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31  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: traction wheels on: January 22, 2018, 02:06:33 PM
Not sure what's going on with Calumet, but it looks like their #505 diesel traction tires will be back in stock most places at the beginning of May.

32  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: traction wheels on: January 22, 2018, 12:16:29 PM
Most tender powered locos use one, or more, traction tires on the wheels. If they come loose, or come off, it can cause problems, so they have to be replaced. With a few odd ball exceptions, the diesel size traction tires usually work. It would help to know which specific locos you're talking about.

33  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Soundtraxx DCC in Bachmann Locos When for the Bachmann on: January 22, 2018, 03:51:24 AM
Don't forget the original HO dual motor EMD DD40AX was also a Spectrum unit. It was also a 16 wheel drive beast that could pull 120 car train on level track with no wheel slippage at start up.

34  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: More then 8 switches? on: January 22, 2018, 03:45:52 AM
YOur best bet would be to check the specs for different systems directly on the various manufacturers sites.

Bachmann Dynamis:
Printed page 15, .pdf page 14, says it can handle up to 25 switches.

Digitraxx DCS-51 Zephyr Xtra:
Support up to 999 switch addresses

NCE Power Cab:
Supports up to 16 Macros controlling up to 8 switches each, allowing routes to be set with one command.

You should be able to find the specs on other systems using whichever search engine you prefer.

35  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: More then 8 switches? on: January 21, 2018, 01:33:35 AM
You can pretty much have as many DCC switches as you want, they only pull power when operating the switch.. The real question is how many stationary decoder addresses can your DCC system handle?

36  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Smoke Fluid on: January 20, 2018, 07:23:32 PM
You could just order some smoke fluid on line. If this is a Chrismas layout, JT Mega-Steam has a bunch of different Christmas scented smoke fluids.

37  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Nut size on 2-6-0 driver on: January 20, 2018, 03:19:18 PM
You should be able to find a good quality "Wiha 26592 7 Piece Nut Driver Set" for about $30.00. It includes 1.5, 1.8, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0mm sizes.

38  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Plate girder bridge on: January 19, 2018, 01:10:16 PM
In a word, no. They do have a truss bridge with a blinking light on top:

If you really want a plate girder bridge, you could use one of the many Atlas plate girder bridges with code 100 rail that are available.

39  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Imperfections in flex track layout on: January 19, 2018, 11:24:48 AM
When I've had to do this, I used a fine rail nipper on the rails and a fine tooth Zona saw on the tie strip. Then slide a 1" putty knife between the ties and cork to break it loose if you've glued it and lift the track section out.

Cut the new section to length, trim the 'spikes' on each end of the new section so you can slide the rail joiners completely on, and the existing track to make room for the joiners. Lay the new section in place, and slide the rail joiners over to connect the new section with the existing track. Solder the connections if you want, and ballast as you will.

40  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Imperfections in flex track layout on: January 19, 2018, 09:39:49 AM
The simplest solution may be to cut both rails about 6" or so on either side of the bump. Then cut a new section to fill in the gap.

41  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Quality of Orient Express locomotive on: January 18, 2018, 05:00:43 PM
I doubt if you'll have to replace the motor, but I would definately oil the bearings and grease the gears before running it the first time.

42  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: DCC Conversion B23-7 Question on: January 18, 2018, 12:31:51 PM
I usually slide a tooth pick in to keep the first side from reengaging while I work on the second side.

43  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Quality of Orient Express locomotive on: January 18, 2018, 09:14:14 AM
Tom - People have said that about Bachmann in the past, with some justification, but it doesn't apply today. In the same way, Jouef has had their ups and downs, and I agree they had some really bad down periods.

But the Orient Express came out during one of their better times. I've seen the set offered by Bachmann run on a local clubs layout, and it ran very well. It was quieter than many "top of the line" locos also on the layout, and ran smoothly.

The only real issue anyone had about it were the Marklin style couplers. And some, who complain the sun comes up in the east instead of the west, grossed it wasn't happy on grades over 2% when put to the grade test. But then, what steam powered passenger would be?

44  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Smoke Fluid on: January 18, 2018, 01:03:11 AM
The bottle says it's propylene glycol and glycerine.

Vape juice is also propylene glycol and glycerine based, with nicotine and flavoring ingredients added. That extra stuff could gunk up your smoke unit, and make a mess on your track even worse than straight smoke fluid.

'Spitting' is due to the "fluid boiling in a pot" design of the smoke unit used in Bachmann locos when over filled, not the type of fluid used. Smoke units that use a wick generally don't 'spit'.

45  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Department 56 on: January 18, 2018, 12:30:02 AM
If you are going to be running this set on the floor, I would suggest replacing the track with EZ-Track that locks together. If you will be fastening the track you've got down to a table, you could use an Atlas #844 rerailer.

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