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1981  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: cuplers on: December 01, 2011, 11:20:15 PM
The EZ-Mates will not fit the Life-Like F40 with truck mounted 'horn-hook' couplers. The simplest way to convert it to knuckle couplers is with Life-Like's knuckle coupler http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/433-1427  that has a small pivot hole, the same as the 'horn-hook'.

They're available from Walthers in a pack with 2/pair for $3.98 or 20/pair for $6.98. The item number for the 20/pair pack is 433-1436. They also work well in old Tyco and Model Power cars. If you trim the "whisker" centering springs back about 1/8", you don't have to remove the tabs on the coupler box opening that kept the 'horn-hook' coupler from going too far off center.

Len
1982  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Reverse Board On An Older Brass Williams Engine Question on: November 30, 2011, 12:01:42 PM
The old board looks pretty basic, two wire to the motor, one wire to the pick-ups, and one wire to the chassis/wheels. If this is the case, you should be able to switch to the new style reversing board with no problems.

Hold the new board with the relays and connectors facing you and to the right as you look at the board. There are two four pin connectors for diesels with two motors. The upper four pin connector is for the front motor, thats the one you want for a single motor loco.

After taking care of the physical mounting of the board in the tender, take one of the four wire plugs that comes with the board and plug it into the front motor socket. The "Red" wire goes to the center rail pick-ups, the "Black" wire goes to the chassis for the return path through the wheels, and the "Yellow" & "Blue" wire go to the motor. Connect whichever way gives you forward with you first start the loco.

If you decide to add a sound module at at later time, the upper two pin connector is a DC output that varies with track voltage, and the lower two pin connector is an AC output.

Len
1983  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: PIKO power supply good for HO scale? on: November 28, 2011, 12:15:26 PM
The PIKO transformer will work fine with HO trains, just don't turn it all the way up to the full 20V output. Otherwise you'll either hit "Warp 9.5" and go airborn on a curve or burn out all your lights.

Len
1984  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Layout Design Software on: November 26, 2011, 02:03:14 PM
There's also a commercial package called 'RR-Track', www.rrtrack.com recently upgraded to v.5.

The basic HO package included the software and libraries for: Atlas c.100 HO, Atlas c.83 HO, Atlas TT HO, Kato HO, Peco HO, Pilz c.100, Pilz c.83, Fleischmann HO, Bachmann EZ HO, Roco HO, and Walthers/Shinohara c.83 HO track. Once you have the base software additional libraries for other scales and accessories can be added as needed.

Len
1985  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: C track - EZ track HO Coach Compatibility on: November 21, 2011, 11:12:12 AM
Marklin makes wheel sets to convert most of their cars for use on DC/DCC layouts. You can get them from Walthers, item number: 442-320389 RP-25 Wheelsets 4/pk $14.18 + S&H. There are also specialty DC wheelsets for cars the RP-25 set will not fit. Just search using Mfg: 442 Key Words: DC Wheel.

Len
1986  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: An open letter to the Bach Man on: November 19, 2011, 05:37:02 PM
Maybe we should just go back to the days when if you wanted steam it was either a build it yourself MDC/Rounhouse kit, a $1,500.00 brass import, or scratch build it yourself.

Len
1987  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Upgrading Old Rolling Stock on: November 19, 2011, 05:01:08 PM
I use "JB Weld" 4-minute epoxy to fill the truck mounting holes on old Life-Like and Tyco cars. Even though it says '4-minute' on the package, I let it set over night. File the bolster smooth, drill it out with a #50 bit, and tap for a 2-56 screw. A 1/16" bit may work, but the threads are going to be tight and require more force to turn the screw in. If the body is still too high after changing the trucks Kadee #211 shims can be used to lower body mounted coupler boxes.

Len
1988  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Running O Scale Trains Outdoors on: November 17, 2011, 04:45:15 PM
Atlas-O track is has nickle silver rails and UV resistant plastic ties. I used it to set up a temporary layout in the backyard last spring for a birthday party, and it worked pretty well except for the short when some ice cream got dropped on the track.

Len
1989  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: E-44 electrics on: November 14, 2011, 01:29:38 PM
Not in action, but one of the few color photos of a VGN EL-C at a transportation museum: http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/vgn/vgn135afh.jpg The color is a VERY dark blue, often confused with black in black & white photos. A picture of a Conrail E-33 under wire can be found at http://www.american-rails.com/el-c-rectifiers.html While not specifically VGN, the overhead is typical of what was found in that area.

Len
1990  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: E-Z Command red connection wire? on: November 14, 2011, 01:19:38 PM
You could make your own with a mini-stereo plug from Radio Shack. According to my trusty ohm-meter, the wires connect to the 'Ring' (center) and 'Sleeve' (closest to plug body) connections, ehe 'Tip' (end) connection is not used.

Len
1991  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: E-44 electrics on: November 14, 2011, 12:19:07 PM
The 4,400HP E-44's were built specifically for the Pennsylvania RR between 1960 and 1963.

What most folks refer to as E-33's actually started life on the Virginian RR as 3,300HP EL-C's. VGN merged with the N&W, which eliminated electric operations and sold them the the New Haven RR in 1962. The New Haven redesigated them as EF-4's, and used them up until the Penn Central fiasco. Penn Central changed the designation again to E-33, which is also the designation used by Conrail when they took them over after PC went under.

So to be completely accurate, if it's in VGN or N&W paint it's an EL-C.
If it's wearing NH colors, it's an EF-4.
And if it's PC black or Conrail blue, it's an E-33.

Len
1992  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Painting road lines on: November 13, 2011, 05:23:56 PM
Google "Highway Marking Standards" and you'll get a bunch of documentation for various state standards on highway markings. Most of these are based on the Federal guide found at: http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/ser-shs_millennium_eng.htm

Len
1993  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: E-Z Command red connection wire? on: November 12, 2011, 11:51:30 AM
You can get a replacement wire from Bachmann's Parts Department:

http://estore.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=66_74&products_id=188&zenid=hmc15nr405cjqmmql96hd1inp0

Len
1994  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Metal couplers on: November 09, 2011, 12:15:57 PM
So I was going through my Bachmann Spectrum Dash 8s and replacing the plastic McHenry couplers with metal ones.  I tried the 148 whisker Kadee couplers they fit but don't move freely back to position when I tighten the cover.  Anyone have any ideas on which ones to use???

The shanks on Kadee 'whisker' couplers are slightly thicker than their couplers that use the bronze centering springs. This keeps them from flopping around in coupler pockets designed for those couplers. Since the arrival of the "clones", almost all of which use thinner shanks and plastic 'whisker' style centering springs, many manufacturers have reduced the depth of the coupler pockets.

On locos and cars with these shallower coupler pockets, the Kadee whisker couplers will bind if you tighten down the coupler pocket lid. So you have to thin the shank of the Kadee 'whisker' coupler a little, until it swings freely with the lid in place. Take a little off each side of the shank with a fine flat file, emery board, or very fine sandpaper until it fits correctly. Give it a good shot of graphite and burnish both sides when your done.

Len
1995  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Pulling Power of a Williams GP9 Diesel on: November 07, 2011, 11:41:53 AM
We've pulled up to six 18in lighted passenger cars or 12 freight cars on a regular basis with no probrlems using a Williams GP-9 on the shopping center display layout outside of Tom's Train Station in Raleigh, NC. It may handle more, but any more cars than that, and it looks like a dog chasing it's tail.

Len
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