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31  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: DD40 drive shaft end piece on: October 17, 2017, 02:57:07 PM
Inexperience isn't the only issue. I've be model railroading 50+ years, and it would have never occurred to me in a thousand years to look at a coupler assembly specifically listed for the GP-35 to find a drive shaft coupling that also fits other locomotives.

Bachmann needs to list that drive shaft coupling seperately, with a note that it is a 'universal' HO diesel part except for the GE Dash-8.

32  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Can I use Marklin C track with Bachmann Loco on: October 17, 2017, 09:03:57 AM
Using Marklin 3-rail track will not ruin a 2-rail loco. Power just never gets to the loco. The outside rails of Marklin track are tied together and connect to one side of the power supply. The center rail/pegs connect to the other. Since there is no center rail pick-up on a 2-rail loco, no power gets to it. It just sits there.

Conversely, since the wheels  tied together and not insulated from each other, putting a 3-rail loco on 2-rail track will short out the power supply.

33  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: HO Crossbucks on: October 16, 2017, 02:39:35 PM
All that would be needed is to alternate runs using red paint instead of black. The same packaging could be used.

34  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: DD40 drive shaft end piece on: October 16, 2017, 02:36:47 PM
A-Line makes several drive shaft "bits and pieces" kits for older Athearn style drives and newer hex end drives.

35  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: What type of couplers do I use for Grade? on: October 14, 2017, 12:54:24 PM
Horn hook work well up a grade and uneven poorly laid track the problem is down grade with them and unrealistic appearance . When they get slack or crash together they release. Was this maybe per design


By the way the uncoupling pin is mounted, horn-hook couplers have a 'shelf', that keeps them from bypassing each other, built into them by default.

'Shelf' type knuckle couplers are available but, as Hunt mentioned, the most likely culprit is the vertical grade transition is too sharp. Which will cause couplers to lift out of each other.

36  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Track Questions on: October 09, 2017, 06:32:50 PM
The solution to loss of power from increased track length is to add additional power feeders from the power supply. Adding a power feeder to a spot opposite the existing feeder is a good place to start.

37  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Shelf Layouts on: October 06, 2017, 08:27:47 AM
It's been around forever, but there are a lot of good ideas for shelf layouts in the "101 Track Plans" book.

You can even take pieces of the larger 'basement' layouts and put them together to make a shelf layout. That's what I did for my 'KL&B Eastern Lines RR Museum' layout back before there was layout software.

38  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Overton cars on: October 03, 2017, 01:23:08 PM
There is no such thing as an 'Overton' passenger car. It's a term coined by MDC 'back when' to describe their 34ft passenger cars that were based on the two 34ft cars built for the Sierra RR. It has become something of a generic term for "old time" passenger cars. The 50ft 'old time cars' are typically based on Pullman and Overland RR designs, and aren't 'Overton' cars either.

39  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 2-8-0 disengaged on: September 30, 2017, 05:38:33 AM
Found it in my, "You might need this info some day.", archive:

Title: Re: 2-8-0 grinding noise
Post by: Jim Banner on November 06, 2009, 09:52:30 PM
I have never seen a belt wear out in a Spectrum Consolidation (but it is possible.)  What I have seen is worn out bearings on the jack shaft.  This is the shaft that the belt runs to and also has the worm gear mounted on it.  The bushings, one on each end, are about the size of a wedding ring for a mouse.  And once the brass wears through, the shaft cuts quickly into the soft metal used for the frames.

It is possible to replace these bushings with new ones made of pieces of brass tubing.  Cut the tubing as long as will fit and deburr the ends.  Set the bushings into a cleaned and degreased frame, using a tiny bit of epoxy to hold them in place in the worn cavities.  You can keep the epoxy from getting between the shaft and your new bushings by using gear oil or light grease between the two.  Install both bushings and the shaft at the same time so that the shaft can keep the bushing aligned.

If you use a tiny drop of light oil on each end of the jack shaft every 50 hours or so, these bushings will outlast the originals.


40  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Young Sheldon on: September 27, 2017, 08:36:37 AM
Newton's 1st Law!!

41  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Help Identifying a Train Set on: September 24, 2017, 05:50:31 PM
You need to upload the picture to a web hosting service like flickr and link from there. You can't upload pics directly to this forum, and I wish the web master would make it clear that "attachments" does not include pictures.

42  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Used Burlington Northern on: September 24, 2017, 05:47:51 PM
Replacement geared drive wheels can be found here:

43  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: How do I make a 48”circle for my Pacific Flyer set? on: September 22, 2017, 11:12:01 AM
Another option would be make your circle, then solder power connections directly to the rails.

44  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Acela sound on: September 17, 2017, 01:50:01 PM
Does anyone make a sound decoder that just makes a "Whoosh" sound??

45  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: 1800s locomotive color schemes on: September 15, 2017, 12:35:23 PM
Colors were all over the place during that time period, depending on the railroad, manufacturer, or in some cases what the engineer wanted. Some were very colorful, using red, blue, gold, etc. Others were more sedate, with overall green, black, etc.

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