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2056  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: wire gauge for splicing in extensions on: January 23, 2009, 02:11:06 PM
Why not just use the 10ft extensions available for both?

PN: 44498 for the 10ft Red Power Extension

PN: 44598 for the 10ft Green Switch Extension

2057  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: General Question Re: Roundhouse Rolling Stock on: January 23, 2009, 11:22:58 AM
Since Roundhouse was taken over by Horizon, there are no more kits. All Roundhouse cars are RTR now.

2058  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Insulated joiner size for ez track on: January 21, 2009, 01:01:27 PM
Actually, I think Gene meant to say was rail height in 1000th's of an inch. It's easier to say code 83 rail than 83 thousandths high rail.

Short of rail heights:

Code55 = 0.055in
Code65 = 0.065in
Code70 = 0.070in
Code83 = 0.083in
Code100 = 0.100in

2059  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Wiring a smoke generator to a dcc decoder? on: January 12, 2009, 10:31:35 AM

I went and looked in one of he AF locos I converted a while back, and your correct about the diode. I did them long enough ago I forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder.

2060  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Wiring a smoke generator to a dcc decoder? on: January 10, 2009, 03:38:50 PM
Then like I said, there should be room for a low control voltage solid state or micro-sized relay rated to control 12VDC to handle the track power to the smoke unit. Then you can use the decoder function output to trigger the control side of the relay.

I've done this with some old American Flyer locos that I converted to DC can motors and DCC control. The decoder only has to supply a volt or two to trigger the relay. The main relay contacts actually handle the track voltage to the smoke unit.

2061  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 20 in. and 24 in. radius HO Track on: January 10, 2009, 12:59:17 PM
Atlas makes 24in radius sectional track in their Code 83 and True-Track lines.

2062  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Wiring a smoke generator to a dcc decoder? on: January 10, 2009, 12:57:28 PM
You don't say whose smoke generator your using, and some of them can pull a hefty current load, regardless of operating voltage.

You might want to consider using the function output of the decoder to trigger a relay on/off that actually controls the power to the smoke unit, rather that connecting it directly to the decoder.

2063  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Layout planning software/programs? on: January 08, 2009, 11:12:53 AM
I use RR-Track at the store to help folks figure out if their plan drawn on a napkin will really work. They are pretty good about keeping the track libraries updated with new items, and updates are free.

2064  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Coupler issue on: January 07, 2009, 10:58:35 AM
Life-Like has a new knuckle coupler that's a direct replacement for the horn-hooks with a small mounting hole.

You can see a pic at:

Unfortunately, they're sold out until early March. Life-Like under estimated the demand, and the first production run sold out in two months.

2065  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Warning sticker on the back of boxes on: January 02, 2009, 05:36:52 PM
There is a good summation of the Prop 65 fiasco, and why it's simpler for manufacturers to slap the labels on everything, on this page:

2066  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Where to get traction tires or any other parts on: December 06, 2008, 01:22:48 PM
Any word yet on when the upgrade motor trucks for dummy units will be available?

2067  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 2-6-2 prairie on: August 22, 2008, 01:42:24 PM
The other gripe is it's not really a "Prairie". It's a USRA 0-6-0 switcher with a pilot and trailing truck added to make it a 2-6-2.

2068  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: couplers on: August 22, 2008, 01:39:43 PM
While there's no doubt a bit of selective-compression goes on with the Athearn 72ft models, they aren't totally out in left field either.

A number of roads, the RF&P comes immediately to mind, actually did run 72ft cars because of the number of tight curves on their lines. The New Haven 80-seat "American Flyer" light weight coaches built in the mid-1930s were in the 70 - 75ft range in length also.

So I would suggest not gettng too hung up on the "real passenger cars are 85ft long" mantra.

2069  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: How goes the "Free the 2in Straights!" Project? on: August 15, 2008, 02:09:50 PM
Dear Len,

I know the Bach-Man was on our side a few years ago, though I know that often he's just the messenger.

"Why cut into the 90 degree crossing sales?" must be the reason given by the bean counters.   

The new layout book not even mentioning the 2" straights is a kick in the pants, though.  It's a critical piece for closing gaps.

<snip demo derby tip for brevity>

FT2"S !!!  (Keep your head up, it could happen some day !)

Joe Satnik

Thanks Joe,

I don't know too many folks into demo derby with trains though.

I use RR-Track to try and come up with EZ-Track layout ideas, and I'm constantly running into the 2in gap problem on relatively simple layouts.

You'd think someone would point out to Bachmann's 'bean counters' that Atlas includes a 4-pack of 2in straights in their True-Track line, and they sell very well at my LHS.

You might even think someone at Atlas used their RTS software to play around with True-Track layouts and noticed the same thing regarding 2in straights, and thought it would be a good idea to make them available.

Don't think I'll hold my breath waiting for Bachmann to get a clue though.

2070  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: couplers on: August 15, 2008, 08:44:23 AM

Don't hold your breath for the McHenry #52 couplers.

Since Horizon bought McHenry they've been focused on getting the new 'shelf' couplers out, and retooling to make the older (e.g., #52)  McHenry's with metal knuckle springs instead of the plastic finger spring. My LHS doesn't expect to see the new ones before the end of the year.

Also, you can add a bit of weight below the body by converting to metal wheels. A pack of 36 metal wheels with RP-25 flanges is available through Walthers, item number 348-5997.

These are the "31in" diameter used on the IHC cars, not the more typical "36in" size used on passenger cars. You could use the "36in" wheels, but you have to trim off the brake shoes to do so.

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