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841  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: EZ Track Layout Book on: July 20, 2008, 01:37:43 PM
I got my book yesterday. After posting the reply I had from Ehobbies, the book arrived three hours later.
I'm of mixed feelings about it.
Chris Lane and Lee Riley did a wonderful job of putting it all together with all the neat pics.
As for the substance, I'm disappointed.  I haven't read it word for word, cover to cover, yet, but I've "speed read" through every page.
There is not a single mention of 2" straights anywhere. There is a small pic of all the crossings that shows the 90 crossing with the 2 inchers, but no mention of the 2's. In the EZ Track list at the back there is no mention of the 2's, even under the 90 crossing listing. Why is Bachmann still trying to keep those a secret?
We've had much discussion on here about the value of the 2's in creating track plans and how they enhance the options available for track plans.
It does tell how to cut EZ Track with a saw.
It seems the book is meant to convince people to use EZ Track. The trouble is that the people who will buy the "EZ Track" book are the people who are already using EZ Track like me or just bought a Bachmann set. They sure get down on "flex track" in the book.
Only nine "new" track plans are in there. The other 17 are from the old book. A larger variety of track plans would better convince people of the merits of using EZ Track in obtaining the layout design they want.
The section on Cass and the number of pages devoted to it seems more like a commercial for Cass.
The information in the sections on scenery, wiring, and bench work is already available in a number of other books on the market, so nothing new there except for the newby to the hobby.
I guess I was anticipating something more like the "101 Track Plans" book.
As most of you know, I'm already a big fan of EZ Track and I would recommend it to newbys and those who just like looking at the pics and the layouts others have made.
This is just my opinion.
How about a follow-up book devoted just to EZ Track plans?
842  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: EZ Track Layout Book on: July 19, 2008, 12:51:45 PM
I had this notification from EHobbie on the 13th -

This is in regards to your order that you placed with Ehobbies. The item listed below has been placed on BACKORDER through the manufacturer with no estimated time of arrival:
Bachmann HO EZ Track Manual #2 - 99978
843  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Track differences on: July 19, 2008, 12:48:11 PM
To add to what Bach Man said - Just keep an eye on the steel track and keep it clean as it can rust.
844  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Site going away on: June 24, 2008, 12:03:13 PM
Sad to see it go. Harold has done a great job on here and on the site of providing info.
845  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Balanced Thinking on: June 04, 2008, 10:59:42 AM
First counter clockwise. Then I could close my eyes for a couple of seconds and I could reverse it when I opened them. And again and again. I can pretty much reverse it at will by blinking my eyes. Sometimes it takes 3 or 4 blinks.
On the other, I got 10 right and 8 left.
846  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Lower Postage/Shipping Costs from U.S.Dealers on: May 25, 2008, 10:13:21 AM
I hope y'all don't order anything that Billy Mays advertises on TV.
I looked into the "Awesome Auger" he sells on TV for $19.95. There are a lot of people who got really ripped off on the shipping and handling.
There's a guy named Kevin Trudeau who sells stuff on TV, too. My wife got sucked into that. They ripped us off and it took forever to get our money back.
I had to complain to the BBB and Attorney General.
One thing I learned is never, ever use a debit card to buy something off TV. People have horror stories about their bank accounts being drained and they can't get the deductions stopped.
847  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: old west overland freight on: May 15, 2008, 11:56:36 AM
Check the internet for "Old Tyme Village Freight" sets. They are probably the same as what you have.
You can find them for anywhere from $80 to $150.
848  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Tell How You Became A railroader on: May 13, 2008, 02:56:57 PM
My dad built a Lionel layout right after I was born. I got out of it in my late teens.  I got into it later in life because I liked the old time Wild West stuff being made. I'm getting out of it again because I'm getting burnt out on it and getting old.
849  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH-The Song! on: April 13, 2008, 10:28:04 AM
The Santa Fe song was from the "The Harvey Girls" with Judy Garland. I remember seeing it on TV when I was a kid.
850  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Ez-Track Question on: February 25, 2008, 11:02:57 AM
I think these are all the combinations you can make up to 9".
2
2 1/4
3
4
4 1/4
4 1/2
5
5 1/4
6
6 1/4
6 1/2
6 3/4
7
7 1/4
7 1/2
8
8 1/4
8 1/2
8 3/4
851  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Ez-Track Question on: February 24, 2008, 09:07:25 PM
You shouldn't stretch the track because you will have a kink somewhere.
You can buy an EZ Track 90 degree crossing that comes with 4 - 2" straights. You should be able to make about any layout you want using 2", 2 1/4", 3" and 4 1/2" pieces in combinations to fill gaps.
852  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Finally, one possible solution to the #5 switch issue, using only EZ track on: February 19, 2008, 08:37:03 PM
Good job.
I've been going to try to figure this out because I know I've done it before.
I went looking for my #5 switches and I can't find them. When I took down the old layout, I packed them away somewhere. I really need to search around again.
853  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann Greatland Village Express (PN 00494) - Missing Parts and Questions on: February 18, 2008, 01:52:38 PM
Gene.
He already left positive feedback for the vendor stating that the item was "Exactly as described..."
http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback2&userid=srskelly&&ftab=FeedbackAsSeller&sspagename=VIP:feedback:2:us&iid=220199520839
854  Discussion Boards / Plasticville U.S.A. / Re: Mr Bach Mann - New Structures on: February 09, 2008, 01:02:03 PM
Bob,
If you are interested in craftsman kits, contact me off the board. I have some I will sell.
I have unassembled Muir Models kits of -
Ponderosa ranch house
Pondersoa bunk house
Ponderosa cattle weighing and loading pens
2 Donner Pass snowsheds
I also have an unassembled Speed Craft Pacific Railway 3 stall engine house and an unopened Bachmann Old West marshal's office and restaurant.
I want to sell the whole lot together since I'm no longer doing an Old West HO layout.
I'd like to sell them to someone who would use them rather than just put them on Ebay.
855  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Company housing....my latest build. on: February 06, 2008, 08:04:10 PM
Really good job. Looks great.
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