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1  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DC to DCC to DC to DCC to DC to DCC... on: August 22, 2007, 09:51:39 AM
I'm not sure what's out there in N scale, but I know in HO scale, there's what's called Dual decoders that work on both DC and DCC.  That way you wouldn't have to change anything on your engine at all.  The Dual Decoders allow you to move from one system to the other without making any changes at all. 

Kevin
2  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Need address on: July 10, 2007, 11:28:01 AM
http://www.ab-charles.com/

Their address is on the Contact Us page.

It took 30 seconds to find with Google. 

Kevin
3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Why was my Coupler question deleted? on: June 17, 2007, 10:02:30 AM
I've often wondered about this myself.  When engine's these days are $200-$300 what does an additional $5 for Kadee couplers matter.  It could probably be even less than that if you dump the cost of the original couplers.

That being said, I completely understand why Bachmann doesn't use Kadee's.  B-mann makes their own couplers, so that's what they should use. 

Kevin
4  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Traffic signs and road markings on: May 30, 2007, 09:39:44 PM
I hope this helps.  It looks like the Yellow and Black ran from 1924-1954.  Before that they were Black on White.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_sign

Kevin
5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Where's Gus? on: May 02, 2007, 10:06:57 AM
What are his track cleaners called?  I bought one from him about a year or so ago, and I wouldn't mind another one.

Kevin
6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: russian 2-10-0 on: April 28, 2007, 05:50:35 PM
Lou63,
Just an FYI, the Strasburg RR 2-10-0 isn't a Russian.  I can't remember right now what kind it is, but it's definitely not a Russian.  It's a lot bigger (boiler and drivers) than a Russian is.

Kevin
7  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Where's Waldo? on: March 19, 2007, 01:07:36 PM
Is it just me, or are they also missing something in the tail end of the engines?  A black hole can be seen on both engines in the first picture, but it's just cut off in the second one.  Maybe no radiator?

Kevin
8  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Keeping track of trains on: March 08, 2007, 09:39:47 AM
Tom,
If it didn't put a shortcut on the desktop or on your start menu, you should be able to find it at c:\Program Files\Software By Design\.  It might be on your Start Menu under Software By Design as well.

Kevin
9  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: 1982 Chef Boyardee Diesel Hustler on: March 05, 2007, 12:25:46 PM
Have you searched for this item on Ebay?  That's a pretty good appraisal.  I'm not saying you won't be able to sell it for more at some private auction house, but a lot of people won't pay more than what it's selling for on Ebay.

Unfortunately, I have no idea what this item's worth is, so I can't really say a whole lot more.  I have heard that these collectors trains aren't really worth a whole lot, so I doubt they'd go up that much more in price.  Hopefully someone else on here will have a little better idea for you.

Kevin
10  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Keeping track of trains on: February 27, 2007, 12:06:34 AM
I use a program called RR trains.  It can be found at http://www.gregorybraun.com/RRTrains.html

It's not the perfect program, but it's pretty good.  Some of the items can be changed in the registry.

Kevin
11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Dcc Decoder for the acela train set on: February 26, 2007, 08:54:14 PM
I'm not sure about sound, electric engines don't really have a whole lot of sound to them.

I installed a TCS DP5X decoder in mine.  Works great!!  Just plugs right in!

Kevin
12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: how does it work? on: February 21, 2007, 03:02:19 PM
Unfortunately, I've never heard of their exploding box car.  I did find the following site that is selling one.
http://www.hobbylinc.com/htm/mdp/mdp9164.htm

This site has one too for cheaper, but it doesn't have any details on it at all.
http://www.discounttrainsonline.com/Model-Power-Box-Car-Exploding-Army/item490-9164.html

Kevin
 
13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Tsunami installations on: February 18, 2007, 08:44:06 PM
Gene,
Rich asked about it in his very first post.  Seems he lost his instructions (which of us HASN'T lost some of those).
Kevin
14  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 1" ez track on: February 18, 2007, 12:11:05 AM
Sorry, there's no such thing as a 1" EZ track.  The shortest is either 2 1/2" or 2 1/4" (I forget which, but thinking it's the 1/2" one).  You CAN get 2" ones but you have to buy the 90 degree crossings.

One option that you have would be to use a straight saw and just cut another piece.

Kevin
15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bach Man, are your HO #4 switches power-routed? on: February 11, 2007, 12:09:15 AM
I'm not totally sure what you mean by the #4 switches, since Bachmann only makes #5 and #6 switches.  They also make a remote turnout but that's not numbered because it's a curved turnout.

Either which way, I don't think ANY of the HO scale Bachmann turnouts are power routed.  The N scale remote turnouts are power routed, but unless you switch scales, that doesn't help you at all.

From your other post, I would guess that you'll have to isolate it and use a toggle switch to convert the turnout section from DCC to DC and to turn off the power.  I don't have any idea how to do that, but I think I've seen it in Model Railroader magazine.

Kevin
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