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766  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: EZ Track #5 LH Turnout on: March 27, 2008, 06:03:21 PM
Hi !  I saw your Question on HO .  If you have a metal frog on your #5 LH turnout  there is a Hole next to the Switch machine   on the underside  of the turnout that will accept your plug . The info is printed on the back of the card your turnout was purchased on.  Good Luck.
767  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Code 100 vs Code 83 on: March 26, 2008, 12:06:05 PM
Just looked out the window to check the color of the ties .  I live on railroad street and the UP  redid  the ties & reballasted the track  , CNW freight track to Belvidere  , last Summer .  New Ties were creosote Black  initially, but have faded to various shades of brown depending on age & exposure. The old ties removed were  darker where not exposed to light on their sides and bottoms. The rails were various shades of rust on their unused surfaces.  As to  Rail Code Sizes what does it really matter ?  If it works it's good enough .
768  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Elevated Train on: March 25, 2008, 01:15:06 PM
It would take a good Number of different styles  to model all the cars used on the CTA  over the last fifty years .  I lived in Chicago since  1952 , and started to ride the  "EL " in  1965  to get to highschool .  To  see some of the old equipment   you  could go to  The Illinois  Railroad  Museum  at Union Illinois .  Check out  their  Webpage on the Internet.
769  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: HO EZ Track LH #5 Tunout on: March 25, 2008, 12:58:59 PM
If your #5 LH has a wire it also has a metal frog . The wire plugs into a hole  next to the switch machine .  If you have retained  the card your switch was mounted to when you purchased it there is a picture and printed instructions. This info is on the back of all  #5 remote switches.  Good Luck .
770  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: EZ Track Layout Book on: March 21, 2008, 02:03:28 PM
I e-mailed Bachmann and they told me the layout book would be out late June or early July of 2008 .  Ireceived the reply on March 10.2008 .
771  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Impact of the Dollar Drop on: March 12, 2008, 05:18:16 PM
The Dollars buying power will go up and down . Sometimes it hinders some times it helps different sectors .  But Living beyond your means is always unwise. Having said that , we probably should  clean house in Washinton DC much more often and not elect incompetent self-serving BS artists. Regarding  sound systems : I can't see the need . I have worked in manufacturing plants for over  30 years and don't yearn for more noise. If I wish to hear train noises , I just open a window or go outside . I live on Rairoad Street in Marengo ,IL across the street from a  UP/CNW freight line going west to Belvidere. Trains come and go every 3 or 4 Hours loaded with auto containers.  I even saw  UP's demonstration train go buy. Check out theirweb site for more info.
772  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: E-Z Track Turnout Parallel question on: March 12, 2008, 04:42:22 PM
I asked  Bachmann about  E-Z Track Planing and Layout  and was told that it will not be in the marketplace until late June /early July , 2008 . I have had a copy on order since before  Thanksgiving 2007 . I saw that the book was supposed to exist since the hobby show in  Rosemont . I was going to ask Bachmann ; Why they did not have a track planning Book like the ones that Atlas  Publishes .  I have several of their books and they are well written  and quite informative.
773  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Throwing multiple switches on: March 10, 2008, 10:29:24 AM
You could use the switches  made by Atlas  for turnout control . They can be purchased seperately , and are made to accept bare wire .  When wiring these switches , I would suggest checking  their function before either crimping or soldering the wires into a terminal and fastening under the screw. Your other option would be to use a terminal block to seperate and combine the leads  and use one  spliced connector to feed one switch.
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