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871  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.
872  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.
873  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann Greatland Village Express (PN 00494) - Missing Parts and Questions on: February 18, 2008, 01:52:38 PM
He already left positive feedback for the vendor stating that the item was "Exactly as described..."
874  Discussion Boards / Plasticville U.S.A. / Re: Mr Bach Mann - New Structures on: February 09, 2008, 01:02:03 PM
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.
875  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Company latest build. on: February 06, 2008, 08:04:10 PM
Really good job. Looks great.
876  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bad EZ track swithces on: February 05, 2008, 11:22:30 AM
I guess Bachmann could put a disclaimer on all their products - "CAUTION. This product is for advanced model railroaders only. It might not function properly without some additional work by the purchaser."
877  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bad EZ track swithces on: February 05, 2008, 11:18:46 AM
It's like buying a new car and taking it home and finding out you have to get under the hood and troubleshoot it because it's not running right.
You could take it back to the dealer and they'll probably give you a loaner car until they fix your problem. It's under warranty and the dealer is right down the street so you don't have to pay to have it shipped back the factory and then pay a charge on top of that.
You could return your EZ switch to the dealer (If you bought it locally. If not you have to pay the postage to send it back to the dealer.) and get another one just like it, but it might have the same problems, so that's no help.
I stand by my statement that you shouldn't have to tweak a product right out of the box to get it to function properly.
It's no big deal to most of you because most of you don't use EZ Track. If Bachmann started shipping locos that didn't run right out of the box, there's a whole bunch of you who would be squawking.
878  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bad EZ track swithces on: February 02, 2008, 12:37:35 PM
I guess I've seen quite a few complaints about the EZ switches and numerous fixes for them.
I have to agree with the consumers here.
If the points on EZ switches often need filing, then why aren't they built better at the factory so the points don't need filing by the consumer?
The rivets on my switches frequently get loose and sloppy. Why can't this be addressed at the factory by using a stronger metal for the rivets?
I often sing the praises of EZ Track, but there are some issues as evidenced by the number of complaints on the board here.
I wonder how many people don't take the time to complain here or to Bachmann directly and just chalk them up as "junk" and never buy EZ track again?
It's harmful to Bachmann's reputation and, it therefore follows, their sales.
There are reasons I don't buy Fords - Their reputation from years past and I'm not willing to risk $30,000 to see if they've gotten better.
Bachmann does an excellent job of replacing defective items, but it still costs to send the items in what with postage and a trip to the post office.
I haven't had a problem with Bachmann locos, other then the occasional front truck derailment on the old time 4-4-0's. When it happens, it's usually on the EZ Track switches. Maybe coincidence? A little weight on the truck usually fixes that problem for me, unless it's the switch causing the problem.
I can afford to replace bad switches. Some folks aren't as fortunate.
Given that much of Bachmann's EZ Track appeal is to kids and beginners, it shouldn't be up to them to have to tweak the switches out of the box to make them function correctly.

879  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 1 inch EZ track on: January 30, 2008, 01:13:07 PM
You might be better off using a 1" Atlas fitter piece and then cutting a 1" piece of plastic roadbed to go under it. Sand the roadbed down so it is smooth on top.
This way, you don't have to worry about loosening the rail when you try to cut the whole EZ Track piece.
880  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 1 inch EZ track on: January 29, 2008, 01:35:11 PM
I emailed Thor's Trains and asked him about it. This was his response -

With an atlas snap saw and some rail joiners, you can cut track into 1 inch sections
The software allowed for 1" sections
Happy railroading
881  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 1 inch EZ track on: January 29, 2008, 11:54:55 AM
To add to that, Bachmann's N Scale 60 degree crossing has 1" adaptors. Are y'all talking about N Scale?
882  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 1 inch EZ track on: January 29, 2008, 11:41:17 AM
Are y'all sure you don't mean 2"?
Look at the picture. The plastic connectors sticking out from EZ Track pieces are 3/4" long. The adaptor itself is more than 1/4" longer than one of the connectors.
I apologize if I'm wrong, but I don't think so.
Can someone post a pic of one next to a ruler?
883  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Reality vs. Practicality on: January 27, 2008, 11:51:50 AM
To echo Gene, I would at least place a signal there, whether it is operating or not.
884  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Northlandz on: January 15, 2008, 08:44:28 PM
Kevin - Turn your head sideways Grin
Just kidding.
The way it's built, there's no room to really step back far enough to get good "horizontal" pics.
885  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Northlandz on: January 12, 2008, 12:42:42 PM
Sheldon, Roger, EBT -
I'm aware that you guys are craftsmen at what you do. I envy your skills and dedication to the hobby.
Your standards and expectations aren't too high because that is what you strive for.
Some of the other layouts mentioned are done by folks who are serious model railroaders with an eye for detail and operations.
I don't think Northlandz was ever intended to be up to those standards. The trains there just go round and round.
For guys like me who just like playing with trains, it's the neatest train layout I ever saw.
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