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31  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bachmann Ballast Spreader on: April 28, 2017, 10:49:25 PM
Like I said before I learned best practices along the way.  Had I known that the old layout was coming down Prematurely I would not have ballested.
32  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bachmann Ballast Spreader on: April 28, 2017, 01:36:34 PM
The old layout was not soldered, as that would defeat the purpose of using ez track.  Besides as I gain more experience I learn these things.  The new layout is sodered and has multiple feeders.
33  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bachmann Ballast Spreader on: April 28, 2017, 07:35:15 AM
I do not recall having Continuity problems with ballasted EZ track. Not that it couldn't happpen but not if you are careful with the glue.  As with all ballast including the current SIW the bigger problem has been an errant piece of ballast getting stuck on the rails causing a derailment.  I think it solved that with multiple passes of my fingers alongthe rails and then the vacuum cleaner.
34  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: 2017 SPRING ANNOUNCEMENTS NOW ONLINE on: April 28, 2017, 07:26:26 AM
Those Map style box cars intrigue me.  I presume the announcements were timed to the York TCA show.
35  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bachmann Ballast Spreader on: April 24, 2017, 07:06:34 PM
Is everything prototypical on the SIW, Joe?

Obviously not

Thanks, didn't think so.

Begs a question; if the plan is to ballast, why bother using EZ track Huh?

The new SIW uses flex track but to answer your question snaping together EZ track is easi and faster than using flex or sectional track and roadbed though your are paying a price for the convenience ballasting is not required but IMHO makes the track look better.
36  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bachmann Ballast Spreader on: April 22, 2017, 08:17:06 PM
Is everything prototypical on the SIW, Joe?

Obviously not but the seems of roadbed track are just something that seem to bother me.  We all choose our compromises.
37  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bachmann Ballast Spreader on: April 19, 2017, 07:47:59 AM
There is no reason why you cannot ballast ez track.  The usual wet water and diluted white glue work fine.  My problem with  un-ballasted ez track is that you can see the seams between sections and thus it looks unprototypical.
38  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Coupler differences? on: March 20, 2017, 07:44:58 AM
But if you can afford it I would skip the second EZ mates and use metal Kadee couplers if you are replacing.  They will last a longer.
39  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: DCC controller on: March 04, 2017, 06:39:09 PM
Just cur ACY Why so many different controllers?
40  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Old LifeLike Track Cleaner on: March 04, 2017, 06:31:52 PM
Tim Hortons coffee has the same thing and is cheaper imho.

But I just use a paper towel.
41  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: #44548 Auto reversing track on: March 02, 2017, 05:23:24 PM
Thank you Hunt.
42  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.
43  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.
44  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
45  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.
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