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1  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EXTERNAL SOUND AMPLIFICATION OF LOCO SOUND DECODER TSUNAMI on: July 22, 2018, 12:58:35 AM

The best bet would be a system to which you can connect an audio headset.  Perhaps someone here know of one?


2  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EXTERNAL SOUND AMPLIFICATION OF LOCO SOUND DECODER TSUNAMI on: July 22, 2018, 12:55:33 AM
Another option would be to look for an MRC 312 Sound System on eBay, Craigslist, etc.

The sound wouldn't be coming from the locomotives, but the steam and diesels sounds are there. And the amplifier can be cranked up pretty loud.


Why do you want the sound loud?   I'm 9 feet from the open door of my model room and even though the railway is powered, I can't hear anything.  Take a look at on line videos of trains and judge sound volume from them.  Loud is not always better.  Mine are set so other than bell and horn/whistle, they are barely audible from four feet away. When I operate the railway, I don't need the rest of the house, or the neighbours, to hear them.  :-) 


3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: order # for power wire on: July 21, 2018, 12:46:22 AM
Go to a local electronics shop they probably carry the male and female pugs.  Any piece of twin flex lamp cord will do for the cable and make your own.  Simple.


4  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: FLYING SCOT Classic Collector series on: July 19, 2018, 10:37:15 PM
If you really gotta have it..... Twenty or twenty-five bucks would be a reasonable offer.


Right on Sid.   It may say "CLASSIC COLLECTOR SERIES" on the box but it's old Bachmann so $20 to $25 is about right.

5  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: FLYING SCOT Classic Collector series on: July 17, 2018, 12:56:49 AM
THE "Flying Scotsman" is both the name of an individual locomotive, LNER Class A3 4-6-2 No. 4472, BR No. 60103,  or an ex LNER train with the same name.  Very confusing to North Americans.  :-)  


6  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Refer/Reefer on: July 13, 2018, 08:53:32 PM
It also shows that no one knows anything about railroads anymore compared to the past when railroads were a part of life in most places.  You could make  a train with all the ridiculous car names.  The choo choo is up front pulling the refer cars, the tankers, the coal cars, the cattle cars, the platform cars ...... 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 .... what else?

"Reefer" cars.  A refrigerated rail car or truck or truck trailer.

Refer: - Mention or allude to.
"the reports of the commission are often referred to in the media"
synonyms:   mention, make reference to, allude to, touch on, speak of/about, talk of/about, write about, comment on, deal with, point out, call attention to
"he referred to errors in the article"


7  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Tourist lines on: July 03, 2018, 09:27:53 PM
UK locomotives had lead fusible plugs in the roof of the firebox, several of them.  Actual explosions of boilers were almost unknown in the UK as were the melting of the fusible plugs.

The melting of the fusible plus permitted steam and water from the boiler to extinguish the fire.  It was dangerous to the crew as blowback through the firehole was a risk but it happened so rarely.

Hewison (1983)[22] gives a comprehensive account of British boiler explosions, listing 137 between 1815 and 1962. It is noteworthy that 122 of these were in the 19th century and only 15 in the 20th century.

Throughout the 20th century, two boiler barrel failures and thirteen firebox collapses occurred in the UK. The boiler barrel failures occurred at Cardiff in 1909 and Buxton in 1921; both were caused by misassembly of the safety valves causing the boilers to exceed their design pressures. Of the 13 firebox collapses, four were due to broken stays, one to scale buildup on the firebox, and the rest were due to low water level.


8  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Turnouts on: June 28, 2018, 11:35:19 PM
Short answer.  Yes, if you know how to wire them up. 

Too difficult to explain.  Try google for a diagram.
9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Sound Value 2-6-0 on: June 24, 2018, 12:23:53 AM
Looks like you have to buy a chassis to get the modern cylinder block.  Unfortunately the removable part of the 4-6-0 dome is only the upper half. You have  to grind the bottom off, then install 4-4-0 domes which are removable in their entirety.  Fortunately the Bach Man has a goodly supply of boiler shells for both engines  to practice on and cannibalize for parts.  The 2-6-0 bell is a really funky part compared to other Bachmann engines. Save a good one off the other boiler shells. You can also get injectors and water feed lines to help out the 2-6-0.

Thanks for the tips.

10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Sound Value 2-6-0 on: June 22, 2018, 10:28:35 PM
Back on topic:  the 2-6-0 and 4-6-0 are excellent engines for such railroads.

Yes, I like both.   What I'd like to do with the 4-6-0s is to modernise them.  Changing the steam dome and sandbox are easy as is modernizing the cab.  It's changing the slide valves to piston valves is the most difficult task.

11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Sound Value 2-6-0 on: June 21, 2018, 04:06:29 PM
Well then, you need a headlight dimming function!

My railroad is a 20 mile shortline run.  Our rules are a lot “looser”!😂. Read “Extra South “ by H. Reid.  You’ll get the drift.

Yes, we need headlight dimming for both steam and diesel.  Diesels for all day and steam for night time running.  Smiley

I'll see if I can track down a copy of "Extra South".  I've head of the book but never seen a copy.

12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Sound Value 2-6-0 on: June 21, 2018, 02:51:47 PM
Yes Roger I also like prototypical operation of prototypical equipment.  I just like all the sounds there.  Unlike you though I like them LOUD 😱💥💥☄️😂. 

The steam engines I’ve been in, seems like most of them did have ability to dim the headlight.  But I believe those dimming switches are a later modern era affectation.  Look at steam era photos.  None of the daytime photos show headlights on until almost the very end of steam.  Diesels started the daytime headlight thing because they were operationally very quiet compared to steam engines, people didn’t hear them coming.

Many modelers make the mistake of running their steam engines, in the steam era, with the headlight 'On' when in fact that's a diesels era innovation to make the diesels more visible.  However, my steam era rule book states that in daylight, the loco headlight must be turned on when going through tunnels.   At nights, the headlight must be dimmed when meeting another train or passing another train on double track and when passing through stations.  The steam I operated had the dimmable switches as standard equipment as did every Canadian Railway Museum steam loco in the museum and at the museum in Ottawa.   They were standard equipment as soon electric headlights came into being.

13  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: The choo-choo on: June 20, 2018, 11:24:56 PM
I was on a fan trip as part of the CRHA crew behind CNR 4-8-4 No. 6218 back in the early 1970s from Montreal to Portland Me., I think it was.  We stopped at Berlin so the local fire department could top up the tender.  We let some local kids on board and they were surprised to see seats in the passenger cars.  One of the boys ran to an open door and shouted  "Mom dad, there's seats in here!"    They'd never seen a passenger train before.  Freight only was all that now passed through Berlin.

14  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bachman plugs on: June 20, 2018, 11:14:43 PM
As has been mentioned several times on this forum, it's about time Bachmann standardized on one plug for all tender to locomotive connections.  Preferably a single plug.  There is no reason why we have some connections with two plug and some with one.  It makes inventory and cost control much easier with only one plug to carry in stock.  It's poor design standards to have two types when there is no need for two.


15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Sound Value 2-6-0 on: June 20, 2018, 08:05:52 PM
For people who’ve not spent time around and on steam engines, Sound Value is fine.  If you like all your engines to have sound turned on all the time, sound value is fine.

I have a different opinion.

I have spend hours, firing and driving steam.  Both in the UK and a little in Canada.

For me, it's the operational aspect of model railroading I really like.  Era specific rolling stock, even road vehicles and the way building's were painted is my goal.  

As for running the railroad, that's where my main interest lays.   Operation on the GER requires you to understand the train procedures book if you are a yard master, and the rule book and timetable as it applies to the section of the GER that is operated and where it's connections are if you are an engineer/conductor.

All freight is handled by car cards and waybills, no freelancing what car goes on what train or to what industry.

Sound FX are just background sounds the enhance the realism to the operation.  Yes, the bell and whistle/horns are important, as is the headlight.  Speaking of the headlight.  Are you sure you cannot dim a steam headlight.  It's been 41 years since I last ran steam but I'm sure the headlight switch and the separate tender light switch each had three positions.  "Off", "Dim" and "Full".  Big three position switches to the right of the engineer and just above head height up near the cab roof.  

It should also be possible to have both head and tender/rear headlight on at "Dim" both at the same time, as thats how yard switchers operate.  Both headlights on dim.  Dim not full as they are dazzling if you are working on the ground at night  Of course, when switching and going over a grade crossing, the lead headlight, unless you are shoving as then the reflection of the headlight off the car in front is also dazzling, goes to Full and bell is rung.  Whether you need to blow a 14L is covered in the Timetable appendix.  On my GER, when switching within Farnham Yard Limits no 14L is required.  

All adds to the fun of operation.

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