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1  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Photobucket 3rd Party Image Hosting - new info on: May 18, 2018, 09:48:39 PM
Photobucket hasn't been free for what, a year now?   Any free sites?

Roger T.

2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Steam Locos have no pulling power on: May 18, 2018, 09:45:39 PM
Traction tires are an awful idea.  They reduce the number of wheels picking up power and cause locos to wobble.

Best thing to improve traction is to add weight.  That usually means removing the body.  Not an easy task on some steam but well worth it in the end.

Roger T.

3  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Your worst model railroad tragedy on: May 05, 2018, 06:57:46 PM
My parents giving my mint OO Hornby Dublo trains dating from the early 1960s to my brother's children to play with 20 0dd years ago.  Rec'd a box full a few weeks ago of what would have been considered collectable were in fact now junk.  Not a happy camper.

Cheers

Roger T.

4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: sound value consolidaton on: May 03, 2018, 09:35:03 PM
Is it really still up to the Spectrum detail standards?   I know the price is. 

I wonder if it's possible to just buy the tender or even the sound equipped tender chassis?  I have eight of the Spectrum 2-8-0s that I'd like to DCC and add sound and the Sound Value decoder and sound FX are good enough for my needs.  All decoders, no matter the price, all the sound the same anyway.

Cheers

Roger T.

5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Sound for Niagara's? on: May 03, 2018, 09:30:10 PM
When I watch videos of sound equipped locos two things I hear.

1)  Sound levels are all way too loud.  Look at a video of an approaching train, it's a while before you here the locomotive, steam or diesel.  On model you can hear them before they come into sight.

2)  Steam or diesel, it doesn't matter, all steam sound the same, all diels sound the same.  Tinney.

BTW, I work in live theatre and concert venues, so I know a little about sound.  Smiley 

Cheers

Roger T.
6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Metal wheel swap? on: May 03, 2018, 09:25:15 PM
Be aware that the axle lengths of the replacment wheelsets need to be the same as the originals.  This length is not standard.  If the replacements are too long they will bind in the truck frames.  If too short they will fall out.  


I have replaced hundreds of wheels yet have never found any with axles too short.  The issues is some trucks do not have the axle box deep enough to accept the "standard" metal axle, the nane of which escapes me right now.  It's usually low end, toy train models, with that issue.

Cheers

Roger T.

7  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Metal wheel swap? on: April 30, 2018, 08:48:32 PM
Looks as though all the metal wheels I have are either insulated on both sides or have plastic axles, if that is possible?  But I don't care, I just install them and as freight cars, passenger cars and cabooses don't pick up power, it doesn't matter.

Cheers

Roger T.

8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Metal wheel swap? on: April 29, 2018, 03:40:53 PM
I agree with Jeff. Because of the tighter curves that have to be dealt with, most HO freight cars use 33" wheels, whether the prototype did or not, to clear the underframe. Most HO passenger cars use 36" wheels, with the notable exception of IHC & Rivarossi, which used 31" wheels. They can be replaced with 36" wheels if you carve off the brake shoes, or you can get 31" metal wheels from these guys: http://www.ihc-hobby.com/product/4355-H36

Len

36" minimum visible radius and 30" in staging.  Wheel sizes are no problem unless you are using toy train track radii.  24" or less.

Cheers

Roger T.

9  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: service repair on: April 27, 2018, 06:45:41 PM
The odds are, you will not get your engine back but a replacement.  Bachmann will bill you.  Prices are on their "Service"  website and a not that expensive.

Cheers.

Roger T.

10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Metal wheel swap? on: April 27, 2018, 06:41:21 PM
70 ton cars generally have 33" wheels.  100 ton cars 36" wheels while some intermodals have 28" wheels.

That's at least a good guideline.

Exchanging plastic wheels for metal wheels is a good idea.  Metal wheels run cleaner, run freer and add weight to the car.  All good things.

Cheers

Roger T.

11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 2-6-0 Valve gear motion. on: April 26, 2018, 08:27:36 PM
Roger,

Any word back from Bachmann yet on your 2-6-0 request?  I had the same problem on a 2-8-0 I sent in for repairs about 5 years ago and got a new one instead of my original.  I'm beginning to think that Bachmann management needs to address their communication problems with the public.


Bill

I sent an e-mail and Bachmann did reply.  However, they did not answer my question about getting back my original detailed and weather loco or tender.  They did provide a list of prices for sending locos back when out of warranty.

The suggestion was I contact the parts department and see if the had the parts available, I guess for me to repair the locomotive's motion myself.  If they have the parts, rather than risk loosing my loco, I'll try that route.  BTW, This is the second 2-6-0 I have purchased where the valve motion fell apart.

Cheers

Roger T.

12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Swapping Body shells on steam and diesel models on: April 14, 2018, 09:36:25 PM
For photos I use Facebook. It's free. You don't have to interact with anyone or "friend" anyone. Just use it for your photos. Once you load it up on there, it's just a matter of copying the address here between the photo tags.

See if this works.  :-

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154955244776536&set=rpd.599556535&type=3&theater

Seems you just get the URL not the actual photo.

Thanks anyway.

13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Swapping Body shells on steam and diesel models on: April 13, 2018, 10:25:35 PM
Hi Roger:

Yes I do the same because as point out the plugs don't always match the receptacles.

Care to share any our your engine/tender swaps and have you installed backup tender lights?

Thanks,

Barry


Barry.

At present I do not have a photo sharing site since Photobucket got all snotty and began to charge for their "service."

I'm still trying, after all this time, to get my photos back.

Any suggestions on a free photo sharing site?

Cheers

Roger T.

14  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Swapping Body shells on steam and diesel models on: April 13, 2018, 09:10:35 PM
I frequently swap tender bodies but it's important to keep the same tender chassis that came with the locomotive.   I sometimes swap locomotive bodies plus the tender body, especially when I buy a new loco that is sound equipped.  I remove a weathered and extra detailed loco and tender body from a non sound loco and place the bodies on the new sound equipped loco and tender chassis.  You will notice that not all tender chassis have common connections.

Sadly, since the demise of the Spectrum range, my steam loco purchases have stopped.

Cheers.

Roger T.
15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 2-6-0 Valve gear motion. on: April 13, 2018, 09:02:57 PM
Seems this is the second 2-6-0 I've had to send back for the same problem.  I found a letter I wrote dated August 11, 2014, so this seems to be a not uncommon problem.

I have contacted Bachmann telling them I need both the loco and tender bodies back as they are custom detailed, I did this back in 2014 to no avail, so this time I'm  asking if I can just send back the loco chassis for repair/replacement.

I'll keep you informed.

Roger T.

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