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 on: Today at 03:12:43 AM 
Started by Trainboy100 - Last post by Sparks
Another point I thought of earlier today is if Bachmann made Stepney now, then he would be one of the final classic engines who would have his Bachmann model based on a model era appearance, due to him (currently) not having a CGI render. Any other classic character viable to have a Bachmann model most likely has a CGI model made already (like Daisy). Stepney would truly be the "last hurrah" by Bachmann to the model era characters.

 on: Today at 03:07:24 AM 
Started by Koloradokid - Last post by Tony Walsham
Hello David.
The original way I did it was with custom made 6 x cell ENELOOP hybrid AA batteries supplied by Master Instruments in Melbourne.
The latest version use one 4s Li-Ion pack using 18500 1.7 ampere hour cells.
Being Li-Ion, only 4 x cells are necessary and the pack fits easily in one tank.  The weights are left in the other side for balance.
However, compared to the more common 18650 cells the smaller sizes are a bit more expensive.
If you make the packs yourself make sure you fit a protection pcb in the pack.

 on: Today at 03:05:05 AM 
Started by Trainboy100 - Last post by Chaz
I'm surprised as well, but at the same time a lot of people gave their thoughts on Stepney earlier as well and it's pretty clear that his reception would be extremely positive and would be welcomed by many fans too.  Either way it's good fans are speaking up a lot more now after how this year's announcements turned out.  

I agree with you that Stepney would look great with Duck and he would also look great with 'Arry and Bert in particular too.  I'll admit I never was interested in 'Arry and Bert but if Bachmann were to make Stepney then I would definetely consider getting 'Arry and Bert at some point too.  Stepney Gets Lost is easily my favorite episode of Season 5 and really the only time I appreciated 'Arry and Bert as characters before they became the diesel versions of Bill and Ben in season 6 onwards.

 on: Today at 01:54:11 AM 
Started by Koloradokid - Last post by Koloradokid
Greetings all,

Have purchased a second hand Lyn with RCS system already installed, but batteries were bust.  What batteries (NiMH or LI-ION) would fit the side tanks.  Its wired for two 7.2v batteries, but am having trouble finding a source for ones that will fit. 

I have seen the posts that Tony has made about installing r/c in a Lyn. 

Thanks ahead,

David H 

 on: Today at 12:19:42 AM 
Started by custerg911 - Last post by indian_hills_r_r
I used a dh165IP in my S4. the next I am going to try to install sound.  the clearance between the shell and the frame is pretty tight so it take some work figuring which one to use

 on: Today at 12:15:40 AM 
Started by Trainboy100 - Last post by TerencetheTractor525
You're welcome Chaz! I'm very surprised that I am the only one who has given you feedback so far, considering the amount of time and effort you have put into stating your thoughts on Stepney. Nevertheless, fantastic work again!

I was just watching the episode Bowled Out, and was thinking about how amazing Bachmann Duck would look with Stepney if he is released.

 on: March 17, 2018, 09:40:22 PM 
Started by Len - Last post by Len
Discovered the narrow gauge hill would create some interference problems with the S-Scale track, so I made some changes to the layout. Brendam Docks has being relocated, and the narrow gauge line will run around the perimeter. An interchange between the narrow gauge and standard gauge lines will go where Brendam Docks was on the old design. The spur on the inner loop was eliminated to make more room for buildings and such. Dealing with some issues on the main display delayed the start of construction, but I should be able to start pulling up the old HO stuff in a week or so. What do you think?


 on: March 17, 2018, 09:38:33 PM 
Started by mrmel0 - Last post by jward
Maletrain is mostly right about EZ app. But the description of EZ App vs other "Bluetooth" control is a little confusing.

On DCC the command signals to the locomotives pass through the rails and are thus susceptable to dirty track. The "bluetooth" control  these systems use merely passes a control signal from your cell phone to a command station which then puts that signal on the rails for your locomotive to read. Thus, it is not REALLY bluetooth control at all.

EZ App sends those control signals directly to the locomotive via bluetooth. The control signals do not pass through the rails and are thus less susceptable to corruption and degradation due to dirty track or loss of contact. An EZ APp locomotive will still draw its power from the rails, but since  the control signal is not passed through the track it should be more tolerant of dirty track.

EZ App was developed in a partnership with Blue Rail Trains, who offer bluetooth boards that can be added to any locomotive that is DCC ready. They also sell conversion kits to run locomotives off battery power, which could have some really interesting applications.

 on: March 17, 2018, 09:25:46 PM 
Started by mrmel0 - Last post by jward
Most switches come with the frogs already insulated. On some, the frogs are plastic which itself acts as an insulator. Others use a metal frog which is insulated from the surrounding rails. There is often a provision for metal frogs to be powered in some way if you desire. This is accomplished by a set of contacts that throw at the same time as the switch itself. the contacts may be built into the switch itself, or use an external relay that is wired in parallel with the switch motor.

The advantage of a powered frog is that the locomotives  with short wheelbases that tend to stall on plastic frogs will run smoothly through a powered frog.

I know some of the HO EZ track switches have frogs that are powered internally, but don't know which ones off hand. Likewise all HO Atlas custom line switches have a metal frog that can be powered by an external relay.

 on: March 17, 2018, 08:51:55 PM 
Started by wiley209 - Last post by Len
I picked up some 3/8" x 5" and 3/8" x 12" drill bits at Home Depot for running wires through the top structure of the layout I maintain for a local shopping center. I needed the 12" long bit for installing a ski lift on a pretty tall hill.


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