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 on: November 18, 2017, 01:31:22 PM 
Started by Chaz - Last post by angelob6660
Interesting project on your hands. I will be glad to see more pictures than process continues.

 on: November 18, 2017, 01:31:08 PM 
Started by r0bert - Last post by kristian
 Cheesy Awesome - thank you so much!

 on: November 18, 2017, 12:38:17 PM 
Started by OldNoob - Last post by Joe Zullo
Bachmann METAL wheels are NOT steel! They are some alloy of zinc and who knows what. They are not ferromagnetic* metal. They do not rust. Mystery metal of some alloy.

*Materials that can be magnetized, which are also the ones that are strongly attracted to a magnet, are called ferromagnetic (or ferrimagnetic). These include iron, nickel, cobalt, some alloys of rare-earth metals, and some naturally occurring minerals such as lodestone.

 on: November 18, 2017, 11:25:34 AM 
Started by cherriandbob - Last post by cherriandbob
Thanks for the replies.  I have seen the Jupiter in a blue, but his is black and red.  I'll look at the couplers I am pretty sure they are black.  Google here I come!

 on: November 18, 2017, 02:15:04 AM 
Thanks for the info on the Rustoleum. Good to know. I learned that Testors dull coat in the spray can is different make up then in the glass bottle. Found this out the hard way with a bubble reaction over a nice Enamel spray can job with a CN zebra stripe decal job. Small bubbles in a area looked like paint peeling with a little added brush touch up . Never reacted any more then that. Actually took advantage of a mistake that worked out with a little weathering to go along with the peeling paint. Don't weather much ,but  had to in order to save it or strip it and start all over that is not affordable to me.

 on: November 18, 2017, 01:59:06 AM 
Started by indian_hills_r_r - Last post by RAILSPLITTER
Thanks Joe. These things have great sound . Did a bench test with one hooked up to a 5 inch 8 ohm speaker from a old shelf stereo. Used manual notching for the test and it sounds really good . Every cylinder fire and a few other related sounds of the diesel . Crisp and clear. Now to get that kind of thunder out of a small speaker and enclosure. Sugar cubes are the best bet . Just need to get the sound out of them without the vibration noise is the trick to better low tones . Them diesels in the real world run pretty quiet unless under load or notched up under load.Isee what you mean turning them down to equalize things right.


 on: November 18, 2017, 01:45:35 AM 
Started by Piyer - Last post by MilwaukeeRoadfan261
A couple things I can think of for that issue are simple fixes. One is making sure that Pin 1 on the 8 pin plug is lined up with the spot marked with a 1 on the PCB in the tender. Another is making sure the decoder is plugged in all the way. I had that issue with a Spectrum 2-8-0 when I first got it because I hadn't pushed the plugs between the engine and tender all the way into place so I would recommend checking the ones between the engine and tender as well as the actual decoder socket. The final thing is try a different decoder as it could simply be a faulty decoder.

 on: November 17, 2017, 10:58:20 PM 
Started by greg55 - Last post by Flare
You can use a voltmeter on the power supply's plug to make sure it's functioning within specifications.

 on: November 17, 2017, 09:34:00 PM 
Started by monte1000 - Last post by monte1000
I have a Bachman EZ Command Control center.  I presently run 2 trains, and attached a power switch to it.  Works great.  My question is can I hook up signals to this, or do I require a separate controller?  Thanks!

 on: November 17, 2017, 09:02:53 PM 
Started by Piyer - Last post by Piyer
I picked up a nearly mint Spectrum Baldwin 4-6-0 off a friend the other night. It's DCC-ready, runs beautifully on DC with no issues, and the headlight functions normally. Today I popped in a Digitrax 126 decoder, and while it still runs beautifully, when standing still there is no headlight and while moving the headlight comes and goes. It's almost like a MARS light or dirty track power interruption, but we are talking about a clean 3-foot test track and a factory-fresh decoder.

Has there been a history of headlight problems when install decoders in these models? Or do I fire up JMRI and start playing under the hood with CVs?

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