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181  Discussion Boards / N / Re: DCC Ready Spectrum 4-8-2 on: February 04, 2013, 06:42:13 PM
If you have the older version of the 4-8-2 you will want a DZ125 or similar decoder to fit it. This page will run you through the instalation http://www.tcsdcc.com/public_html/Customer_Content/Installation_Pictures/N_Scale/Bachmann/4-8-2%20Light%20Mountain/Bachman_4_8_2_Light_Mountain.htm The hardest part will be taking the boiler off......Mike
182  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Newbie Track Question on: January 31, 2013, 07:27:19 PM
Pink covered hopper     http://www.hobbylinc.com/htm/cco/cco15124.htm
 Heres one   LOl.....Mike
183  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Newbie Track Question on: January 29, 2013, 07:43:17 PM
OK, I had to go back to see what you were building.  Embarrassed The Secenic Ridge layout should build into a nice running layout. Just stay with the shorter stuff and you will be fine.  ( Those 93/4 curves are sharp!)  Also look over the Spookshow site , he also built one of these layouts, and has a fairly extensive blog about it......Mike
184  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Newbie Track Question on: January 28, 2013, 06:51:44 PM
With that loco I would probably stay with the 40' boxcars as the longest cars.  The Bachmann Silver Line of cars are good ( The single dome tank cars are great ) . And the Atlas line of cars are also real good. Try to get cars that have the Microtrains style of coupler, and they will all work with you're locomotive. What kind of track are you using ? ...Mike
185  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Newbie Track Question on: January 24, 2013, 06:58:52 PM
I would just keep the set, as long as you like it. Sometime later you may have a different layout and be able to run the larger locomotive. I would also recommend  the Spectrum 2-8-0,  2-6-0 or the 4-6-0. as they are all very good locos, and should run on you're track with no problem.

This is a link to a site that will tell you everything you will ever want to know about N scale locomotives...Mike

http://www.spookshow.net/locos.html
186  Discussion Boards / N / Re: 4-6-0 Radus on: January 23, 2013, 08:03:41 PM
I think it should be OK....Mike
187  Discussion Boards / N / Re: traction tires on: January 13, 2013, 07:25:15 PM
This does happen sometimes, although I have never had the problem. One way to keep them on is to first put a little black paint into the groove, then slip the tire back on. This usually holds them on. Another thing, with locos that have tires , don't slide them on the rails when you re-rail then. Sometimes this will cause the tires to stretch.....Mike
188  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Best pulling power from steam? on: November 03, 2012, 04:09:49 PM
You might try the Bachmann 2-10-2, mine pulls well. The newer heavy mountain 4-8-2 might be a good choice also. Here is a link to all you may want to know about just about every N scale loco ever produced....Mike

http://www.visi.com/~spookshow/locos.html
189  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Taking shell off 2-6-6-2 to lubricate on: October 14, 2012, 06:47:14 PM
I agree, just one tiny drop on each gear (if they look "dry" )  from the bottom is more than enough....Mike
190  Discussion Boards / N / Re: New Alco 2-6-0 loco on: October 11, 2012, 07:00:19 PM
OK , found em. Had to do a product search under 2-6-0, but they are there....Nice !!
191  Discussion Boards / N / Re: New Alco 2-6-0 loco on: October 11, 2012, 06:54:39 PM
I don't see it.... Shocked
192  Discussion Boards / N / Re: track radius on: September 27, 2012, 07:09:08 PM
 I had the same problem, its not the track radius. Look at the wires between the loco and tender. One or more of them is going to need repositioned because they are a bit stiff. You're going to have to play around a bit to find out which ones will need moved . But when they are all in the right spots it will go around the Kato curves without any problems......Mike
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