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31  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Tinkering with the Baby Trainmaster on: December 25, 2016, 06:44:49 PM
great movie ,  thanks  Irbricksceo   . John2
32  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Using a Bachmann DDC ready tender on a Mantua loco on: December 20, 2016, 05:43:02 PM
To  Odyknuck :  please read   F.A. Q.    General   regarding  Posting  photos  using  Photo hosting  sites. John2.
33  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Building a New Layout on: December 17, 2016, 10:25:48 AM
Jonathon the location looks fine ,  it appears  to be a functional setting  .  Prototype  railroads  had to squeeze  in equipment where ever  & how ever they could real estate  was always expensive & limited  .  I noticed the conveyors  next to the walls  , where will they be operating ? John2
34  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Berkshire traction tire on: December 13, 2016, 09:05:43 PM
Go to the walthers website :   Check out who sells traction tires  and get tires & installation tools / John2.
35  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Miniature Wunderland + Behind the scenes tour on: November 22, 2016, 09:44:26 AM
Regardless of what one calls it , it is a modeling work of Art .   It embodies all the disciplines  that model  railroading  employs  to generate a scene to operate in miniature .  Wish  I had the money & the time  to  build  something  similar  .  John2.
36  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Lower cost alternative to the DCC booster? on: November 19, 2016, 07:53:15 AM
To Flare :   DCC   is  highly susceptible  to  loss of  continuity  .   Rail joiners have a habit of loosening  and  rails are  not the best way to conduct current over long distances , that is why  most operators have multiple feeders  to overcome the effects of  resistance of the rails themselves .  Copper wires have much less resistance than nickel -silver  or steel .   Having your decoder constantly  reset because of loss of power is the consequence of not insuring that your track is capable of reliable function .    

Jward  is correct .   If you are running  5 trains you have to be close to the limit of available output of your entry level system . Idling  engines  suck up a lot of power as they are drawing power continually .  Every operating system has a learning curve  and  cost is dependent  upon your future expectation of  the complexity of your layout .  Good Luck on your endeavors  . john2.
37  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Few questions?!?! on: November 15, 2016, 05:35:17 PM
To visser :  your best bet would be to go to the website of the NMRA . There you would find articles that would answer a number of your questions. First of all scale can be determined by the width of the track you are running them on. That would give you the standard  gauge dimension.  You will definitely have to thoroughly  clean both train tracks as well as the wheels  and check for foreign material in the train bodies .  Running model trains on the floor is not conductive for a long life for your train set .   Tires for trains can be purchased  still but you might have to check out the Walthers Reference catalog to find whom & where . Good Luck in your search. John2.
38  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: DC and DCC questions on: November 15, 2016, 04:51:50 PM
To pilot 2 fly : All HO scale track will work with  DC & DCC  controllers .  Steel track is usually sold with sets , but Nickel Silver track stays cleaner long and is easier to solder to . If you are going to continue using EZ track you will find a greater diversity of track types in Nickel-Silver.  Please note that DCC requires greater amount of care in installation as loss of electrical continuity will cause the decoder to reset .  Also get a book on track wiring to help you with the requirements for carefree running . John2.
39  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Big Box Stores w/Christmas Sets? on: November 14, 2016, 08:16:26 AM
To Ted Yarbrough  : Haven't been really been looking for any myself .  I don't set up a Christmas Tree anymore  and don't have children in the house regularly . Since you have have a computer  you could  go to the websites of the  Big Box Stores your interested in and check out their offerings .  Menards  is into selling
O - Scale  Model  Railroad Equipment and a limited amount  of  HO scale structures .  In my area they're  currently having a 11% rebate sale this week & railroad equipment is included in the rebates.    Good Hunting John2.
40  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: New Spectrum Mogul 2-6-0 plug and play pcb on: November 14, 2016, 07:55:16 AM
To spdavie : Regarding posting photographs to this site, you need to have a photo hosting site . Please read  F.A.Q .  General about this procedure . John2.
41  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Building a New Layout on: October 26, 2016, 07:50:25 AM
To Jonathon :  I sympathize  with you regarding the complexity of wiring .   I had a similar issue with the wiring  of my Main Stereo  System in Chicago . The system was set up  for  Quadraphonic  operation and had  twenty-five  pieces of powered equipment and set into three towers . The wiring did not show from the
front but was  evident if you could get a look behind the towers .  Making modifications and sending equipment to be repaired was a major task as the towers would have to be moved away from the wall to access the connections .   The connections  were in multiple Layers with power lines , speaker wires , DIN cables, RCA cables , and antenna wires interwoven . Contemplating doing the work some times required a stiff drink.  It was a great piece of sonic assembly and supported  some truly awesome parties . It was disassembled when we moved but  never had a place to reassemble it . Pieces of it are used in several areas but most of the specialized  equipment is stored away . Hope springs eternal that it will rise again .   The bones of technology may not always look pretty but if they work that is all that  really matters .  John2.
42  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Label Makers on: October 24, 2016, 05:07:02 PM
To jbrock 27 : Finally got out to  take a look and found that  it is a Casio Label it  model #KL 7200 .  it has a "QWERTY" key board , and  uses 6 , 9 , 12, and 18 mm.  tapes .  The  tapes allow up to   four lines of  letters depending on letter size .   They also come  in  different colors & backgrounds .  Casio  Label makers/printers are still available  as well as tape for them at office supply & other stores .  Check the internet for dealers .   They are powered by  6 AA batteries or by adapters , so they  can be portable .  Mine is still working well .    The instruction  manuals   are available on the internet to check out the machine capabilities .  Font style is limited  to one type , but foreign languages are addressed  in the letter set .  Hope this helps  John2.
43  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Battery Operated Self Charging Locomotives on: October 23, 2016, 06:39:08 PM
So true, a lot of my equipment  is stored  in  "The Shop"  which has facilities  for metal working , wood working and  other endeavors .   I have to have several different types of extinguishers for different types of fires .  I always try to keep flammable materials  separate in protected areas and have adequate ventilation when  ever spray painting and using solvent based finishes .   I also have to run blowers when I back the tractor in  to  pull out  equipment , sets off the CO2 & smoke detectors every time. John2.
44  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Label Makers on: October 23, 2016, 06:10:54 PM
I happen to use the old Manual DYMO  label maker for some things , but I have an older  model  CASIO  Label maker for most other labels .  It can utilize different width Label tapes and     there are different colors . I believe  office Depot/ office Max  still sells the tapes.  I will try to get the model numbers tomorrow.
the equipment is in the shop , where I make labels for the small & medium parts drawers .  John2.
45  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Model railroad season up north on: October 19, 2016, 06:02:50 AM
All year round  is model railroad season for me  .  I have grass to cut  in  Summer  and  Snow to  deal with in Winter all of the former with  power tools . Since I got older  I am more sun sensitive  so spending  time out of  sunlight  is  a  necessity   as is  air conditioning  .  When I was working  in Chicago I often did not see the sun outdoors for months ,  it was dark  when I left the house and  almost dark when I left work .  So spending  time indoors is my normal environment . I do spend time outdoors  I just  don't  do as much as I used to and have to cover up a bit more.  Building stuff is one of the things  I enjoy doing whether miniature or full size . John2.
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