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751  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Good points - bad points at Service on: July 22, 2008, 10:42:44 AM
Unfortunately the way the tax codes are written , manufacturers keep as little
stock of parts as they can get away with . Considering that a good deal of the manufacturing is done outside of the country most of the parts are in the country of origin.  All parts in the parts department have to be inventoried al least once a year for tax purposes . It is time and cost that has to be payed for by the company .  Companies are in business to make as much money as possible with the least expediture. Sadly Economics truely does drive everything.
752  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Old memories...train-car there anything like this today? on: July 21, 2008, 09:08:20 PM
I remember seeing some operating road systems in the current Walthers catalog. Take a look in there. I think one of the European companys makes programble traffic scenes .
753  Discussion Boards / HO / Old Chicago Railroad Stations on: July 21, 2008, 09:01:52 PM
Does anyone know if any body make HO scale models  of Chicago Union Station or the Chicago Northwestern Station ? All of these Stations have been built over their air rights and are no longer visible except for the main house of the Chicago Union Station and I heard some rumor that they were considering adding more stories to that stucture . Considering that the European Manufacturers have a good number of stations in their catalogs , one would think that American Companies would have more.  John  II.
754  Discussion Boards / Plasticville U.S.A. / Re: Plasticville Union Station on: July 18, 2008, 10:14:11 PM
If you think about it the original   "O" gauge was  1/4" scale or 1/4" = 1foot, if you assume the original   "HO" gauge was supposed to be Half O gauge then  1/8" scale or 1/8" = 1 foot does make sense from a historic perspective. Since HO scale was later changed to its current 1/87 ratio this is where the change becomes apparent .
755  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Turnout Numbers on: July 18, 2008, 10:52:05 AM
From what I remember it describes the number of lengths of the width of the the track gauge to cross over.     Numbered turnouts have straight track on both legs with the exception of the standard E-Z track turnout which has a 18 inch radius curve in HO scale. There are of course  curved turnouts with curves on both legs but not in E-Z track. You might want to acquire a Walthers N & Z scale catalog to find out what other kinds of track are available for your scale . Sorry about the expense but hobbies and other vices cost time and / or money and usually both.
There are a number of books on track laying on the market, check your local hobby store or brows through the Walthers Catalog. Good Luck !     John II
756  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: some newbie questions on: July 16, 2008, 04:35:17 PM
Regular turnouts are powered by the AC terminals of your powerpack. I'm not sure if DCC controllers have a set of AC terminals. Since most people  start out with DC they would just utilize their old controllers. Actually any 18-18 Volt  AC  transformer would do the job .
757  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: No 6 Crossover Problem on: July 16, 2008, 08:53:03 AM
Good Morning Jay :  I think you may about due to consider adding to your library : Model  Railroader Books , "Easy Model Railroad Wiring" by Andy Sperandeo , Second Edition  1999 , printed by Kalmbach Books. There maybe by this Time a newer edition , but the current one does touch on DCC operation.
       There is also a Book by Atlas that covers wiring and control utilizing Atlas  Switches  & Track  . They have layouts both DC  & DCC.
758  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Track Cleaning on: July 16, 2008, 08:24:26 AM
I stand corrected. I found the equipment in the Micro-Mark Catalog : Fall 2007  this morning when looking for something else . They even have media for use in the device and it functions off canned air cylinders or air compressors  able to generate  30psi . I still think it would not be the optimum method for track cleaning.
759  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Track Cleaning on: July 15, 2008, 10:41:00 PM
I certainly hope that "sand blasting " is a facietious answer . Strangely enough I do have sand blasting equipment in the shop in two different sizes, but I seriously doubt that in would be worth the mess that would result.  Finding an oppropriately sized media would be a chore, not to men-
tion the the environmental hazard of airborne dust.  The only safe method would be to do the job in a booth , which would entail disassemblly of tracks.
Even worse I don't think anyone actually manufactures equipment small enough to do the job, nor are most people actually skilled enough to do the work properly without magnification and micro manipulaters. I did some peach pit blasting on molded plastic contact insulations when I worked at Pyle National to remove flash before inspecting & measuring Parts and its loud & messy.
760  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Track Cleaning on: July 14, 2008, 08:01:52 AM
Try using iso-prophyl alchohol it comes in  70% & also 91% . It is readily available in drugstores.  Crocus cloth is extremely fine graded abrasive cloth normally used for polishing metal . The dust should be vaccuumed up to remove it from the area as it is abrasive.
761  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: What is this????????// on: June 19, 2008, 08:02:01 PM
I vaguely remember reading an article about some parts of the Canadian railway  were laid with extremely  long sleepers when going through some regions of Canada with boggy ground . This is a fairly ancient practice. The ancient wooden roads in keltic regions of Europe were similarly constructed. The Romans replaced some of these original roads with stone.  The Celts had superior war chariots  ; the wheels had  bearings  constructed with wooden rollers for higher speeds and less friction .
762  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: nice Web page upgrade on: June 15, 2008, 09:28:22 AM
Nice upgrade .  Looks really good on my widescreen LCD Monitor.
763  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Back to Traction Tires on: June 14, 2008, 10:34:25 AM
To Engineman :  I don't think there is a spell checker on this site. Due to the typos and really bad grammar I have seen , it does not exist. Your chose of spelling appears to be British English . This should be intelligable to American and Canadians . The only problem with English is that it is not spelled phonetically and loves to retain archaic spellings but aside from that it is one of the most flexible of languages in current use.  Goodday.
764  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Need Info re: Adjusting the Height of Kaydee Couplers on: June 14, 2008, 10:00:30 AM
Wouldn't it be better to raise the couplers on your diesels instead of lowering the couplers on your cars ?  All of your couplers should of course should be in conformance to the coupler height gage .
765  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: CLass J Drivers on: June 12, 2008, 09:56:41 PM
Please remember that Locktite comes in several different formulations. Use one that doesn't  require a jackhammer or blasting caps to remove if you have to do repairs later.
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