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31  Discussion Boards / HO / #44548 Auto reversing track on: March 02, 2017, 11:05:26 AM
Is it possible to use this track to run a regular string of cars, in this case an a proto 2000 Subway set back and forth on a shelf using a regular (MRC rail power 1200) power pack?

Also doed Bachmann no longer sell curved reversing track?  I could not find it in the store.
32  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: The Bachmann Workbench on: March 02, 2017, 08:39:39 AM
Regarding turnouts if you subscribe to model railroader check out The Virginian video series part 8 in which David Popp shows you how to fine tune a balky turnout.  Works with EZ track too.

The workbench is a great idea Keep it going.
33  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DCC on: March 02, 2017, 08:25:02 AM
Also consider the NCE powercab.  But you won't be able to run DC only locomotives.  But I want with it anyway
34  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Suggestions on Train Show purhases on: February 01, 2017, 12:19:58 PM
There are. 2 types of train shows.

The TOY type (Greenberg for exanple) where you have a lot of dealers selling chaff admist The wheat.  (By chaff I mean Lionel Matchbox cars Hess trucks signs books etc) The trick at these shows is not to wear youself out looking for the stuff you want.  You may want to even peruse these shows a few times so you know which dealers have what you want and are always there.

The Train type show (National Train Show for example) where manufacturers reps are on hand to show you there products and answer questions.  I find this type of show a bit more useful as there are less likely to be non MR products for sale.

Personally I think the first type would interest an 8 year old more than the second type show I would take him to that type and go alone to the second type.

BTW I second Jonathans endorsement of Star Hobbies at either type  show I have found their prices on Bachmann Products to be the best.
35  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Turnout problems on: January 09, 2017, 06:12:14 PM
I don't know if there is special reason On30 gauge I believe an HO gauge would do but perhaps someone else knows?
36  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Turnout problems on: January 09, 2017, 09:46:02 AM
I believe so but there is no way that I can see removing and replacing just the trackthou I suppose its possible to remove the track and file down the base then glue the atlas turnout on top.

That seems like a a lot more work than just replacing the turnout using cork roadbed painted grey.
37  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Turnout problems on: January 08, 2017, 10:04:46 PM
First of all those you should get yourself an NMRA guage and make sure the locos wheels are in guage. 

If you subscribe to model railroader I would take a look at the Virginian Series video part where David Popp describes how to file the points on a turnout to make them sharp so the wheels of the locomotive won't pick the points.

Third (and I have not done this myself) open to he bottom of the turnout and either replace or stiffen the flimsy wire that supposed to provide tension with something  thicker.

Or as a last resort go to your LHS and find the same size turnout in Atlas Code 100.  Youll have to use cork and shims to re-create the roadbed but tye Atlas turnouts have the little pockets that prevent this point picking.
38  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Don't buy me a train on: January 08, 2017, 09:34:12 PM
I seem to recall talking about this on the MR forums that some well meaning people would give me there boxes of trainset junk they had lying about.  Usually I just accept it in the spirit that was a intended wait till they sre gone pull out anything useful and one or two things for display and recyle the rest at the temple rummage sale.  Most people don't remember giving it to me.
39  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Lower cost alternative to the DCC booster? on: November 21, 2016, 07:16:04 PM
One of the nice features of a better system like the NCE and other more advanced systems is the ability to use four digit addresses so that as your locomotive fleet goes you can program the address to the number of the locomotive.  No more which button controls which loco: If you are like most operators of MRs your fleet will out strip your actual day to day operations. Thus you will find yourself swapping motive power.

Once you have upgraded your system if you still need power you can add a booster.

I gave my EZ Command to the temple rummage sale but I suppose you could sell it up on EBay or use it for the round the tree train.
40  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: GE 44 Tonner locomotive on: November 17, 2016, 08:31:25 AM
Has Bachmann improved the 44 toner the last one I had suffered with cracked gears?
41  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Passenger Car's on: November 06, 2016, 10:53:29 PM
From experience unless you get up very early you are not going to find trains at those front lawn junk sales many call yard sales.  Reason very simple mention the word train and the early birds come in and scoo them up.  At least that's what happened at my yard sale.  Even the train set stuff was gone.
42  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Old HO tracks and cars working with new on: November 03, 2016, 07:31:42 AM
IMHO I think you would be better off buying a modern train set with DCC such as one of the digital commander sets and relegating the 50s stuff to a static display shelf.  But that's just me.
43  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Beginning DCC layout on: October 19, 2016, 05:39:34 PM
I have the NCE and I am still learning it I like the hand held form factor vs Digitrax brick if that matters. But truth be told it also doesn't cost much more than the EZ Command and so much more versatile. But I have found a learning curve which may put some off.
44  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Ez command smart wifi interface. Tired of waiting. on: October 13, 2016, 07:32:37 AM
I agree with your criticism of EZ app and have not bought it for the reasons you mentioned.
45  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Ez command smart wifi interface. Tired of waiting. on: October 12, 2016, 07:37:52 AM
When you add up the cost of the EZ command and the walk around throttle or the smart interface you would be better off with a More expandable system like the NCE Powercab IMHO.  And the powercab is made in upstate NY not China.
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