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31  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Powering the remote turnouts. on: March 28, 2018, 05:05:31 PM
For $2.00 more this would be better:
https://www.amazon.com/Futurebatt-Adapter-Supply-Samsung-LTM1555B/dp/B074W1XVBL/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1522270880&sr=8-12&keywords=14V+AC+power+supply

Rated 3 amps, so it should handle just about any accessories you want to hook up to it.

Len
32  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Powering the remote turnouts. on: March 28, 2018, 02:30:21 PM
For solenoid powered switch machines, like Bachmann's, I've found using a power supply in the 14-16V, AC or DC, gives the best operation. Operation is momentary, but the solenoid presents an almost dead short to the power supply, so you want something rated at list 1 amp. Some wall-warts show this as 1000 milliamps.

Len
33  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Layout Progress on: March 24, 2018, 11:50:25 AM
Very nice! I can't wait to see what the building lights on the display layout I maintain look like when I get them hooked up next week.

Len
34  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EZ #4 turnout on: March 23, 2018, 11:50:08 AM
Short answer, no. The straight portion of the #4 is approximately 11.25" long.

Len
35  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N Scale EZ Track on: March 22, 2018, 03:08:00 PM
If it's this: http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=265_420&products_id=2747

Or this: http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=265_420&products_id=2748

Probably not. If you leave out the walkways, and maybe trim the EZ-Track roadbed a bit, you might be able to use the second one.

The other option is to use one of these: http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=258_366_368&products_id=6381

Several of the Atlas bridges, with code 80 track, can be used in combination with EZ-Track. For some you have to remove the plastic clips off the end of the connecting EZ-Track.

Len
36  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: wireing switches on: March 22, 2018, 10:46:53 AM
In that case you can either pick up an old power pack to use as a switch power supply. The DC side could be used for dimmable building light control. Or you could use a 14 - 16V 'wall wart', rated at least 1amp, as a dedicated switch machine power source. It doesn't really matter if it's AC or DC if it's only used to the switches.

Len
37  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N Scale EZ Track on: March 22, 2018, 10:42:45 AM
Who makes this bridge? I'm not coming up with anything using that part number.

Len
38  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: wireing switches on: March 22, 2018, 03:36:45 AM
There should be two red wires. One connects from the DC output of the power pack to the track. The other connects from the AC Accorsory output of the power pack to the two pin side of the first switch controller. The rest of the switch controllers plut into it, so you end up with a row of controllers connected together.

The green wires connect from the switches to the three pin connection on the controllers. If the direction control for a particular button isn't the way you want it, just unplug the green wire, flip it over, and plug it back in.

Len
39  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: A new layout for the new house! on: March 22, 2018, 03:28:12 AM
Lights are looking good. Were you able to get your switch control wires rerouted?

I just discovered the buildings on the display layout I maintain have lights, but for some reason they were never hooked up. So I'm going to see what I can do with them, and if they work I'll post some pics next week.

Len
40  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Train clubs on: March 21, 2018, 03:59:09 PM
Baltimore Society of Model Engineers, 225 West Saratoga Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 837-2763
http://www.modelengineers.com/

Map: https://www.google.com/maps/place/225+W+Saratoga+St,+Baltimore,+MD+21201/@39.2927067,-76.6277139,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89c804a1ef6b6771:0x11c88104b5402761!8m2!3d39.2927026!4d-76.6189592

They do HO and O.

Len
41  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: A new layout for the new house! on: March 19, 2018, 12:02:20 AM
Looking good.

For the switch controls, mark where they're going to go on the plywood, then make a couple of marks about 1/2" in front of where the connector plugs will attach. Draw a line connecting the marks that runs the length of you control 'gang'. Drill a 1/4" holes along the length of the line, then use a keyhole saw, or a hacksaw blade wrapped with tape on one end, to connect the holes. Bring your switch wires up through the slot and connect to the controllers. Fasten the controllers down.

Len
42  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Small Sodor Display on: March 17, 2018, 09:40:22 PM
Discovered the narrow gauge hill would create some interference problems with the S-Scale track, so I made some changes to the layout. Brendam Docks has being relocated, and the narrow gauge line will run around the perimeter. An interchange between the narrow gauge and standard gauge lines will go where Brendam Docks was on the old design. The spur on the inner loop was eliminated to make more room for buildings and such. Dealing with some issues on the main display delayed the start of construction, but I should be able to start pulling up the old HO stuff in a week or so. What do you think?



Len
43  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: A new layout for the new house! on: March 17, 2018, 08:51:55 PM
I picked up some 3/8" x 5" and 3/8" x 12" drill bits at Home Depot for running wires through the top structure of the layout I maintain for a local shopping center. I needed the 12" long bit for installing a ski lift on a pretty tall hill.

Len
44  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: A new layout for the new house! on: March 17, 2018, 11:30:06 AM
It will be part of their 'SceneMaster' (Mfg#: 949) line. There will be 'vintage' (white center and edge markings) and 'modern' (yellow center and white edge markings) versions.
https://www.walthers.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=SceneMaster+Roadway

Len
45  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: About this layout on: March 14, 2018, 09:30:52 AM
Even with DCC I'd still use gaps to be able to isolate the two loops for troubleshooting purposes. I'd also add gaps to the spur so I could turn the power off to any loco parked there.

Len
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