresses" is actually 1 DC only loco or up to 5 DCC locos set to an address between 1 and 5.

For just a bit more money you could have gotten a true DCC controller, such as an NCE Power Cab, and gotten a lot more flexibility.

21  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: A trip down memory lane on: August 08, 2018, 10:16:58 AM
I was going to guess the Land-O-Lakes reefer might be an old Mantua kit from the late '40's/early '50's.

That's what I thought at first, but none of the old Mantua reefers I've got, inherited from an uncle back in the 50's, have the wood pad under the ice hatches.

22  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: A trip down memory lane on: August 08, 2018, 08:03:31 AM
The "Land O'Lakes" reefer looks like it's a old Globe Models (later bought by Athearn) or Varney kit.

23  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Narrow Gauge Modeling Thread on: August 07, 2018, 10:11:41 AM
Reynaulds has a fair amount of HOe equipment that can either be used 'as is', or modified into something else.

24  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: sound value consolidaton on: August 05, 2018, 08:06:55 AM
Can the N scale factory Econami  sound boards be used in ho scale ?

As long as they're rated 1 amp, or better, you can use any decoder that will fit in your loco for HO.

25  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Small Sodor Display on: August 03, 2018, 06:14:52 PM
A bit more progress, although it took a lot longer than I figured on to get all the track out of it's packaging. At any rate, I laid out the basic loops, marked them on the plywood, and marked the feeder locations. One bit of aggravation, the track pieces with the removable roadbed edge to connect to the switches got backordered. So I had to approximate the spur locations for now. Next, I take the track up, drill the feeder holes, put some primer on plywood areas that will be exposed later, eg., Brendam "sea". Then I can start laying the foam base. Some more pics...

The track finally unpacked:

Rough layout of the narrow gauge line:

I'll probably put a 'flat' of building fronts between the narrow gauge line and the S-Scale loop here:

The interchange between the narrow gauge and standard gauge operations will go here:

And of course, Brendam Docks. Cranky will sit between the narrow gauge and standard gauge tracks. The Scale Scenes T030 cargo ship will sit in the wide plywood area in front of the narrow gauge track:

Keep in mind that once this is done, the track will be raised up level with the bottom of the windows by 3" of pink foam on top of the plywood.

26  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: A trip down memory lane on: August 02, 2018, 09:46:42 AM
I have a pile of wood in a Northeastern passenger car kit.  Where you have to carve the rounded ends!🤭😮🤬

I think those kits are why combo disk/belt sanders were invented.

27  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: A trip down memory lane on: August 01, 2018, 10:53:40 AM
Who can forget those 'old reliable' Mantua hook-and-loop couplers? Or the pile of wood in a Walthers yellow box passenger car kit?

28  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann Irish Railway Set Compatibility on: July 31, 2018, 06:25:39 PM
If that's a 'Class N' loco, these instructions should work with the decoder of your choice:

29  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Small Sodor Display on: July 31, 2018, 02:13:44 PM
A bit of progress! I finally got the old scenic "gunk" off the old deck, and was able to start on the new one.

First I had to install supports along the walls for the new plywood edges. I should have hired a contortionist to get at some of the locations I needed to put drywall anchors in:

Once that was done, I was able to get the new primary deck plywood in place and screwed down. I still need to do a couple of 'filler' pieces for scenery support, but they're not critical to laying track.

Looking from 'Brendam Docks' side towards the 'button wall':

The narrow gauge/standard gauge interchange will be just the other side of the blue line:

This is where the hill with the narrow gauge line was originally supposed to go, but the clearances with the S-gauge track just didn't work:

The next step will be to lay out the track, mark the locations where feeder wires will go, and drill the holes in the deck. Then I can start laying foam on top of the plywood. Things should go pretty fast from that point.
30  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Popping Smoke unit? on: July 30, 2018, 08:30:10 AM
It's not really designed for a wick, and trying to jam one into it could damage the wiring.

Personally, I just disconnect the things. Except for the old American Flyer HO locos, that had a piston to force air through the smoke unit for a puffing effect, the output doesn't look right to me. And the residue from the smoke and spatter just adds to the track cleaning hassles.

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