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31  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Some updates from my layout. on: July 26, 2018, 10:14:45 AM
HOe uses N-scale 9mm gauge track to represent HO 2-1/2' (HOn30) narrow gauge track. It's not exact, but "close enough".

32  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Popping Smoke unit? on: July 26, 2018, 07:16:11 AM
That's more or less normal behavior for that smoke unit. There's no wick, it's basically just a pot with a heater in it. And if the pot gets overfilled the fluid boils and pops and spatters all over the place.

33  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: What's the small PC Board with a new GP9 on: July 22, 2018, 12:39:58 AM
The small board is a 'dummy plug' to replace the decoder if you are operating on a straight DC layout. And yes, it's missing from the second box.

The decoder is dual-mode, so the loco will run on DC with the decoder installed. But slightly higher throttle settings will be needed because of the voltage drop caused by the decoder. Replacing the decoder with the dummy plug eliminates the voltage drop if you only operate with DC.

34  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EXTERNAL SOUND AMPLIFICATION OF LOCO SOUND DECODER TSUNAMI on: July 22, 2018, 12:30:03 AM
Another option would be to look for an MRC 312 Sound System on eBay, Craigslist, etc.

The sound wouldn't be coming from the locomotives, but the steam and diesels sounds are there. And the amplifier can be cranked up pretty loud.

35  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Random steam pics thread on: July 20, 2018, 02:00:52 PM
It's a scene from the "Dr. Zhivago" movie. The railway scenes were filmed in Finland, on the track laid during the 1940 Russian invasion, at the town of Joensuu, in eastern Finland, 100 miles from the real Russian border.

36  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Random steam pics thread on: July 20, 2018, 08:38:22 AM

37  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: EZ Track Auto-Reverse on: July 19, 2018, 04:08:16 PM
I guess it depends on where you live. I get them all the time at the local Wally-Mart, and other places, for my lighted magnifying glass, and other odds and ends.

ETA: If you can't find LR41's, any of these will also work:

SR41, G3, LR4192, LR736, A63, AG3, SR41SW, 325, 384, 392, SR736,
SB-A1/D1, 280-18, V384, D384, 247, GP192, S736E, SR736PW, SR736SW,
TR41SW and SR41W.

38  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: EZ Track Auto-Reverse on: July 19, 2018, 11:29:36 AM
The boards use two LR41, or equivalent, 1.5V batteries in series to provide 3V's to the board. Fresh batteries will provide 72 - 96 hours of 'On' time to the LED's. So battery life is dependent on how often, and how long, you turn the lights on.

LR41 batteries, or their equivalents, are available at most department and grocery stores.

39  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: EZ Track Auto-Reverse on: July 18, 2018, 09:43:31 AM
Rapido and Fox Valley Models are two of the more readily available sources.

Rapido calls there's the "Easy Peasy" system. The HO version is item #102003 for the full size version, and item #102013 for the 'shorty' car version. If space is really tight, item #102021 is their N-scale version.

The Fox Valley Models HO board is item #19999, and their N-scale board is item #49999.

A bit of Google searching will find them for prices lower than the MSRP.

40  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Will Tortoise Switch Machines work w/EZ track? on: July 17, 2018, 05:11:24 AM
It's been done, but it takes some modification to the EZ-Track turnouts. If they are manual turnouts, it's mostly a matter of removing the bottom plate and drill a hole in the throwbar for the Tortoise actuating wire. The solinoid switch machine on electric turnouts will have to be removed.

If you have electric turnouts, you might consider leaving the existing solinoid motors and using something like a Digitrax DS-64 to activate them from your DCC controller.

41  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: What's The Date??? on: July 16, 2018, 04:41:04 PM
Depending on what it's on, those codes could be mold numbers, part numbers, or inventory tracking numbers that are just what they are. There's no "interpreting" to them.

42  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Random steam pics thread on: July 16, 2018, 09:07:41 AM
Pennsy GG-1's getting steam up...

43  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Small Sodor Display on: July 15, 2018, 03:03:38 PM
Just a quick update. After pulling the foam from the old HO area, I made an unexpected discovery. Iit had been laid directly over old "liquid water' lakes, old plaster cloth, and other odds & ends from the original layout construction, creating all kinds of 'humps & bumps'. So I'll be spending the next week or so cleaning that mess off so the new deck will lay flat, instead of starting on the new deck.

More pics when I can actually start laying the new deck and foam.

44  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: EZ Track Auto-Reverse on: July 14, 2018, 06:24:56 PM
You could install a battery powered LED light board, with one of those 'magnetic wand' triggered On/Off switches. Then it wouldn't matter what was going on with the track power.

45  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Refer/Reefer on: July 14, 2018, 10:01:12 AM
Oh, no! It's...

Sorry. Couldn't resist.

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