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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: auto reversiong track on: Today at 11:29:31 AM
I've used as many as 13 pieces total with no problems.
2  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Making and adding weights on: Today at 12:57:27 AM
I decided the try the Heisler with 4 passengers car just to see what it would do. It took the grade without any slippage. I had to crank it up to about 2/3 power.
3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Quality of Orient Express locomotive on: January 17, 2018, 08:59:10 PM
The company is "Jouef". They are a French company.
4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Isolating a#6 crossover, how is this done on: January 16, 2018, 08:12:07 PM
There was discussion about this back in March, 2015.;topic=29929.0
And December 2007;topic=3542.0
5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Ho layout plan feedback on: January 16, 2018, 01:14:21 PM
It looks like it would keep you busy.
Len - What would be a disadvantage to moving that turnout to the right of the one next to it?
6  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: What is your locomotive roster? on: January 16, 2018, 12:39:24 AM
B&O Fan - I was looking at your collection on Facebook. Wow! Since I'm an old time fan, I like all the old time stuff you have.  Smiley
7  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Can't disassemble my 2-6-0 to fix it. on: January 15, 2018, 02:29:13 PM
This is the specific page on Harold Minky's site that refers to disassembly -
8  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: What is your locomotive roster? on: January 14, 2018, 08:19:18 PM
In On30 -
0-4-0 Porter

In HO, it was a bunch of 4-4-0's with a couple 0-4-0s, a couple 2-6-0's and a 2-8-0.
In O27 - 2-4-2, 2-4-0, 4-4-0
In large - a 4-6-0
9  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Making and adding weights on: January 14, 2018, 12:57:30 PM
That gets me to wondering about Bachmann's loco production. Locos are naturally going to be heavy. Since a  DD40AX is so much heavier than an F7 do they use different bearing material for those? There's a lot of weight difference between a 4-8-8-4 compared to a 2-6-0.  How much experimentation do they do?
Does Bachmann make their own bearings or use a separate bearing manufacturer that uses different material for different locos or do they just use different sizes instead of different materials.?
I realize that the more wheels there are, the more the weight is spread out. In building locos, how much weight is allowed before another set of wheels has to added or is the amount of traction the main consideration as to how many wheels?
Then there is the cost element. Harder bearing material probably costs more.
With every comment comes new questions about which I wonder. Smiley
I'm not going to do a lot of research on it. By the time my bearings wear out, it will be an excuse to buy a new loco.
10  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Making and adding weights on: January 13, 2018, 11:40:01 PM
The weight on the pilot has helped. I've had that on there for a while. Pulling a string of cars tends to pull the front end up some when the rear drivers are "digging in" like it wants to "pop a wheelie". The weight on the front end helps to keep the front drivers down. I experimented with it some years ago when I did it and it definitely made a difference.
Now, I'm trying to pull more up a 4% grade. I used a 3% incline starter piece at the beginning.
I tried the split shot. I bought a box of assorted sizes at Walmart. I pulled my engineer out and put three of the largest ones in the cab on each side of the boiler. I'll have to amputate my engineers torso so he will fit back in there. I'll have to figure out how to secure the shot. They aren't rolling so maybe I don't have to glue them. If I glue them, I would have to glue them to the boiler so I could still pull the cab off if needed.
It made a world of difference. I'm almost there. There is just a real small patch where it spins just before the crest of the grade. Before this, it was spinning half way up and just inching along.
I just ordered a diamond stack from Shapeways. I figure I can put a couple of the smaller shot in the stack and that should take care of it.
11  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Making and adding weights on: January 13, 2018, 05:53:21 PM
Zinc falls just under white tin in weight but it's melting point is much higher. It's even lighter than copper.
Weight - 7.14 g/cm3
Melting point - ​787.15 F
I just got back from Walmart where I bought some split shot.  Smiley
12  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Making and adding weights on: January 13, 2018, 12:25:15 PM
JWard - I don't know where I'd put pennies in it. It's an On30 2-6-0. The boiler extends almost to the back of the cab. They might fit on either side in the cab but then I couldn't have an engineer. They would be too wide to lay on the frame. Copper is 8.96 g/cm3 which puts it about 1/3 gram heavier than cadmium but about 3/4 of a gram lighter than bismuth in weight and 2 1/3 grams lighter than lead.
All along, I had thought about using lead but then Micromark got me wondering with their different types of metals. I wasn't expecting all the different types. I was actually just looking to see if they had smaller sizes in the lead weights than the 1/4 ounce ones. I wasn't even thinking about pouring weights until I saw that.
Now that I know what I know, I'll just go buy some fishing weights and pound them into the shape I need.
I don't want to mess with pouring them because I would have to go through the hassle of making molds out of something that wouldn't melt. That would an ordeal in itself to make the sizes that I needed.
It's a health risk but they use it on wheels. I've never seen a person at a tire shop use gloves when installing weights. I'm surprised OSHA doesn't get upset with that.
13  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Making and adding weights on: January 13, 2018, 01:21:46 AM
Thanks Sid. I didn't know if cadmium and bismuth were actually elements or if they, by themselves, were alloys. It's been over 50 years since I had general science in high school.
For anyone looking to buy casting metal for making weights here is a little class (from Wikipedia) on what's what. Smiley
For the sometimes scientifically challenged like me, the "α" is for the Greek letter "a" and the "β" is for the Greek letter "b". I guess to scientists, that's easier than saying gray or white. "g/cm3" is "grams per cubic centimeter".
The higher the density, the heavier it is.
What's interesting is that Bismuth is heavier than Cadmium but has a lower melting point.
Also, Wikipedia shows that gray and white tin have different densities but the same melting point. What I kind of suspected all along is that "lead" is the heaviest but it also has to be heated the hottest to be melted and poured.
Tin: Density - gray, α: 5.769 g/cm3, Melting point - 449.47 F
Tin: Density - white β:7.265 g/cm3, Melting point - 449.47 F
Cadmium: Density - 8.65 g/cm3, Melting point - 609.93 F
Bismuth Density - 9.78 g/cm3, Melting point - 520.7 F
Lead: Density - 11.34 g/cm3, Melting point - 621.43 F
Don't even be thinking about asking me about their electron configuration, molar heat capacity, covalent radius, or any of the moduli of any of these because I don't know what they mean anyway. Grin
14  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Making and adding weights on: January 12, 2018, 06:30:36 PM
For any of you folks that create your own weights for your train stuff -
I want to add some weight to my 2-6-0 so I can pull three passenger cars up my figure 8. If I crank up the speed a lot, it will pull them without much hassle. When I try to slow it down some, the wheels spin a lot and it eventually makes it inch by inch.
I have a couple of 1/4 ounce weights on the front pilot but that isn't enough. I will try to custom make some weight to fit on the cab floor and/or maybe a thin layer on the frame.
In looking at Micro-Mark, they have three types of casting metal - 160, 180, and CT.
CT is almost pure lead. 160 is tin/lead/cadmium/bismuth alloy. 280 is tin/bismuth alloy; lead and cadmium free.
Would CT be the heaviest? I know tin is lighter than lead but I don't know about cadmium or bismuth.
I don't want to mess with bullfrog snot.
15  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Vintage Set Value on: January 11, 2018, 06:53:54 PM
I agree. The joy that comes from interacting with your child by putting it up is worth far more than the few dollars you would get by selling it. The memories your child will have will continue on for years and you can't put a price on that.
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